Archives for What Works for English Language Learners

Spice Up That Lecture! 20+ Ideas & Resources

Included in the Digital Ideas Advent Calendar with a new idea each day! Undergraduate students taught by lectures are 1.5 times more likely to fail than those involved in active learning. - Bajak, A. (2014) In my new book, The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers, I talk about how even the best lectures aren't fair for the majority of students in our classes. They Read full article »

6 Second Learning with Vine: 22+ Ideas & Resources

Part of the Byte-sized Potential and Mobile Learning categories The heart and mind are the true lens of the camera. - Yousuf Karsh Most of our students love learning and creating even if they do not express this in our classes. Millions around the world read, create, produce, direct, summarize, translate, edit, and share outside of learning institutions everyday on their mobile devices or through Read full article »

Colorful Learning with 20+ Web Tools & Apps

Included in the Effective Technology Integration category Drawing and coloring are great ways to get students to brainstorm about a topic, organize a group project, or contribute scenes to a digital story. For young learners, drawing and coloring offers them a way to learn patterns, symmetry, and develop motor skills. Below is my recent slide presentation with lesson ideas, free web tools and Read full article »

Fostering Meaningful Peer Collaboration with Digital Tools

It is literally true that you can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed. —Napoleon Hill We believe in students learning from and with each other, but effective collaboration rarely takes place in most schools. Students rarely want to share their work and have peers critique it. They don't tend to get excited about peer editing or group work. Outside Read full article »

15+ Resources to Inspire Writing with Digital Prompts

Included in the Digital Tips Advent Calendar and part of the Effective Technology Integration category “The pages are still blank, but there is a miraculous feeling of the words being there, written in invisible ink and clamoring to become visible.” ~ Vladimir Nabakov One of my favorite activities with my students was having them keep daily journals. Each day, they knew the Read full article »

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