Multilevel class? Short on time? Short on computers? This workshop shows hot to develop a versatile, engaging project focused on developing students' technology and research skills alongside the "traditional" ESOL skills of reading, speaking, listening and writing.
Adult ESOL groups are usually not leveled according to students' tech skills and include students of widely varying tech competency levels. The workshop provides the opportunity to explore ways to help students to develop tech competency and learning skills while using the multilevel character of a typical adult ESOL group to students' advantage. The participants will learn the methodology of a versatile tech-based project focused on developing students' technology and research skills alongside the "traditional" ESOL skills of reading, speaking, listening and writing. The project can be accomplished in a relatively short time, many include, but does not require, extensive use of a computer lab, and, if the access of a computer lab is limited, can be done with smartphones (regular Android or IPhones with standard set of Apps and IE or Chrome) used for internet research on assigned topics. The project can also be organized as a series of "tech mini-projects" over a course of several weeks with students having smaller weekly technology research assignments. The participants of the workshop will develop similar projects and will be offered support in carrying out their projects. They will share experience/provide feedback at a final webinar.
Training includes a 2.5 hour face-to-face workshop, one hour for posting to the discussion forums and reading other colleagues comments on Blackboard, and one hour final webinar on May 6, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Upon completion of this professional development activity/course, you will be able to:
- Describe ways of integrating technology into ESOL/ABE classes
- Analyze the methodology of a technology based student-centered project
- Analyze sample materials
- Evaluate the project relevance to CCR standards
- Create a project lesson plan and a support system for its implementation
- Implement the project with students and revise according to feedback as needed