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In this 1.5 hour virtual session held on Zoom, teachers will move beyond the basics to learn how to use breakout rooms, share a presentation, stream a video, save screens, and record sessions to foster effective remote ESOL instruction using the Zoom teleconferencing platform. 

Registrants will be sent an invitation to Zoom via email. (Note: This session will be held once on Wednesday, April 8th from 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. and again on Monday, April 13th from 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Please register for one session only).


    This professional development activity/course is designed for:

  • ESOL teachers with basic experience using Zoom (comfortable setting up and hosting meetings and using communication tools)

In this virtual session held on Zoom, teachers will have an opportunity to explore additional features in the Zoom teleconference platform that enhance online ESOL instruction:

  1. Presenting Content: Sharing Google slides or a PowerPoint presentation with students to provide guided visuals and notes while facilitating a discussion; using a white board for class brainstorms; streaming videos from Ted Talks, YouTube, and other sites; adjusting settings to optimize video and audio quality
  2. Using Breakout Rooms: Assigning students into pairs or small groups to increase their opportunities for speaking and listening, and to differentiate instruction; rotating among breakout rooms; and monitoring student interaction
  3. Performing Formative Assessment: Using video and chat recording and other Zoom features
  4. Extending the Lesson/Promoting Persistence: Saving copies of chat, whiteboard notes and recordings; sharing content with absentees; and providing opportunities for student review
    Learning Objectives

    Upon completion of this professional development activity/course, you will be able to:

  • Share a presentation with students while facilitating a discussion
  • Stream videos during a meeting to spark discussion or share educational content
  • Assign students to breakout rooms and monitor participation
  • Save notes and recordings from meetings to share with students
Presenter(s) / Facilitator(s)

United States

PD Center
SABES English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Curriculum & Instruction PD Center
Topic Area
ESOL/English Language Learner