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Overview

This session is the first of a two-session professional development opportunity designed to support teachers whose students are coming to virtual class on their smartphones.

This first session is designed for those instructors who are already proficient at accessing and using Zoom’s basic mobile features and want to expand their repertoire of engagement strategies and activities for learners using smartphones. 

    Audience

    This professional development activity/course is designed for:

  • ESOL instructors teaching at any language proficiency level
  • ESOL instructors who have used Zoom on a smartphone, whose learners are using smartphones to attend class, and who want to increase learners’ engagement in the virtual classroom
Description

In this hour-long, hands-on session, you will explore ways to transfer effective in-person instructional English language teaching practices to a virtual classroom where learners are participating on their smartphones. You will experience and work in pairs and small groups to practice integrating language skill development with key twenty-first century skills and consider how to increase learner engagement in remote instruction. Sample demonstrations and activities include: 

  • Non-verbal responses and polls for immediate feedback during mini-lectures and reports
  • Screen sharing and annotation for working with visuals, complex texts, and other media
  • Whiteboard and Chat for gathering and analyzing information from learners
  • Breakout rooms for organizing, prompting, and monitoring discussions note:

Important!  All participants must:

  • Have both a smartphone and a laptop/desktop computer to participate in this session
  • Have the Zoom app downloaded on a smartphone (via App Store for iPhone, and Google Play for Android)
  • Know how to access basic Zoom tools on their smartphones. For those unfamiliar with these tools – or who may require a refresher, a preliminary activities module will be made available to you beginning February 5, consisting of videos and suggested practice activities to help you prepare for the more advanced sessions
    Learning Objectives

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

  • Demonstrate a variety of community building, engagement, and formative assessment strategies using Zoom tools on a smartphone
  • Conduct the following activities with learners on smartphones: think-pair-share; picture description; four-corners; and problem solving
Presenter(s) / Facilitator(s)
Prerequisites

Know how to access basic Zoom tools on their smartphones. For those unfamiliar with these tools, a preliminary activities module will be made available to you beginning February 5, consisting of videos and suggested practice activities to help you prepare for the more advanced sessions.

There will not be time during our session on February 17 to review the content of the preliminary activities module, so please take the time beforehand to do so independently.

Both a smartphone and a laptop/desktop computer to participate in this session.

The Zoom app downloaded on a smartphone (via App Store for iPhone, and Google Play for Android).

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Location

United States

PD Center
SABES English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Curriculum & Instruction PD Center
Topic Area
Blended Learning
Digital Literacy
Distance Learning
Educator Effectiveness
ESOL/English Language Learner