ELA

Digital Tools for Argumentative Writing

Join us as we take a look at some useful digital tools for argumentative writing! We’ll see how students can fill in graphic organizers digitally with Kami, how teachers can leave voice comments with Kaizena, as well as how teachers can easily fill out rubrics right from Google Docs. In a paperless classroom, teaching argumentative writing has never been easier! 

Listenwise

Listenwise brings engaging non-fiction stories to the classroom and helps students stay connected to the real world by curating the best of public radio. Listenwise provides lesson plans and examples to help students enhance listening skills and help teachers differentiate and make current events fun and interesting. Join our Curriculum Specialists to learn about how to use Listenwise in order to enhance a variety of subject areas for your students!

Resources for Teaching Idioms and Colloquialisms to ELL Students

While understanding the English language might seem like a piece of cake to a native speaker, to someone learning it as a new language, they might as well be fighting a losing battle. We won't beat around the bush in this session about idioms and colloquialisms, so you can be ready to explain them at the drop of a hat. Let us put the ball in your court so you can hit the nail on the head with your next English lesson. A picture may paint a thousand words, but you will be beside yourself as you join our Curriculum Specialists for the best session since sliced bread. We're going to let the cat out of the bag with some great resources to help your English Language Learners understand common idioms and colloquialisms.

Testing Tools in the ELA Classroom

We all know that end of year testing is quickly approaching! Join us as we review some helpful tools to be sure that students are prepared for what lies ahead with various upcoming exams. Learn about some helpful teacher tools to help gauge student readiness and resources for comprehensive student practice in the ELA classroom.

PBL for ELA

See how technology can improve the quality of your project-based learning activities. Learn how to implement PBL activities to promote critical thinking, communication, and collaboration in your ELA classroom. In this course, you will learn how to use various tools to promote the key elements of PBL, such as research, collaboration, gathering (and analyzing) feedback, and presenting knowledge in your classroom.

Holiday Haiku

Learn Haiku writing Winter themed for K to 12 Fun time for students

Persuasive Writing: Thanksgiving Edition!

Join our Curriculum Specialists for a Thanksgiving-themed session focused on persuasive writing. This session will provide a detailed overview of a lesson you can deliver in your classroom for this holiday season equipped with web tools, apps, and Notebook techniques to strengthen students’ persuasive writing skills.  The Thanksgiving writing prompt provided will be applicable to a number of grade levels! 

Digital Citation Tools

Do your students struggle to write proper citations? Do they forget to include them or purposely avoid them? Join us as we share with you our favorite digital citation tools including the Google Docs explore tool and the EasyBib add-on. With these, creating citations is so easy your students will want to add them! 

Evaluating Web Resources(TEKS ELA)

Every day, your students are faced with questionable material on the Internet. All over sites like Facebook and Twitter, your students see articles like “Save the Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus!” or “Beware of Dihydrogen Monoxide!” Are these articles credible? Join our PD Specialists as they teach you new strategies to address TEKS standard 110.25. 8A ((8)  The student reads critically to evaluate texts in order to determine the credibility of sources. The student is expected to: (A)  evaluate the credibility of informational sources and their relevance for assigned and self-selected topics) and help your students avoid citing hoax websites, dodge pitfalls in the research process, and discern fact from fiction.

Redefining Creative Writing Prompts: Story Dice

While attending PAX 2017 we stumbled upon a low cost "game" that we thought would be perfect for the ELA classroom, Story Dice. Join us as we discuss what story dice are, and how they can help redefine creative writing prompts! We will also give you suggestions on ways to incorporate them into your classroom and how to create a grading system to make sure your students are staying on task and meeting specific standards.

Using the SMART Board for Early Childhood Literacy

In this session, we will look at how literacy teachers can inspire and motivate students using online resources and technology through the SMART Board. We'll take a look at some tips and tricks you can use to make decoding and phonics simpler for your students. We will explore different online resources in order to create lessons and then dive into the SMART Notebook software to explore various features you have access to in order to build custom activities with your students such as the gallery and SMART Speller. By the end of this session, you will come away with multiple skills to begin generating differentiated multimedia lessons for whole class instruction and center use.

St. Patrick's Day Poetry

Join us to find the gold at the end of the rainbow as we explore St. Patrick's Day themed poetry lesson ideas geared to elementary students. Our curriculum specialist will walk you through some fun ways to incorporate technology into your poetry lesson, while showing you some great tools both you and your students can benefit from. Now let's go find that gold!

OpenEd in the ELA Classroom

Come take a look through the largest organized resource library for K-12 teachers; the right resource available for each and every standard and student. Our PD specialists will explore OpenEd with you and show how teachers can utilize this platform in their ELA classroom. From quizzes and formative assessments, to homework assignments and lessons, OpenEd automatically grades for you! Students love OpenEd in the ELA class due to the fact that videos and games are recommended to them based on their performance. There is a resource aligned to every single Common Core ELA standard. The result of OpenEd is truly personalized learning for each student!

Enhancing the Writing Process with Edublogs

In this course you will learn about Edublogs, a web based blogging platform powered by Wordpress. The benefits of using Edublogs rather than Wordpress in the classroom are the added features, themes, and plugins that are suited just for education. In addition, when joining Edublogs, you and your students are joining a supportive community of people in education with similar goals and ideas. This is a great resource to use as a way of letting students publish their work or to even create a classroom site! Join us to learn more!

Explanatory and Informative Writing in the ELA Classroom

Discover the best web tools, apps and Notebook techniques to strengthen students' explanatory/informative writing skills. Through the use of tools such as EverNote, OneNote, Snap Guide, and InstaGrok, educators will learn how to create technology-focused mini-lessons to develop students' ability to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately.

Close Reading in the Elementary ELA Classroom

This session focuses on using technology to strengthen students reading comprehension skills. Teachers will create interactive lessons that will model in-depth reading of complex texts and highlight the process of gathering textual evidence to support written responses. Through the use of technology such as SMART Notebook software, Subtext, and Actively Learn, students will read complex text, gather evidence from the text and respond in detail. This course focuses on using these tools in the Elementary ELA classroom.

Apple iPad apps: ELA

In this session of Teq Online PD we will be showing you some of our favorite Apple iPad apps for use in the ELA classroom! We will demonstrate the use of English Grammar quizzes for kids with the use of mobile devices, show you how you can easily transform hard copied documents and articles to your device for translation and edits, and provide instruction for English language learners through completely free applications.

Digital Tools for the Writing Process

Integrate collaborative learning tools to increase the quality of students’ writing. This session will introduce different web tools and apps that can be used to aid students with each step of the writing process (planning/brainstorming, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing). Teachers will learn how students can use technology to interact and collaborate with peers during the writing process through web tools and applications such as Edmodo, Padlet, Popplet, OneNote, Evernote, and Google Docs.

Evaluating Web Resources

Everyday, your students are faced with questionable material on the Internet. All over sites like Facebook and Twitter, your students see articles like “Save the Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus!” or “Beware of Dihydrogen Monoxide!” Are these articles credible? Join our PD Specialists as they teach you new strategies to address CCRA.W.8 (Assess the credibility and accuracy of [a] source) and help your students avoid citing hoax websites, dodge pitfalls in the research process, and discern fact from fiction.

Engage Learners with Listen Current

Listen Current brings engaging non-fiction stories to the classroom and helps students stay connected to the real world by curating the best of public radio. Listen Current provides lesson plans and examples to help students enhance listening skills and help teachers differentiate and make current events fun and interesting. Join us to learn about how to use Listen Current to enhance a variety of subject areas.

Explanatory & Informative Writing

Discover the best web tools, apps and Notebook techniques to strengthen students’ explanatory/informative writing skills. Through the use of tools such as EverNote, OneNote, Snap Guide, and InstaGrok, educators will learn how to create technology-focused mini-lessons to develop students’ ability to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately.

Creating SMART amp Workspaces for the ELA Classroom

Add to your SMART amp skills by learning how to use this great tool in your ELA classroom. Join our PD instructors as they give you a detailed look at the teacher dashboard, and teach you how to use SMART amp to design effective workspaces, organize your content, and create truly collaborative settings in your ELA classroom.

Narrative Writing

Learn how to create technology-rich lessons to strengthen students’ narrative writing skills. This session will provide strategies and steps for teaching narrative writing 21st century style. Explore digital tools that can aid students with brainstorming, storyboarding, characterization and other narrative elements such as voice, descriptive language, and dialogue.

Using Web Resources to Enhance Literacy

Join us as we explore a variety of literacy techniques that should be implemented in a well developed Common Core classroom. We will also provide a number of web resources that correspond to these techniques and will help enhance instruction and keep students engaged.

Enhancing Reading Practices with Actively Learn

Join us as we explore Actively Learn, a great resource for close reading practices across various grade levels. Learn how to implement contextual questions and evidence based reading practices while creating classes and keeping content organized.

Utilizing EngageNY Modules for the High School ELA Classroom

This course will help educators learn how to use modules that have been set up by Engage NY to enhance their Common Core classroom. We will focus on integrating digital tools in order to increase student engagement and understanding while being sure that standards are being met in anideal way.

PBL with Google for the ELA Classroom

See how Google can improve the quality of your project-based learning activities. Learn how to implement Google-based PBL activities to promote critical thinking, communication, and collaboration in your classroom. In this course, you will learn how to use Google's free tools to promote the key elements of PBL, such as research, collaboration, gathering (and analyzing) feedback, and presenting knowledge in your classroom.

Close Reading in the High School ELA Classroom

Enhance the way students understand close reading with little-known web, tablet, and interactive whiteboard tools. From the new SMART Ink Document Viewer to eBook readers, you'll learn how to leverage built-in features for maximum effect. This course will have examples for the High School ELAClassroom.

Testing Tools in the Common Core ELA Classroom

We all know that end of year testing is quickly approaching! Join us as we review some helpful tools to be sure that students are prepared for what lies ahead with various upcoming exams. Learn about some helpful teacher tools to help gauge student readiness and resources for comprehensive student practice.

Explanatory and Informative Writing

Discover the best web tools, apps and Notebook techniques to strengthen students' explanatory/informative writing skills. Through the use of tools such as EverNote, OneNote, Snap Guide, and InstaGrok, educators will learn how to create technology-focused mini-lessons to develop students' ability to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately.

Creating SMART amp Workspaces for ELA

Add to your newfound SMART amp skills and learn how to use this great tool in your ELA classroom. Join our PD instructors as they give you a detailed look at the teacher dashboard, and teach you how to use SMART amp to design effective workspaces, organize your content, and create truly collaborative settings in your ELA classroom.

Persuasive Writing

This session will provide web tools, apps, and Notebook techniques to strengthen students' persuasive writing skills. Teachers will learn how to create technology-focused lessons to teach students to develop arguments to support claims using valid reasoning and sufficient evidence through the use of tools such as Collaborize Classroom, Titanpad, Poll Everywhere, and NearPod.

Close Reading with LightSail

Learn how to leverage your interactive whiteboard to modelin-depth reading of fiction and nonfiction texts, as well as the process ofgathering textual evidence to support responses to text-based questions.

Writing Across the Curriculum

Learn how technology can enhance your student's ability to write more effectively. We'll show you how to use the interactive whiteboard software to create templates that will help your students construct well thought out paragraphs. Use the floating tools to edit right at the interactive whiteboard. Create lessons that will encourage your students to think critically about the writing process.

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