From Larry Ferlazzo’s ESL blog via The New York Times…
There’s also a pretty good discussion in the comments section if you follow this link…
via Dr. Broady’s ESL blog…
Great resources from the Virginia DOE on the WIDA ELP Standards. From http://www.doe.virginia.gov/instruction/esl/standards_resources/#. I tried to embed the videos as in the post, but the links are posted through a different player software. They’re definitely worth it though.
Virginia educators demonstrate activities for teaching the WIDA ELP standards. The Model Performance Indicators (MPIs) selected for these videos, though not comprehensive, represent key language functions repeated throughout the WIDA ELP Standards. These videos link to Flash files which require the Adobe Flash Player plug-in. Download the free player.
What is it?
This video is a recording of a webinar for the American TESOL Institute. It’s a bit long – about 40 minutes – but it discusses a number of different web based tools to use with your class as forms of alternative assessment. I’m not going to go and reiterate the entire thing here, but here are the hits:
http://audioboo.fm/ – Kids create their own podcasts, respond to others’ podcasts, etc.
http://voicethread.com/ – Another forum for online, archived conversations
http://en.linoit.com/ – Interactive classroom bulletin board
http://stripgenerator.com/ – Students can create their own comic strips for a number of different educational purposes.
Why is it important?
These sites could be a great way to “flip the classroom” and get students doing meaningful work on their own time. It could also be a way to assess students for content knowledge if assignments are devised to allow students to show what they know about a topic. I know it takes a lot of time, but these resources are definitely worth a look.