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Test Yourself | E.L.L. Practice, Oct. 21, 2013

From Larry Ferlazzo’s ESL blog via The New York Times…

The Learning Network - Teaching and Learning With The New York Times

Test Yourself!


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ELL Assessment Validity

From Hollie Link’s ESL Blog


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Assessment Discussion from The British Council

There’s also a pretty good discussion in the comments section if you follow this link…


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October 18, 2013 · 10:37 pm

WIDA Update: ACCESS for ELLs 2013-14 Changes

via Dr. Broady’s ESL blog…

WIDA Update: ACCESS for ELLs 2013-14 Changes.

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Videos about the WIDA Standards

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.

WIDA ELP Standards Instructional Videos

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.

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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.

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