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English/Language Arts Teachers: 20 Best Technology Tools to Increase Student Learning and Simplify Your Teaching Life (Grades 6-12)

Presented by Desiree Alexander
Outstanding English/Language Arts Teacher, and Google for Education Certified Innovator and Trainer

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English/Language Arts Educators Serving Grades 6-12: Classroom Teachers, Technology Specialists, Library/Media Specialists and Instructional Coaches

  • Dozens of practical strategies for best utilizing technology in the ELA classroom to strengthen your secondary ELA students’ engagement and learning
  • The best, free Google Chrome extensions for enhancing instruction, student learning and speedy grading in the secondary ELA classroom
  • Timesaving ways to manage and organize your ELA lessons … Create, assign, engage students and provide feedback to writing and other assignments, all while maintaining your sanity
  • Receive an extensive ELA digital resource handbook and special access to Desiree’s password-protected website so you can immediately link to all the resources presented in this seminar

Practical Ideas and Strategies

This outstanding seminar is specifically designed for secondary English/Language Arts educators who want to make best use of cutting-edge technology tools. The focus will be on the 20 best tech tools for increasing student learning and simplifying your ELA teaching life. Outstanding ELA teacher and Google for Education Innovator, Partner and Trainer, DR. DESIREE ALEXANDER, will show you how to tap into the power of using technology more efficiently and productively in your grades 6-12 ELA classroom. Explore outstanding ways to strengthen your reading and writing instruction, differentiate, provide feedback, tap student choice and voice, create culturally relevant assignments and assessments, and much more! No matter your experience level with using technology in the classroom, you will leave this seminar with a wealth of use-tomorrow ideas. You will also receive an extensive digital resource handbook and special website access with step-by-step instructions, tutorials, and resources to reinforce and extend your learning long after the seminar.

Ten Key Benefits of Attending

  1. The 20 Best Technology Tools Every Secondary ELA Teacher Should Know
    Explore the best, most useful tools for increasing student learning and simplifying your English/Language Arts teaching life … Essential tools to help you enhance your grades 6-12 ELA program
  2. Timesaving Strategies to Boost Your Productivity AND Effectiveness as an ELA Teacher
    Employ the best, free websites and Google Chrome extensions that help you save time while increasing your effectiveness … Explore timesaving strategies to streamline your workflow and enhance learning for your ELA students
  3. Provide Highly Valuable, Actionable Feedback Swiftly and Effortlessly
    Take full advantage of timesaving online assessment tools to direct and drive your ELA instruction … Learn essential strategies to provide feedback and grade your assignments faster and more efficiently
  4. Harness Powerful Technology Tools for Collaboration and Communication
    Discover practical ways to use technology to strengthen classroom discussions and enhance student collaboration … Improve communication and strengthen learning among your grades 6-12 ELA students
  5. Incorporate Outstanding, Free Google Chrome Extensions Perfect for ELA
    Manage your time more efficiently with the best Google Chrome Extensions for ELA … Explore the best tools for supporting you and your grades 6-12 students
  6. The Best Digital Tools and Tips for Enhancing Your ELA Instruction
    Explore a host of digital tools and tips perfect for enhancing your ELA instruction, including warm-ups, lesson presentations, independent work, group work, exit tickets, classroom videos, and more!
  7. Timesaving Ways to Differentiate and Be Inclusive in Your ELA Instruction
    Discover inclusive tech tools and extensions to ensure all of your ELA learners are taught effectively and learn successfully
  8. Create Highly Engaging Lessons to Better Meet Student Needs with Video
    Discover a wealth of time-efficient options for using online videos to allow your students to take the role of characters, practice speech, debate and participate in Socratic Seminars – all in your secondary ELA classroom … Enhance your ability to meet the needs of your diverse learners
  9. Create the Conditions for Optimal Learning Using Technology
    Explore a host of strategies for building an optimal ELA learning community while using technology … Set the stage for high levels of student safety, innovation, communication, and learning
  10. Receive an Extensive ELA-Focused Digital Resource Handbook and Access to a Specially Created Website with Helpful Resource Links
    You will receive an extensive digital resource handbook, packed with the best technology tools to increase student learning and simplify your ELA teaching life, plus access to a private website created for this seminar, filled with helpful links and online tutorials

Outstanding Strategies You Can Use Immediately

  • The best, most useful tools for strengthening student learning and simplifying your teaching life in grades 6-12 English/Language Arts
  • Timesaving tips and tricks for using organizational technology tools to make your life easier, both in and out of your ELA classroom
  • How to find, download and install the latest, best Chrome extensions perfect for your ELA instruction
  • Work smarter, not harder … Timesaving tips for using technology to organize, grade, teach and be more productive
  • Practical ways to use tech tools to differentiate your ELA instruction and be inclusive in your teaching practices
  • Timesaving, practical ways to provide actionable feedback more easily on writing assessments
  • Valuable tips to get the most from the technology you have in your ELA classroom – even if it’s just one laptop, Chromebook or tablet
  • The latest updates on the best tech tools, including new and improved tools for strengthening student learning in ELA
  • Ways to create engaging lessons that lead secondary ELA students to engage, discuss, interpret text, innovate, create, grow, and achieve
  • Timesaving technology tools and activities to help you more easily organize and prepare ELA lessons, while boosting student engagement and achievement
  • Unique and innovative assessments that provide choice in how students are assessed, using various technology tools to help students demonstrate their learning of key skills
  • Many additional tools perfect for ELA including the best tools and apps for streamlining classroom management and routines, enhancing assessments and even reading passages, collecting work, giving feedback with ease, and much more!

A Message From Your Seminar Leader

Dear Colleague:

There is nothing quite like being a secondary English/Language Arts teacher! The multitude of skills we are responsible for teaching students in our one content area is both amazing and sometimes daunting. With increasing demands on our time and all that we’re responsible for, it can be challenging and even frustrating trying to keep up with the latest, best tools for enhancing our ELA instruction.

As an experienced and fellow secondary ELA teacher, I have specifically designed this seminar with you in mind! If you are fortunate enough to have Chromebooks, laptops, or computers with a Google Chrome browser in your classroom or school, I know that you want to make best use of them. However, despite the array of features that are so readily available, the challenge many ELA teachers face today is in keeping up with the very best ways to use these tools to enhance our practice.

The good news is that there are tons of outstanding, free technology tools and Google Chrome extensions available that are perfect for getting your ELA students excited about coming to your class every day, and that will not only keep them engaged and on task but will also strengthen their learning. In my classes, students have successfully used technology to read/listen to articles and books, share their thoughts, write essays with citations (by keyboarding and voice typing), collaborate on projects, complete grammar assignments, watch and create instructional videos, and so much more! I can’t wait to show you how to implement these and many other ideas in your own ELA classroom!

I look forward to sharing the best of what works and what doesn’t based on my extensive experience using technology to enhance ELA instruction at the secondary level. I will provide you with a comprehensive list of all the tools as well as tips and tricks to save you valuable time and effort. It is my sincere goal that you leave this seminar excited about returning to your ELA classroom to try out many of the new ideas that you learn!

I look forward to meeting you at the seminar!

Dr. Desiree Alexander

P.S. The emphasis will be on use-tomorrow tools. Plus, you will receive my extensive ELA-focused digital resource handbook, and access to a password protected, resource-packed website to support you long after the seminar.

Who Should Attend

English/Language Arts Educators Serving Grades 6-12: Classroom Teachers, Technology Specialists, Library/Media Specialists and Instructional Coaches

Special Benefits of Attending

Extensive Resource Handbook
You will receive an extensive digital resource handbook giving you access to countless strategies. The handbook includes:

  • Tips and tricks for using technology tools to increase your productivity and simplify your teaching life
  • Practical, timesaving strategies and ideas for integrating technology into your ELA curriculum
  • Descriptions and images of the latest, most effective Google Chrome Extensions perfect for your ELA instruction
  • “How to” screenshots and step-by-step guides for best utilizing a variety of tech tools, apps and extensions
  • Innovative tips and tricks for using videos and other technology resources to enhance and streamline your assessments
  • Password access to Desiree’s specially created website with helpful online links, tutorials and resources
For in-person seminars, registrants will also receive a printed copy of the resource handbook as long as their registration is received in the BER office at least 15 calendar days before the event.

Share Ideas with Other Educators
This seminar provides a wonderful opportunity for participants to share ideas with other educators interested in the best, most useful technology tools perfect for grades 6-12 English/Language Arts.

Consultation Available
Desiree Alexander will be available at the seminar for consultation regarding your questions and the unique needs of your own grades 6-12 ELA program.

Semester Credit Option
UMASS Logo Up to four graduate level professional development credits are available with an additional fee and completion of follow-up practicum activities. Details for direct enrollment with University of Massachusetts Global, a nonprofit affiliate, will be available at this program.

Meet Inservice Requirements
At the end of the program, each attendee will receive a certificate of participation that may be used to verify hours of participation in meeting continuing education requirements.

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