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Top 10 Tech Tools for the English Classroom

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Explore and create
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Explore and create : BYODex

Monday, June 25, 12:30–2:00 pm
Location: Hyatt Regency Jackson A

Jennifer Brachfeld Berne   Dr. Joan McGettigan  
Come learn about the top apps and tools to help your English students demonstrate their learning, deepen their understanding and share their critical thinking. With tech tools like Kaizena, Padlet, Google Suite, Turn It In, Class Dojo, Animoto, Notability, Explain Everything, FlipGrid and BookCreator, the English classroom comes alive!

Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: BYOD/1:1 instructional programs
Grade level: 9-12
Subject area: Language arts, ESL
ISTE Standards: For Coaches:
Digital Age Learning Environments
  • Model effective classroom management and collaborative learning strategies to maximize teacher and student use of digital tools and resources and access to technology-rich learning environments.
For Educators:
  • Model for colleagues the identification, exploration, evaluation, curation and adoption of new digital resources and tools for learning.
  • Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The purpose of our BYOD session is to introduce tech tools to teachers, instructional coaches, and administrators who can bring these apps back to their English classrooms. All of the tech tools we will present are currently successfully in use at our school, which is an Apple Distinguished School. Attendees will learn specifically how to implement the apps, integrate these apps into the English classroom, and apply these apps help teachers and students to differentiate learning. Using these apps in the classroom will enable teachers to create student-centered English classrooms where students take control of their learning, share in collaborative understanding, and demonstrate their learning in varied, rich ways. Teachers will see examples of close textual analysis, detailed interpretation, analysis through textual evidence, rich peer and instructor feedback, application of standards, and synthesis of learning, all with these handy tech tools. We will apply proven, successful lesson plans to each app and tool, so attendees can come away with specific, easy ways to tweak their classrooms to make them more about the learning and less about the score. We will also provide attendees with links to the presentation and to the pictures of practice and examples, so they can easily try these techniques in their classroom. Further, we will provide supporting research throughout the presentation to demonstrate the link between students using multimedia platforms to "show" their learning and higher cognitive processing. Our goal is for attendees to feel empowered by useful tips, techniques, and tech and not feel overwhelmed by the latest fad. We truly want to provide English teachers to help their students succeed!


Create a Book Creator book to house everything created in the workshop. (5 min.)
Set up a Google Classroom. (5 min.)
Set up a Class Dojo with standards embedded. (10 min.)
5 min break and entry of items into Book Creator Book.
Introduce Notability setup and annotate a text. (10 min.)
Create an Explain Everything to introduce you to your students. (10 min.)
Setup of FlipGrid and create a live FlipGrid reflection of what we have learned so far. (10 min.)
Introduce Kaizena feedback tool on Google Doc. (5 min.)
Hands on with Kaizena. (5 min.)
Introduce Animoto. (5 min)
Hands on create an Animoto. (5 min.)
Introduce Padlet - closing reflection. (5 min.)
5 min. break and entry of items into Book Creator Book.
Review and Q & A. (5 min.)

Supporting research

Assessment 3.0: Throw out your grade book and inspire learning
M Barnes - 2015

Digital storytelling in the classroom: New media pathways to literacy, learning, and creativity
JB Ohler - 2013

The Innovator's Mindset: Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity. G Couros - 2015 - Dave Burgess Consulting

The Power of Digital Storytelling to Support Teaching and Learning. Baki, Yasemin; Feyzioğlu, Nesrin. International Online Journal of Educational Sciences . Sep2017, Vol. 9 Issue 3, p686-704. 19p.

The writing is on the wall: Using Padlet for whole-class engagement
B Fuchs - LOEX Quarterly, 2014 -

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Jennifer Brachfeld Berne, North Broward Preparatory School
Dr. Joan McGettigan, North Broward Prep

Dr. Joan McGettigan is the Director of Educational and Information Technology at North Broward Prep, an Apple Distinguished School, in Coconut Creek, Florida. She was recently named an Apple Distinguished Educator, class of 2017. Dr. McGettigan is passionate about STEAM, digital storytelling, coding and increasing the number of girls in STEAM. She is a frequent presenter at state and national conferences including ISTE and FETC and a member of many ISTE plns. Dr. McGettigan is a firm believer in the power of collaboration across networks to grow as professionals.

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