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Eric Schmitz commented on Debra Schneider's blog post Duolingo and other mobile apps
"I am personally using Duolingo to refresh my own German skills and am loving it.  I am an ELA Instructional Coach and will be assuming the role of ELA teacher this year and plan to use it with students.  Thanks for posting this topic as is…"
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Fidel R. Garcia commented on Lorena Sanchez's blog post Out of the Comfort Zone and into the Fire?
"I just returned from a CUE technology conference. The only thing that rivals teen's interest in Xbox is social media. How about creating science journal blogs thus creating an online collaborative community."
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Duolingo and other mobile apps

Lots of my language learning colleagues are telling me that Duolingo is a great app for learning languages. I often heard about these great programs, apps, or other digital tech wonderfulness and it went in one ear and out the other, because I was still using an overhead projector and had a desktop running Windows XP.However, with the new testing regime based in digital technology, more districts are being forced to use tablets, laptops…See More
Jul 14
Debbie Davis added a discussion to the group HELP! Ask Your Questions Here!
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Pre 9 and 10 grade English

Pre 9 and 10 grade EnglishI am starting a pre 9 and 10 grade English class for our ESL students and I am struggling on what will be the most important concepts to cover. We don't have standard ESL classes for our students and the classroom teachers have no training on how to work with our ESL students. Does anyone have any suggestions or resources?See More
Jul 13
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HELP! Ask Your Questions Here!

Hit a road block? Ask for help from the community here.
Jul 13
Debra Schneider replied to Debbie Stone's discussion High School and GLAD techniques in the group Project GLAD: Guided Language Acquisition Design
"In my district, the ELL coordinator at the district level did this: 1) identified/invited history-social studies and science teachers to get the training (to focus on content teachers) 2) hired a Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA) to support these…"
Jul 13
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Debbie Stone added a discussion to the group Project GLAD: Guided Language Acquisition Design
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High School and GLAD techniques

Hello there,I am quite interested in looking at GLAD techniques in the high school classroom.  I am the ELD Coordinator K-12 for the Alhambra Unified School District in Los Angeles County.We are going to offer GLAD training for our K-8 teachers but am wondering how effective it is in the high schools.  Your thoughts and ideas of how to roll it out to the high schools are most welcome.Regards,Debbie StoneSee More
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Project GLAD: Guided Language Acquisition Design

A place to share your questions, issues, and successes teaching with GLAD techniques. See More
Jul 9
Beth Evans commented on Debra Schneider's group Proven Professional Development
"Protocols can also be found at the National School Reform Faculty's group on Critical Friends Groups: http://www.nsrfharmony.org/faq.html. Great training if you ever get the chance..."
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Beth Evans joined Debra Schneider's group
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Proven Professional Development

Instructional materials, teaching tools, powerful strategies...what professional development has made a difference for you and your students?See More
Jul 7
Renee Belvis joined Debra Schneider's group
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Project GLAD: Guided Language Acquisition Design

A place to share your questions, issues, and successes teaching with GLAD techniques. See More
Jun 26
Carol Costa Minner commented on Lorena Sanchez's blog post Out of the Comfort Zone and into the Fire?
"Lorena--Please save student work samples for future PD.  I'd like to see your students in action."
Jun 22

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Duolingo and other mobile apps

Lots of my language learning colleagues are telling me that Duolingo is a great app for learning languages. I often heard about these great programs, apps, or other digital tech wonderfulness and it went in one ear and out the other, because I was still using an overhead projector and had a desktop running Windows XP.

However, with the new testing regime based in digital technology, more…

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Posted by Debra Schneider on July 14, 2014 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

Out of the Comfort Zone and into the Fire?

      I've taught third grade for twelve years now, but this summer I decided to leave my comfort zone and teach eighth graders.  When I was first offered the chance to teach science this summer, I was under the impression I'd be teaching fourth or fifth graders.  However, I was informed a few weeks ago that I would be working…

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Posted by Lorena Sanchez on June 20, 2014 at 4:45pm — 3 Comments

Two Great Resources in One Post: How Can You Resist?

If you read my blog posts here, you know I love and depend on Colorin Colorado. Here's a great resource that introduces you to another great technology resource.

Kristina Robertson introduces us to WIDA's Essential…

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Posted by Debra Schneider on May 30, 2014 at 4:00am — 1 Comment

Writing in the Next Generation Science Standards

     I like science.  I don't know if it's the many times my dad reminded me that doctors made more money than teachers as I was growing up, or the challenge of getting into U.C. Davis under the most compacted major at the time, but when I applied to colleges back in the stone age, I was adamant.  I was only applying to one college, because there was no way it wouldn't take me (luckily it did), and I was going to be a…

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Posted by Lorena Sanchez on May 26, 2014 at 9:56pm — 2 Comments

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