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“Tech and Tell”: Online Demos of Cool Websites and Apps

Are you looking for new and engaging activities you can bring to your classroom? Don’t have the time or the knowledge to find digital tools?

Join TRAIN PD ONLINE each Thursday night and Friday around lunch for Tech and Tell! We’ll be demonstrating technology tools that will help you keep your classroom organized, your students engaged and your tech skills up to date.

Each Tech and Tell webinar will be offered Thursday nights from 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm Central Time (for those who can’t make it on Fridays) and then repeated each Friday from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm.  

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ATTENTION

To register for and access the Tech and Tell webinars, please go to the Texas AEL PD Portal: Click here

Downloadable directions for registering and accessing the Tech and Tell webinars are available: Click here

Still having trouble registering for and accessing the Tech and Tell webinars? YouTube videos are available for viewing!  

  • YouTube video on how to register for a Tech and Tell webinar. Click here
  • YouTube video on how to access a Tech and Tell webinar. Click here

To join a Tech and Tell webinar from a computer or mobile device, please read the directions below, carefully.

  • Make sure that you have audio capabilities during the webinar, or let the host know that you are sitting next to someone who has an audio connection.
  • To receive full credit for attending the webinar, access to audio is a requirement.

A. To register for and access a TNT webinar from a desktop or laptop computer, follow these directions:

  1. Go to https://twc.csod.com , and log into your account.
  2. Go to the training calendar and find the TNT webinar on Thursday evening or Friday morning you want to attend.
  3. Click on that TNT webinar training event, and then click on the blue Request button.
  4. Go to your transcript.
  5. Locate your scheduled session on your transcript.
  6. At the time of the webinar, click “Launch.” (Make sure your pop-up blocker is turned off.)
  7. Click “Agree” in the window that opens.  (You are agreeing to allow pop-up windows.)
  8. Important: The first time you launch WebEx, the system will want to download a program on your computer. If you do not administrative rights on your computer, you can chose the option to, “Run Temporary Application.”
  9. Success! You will be in the WebEx webinar room.

B. To register for and access a TNT webinar from an Apple or Android device including an iPhone, Android phone, iPad, or tablet, follow these directions:

  1. Go to https://twc.csod.com, and log into your account.
  2. Go to the training calendar and find the TNT webinar on Thursday evening or Friday morning.
  3. Click on that TNT webinar training event, and then click on the blue Request button.
  4. Important: Before joining your scheduled session, download and install the free WebEx application from the app store of your choice. (You only need to do this the first time you join a WebEx session.)
  5. Open a browser on your device (“Internet” or “Chrome”).
  6. Go to https://twc.csod.com, and log into your account. 
  7. Go to your transcript.
  8. Locate your scheduled session on your transcript.
  9. Click “Launch.” (Make sure your pop-up blocker is turned off.)
  10. Click “Agree” in the window that opens.  (You are agreeing to allow pop-up windows.)
  11. Your device should then ask you for permission to open the WebEx app.  Allow.
  12. The WebEx app will open and ask for your name and email address.  Complete the form.
  13. Hit enter. Success, you will be in the conference room!

IMPORTANT
Before joining us on Thursday or Friday, take the time to set up your computer. You can run a test by going to the WebEx TEST Room here.

Once you have confirmed that you can successfully access the webinar, log in at the appropriate date and time. Once you have logged in, click on the “Audio” option to follow the instructions to connect via telephone or your computer.

WebEx doesn’t play well with Internet Explorer. Another browser, such as Chrome or Firefox might work best.

WebEx does have an APP if you want to download the app ahead of time.
Apple Devices: here
Android Devices: here

Tech and Tell Webinar Series Topics

Missed a Tech and Tell? Don’t worry, we’ve recorded most of them! You can access them in our PD Portal located here.

Not already a PD Portal user? Visit our PD Portal Information page to sign up here.


September 2017
September 7-8 Is it “Sip” or “Cip”? “Sock” or “Soc”? During this interactive presentation, participants will learn about and explore resources on CIP and SOC codes to assist them in their daily duties and/or planning for IET’s. The target audience includes Career Pathway Navigators, directors/administrators, or program supervisors, IET instructors, and anyone that is responsible for IET data entry and tracking.
September 14-15 Infuse Instruction with CommonLit and Collaborative Strategic Reading, Part 1 CommonLit is a free digital resource providing grade level nonfiction articles, short stories, poems, and historical documents to use with Collaborative Strategic Reading (CSR). Teachers can use CommonLit to provide relevant, rigorous standards-based instruction while meeting the needs of individual students in a multi-level class. The target audience is ASE, ABE, and ESL teachers. Part 2 of this webinar takes place on October 12 or 13.
September 21-22 Texas Career Check, Part 1: Charting a Path for Students Participants will learn about and explore Texas Career Check: http://www.texascareercheck.com/. This resource is provided by The Labor Market & Career Information (LMCI) Department of the Texas Workforce Commission. Note: This is a two-part webinar. Part 2 takes place on October 5 or 6.
September 28-29 Rigorous, Fun Learning with Quizlet! Quizlet helps make learning vocabulary fun and engaging in class or out of class.  Participants will explore the Quizlet website and app for use by teachers (including those in low-tech environments) and by students in and out of class, in all kinds of classes: ESL, ABE/ASE, Career Pathways and Transitions classes.
October 2017
October 12-13 Infuse Instruction with CommonLit and Collaborative Strategic Reading, Part 2 During Part 2, participants will dig deeper into the CommonLit resources including reviewing the lesson plan template, writing rubric, and assessment options. The presenter will also model CSR with CommonLit literacy passages to use for direct instruction and student based small-group activities. The target audience is ASE, ABE, and ESL teachers.

Past Sessions

August 2017

August 3-4 Tech and Tell Cancelled Due to the Literacy Texas Conference, the Tech and Tell webinars are cancelled this week.
August 10-11 It’s not Just an Average Toolkit: Getting to Know the  Libraries and Literacy Digital Toolkit! This session explores the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) Libraries and Literacy Digital Toolkit. Objectives include explaining what and why digital literacy is critical for our AEL students’ success, background on the development of the toolkit, exploring the toolkit, and highlighting best practice recommendations for classroom instruction. The target audience includes classroom teachers, PD coordinators, librarians, and career navigators.
August 17-18 Keeping Your Student Assessment In-"Formative"-Part 2 Formative is a web-based tool that allows teachers to implement frequent formal and informal checks for understanding using real time intervention. During direct, explicit instruction, teachers know what each student needs as they learn, and they are able to take immediate action to ensure student understanding of new lesson content.
August 24-25 Instantly Instagram Like a Pro (Part 2) Teachers and administrators can learn more about how this system isn’t just for a one-way dissemination of information; it can be used to generate discussions, seek student input, and start collaboration efforts between students & staff members.
August 31-September 1 “Formative” Refresher This session explores the free digital assessment tool Formative. Participants will learn about uploading and creating assessments using PDF documents, integrating and applying lesson ideas, and using the tool during direct instruction versus assigning quizzes as homework. The basics of Formative are also reviewed including creating an account.
July 2017
July 13-14 English Skills for Career Pathways Success, Part 2: Creating Objectives Focused Content During Part 2 of this webinar, the goal is to create objectives focused content using the GSE rubric. Participants will examine a variety resources to inform the creation of content, review program outlines, and accelerate learner success. Also, the O*NET career database is examined in greater depth. This session is perfect for program administrators, curriculum developers, and classroom teachers including IET instructors.
July 20-21 Keeping Your Student Assessment In-"Formative" -Part 1 Formative is a web-based tool that allows teachers to implement frequent formal and informal checks for understanding using real time intervention. In doing so, teachers know what each student needs as they learn, and they are able to take immediate action to ensure student understanding of new lesson content.
July 27-28 Instantly Instagram Like a Pro (Part 1) Instagram is a powerful, fun, easy, and free social media tool and instructional resource to add to your wheelhouse.  Learn how to use it to capture, post, and share fantastic images that can celebrate student success, deliver motivational messages, and even recruit new students.
June 2017
June 1-2: Don't Just Quiz Students: "Quizizz" Students for Better Results! This is the first of two webinars in June focused on digital formative assessment tools. Quizizz allows teachers to “check and assess” numerous times during instruction and modify activities immediately so learners remain engaged and on-task.
June 8-9: Rewordify for Readability, Part 3 Rewordify is a free online resource to use for students in higher ESL or ABE levels as well as those in Career Pathways programs who are struggling with industry-specific textbooks. During this Part 3 webinar, teachers will dive deeper into analysis and learn how to monitor their students' learning with reports and charts for the entire class or for individual students.
June 15-16: Keeping Your Student Assessment In-"Formative" This is the second June webinar featuring formative assessment tools. Formative is a web-based tool that allows teachers to implement frequent formal and informal checks for understanding using real time intervention. In doing so, teachers know what each student needs as they learn, and they are able to take immediate action to ensure student attainment and understanding.
June 22-23 English Skills for Career Pathways Success This webinar will focus on the free resource Global Scale of English (GSE). Using the GSE for professional purposes, work has been conducted to examine alignment of language skills against job skills in the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) database; thus, during this webinar, participants will learn how to quickly identify specific communicative language skills, from true beginner to advanced proficiency, to improve developing streamlined curriculum for successful transition into work.
June 29-30 Focus on Three! Resource Websites for Teachers This webinar will focus three valuable websites that can help support AEL instructional delivery, teacher practice, and student learning! The target audience includes ABE, ESL and ASE teachers; however, directors and PD coordinators are encouraged to attend.
May 2017
May 4-5: Persistence Pays (Part 2): Apps & Web Resources to Capture Your Students  
May 11-12: Rewordify for Readability, Part 1 Rewordify is an online resource to use for students in higher ESL levels as well as those in Career Pathways programs who are struggling with industry-specific textbooks. Teachers will walk through the demo and discover how they can instantly scaffold text passages with multi-media support and create instant printable learning activities. This is part one of a three-part webinar series.
May 18-19: Work It! English Language Instruction Contextualized for Work and Career Pathways (Part 2). This is a two-part webinar for ESL teachers and program leaders who want to explore the new role of contextualization in English language instruction. Part Two focuses on diving more deeply into the ESL Pro module available on the LINCS site including the challenges associated with contextualization for work and career pathways.
May 25-26: Rewordify for Readability, Part 2 Rewordify is a free online resource to use for students in higher ESL or ABE levels as well as those in Career Pathways programs who are struggling with industry-specific textbooks. During this Part 2 webinar, teachers will become the students to learn how their own students can create customized vocabulary learning sessions and monitor their own progress.
April 2017
April 6-7: Effective Communication Strategy Using REMIND  

April 13-14:

Excel Your Instruction with Excel®!

From learning about budgets to planning a class project, there are so many practical uses for Excel® spreadsheets. This Tech and Tell will introduce tech tricks and strategies that will inspire you to explore the many different options you have with Microsoft Office programs.

April 20-21:

Work It! English Language Instruction Contextualized for Work and Career Pathways (Part 1)

This is a two-part webinar for ESL teachers and program leaders who want to explore the new role of contextualization in English language instruction. Part One will focus on the plethora of instructional resources in the ESL Pro digital magazine.

April 27-28:

Using Texas Reality Check®

Texas Reality Check® is a tool that Career Pathway Navigators and Adult Educators can use with students to assist them in determining how much their living expenses will be (based on the lifestyle they choose) and the amount of money they will need to earn in order to afford their chosen lifestyle.

March 2017
March 2-3: Introducing the DL Call Center: Just-in-Time Help for Math  
March 9-10: No Tech and Tell: Due to 2nd Annual Technology and DL Symposium  
March 16-17: No Tech and Tell: Due to Spring Break, Texas A&M University  
March 23-24: Persistence Pays (Part 2): Apps & Web Resources to Capture Your Students  
March 30-31: See It to Understand It: Mastering Mind Mapping  
February 2017
February 2-3: No Tech and Tell  
February 9-10: Let's Calculate!  
February 16-17: The Power of Plickers!  
February 23-24: Persistence Pays (Part 1): Apps & Web Resources to Capture Your Students  
January 2017
January 5-6: Word Generator, Part 1: Foundational Training and Interaction  
January 12-13: Word Generator, Part 2: How to Incorporate Into Your Classroom  
January 19-20: Introducing the TALAE Conference App  
January 26-27: Skills Commons, Part 2: Exploration of Career Pathways Curriculum and Content  

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