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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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Tech and Tell with TRAIN PD

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.


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.

July 2017

August 3-4 Tech and Tell Cancelled Due to the Literacy Texas Conference, the Tech and Tell webinars are cancelled this week.

Past Sessions
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  
December 2016
December 15-16: Open Educational Resources on SkillsCommons  
December 22-23: No Tech and Tell  
December 29-30: No Tech and Tell  
November 2016
November 3-4: Building Students' Vocabulary Muscles  
November 10-11: Let Your Students Padlet!  
November 17-18: Opening the Door of Opportunity: Successful Interviewing Strategies  
November 24-25: No Tech and Tell  
October 2016
October 6-7: Rockin’ Robin: Twitter for Education: Tweet-Tweet (Part 1)  
October 13-14: Technolizing Your Math Classroom, Part1  
October 20-21: Rockin’ Robin: Twitter for Education: Tweet-Tweet (Part 2)  
October 27-28: Technolizing Your Math Classroom, Part 2  
September 2016
September 1-2: Why Do I Need to Know JAN? Understanding the Value of the Resources  
September 8-9: Math is not Hard it's Soft! Getting to Know SoftSchools.  
September 15-16: Get Ready…Get Set…Get Twiducated, Part 2  
September 22-23: Overview of Texas Workforce Solutions Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Part 1  
September 29-30: Overview of Texas Workforce Solutions Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Part 2  
August 2016
August 4-5: Exploring GoToMeeting  
August 11-12: Like a Champ: Getting Even More Out of Chrome’s Browser Extensions (Part 2)!  
August 18-19: Developing Virtual Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) for your Adult Education Program  
August 25-26: Get Ready…Get Set…Get Twiducated!!!!  
July 2016
July 1: ReadWorks Revised Part 1 digital.readworks.org
July 7-8: Overview of CourseSites- Part 1 www.coursesites.com
July 14-15: Schoology: More Ways to Engage Students through your LMS www.schoology.com
July 21-22: CourseSites Part 2 www.coursesites.com
July 28-29: Like a Boss: Making Your Chrome Browser Extensions Work for You (Part 1)!  
June 2016
June 2-3: Exploring History through a Digital Lense: Focus on Primary Sources  
June 9-10: Operation OER- Part 2! Exploring OER Attribution  
June 16: Introducing Schoology www.schoology.com
June 17: Session 1: Adult Education Teacher Competencies  
June 23: ReadWorks Revisited Part 1 digital.readworks.org
June 24: Session 2: Adult Education Teacher Induction  
June 30: No Tech and Tell  
May 2016
May 5-6: Developing Online Communities  
May 12-13: Recruiting for Career Pathways Using Smart Cards  
May 19-20: CAPTURing Your Classroom! Screen Captures Made Easy  
May 26-27: Operation OER! Resources for Learner Success  
April 2016
March 31-April 1: "CASTing" Light on Your Classroom http://www.cast.org/
April 7-8: TPACKing in Your Classroom http://www.tpack.org/
April 14-15: Assessment Strategies and Reading Profiles (ASRP) Resource https://lincs.ed.gov/readingprofiles/index.htm
April 22: "CASTing" Light on Your Classroom http://www.cast.org/
April 28-29: Exploring Edmodo  
March 2016
March 4: Resources for Career Pathways http://www.lmci.state.tx.us/
March 10-11: An Introduction to ReadWorks http://www.readworks.org/
March 17-18: No Tech and Tell (Spring Break)  
March 25: Developing Online Communities  
March 31-April 1: "CASTing" Light on Your Classroom http://www.cast.org/
February 2016
February 4-5: An Introduction to LINCS https://lincs.ed.gov/
February 11-12: Exploring Labor Market and Career Resources

http://www.lmci.state.tx.us/
http://www.tracer2.com/

February 18-19: Implementing Tools for Adults with Disabilities  
January 2016
January 7-8: An Introduction to OOVO http://www.oovoo.com/
January 14: REMIND https://www.remind.com
January 21-22: An Introduction to Weebly https://www.weebly.com/home/
January 28-29: Resources for Students with Disabilities  

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