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SSTESOL 2017 – Game On!

April 18th, 2017

Try something new, earn some Experience Points (XP), and possibly even win some prizes. This year as you tackle challenges and share what you are learning at the conference, we will be keeping track of your XP, posting the best gamers to the leaders’ board and awarding prizes throughout the conference.

This year’s games and challenges include:

Praise a Presenter – This is an easy challenge that you can all do. Simply click on this link and fill out the form to praise one of our outstanding presenters.

It’s Appy HourWhat is your favorite App for teaching English Language Learners? As you chat with your friends, please share your favorite apps with us. Feel free to call us and leave a message 224-358-3765. (Don’t forget to leave your Gamer Tag if you want the XP)

Sunshine Selfies* – Like last year, this year we are collecting selfies, so feel free to get creative and snap some great shots of you having fun and learning at SSTESOL 2017. Additional XP for featured photos (Pictures we select to feature), pictures with publishers (Snap a shot with your favorite Publisher), selfies with board members (If you can find a board member with some free time, introduce yourself and get a selfie with them).

Greater Groupies* – Like last year, this year we are also collecting groupies, so feel free to get creative and snap some great shots of you having fun and learning at SSTESOL 2017. Get creative… additional XP for featured photos (Pictures we select to feature).

How Do YouTube? – How do you use YouTube in the classroom? Do you have a great youtube video you can share? Would you like to learn more about some apps that can turn your classroom into a video production studio? Check out this challenge to learn more.

Meme Maker Madness* – What is your favorite meme for the classroom? Do you have a favorite meme for teaching grammar? Do you have know idea what a meme is? Click on the link to learn more and get some new ideas.

Battle of the Bitmojis  – Do you have a Bitmoji? Do you know what a Bitmoji is? Try this challenge, click on the link to learn more and get some new ideas for how you can use Bitmojis in your classroom.

Hashtag ChallengeMany of us are old enough to remember # being called a pound sign. Today, it is more affectionately referred to as a hashtag. People use Hashtags to track conversations on social media. This year at SSTESOL we will be tracking your use of hashtags and awarding XP to our favorite posts to Twitter and Facebook. So, go ahead, feel free to share your favorite moments or things you are learning to Facebook and Twitter, just make sure you post your Gamer Tag and #SSTESOL.

 

Reach Out and Teach Someone – This year at the conference we thought it might be fun to challenge you to help some great ideas go viral. So if you see something at the conference that triggers an emotion in you, or that provides you with some social currency and makes you want to share it, go ahead and make it public. Share the idea on Facebook, call or text a friend. Let them know what you are learning here at SSTESOL. And then, if you are interested in earning some XP or competing for some of the gamification prizes, have your friend call us and let us know what you shared with them.

Where in the World? – Come have some fun and try out teaching with Greenscreen. Pick a destination and go their virtually. Make a quick “Where in the world am I” video for your students. We will help you do it. Then post it to your favorite social media site. Don’t forget your gamer tag and to #sstesol

Minute Mentor : This Year’s Brick or Click Challenge – We would like gather and share some of the wisdom of the crowd. Do you have any teacher tricks you would like to share. Whether they are Bricks (more traditional/non-digital teaching strategies) or Clicks (digital teaching strategies) We would like to share your best ideas in a new series we are calling the minute mentor. Here are some examples.

Memes   –   Bitmoji and Blabberize    –   Learning in a Giffy

Notice that they are all around 1 minute long. Do you have a minute mentor idea? If you do, and you are willing to share, find James May (Our Webmaster) and let him know. He will help you record it and get it posted to the SSTESOL Website. He will also make sure you get the XP you deserve for this assignment.

* Additional XP for featured photos, pictures with publishers, selfies with board members and grammar fail memes.

 

 

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Conference Call for Proposals 2017

November 7th, 2016

Proposal Deadline: January 22, 2017

Notification: the week of February 16th, 2017

Questions?  Sarah Courtemanch: proposalchair@sstesol.org

Primary Presenter Name (required)

Primary Presenter Email (required)

Professional Affiliation (required)

Mailing Address (required)

Primary Phone Number (required)

Would you like your email address published in the conference program? (required)

List Other Presenters (If necessary)

Title of Presentation

Select your preferred presentation date

Select your preferred alternate presentation date

Select your presentation type

If asked would you be willing to present your topic as a Roundtable session?

Please understand that SSTESOL is unable to guarantee Internet access in all presentation rooms. However, we are doing our best to accommodate, so to help the board better plan for your presentation, please indicate if you think you will need Internet for your presentation.

Will you require Internet access for your presentation?

YesNo

Is yours an exhibitor or commercial presentation?

Select your Strand Type

Other: Please explain

Summary for the Program (50 word maximum—please proofread all submissions carefully as this will be used in the program)

Abstract of your presentation (300 word maximum)

Short professional bio for each presenter (30 word maximum: Note that only the first 30 words will be used for each presenter)

Additional Questions (If necessary)

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SSTESOL Conference 2016

October 1st, 2016

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Hotel Registration

West Palm Beach Marriott
1001 Okeechobee Boulevard West Palm Beach FL 33401

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Conference Program

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Featured Speakers & Keynotes

Engaging Generation C with the Adjacent Possible

Who is Generation C? How best do they learn? What strategies can we employ to help them outwit, outplay, and outlast the competition? Come join Dr. James May as he opens a few doors to the adjacent possibilities within your classroom. Bring your own device and be ready to try out some easy-to-use, gamified collaboration tools designed to help you learn more about 21st century teaching strategies that engage, inform, and inspire.

 

Thursday Keynote

Thursday 11:00am – 12:15pm

Dr. James S. May

Friday Keynote

Friday 9:30am – 10:45pm

Dr. Paul Gavoni and Dr. Scott Neil

What it takes to build a Champion

What is the relationship between developing fighters and developing students, teachers, leaders and schools? Find out how the development of Champion Mixed Martial Artists correlates with principles required for developing a learning environment where all students can be successful. Concepts such as effective goal setting, real deliberate practice for building fluency (responding quickly and accurately without thinking), and shaping performance will be used to help the audience understand the art and science of fostering self-efficacy and grit to help every person in a school district outwit, outlast, and outplay to reach success.

Champion schools know where they are, where they are going, and the precise behaviors that will allow them to reach their goals. The presenters will reveal the game plan used to build champions in schools where success was not the norm. Success in these schools was not based on a summative result, but rather a collection of formative streams of data that link evidence to effort and successful achievement of goals. The presenters will demonstrate how schools can apply scientific concepts of Organizational Behavior Management and Social Learning Theory through the utilization of various data sources to build the self and collective efficacy (Growth Mindset) of teachers and students in pursuit of higher goals and greater expectations. Specific strategies on how to purposely plan to build the beliefs of an entire school through the social interactions of its stakeholders will be shared.

 

“Ignite Student Learning with a Growth Mindset”

Why is it that some students work doggedly at a difficult task while others crumble and give up at the fist sign of struggle? Student motivation and resilience is a result of a combination of effective learning strategies and a growth mindset, the belief that mastery can be achieved through effort. Research shows that our implicit beliefs about intelligence determine educational outcomes. Learn how to help students and teachers change their mindsets to develop self-efficacy and resilience through the growth mindset – a fundamental idea that underlies all motivation, achievement, and success in school and in life.

 

 

 

FEATURED SPEAKER

Friday 4:15pm – 5:30pm

Mrs. Janna Peskett

 

FEATURED SPEAKER

Saturday 9:00am – 10:15am

Dr. Luciana C. de Oliveira

 

Academic language in WIDA, the Florida Standards and beyond

This keynote addresses the concept of academic language in the WIDA Standards and the Florida Standards to identify commonalities and differences in how different standards conceptualize “academic language”. Participants learn strategies to focus on academic language at word/phrase, sentence, and discourse levels

 

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It’s Appy Hour

May 12th, 2016

 It is Appy hour. We hope that you will soon be joining us at our welcome reception, but prior to that, we wanted to spark some discussion. So, here is a conversation starter…

What is your favorite App for teaching English Language Learners?

As you chat with your friends, please share your favorite apps with us. We will give you some XP, and perhaps you can move up a few pegs on the leaders board. Also, it will help the website team curate some of the best apps to feature on our website.

Don’t want to fill out the form, just call us and tell us about your favorite app. Don’t forget to leave your name so we can give you your XP

22-4-FL-TESOL or 224-358-3765

Your Name (required)

Your Email (required)

Game On #SSTESOL

Your Friend's Email if you are challenging or sharing with a friend.

Have your friend call 22 – 4 – FL – TESOL or (224-358-3765) and let us know what you shared with them. If you are trying to get XP for the Phone-a-friend-challenge

In this space, please share with us what challenge you are working on and then share your links or whatever other information you need to share to earn your XP. If you are challenging a colleague, you may also want to use this space to explain what it is that you are challenging them to do or try. Good Luck!

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How Do YouTube?

May 12th, 2016

If you have a smart device and a YouTube account, then you are a walking production studio and you may not know it. Not sure if you have a YouTube Account? Well, if you have a Gmail account, then you have a YouTube whether you use it or not. Add a video production app and you are ready to go, walking production studio. Not sure which app to use? Well to help you with that, we have two that we recommend listed below. But before we get to that, let’s discuss the challenge

The Challenge

To help differentiate this challenge, we are going to offer both a curation and a creation challenge. 1) For the curation challenge, submit your answer using the link below.  share your favorite YouTube video for your ELL classroom. Please be sure to explain what grade level you teach and how you use the video in the class to connect to your content. 2) For the creation challenge, try out one of the video creation apps below, or use your own. Then Make a video of you doing something here at the conference and share it with us. We will see to it that you get the XP you deserve.

Let’s Learn some video production

First things first, are you iOS or Android? If you have an iPod Touch, an iPad or an iPhone, then watch the video below on Youtube Capture. To download the capture app, click here. YouTube Capture (iOS) Once installed on your device, log in and connect to your YouTube channel and start making movies right from your device. It is a lot easier than you might think.

If you an Android user and you have an android tablet or phone, then watch the video below onVivavideo. To download the app, click here. Vivavideo (Android). Once installed on your device, log in and connect to your YouTube channel and start making movies right from your device.

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Phone/Facebook a Friend

May 12th, 2016

As you know, today’s students live in a world of pernicious posts, trending tweets, ubiquitous URLs, and, of course, viral videos. When I meet a great teacher or learn a new teacher trick, I can’t wait to share it with others. Chances are, you are the same. Technically, aren’t all great teachers just benevolent contagions whose ideas spread and change the future? But, how can we as teachers get our content to go viral. Well, if this sounds interesting to you, you might want to check out Jonah Berger’s book, Contagious. Jonah has identified six  STEPPS that can help you to make your teaching and your content go viral. I have placed the STEPPS below if you are interested.

The Challenge

This year at the conference we thought it might be fun to challenge you to help some great ideas go viral. So if you see something at the conference that triggers an emotion in you, or that provides you with some social currency and makes you want to share it, go ahead and make it public. Share the idea on Facebook, call or text a friend. Let them know what you are learning here at SSTESOL. And then, if you are interested in earning some XP or competing for some of the gamification prizes, have your friend call us and let us know what you shared with them.

***Have your friend call us at 224-358-3765. Have them leave a message telling us your name and what you taught them.

 

Your Name (required)

Your Email (required)

Game On #SSTESOL

Your Friend's Email if you are challenging or sharing with a friend.

Have your friend call 22 – 4 – FL – TESOL or (224-358-3765) and let us know what you shared with them. If you are trying to get XP for the Phone-a-friend-challenge

In this space, please share with us what challenge you are working on and then share your links or whatever other information you need to share to earn your XP. If you are challenging a colleague, you may also want to use this space to explain what it is that you are challenging them to do or try. Good Luck!

Jonah’s STEPPS

 

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