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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.

 

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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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Screencast Tag?

May 11th, 2016

I get quite a few questions about Screen Capturing and Screen Casting. “How do I do it?” “Will the technique work on my phone?” “Can I do this on my tablet?” “Is it easy to teach students?” Simply put, both screen capturing and screencasting are easily and freely done on just about any device. If you would like to learn how to screen capture (AKA –  Take a Screen Shot), you should check out http://www.take-a-screenshot.org/ This website gives instructions for making screen captures (static images of what you see on the screen of your device) for most devices, operating systems, and browsers.

If you are really up to a learning challenge… then

Tag You Are It!

Your challenge, if you are up to it, is to learn how to make a screencast. Once you have acquired the skill, prove it to us by tagging us back and tagging someone else whom you would like to challenge with learning this important 21st Century Skill. To help get you started, here is a short training video for a free easy to use Google Chrome plug in called Screencastify

Once you have created your screencast share it with us using the form below. Good luck. And if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to find me and ask me. I am always happy to help.

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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Game On #SSTESOL

May 11th, 2016

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 Special Thanks to Carolina Diaz and Maraih Schuemann who really took the Gamification challenge to the next level by making conference videos and sharing them back with us.

Welcome to SSTESOL 2016! This year, the team has decided to try something new, so below you will find information about some online & F2F challenges that we have designed to help gamify the conference a bit. Who knows, if you like them, perhaps we will make gamification something we offer at future SSTESOL Conferences. We hope you enjoy the activities we have created/curated for you. Each day there will be new options available (New activities will unlock as participants begin to try out the challenges). Not sure if you are up to the challenges, ask around and see if you can get others to help you or even join you in working to open up the locked levels.  The more you participate the more Experience Points (XP) you earn, AND THERE WILL BE PRIZES! Also, the more people participate, the faster the levels will be unlocked so spread the word. Can you unlock all the levels before the end of the conference? Good Luck!

Selfie/Groupie Challenge  – Take all the selfies/groupies you want and share your favorite conference pictures with us. The more you share, the more experience points (XP) you earn. Who knows, perhaps this challenge may even spark ideas for using file requests in your classroom. 

Praise-a-Presenter  – Was there something in the program you liked? Would you like to Praise a Presenter. Click here to earn experience points for telling us what you think of the conference or our conference presenters. Also, learn a little bit about how you can activate your own classroom robots for information exchange. 

Screencast Tag?  – Not sure what a screen capture is? Looking to learn some 21st Century teaching skills? Check out screencast tag and teach yourself something that you and your students will love.

Phone/Facebook-a-Friend –  It has been said that teaching is a benevolent contagion. As teachers, we often can’t help but want to infect others with things we have learned. So, why not go ahead and share what you are learning. We will even give you some XP for doing it.

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.

It’s Appy Hour  What 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 name if you want the XP)

For additional gamification and interactive technology ideas here is the Link to the Bricks and Clicks Session  Where we talked about

Learning in a Giffy

Post It in the Classroom

Greenscreen and Hams

Lego Your Creativity

Augmenting Reality

Google Cardboard

&

Face Swap

 

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Praise a Presenter or the Program

May 10th, 2016

Screen Shot 2016-05-10 at 11.46.44 PMThe conference team would love to hear your thoughts on our presenters and the conference program in general. If you have something to say, please say it. We want to make sure SSTESOL is your favorite conference of the year, and to do that we need your feedback. To help you share with us, we have added a couple new features to the website. The easiest way to give us feedback is simply take out your phone and call us. Dial 22 – 4 – FL – TESOL or  (224-358-3765). Make sure you leave a name and contact information if you would like us to get back to you.  If you would prefer a more traditional survey, click on this link or the image below to go to our presenter survey.

If you are hoping to earn some gamification XP for this, be sure to leave your name so that we can see to it that you get the credit for your comments.

 

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Selfie Groupie Challenge

May 10th, 2016

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Share your favorite conference pics here!

We know you like to take pictures. Chances are, you have already snapped a few on your phone or tablet since arriving at the conference. This year, the SSTESOL Conference Team would like to invite you to share your favorite Conference Selfies/Groupies. So share away:

  1. Click on this link, or the picture/link above.
  2. Locate the image you want to share on your device.
  3. Share the image.

Your image will be immediately uploaded to our SSTESOL File Request folder in Dropbox. Want to learn more, click here.  We will be selecting images shared with us to showcase at different points in the conference. So take some great shots of you learning and trying new things and feel free to share them with us. We are looking forward to seeing what you send in.

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SSTESOL Conference 2015

May 3rd, 2015

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Hotel Registration

Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront

Thursday – Saturday, May 7th-9th

Click Here to Reserve Your Room

 

Conference Registration

Conference Program

2015 Conference Schedule at a Glance

Parking Information

 

However, we are taking applications now for the following awards!

SSTESOL Travel Grants Applications
Teacher Mini-Grant Applications
Badia Scholarship Award Applications
SSTESOL Research Grant Applications
Outstanding Educator Award Nominations

Featured Speakers & Keynotes

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Mark A. James is an associate professor of applied linguistics and director of undergraduate studies in the English department at Arizona State University, where he teaches a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses. Dr. James’ research and teaching focus on issues related to curriculum, teaching, and learning in second language education, in particular learning transfer. His work has been published in a variety of journals (e.g., TESOL Quarterly, ELT Journal, Journal of English for Academic Purposes), and presented at numerous conferences (e.g., TESOL, AAAL).
Soccorro Herrera is a Professor at Kansas State University. She is known for her work on culturally-driven biographies and culturally responsive pedagogy. She has worked extensively in the U.S. and abroad to preparing teachers for working with diverse learners.  soccorroherrera
Andrea DeCapua web pic Andrea DeCapua, Ed.D., is a researcher, educator, and educational consultant. Her interests include second language acquisition, culture, and second language learners and the classroom. She specializes in teacher training for teachers working with struggling language learners and in developing intercultural awareness for classrooms in a global society.

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