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Reviewing Vocabulary to Prepare for Coding

In this clip, Patricia Blanchette, an elementary ESL teacher at l’école Barthélémy-Vimont (CSDM), explains how she prepared her students for a coding activity using Scratch.

Scratch is a free online programming language where students can use blocks to create stories, games, and animations. In this video, Patricia presents the key vocabulary students need to use in order to complete a Scratch script.

You can find many tutorials online that will support your teaching of programming to young students. We have included a link to Randy Hamlyn’s Coding in Intensive English Resources.

Using the IWB to Brainstorm and Ask Questions About a Book

In this clip, Nadia Laurendeau uses the interactive whiteboard to brainstorm vocabulary and ask questions about a book that was read in class: Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs.

These preparation activities are linked to an LES called: Wacky News Report for Elementary, Cycle 3.

In collaboration with Sandra Laine, consultant, Service national du RÉCIT, domaine des langues

Reviewing Grammar Using Quiz Tools

In this clip, Nadia Laurendeau, an ESL teacher at the Samuel-De Champlain Elementary School (CSMV), explains how she uses Quizziz (a quiz tool) to review grammar with her students.

Quizizz is a free multiplatform tool that is used to create quizzes in class or at home. There are a variety of quiz tools that exist such as: Plickers, Kahoot, Socrative, Google Form or O365 Forms, etc. The choice of the tool depends on your preference, your pedagogical intention and the technology available in class.

Do you want to have more ideas to integrate survey tools in class? You can consult the Engage Students with Interactive Videos and Surveys presentation.

How Can Technology Support a Trolley Teacher?

In this clip, Kimberley Hornburg an ESL primary teacher at CSPI, explains how she got organized after she lost her class because of an increase in clientele.

Being a trolley teacher means that each period is done in a different room with differing contexts and technology. It’s not always easy to manage and to think about everything needed for a period.

Tools such as the IWB software (Notebook, ActiveInspire, etc.) and even presentation tools like Power Point Online or Google Slides can become helpful when you need to get going fast with a class. With these applications, you can already plan a routine and have links that you need for your lesson, LES or activity.