BIODATA. Cristina Berry is an educator with thirteen years of experience working with English language learners from the primary to college level in four continents. She holds a Masters Degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Teachers College, Columbia University and is a current English Language Fellow working in Vilnius with the US State Department through Georgetown University.   


WORKSHOP. Using web-based tools to engage English language learners

In this session you will be introduced to Seesaw, an online learning portfolio for primary-aged learners that connects students, teachers, and parents.  You will see examples of items from an ESL classroom in the United States that have helped students develop reading, writing, listening and speaking skills as well as items to enhance vocabulary in English.  During this workshop, you will also learn how this web-based tool can be used to connect with classrooms abroad for meaningful and enriching cultural experiences. Seesaw is geared toward students up to age 13, but items presented can be used to help you create ideas to engage learners of all ages through various web-based tools such as Google Classroom, Moodle or Padlet.  

Attendees are welcome to bring a tablet or smartphone in order to download apps for and explore any of the aforementioned web-based tools. If web-based learning is new to you, viewing a Seesaw account will inspire you to incorporate such tools in your classroom. If you are already using web-based tools with students, you will develop understanding of a new resource as well as ideas for using your current tool.