TalkingPoints is a multilingual texting platform developed by a California-based nonprofit with the same name, specifically to link teachers with students’ parents who are not native English speakers. To use the free service, teachers must first log into their account from a browser. They can then type a text message—such as a homework reminder or announcement—and send it to individual parents or a group using their cellphone numbers. Parents—who must sign up to get the message—receive it on their phones as if it were a normal text, and they can respond to the teacher as a text. TalkingPointstranslation is available in more than 20 languages. Costs: Free for teachers; schools pay for premium features
Each month we publish blogs and several newsletters full of digital learning, funding, professional growth, social media, and STEM resources. Below are items from our blogs and newsletters that educators turned to the most in April.
You have a new student, and he speaks no English. His family has just moved to your town from Japan, and although he receives English as a second language (ESL) support, he is also in your classroom every day so he will have more exposure to his new language. How can you be an effective teacher to this student?
Three educators of English learners offer 12 strategies that regular classroom teachers can use to improve instruction for their EL students. The strategies are simple to implement; they take little time to carry out; and best of all, they will help all students to learn.
Try these resources as you implement some of the suggested strategies.
The Institute for Inquiry (IFI) is a professional development program provided by the Exploratorium in San Francisco. IFI has created an online curriculum for professionaldevelopers that addresses the theory and practice of inquiry-based science education.