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Moving beyond some of the basic tools for ESOL instruction, these sessions will introduce you to two tools to increase engagement, learning, and fun in your ESOL instruction! Nearpod and Padlet provide opportunities to communicate and interact with students and to integrate content, assessment, and discussion.

Please note: You will access this course via Blackboard. You cannot access the online course from the SABES website. You will receive a separate email from Joanne Harrington at Quinsigamond Community College 1-2 days before the course begins with instructions on how to access the Blackboard course and the Zoom session. 


    This professional development activity/course is designed for:

  • ESOL instructors of any student level who are ready to expand their digital toolbox

In this workshop we will explore Nearpod and Padlet, two engaging tools that can enhance your ESOL instruction in both remote and blended classes.

  • Day one focuses on Nearpod, an innovative tool for integrating content and assessment. Learn how to use slides, videos, websites, and other resources for student activities and how to add various methods of assessment, such as quizzes, matching activities, and open-ended questions.
  • Day two focuses on Padlet, a user-friendly and fun digital tool for both instructors and English learners. Incorporating text, photos, audio, and more, you can create visually beautiful and effective activities, as well as assessments, in the four skill areas of reading, writing, listening, and speaking.

Participants are encouraged to practice creating lessons/activities with the two tools between and after the sessions, and the presenter will provide feedback.

    Learning Objectives

    Upon completion of this professional development activity/course, you will be able to:

  • Design lessons integrating content and assessment with Nearpod
  • Create interactive activities using Padlet
Presenter(s) / Facilitator(s)

Participants should be comfortable using Zoom and toggling between Zoom and other windows. It will be easiest to participate on a computer, but participants are encouraged to bring a smartphone or table to the session as well.


United States

PD Center
SABES English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Curriculum & Instruction PD Center
Topic Area
Digital Literacy
Distance and Blended Learning
ESOL/English Learners