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  1. 1. A WORLD OF WONDER Using Technology for ELLs Johnna Paraiso Rutherford County Schools
  2. 2. Using Technology to Differentiate Instruction for English Language Learners <ul><li>ELLs are the fastest growing subgroup in the state of Tennessee. </li></ul><ul><li>English Language Learners frequently come from lower SES backgrounds and may have limited or interrupted formal schooling. </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers are frequently overwhelmed in meeting the needs of non-English speaking students. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Why is Technology Integration Especially Important for ELLs? <ul><li>The times they are a- changin ’ </li></ul><ul><li>Digital Divide- Many ELLs may not have the technology available at home, making school experiences even more important </li></ul><ul><li>Acquisition of multiple forms of literacy at one time </li></ul>
  4. 4. WHY USE TECHNOLOGY? <ul><li>Technology helps build reading and language skills. </li></ul><ul><li>Technology differentiates instruction. </li></ul><ul><li>Technology provides a creative outlet. </li></ul><ul><li>Technology sharpens research skills. </li></ul><ul><li>Technology promotes job skills. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Skills to Emphasize with ELLs <ul><li>Receptive </li></ul><ul><li>Listening </li></ul><ul><li>Reading </li></ul><ul><li>Expressive </li></ul><ul><li>Speaking </li></ul><ul><li>Writing </li></ul>
  6. 6. REMEMBER <ul><li>Simple tools, used with meaningful experiences open a world of wonder for the English Language Learner. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Types of Technology Experiences <ul><li>Internet </li></ul><ul><li>IPods </li></ul><ul><li>Games </li></ul><ul><li>Word processing programs </li></ul><ul><li>Powerpoint </li></ul><ul><li>E-mail </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Discussion Boards </li></ul><ul><li>Student and Teacher Built Web Sites </li></ul><ul><li>Movies </li></ul>
  8. 8. Powerpoint <ul><li>Powerpoint can be an effective tool to develop early literacy skills . </li></ul>
  9. 9. MovieMaker in the ESL Classroom <ul><li>Recording student stories </li></ul><ul><li>Time lapse photographs put into movie </li></ul><ul><li>Get acquainted movie for newcomers </li></ul><ul><li>Student created and teacher created media. </li></ul>Make me a STAR!!
  10. 10. Student Created Multimedia <ul><li>Students can use powerpoint or Moviemaker with music to create their own multimedia presentations. </li></ul><ul><li>Jorge </li></ul><ul><li>Wallaut </li></ul><ul><li>Lucio </li></ul>
  11. 11. Audio in the ESL Classroom <ul><li>Audacity- time lapse voice recording, student specific listening activities, accent reduction “soap” vs. “soup” </li></ul><ul><li>Vocaroo- creating online learning activities such as dictation, recording messages for families in their native languages </li></ul><ul><li>Podcasting- student created media for use in other classes, an alternative to the oral report. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Student Discussion Boards <ul><li>Used to discuss curriculum and communicate with classmates and teacher. </li></ul><ul><li>PASS WORD PROTECT!! </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  13. 13. Accessing the Discussion Board
  14. 14. Google Earth <ul><li>Probably one of the most effective Internet tools for ELLs </li></ul>
  15. 15. Student Email <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Email goes through classroom teacher </li></ul><ul><li>Email has filters </li></ul>“ ” Did ya check your email?”
  16. 16. Blogs and Wikis <ul><li>Blogs and wikis are ways to create as well as receive Internet content. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Why use a blog? <ul><li>Strong medium for journaling. </li></ul><ul><li>Professional collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Examples: </li></ul><ul><li>Mabry Middle School </li></ul><ul><li>Mrs. Dudiak’s Class Blog </li></ul>
  18. 18. Student Blogs <ul><li>A safe alternative to social networks. </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs can stimulate writing and web navigation skills. </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs from Gaggle have filters and go through the classroom teacher. </li></ul><ul><li>“ and it’s FUN!” </li></ul>
  19. 19. Social Networking <ul><li>ELLs may not have a computer or internet access at home but many have cell phones. </li></ul><ul><li>Depending on your district policy, social networks can be valuable tools for providing real life opportunities to read, write, speak and listen English. </li></ul><ul><li>Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, and Skype provide language acquisition opportunities for ELLs. </li></ul>
  20. 20. Wikis provide asynchronous collaboration
  21. 21. Using a Wiki with ELLs <ul><li>Creating your own Wiki </li></ul><ul><li>Seed Wiki </li></ul><ul><li>Use a wiki for vocabulary practice, for creating an online bilingual dictionary, for “word walls” </li></ul>
  22. 22. Student Created Web Pages <ul><li>Students can write web pages using Microsoft Word. </li></ul><ul><li>Check for appropriate language and subject matter. </li></ul><ul><li>ELLs can create web pages to share their life stories, to express understanding about content, to organize data </li></ul>
  23. 23. Success Breeds Success!!
  24. 24. Resource Websites <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
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