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Technology in ESOL Classrooms & Preparing Teachers for Successful Integration

TESOL Intersession Presentation: Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL)And Elementary Education Interest Sections********

Presenters:  Dr. Christel Broady, Dr. Karen Kuhel, Ellen Dougherty, Margaret McKenzie, Stacey Abbott, Sandra Annette Rogers, and Benjamin Fabie 

Session Summary

The panel explores successful integration of technology in ELL elementary classrooms, considering the why (research findings) and how (practical examples and demonstration of technology). It also discusses training: 1) how teachers can be successfully prepared in teacher education programs, and 2) two online TESOL professional development opportunities in technology.


Technology Integration into TESOL Teacher Education Programs

Dr. Karen Kuhel

Kennesaw State University

Dr. Christel Broady

Georgetown College

The Need For Technology in Teacher Education Programs

  • Technological natives vs. technological immigrants

  • Resistance based upon lack of understanding

    • Teacher Educator

    • Preservice Teacher

    • Practicing Teacher

  • Need to meet teacher education program standards*

    • Accreditation

      • P-12 – NCATE

    • General Education

      • Common Core

      • NETS

    • TESOL

      • TESOL technology standards

*example is from the United States

The How of Technology in TESOL Teacher Education Programs

  • Stand alone technology course

  • Introductory technology course + intentional systematic embedding of technology throughout rest of program

  • Only intentional systematic embedding of technology throughout program

The Pedagogy of Sustainability

  • Develop knowledge and skills to consider which technology best meets the needs of a specific teaching/learning situation

  • Develop skills in specific technologies

  • Develop Communities of Practice in order to sustain systematic appropriate use of technology(ies) for academic achievement

Determine which technology best meet the needs of a specific teaching/learning situation

Pedagogically, how can teacher education programs help preservice and practicing teachers become reflective consumers of technology?

  • Situate technology learning and application within the content and context of the classroom;

  • Stress active reflection on the effectiveness of all areas of instruction (content, language, and technology); 

  • Utilize project-based collaborative learning

  • Draw on resources from others who have a long history of using technology to develop differentiation of instruction


In Kentucky, all teachers are ESL teachers

Where to begin?

Collaboration of regular teachers with ESL Specialist


Communities of Practice


Asynchronous Technology

And Social Media



Videos..…models of best practice


Assessment Tips


Cultural Information

Psychological Information

Non Verbal Communication




Should represent the latest professional news and development


Build Knowledge

Professional Leadership

  • Become an active member in professional organizations

  • Contribute to the profession

  • Model advocacy on the levels of school, state, and beyond


  • Skype

  • Google Chat

  • Google documents for review

  • Drop Box

How will Teachers Be Prepared?

5 ESL Endorsement courses weaving technology with content, accreditation standards, Praxis exam content, and anything else required of a program.

Practical examples:

Technology in Course Work

  • Methods:

    • Technology Review Project

    • Lesson Plan using technology

  • Assessment:

    • Analysis of all assessments one ESL student undergoes

    • Design of a school-wide PD via technology

  • Linguistics

    • Electronic voice and writing sample analysis

    • Creation of e-book for all candidates

  • Cultural Communication

    • Thorough www research on one culture and language group, interviews, home visits, PD via technology

  • Leadership

    • Analyze school data of ESL students electronically

    • Design of a school-wide PD via technology

Technology Integration – The school district Perspective

Margaret McKenzie

Cobb County Georgia School District

Cobb County School DistrictWho are we?

Second largest school district in GA

114 schools

106,642 students

8,000 ELLs and 2,000 ELL-Ms

Some District Level Challenges

  • ESOL teachers spread over wide area and in multiple schools

  • Limited face-time for district staff to meet with school level staff

  • Limited technology support and training

  • Highly transient population

“Administrators play a pivotal role in determining how well technology is used in our schools.”

iste (International Society for Technology in Education)

NETS-A (National Educational Technology Standards)

The hallmarks of the new school leader

Critical understanding:

1. For administrators to create and sustain a culture that supports digital-age learning, they must become comfortable collaborating as co-learners with colleagues and students around the world.

The hallmarks of the new school leader

Critical understanding:

2. In today’s digital learning culture, it’s less about staying ahead and more about moving forward as members of dynamic learning communities. Administrators convey a vision for technology infusion and ensure development of their own technology skills and those of others.

ISTE NETS and Performance Indicators for Administrators (NETS-A)

  • Visionary Leadership

  • Digital-Age Learning Culture

  • Excellence in Professional Practice

  • Systemic Improvement

  • Digital Citizenship

So…how can technology help district level staff support their colleagues in higher ed and on the local school level?

Quick access to information and resources

Websites or blogs

  • Cobb ESOL Blog

  • Cobb FL/ESOL Tech Integration Blog

Online collaboration

Wikis (PBWorks)





Information gathering

GoogleDocs– online forms, spreadsheets

Technology integration into the elementary classroom – School Administrative perspective

Stacey Abbott

Cobb County School District

Belmont Hills ElementaryWho are we?

  • Entire certified staff has ESOL certification or endorsement (1 ½ yr)

  • Alternative model approved by the state-reduced class model serving students within general ed by esol/gen ed teachers

45% African American

54% Hispanic

1% White & other

Highest poverty school in Cobb County, GA

98.5% Free Reduced Lunch

50+% transience rate

45+% ELL or ELL-M

Using Technology with ELLs School Administration Level

  • Develop Teacher Buy-In

  • Dedicate Support & Materials

  • Dedicate Time

  • Develop Accountability

Our Staff Back Then

Apprehensive Adopters


Early Adopters

Developing Buy In

Monitoring for Student Achievement- Built Accountability

Dedicate Support & Materials

  • Initial training to use new technology provided by companies

    (Promethean, Active Studio/Inspire)

  • Local school Technology Integration Specialist continued support during collaboration time (document cameras, CPS, iRespond)

  • Continued to purchase/seek curricular resources to use with technologies

  • Recently added an ipod cart for use with ELLs

Dedicate Time

  • Collaboration- 2 hour protected collaboration

    (Learn, hyperlink into units, skype)

  • Unit planner development-use of shared drive

  • Peer Observations to learn from each other

Develop Accountability

Easy to “drop” as learning gets layered on…

Builds Transparency

Develop Accountability

A reminder to practice what has been learned

Evens out the playing field

Creates a need for collaboration

Technology integration into the elementary classroom – Teacher perspective

Benjamin Fabie

Belmont Hills Elementary


“Although my hands do get dried out, a chalk holder is not for me. I have technophobia.”

21st Century Classroom

  • During the 2007-2008 school year, the Cobb County School District in Georgia launched the “21st Century Classroom” project, which included placing IWBs in every working classroom within seven demonstration schools.

  • “The 21st Century Classroom initiative will turn classrooms into high-tech, interactive learning environments at the seven schools.”  

Promethean ActivBoard

Software Programs

  • ActivStudio

  • ActivInspire

    • Flipcharts

      • Teacher/student created

      • Steal with zeal!


        • Collaborative sharing on school server

Student Response Systems


Centers-based Classroom

Student Focused

Multiple Pens

Student Response Systems

Document Camera

Camera and Video

Sharing student work

Kindergarteners and Technology?

New Adventures!

Ellen Dougherty

University of Nevada Las Vegas

Conditions for Optimal Learning Environments (Egbert & Hanson-Smith, 2007)

  • Interact & negotiate meaning

  • Interact in target language with authentic audience

  • Involved in authentic tasks

  • Exposure to and encouraged to produce varied & creative language

  • Sufficient time & feedback

  • Guided to attend mindfully to learning process

  • Atmosphere with ideal stress & anxiety level

  • Autonomy is supported

Google Earth

Streams over wired /wireless networks

Users travel virtually

Photographic detail

3D model based on satellite images

Space level

Street level

Google Earth, Sky, Moon, Mars

Google Tour

  • Streams over wired /wireless networks

  • Users travel virtually

  • Photographic detail

  • 3D model based on satellite images

  • Space level

  • Street level

  • Google Earth, Sky, Moon, Mars

  • Google Tour



* Basic Literacies

* Follow directions

Attention to detail

Microsoft Office

Google Docs

The Important Book by Margaret Wise Brown

Fast ForWard

Builds reading & language skills

Phonological awareness

Sound sequencing

Language structures

Emphasizes link between spoken & written language

Fine motor skills

Hand-eye coordination

Pattern recognition

Color-shape identification

iPod Touch

Voice Memo - Interactive language courses

Learning English –New York Times

Story Kit - Int. Children’s Digital Library

Conversation English

Allen English – Grammar

ESL - Innovative Language Learning


Kaplan TOEFL Vocabulary

Professional Development

Sandra Rogers

University of South Alabama

Independent Online Learning Opportunities

1. TESOL's Principles & Practices of Online Teaching (PPOT) Certificate

  • This yearlong course hosted by TESOL is conducted at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire via online

  • This certification is for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL); however, it's open to anyone from any field. 

  • PPOT courses encourage social networking and highlights the free online tools that could be used for educational purposes. 

PPOT Certificate

Sample Coursework: Foundation course (history of online teaching, methodology and research findings), Creating and Using Multimedia Online, Teaching Reading and Writing Online, Teaching Listening Online, eCommerce for Teachers and Administrators, and a Completion course (final projects, debriefings, and summation).

Electronic Village Online (EVO)

2. TESOL's CALL-IS Electronic Village Online (EVO)

  • CALL-IS actually created the PPOT Certificate program.  EVO takes place annually during the first part of the year and is not a certificate course; it provides various sessions free of charge.

  • To get involved next year, look for announcements for the call to participate in December of this year for EVO 2012.  These announcements are generally shared on the TESOL list serves, so make sure you join the one connected to your interest section.

  • Even though the session has ended, you can still view the content covered.  Generally, the sessions are participatory and conclude with a final project.  Therefore, there are numerous projects to view that include sample lesson plans, blogs, wikis, videos, photography, audio files, etc.

EVO's Mission Statement

The EVO is a creation of TESOL's CALL Interest Section. In this age of electronic communication, it seems a natural way to bring the issues of our profession to the international stage. Our goal is to allow learning anywhere, anytime, with as little expense as possible. Thus EVO moderators and trainers are all volunteers, and participants need only provide their own Internet access to take part in activities. Contribution as a Moderator is a significant act of volunteerism, and forms an important service to our profession.

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