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Embracing Technology in the ESL Classroom. Creating Engaging and Challenging Standards-Based ESL Lessons Using Multiple Technologies. Marybeth Hegel Jenny Murphy Rowan University. Why Use Technology?. Engages students Differentiate instruction Learning is three-dimensional

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embracing technology in the esl classroom

Embracing Technology in the ESL Classroom

Creating Engaging and Challenging Standards-Based ESL Lessons Using Multiple Technologies

Marybeth Hegel

Jenny Murphy

Rowan University

why use technology
Why Use Technology?
  • Engages students
  • Differentiate instruction
  • Learning is three-dimensional
  • Students develop 21st-century skills
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21st Century Skills: A unified collective vision for learning in which students gain the skills, knowledge and expertise to succeed in work and life.

http://www.p21.org/

core subjects and 21 st century themes
Core Subjects and 21st Century Themes
  • Learning and Innovation Skills:
    • Creativity and Innovation
    • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
    • Communication and Collaboration
  • Information, Media, and Technology Skills
    • Information Literacy
    • Media Literacy
    • ICT (Information, Communications and Technology) Literacy

Digital literacy reaches across disciplines

Prepares students for work and life

http://www.p21.org/

examples of technology used
Examples of Technology Used
  • VoiceThread
  • Flip Camera
  • Digital Recorder
  • Document Camera
  • PowerPoint Game
  • iPod
voicethread
VoiceThread
  • http://voicethread.com/
  • Students write script, upload pictures

and record narrative

  • Share project and receive comments from other students, parents and people around the world
  • Easily differentiated, all can participate
wida and core curriculum standards
WIDA and Core Curriculum Standards
  • WIDA Standard Addressed in VoiceThread Lesson:
  • Standard 1 – Social and Instructional Language
  • Standard 2 – The Language of Language Arts
  • NJCCCS Addressed in VoiceThread Lesson:
  • English Language Arts Standards » Writing » Grade 9-10
  • English Language Arts Standards » Speaking & Listening » Grade 9-10
  • English Language Arts Standards » Language » Grade 9-10
flip camera
Flip Camera
  • Video is put directly on to computer
  • Filmed
    • Poetry reading: use of headphones
    • Reading books
    • High School Skit and High School Poetry
    • Put videos on YouTube to share with families
digital recorder
Digital Recorder
  • Used in assessment
  • Students recorded statements for high school stop the hate program
  • Students listen to their own voices and practice
other examples
Other Examples
  • iPod
    • Realia: Whale Sounds
      • Beluga and Humpback
    • Podcasts
      • Conversations for ESL classroom
  • PowerPoint Games
    • Whale Game
    • Manners Game

Interactive, Engaging, and FUN!

more technology
More Technology
  • Computers, Internet
  • Document Camera
    • Students presented sketches for idioms project
    • Share photographs
    • Use as a scanner to save student work for future use
  • Digital Camera
  • iClickers, Response Systems
  • SmartBoard
lessons learned
Lessons Learned
  • You may have to redo or simplify directions
  • It may take much longer than you think
  • Plan extra activities in case technology is not working
  • Students may be shy or hesitant at first
  • May take more time and preparation, but the students are engaged, may develop a deeper understanding of the subject and they learn how to use technology
  • 21st Century Skills & reinforcing content areas
references and more information
References and More Information

http://esltechlinks.wikispaces.com/

final thoughts
Final Thoughts…

Incorporating technology is not a shifting of paradigm but a blending of the wisdom of past educational insights with the technologies of today.

Our goal is to create a learning environment that is culturally diverse

and globally connected.

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