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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
Session Summary Successful Integration

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.

THE PRESENTERS Successful Integration

Technology integration into tesol teacher education programs

Technology Successful Integration 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
The Need For Technology in Teacher Education Successful IntegrationPrograms

  • 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
The How of Technology in TESOL Teacher Education Successful IntegrationPrograms

  • 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
The Pedagogy of Sustainability Successful Integration

  • 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
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

-- teaching/learning situation

In kentucky all teachers are esl teachers
In Kentucky, all teachers are ESL teachers teaching/learning situation

Where to begin
Where to begin? teaching/learning situation

Collaboration of regular teachers with esl specialist
Collaboration teaching/learning situationof regular teachers with ESL Specialist

Creating teaching/learning situation

Communities of Practice


Asynchronous Technology

And Social Media

Technology teaching/learning situation

Audio downloadable
Audio teaching/learning situation…downloadable

Videos models of best practice
Videos.. teaching/learning situation…models of best practice


Assessment tips
Assessment Tips teaching/learning situation

Accommodations teaching/learning situation

Cultural information
Cultural teaching/learning situationInformation

Psychological information
Psychological Information teaching/learning situation

Non verbal communication
Non Verbal Communication teaching/learning situation

Blog teaching/learning situation

Twitter teaching/learning situation

Webpage teaching/learning situation

Should represent the latest professional news and development

Wiki teaching/learning situation

Build Knowledge

Professional leadership
Professional Leadership teaching/learning situation

  • Become an active member in professional organizations

  • Contribute to the profession

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

Consultation teaching/learning situation

  • Skype

  • Google Chat

  • Google documents for review

  • Drop Box

How will teachers be prepared
How will Teachers Be Prepared? teaching/learning situation

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
Technology in Course Work teaching/learning situation

  • 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
Technology Integration – teaching/learning situationThe school district Perspective

Margaret McKenzie

Cobb County Georgia School District

Cobb county school district who are we

Cobb County School District teaching/learning situationWho 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
Some District Level Challenges teaching/learning situation

  • 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 teaching/learning situationplay 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
The hallmarks of the new school leader teaching/learning situation

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 leader1
The hallmarks of the new school leader teaching/learning situation

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
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
Quick access to information and resources their colleagues in higher ed and on the local school level?

Websites or blogs

  • Cobb ESOL Blog

  • Cobb FL/ESOL Tech Integration Blog

Online collaboration
Online collaboration their colleagues in higher ed and on the local school level?

Wikis (PBWorks)





Information gathering
Information gathering their colleagues in higher ed and on the local school level?

GoogleDocs– online forms, spreadsheets

Technology integration into the elementary classroom school administrative perspective
Technology integration into the elementary classroom – School Administrative perspective

Stacey Abbott

Cobb County School District

Belmont hills elementary who are we
Belmont Hills Elementary School Administrative perspectiveWho 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
Using Technology with ELLs School Administrative perspectiveSchool Administration Level

  • Develop Teacher Buy-In

  • Dedicate Support & Materials

  • Dedicate Time

  • Develop Accountability

Our staff back then
Our Staff Back Then School Administrative perspective

Apprehensive Adopters


Early Adopters

Developing buy in
Developing Buy In School Administrative perspective

Monitoring for Student Achievement- Built Accountability

Dedicate support materials
Dedicate Support & Materials School Administrative perspective

  • 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
Dedicate Time School Administrative perspective

  • 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
Develop Accountability School Administrative perspective

Easy to “drop” as learning gets layered on…

Builds Transparency

Develop accountability1
Develop Accountability School Administrative perspective

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

Technology integration into the elementary classroom – School Administrative perspectiveTeacher perspective

Benjamin Fabie

Belmont Hills Elementary

TECHNOPHOBIA School Administrative perspective

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

21 st century classroom
21 School Administrative perspectivest 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
Promethean ActivBoard School Administrative perspective

Software programs
Software Programs School Administrative perspective

  • ActivStudio

  • ActivInspire

    • Flipcharts

      • Teacher/student created

      • Steal with zeal!


        • Collaborative sharing on school server

Student response systems
Student Response Systems School Administrative perspective

Interactive or teacher active
INTERACTIVE or TEACHER-ACTIVE School Administrative perspective

Centers based classroom
Centers-based Classroom School Administrative perspective

Student focused
Student Focused School Administrative perspective

Multiple Pens

Student Response Systems

Document camera
Document Camera School Administrative perspective

Camera and Video

Sharing student work

Kindergarteners and technology
Kindergarteners and Technology? School Administrative perspective

New adventures
New Adventures! School Administrative perspective

Ellen Dougherty School Administrative perspective

University of Nevada Las Vegas

Conditions for optimal learning environments egbert hanson smith 2007
Conditions for Optimal Learning Environments School Administrative perspective(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
Google Earth School Administrative perspective

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


Word processing
Word School Administrative perspectiveProcessing

* Basic Literacies

* Follow directions

Attention to detail

Microsoft Office

Google Docs

The Important Book by Margaret Wise Brown

Fast forward
Fast ForWard School Administrative perspective

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
iPod Touch School Administrative perspective

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

Professional Development School Administrative perspective

Sandra Rogers

University of South Alabama

Independent online learning opportunities
Independent Online Learning Opportunities School Administrative perspective

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
PPOT Certificate School Administrative perspective

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
Electronic Village Online (EVO) School Administrative perspective

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
EVO's Mission Statement School Administrative perspective

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.