Sunday, April 20, 2014

Blog Assignment #13

This week the students of EDM 310 are assigned to create a blog post in a area of their speciality. I chose English Language Learners. My major is Elementary Education. In my future classroom I will have a bunch of students who do not speak English as their first Language. This information will be useful for anyone in the education field. The driving question for this blog assignment is what technology can be useful in the classroom to help English Language Learners. I have provided sources below to research this question.

1. The first video English Language Learners:Culture, Equity,and Language(5:09) shows how English Languages Learners bring value to the classroom. It is important to keep those students on track.

2. Read the article Supporting English Language Learners with Technology by Juliette Heinze.

3. Watch ELL Technology in the Classroom (2:33)

4. Watch Classroom Technology for ESL/ELL/Foreign Language Students (6:54).

5. Watch Using Technology to Teach English Language Learners(6:51).

The first video is called "English Language Learners: Culture, Equity, and Language". This video introduces the viewers on the importance of finding the best way to teach ELL students. The video starts off by showing some teachers reflecting on their experiences of when they were in grade school and could not speak English. They shared their personal experiences and how it was difficult. They said the teacher often did not understand how to teach them. In the United States there is an increasing number of ELL in the classrooms. Teachers need to have the correct preparation to teach these ELL students. NEA is a program that helps teachers prepare to teach ELL students successfully. The ELL bring a lot to the classroom. They bring their culture and background that they can share with the teachers and students. It is very important that all teachers need to be aware of their students learning needs in their classroom. ELL students have different traditions and experiences that they can share with their classmates. Because of this the classroom is diverse. The teacher should make those students feel just as equal and valued.


In the article called "Supporting English Language Learners with Technology" it tells the viewers ways technology can benefit ELL students. When ELL students use technology it helps them build on their vocabulary, reading, and comprehension. This website goes through three helpful tools that will help students learn. The first is called image galleries. Image galleries provide clues on the pictures. The clues help students have a better understanding of what the picture is. The second is multilingual books. Multilingual books are helpful to those students who have mastered literacy in their first language. It makes it easier to learn in English when they already understand the subject being taught. An idea for the classroom is to have students make their own books. The third is multimedia projects. Multimedia projects include videos and online activities.

The second video is called "ELL Technology in the Classroom". This video tells the viewers how technology is changing the way teachers teach and students learn. In this ELL classroom students are using blogs to help them write better. They are exploring with iPads and seeing real world examples in front of them. This ELL classroom is up to date with technology and the teacher of this ELL classroom  provides students access to many sites to help them learn. Technology also helps the students communicate and share ideas with one another.


The third video is called "Classroom Technology for ESL/ELL/Foreign Language Students". This video goes into detail about useful technology for ELL students. The first tool covered is Edublogs.  Edublogs is a safe way to create and manage students blogs. Another beneficial factor of Edublogs is to help improve children's literacy skills. The second technology tool discussed in this video is the smart pen. The smart pen is useful because it records everything and says words out loud. Another plus is it offers translation of languages. Students can tap the paper and the smart pen will provide more information about what a student is writing or doing. The third technology tool discussed is an app called Lingo World. Lingo World allows students and teachers to click on any language. There are tons of topics to choose from. Once a student selects a topic they can begin. The game says different phrases and the student types what it means below. There are many features that help the students with the game. One feature is the computer will read the phrase out loud to the students in either language. Lingo World offers many activities. The fourth use of technology is the smart board. Many websites offer games to help students learn languages. An example is Pinata Concentration game. There are tons of websites that offer games like this that will help students get involved and interact with one another.

The fourth video is called "Using Technology to Teach English Language Learners". In this video it starts off by talking about 21st century learning. 21st century learning is all about the use of technology in the classroom. Technology is extremely important for ELL. Technology is the best source for visual aids among other things. It can help ELL students work on their language acquisition skills. Examples of technology in the classroom would be smart boards, podcast, audio visual, and iPads. The video reviews over some apps useful for ELL such as Bilingual Kids. There are many other tools that will help students learn and grow in the classroom.

English Language Learners:Culture, Equity,and Language

Supporting English Language Learners with Technology

ELL Technology in the Classroom

Using Technology to Teach English Language Learners

1 comment:

  1. Hey Brittany,
    I enjoyed reading your blog post. I noticed you pointed out some great facts on ELL; I think technology has a big impact on helping students achieve higher ordered thinking. The only thing I noticed within your post that needed to be corrected is the punctuation on "viewers" this should be corrected to "viewer's." Great job!