Technology Integration Plan
Integration of Technology into Sheltered Instruction
Overview: Recommendations to Committee for Technology Integration
Computers are a Necessity
In a sheltered instruction classroom, every student in learning the mainstreamed curriculum. ELL students are required to learn the same information as every other student is the class. The computers would allow all students to perform in cooperative learning groups. The groups could assess the information on the computer and the ELL students could collaborate using some of the software or resources on the internet. The same can be done for student vocabulary because students can assess different sites that provide translations to broaden their vocabulary.
Software for Computers: The Technology to be Integrated
Read naturally is a reading program that aides students in demonstrating various reading skills and concepts (Smart, 2010). This software can be uploaded to numerous computers and used while other applications are open. Read Naturally teaches student fluency in reading and part of that is learning new vocabulary (Smart, 2010).
One major set back in ELL instruction, is the students are unable to understand what is expected of them because they do not understand the English directions. Kurzweil 3000 is a software program that scans documents like worksheets and directional handouts and translates them into the desired language (Smart, 2010). This not only allows students to understand the directions, but it allows students to do a correspondence of the English words to their native language. This builds a students vocabulary and word recognition.
Learning a curriculum is hard enough, but ELL students need to learn the information and the language at the same time. Software, like Rosetta Stone, assist students in learning English. This program is a interactive tool that teaches students how to read, write, and speak English. This can be used during cooperative group time for students to translate various work to collaborate with the group. The main point of the software is to teach vocabulary, so in turn it builds it. One interesting part of Rosetta Stone, is the feedback it gives students. Since it is interactive, the students must manipulate the program and "prove" their learning. The program then gives the student scores and feedback about progression.
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