Sheltered Instruction Technology

Lynn Danzey SEI/301 September 27, 2015 Dr. Kopczynski

Introduction

Sheltered instruction is crucial for the support of ELL students. There are many technological tools available to help provide sheltered instruction in the classroom. These can aide in demonstrating a concept, skill, or strategy, provide feedback for student development, help students build their vocabulary, and provide feasible project learning groups for students. In third grade, technology could help support student learning in each of these areas during DEAR time, cooperative learning environments, and extended practice after whole group activity. These activities could also be used for differentiated instruction for student who are still new to the language. Technology is something that should be utilized throughout every classroom!

Aide in demonstrating a concept, skill, or strategy

Aiding in demonstrating a concept, skill, or strategy are important for ELL students. Many times they need to watch how to perform a concept many more times than other students. Allowing them to use technology after instruction can help reenforce the objective, and allow the student extended time to practice the drill before individual work is expected. Also, Many videos, such as Khan Academy and Brain Pop are great introductory tools that are quick to the point and show students step by step how to perform a skill. Students are engaged and interested in these videos, which keeps them focused and learning. Additionally, students can easily access these videos via an IPad if they need further modeling. A couple other websites that offer student practice and demonstration are ESOL Help and Vocabulary Spelling city. Technology can be used to help support ELL students who need further support in areas that they are working on mastering.

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Provide feedback for student development

All students, including ELL students, need feedback to understand their mistakes. Often times teachers get busy and they are unable to check papers and give instant feedback . If students are making mistakes receiving feedback right away can help the students understand their mistakes and continue to practice the skill correctly. Many online websites allow the students to practice skills and walk them step by step through problems if they made a mistake offering instant feedback. This help the students understand their mistakes and learn from them.

Furthermore, teachers can set up blogs that allow students to ask questions or communicate other strategies with their peers and teacher. This is a great way to support the students and have feedback for them to learn from.

Feedback is essential for student success. It is important to be specific when addressing the student's mistakes and successes. Delayed feedback is not as beneficial, so addressing the issue as soon as possible is helpful. There are many ticket out the door activities which link to a smart board with smart responders. When the students put in their answers the teacher receives instant results from his or her students. This allows teachers to pull students immediately to ensure student understanding and correct any miscommunication. Integrating technology to provide quick, meaningful feedback allows the students to be successful. http://www.edutopia.org/blog/tips-providing-students-meaningful-feedback-marianne-stenger

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Help students build their vocabulary through technology

Vocabulary is an area that students must continually learn and build upon. Although vocabulary is taught, modeled, and practiced with the teacher, many ELL students need further assistance when they are learning a second language. Many website based programs and games are available to offer extended practice with vocabulary. This allows students to practice these skills. One great website that offers many vocabulary and language games and activities is http://www.vocabulary.co.il/. Another great site is vocabulary.com.

Also, students are able to use technology to take vocabulary field trips using media. Students can complete word studies, word mapping, create digital stories, photo stories, and podcasts to show their understanding.

There are also online dictionaries, thesauruses, and translation websites available to help students further their knowledge.

Using these strategies through technology can improve vocabulary use and understanding in the classroom. http://www.readingrockets.org/article/10-ways-use-technology-build-vocabulary

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Using technology to help students in cooperative learning groups

Cooperative learning is essential for all students, including ELL students in the classroom. It helps to provide them with support and guidance. It also provides cooperation, management, and problem solving skills. Students learn to accept others differences and are also made accountable for their participation.

Using technology helps these students work efficiently and successfully. This helps them to stay on task and focused while learning from one another. A few great online resources that are project learning friendly are Google Docs, myHistro, and WebQuest. Incorporating technology, such as this into the classroom encourages easy to manage group work and project learning for the students to engage in. http://www.colorincolorado.org/article/cooperative-learning-strategies

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Conclusion

In conclusion, online tools and the use of technology has given teachers and students many learning resources. Teachers are able to help differentiate and target in on specific skills needed by individual student need. This helps to provide ELL students with an education that will help them close the gaps and improve their ability. Through technology teachers are able to provide sheltered instruction.These tools can demonstrate and practice skills, provide feedback for the students, help students build on their vocabulary, and provide an online environment for project learning projects. Anything is possible in today's technological advanced world!
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References

Educational Broadcasting Corporation. (2014). WebQuests: Explanation. Retrieved September 27, 2015, fromhttp://www.thirteen.org/edonline/concept2class/webquests/index.html

Edutopia. (2015, March 16). Blogging for English-Language Learners. Retrieved September 2 Popovici, City.com. (2015). Vocabulary Spelling City.com. Retrieved September 27, 2015, from https://www.spellingcity.com/teacher-resources.html

MyHistro. (2011). GEO-LOCATED INTERACTIVE TIMELINES WITH A SOCIAL TWIST. Retrieved September 27, 2015, from http://www.myhistro.com/