21st Century Learning

Technology and Enhancing English Language Learning

iPods and Education

Motivate English Language Learners through the use of iPods. Create Podcasts, videos and anchor charts where students can repeat, stop and start lessons at their own pace; "Podcasting, for example, enables teachers to upload lectures, materials, and presentations to a Podcasting service, where students can then download their information to their own iPod"

(iPods and English Language Learners,

p.40). Podcasts allow teachers and students to create meaningful presentations and lessons.

Technology and English Language Learners

Some of the ways English Language Learners can use technology is to record or video lessons or conversations, translate words and play interactive games that improve language skills:

“Other ELL uses in the K-12 setting include using the iPod as a language lab to record vocabulary, conduct question-and-answer conversations, check pronunciation, and store language exercises for instant replay” (iPods and English Language Learners,p.40)


“Other ELL uses in the K-12 setting include using the iPod as a language lab to record vocabulary, conduct question-and-answer conversations, check pronunciation, and store language exercises for instant replay” (iPods and English Language Learners,p.40)

iPads and iPods are not only interesting and fun but also a form of technology that is incredibly popular. Teachers can use iPads and iPods that not only accommodate students but empowers them as well. Technology can help teachers cover a variety of language skills;

“Utilizing iPods and literature books to promote comprehension, speaking, listening, and writing skills among a diverse population of ELLs,” (iPods and English Language Learners p.40)

Teachers' Responsibility

All teachers are responsible for the education of ESL students:

“The assumption that only ESL teachers are responsible for ESL support is clearly problematic in view of (a) the timelines required of ELL students to catch up academically and (b) the face that eve beginning ELL students are likely to spend only one or two periods per day with the ESL teacher, while the rest of the time is spent in the mainstream classroom” (Multiliteracies and Equity: How do School Measure Up? p.2)

Digitial Leader

All teachers are responsible for being digital leaders in the class. Teachers need to teach students about online etiquette, digital footprints and human conversations, creating a balance between the digital world and real world;

"The job of the digital leader is not just to model the art of being connected, it's also to model the art of human conversation and unplugging the devices"

What Does Digital Leadership Mean?)

In Short

Technology can enhance the learning experience of our ESL students, improve literacy skills and incorporate 21st century learning. While it is important to provide a balance between digital interactions and human interaction. Teachers can provide support to students and accommodate their needs in meaningful ways through the use of iPads, iPods and smart devices.