Technology for ELLs in Schools

How technology can support English Language Learners in K12

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This Issue Matters

According to the New York Times, it is estimated that by 2030, English Language Learners will make up more than 40% of all school-aged children. Education Week notes that English Language Learners are twice as likely to drop out of school than their peers. Though the Supreme Court ruled in 1982 that children of unauthorized immigrants cannot be denied a free and public education, some schools have imposed bureaucratic barriers to keep these students out of schools. For ELLs in schools, they must balance learning a new language, learning a new culture, and learning the academic curriculum- just to name a few challenges. In order to keep from marginalizing ELLs in schools and prepare for the future influx of these students, schools should be feel confident educating these students and setting them on a tract to succeed with their peers.

How Technology Supports ELLs

Learning in the Digital Age: Why Technology Works

Learning environments have changed. Learning is not confined to the four walls of the classroom anymore. Learning can take places all throughout the day as kids can hold a world of information in the palm of their hands. Therefore, teachers can utilize technology to create meaningful, authentic learning environments and give students a voice. The Web supports ELL education by giving students ownership of their learning. Learning becomes self-regulated, self-directed, and autonomous. Using technology, learners can become responsible of their own learning goals.

English is a great language to learn with technology; it is the most popular language spoken on the Web and is a wealth of information for English Language Learners. Technology creates authentic language learning environments because students can hear, see, get feedback, and read. Technology offers the opportunity to learn a new language quickly and enhances motivation by bringing excitement to the learner. Technology allows for differentiated instruction in the classroom and prompts students to be in control of their own learning and progress. iPads, apps, and computer software provide rich oral, visual, and written input thus increasing language acquisition and literacy development. (Source)

How to Utilize Technology to Support ELLs in the Classroom Today

Technology can be utilized to address different aspects of language learning. Utilizing video and voice recording features, apps, and blogs, students can practice speaking and writing in more comfortable settings. Look below for lists of apps and features that are supporting kids in the classroom today. Follow this link to an ELL teacher's great blog, from which I have found some of the technology integration suggestions below.

People and hashtags to follow on Twitter

Check out these people and hashtags on Twitter to find many more blog posts and ideas for ELL education:

#ELLCHAT, #langchat, #ELL, #TESOL, #bilingual, #ELTchat, #ELTTECHCHAT, #bilinged

@msfrenchteach, @sralandes, @MmeCarbonneau, @SraLaBoone, @sandyrojasstory, @ShellTerrell

Also, follow this link to my blog for more information about my research!