Integrating Technology Tools to Enhance ELL Education
by Stephanie Krajicek
Teachers across the nation are searching for ways to engage their students.
Youâ€™re looking for technology tools to do just that.
You are teaching using 20th century tools and modes of learning in the 21st century.
You want to teach your students how to learn using 21st century skills and tools.
Learn how to integrate technology to enhance and support content learning.
Technology is just a piece of the puzzle and must be used appropriately.
First, determine what the tool can be used for.
Take time to explore the tool.
Consider what you already do and how you can change it to use technology.
Find examples of the toolâ€™s use by your colleagues.
Second, determine if and how the tool can support content learning.
Consider how students will demonstrate mastery of content objectives.
Consider how using the tool allows students to practice other skills. 21st Century Skills Critical Thinking Skills
Third, decide if the tool is appropriate for your class.
Revisit your schoolâ€™s Acceptable Use Policy (AUP).
Check the Terms of Service (TOS).
Evaluate your resources.
The next piece of the puzzle is to determine if the toolâ€™s purpose matches your academic objectives.
Review the academic objectives of the unit you are considering.
Determine how students will be assessed.
Determine applications for content.
Determine how you scaffold academic and higher level thinking skills.
Compare the objectives with the toolâ€™s uses.
Does the tool allow you to accomplish the same goals?
Will the timeline need to be adjusted to allow for access issues?
Is there another tool available that makes more sense to use?
Determine if the tool is a good fit for your classroom.
Consider the workload and how Consider the workload and how you will Consider you will manage it. manage it.
The last piece of the puzzle is make sure you teach students how to use the technology.
Evaluate your studentsâ€™ technology skills.
Do students have experience using technology?
Do students use similar technology in their personal lives?
Make a list of what skills you will need to learn and teach.
Determine which skills students have already mastered.
Determine which skills you have mastered.
Scaffold by teaching vocabulary and technology skills.