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  1. Embracing Technology in the ESL Classroom Creating Engaging and Challenging Standards-Based ESL Lessons Using Multiple Technologies Marybeth Hegel Jenny Murphy Rowan University

  2. Why Use Technology? • Engages students • Differentiate instruction • Learning is three-dimensional • Students develop 21st-century skills

  3. 21st Century Skills: A unified collective vision for learning in which students gain the skills, knowledge and expertise to succeed in work and life. http://www.p21.org/

  4. Core Subjects and 21st Century Themes • Learning and Innovation Skills: • Creativity and Innovation • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving • Communication and Collaboration • Information, Media, and Technology Skills • Information Literacy • Media Literacy • ICT (Information, Communications and Technology) Literacy Digital literacy reaches across disciplines Prepares students for work and life http://www.p21.org/

  5. Examples of Technology Used • VoiceThread • Flip Camera • Digital Recorder • Document Camera • PowerPoint Game • iPod

  6. VoiceThread • http://voicethread.com/ • Students write script, upload pictures and record narrative • Share project and receive comments from other students, parents and people around the world • Easily differentiated, all can participate

  7. WIDA and Core Curriculum Standards • WIDA Standard Addressed in VoiceThread Lesson: • Standard 1 – Social and Instructional Language • Standard 2 – The Language of Language Arts • NJCCCS Addressed in VoiceThread Lesson: • English Language Arts Standards » Writing » Grade 9-10 • English Language Arts Standards » Speaking & Listening » Grade 9-10 • English Language Arts Standards » Language » Grade 9-10

  8. Flip Camera • Video is put directly on to computer • Filmed • Poetry reading: use of headphones • Reading books • High School Skit and High School Poetry • Put videos on YouTube to share with families

  9. Digital Recorder • Used in assessment • Students recorded statements for high school stop the hate program • Students listen to their own voices and practice

  10. Other Examples • iPod • Realia: Whale Sounds • Beluga and Humpback • Podcasts • Conversations for ESL classroom • PowerPoint Games • Whale Game • Manners Game Interactive, Engaging, and FUN!

  11. More Technology • Computers, Internet • Document Camera • Students presented sketches for idioms project • Share photographs • Use as a scanner to save student work for future use • Digital Camera • iClickers, Response Systems • SmartBoard

  12. Lessons Learned • You may have to redo or simplify directions • It may take much longer than you think • Plan extra activities in case technology is not working • Students may be shy or hesitant at first • May take more time and preparation, but the students are engaged, may develop a deeper understanding of the subject and they learn how to use technology • 21st Century Skills & reinforcing content areas

  13. References and More Information http://esltechlinks.wikispaces.com/ • Marybeth Hegel: hegel@rowan.edu • Jenny Murphy:murphyje@rowan.edu

  14. Final Thoughts… Incorporating technology is not a shifting of paradigm but a blending of the wisdom of past educational insights with the technologies of today. Our goal is to create a learning environment that is culturally diverse and globally connected.