Using Technology to Empower English Language Learners

Course Overview

This course fulfills the requirement that all educators must have 15 PDPs in working with ELLs in order to re-certify after July 1, 2016. This course is specifically tailored to K-12 Instructional Technology Specialists who wish to further their understanding of effective ways of integrating technology to support the unique strengths and needs of English Language Learners (ELL).

With the dramatic influx of language learners throughout schools in

Massachusetts, it has become critical for all those in education to be equipped with a solid understanding of how ELLs can successfully access the curriculum. Activities and discussions during the course will not only include key concepts regarding second language acquisition, but also creative and meaningful ways to promote language development through the use of various technology tools.

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Join us for this 2016 Summer Workshop.

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Location

This 2016 Summer Workshop will be held at:

Cambridge Rindge & Latin School
459 Broadway
Cambridge, MA 02138


Who Should Attend

  • K-12 Instructional Technology Specialists
  • Course Details

    This course fulfills the requirement that all educators must have 15 PDPs in working with ELLs in order to re-certify after July 1, 2016. This course is specifically tailored to K-12 Instructional Technology Specialists who wish to further their understanding of effective ways of integrating technology to support the unique strengths and needs of English Language Learners (ELL).

    With the dramatic influx of language learners throughout schools in

    Massachusetts, it has become critical for all those in education to be equipped with a solid understanding of how ELLs can successfully access the curriculum. Activities and discussions during the course will not only include key concepts regarding second language acquisition, but also creative and meaningful ways to promote language development through the use of various technology tools.

    Upon successful completion of the course, instructional technology specialists will:

    • understand key concepts related to the education of ELLs, including the socio-cultural factors that influence language learning
    • analyze information from WIDA Standards and Assessments to differentiate instruction for ELLs
    • identify and explore specific ways in which technology tools such as various iPad apps, Google apps and online resources can promote language acquisition in the areas of oral language, writing, and vocabulary development

    Please note: ESL teachers are welcome to register, but they should be aware that the course will include some background information on second language acquisition and culture.

    Instructor

    Bonnie Steyer, Kennedy-Longfellow School in Cambridge

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