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How can technology be integrated into the classroom to motivate students and enhance learning?
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Before You Buy Those iPads...

Before You Buy Those iPads... | Technology & the English Language Learner | Scoop.it
Founded in 1943, ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner.
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Peter Wolf's comment, April 6, 2013 10:40 PM
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this article because it does a great job of bringing everything back into perspective during this 'iPad craze' that is taking over the globe by storm. I agree that iPads and other tablet devices can be incredibly effective for classroom use, but as stated in the article, "An iPad can be a great tool, but it is just a tool; it should not replace what worked before. When learning to type, a desktop computer is the proper tool." Realizing the exact needs of your school/district, and having a clear conception of where you are and where you'd like to end up is the only way that such an implementation could prove effective.
Alice Blackstone's comment, April 8, 2013 6:37 PM
Technology may be a wonderful asset in the classroom. It may make learning easier, faster, and more enjoyable. I like the pros and cons presented in this article. Hindsight is 20/20 and it is often beneficial to learn about potential problems before they arise. Supervision of students using technology is crucial. The available apps for educational purposes are mind-boggling. Time used in researching the products is time well spent.
justin salony's comment, April 11, 2013 2:11 PM
I really would love to have more technology in the classroom. The idea of having access to an ipad or any type of tablet would only help my instruction. I was thinking of ways to use them in the classroom. I would love to go over powerpoints and after every slide or two have some type of smartboard activity that would only take 1 minute to check for understanding. On the negative side students could forget them at home or loss them. Also teachers would need to monitor student use during class to keep them on track.
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Using Assistive Technology to Support Writing | ELL Topics from A-Z | Colorín Colorado

Using Assistive Technology to Support Writing | ELL Topics from A-Z | Colorín Colorado | Technology & the English Language Learner | Scoop.it
Teachers who work with English language learners will find ESL/ESOL/ELL/EFL reading/writing skill-building children's books, stories, activities, ideas, strategies to help PreK-3 and 4-8 students learn to read.
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Texting in the Classroom: Not Just a Distraction

Texting in the Classroom:  Not Just a Distraction | Technology & the English Language Learner | Scoop.it
Audrey Watters is a technology journalist specializing in education technology news. You can follow her on Twitter at @AudreyWatters.



The Pew Research Center released new data this week
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Peter Wolf's comment, April 6, 2013 10:48 PM
This topic reminded me of one of my courses through UVA when we were discussing texting and its possible impact on literacy. One of the students in my class explained that one of her principal roles with her university was to look through applicants essays in helping to determine whether they'd be possible 'fits' for the school. She was appalled by the amount of students who used texting 'lingo' in their essays! If I here OMG said one more time in public, I think I may just lose it.
Jennifer Roberson's comment, April 10, 2013 8:10 PM
That's hilarious Peter! LOL! When I was teaching my students this year about text to text connections, I showed them various examples of different texts. But it wasn't until I asked if any of them (2nd graders) text on the phone and almost every single hand went up and said ohhhhhhhh.
Tracywellingtonhammond's comment, April 13, 2013 1:04 PM
OMG is one of my favorite responses! It expresses me.. I am being very careful not to use my texting lingo during these post.roflmbo, haha. On a serious note, I am strongly considering sharing this scoop with my principal. He is always sending the faculty "great articles to read". Every since I worked at the high school level, cell phone banning is a steady priority, It's constantly the topic of concern. Through other workshops 3 or more years ago, I first discovered how cell phones can be a powerful educational tool in th classroom. And still today, it's the worst thought ever to allow them in the classroom. I don't get it. I text students and they text me back . Our converation may go something like: Why aren't you in school? or don't forget our meeting or signed paper work . I am sick or I have a doctor's appt or the student may ignore me until later in the day but at the end of the day, I got my message across to them. I think all students will enjoy using cell phones as a learning tool. I am sure they poll everywhere when they cast their Anerican Idol pick. In fact, students already know amazing features, they teach me how to optimize my smart phone features, Incorporating cell phones in the classroom to nurture and enhance an educational theme can be alot of fun and how grand it would be to see kids actually have fun while learning at the high school level.
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10 Reasons Why I Want My Students to Blog - Getting Smart by Susan Lucille Davis - DigLN, edchat, EdTech

10 Reasons Why I Want My Students to Blog - Getting Smart by Susan Lucille Davis - DigLN, edchat, EdTech | Technology & the English Language Learner | Scoop.it
First of all, blogging is writing, 21st century style, plain and simple. Blogging is a massive genre. It comes in many forms, addresses myriad topics, and can certainly range in quality.
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Web Tools for Teachers by Type - LiveBinder

Web Tools for Teachers by Type - LiveBinder | Technology & the English Language Learner | Scoop.it
This LiveBinder is dedicated to helping teachers find the right web tool for the task at hand.
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Melissa Galliano Armand's comment, April 12, 2013 11:10 AM
I will visit this livebinder again. I already found a really cute story maker. Thanks Tim:)
Melissa Boyer's comment, April 12, 2013 5:44 PM
I really like this site. As Justin said, Earth Science has been putting together a live binder for all of their curriculum, and I would love to create one for biology. This site has some great tools for building one and more technology based items for classroom use. Definitely one to bookmark and visit again.
Shannon Morgan's comment, April 14, 2013 8:04 PM
I agree, my goal is to make one over the summer for my history classes. It is a great way to help catch up students who have been absent, or provide additional help to those students who would like so extra help.
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The 60-Second Guide To Texting In The Classroom - Edudemic

The 60-Second Guide To Texting In The Classroom - Edudemic | Technology & the English Language Learner | Scoop.it
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Meredith L'Amoreaux's comment, April 12, 2013 2:16 PM
I do agree that each school needs to take a direct stance on if they allow cell phone use in the school or not. The downside to using cell phone as technology in my classroom is that not all student have cell phones, texting, or web access. I do believe that technology and cell phone use on the high school level is a great technique to differentiate lessons for the students. The silent forum would be a great opportunity for students that don't normally like to participate orally in discussion be involved and able to share their thoughts and opinions.
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5 Ways to Use Google Docs in the Classroom - Getting Smart by Susan Oxnevad

5 Ways to Use Google Docs in the Classroom - Getting Smart by Susan Oxnevad | Technology & the English Language Learner | Scoop.it
Google Docs is a user friendly suite of online collaborative tools that come with tremendous potential for use in the classroom. I have spent some time discovering innovative ways to use them as effective tools for learning.
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Alice Blackstone's comment, April 8, 2013 6:48 PM
I liked this tool. I thought about using Google Docs this summer when we had to do a collaborative project, but we did not do it. I, especially, like the group brainstorming and collaboration. This has a lot of the features of the cooperative learning model. An added benefit is that participants have an opportunity to work together even if they are not in the same space. They have time to formulate their ideas. Students who may be uncomfortable speaking up can "voice" their thoughrts.
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Technology meets Education » Glogster in the Classroom

Technology meets Education » Glogster in the Classroom | Technology & the English Language Learner | Scoop.it
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Alice Blackstone's comment, April 8, 2013 6:51 PM
This interested me because it reminded me of scrapbooking and collaging. I would like to see one, especially one with sound effects.
Patti Schneider Smith's comment, April 11, 2013 10:03 PM
I really like this idea! I think kids would enjoy using it for projects but I can also see the use for it as a teaching tool. Glogster is very visual, which is one reason I like it.
Melissa Boyer's comment, April 12, 2013 6:15 PM
I love this idea! I think that it is something that would really engage the students, and give my creative kids a chance to flourish! The inclusion of visuals could make it very friendly for ELLs too, you could assign a glog to students, and modify the requirements for different levels.
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How To Use Google Drive and Evernote To Create Digital Portfolios

How To Use Google Drive and Evernote To Create Digital Portfolios | Technology & the English Language Learner | Scoop.it
As iPads proliferate in schools around the world, and students as well as teachers create more and more content, questions about what to do with all of those learning objects have arisen.
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iPod, iListen, iRead

iPod, iListen, iRead | Technology & the English Language Learner | Scoop.it
The learning landscape is shifting under our feet.
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Jennifer Roberson's comment, April 10, 2013 8:07 PM
The idea of using the iPod like a mirror for struggling readers to listen to themselves read is awesome! I fully agree with statement in the article that explains that students don't get to hear themselves while they are reading because they are working so hard at the process of reading. This would be great for ELL's to also help develop fluency in speaking while also tapping into the listening, and reading components.
Julie Albert Crossley's comment, April 11, 2013 9:28 PM
I love the idea of using the ipod to record students while they read. It is so true the children do not hear themselves when they read. I think it is a great tool to help students hear themselves and reflect on their reading and become more aware of themselves while they are reading. I would love to use this tool in my classroom. My students could really benefit from truly understanding what is means to read fluently.
Tracywellingtonhammond's comment, April 13, 2013 4:26 PM
Got my vote! I am impressed by this new knowledge and this article brought to my attention how antiquated I am. I just hooked up a tape recorder in our study at home so my 7year old could start practicing fluency and listening to himself read, Not to mention he owns updated technology like an IPOD already. IPOD is the way to go. I would also encourage the use of IPODS to enhance the learning of ELL students and special education students. It is our civic duty to expose our students about the optimal use of their digital devices.I can see how implemented the IPOD apps for reading could greatly decrease avoidance of being called on to read. One key benefit of using IPODs for reading is that IPOD use makes for a personal and safe appeal to what has been painfully public in the past. Struggling readers do not have to have their weakness exposed in a .group if implemented. The IPOD enables more 1:1 reading between teacher and student.
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Media Smarts: Kids Learn How to Navigate the Multimedia World

Media Smarts: Kids Learn How to Navigate the Multimedia World | Technology & the English Language Learner | Scoop.it
Teachers are discovering the value of imparting media-literacy skills, from critical analysis of news programs, commercials, and films to basic design and video-production techniques.
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41 Resources, Tools, And Apps To Improve Writing Skills -

41 Resources, Tools, And Apps To Improve Writing Skills - | Technology & the English Language Learner | Scoop.it
41 Resources, Tools, And Apps To Improve Writing Skills by Tom Vander Ark first appeared on gettingsmart.com  Math gets all the love–at least that appears…
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Lauren Ashlee Tierney's comment, April 10, 2013 8:37 PM
I didn't see much that could be useful for kindergarten, but are some cool apps listed at the bottom for a small cost.
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In the News: Why (and How) Educators Should Build Their Own Textbooks

In the News: Why (and How) Educators Should Build Their Own Textbooks | Technology & the English Language Learner | Scoop.it
At the first presidential debate, education made quite a stir, with both candidates talking about our nation's schools and teachers a number of times.
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Peter Wolf's comment, April 6, 2013 10:54 PM
This is such an interesting idea to me, and I always try to think about the possibilities in engaging students beyond the realm that is completely common to me. What interests me the most about topics and possibilities such as these is that I feel like the teachers are benefitting just as much as the students by learning such technologies to reach students at their comfort levels.
justin salony's comment, April 11, 2013 2:27 PM
Interesting article, but it really comes down to time for teachers. To create an online textbook or apps, even with basic software, is very time consuming. I would love to have online textbook for my students to access if they are absent or need extra help, but I just don't have the time. After working all day, then staying after school to help children, grade papers, or coach, little time is left for personal life.
Melissa Boyer's comment, April 12, 2013 6:05 PM
This topic has come up often over the past school year, as the science department has talked about new textbook adoption for next year. The consensus seems to be that technology and online books are a much better choice, and the ideal would be to be able to utilize online personalized textbooks. Like Justin said though...who has the time? This would definitely be something for the specific subjects to work on as teams, and develop little by little over time. The idea of where to start is overwhelmingly daunting though...
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TOP FIVE TECHNOLOGY TOOLS for ELL TEACHERS!

TOP FIVE TECHNOLOGY TOOLS for ELL TEACHERS! | Technology & the English Language Learner | Scoop.it
I recently introduced teachers of English language learners to a variety of technology tools that can be integrated into the classroom. These tools are actually beneficial for all classrooms. It ha...
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Melissa Galliano Armand's comment, April 12, 2013 11:02 AM
The Web 2.0 part is interesting. I am doing a voicethread for my tech b project.
Meredith L'Amoreaux's comment, April 12, 2013 2:21 PM
I do agree with the article that we need to enhance technology within the classroom setting to keep up with 21st century learning. Finding the time to teach yourself and work through the kinks of technology is what teachers find most difficult. Since our class has began, I have amped up all my lessons with technology, which I have noticed and interest from the students. I wish more of our profession learning days consisted of technology devices and how to bring them into the classroom rather than CLC data.
Melissa Boyer's comment, April 12, 2013 6:01 PM
I agree with Meredith about the increased interest of students when you incorporate technology. I was fascinated with poll everywhere when we learned about it in class, so I incorporated it into a lesson and the kids were thrilled. It is definitely a risk, and can be time consuming to familiarize yourself with the technology, but when successful the rewards can be great.
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Skype - The Big Blog - The Transformational Power of Skype in the Classroom

Skype - The Big Blog - The Transformational Power of Skype in the Classroom | Technology & the English Language Learner | Scoop.it
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How Texting Is Changing Your Grammar - Edudemic

How Texting Is Changing Your Grammar - Edudemic | Technology & the English Language Learner | Scoop.it
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Meredith L'Amoreaux's comment, April 12, 2013 1:47 PM
I like how the article posses both sides to the question with statistics. I do believe that texting has changed the way younger students look at grammar. I know my students are capable of writing a long passage to their friends, but ask them to write in a complete sentence when answering a question and they have lots of complaints. I agree that there is a new text language, but like we have an email language. Students should still be expected to engage in regular English grammar in the classroom