Supporting and Empowering English Learners with the ISTE Standards for Students
Listen and learn : Lecture
Tuesday, June 25, 1:15–2:15 pm
It is imperative that teachers of English language learners understand how to leverage technology standards to complement and enhance content and language instruction. Explore how the ISTE Standards for Students can empower ELLs by supporting higher-order thinking, facilitating expression and collaboration, and offering choice and voice in learning.
|Audience:||Coaches, Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers|
|Attendee devices:||Devices useful|
|Attendee device specification:||Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
|Focus:||Digital age teaching & learning|
|Topic:||Instructional design and delivery|
|ISTE Standards:||For Educators:
It is more important than ever for teachers of English Learners to understand how to leverage technology standards to complement and enhance content and language instruction. This session will focus on how the ISTE Standards for Students embody much of what research has demonstrated is best practice for teaching English Learners (ELs). Because of this, the ISTE Standards for Students can offer educators of ELs a detailed framework that can complement and enhance English language development standards. By the end of this session, participants will be able to identify similarities between best practices for teaching ELs and best practices for teaching with technology. Using these similarities as a foundation, participants will learn how the ISTE Standards for Students complement English language development standards, often considered ambiguous, by providing more concrete language based in instructional technology best practice. This session will equip participants with the knowledge to advocate for the right of ELs to have equitable access to instructional technology that supports higher-order thinking, facilitates expression and collaboration, and gives choice and voice in learning. Participants will leave this energizing session with concrete recommendations to bring back and implement in their districts and schools to use technology as a catalyst for language development, content achievement, and engaged learning.
1. Welcome and objectives (5 minutes)
2. Current context & importance of Instructional technology with English Learners (5 minutes)
3. Pros and Cons of English language development standards (5 minutes)
4. Turn and talk: What are your thoughts on ELD standards? (2.5 minutes)
5. Turn and talk: What skills do we want our ELs to acquire? (2.5 minutes)
6. Information on ISTE Standards for Students (5 minutes)
7. Explore and Share: What do you notice when you read the ISTE Standards with a language development lens? (5 minutes)
8. Theoretical and practical bridges between EL instruction and instructional technology (10 minutes)
9. Share resources with participants (Example: Infographic on how Flipgrid empowers ELs) (10 minutes)
10. Concrete recommendations to bring back to districts and schools (5 minutes)
11. Closing and questions (5 minutes)
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Maggie Essig is an ESL/Bilingual Education Consultant who enjoys working with educators to integrate technology and ESL methods into instruction as a catalyst for language development, content learning, and student engagement. She has previously worked as an ESL and bilingual teacher and EL program coordinator. She enjoys bringing her experience with instructional technology and meaningful digital learning into her work by supporting teachers in their technology explorations and creating digital resources for both English Learners and their teachers. Maggie is a PhD student in Curriculum Studies at DePaul University studying the intersection of English Learners and instructional technology.