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10 Tech Tools for Reaching and Teaching ELLs

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Explore and create : BYOD

Monday, June 24, 12:00–1:00 pm
Location: 118A

Laurah Jurca  
Technology can provide many avenues for our ELLs to learn and practice essential academic language needed for success in school. Explore 10 amazing tech tools that teachers can use with ELL students to support differentiation, modify instruction and encourage academic language growth across the content areas.

Audience: Coaches, Teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Attendees will need to have Google account to access the handout (Personal or GSuite for Education accounts will both work)
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Online tools, apps and resources
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: ESL
ISTE Standards: For Coaches:
Teaching, Learning and Assessments
  • Coach teachers in and model design and implementation of technology-enhanced learning experiences using a variety of research-based, learner-centered instructional strategies and assessment tools to address the diverse needs and interests of all students.
  • Coach teachers in and model design and implementation of technology-enhanced learning experiences using differentiation, including adjusting content, process, product and learning environment based on student readiness levels, learning styles, interests and personal goals.
For Educators:
  • Use technology to create, adapt and personalize learning experiences that foster independent learning and accommodate learner differences and needs.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The purpose of this session is to introduce participants to a variety of technology tools that are effective in supporting language growth of ELLs across the content areas. Participants will:
-Explore tools that can scaffold content area learning to make it accessible for ELLs
-Discover how technology can be used for differentiation to meet the needs of students at various English language proficiency levels
-Analyze technology tools that can be used to support ELL language growth in all four language domains


I. Introduction and poll (5 min)
II. Review of tech tools for supporting differentiation and language growth (~5 minutes per tool): this will include discussion of use-cases and sharing of examples for participants to explore
III. Questions- back channel will be used throughout and questions will be addressed at the end of the session
IV. Closure- participant response on flipgrid and/or padlet

Supporting research

Universal Design for Learning and Multimedia Technology: Supporting Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students- Kavita Rao

Role of Technology in Supporting English Language Learners in Today’s Classrooms- M. Andrade

Preparing ELLs to be 21st Century Learners- Colorin Colorado (K. Robertson)

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Laurah Jurca, Prince George's County Public Schools

Laurah currently serves as an Elementary ESOL Instructional Coach for her school district in Maryland. She works with both ESOL and content teachers to help them improve the quality of their instruction for their English language learners. Laurah is also a Google Certified Education Trainer and Google Certified Innovator who leads a variety of professional development for teachers on using GSuite and other digital tools to support the language growth of ELLs. Laurah has previously delivered tech-centered sessions at TESOL International Conference, WIDA National Conference, and FETC.

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