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Tech Tools & Strategies for EL & LTEL Students and Their Teachers

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Josh Harris  
kelly martin  

English Learners, especially Long Term ELs are a population in need of greater support everywhere. There is often a vast difference between verbal and written skills holding them back from advancing to full proficiency. There are some simple yet effective tech tools and approaches that can help bridge that gap.

Audience: Coaches, Teachers, Professional developers
Skill level: Intermediate
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS
Participant accounts, software and other materials: All helpful: GSuiteEdu, Google Keep mobile app, Google Translate mobile app, Seesaw, flipgrid account and mobile app
Topic: Equity & inclusion
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: Language arts, ESL
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Use technology to create, adapt and personalize learning experiences that foster independent learning and accommodate learner differences and needs.
For Students:
Empowered Learner
  • Students use technology to seek feedback that informs and improves their practice and to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Participants will be able to see and try out how they can access both print and digital text for EL/LTEL student and how to help them become independent learners with their own tools and strategies for accessing text in school and life.
Some tools and strategies will include but are not limited to:

*Voice Typing in Docs - To help students bridge their verbal and written skills and to begin to understand the differences in spoken and written register

*Google Translate:
--On Mobile with camera to translate paper text instantaneously, and also conversations mode
--On the Web for text/writing help, and to listen to pronunciations

*Flipgrid - to facilitate vocal production in a way that allows the teachers to capture over time and allows students to hear recorded exemplars of Standard English

*Seesaw - for automatically translated home-school communications in all of the top 10 non-English languages spoken in US schools AND to facilitate collaboration and vocal production in a way that allows the teachers to capture over time and allows students to hear recorded exemplars of Standard English

*TextHelp - to help emerging EL student to access digitally written text with a read aloud

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Josh Harris, Alisal Union School District
kelly martin, Lake Tahoe Unified School District

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