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Utilizing Digital Resources to Build Literacy in your Dual Language Program

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Friday, December 4, 1:30–2:30 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Marissa Basch  
Laura Zwickl  

¡La lectoescritura ofrece posibilidades ilimitadas! Explore blended learning opportunities for students to read, listen, and record themselves reading books, passages, songs, and rhymes in English and Spanish. Learn how students interact with these texts and how teachers easily monitor progress, using multiple tools to personalize learning while building biliteracy.

Audience: Coaches, Principals/head teachers, Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Topic: Online tools, apps & resources
Grade level: PK-5
Subject area: Language arts, World languages
ISTE Standards: For Coaches:
Teaching, Learning and Assessments
  • 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 Education Leaders:
Empowering Leader
  • Support educators in using technology to advance learning that meets the diverse learning, cultural, and social-emotional needs of individual students.
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.
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Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Equity, multiculturalism, and linguistic diversity can be supported through access to literacy across languages and technological platforms. Learning A-Z offers teacher and student interfaces that support customized learning for all students accessible by computer, tablet, or mobile devices. In this presentation, learn how teachers will access Kids A-Z, customize the student interface for individual students, grades, language levels, and more. Participants will receive a walk-through of the student experience as well, and more specifically, how students interact with books, texts, passages, songs, and rhymes in English and Spanish. We will show how digital and assignable activities are practiced, monitored and assessed through the reporting section of the teacher interface. Participants will get a close look into how teachers can use Kids A-Z as a fun and engaging tool for practice and assessment.


Intro (3 minutes): Listen to an audio recording in English/Spanish of a student. Introduce presenters.
Discussion: (5 minutes): In what ways, technology-based/focused or not, do you create a multicultural and linguistic diverse community within the classroom? (In pairs, or table groups, then briefly share out, if time)
Agenda (2 minutes): Share goals of presentation
Teacher/Coach experience (10 minutes): Run-through of materials, how to assign, how to customize for students
Student experience (10 minutes): Run-though student interface and how student accesses materials
Activity (15 minutes): Have participants assign an activity and find it in the student section. (Usernames and passwords will be given out to pairs or small groups to practice together)
Teacher Reporting experience (10 minutes): Show participants how they can monitor progress and inform new instruction.
Wrap-up: Conclusion, questions?

Supporting research

Our presentation is deeply rooted in dual language and bilingual classroom learning research, including, but not limited to Literacy Squared, Multicultural Literature and needs of multicultural learners, WIDA, and Differentiating Classroom instruction for ELLs.

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Marissa Basch, Learning A-Z

Marissa Basch is the Senior Editor for Curriculum and Instruction at Learning A-Z. She oversees the creation of all new content and instruction including ELL, translations, and authentic Spanish products support the needs of multicultural and linguistically diverse populations. Her background is in English as a Second/Foreign Language and was an ESL and Bilingual education teacher for children and adults, in New York City public schools, Sonora, Mexico bilingual schools, and University of Arizona, Tucson. She has been a TESOL Teacher Trainer in the US and overseas, as well as a curriculum developer for university ESL classes.

Laura Zwickl, Learning A-Z

Laura Zwickl, Sales Product Training Manager at Learning A-Z ensures team members are fluent in all aspects of product knowledge and educational pedagogy. As National Board Certified Educator, Laura works closely with various departments across Learning A-Z to provide memorable eLearning experiences and one-on-one coaching to reinforce knowledge retention. Certification areas include: Educational Technology, English as a Second Language, SIOP, Gifted Learners, Early Childhood Literacy.

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