Technology in an ESL Classroom

We read something new everyday from the Internet through Facebook, Twitter, hero-1or any other information feeds about educational technology and its powerful effects on children’s learning.  Here are some thoughts to promote reflection and discussion to help evaluate your current classroom program and teaching methods.  Celebrate the great things going on in your classroom, your unique skills and valuable contributions you’ve made to the teaching profession, and, in your style, comfort, and readiness, add some of these, listed below to your goals.  Most importantly, seek collaboration and help throughout this process from other individuals whom you work well with.  There are thousands of sites and blogs that are recording their journeys, just like mine.  And, remember, being a life-long learner means, you are always learning, mistakes and all.

luminary-imageConsider the goals of the 21st Century educator:

Educational technology:

  • increases student engagement in learning
  • enables personalized learning
  • improves student outcomes
  • helps students collaborate

We need to educate our children for THEIR future, not OUR past…

Our student engagements must provide:*

  • design elements
  • the ability to create compelling narrative for persuasion, communication, and self-understanding
  • opportunities to see/understand the big picture and explore cross- curricular boundaries (multidisciplinary approach and integration)
  • motivation for students to want to understand their peers, thirst for collaboration, and care for others
  • opportunity to value laughter, lightheartedness, games, and humor – PLAY!
  • reflective moments for students to see purpose, transcendence, and spiritual fulfillmenthero

Students need to be able to:**

  • create and innovate using technology
  • communicate and collaborate at a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others
  • use digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information
  • critical thinking skills to plan and conduct research, manage projects, solve problems, and make informed decisions using appropriate digital tools and resources
  • understand human, cultural, and societal issues related to technology and practice legal and ethical behavior
  • demonstrate a sound understanding
of technology concepts, systems, and operations

*Daniel Pink, A Whole New Mind,  ** ISTE.NETS.S

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