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How Technology is Changing English as Another Language Instruction

Long gone are the days in which students learning English simply memorize and repeat what their textbooks and teachers tell them. English learners around the world of all ages are tapping into and embracing the power of technology in countless ways to enhance and support their language-learning experience. Technology in the English language acquisition classroom is critical to helping students not only learn English but also to be able to succeed academically in main content areas.

Video

One of the most widely-used methods of teaching English using technology is the use of video. Students can watch short clips that are relevant to a particular grammatical point they’re learning, vocabulary content they’re studying, or to practice social pragmatic skills by watching a roleplay of how language is used in certain social situations, for example.

As a self-study tool, video empowers students to practice listening and to learn new vocabulary by watching YouTube videos, television shows, movies, documentaries, and more in English. With the subtitles turned on and then off, students can pick up more of what characters are saying and master more of the language on their own.

Video can also be used as a tool to demonstrate understanding of a particular topic and to practice all four domains of learning a language: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Students can write a script, act it out, read it on camera, and listen to themselves with school headphones as they edit and re-shoot video of they find parts of it aren’t clear. They can then share this video with their peers and instructors as a demonstration of what they’re learning.

Apps

Hundreds of apps are available for mobile phones, iPads, tablets, and PCs that focus on various aspects of learning English. For example, students can listen to podcasts with headphones on a topic that they’re interested in, such as the latest news. They might play games that encourage them to practice their grammar skills or improve their reading comprehension. The number of apps for practicing specific English skills are nearly limitless, it seems, as new apps are being created every day.

Blogs and Pen Pals

To improve writing, students can engage in a wide variety of activities that incorporate technology. For instance, students might write posts in small groups, pairs, or as individuals for the class blog. They are likely to pay more attention to their writing if they know that it’s available to the world through the Internet and that their classmates will be reading their posts and then commenting on them (another great way to practice writing).

Students can connect with other English learners or with native speakers of English in another class through websites that connect teachers and students around the world as pen pals. If a student has an e-pen pal they like to write to, they are more likely to be internally motivated to put their ideas into an email to share with their pen pal on a regular basis than if they have to write just because the teacher says to.

Another idea to improve writing is to have students share their thoughts on online articles or discussion forums. The BBC offers a site for teenage students to read short news stories and then comment on them, for example. Using online identities (and with parents’ permission for young students), commenting on news stories or in a class discussion forum can be great ways for students to utilize technology to improve their language abilities.

Computer Testing

Technology is not just present in the classroom for instructional purposes. For students who live in countries or who attend schools where academic content is presented in English, they often face difficulties in learning how to use the technology required for them to take assessments of their academic abilities, including their English language proficiency.

Teachers must do more than teach English. They must teach students how to use the platforms, click and drag, type in text boxes, for example. Students must learn vocabulary related to the instructions for the technological aspects of the test, such as “drag” or “icon.”

Students who are from low-income homes may not have access to computers and the Internet, and their schools may not have much in the way of computers, either, if they are located in low-income areas. Students may be familiar with how to use mobile phones and tablets more than computers, and this can put them at a disadvantage when they have to put on their headphones during an assessment at school and navigate the exam’s computer interface on their own.

Technology is not just for entertainment purposes. English courses for adults and children are available for free and for a cost. Private tutors and online English teaching companies teach using web conferencing software. Schools and governments test students using computers and expect them to know how to use them and the Internet to research and write papers.

Teachers are incorporating technology into the classroom to make learning more fun and engaging for students on an individual level. Technology in the English classroom is changing the way students are taught and how they learn, and it will continue to do so in new ways as technology advances.

References: https://busyteacher.org/13732-using-technology-esl-instruction-10-modern-ways.html

http://www.colorincolorado.org/blog/computer-based-common-core-testing-considerations-and-supports-ells

Top 10 Reasons to Use the Boardshare Interactive Whiteboard Camera System

With more features and little-to-no maintenance costs, the Boardshare Interactive Whiteboard Camera System is a great choice for portable smart board capability that enables interactivity and collaboration on any surface. Here are the Top 10 reasons to use Boardshare:

Boardshare BC8000

Boardshare BC8000

  1. You can turn your flat screen TV into an interactive whiteboard without using a projector. Simply connect the pocket-sized camera directly to a flat panel TV.
  2. You can use your broken, outdated interactive whiteboards again without replacing them. Utilize a projector with any flat wall/wipe board surface to turn your classroom or boardroom into a collaborative work space.
  3. You’ll save THOUSANDS of dollars by not replacing your outdated hardware. Dust off that expensive digital projector or flat panel TV to create an interactive whiteboard experience.
  4. You can move easily between locations without having to move the whiteboards. Boarshare’s pocket-sized camera is easy to setup and transport from room to room.
  5. You get a 30-day money back guarantee. Boardshare is confident that you’re gonna love their product, so they’re offering a money-back guarantee.
  6. Connect BoardShare to your projector and laptop to get an interactive experience on any flat surface. Boardshare is compatible with both Mac and Windows operating systems and replies on an innovative stylus pen to access an array of tools including virtual pens, erasers, highlighters, and colors.
  7. The BoardShare product does NOT require technical expertise to set up. Connects and sets up within minutes. Easy peesy!
  8. No need for another power outlet; Boardshare is powered by your laptop’s USB port. Phew, that’s one less plug to juggle in already overworked outlets.
  9. You never have to pay a licensing fee – WOW! Boardshare offers free software updates and no licensing fees, plus you can’t beat Boardshare’s price of $349.00.
  10. You get a FREE Wand and FREE Shipping with purchase of the Bluetooth model! Free wand is a limited time promotion (a $49 value!). Act now before quantities are gone.

Don’t believe us? Check out this video to see just how easy and amazing your interactive experience can be with Boardshare.

If you would like to learn more about the Boardshare Interactive Whiteboard Camera System, simply contact us and we’ll be happy to answer all of your questions.

EMTEC Mirror Dongle: Uses and Benefits

EMTEC Mirror DongleSharing what’s on your screen with others is easier than ever with the new EMTEC Mirror Dongle. It is an excellent classroom tool and works in the private home as well. Here are some of the benefits and uses of the Mirror Dongle:

Benefits:

  • It is ready to go in two quick steps. Instead of a complex connection system, this only requires plug and connect to get going. No sequence of buttons to push, no complicated steps for getting ready to share. This triumphs Dukane and Elmo projectors, and other traditional media sharing formats.
  • It is wireless. This means no cords to trip over and disconnect. This reduces the safety hazard.
  • It shows what’s on the little screen and streams it onto the larger screen for sharing.
  • It has a USB port. This means that your saved treasures, documents and information can be used to content share.
  • It has many applications. Videos, photographs, games and other information can be shared.
  • It is compatible. It works with Miracast for Android 4.2 and above devices.
  • It is compliant. The Mirror Dongle is WiDi compliant.
  • It is affordable. The device sells for under $30.
  • Users can browse, control and adjust the volume straight on a mobile device.

Uses:

  • It can be used to stream movies on the big screen. Watching a favorite movie doesn’t have to be a private thing. Classes, assemblies and private groups can watch a movie together.
  • It can be used to play various games. Many people enjoy competition, and this will give that experience in large public format.
  • It can be used to share pictures from a vacation, exhibition or gallery.
  • Newlyweds can share videos and images from their honeymoon trip.
  • Teachers can do lessons for whole class or large groups. Vocabulary development lessons with images can be executed with this device. This will be a bonus for non-English language learners, who need extensive vocabulary skills in order to survive.
  • Teachers can teach how-to lessons with this device. An example would be how to use graphic organizers, such as Venn Diagrams. Comparing and contrasting two items, concepts, people or classes of things on the interlocking ovals of a Venn Diagram can be done with this device.
  • Teachers can demonstrate how to find the answers to questions from reading passages. The state Reading tests will require this skill. Every state has this test, and at certain grade levels the students can’t progress to the next grade level if they don’t master the test.
  • Teachers can show sequential steps with this device.
  • Students can play learning games, such as Geography Jeopardy.
  • Teachers can do modeling lessons, such as read-aloud/think aloud.
  • Business people can do presentations using this device. Power Point Presentations can really pop and dazzle in large format for a large audience.

This device can replace several, or enhance existing products used for image sharing. It is affordable, versatile and easy to use. The Mirror Dongle is the answer for those seeking a streamlined device that’s handy and ready to go in a flash.