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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

Best Of: Technology Carts for Education

When it comes to school technology storage, many educators look for flexible and mobile furniture with ample storage. Here’s our guide to some of the best carts for education, based on your needs.

For Multimedia Entertainment and Storage: The Hamilton Buhl SWB-80 Cart

The Hamilton Buhl SWB-80 is a stylish, all-in-one entertainment center and organizing cart that is perfect for classrooms and technology centers that rely on large-screen presentations or multimedia for their audiences. The cart is built to hold a large LCD TV flat-screen of up to 80 inches with a tilt of plus or minus 15 degrees for comfortable viewing, while using a universal twin mounting design for easy mounting, security, and stability. With protective cart handles and screen protector, swivel casters with locks, and durable steel construction, the cart is built for ease of mobility and strength. The cart also comes with a long power cord with a 4-outlet power strip, surge protector, and cord winder to allow for ease and organization of all plugged-in devices on the cart.

The bottom of the cart features one shelf for holding various devices or DVDs, in addition to a two-door cabinet for additional storage. The cabinet doors also lock, making it a secure cart to keep other electronic devices or sensitive materials save. Overall, this cart is a perfect solution for classrooms, libraries, multimedia labs, and more that utilize a large screen.

For Charging Diverse Models of Tablets and Chromebooks: The Buhl LTAB-30 Cart and the PowerStacker Tower

The Buhl LTAB-30 Cart can hold and charge 30 tablets, and compatible with iPads, Chromebooks, Samsung Galaxy Tabs, Blackberry Playbook, and more. The cart has many security features that protect devices from getting stolen, and comes with 4 spare keys for the locking doors to the cart’s cabinet. In addition, cables and cords within the cart are easy to organize, and the cart comes with two, 15-outlet switched power strips that are breaker protected, complete with a 20 CFM cooling fan to keep all plugged in devices cool while charging. This is the type of cart to use if you have multiple device models that need to charge together.

In contrast, the PowerStacker Tower has modular components that allow you to configure or mix-and-match at your will 10 to 40 devices. The sequential charging ability also makes charging various devices easier without exceeding 15 amps. With the snap in dividers, your devices will also stay safe from damage while in transit from place to place.

For Small Volume Charging of Small Devices: Hamilton 10 Port USB Charging Station
For when you need to charge smaller devices like cell phones, digital cameras, and a few tablets, the Hamilton 10 Port USB Charging Station is the perfect solution. It will sit comfortably on a desk or table top, and is easy to carry around where ever you need it. It supports all popular cell phone models, from Apple to HTC, Samsung to Blackberry, or Nexus and Nokia, and can charge them all together. It’s perfect for teacher lounges, or in small-size classrooms that want a smaller charging station for tablets or small devices.

For Book Mobility and Storage: Hamilton Buhl BTDS-6 Book Truck

The durable Hamilton Buhl Book Truck is a must-have for educational settings that need quick mobility and storage for books. With deep slated shelves to ensure secure ease of moving books around, and double sides shelves, you can store even the heaviest, thickest textbooks and move them around without breaking a sweat. With non-marring casters with two locks, this cart glides easily on various surfaces without making a noise or a mark.  It’s a great option for carting books around to different classrooms, in libraries, archives, and more.

No matter what you need, we have a cart that’s perfect for your school. To learn more about carts and their advantages or specs, contact us.

Now Available: Luxor Furniture CLCD Crank Adjustable Flat Panel TV Cart

The Luxor Furniture CLCD Crank Adjustable Flat Panel TV Cart is an elegant solution for your office or classroom presentation needs.

Who is the Luxor Furniture CLCD Crank Adjustable Flat Panel TV Cart Designed For?

The Luxor Furniture CLCD Crank Adjustable Flat Panel TV Cart is designed to allow presenters to turn any space into a presentation area. The cart securely holds a range of LCD TVs and provides two lower shelves that can support additional audio/visual needs (such as additional speakers, a DVD player, or literature that the presenter wishes to distribute). The TV cart allows presenters to move all of their equipment efficiently and easily from room to room for maximum flexibility when presenting. This mobility also allows presenters to adjust height or angle of the attached TV to provide a perfect viewing angle free of glare.

What Type of Construction and Measurements Does the Luxor TV Cart Offer?

The Luxor CLCD Crank Adjustable Flat Panel TV Cart is made from steel to provide strength and durability to the overall design. Shelves are made from cost-effective MDF covered with a melamine top (a laminated plastic coating also used in dinnerware). Melamine provides a hard and sturdy coating for the shelves which is also heat and fire resistant, perfect for electronics that can heat up during use.

When first assembled, the TV cart measures 30″W x 28.5″D and for convenience offers an adjustable height of 50.5″- 66.25″H which can be easily customized using the provided crank handle. To provide easy access to materials placed on the two additional shelves, the TV cart offers 19.5″ of clearance between each. The stand holds a 32″-80″ LCD TV with a flat panel and comes included with mounting hardware.

What Special Hardware and Features Does the Luxor TV Cart Offer?

To easily accommodate a wide range of TVs, the Luxor CLCD Crank Adjustable Flat Panel TV Cart has a VESA Range from 200 x 200 – 600 x 400 tall. Almost all major TV and computer monitor manufacturers follow VESA standards to ensure their hardware is compatible with mounting devices. This means that you can rest easy knowing that your TV or monitor can be installed on your new cart.

To best engage with your audience and a changing presentation space, the TV cart offers a 15 degree tilt of adjustment and comes with a lock to deter theft. The cart ensures maximum mobility by using four 3″ industrial casters, two of which are also provided with locks to ensure the safety of your cart and attached equipment.

The Luxor CLCD Crank Adjustable Flat Panel TV Cart is engineered to handle all of your audio/visual needs and therefore is designed with a maximum total cart weight capacity of 209 lbs. Each shelf is capable of holding up to 33 lbs and the cart is able to hold a TV which weights a maximum of 110lbs. The cart evenly distributes weight to assist with balance and stability during transport.

What Additional Information Do I Need to Know Before Purchasing a Luxor TV Cart?

You will need to assemble your Luxor CLCD Crank Adjustable Flat Panel TV Cart when it arrives so plan accordingly. The cart is shipped by ground in two cartons. This cart is specifically designed for modern flat panel TVs and will not accommodate traditional, bulkier CRT TVs. Please note that the price includes only the cart and listed hardware; the cart does not come with a flat panel TV.

To purchase a Luxor CLCD Crank Adjustable Flat Panel TV Cart or to discuss any other data products your need for your business or school, contact Encore Data Products today.