Awesome ELT/ESL YouTube Channels

14/08/2017

Find at http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2017/08/some-of-best-youtube-channels-for.html

Excerpt:

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What Does ACTFL Say About Foreign/World Language Classroom Use of Technology?

09/08/2017

Find the STATEMENT ON THE ROLE OF TECHNOLOGY IN LANGUAGE LEARNING

at https://www.actfl.org/news/position-statements/statement-the-role-technology-language-learning

Here is the text:

ROLE OF EDUCATORS IN TECHNOLOGY-ENHANCED LANGUAGE LEARNING

ACTFL strongly recommends that a language educator be responsible for the planning, instruction, assessment, and facilitation of any language course, leveraging technology to support language learning. Language instruction is best guided by language educators rather than solely delivered via a computer program or by a non-content specialist:

  • Research does not support the isolated use of technology for acquiring a language.
  • Interaction with a language educator is critical to building spontaneous interpersonal skills needed for real-world communication.
  • Intercultural competence is best acquired through human interactions and meaningful experiences facilitated through a language educator.
  • Educators use content knowledge, research-informed teaching strategies, and effective technology applications to support language learning.

ROLE OF TECHNOLOGY FOR LEARNERS

Technology can and should be used by language educators to enhance language instruction, practice, and assessment, as articulated in the World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages. Through the purposeful use of technology:

  • Students read, listen to, and view authentic, engaging, and timely materials from the target culture.
  • Students practice interpersonal skills as they interact via video, audio, or text in real-time with other speakers of the target language.
  • Students collaborate on presentational tasks with their peers or teacher, anytime, anywhere.
  • Students work at their own pace as they access online content and/or utilize computer adaptive programs managed by their teacher.
  • Students practice discrete skills with engaging online games and applications.
  • Students benefit from differentiated instruction where multiple applications can be used to assess students, assign varied tasks, track data, give real-time feedback, and manage classrooms and lessons.

The use of technology is not a goal in and of itself; rather technology is one tool that supports language learners as they use the target language in culturally appropriate ways to accomplish authentic tasks. Further, all language learning opportunities whether facilitated through technology or in a classroom setting, should be standards-based, instructor-designed, learner-centered, and aimed at developing proficiency in the target language through interactive, meaningful, and cognitively engaging learning experiences. ACTFL acknowledges a role for hybrid, online and distance learning instructional models aligned with state and national standards and facilitated by language educators. The development of technology is best driven by the needs of the language learner, supporting the kinds of interactions our students need to become college, career, life, and world-ready.

Date:
Saturday, May 20, 2017

English/ELT/ESL Vocabulary Support

08/08/2017

Using technology in your lessons to increase vocabulary mastery in your students.  Read more in Support English-Language Learners With Scannable Technology at https://www.edutopia.org/blog/support-ells-with-scannable-technology-monica-burns


Updating Your English Learners’ Homework: Platforms to Submit Online

31/07/2017

A wonderful list and rationale can be found in The Best Online Homework Sites For English Language Learners – Please Offer Your Own Suggestions at http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/2017/07/30/the-best-online-homework-sites-for-english-language-learners-please-offer-your-own-suggestions/


Using Mobile Phones in English Education

25/05/2017

Report on a case study.  Excerpt:

Recent research concerning the brain and learning indicates that retention of a new word or concept depends on the quality and frequency of the information processing activities (Hulstijn 2001). However, in many educational institutions around the world, the amount of class time is still very limited. Thornton and Houser (2005) believe that mobile technology can help extend learner opportunities in meaningful ways. With that in mind, they surveyed students at the university to determine patterns of usage of mobile devices, the mobile phone functions they use, and the types of educational activities they consider useful for mobile phones to make the mobile phone’s function come into play.

Read more here at http://newlitll.edublogs.org/2016/03/18/using-mobile-phones-in-english-education/


Collaboration and File Sharing Platforms

24/05/2017

BroadyEdTech

Use this for file sharing:  Three Alternatives to DropItToMe for File Collection at http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2017/05/three-alternatives-to-dropittome-for.html?m=1

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Leave the Classroom With Augmented Reality

20/05/2017

BroadyEdTech

Great apps featured in AUGMENTED REALITY APPS THAT HELP YOU EXPLORE THE WORLD at https://cdn.ampproject.org/c/www.popsci.com/amp/augmented-reality-apps

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