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SXSWedu 2017

Is the Best EdTech for ELLs Hiding in Plain Sight?

Teachers use a variety of digital tools in supporting English language learners (ELLs). Yet, some of the best tools for this aren't obviously ELL-specific -- some aren't even specific to education. This isn't necessarily a bad thing. From digital creation to augmented reality and beyond, ELL teachers have always been innovative in sourcing tools and materials that help students acquire language skills and build content knowledge. As the technologies behind digital tools rapidly evolve, this session is a place to share, collaborate, and generate new ideas and best practices around using digital tools in ELL classrooms.

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  1. Discuss the types of edtech tools ELL teachers are using, focusing specifically on non-ELL-specific apps and digital resources.
  2. Explore how innovative technologies can best support ELLs' complex learning needs.
  3. Generate a shared list of best practices around using and implementing various types of digital tools in ELL classrooms.



Jeff Knutson, Sr Mgr, Education Content, Common Sense Education

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  • Tags: ell, edtech, equity
  • Event: EDU
  • Format: Meet Up
  • Track: ESL/ELL
  • Session Focus Area
  • Level: Field Experience
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