English Language Learners Should be Considered in New Ed Tech Ed Tech
Currently, while English learners find themselves in an environment of intense technological competition, their participation in programs for educational programs is in question.
Do programs like Mathletes and Algebra 2 not provide the opportunities to learn faster with the right application? What about Stuf French and its high standards and always-on test prep?
What if English language learners want a more socially driven culture than looking at a picture of Lego, or using one of those comic book apps? Many English language learners are not interested in math or science. These learners are looking for something that will make them valuable members of the online community.
English language learners must be considered in any new ed tech trend as they have a unique place in the electronic learning community. However, schools and districts will not have a “one size fits all” solution. And students who really need a more challenging English language learning environment should be considered; these students will need more support.
What should be offered in new ed tech ed tech programs? Parents need to ask what English language learners in their district are doing outside of school. For some families, if English language learners want to play games they may want to use games that have team character interactions, so that students don’t always become the enemy. If English language learners aren’t interested in Nintendo and want to have a social environment they could use something that is more interactive like Google Hangouts.
It may be best to add more social opportunities because English language learners are not used to communicating through messages or instant messaging. Parents need to ask what students and their families have been learning because it’s hard to think when you are not interested in technology yourself.
Providing the right experience for English language learners that will be fun for them and a social environment is what families need to think about when exploring new ed tech ed tech.
What do you think? What needs to be considered in new ed tech ed tech offerings for English language learners?
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