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Empower English Language Learners With Tools From the Web



January 2010 | 184 pages | Corwin
Designed for teachers of English Language Learners, Empower English Language Learners With Tools From the Web demonstrates how to use the powerful tools of Web 2.0 to motivate students and increase student learning.

Focusing largely on Web 2.0 tools such as wikis, social networking spaces, and blogs, Lori Langer de Ramirez grounds her discussion in the framework of second language acquisition theory, constructivist learning theory, and the acquisition of 21st century skills. The book explains how technology tools can support learning goals while meeting TESOL standards and offers clear examples of how teachers can integrate these technologies into the classroom.

This research-based guide is filled with samples of student work, helpful strategies, and sample activities, projects, and lessons to help primary and secondary ELL teachers maximize technology with ELL students, not only for language, but also for improvement in other subjects and acquisition of 21st century skills.

 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
1. Why Use Web 2.0 Tools With ELLs?
Introduction

 
ELLs in Schools: Some Challenges to Consider

 
Why Web 2.0 With ELLs?

 
Preparing ELLs for the 21st Century

 
Web 2.0 and the TESOL Standards

 
Safety Concerns and the Web

 
References

 
Suggested Readings

 
Helpful Web Sites

 
 
2. Blogs: Virtual Language Portfolios
What Is a Blog?

 
Why Read and Write a Blog With ELLs?

 
How to Use Blogs With ELLs: A Sample Blog Project

 
When to Use Blogs With ELLs

 
Who Is Using Blogs With ELLs?

 
Make Your Own Blog

 
Where to Find More Information About Blogs

 
References

 
Suggested Readings

 
Helpful Web Sites

 
 
3. Wikis: Collaboration in a Virtual Space
What Is a Wiki?

 
Why Read or Write a Wiki With ELLs?

 
How to Use Wikis With ELLs: A Sample Wiki Project

 
When to Use Wikis With ELLs

 
Who Is Using Wikis With ELLs?

 
Make Your Own Wiki

 
Where to Find More Information About Wikis

 
Suggested Readings

 
Helpful Websites

 
 
4. Podcasts: Get them Talking!
What Is a Podcast?

 
Why Listen to and Create Podcasts With ELLs?

 
How to Use Podcasts With ELLs: A Sample Podcast Project

 
When to Use Podcasts With ELLs

 
Who is Using Podcasts With ELLs?

 
Make Your Own Podcast

 
Where to Find More Information About Podcasts

 
References

 
Suggested Readings

 
Helpful Web Sites

 
 
5. Viewing, Creating, and Sharing Video: YouTube and TeacherTube
What Are YouTube and TeacherTube?

 
Why View, Create, and Share Videos With ELLs?

 
How to Use YouTube or TeacherTube With ELLs: Sample YouTube Activities

 
When to Use YouTube and TeacherTube With ELLs

 
Who is Using YouTube and TeacherTube With ELLs?

 
Make Your Own Video

 
Where to Find More Information About YouTube and TeacherTube

 
Suggested Readings

 
Helpful Web Sites

 
 
6. Sharing Visual Media: VoiceThread and Flickr
What is Visual Media?

 
Why Create and Share Visual Media With ELLs?

 
How to Use VoiceThread and Flickr With ELLs: Digital Storytelling With VoiceThread

 
When to Use VoiceThread and Flickr With ELLs

 
Who is Using VoiceThread With ELLs?

 
Make Your Own VoiceThread

 
Where to Find More Information About VoiceThread and Flickr

 
References

 
Suggested Readings

 
Helpful Web Sites

 
 
7. Social Networking: Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter
What Is Social Networking?

 
Why Participate in Social Networking With ELLs?

 
How to Use Social Networking Sites With ELLs: A Sample Facebook Lesson

 
When to Use Social Networking With ELLs

 
Who is Using Social Networking With ELLs?

 
Join a Social Networking Site

 
Where to Find More Information About Social Networking

 
Suggested Readings

 
Helpful Web Sites

 
 
8. Social Bookmarking: Diigo and Del.icio.us
What is Social Bookmarking?

 
Why Participate in Social Bookmarking With ELLs?

 
How to Use Social Bookmarking With ELLs: The Best Social Bookmarking Applications

 
When to Use Social Bookmarking With ELLs

 
Who is Using Social Bookmarking With ELLs?

 
Make Your Own Social Bookmarking Page

 
Where to Find More Information About Social Bookmarking

 
Suggested Readings

 
Helpful Web Sites

 
 
9. Virtual Worlds: Panwapa and Teen Second Life
What Is a Virtual World?

 
Why Participate in Virtual Worlds With ELLs?

 
How to Use Virtual Worlds With ELLs: Sample Virtual Worlds Lesson

 
When to Visit Virtual Worlds With ELLs

 
Who is Visiting Virtual Worlds With ELLs?

 
Join the Virtual World

 
Where to Find More Information About Virtual Worlds

 
Suggested Readings

 
Helpful Web Sites

 
 
Index

"This timely, user-friendly book provides inservice and preservice ESL teachers with the background and tools needed to implement Web 2.0 technologies in their classes today. The ELLs in these classrooms will benefit from learning English (and content) through rich and motivating technologies such as blogs, wikis, podcasts, visual media, social networking, and Second Life. Designed for teachers who need some guidance in using technology as a teaching tool, this handbook is very easy to follow and provides step-by-step instructions for even the most inexperienced ‘digital (non)natives’!"

Holly Hansen-Thomas, Assistant Professor of Bilingual and ESL Education
Texas Woman's University

"An excellent overview of the potential of Web 2.0 for ESL and other language teachers or administrators who are new to using Web tools. This book offers concrete suggestions, addresses concerns about using certain tools with younger learners, and provides alternatives for the K-12 setting when appropriate. If you want a resource that will help you determine which of the powerful Web 2.0 tools are best for your setting, then this book is for you!"

Elizabeth Scaduto, ESL Director
Riverhead CSD, NY

"This book provides great examples for teachers looking to enhance their practice through technology. These strategies can help not only English language learners, but ALL students!"

Jacie Maslyk, Elementary School Principal
Carlynton School District, Pittsburgh, PA

"Teachers and students are increasingly separated by a technological divide. This quick read will bridge that divide. Nineteenth-century schools cannot effectively prepare 21st-century students. After this quick read, teachers will be ready to jump into Web 2.0 technology with skills every student will envy."

Denise Lewis Harlos, Educational Program Development
Shakopee Public Schools, MN

"I thought the examples and stories that are presented throughout the text were great. Showing how people have used these technologies successfully with ELL students is very motivating and encouraging for the reader."

Faith Chaney Grant, ELL Teacher
Hickory Hills Middle School, Springfield, MO

"Fills a niche for technology rich communities striving to meet the instructional and social needs of ELL students."

Library Media Connection Magazine
August 2010-May 2011

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