Magazine article Technology & Learning

English Language Learners Take to Tech

Magazine article Technology & Learning

English Language Learners Take to Tech

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Mooove on over, here come the COWs. Texan Bilingual Administrator, Maria Gonzales, isn't sending teachers to pasture just yet--the Computers on Wheels are just one of many tools used to help integrate ESL and Special Learning Students into classes at Brownsville Independent School District.

Mobile carts filled with 20-25 laptops do double duty, both freeing up classroom space in a busy district and offering the logistical convenience of hand-delivered technology to teachers, who simply schedule time slots to enhance a lesson.

"We're now preparing for the online assessments required for all English Language Learners in the state." Gonzales says the school's success through incorporating technology. "The expectation from the Federal Government is that within four years they would progress to advanced high levels. We find ourselves meeting that expectation every year."

Gonzales sees technology is another medium to motivate kids to work at developing language. "It's very high interest and many of the software pieces have audio. At the students' request, it will read passages, it will find synonyms for words, or offer definitions. We use everything from ESL Reading Smart to online English courses to the newest textHELP software. This provides teachers progress reports and gives a Lexile score, or reading grade level that they're functioning at."

Accelerated learning is particularly crucial to ensure teens don't drop through the cracks or lose their chance at continuing on to college on schedule. …

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