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Technology and English Language Learners

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English language learners' experience with technology can vary greatly from one student to the next. Some kids may have never used a computer. Others may be doing all of the troubleshooting!

This resource section provides ideas for using technology with ELLs, activities for using multimedia tools, and bilingual tips for managing media at school and at home.

Technology & ELLs: Ideas from Educators  

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These articles, blog posts, and videos feature ideas from veteran ELL educators who have experience using technology with students of varying backgrounds and proficiency levels.

Technology Tools in the Classroom

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These articles and blog posts offer strategy and activity ideas for using all kinds of technology tools in the classroom with ELLs.

Managing Media: Tips for Schools and Families  

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This resource section includes a number of bilingual tips and multimedia tools for educators and parents about managing screen time, online safety, and cyberbullying.

Research & Discussion

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How has technology use with ELLs changed in recent years? What are researchers saying about reading and technology? These articles and reports offer insights into this changing field.