Technology tools can help teachers assess both content knowledge and language development of English-language learners, writes Jamie Ponce, who teachers ELLs in Illinois. In this blog post, Ponce shares four tech strategies for teaching and assessments, such as having students record themselves while reading aloud.
Some teachers are experimenting with offering feedback via video rather than marking students' work with red pens. David Narter, an English teacher in Illinois, said he found that students were more receptive to video feedback and found it more motivating.
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A Delaware high school's robotics course has grown in popularity and is considered a magnet to get students to enroll in the school, teacher Shawn Bowser said. Students learn how to design, build, operate and repair various robots -- from remote-controlled devices used in competitions to Lego photographic telescopes.
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Two recent studies link student-teacher relationships to students' academic outcomes. Roland Fryer of Harvard University in one study found that elementary students who were taught by different specialists -- instead of having the same teacher who knew them well across most subjects -- had lower scores in math and reading.
Students benefit from reading stories accompanied by pictures, according to a brain study by researchers at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. Researchers found that students better understood stories that included images, compared with audio-only and animated stories.
Digital tools can help seasoned teachers mentor first-year educators, asserts instructional technology coordinator Claudio Zavala Jr. In this blog post, Zavala suggests four digital tools to support new teachers with critiques, communication and demonstrations.