MAD-learn is a web-based curriculum program for K–12 students that inspires creativity and fosters entrepreneurship through Mobile Application Development (MAD-learn). The program, developed by embr, allows both students and teachers to learn and execute on the fundamentals of mobile apps, including ideation, planning, design, creation, development, marketing, launch, and maintenance. The MAD-store provides a web and mobile app interface for teachers and students to showcase and share the mobile apps they have created, with the click of a button or tap on a phone. Others can download the apps on their own mobile devices, as they do in any other app store. #appsthatmatter is a global collaboration among students to create apps across borders. Students in 27 states and more than six countries have created over 500 apps. Cost: Free
Tell About This is aversatile prewriting or publishing tool that’s easy for young storytellers to use. Dozens of photos sorted into categories, including culture, people, family, and fun, serve as inspiration for prompts.
Researcher and ELL expert Jim Cummins has identified three keys to success in teaching students who are just learning English:
· Engage students in their literacy by providing access to resources.
· Ensure that all teachers are prepared to scaffold their instruction across the curriculum.
· Affirm and value students’ background, culture, and identity.
Across the nation, many schools are using edtech tools to support their teaching of English language learners through these three tactics. Read Middlebury Interactive’s special report on how technology can help address the needs of English language learners.
On November 1, 2017, from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. (ET), TESOL will host a virtual seminar entitled “Creating & Using Videos for English Language Teaching.” With the increase of great videos from online sources such as MOOCs, TED, and YouTube channels, more and more educators and language learners are relying on video and audio as a source of language input.