CoSN recently released a set of resources developed specifically for school-system leaders, providing a comprehensive and consistent review of various edtech topics that guide and empower superintendents and their leadership teams in leading a digital transformation. Launched as part of the Empowered Superintendents Initiative, the materials will help superintendents communicate to stakeholders on important edtech topics. These one-page briefs cover critical edtech issues, including Accessibility, Cloud Computing, The Importance of Cybersecurity, Leadership for Mobile Learning, Online Assessment, Student Data Privacy, Smart Network Design for Transformation & Innovation, Strategic Technology Planning and Investment, and Closing the Homework Gap. Education leaders can sign up online to access the one-page materials.
Vocabulary learning is a pivotal part of any language development program for young learners in both their home language and additional languages. On October 18, 2017, from 10:30a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (ET), TESOL will host a webinar entitled “Vocabulary Riches for Young Learners.”
Educators are invited to join advocates, researchers, and security experts in an interactive webinar on October 4, 2017, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. (ET) on “Immigration, Safety and Security,” hosted by The Immigrant Learning Center’s Public Education Institute.
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.