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Confident Voices

Digital Tools for Language Acquisition

Learn how to blend technology with project-based learning, and help your ELL students strengthen their English language skills while growing as creative thinkers and problem-solvers.

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Product Details
  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781506323022
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Series: Corwin Connected Educators Series
  • Year: 2016
  • Page Count: 72
  • Publication date: January 21, 2016

Price: $12.95



Engage your ELL students through technology!

When it comes to technology integration, don’t overlook the needs of your ELL students. Introduce project-based learning into your classroom and utilize strategies to engage your ELL students and bridge the growing divide between technology and the ELL students that need it to thrive. Connected Educator John Spencer shows ELL educators how to combine technology with teaching in this easy-to-use guide to blended learning. Get ready to:

  • Blend innovative technology with project-based learning
  • Strengthen your students’ English language skills
  • Engage your students through the intentional integration of digital tools

The Corwin Connected Educators series is your key to unlocking the greatest resource available to all educators: other educators. Being a Connected Educator is more than a set of actions: it’s a belief in the potential of technology to fuel lifelong learning. To explore the other books in this series, visit the Corwin Connected Educators website.

Check out the Connected Educator Series matrix to find out which book is right for you.

"John Spencer is the kind of teacher that I wish my own kids had and that all students deserve. This book shows clearly and practically how technology can be used to give all students greater choice and a more powerful voice. This book inspired me to rethink my own approach and what I'm planning to do in my classroom tomorrow."
Philip Cummings, 6th Grade Teacher
Presbyterian Day School

"Spencer provides a clear framework for teachers to help students improve their language skills. A teacher can pick this book up and be provided with specific ideas and techniques which can be implemented in a classroom immediately."
Josh Stumpenhorst, Teacher
Lincoln Junior High School
Naperville, IL

Key features

  • Gives teachers practical ideas of how technology can be used to enhance language acquisition
  • Provides ideas for using tech when teaching grammar, vocabulary, oral language, writing, and writing
  • Spencer shares techniques for both self-contained ELL classes and teachers looking to make accommodations for their ELL students


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John T. Spencer

John Spencer is an assistant professor of instructional technology at George Fox University, where he is focusing on the integration of creative and connective technology with quality pedagogy. He has over a decade’s experience teaching middle school, including a year where he co-led the Twenty-First Century Classrooms, an innovative, STEM-centered, one-to-one initiative with twelve ELL classrooms. He is a frequent keynote speaker and workshop presenter. This last year he delivered a speech at the White House Future Ready Conference. He blogs regularly at SpencerIdeas.org and his work has been featured in Kappan Magazine, Education Week, The Answer Sheet, Edutopia, and Think Inclusive.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Preface by Peter DeWitt and Ariel Price


1. Grammar

2. Vocabulary

3. Oral Language

4. Writing

5. Reading




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