Empower English Language Learners with Tools from the Web

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Discover how Web 2.0 tools can advance English language learning!

Today’s interactive Web tools offer teachers of English language learners a wealth of opportunities to inspire and motivate their students. Aligned with national TESOL standards, this user-friendly, research-based guide shows how Web 2.0 tools can improve English language proficiency and build 21st-century skills. Readers will find:

  • Relevant descriptions of a wide range of Web tools, from blogs and podcasts to social networking and more
  • Classroom-ready projects and tips for elementary, middle, and high school students
  • Guidelines to support safe and appropriate Internet use

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Editorial Reviews

Library Media Connection Magazine
"Fills a niche for technology rich communities striving to meet the instructional and social needs of ELL students."
Holly Hansen-Thomas
"This timely, user-friendly book provides inservice and preservice ESL teachers with the background and tools needed to implement Web 2.0 technologies in their classes today. The ELLs in these classrooms will benefit from learning English (and content) through rich and motivating technologies such as blogs, wikis, podcasts, visual media, social networking, and Second Life. Designed for teachers who need some guidance in using technology as a teaching tool, this handbook is very easy to follow and provides step-by-step instructions for even the most inexperienced ‘digital (non)natives’!"
Elizabeth Scaduto
"An excellent overview of the potential of Web 2.0 for ESL and other language teachers or administrators who are new to using Web tools. This book offers concrete suggestions, addresses concerns about using certain tools with younger learners, and provides alternatives for the K-12 setting when appropriate. If you want a resource that will help you determine which of the powerful Web 2.0 tools are best for your setting, then this book is for you!"
Jacie Maslyk
"This book provides great examples for teachers looking to enhance their practice through technology. These strategies can help not only English language learners, but ALL students!"
Denise Lewis Harlos
"Teachers and students are increasingly separated by a technological divide. This quick read will bridge that divide. Nineteenth-century schools cannot effectively prepare 21st-century students. After this quick read, teachers will be ready to jump into Web 2.0 technology with skills every student will envy."
Faith Chaney Grant
"I thought the examples and stories that are presented throughout the text were great. Showing how people have used these technologies successfully with ELL students is very motivating and encouraging for the reader."
Library Media Connection
"Fills a niche for technology rich communities striving to meet the instructional and social needs of ELL students. "
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412972437
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 12/8/2009
  • Pages: 163
  • Sales rank: 643,590
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Lori Langer de Ramirez began her career as a teacher of Spanish, French, and ESL. She is currently the chairperson of the ESL and World Language Department for Herricks Public Schools.

Langer de Ramirez is the author of Take Action: Lesson Plans for the Multicultural Classroom and Voices of Diversity: Stories, Activities and Resources for the Multicultural Classroom (Pearson), as well as several Spanish-language books and texts (Cuéntame – Folklore y Fábulas and Mi abuela ya no está). She has contributed to many textbooks and written numerous articles about second-language pedagogy and methodology. Her interactive Web site (www.miscositas.com) offers teachers over 40 virtual picturebooks, videos, wiki and blog links, and other curricular materials for teaching Chinese, English, French, Indonesian, Italian, Spanish, and Thai.

In the past decade, Langer de Ramirez has presented over 50 workshops, staff development trainings, and addresses at local, regional, and national conferences and in schools throughout the United States (Connecticut, Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington DC) and abroad (Puerto Rico, Thailand, Venezuela).

She is the recipient of the Nelson Brooks Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Culture; several National Endowment for the Humanities grants for study in Mexico, Colombia, and Senegal; and a Fulbright Award to India and Nepal. Her areas of research and curriculum development are multicultural and diversity education, folktales in the language classroom, and technology in language teaching. She holds a master's degree in applied linguistics and a doctorate in curriculum and teaching from Teachers College, Columbia University.

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Table of Contents

About the Author
1. Why Use Web 2.0 Tools With ELLs?
ELLs in Schools: Some Challenges to Consider
Why Web 2.0 With ELLs?
Preparing ELLs for the 21st Century
Web 2.0 and the TESOL Standards
Safety Concerns and the Web
Suggested Readings
Helpful Web Sites
2. Blogs: Virtual Language Portfolios
What Is a Blog?
Why Read and Write a Blog With ELLs?
How to Use Blogs With ELLs: A Sample Blog Project
When to Use Blogs With ELLs
Who Is Using Blogs With ELLs?
Make Your Own Blog
Where to Find More Information About Blogs
Suggested Readings
Helpful Web Sites
3. Wikis: Collaboration in a Virtual Space
What Is a Wiki?
Why Read or Write a Wiki With ELLs?
How to Use Wikis With ELLs: A Sample Wiki Project
When to Use Wikis With ELLs
Who Is Using Wikis With ELLs?
Make Your Own Wiki
Where to Find More Information About Wikis
Suggested Readings
Helpful Websites
4. Podcasts: Get them Talking!
What Is a Podcast?
Why Listen to and Create Podcasts With ELLs?
How to Use Podcasts With ELLs: A Sample Podcast Project
When to Use Podcasts With ELLs
Who is Using Podcasts With ELLs?
Make Your Own Podcast
Where to Find More Information About Podcasts
Suggested Readings
Helpful Web Sites
5. Viewing, Creating, and Sharing Video: YouTube and TeacherTube
What Are YouTube and TeacherTube?
Why View, Create, and Share Videos With ELLs?
How to Use YouTube or TeacherTube With ELLs: Sample YouTube Activities
When to Use YouTube and TeacherTube With ELLs
Who is Using YouTube and TeacherTube With ELLs?
Make Your Own Video
Where to Find More Information About YouTube and TeacherTube
Suggested Readings
Helpful Web Sites
6. Sharing Visual Media: VoiceThread and Flickr
What is Visual Media?
Why Create and Share Visual Media With ELLs?
How to Use VoiceThread and Flickr With ELLs: Digital Storytelling With VoiceThread
When to Use VoiceThread and Flickr With ELLs
Who is Using VoiceThread With ELLs?
Make Your Own VoiceThread
Where to Find More Information About VoiceThread and Flickr
Suggested Readings
Helpful Web Sites
7. Social Networking: Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter
What Is Social Networking?
Why Participate in Social Networking With ELLs?
How to Use Social Networking Sites With ELLs: A Sample Facebook Lesson
When to Use Social Networking With ELLs
Who is Using Social Networking With ELLs?
Join a Social Networking Site
Where to Find More Information About Social Networking
Suggested Readings
Helpful Web Sites
8. Social Bookmarking: Diigo and Del.icio.us
What is Social Bookmarking?
Why Participate in Social Bookmarking With ELLs?
How to Use Social Bookmarking With ELLs: The Best Social Bookmarking Applications
When to Use Social Bookmarking With ELLs
Who is Using Social Bookmarking With ELLs?
Make Your Own Social Bookmarking Page
Where to Find More Information About Social Bookmarking
Suggested Readings
Helpful Web Sites
9. Virtual Worlds: Panwapa and Teen Second Life
What Is a Virtual World?
Why Participate in Virtual Worlds With ELLs?
How to Use Virtual Worlds With ELLs: Sample Virtual Worlds Lesson
When to Visit Virtual Worlds With ELLs
Who is Visiting Virtual Worlds With ELLs?
Join the Virtual World
Where to Find More Information About Virtual Worlds
Suggested Readings
Helpful Web Sites
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