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Tech helps for ELL, STEM

A roundup of Tech Tips for ELL, gamifying keyboarding, cross-curricular STEM and more.

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This month, we are running a roundup of the year’s top Tech Tips from our Tuesday column in SmartBrief on EdTech. Below are tips for using tech to work with English-language learners, teach keyboarding and connect STEM to other subjects.

Educator: Use tech to reach ELLs

Teachers can help to teach English-language learners by adopting technology tools, special-education teacher Dawn Mills suggests. In this blog post, she shares three ways to use the tools, including by gathering student data that could help guide interventions.

Teacher uses gaming to teach keyboarding

Students of all ages — even young learners — can benefit from keyboarding lessons, asserts kindergarten teacher Kelly Rotzinger. In this blog post, she shares how she uses free gaming platforms to keep kindergartners engaged in such lessons.

Librarian: Use music to amp up power of books

Pairing books with music has helped students — particularly English-language learners — improve their vocabulary, librarian Karyn Lewis writes in this blog post. This can help accelerate student engagement, she notes.

Tips for connecting social studies and STEM

Online resources are a good way to support cross-curricular instruction, social studies teacher Darren Faust writes. In this blog post, Faust shares how he uses digital tools to connect social studies to science, technology, engineering and math and to nurture critical-thinking skills in his students.

Student with dyslexia learns to love reading

Audiobooks helped Tyler Davis, an eighth-grade student with dyslexia, overcome barriers to reading. In this blog post, he shares how the nonprofit Learning Ally connected him with the tools to help him succeed.


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