Getting the Technology Right: Computers, Online Environments and ESL Classrooms
Abstract: Teachers increasingly rely on technology to enhance language programs, presenting districts with the challenge of choosing solutions that contain costs and deliver results. An elementary school district in Arizona is an example of the need for versatile technology-based solutions. With students speaking more than 50 languages, the district chose Rosetta Stone Classroom to drive achievement and integrate its population of non-English speaking students into the education system. One year after introducing Rosetta Stone Classroom on language-lab computers, the solution was expanded to every computer throughout the district. Each year, students have experienced English language gains, leading to improved advancement and learning, and allowing programs to expand funding, staff and student participation. Using a case study as an example, this poster session explores models for implementing technology-based learning programs that build value for teachers, students of all ages, and districts.