ICT Teaching Resources
for supporting English language learners

ICT teaching resources can be utilised to support the language development of pupils learning English in three main ways as outlined by Rupert Wegerif and Lyn Dawes in their book:

ICT AS A TOOL FOR LEARNING

The actual computer programme or resource supports the 'doing' of the activity whether it be writing, reading or other learning. Word processors with extra support features sucha as audio, animation, visual support provide this kind of tool.

ICT AS A TUTOR

The computer prgramme provides feedback to the pupil, which supports their progress. Often pupils are more comfortable receiving feedback from a computer than they are from a real person. Programmes that have this feature can be good ways of enabling pupils to practice and consolidate vocabulary learned, and to move forward at their own pace.

ICT AS A STIMULOUS

The ICT element provides the stimulous or motivatiion factor to inspre children in their main activity. Things like story starters, illustrations or video clips etc used at the beginning of lessons or units.

Rupert Wegerif and Lyn Dawes explain these three aspects in their book,

and elaborate on how and why to implement a collaborative learning group approach to maximise children's thinking, learning and communicating. They draw on research findings of pupils' discussions to show the impact a collaborative approach makes.

ICT TEACHING RESOURCES FOR SUPPORTING WRITING

Developing vocabulary and langauge structure skills

Clicker 5 for English Language Learnes

Google Earth

This video from NALDIC explains clearly the opportunities for quality talk around maps using Google Earth as a resource. You can look at places children have been to or lived in and do a range of activities around this.

Scaffolded support for writing

Clicker 6

J2E

Creating storybooks to share with friends and family worldwide

Storybird

Creating visual texts - cartoons, animations, posters

Kar2ouche allows children to create multi-media storyboards, newspaper articles, posters and mini-movies with animation simply by using the ready made resources ad dragging and dropping characters, background settings, audio effects and props. The brochure explains the product fully and the benefits for pupils which inlcude reading for meaning, exploring meaning, making choices and critical reflection.

Creating and sharing dual language texts

Thornwood Public School showcase their dual language texts on their school website. What a wonderful way of showing the school's committment to valuing language diversity. The books are simply scanned created and scanned in: a variety of other methods could also be used such as microsoft powerpoint (could add audio), camtasia to capture the whole retelling, turning of pages and audio all in one, or try out the various podcasting tools. I would recommend starting simple and getting the texts out there and improving the technology as you go. If you want to get extra-snazzy and bring a text to life in a fun way, choose some sound effects from audio-network, which is an online library of sound effects.


ICT TEACHING RESOURCES FOR SUPPORTING READING

Online audio books

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Storybird

ICT TEACHING RESOURCES FOR SUPPORTING MATHS

A Maths dictionary for kids is an online maths dictionary with excellent descriptions and visual to explain concepts, some with animation to aid comprehension. Definitions, examplesa and interactive activites bring the concepts to life. The website is accessible to children at home which can be a great help for home learning. There are over 200 printable defintitions and charts as well.

ICT TEACHING RESOURCES FOR SUPPORTING SCIENCE

Creating an online science fair and sharing it with audiences worldwide

Glogster EDU is a platform for pupils or teachers to create online multimedia posters which can include a range of things including text, photos, video clips, graphics and audio. Its a global platform so creations can be shared with audiences worldwide, which is great for school-linking projects. Have a look at the science fair clp below as an example of this.