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*$50 enrollment fee is for 1 individual micro course. Or, enroll in our PDLN Suite to access all PDLN courses for just $250. 

Status: It's complicated. In our global 21st century, most educators need to meet the needs of English Learners, whether in mainstream content area courses or in English Language Development (or English as a Second Language) classes. And many of us may not have trained specifically to do so.

Also, these students are not only ELs, they are also 21st century learners. Technology enhances most instruction when employed by informed practitioners. (And that, Tech-Savvy EL Teacher-Friend, is now you!) This holds especially true in EL environments where choice, personalization, relevance, and engagement make an even bigger-than-usual impact on achievement and growth.

Even if you've been teaching ELD for years, increasing your fluency in educational technology levels up your game.

This course provides a solid foundation in how to use technology to support language development in both content area and language-focused classes. You'll find videos, articles and other resources to guide you on using apps, websites, services, and games that build language skills — reading, writing, speaking and listening — and scaffold learning for various levels of fluency.

You'll learn about teaching the technology itself, how blogging can accelerate language acquisition, how online discussions activate personal meaning and support growth in both the form and function of English use, and more. You'll also get granular about tools that help you teach specifics like prepositions, idioms, letters, paragraphs, and more!

As always, you can choose to complete an Assessment of Knowledge (AOK) that involves practical classroom application of your new knowledge. And the badge awarded by our team of credentialed teacher evaluators signifies your ability to use technology to support ELs in any learning environment.

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