English-Language Learners

English-Learners and Ed Tech: A ‘Tool Kit’ From the Education Department

By Corey Mitchell — October 23, 2018 1 min read

The U.S. Department of Education has released a how-to guide for educators who use educational technology to work with English-language learners.

The toolkit, titled “Using Educational Technology--21st Century Supports for English-Learners,” offers basic advice on what educators should know and ask when using and searching for tech tools to support students who are learning the language.

The five-step guide, which was commissioned by the department’s office of English-language acquisition, or OELA, offers a list of resources and potential questions that classroom teachers, English-learner specialists, and district administrators should consider.

The five guiding principles are:


  • Understand what educational technology offers for English-learners
  • Discover the types of educational technology available
  • Maximize the supports the educational technology offers English-learners
  • Seeking out hands-on, instruction-focused professional development
  • Learn more about English-learners and educational technology

Here’s a copy of the guide:

Using Educational Technology-21st Century Support for English Learners by corey_c_mitchell on Scribd

The department also developed, “Creating Educational Technology for English Learners,” a toolkit for ed-tech developers that offers advice on understanding what English-learners and their educators need and how to use education research when developing products.

Creating Educational Technology for English Learners by corey_c_mitchell on Scribd

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A version of this news article first appeared in the Learning the Language blog.