Opinion
Classroom Technology Letter to the Editor

A Better Use of Ed Tech

October 30, 2019 1 min read
  • Save to favorites
  • Print

To the Editor:

Regarding the article about low educational-technology usage levels in schools (“Ed-Tech Usage Levels Are Low: What Should Schools Do?,” Oct. 1, 2019), I had similar challenges when incorporating ed tech in my college classrooms. However, after conducting a study on integrating technology into an oral ESL curriculum, I found results that could prove useful for teachers and districts when deciding whether or not to use ed tech in ESL classes.

What made my research study successful was finding a familiar messaging application students could use to build communication, collaboration, and peer-tutoring skills. By using this application as a learning tool, I helped them envision the possibility of using 21st-century technology to collaborate in building their knowledge of a second language.

I now welcome and immediately introduce college freshman to techniques that help maximize their use of smartphones’ social-media applications to improve their oral ESL learning. High school ESL instructors in the United States may find it useful, if legally practicable, to employ a similar teaching technique through a teacher-directed, student-peer collaboration and tutoring program, using a social-media or messaging application familiar to students to help them envision how their smartphone technology can also be a valuable teaching tool to improve their language-learning skills.

Jose Luis Sanchez

Educational Leadership Specialist

Oral English Instructor

College of International Business

Shenyang Normal University

Shenyang, China

A version of this article appeared in the October 30, 2019 edition of Education Week as A Better Use of Ed Tech

Events

Classroom Technology Webinar Building Better Blended Learning in K-12 Schools
The pandemic and the increasing use of technology in K-12 education it prompted has added renewed energy to the blended learning movement as most students are now learning in school buildings (and will likely continue

EdWeek Top School Jobs

Teacher Jobs
Search over ten thousand teaching jobs nationwide — elementary, middle, high school and more.
View Jobs
Principal Jobs
Find hundreds of jobs for principals, assistant principals, and other school leadership roles.
View Jobs
Administrator Jobs
Over a thousand district-level jobs: superintendents, directors, more.
View Jobs
Support Staff Jobs
Search thousands of jobs, from paraprofessionals to counselors and more.
View Jobs

Read Next

Classroom Technology Opinion How Schools Can Stem the Toxic Tide of Technology
Students' relationships, motivation, mood, sleep, and safety—all are at risk, writes researcher Andy Hargreaves.
Andy Hargreaves
5 min read
Illustration of girl using computer
Yulia Sutyagina/iStock/Getty Images Plus<br/>
Classroom Technology The Number One Reason Students Still Lack Internet at Home: Parents Can't Afford It
Many families can't afford the cost of internet connectivity, even if they live in areas that are wired for broadband, a new report shows.
2 min read
Image of a student working on a computer from home.
iStock/Getty
Classroom Technology Facebook, Twitter, and TikTok Make Teachers' Jobs More Difficult and Dangerous, Union Says
Social media spreads misinformation and emboldens students to damage school property, the National Education Association says.
2 min read
Image of hands on a keyboard with social media icons popping up.
Urupong/iStock/Getty
Classroom Technology Combating the Problems With Facebook and Instagram: 8 Tips for Teachers
Facebook did extensive research on its negative impact on children’s mental health, but didn't act on those findings, a whistleblower says.
5 min read
Image of a child's hand on a keyboard.
kiankhoon/IStock/Getty