This is going to a relatively short “The Best…” list sharing places where ESL/EFL/ELL teachers who are both new and experienced with using educational technology can find resources, ideas, and support.
Here are my picks for The Best Sources For Ideas On How To Use Technology With English Language Learners (not in order of preference):
A video from Nik Peachey called Web 2.0 For EFL/ESL Teachers. In addition, Nik has three excellent blogs focusing on using technology with ELL’s. He’s just put together a second video and e-book with a similar name — Web 2.0 Tools For EFL ESL Teachers.
Thiago Eduardo has a Slideshare presentation on Web 2.0 tools in the EFL classroom.
Learning With Computers is an exceptional group of ESL/EFL teachers from around the world that was begun by Gladys Baya. It’s part of Webheads In Action, which has helped start several similar collaborations. Learning With Computers has a very helpful Wiki and an equally helpful, and active, listserv.
Another great Webheads group and listserv is called evonline.
Members of both Learning With Computers and evonline are from around the world and are extremely open to helping teachers with their questions and challenges.
Two more listservs worth joining are The Computer-Assisted Language Learning listserv from TESL and the National Institute For Literacy’s Technology Discussion List.
TVO Wikispaces has a large list and description of web tools and how to use them with English Language Learners.
Teacher Training Videos by Russell Stannard is a great resources for screencasts showing how to use lots of Web 2.0 applications with English Language Learners.
Last, but certainly not least, on my list is EFL Classroom 2.0. The resources there are too numerous to mention, and the willingness of members to be helpful cannot be over-stated. Few people have helped more ESL/EFL teachers learn about using technology than David Deubelbeiss, founder of EFL Classroom 2.0. David also suggests Mark Pegrum’s eLearning Wiki. He writes, “It is the most complete resource available in my opinion, a kind of directory to everything out there…. Kudo’s to Mark for all his great information and teaching!”
ELT and Technology is the title of a wiki created by David Deubelbeiss of EFL Classroom 2.0. It’s chock-full of useful information.
“The Appropriate Use of Technology in the EFL Classroom” is a nice presentation by Ronaldo Lima, Jr.
36 Tools to Digitise Coursebook Activities is a slideshow presentation by Nik Peachey.
You might also be interested in my Intermediate English class blog, where you’ll find lots of tech-oriented student assignments.
John Paul Loucky also recommends Call 4 All, an extensive collection of technology resources for teaching English Language Learners.
Innovations in Learning Technologies for English Language Teaching is a downloadable book from The British Council.
Innovation in education: looking for learning is by Lizzie Pinard.
Six Cool Tropes in ELT EdTech is by Lindsay Clandfield.
Teaching languages with technology: tools that help students become fluent is by Joe Dale and appeared in The Guardian.
As always, feedback is welcome.