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September 19, 2021, 12:10 AM

Integrating Engagement and Research-Based Instructional Strategies for English Learners for Online & Blended Learning Instructional Settings

A talk by Dr. Matt Rhoads
EdTech Trainer & Integrationist, Education to Career Network North County San Diego

Speaker expertise

Doctor of Education, Master in Teaching, Mild to Moderate Special Education Credential, & Single Subject English and Social Science Credentials


As we navigate the 2020-2021 school year and beyond, K-12 educators must navigate how to engage all of their students in a variety of different educational settings. Along with engaging our learners, we must amplify their learning by integrating research-based instructional strategies with our available educational technology tools. Thus, with the ability to integrate instructional strategies with educational edtech tools, teachers can engage their English Language Learners (ELLs) with an assortment of strategies to help amplify their learning as well as incorporate the elements of the Universal Design for Learning to be implemented in any educational setting (i.e., online and blended learning) to build their English language skills. As a result, the purpose of this presentation is to provide K-12 teachers and school leaders with research-based strategies for ELLs that can be integrated with many of the mainstream edtech tools available. Additionally, we will see how a number of strategies outlined in the presentation can then be integrated within online and blended learning instructional models. Specifically, we will focus on how the strategies can be sequenced within the context of each lesson within an online and blended learning lesson plan sequence to help build our student’s language skills. Ultimately, educators will leave the presentation with an understanding of how to employ a number of instructional strategies to integrate with several edtech as well as have foundational know-how of sequencing them within online and blended learning instructional settings.

ISTE Standards

  1. Educators design authentic, learner-driven activities and environments that recognize and accommodate learner variability. 5A. Use technology to create, adapt and personalize learning experiences that foster independent learning and accommodate learner differences and needs. 5B. Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning. 5C. Explore and apply instructional design principles to create innovative digital learning environments that engage and support learning.
  2. Educators facilitate learning with technology to support student achievement 6B. Manage the use of technology and student learning strategies in digital platforms, virtual environments, hands-on makerspaces or in the field.

Note: This will be an interactive presentation where the audience will act as if they were students. They will see the instructional strategy integrations firsthand so they can see how to amplify learning using a variety of different edtech tools.


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