Future CLASS in the 21st Century
Innovative English Language Development (ELD) software for students and families, online professional development modules for staff, plus school-site technology support through the Technologist in Residence program and state-of-the-art hardware make up the technology component of the Future CLASS initiative.
English Language Development Software
ELL students’ access to high-quality instruction is being enhanced by English language development (ELD) computer software with voice recognition capability. The advantage of the online experience for ELL students is the program’s ability to diagnose and place students at their personal skill level allowing them to progress at their own pace according to success on built in assessments. Students requiring more time can repeat sections and listen to pronunciations as many times as needed. The web based programs (Rosetta Stone Foundations & Advantage – formerly Tell Me More) are available to students after the school day on any computer with internet capability at public libraries, community centers, or at home. Licensing provides for parents to engage in the online programs which include career based modules including specialized vocabulary and nomenclature. A wide variety of apps is being integrated into ESL classrooms via the Future CLASS laptop computers and tablets. A list of Educator Tested Apps has been developed to extend resources.
Read more about the integration of English language development software into the ESL program in the online K-12 Tech Decisions publication.
The March 2016 issue of THE Journal, a long standing Educational Technology periodical, references the Future CLASS implementation of Rosetta Stone on pages 30 and 31.
Online SIOP. Modules created by the Hamilton County Educational Service Center equip staff with basic communication skill sets, resources, and cultural sensitivity to better serve the growing ELL students in their classrooms. Online web-based modules allow teachers to participate in professional development in the comfort of their homes on evenings/weekends and progress at their own pace, a convenience for teachers experiencing hectic schedules.
Technologist-in-Residence Program. The primary function of the Technologist-in-Residence (TIR) is to make a measurable difference in the skill level of the school’s ELL teaching staff in integrating the Future CLASS technology hardware and software into the classroom. The TIR is readily available during the school day to work with, instruct, inspire, and support teachers in meeting their individual technology needs. The TIR recognizes a fitting technical solution to enhance the lesson, project and/or activity and shares it with the ELL teacher or team of teachers. The role is designed to motivate, stimulate and lend confidence to teachers through just-in-time, one-on-one or small group instruction. The TIR provides on-site, customized and individualized technology assessment, training, consulting and support.
- Laptops and Tablets specifically designated for ESL classrooms are promoting immediate online access throughout the school day
- Interactive Smart Boards allow ESL educators to engage students in small group or whole class instruction by making work spaces interactive and collaborative
- Document Cameras allow ESL educators to share books, 3D objects, and detailed demonstrations or experiments with their entire class using content from tablets or other sources, lessons can be recorded for viewing at a later time
- Video & Digital Cameras allow ESL educators to take photos or videos of field trips, create story books, capture student interviews, tape lessons for assessment & evaluation, and more
- LeapPad Ultras, kid-size tablets with educational programs delivered on apps or cartridges, engage Kindergarten and 1st grade students.