Supporting English Learners Through Technology: New Report Released, Co-Authored by Westat

English learners are one of the fastest growing student groups in the United States. Many teachers have found using digital learning resources (DLRs) enhances instruction for these students.

For the U.S. Department of Education, Westat and our partners conducted a national study of this topic. The study findings are now available: Supporting English Learners through Technology: What Districts and Teachers Say about Digital Learning Resources for English Learners.

The study found, among other things, that

  • 2/3 of teachers reported using certain types of DLRs daily or weekly for instructing English learners. These included digital references and resources, language tutorials or practice tools, and academic tutorials or practice tools.
  • Students’ lack of access at home, and teachers’ needs for time to learn and use these technologies were frequently reported barriers to DLR use.

In addition, the study produced 2 toolkits:

  • Educator Toolkit. Offers guiding principles for educators to apply in working with and supporting their English learners through technology
  • Developer Toolkit. Provides guidance to educational technology developers for designing systems that are useful to English learners

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