Using Teaching Models for Tech Lessons

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Is integrating technology into your curriculum on your to-do list?

This item should be on the top of the list. Technology provides educators with the tools to educate their English Language Learners and mainstream students at the same time. Often, time constraints prevent teachers from integrating technology effectively into the classroom. However, investing the time and energy will make you a better educator and help you meet the learning needs of all your students. Simply, technology is an effective way to differentiate instruction and reach many learners at the same time.

Successful technology integration offers students choices! Read this post for a list of Larry Ferlazzo’s sources for using technologies for English Language Learners. You don’t have to be an expert on the technology. Often, I provide my students with a choice of technologies and allow them to show me how to use the technology!

The key is to integrate technology effectively into the classroom by ensuring the technology supports learning objectives. One way to do this is by using an instructional model when planning your lessons.

Follow these steps:

  1. Choose a lesson plan you want to add a technology component to
  2. Choose which technologies would best support the learning objectives
  3. Choose an instructional model
  4. Download a template of the instructional model
  5. Copy and paste information you already have into the template
  6. Add information you don’t have to the template
  7. Develop a rubric to grade the lesson

Or you can choose to try one of the many lesson plans some teachers have already developed and adapt these lessons to your curriculum. In my example unit, I use the NTeQ model to help high school students explore the Olympics. This unit includes modifications for beginner English Language Learners.

Your boot camp challenge for this week:

Spice up one project with a technology presentation. Try designing a class wikipage with the material. If computer access is not available, then try having students work in small groups to create videos using a digital camera. Use a rubric to grade the presentation.

Shelly Terrell

Shelly Sanchez Terrell (@ShellTerrell) is an award winning digital innovator, an international speaker/consultant, and the author of Hacking Digital Learning with EdTech Missions, The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers, and Learning to Go. She has trained teachers and taught English language learners in over 20 countries as an invited guest expert by organizations, like the US Embassy, UNESCO Bangkok, Cultura Inglesa of Brazil, the British Council in Tel Aviv, IATEFL Slovenia, HUPE Croatia, ISTEK Turkey, and Venezuela TESOL. She has been recognized by several organizations and publications as a leader in the movement of teacher driven professional development as the founder and organizer of various online conferences, Twitter chats, and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Two of the projects she co-organized were shortlisted for ELTons, #ELTChat and the Virtual Round Table Language and Technology online conference. She was named Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women, awarded a Bammy Award as a founder of #Edchat, and named as one of the 10 Most Influential People in EdTech by Tech & Learning. Her greatest joy is being the mother of baby Savannah and Rosco the pug. Shelly has an Honors BA in English with a Minor in Communication and a specialization in Electronic Media from UTSA, a Masters in Curriculum Instruction ESL from the University of Phoenix, and a CELTA from CELT Athens. She regularly shares her tips for effective technology integration via Twitter (@ShellTerrell),, and on her blog,, which has won several awards and recognitions as one of the top ESL, Edtech and Elearning blogs. Find over 400 of her slide presentations at


  1. I have to admit that it takes quite a bit of time to plan your lesson using technology that you don’t know how to use. However, I have found that after learning it can actually be mor interactive with the students and takes less time to plan. I like the input from this blog especially the link to examples. BTW cute header where’d you get it?

  2. Kim,

    Thanks for dropping by. I can relate to trying to find the time to learn how to use the different technologies. Summers are a great time to get caught up!

    I created the avatar from and used a photo from Flickr by misskprimary licensed under the Creative Commons ShareAlike 2.0. I’m glad you like it!

  3. what great innovative and trailblazing techniques and thank you for sharing them with us abroad. where we can contrast between your students abroad verses those in the states. it shows alot about your personality and the imput of those that have helped you along the way. your teachers from pre k thru your college years should be proud as i am of you :

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