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EdTech Products Supporting ELL

Globalization means more interaction between native speakers of different languages. Continued immigration to the U.S. means more people that need to learn English. Both are served by the expansion of mobile access, the explosion of EdApps, and the rise of machine learning. EdTech investments of $3 billion last year resulted in improvements to hundreds of reading and wiring apps well we as products specifically for English Language Learners (ELL).

We spent the last month reviewing about a hundred programs and apps in 17 categories. The first eight categories reflect the general trend toward personalized learning, an extremely important benefit to ELL and all students with learning differences (i.e., most of them).

ELA Products, ELL Supports
Common Use
Examples
Innovation Opportunity
Adaptive reading Elementary supplement with ELL supports i-Ready, Istation, Imagine Learning, Achieve3000 More content and subjects
Leveled readers Intermediate/middle grade supplement Accelerated Reader, Lexia, Curriculet, Newsela, MyOn More titles including open content, better recommendations
ELA & math courses with ELL supports Core secondary curriculum with supports Apex Learning, Fuel Education, Connections, HMH, Edgenuity, GreatMinds, PreK12Plaza Personalized supports
ELA lessons with ELL supports Open curriculum resources with ELL adaptations Achieve the Core, EL Education, EngageNY, BetterLesson, LDC, ThinkCerca, LearnZillion, Pinterest , Quill Platform integration with learner profiles, teacher coaching
Literacy tools with ELL supports Digital reading and writing tools OneNote Learning Tools
Vocabulary & content videos K-12 ELA & subject supplement BrainPOP, Flocabulary, Study Island, Khan Academy Personalized adaptive playlists
Writing feedback Core secondary curriculum support PEG, WriteToLearn, Lightside, WriteLab Text-to-Speech, feedback translation, better UX
Reading Intervention Secondary double block Read 180, Achieve3000 Personalized supports


The next six categories are tools specifically focused on ELL teachers and students. Example and remaining innovation opportunities are summarized below.

ELL Products
Common Use
Examples
Innovation Opportunity
ELL management Program management, communication, reporting ELLevation, e-ELL PRO, eStar ELL Include/link to all other categories; mobile progress monitoring
ELL courseware Secondary double block ELLoquence, Learning Upgrade, Lingual Learning, Rosetta Stone, Middlebury, HMH Adaptive assessment and supports
ELL listening Informal, supplemental EnglishPodcast, Listen & Speak, Learn English Elementary (Android apps) Full text and support
ELL assessments Track progress Pearson TELL, WIDA Instruction embedded
ELL conversations Speak with native speakers Busuu, WeSpeke K-12 use with vetted mentors
ELL PD Technical assistance, coaching, PD, PLC Confianza, Lingual Learning, VIF, Edmodo Links to resources, micro-credentials

This blog is part of the Supporting English Language Learners Series with support from The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. For more, stay tuned for the culminating podcast, infographic and publication.

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