The University of Maine Project Reach program invites teachers of English language learners to attend a free two-hour workshop to discover how a variety of readily available technology tools (e.g. digital cameras, computers and IPads) can be used in intentional ways to provide new educational opportunities for diverse learners, including young children (grades PreK through third) learning English.
Technology activities shared in this session may include: helping children learn skills and concepts, extending classroom studies, expanding student vocabularies, expressing student ideas through digital storytelling and strengthening home-school connections. Tips and resources for how to successfully add technology to your toolbox to motivate and engage language learners will be shared.
This workshop will be offered at the Riverton School Library Media Center in Portland on April 2 from 4 to 6 p.m. Register for this free session by March 25.
Information on workshop presenters
Bonnie Blagojevic is currently working as an education consultant, is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Maine and an Apple Distinguished Educator. She has worked in the field of early education for over 25 years, directly with children as an early educator (family child care and in early childhood education centers) and in recent years, providing technology integration support for Head Start and early childhood programs.
Sue Chevalier is currently working as a K-1 ESL teacher in Portland, where last year she embarked on an action research project focusing on IPad use with young English language learners. She has worked for many years in early childhood education and has been an early literacy coach and professional development coordinator for Portland’s Early Reading First project, Early Literacy for Every Child.