VoiceThread, Flip Cameras and more! Engaging lessons using technology
TESOL Spring Conference 2012
Poster Presentation


  • Why use technology in the ESL classroom?
  • Engages students
  • Differentiate instruction
  • Learning is three-dimensional
  • Students develop 21st-century skills

Technology not only enhances instruction, but also helps the secondary English language learner (ELL) develop the 21st century skills all students need to succeed. This presentation demonstrates how standards-based lessons can be enhanced by incorporating a variety of technologies, such as VoiceThread, FlipCameras, and digital recorders.

By allowing multiple means of participation and engagement, technology makes learning three-dimensional. It not only enhances instruction, but also helps the ELL student develop the 21st century skills all students need to succeed in educational settings and function in society (Lopez, 2010). The convergence of technology tools and classroom instruction for the ELL presents unique and creative ways to enhance the ESL classroom (Hanson-Smith, 2007).

For more information about using VoiceThread in the ESL classroom, click here.