Oregon Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages

WestEd Study Opportunity for ELL Educators

19 Dec 2021 8:20 PM | ORTESOL Communications (Administrator)

WestEd, a non-profit research and development organization, is partnering with King’s Peak Technology to conduct research and evaluation as part of their Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II grant from the US Department of Education. LoomVue is a web application which transforms any webpage into diglot weave text, allowing English Language Learners (ELs) to read interesting and advanced content rather than oversimplified elementary-style books.

For ejemplo, this frase blends English y Española words together.

LoomVue is designed specifically to engage and motivate students as they learn a new language, while providing teachers with actionable analytics to track student performance.  The purpose of this feasibility study is to garner insight into teachers’ impressions of the product and dashboard’s feasibility for classroom use and their view of its ability to support ELs’ learning and attitudes toward reading. We would also like to gain feedback on what modifications teachers believe would maximize the product’s applicability for classroom use.

The research study will take place in early spring 2022. Participating teachers will attend a training, distribute and collect parent opt-out forms, aid students in setting up LoomVue, and administer pre- and post-surveys and assessments.  During the study, teachers will be asked to have their students complete 40 minutes of ‘free reading’ using the LoomVue tool and 30 minutes of studying vocabulary words on the LoomVue website per week, for 8 weeks.

To participate, teachers must: a) be a 6th grade teacher of Spanish-speaking ELD students, b) have approximately 15-20 Spanish-speaking EL students enrolled in your classroom, and c) have students with 1:1 access to internet connected computers, laptops, or Chromebooks. Eligible teachers will be accepted into the study on a first-come, first served basis. 

Participating teachers will receive $200 for completion of all study activities! 

If you are interested in participating, please fill out an interest form at this link: https://airtable.com/shrN3aFEOJ1ffa9bd


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