Education K-12 M.A.

Year Approved


First Advisor

Elliott, Nathan

Second Reader

Lisa Silmser


This thesis examined various methods of how technology could better support English language learners in and out of the classroom, and how educators should utilize technology to better support English language learners across all age ranges. The author reviewed articles within the technology in education concept and organized them into four categories, which are Blog-assisted and social media-assisted language learning, technology usage in the classroom, and recommended applications. The author analyzed the benefits and limitations of each method and provided suggestions and strategies for utilizing technologies to support English language learners. On the bright sight, the technology strategies reviewed in this research have a positive impact on English language learners. They are effective instructional tools since with their convenience, accessibility, flexibility, and autonomy, students’ learning motivation, and engagement could be easily increased. They could also create extended social interactions among the participants, which is beneficial for building a learning community and positive relationships. However, choosing the right fit technology methods according to the age range of the students; using scaffolded instructions, and modeling digital citizenship are the factors that educators should be aware of when designing the course.

Degree Name

Education K-12 M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis