In this two-session workshop, ESOL teachers will learn how to integrate digital literacy skills and technology tools into project-based learning activities that draw on and develop an array of language and literacy skills while providing opportunities for English learners to use technology to find, evaluate, organize, create, and communicate information.

Please note: This course will take place in Blackboard, where you will find all virtual session information, course materials, and additional resources. You cannot access the online course from the SABES website. You will receive a separate email one to two days before the course begins with instructions on how to access the Zoom session. If you do not receive these instructions, please check your Spam folder and/or send an email to nruskin@edc.org.


    This professional development activity/course is designed for:

  • Teachers of adult English learners at all levels of proficiency

This workshop aims to empower ESOL teachers in supporting learners’ digital literacy development through project-based learning (PBL). The facilitator will share a framework for high-quality project-based learning (HQPBL) and model a project that engages English learners in using several technology tools and activities to accomplish the various tasks within the project. Through collaborative hands-on activities and discussions, you will explore additional projects that foster language development while addressing the five elements of digital literacy as defined by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), i.e., “the skills associated with using technology to enable users to find, evaluate, organize, create, and communicate information.” Between the two facilitated sessions, you will begin to design a project for your students that integrates the principles of HQPBL, digital literacy, and language development. Additional resources and support will be provided during this interim session. In the second virtual session, you and the other participants will share your projects, give and receive feedback, and continue to strengthen your work. Coaching will be available to support you in completing your project designs following the final session.

Total PD Hours: 6 (This includes two 2-hour virtual sessions plus an estimated 2 hours of independent work in between sessions.)

    Learning Objectives

    Upon completion of this professional development activity/course, you will be able to:

  • Design a student project that integrates technology tools for finding, evaluating, organizing, creating, and communicating information and that adheres to the high-quality project-based learning (HQPBL) framework
  • Select and utilize appropriate technology tools for learners to effectively accomplish tasks within a project
Presenter(s) / Facilitator(s)

Participation in Project-Based Learning: An Approach That Works on April 17, 2024, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. is recommended but not required.

04/23/2024 - 10:00 am to 04/23/2024 - 12:00 pm
04/30/2024 - 10:00 am to 04/30/2024 - 12:00 pm

United States

PD Center
SABES English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Curriculum & Instruction PD Center
Topic Area
Digital Literacy
ESOL/English Learners
PDP Eligible