TELL Selected as an EdTech Digest Cool Tool Award Finalist for Language Learning Solutions
March 15, 2016 —EdTech Digest has selected TELL as a Cool Tool Award Finalist in the Language Learning Solutions category. TELL, with a game-like assessment experience delivered on tablets, provides a truly unique and stress-free way to screen, diagnose, and monitor progress of English language learners (ELLs) as they build language skills. TELL helps ELLs stay on track to meet today's rigorous academic standards.
"This year's program had some very stiff competition, hard decisions were made in selecting winners. The honorees here are among the best and brightest in the edtech space. Finalists and winners both represent an achievement. We're proud to honor these cool tools, leaders and trendsetters in education technology," says Victor Rivero, who oversees the program as Editor-in-Chief of EdTech Digest.
"Technology is opening the door to a renaissance in education," he says. "The edtech sector has experienced tremendous growth in the past several years, and there is also tremendous quality of products and very talented people out there. These honorees are among edtech's best and brightest."
It is an interactive assessment experience. Students watch video clips, interact with pictures and words, answer questions out loud and in writing, provide summaries of text they read, respond to oral prompts, and engage with language in a variety of ways. They listen, write, read and speak in authentic contexts, just as they need to be able to do to achieve academically in English-only instruction settings. TELL screens, diagnoses and monitors each student’s progress throughout the school year.
With TELL, student responses—written and spoken—are automatically scored by Pearson’s automated scoring technologies, providing teachers with access to accurate results to inform instruction within minutes. Over the past 15 years, Pearson’s spoken and written language assessment technologies have scored millions of responses and are supported by research studies that demonstrate that they score as accurately as an expert human grader.
Fully scalable, TELL can be used with just one student at a time, a small to large group, or for whole-class administration at the school or district level.