WIDA ELD Standards
By Wisconsin Center for Education Research
This app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices.
The WIDA Standards iPad Application delivers the content of the 2012 Amplification of the English Language Development Standards in an easy-to-use app format. The app includes:
* Curriculum and instruction planning tools from the printed version
* Searching by standard, grade level or language domain
* Grade-specific example topics
* Expanded and integrated strands
* The WIDA Can Do philosophy
* Description of how to use and understand the WIDA Standards
* Description of the Features of Academic Language in the WIDA Standards
The WIDA Standards app contains the content found in the paper version of the 2012 Amplification of the English Language Development Standards.
Intuitive search features
The most important thing you can do in a standards app is make the standards accessible and easy to navigate. This app certainly delivers on that! The "search by" feature is great...you can search by standard, grade level or language domain. I like how the complementary strands and expanded strands are listed alongside the regular MPI strands. I had to hunt a little to find the integrated strands- they are listed under the Info button on the top right of the screen.
I was surprised to see a different page layout for the strands themselves (compared to the paper version). I wonder how this new layout will impact educators if they use the app as a reference while they write transformed MPI strands.
I was happy to see a quick way to navigate to the Features of Academic Language, but didn't notice that the Performace Definitions were listed in that same area. Makes sense, I just didn't think to look there initially.
One suggestion, consider linking from the app to parts of the WIDA website like the Lesson Plan Share Space or the Download Library (especially where the webinars are archived).
Overall, it's a great app. Thanks, WIDA!
Teachers are expected to differentiate for all of their students in daily practice! It is imperative that teachers of English Language Learners have access to resources that assist with differentiating the language of instruction and assessment for their language learners. This user-friendly app will allow educators to incorporate the amplified standards in planning. In my role supporting English as a Second Language and general education teachers, they are looking for resources with direct connections to the Common Core State Standards. The guide provides explicit connection to the CCSS and is easy to use through the search feature. This app is a tool that will allow educators to plan scaffolded core instruction and targeted language teaching. I highly recommend it.
The WIDA ELD Standards app provides member states and school districts, as well as teachers, the resources needed to review all the resources for the Amplified WIDA Standards and have these resources at hand to write lessons, curriculum, differentiated practice activities to meet the standards. Awesome app!