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Pocketalk Donates Devices to 100 ELL Teachers

Pocketalk, the global innovator in connecting conversations and removing language barriers, donated 100 new translation devices to U.S. educators teaching English language learner (ELL) students as part of its first-ever Back to School program, equipping teachers with the tools needed during the pandemic to foster inclusive learning environments. During the application process, all 100 recipients, representing 29 states and Washington, DC, were surveyed to reveal their communication needs ahead of an unconventional school year. Through a survey and additional research, Pocketalk uncovered the needs to provide tech for underserved learners; to supply teachers with quick, accurate translation; and to offer more hybrid learning solutions.

  • 99% of educators said virtual learning changed communication with ELL students and families
  • 62% of teachers use translation daily with parents
  • Teachers are most likely to primarily use phones (38%) with parents

“For educators, frequent communication with students and families during the pandemic ensures that all students feel welcome,” said Joe Miller, general manager (Americas) of Pocketalk. “We shifted our dialogue from speculation about what will happen into action through our Back to School program, which has now sparked a new initiative for our customers to give back to educators.” As part of a new effort following the Back to School campaign, Pocketalk is now giving a Classic device to a school or district for each new device sold on their website, up to 200 units. After purchasing a new device, U.S. residents will receive an email inviting them to submit their chosen school district.

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