Why Mobile? In learners’ hands Learner Autonomy Training Sharing
Learning on the move Before you start… Take your time – m-learning is a culture shock and saying to students “Get your phones out” will be initially difficult for some to understand. Don’t re-invent the wheel! Talk to parents, school administrators etc. about m-learning. Explain why you’re doing it and the benefits. Invite them to observe a lesson or activity!
Learning on the move In the classroom Use calendars: most phones have them, so you can ask learners to record birthdays, homework, tests and so on. A nice way to start breaking the culture of 'no phones in the lesson'. Research: allow students to google in class, for projects or questions you set. You can ask them how they found their answers as well as what they found. Photo-share: ask and answer questions about a photo on the phone. It's a nice way to personalise and avoid asking questions about, for example, a model in a coursebook!
Learning on the move In the classroom Take photos: ask students to do this as homework maybe. For example, try 'photo bingo': students take a photo of a e.g. a busy street then in class you play bingo with it to recycle vocabulary e.g. kiosk, umbrella, etc. Time: use the timer or stopwatch for activities to add a new dynamic - though be careful to avoid overuse! Class blog: set up a blog on a platform like posterous. Once you've set it up, you can allow students to send answers/contributions to the blog simply by sending an email from their phone (or any other Internet-connected device).posterous
Learning on the move In the classroom Record voice: most phones have their own recorders, but Audioboo is an excellent free service worth checking. It enables you to use your phone like a recorder and then post the audio online (on your blog, for example). You could prepare a podcast for your learners, give them instructions or ask them to submit a recording.Audioboo Create films: it requires quite a bit of work, but the results can be great. Most smartphones have a video camera that should enable learners to record presentations or even something more dramatic! Organise: recommend your learners use an application like Evernote, which makes organising and retrieving study notes a lot easier.Evernote
Learning on the move A wealth of audio Audio for low to high feature phones Elementary Podcasts with support activities Word of the Day with over 400 expressions for mobile via SMS or through IVR 50 episodes of our audio soap Big City Small World
Learning on the move Learning can be social Interactive games and tests: learn and retain new vocabulary and expressions on the go over 300 grammar and vocabulary quiz questions Socialise by: challenging friends on the leaderboard sharing your achievements on Facebook
Learning on the move Tools for learners and teachers MyWordBook: an interactive vocabulary notebook create, store, remember and revise vocabulary by creating flashcards preloaded flashcards of the most important words in English flashcards contains pictures, sounds, example sentences, translations and notes to help learners remember adaptive learning exercises test learners on the vocabulary most important to them
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