What is mobile learning, or m-learning?

Watch Chris talk about how he uses mobile devices in class, then leave a comment below if you have similar ideas.

Related resources:

Mobile pedagogy for English language teaching: a guide for teachers - Publication to aid teacher-thinking when designing mobile language learning in and beyond the classroom

Integrating ICT: The case for mobile - Online conference presentation by Gavin Dudeney discussing the potential of moblie learning



It's just amazing how we can use technology in our classes to avoid boredom or routine. Unfortunately in my school my headmaster has simply forbidden cellphones, Ipods even MP3s, This is what I was looking for. I had the idea but didn't know how to apply it.Thanks Chris for this awesome, marvelous and very clear video. You really made my day. 

Congratulation for the nice idea of combining new tech. with teaching Eng. For sure my students will be happy to use their phones in class. 

 Congrats for the amasing idea. It´ll be a revolucion in my classroom in a public school in Rio de Janeiro. My students will be more motivated to learn something that they could use in their everyday life. I´m thinking of using the mobiles to take some pictures of the places nearby and make posters ilustrating their names in English to show to our entire school. Thanks for the idea of using phones in the teaching process, it inspired me to do more. 

Hi allYou might be interested in this free course in m-learning:http://ignatiawebs.blogspot.com/2011/03/join-open-and-free-course-on-mobile.htmlIt features m-learning in both the North & South (i.e. developed & developing countries) so should be interesting for those of you with fewer resources, as well as colleagues in places like Hong Kong, where almost everyone has an iPhone or similar.BestChris

Hello Chris
thanks for your video, very interesting.
Nobody can deny that any technology used in class stirs up quite a lot of interest in education, particularly from the part of young learners, considering how much technology pervades their lives.
I am keen to exploit mobile phones in class, and besides all the good suggestions you make, I would add the use of text messages. Understanding how words and sentences can be abbreviated and still make sense is quite a skill. For instance any English speaker would recognise 'pls' but 'plea' would cause a problem. You actually need to understand the language quite deeply to be able to abbreviate it in a meaningful way. Students can text each other or the teacher, it can be for a 'real' purposes, or for practise only. Of course you need to give a tight word limit to test their 'abbreviating skills'.
Another thing is the use of interactive (free) language games (or brain-gym) such as 'Luminosity' which can be played on a mobile. Students can be given 5 or 10 minutes in calss to play a specific game and see who gets the highest score, or see if they can imrove their own score from the previous game. In this case mobile phones replace the use and need of desktops. This can also be a very powerful encouragement to carry on playing those games outside class time (it can even be part of their homework).
Another thing more or less related to m-learning. The use of podcasts to give formative feedback. This is used more and more in Higher Education in the UK. After an assignement a teacher can record 1 minute general/class feedback and then 1 minute for each student. You need to send it to them, via email (I am not sure you can do this by text). Students can listen to the feedback over and over again (on their phones) and can be asked to do something with it (discuss it with the teacher, write a response, tell a friend etc...). It is a useful excercise in many ways and helps develop their meta-language skills. The technology needed is surprisingly simple and students seem to love listening to their teacher tell them about their learning. It can replace 1-2-1 tutorials that are quite time-consuming. This will not apply to all settings, but it can be useful for larger groups at more advanced levels, where students produce a lot of writing and writing their feedback can be very time-consuming. If you want to comment on both form and content podcasts are very useful. And you can say lots more in 1 minute than you can write...
Anybody tried it?

I don't get them to listen to their recording in class, but I hope they do out of class.
They either send these recordings to me via Bluetooth in the classroom or by email. I then try to post them on www.edmodo.com together with some very brief pointers about pronunciation or grammar. I try to listen to the recordings only once to keep the time to a minimum.
I would really like my students to send me mp3 files instead of the .amr, m4a, mp4 files they send me, all of which require conversion using Audacity. With this in mind I hope to get them to start using apps that record mp3 files, or maybe using Vocaroo, SoundClouds, Cinch, Audioboo or even Fotobabble.
I am also keen to get more of them to start recording themselves out of class particularly using Vocaroo, which is easy to use from a computer. I don't know if it can be used from a mobile.
Today we are going to work with video for the second time as they act out scenes from the DVD that accompanies New Englsih File Pre-Intermediate and Intermediate

It is amazing to combine tech and education, i think my students will love this method.

I appreciate your ideas about using cell phones in class, however the problem lies in the fact that some 'naughty' students might resort to mischievous acts like exchanging porn videos or recording a teacher while she's busy doing something, etc. Therefore, cellphones might have drawbacks more than anything else.
Just an opinion
Thank you


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