TeachingEnglish
Rob Lewis: Ten ideas for mobile learning

Date: 29 November 2011

Theme: What is m-learning? There is lots of discussion about this, but what most teachers want is practical examples. This webinar, aimed at teachers with little or no experience in the subject, will show ten practical ways you can exploit mobile technology in order to support language learning. We will look at uses for both the teacher in class, and for the learner outside of lessons.

Watch a recording of the webinar: http://britishcouncil.adobeconnect.com/p6od5tezc0w/

About the speaker: Rob Lewis is a teacher, trainer and writer currently based in Poland, from where he manages the TeachingEnglish website.

Average: 4.7 (3 votes)

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Ghizlane Zouaï's picture
Ghizlane Zouaï

Hi Rob,Thanks a lot for useful webinar.Indeed, we do not find a lot of resources or ideas about M-Learning on the internet. Generally, it is a mere introduction which limites both the teacher and the learner use of  mobiles in the class. Some of the links I found, do require an internet connection which is not always abvious.I have used cell phones to teach the difference between product and process writing. The idea came during a teacher training workshop. Me and my colleagues were looking for pictures to be used during the prewriting activity but we couldn't find any. Despite of newspapers and magazines some of the pictures where either not adequate to the trainees tradition / principles or too poor to be vocabulary exploited.I then suggested to use feature phones picture themes. Almost all three photos were abstruct. This later helped the learners to imagine different kinds of stories such as fairy tales. We had a good feedback from our trainees and we could , at the same time, discuss the use or not of mobile phones in the classroom.Personally, I liked photo share, make video recording and create films sections.Thanks once more for this well elaborated webinar.Regards,Ghizlane

Rob Lewis's picture
Rob Lewis

Hi GhizlaneI'm glad you liked the webinar. That's a nice story too about the inspiration the mobile phone themes gave your students - another simple way of integrating them into your activities! I agree that photos are especially useful, often giving instant personalisation to a lesson...Thanks for your comment!Rob

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zifeiskurti

I watched the recording webinar about M-learning and I realised that it was very useful even with young learners. Following your helpful suggestions in applying different activities such as:photos,recordings e.t.c I can try M- learning with young learners(aged 10-12},too.I enjoyed your conversation a lot.Thank you very much.Regards,ZifeAlbania

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houariman

We usually tend to not use IT in the classroom due to the fact that it needs mobilizing lots of stuff into and out of the classroom. Might need prior plugging of laptop, dateshow...etc. Yet, mobilephones has made it much easier to present some listening activities which might increase learners motivation. I myself tired it to introduce and advertising material through an MP3 song which I downloaded from net via my mobile and used to teach advs elements such us logo, motto, product, name of manufacturer; ..etc. It really broke routine and was less time consuming compring to laptop use and so on. Once more I encourage teachers to check for materials which theycan get from the net either speaking or listening activities which might be presented via mobiles and loadspeakers only ather than other IT equipments which mightht need longer time to set in the classroom. again, thank you very much for the idea-inspiring-backup, and looking forward to hear& read more bright ideas from all colleagues!

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Ummpeter

Many thanks for a great webinar Rob.  We need practical tips like these.  I have already downloaded and started using Evernote - superb app - and am taking a look at audioBoo.  Very excited about using your ideas in the classroom.

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nozdrevatykh

This is one of those buzz topics we need to explore more. Thank you so much for bringing our attention to it!