A good example on how we can use an AR platform (ARIS in this case) to create an AR game for our language classroom. Mentira deals with a murder mystery in an Alburquerque neighbourhood where students try to solve the mystery by moving around an area and interviewing people who appear on the screen as they move close to "triggers" that launch animations and clips on the mobile devices' screens. This is not science fiction, it is just imagination and creativity together with a good ICT tool!
"Learning has been flipped on its head, with second-hand learning experiences now being converted to first-hand discovery experiences through experiential and problem-based learning. It is commonly recognized that learning no longer occurs only in classrooms; approximately 70 percent of learning occurs in the workplace and in the community as informal learning."
"If the concept of community is fundamental to our lives, what characteristics must it show to be successful and of value to the individual? What makes it gel, so that its value is greater than the sum of its individual contributions?"
Verbling is a new website that instantly connects Spanish and English speakers online for instant audio and video conversation practice. It does not match speakers by age or interest which makes it simpler to just practice speaking, but questionable for younger learners.
Mobile Learning: iPods, iPads and Mobile Applications in the K-12 foreign language classroom. These apps are geared towards learners of French, but it can be a good starting point for those using mobile devices in their language classroom.
Audience response system that uses mobile phones, twitter, and the web. Responses are displayed in real-time on gorgeous charts in PowerPoint, Keynote, or web browser.
Kristi Weisenburger's insight:
I just used this today for a grammar lesson. It was not necessary for the class feedback, but the novelty of it kept the students engaged. The instant audience response was fun to see and there was no messy set up with applications. I will be using it again now and then to allow all students a chance to respond.
TED, the nonprofit organization devoted to "Ideas Worth Spreading has just launched TED-Ed -Lessons Worth Spreading which includes functions to create customized lessons based on videos from YouTube. Read the news here: http://missnoor.visibli.com/share/ZYRlJG
I've used Eyejot.com before, but MailVu seems to have more options, a longer recording time and allows students to send messages without signing up for an account! Send Free Video email with self destruct feature. Get a Free Account. Record upto 10 minutes and play on iPhone, Android and other smart phones.
"The 2011 Horizon report identified six new technologies that will affect teaching and learning in the K-12 education community over the next five years. "Four to five years for Personal Learning Environments to have an impact?" perhaps the Horizon report predictions on impact is already due for an update.? Many innovative teachers are already harnessing these tools to to reframe the information landscape of the traditional classroom."