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Second Life goes Mobile

Second Life goes Mobile | Mobile learning for students and teachers | Scoop.it
Recently several SL users were invited to review the beta version of a new Second Life service; SL Go, by OnLive. It has been a goal of Linden Lab to try and make SL work on mobile devices for a lo...

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Looks impressive - only drawback is that they are charging for the mobile service. I might just give it a go, though ...

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, March 5, 2014 4:26 PM

This is BIG! Thanks to David Fliesen! 

Henrik Safegaard - Cloneartist's curator insight, March 6, 2014 3:58 AM

It has been a goal of Linden Lab to try and make SL work on mobile devices for a long time but it has always seemed near impossible.

Many claimed it couldn't  be done.
Well they've done it.

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Apps for Learning Mandarin Chinese

Apps for Learning Mandarin Chinese | Mobile learning for students and teachers | Scoop.it

Want to learn Chinese while you're on the go? 


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There is an interesting range of learning approaches in this collection - from a very behaviourist "repeat to learn" to authentic materials (including videos). It would be worth trying some to see how the techniques and teaching ideas work.

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Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, May 20, 1:42 AM

The up and coming language of the future is Mandarin Chinese.  These helpful apps will give you an easy, comfortable way to learn the ancient language which is spoken by a good portion of the world's population.  China is the unspoken driver of the world's economy. A knowledge of Mandarin Chinese will come in handy as more businesses establish closer ties with Chinese manufacturers.  Aloha, Russ.

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Deekit - Online Whiteboard

Deekit - Online Whiteboard | Mobile learning for students and teachers | Scoop.it

nicely designed whiteboardDeekit is a shared whiteboard that enables online editing using any kind of content, be it drawing, text, image, anything. A whiteboard that is available anytime, anywhere on any device.


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Suzanne's curator insight, May 10, 4:48 AM

Looks good to try out for free.

Don't like that sign in options are only through Facebook, Google or Microsoft, though.  

Liz Horrocks's curator insight, May 10, 11:26 AM

Adult and Teenage students would love this - also good for out of the classroom learning, or virtual one-to-ones. 

Gav Morris's curator insight, May 15, 4:04 AM

This looks interesting.

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Teaching Tip: Using Micro-Learning and Micro-Content

Teaching Tip: Using Micro-Learning and Micro-Content | Mobile learning for students and teachers | Scoop.it
Students can sometimes be overwhelmed by the sheer volume of textbook reading. They are busy with work, family, and outside lives in addition to completing required readings for their courses. One way to enhance traditional textbook readings includes the use of micro-learning and micro-content. Micro-learning is “learning on the go” that can be heard, viewed, read, or contemplated by the student in small and manageable segments of content. Instructors can create or locate micro-content to supplement course content; some of this micro-content can be accessed through a mobile device for convenience to the student. Some examples of micro-content include digital flashcards or short practice quizzes (e.g., through Quizlet), short podcasts (1-5 minutes in length), or short video clips (1-5 minutes in length).
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How Five Web Design Principles Boost Student Learning in an Online Course

How Five Web Design Principles Boost Student Learning in an Online Course | Mobile learning for students and teachers | Scoop.it
“Our team realized quickly that we needed to do a better job cross referencing material on our course site. For example if we mention syllabus, we must link to it. Some students we have learned wan...
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Improving online accessibility for students

Improving online accessibility for students | Mobile learning for students and teachers | Scoop.it
As schools make recorded lessons available to students online, they may not be making them accessible for students with disabilities.
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This is a huge issue, and one that we have to give serious thought to. It's not yet common practice to have captions for videos, for example, but this should actually be something that we add as a matter of course. There are a lot of suggestions for how to support school pupils on the CALL Scotland wesbite: http://www.callscotland.org.uk/Home/

In creating online courses, we have to give maximum support for all learners, which may involve giving a choice to learners about how they access the materials.

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Global Education Αnd Language Learning Technology

Global Education Αnd Language Learning Technology | Mobile learning for students and teachers | Scoop.it

"We are increasingly connected to the rest of the World. To address today's challenges we must develop cooperative relationships based on communications. Peer-to-Peer Video conferencing offers opportunities to increase communication skills and language learning. Social interaction helps build connections for a better world."


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This is quite a short article, and is very US -centred, but there are some useful indicators of issues and ideas that could be explored further.

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School in the Cloud - Library of big questions

School in the Cloud - Library of big questions | Mobile learning for students and teachers | Scoop.it
School in the Cloud allows learning to happen anywhere by supporting children all over the world to tap into their innate sense of wonder and ability to work together in Self Organised Learning Envrionments.

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This is a really interesting development, following on from the "Granny Cloud" experiment. The idea of self-directed learning is obviously not new, but the way of using technology to bring together groups of learners for different purposes is extremely thought-provoking.

Thanks, Nik Peachey, for the link.

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Raj Shekhar Mishra's curator insight, March 20, 2:01 AM

A great resource. Self-organized learning propelled by the sense of wonder, curiosity and collaborative social learning.

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This is excellent
jon's curator insight, May 9, 12:37 PM

This may be of some value

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A new recipe for digital, mobile learning | eSchool News | eSchool News

A new recipe for digital, mobile learning | eSchool News | eSchool News | Mobile learning for students and teachers | Scoop.it
CoSN has released a new resource to help school leaders make the most of digital and mobile transitions.
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Fakebook

Fakebook | Mobile learning for students and teachers | Scoop.it
Fakebook Fakebook - create a fictional social profile at www.classtools.net
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Create a character from a book (or Shakespeare play?) on "Fakebook" to be able to "interact" with the character and explore how he/she would act in different situations. I like the idea of being able to create realistic language style - with perhaps many of the same learning areas as getting students to write fanfiction

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Mobile pedagogy for English language teaching: a guide for teachers

Mobile pedagogy for English language teaching: a guide for teachers | Mobile learning for students and teachers | Scoop.it

This guide is for anyone interested in teaching and learning languages, and thinking about teaching practices. It sets out a philosophy and proposes a frame of reference to aid teacher-thinking when designing mobile language learning in and beyond the classroom, informed by research conducted with teachers and learners in ESOL and EAP contexts.

 


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A free book that gives some useful information about how to frame the choices for designing pedagogy.

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sadio222's curator insight, March 24, 5:31 AM

Apprentissage mobile et langues étrangères? C´est possible! Voici un guide du British Council exposant les avantages et inconvénients d´une nouvelle pratique. A lire absolument par les professeurs de langues pour prolonger leurs cours, hors de la salle de classe. 

Katarzyna Lis's curator insight, March 24, 4:12 PM

our future?

Corrina Phoenix Miss English's curator insight, April 29, 1:39 PM

British Council e-book.

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Worst practice in ICT use in education

Worst practice in ICT use in education | Mobile learning for students and teachers | Scoop.it
In business and in international development circles, much is made about the potential for 'learning from best practice'. Considerations of the use of educational technologies offer no exception to this impulse. That said, 'best practice' in the education sector is often a rather elusive concept (at best! some informed observers would say it is actually dangerous). The term 'good practice' may be more useful, for in many (if not most) cases and places, learning from and adapting 'good' practices

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Johan van der Merwe's curator insight, March 6, 4:16 AM

What to avoid when teaching.

Maria Zappa Kasapidi's curator insight, March 9, 1:48 AM

Συμβαίνουν και εις τας  Αμερικας λοιπον....

luc taesch's curator insight, May 2, 11:22 AM

worst practice = via negativa #antifragile #agile

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Blogging in the foreign language classroom

Blogging in the foreign language classroom | Mobile learning for students and teachers | Scoop.it

This study, by Dorota Domalewska, Rangsit University, Thailand, examined the phenomenon of blogging as a technologically enhanced support to develop interaction and interrelatedness among learners in a foreign language course. 

 


Read more: http://onlineanddistancelearning.com/blogging-foreign-language-classroom/#ixzz3RGoNBkNF


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Study: Tech access in, outside classroom boosts engagement | eSchool News | eSchool News

Study: Tech access in, outside classroom boosts engagement | eSchool News | eSchool News | Mobile learning for students and teachers | Scoop.it
A two-year study revealed that student achievement and teacher confidence benefited from in-school and at-home tech access.
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It's always a bit disconcerting to read a research report that has been subsidised by a company who will benefit from positive claims. However, it is still interesting to read, and to see what aspects of learning they have focussed on to evaluate the benefits.

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50 Apps for the Foreign Language Classroom - teachingwithipad.org

50 Apps for the Foreign Language Classroom - teachingwithipad.org | Mobile learning for students and teachers | Scoop.it

"I enjoy discussing iPad and other edtech resources with my colleague and friend Sylvia Duckworth almost every week through Twitter. Sylvia is a leader in the French teaching community in Canada, and has created an enormous amount of resources for language teachers to use. I asked her if she wanted to collaborate on this post, and she quickly agreed to do so. Below is a list of iPad apps that we both use in our language classrooms. The ones marked with an * are the essential, must-have ones. We have divided the list into two categories: Content consumption apps and content creation apps."

 


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Ricard Garcia's curator insight, November 10, 2014 6:14 AM

Interesting collection of well-chosen apps for the classroom or even for home with Mum and Dad!!

Lee Hall's curator insight, May 11, 11:57 AM

Some cost, so check them carefully.

Willem Kuypers's curator insight, May 20, 1:57 AM

Pour les profs de langues.

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The problem with the SAMR model | eSchool News | eSchool News

The problem with the SAMR model | eSchool News | eSchool News | Mobile learning for students and teachers | Scoop.it
As I have watched teachers at my own school attempt to use the SAMR model to both evaluate current uses of technology and to plan future ones, I have begun to identify a few big concerns.
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This post makes some useful points - reminding us that a model has limitations, and that we need to consider the learning goals and not just the use of technology.

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Teaching Tip: Screencasts to Enhance Communication in the Online Classroom

Teaching Tip: Screencasts to Enhance Communication in the Online Classroom | Mobile learning for students and teachers | Scoop.it
In an online classroom environment, communication between the instructor and students can be greatly enhanced through the incorporation of screencasting. Rather than limiting instruction to simple text through Blackboard announcements or email, instructors can provide audio, visual, and textual information in a quick and easy way through the creation of a screencast. While there are a number of free screencast programs available, Screencast-O-Matic (www.screencast-o-matic.com) is one of the most user-friendly options. With Screencast-O-Matic, the instructor can create a visually appealing instructional video with voiceover in less time that it might require to type out a text response to a student’s inquiry. For a short instructional tutorial on how to create your first screencast, check out this link. Click on “How to Make a Screencast” in the center section.
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6 Simple But Critical Steps to Effective E-learning

6 Simple But Critical Steps to Effective E-learning | Mobile learning for students and teachers | Scoop.it

"While many people try their best to create e-learning courses, very few of them manage to succeed. Effective e-learning courses are easier said than done; you have to devote your time, energy, and money to deliver high-quality product. Here are six simple but critical steps to help you create effective e-learning courses. (You probably already know these, but it’s a good idea to periodically review them.)"


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Computer-delivered or face-to-face: effects of delivery mode on the testing of second language speaking

The use of computers has increased in speaking assessments; however, there are concerns about how the absence of an interlocutor affects performance on speaking tests.

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This is an interesting research article, looking at the results obtained when students use either face-to-face or online testing. The conclusions highlight a number of ways in which the research design was limited, but this also points to perhaps doing the same research again with different students, contexts and researchers. It assumes that being able to test by computer-delivered modes is something to aim for; this could also be deconstructed a bit more. However, it opens a number of possibilities for online learning.

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Study Shows iPads Could Improve Literacy Skills in Young Children - InformED

Study Shows iPads Could Improve Literacy Skills in Young Children - InformED | Mobile learning for students and teachers | Scoop.it
A recent study has found that kindergartners who use iPads in school are likely to score higher on literacy tests than those who do not.


The study, which was carried out in Auburn, Maine early last year, looked at 266 kindergartners who had been given free iPads to use in class as part of an experiment. Out of the 266 students, 129 were given lessons using iPads, while the remaining 137 were taught through traditional methods.


The results, which were published on Apple’s unofficial tech blog, TUAW, showed that in addition to better scores in every literacy test, children who were taught through the use of an iPad also showed an increased interest in learning and were more enthusiastic about going to school."


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CTD Institute's curator insight, March 23, 11:25 AM

While the iPad certainly has huge potential as an educational tool, it is important to remember that iPad is just another tool. To bring about positive results in the classroom, a lot depends on how it is implemented as well as the teaching methods employed.

Marisa Martinez's curator insight, May 11, 6:33 PM

Literacy.

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3 Minute Teaching With Tech Tutorial - Create a Flipped Video Lesson with TedEd - YouTube

This entry in the "3 Minute Teaching With Tech Tip" video series shows how easy it is to 'flip' any YouTube video with the structured tool set provided at ed.ted.com. These lessons can be public or private, and the easy to use tools let teachers add associated content, a brief quiz, and online discussions associate with the video that is the focus point of the lesson. TedEd is totally free, and teachers get summary feedback on lesson views, quiz results, discussions, etc.

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Bibhya Sharma's curator insight, April 5, 1:06 AM

Lets try out TedEd

Carmen Ramos's curator insight, April 10, 12:29 PM

Schnell und einfach Videos für den Unterricht aufbereiten.

TWCLibrary's curator insight, May 6, 7:24 PM

Great way to Flip a lesson!

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Apple is making it easier for schools to put iPads in classrooms - Engadget

Apple is making it easier for schools to put iPads in classrooms - Engadget | Mobile learning for students and teachers | Scoop.it
Apple's dreams of putting iPads in classrooms have run into a number of roadblocks, but one of the biggest is simply the amount of work involved -- each slate needs its own account, making it a nightmare if you want to outfit an entire school. That won't be a problem for much longer, however. Both MacRumors and 9to5Mac have discovered that Apple is ditching the requirement for individual IDs on school-supplied iPads as of this fall. Staff will just have to decide which devices get apps or books, letting teachers focus on the actual education instead of getting things running. They'll still have plenty of control, so kids can't load up on games and other distractions unless they get the green light. It's too soon to know if this will lead to more kids taking home tablets instead of textbooks, but there will at least be fewer barriers to making that happen.

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Jarrod Johnson's curator insight, March 8, 6:03 PM

This will make deployment so much easier.

Allan Tsuda's curator insight, March 9, 1:53 AM

Finally! 

Debbie Rogers's curator insight, March 9, 8:31 AM

Wondering how this will integrate with third party MDMs

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Worksheets for the digital age: AR interactive print

Worksheets for the digital age: AR interactive print | Mobile learning for students and teachers | Scoop.it
Augmented reality apps allow you to create your own interactive print documents that combine the ease of a worksheet with the engagement of digital age tools and multimedia. And it’s easy to do!

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This looks like a great fun way to encourage learners to read information, process it, and apply it to the task. Nice!

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, February 12, 6:36 AM

Love the use of AR to make paper worksheets more interactive.

Sanford Arbogast's curator insight, February 12, 7:51 AM

the DAQRI apps are pretty cool

asli telli's curator insight, February 13, 2:06 AM

Augmented reality in worksheets of today...

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Writing For Online Learners And Readers

Writing For Online Learners And Readers | Mobile learning for students and teachers | Scoop.it

"More and more educators are doing more than simply teaching in the 21st century. Technology has expanded and changed our role. You may already be in this position, either by chance or not. Are you an educator who is new to the job of writing eLearning resources? I was. Here is what I’ve learned."


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Tanyam's curator insight, March 4, 6:08 PM

Its been a while since my collegues and i did our "Writing for the Web".  Here are some reminders, or if you are a newbie, some tips, on writing for online learning

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5 Mobile Learning Trends: How M-LearningIs Changing the Workplace

5 Mobile Learning Trends: How M-LearningIs Changing the Workplace | Mobile learning for students and teachers | Scoop.it

"Mobile Learning Technology has opened up a whole gamut of options to extend the learning blend. No longer do employees have to rely solely on the usual means of training – be it ILT or e-learning. So much so, that even in organizations which have not yet adopted mobile learning, employees are using their smartphones to informally pull whatever information they can at the time of immediate need. Be it preparing for an interview or gathering the relevant statistics on the way to a meeting, mobiles have become tools of providing ubiquitous support, especially for accessing bite-sized information."


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Late language learners show improved mental agility

Learning a second language can boost cognitive performance even in late learners, suggests a new study by Bilingualism Matters researchers.
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We still don't know enough about how our minds use languages, but this current research is fascinating. You are never too old to start learning a language!

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