LingoBee was presented by Study Group at IATEFL Glasgow, one of the world’s largest ELT conferences, on the 21st March. The conference ran from the 19th to 23rd March, with delegates attending from around the world. M-learning was a popular theme, with the likes of Macmillan Education running a signature event on ‘Enhancing students’ language acquisition through mobile technologies’  including speakers Nicky Hockly and Agnes Kukulska-Hulme. This was an interesting talk which included many discussions relevant to the LingoBee trials.

Our session was introduced by Barbara Gardner and presented by the Rebecca Adlard and Emma Procter-Legg SIMOLA researchers.

Emma Procter-LeggRebecca AdlardAfter the presentation we had a number of conversations with audience members keen to talk about the trials. Click on the image below to view our presentation on the Prezi website, click ‘more’ to view it in full screen and use the arrows or click auto play to see the slides.

During our presentation we asked the audience the following question, “If you are in a classroom situation are phones welcome in your classroom?” we collected answers via a textwall and visualised the response through Wordle (the more frequently a response was given, the larger the word appears).

Are mobile phones welcome in your classroom?

We would like to hear your responses to this via our poll and through your comments.

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3 thoughts on “IATEFL GLASGOW 2012

  1. Robert Legg says:

    Are mobile phones welcome in my classroom? I voted ‘yes’ because there wasn’t an ‘it depends’ option. I’m happy if my students are tweeting about my lecture, if they’re looking up key vocabulary, if they’re checking my references, or if they’re plotting a question to ask at the end. I’m unhappy if they’re texting about Eastenders or listening to music with a single earphone. I went for ‘yes’ rather than ‘no’ because I think of smartphones as a tool, like a pencil. And in the same way that I don’t want to ban pencils in case someone writes out a shopping list, I don’t want to ban smartphones in case someones sends an unrelated text. In fact, I’ve talked myself around. I was an ‘it depends’; I’m now an outright ‘yes’.

  2. Becky says:

    Excellent Prezi, it would be helpful to watch the presentation in its entirety to fully understand how the concept works on a day to day basis. Well done though, I think the concept (as I understand it) has certainly got mileage. Have you thought of applying it to other learning contexts beyond ELT and beyond the overseas market? I wonder what the long-term implications are for language if language is learnt/reinforced using mobile technologies?

  3. Are mobile phones welcome in your classroom? For sure, Mobile technologies ( particularly of the Smartphones and Tablets variety – http://amzn.to/Hp3fuM ) should be allowed in the classroom ( compulsory gear in my book ). These technologies are rapidly becoming the new notebooks; vastly expanding students’ learning capability on multiple devices and their ability to collaborate over the Internet. Mobile Technologies along with Mobile Apps vastly increase the ability of students to leverage learning material ( traditionally that was achieved by copying what the teacher wrote on the blackboard and adding to it from reference material ( books ) in the library ). Using the right mobile platform like LingoBee will greatly enhance learning especially with Cloud and Social media integrations.

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