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LingoBee @mLearn 2012 – Helsinki

During the busy month of October Lingobee was also presented in Helsinki at mLearn Conference on 15-18 October. With a small information desk by the conference room was a good opportunity to have some interesting “watercooler conversations” about mobile apps, language learning or platform issues and sharing the results and visions of our project.

As one of the basic pillar of the conference, language learning had its own workshop section on Monday, where we got acquainted with some advanced projects on the field like English in Action or iSpot. It was nice to see the complexity of these programs, and get information about the future possibilities of app development.

Small Lingobee gadgets, flyers and posters about the features were available for the audience during the conference, and from the event’s Twitter channel, online users could get some further information about the project.

More pictures from the conference:

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LingoBee at CELDA 2012

LingoBee was presented at CELDA 2012, Cognition and Exploratory Learning in Digital Age, in Madrid on Saturday 20th October 2012.  The paper “LingoBee and Social Media: Mobile Language Learners as Social Networkers” authored by Emma Procter-Legg, Annamaria Cacchione and Sobah Abbas Petersen. This was a collaboration between 3 of the partner within the SIMOLA project, Study Group UK (Bellerbys College Oxford), the University of Molise Italy (Dept. of Social Science and Lingustic Centre) and the Norwegian University of Science & Technology.
The presentation was well received by  the audience who asked questions and commented on the usefulness of LingoBee for Erasmus students.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To see the full presentation, click on the image below.

Click on the photo to see the view the Prezi

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Lingobee at the NordiTEL Symposium

Lingobee and the results of some of the user studies were presented at the NordiTEL Symposium, in Oulu, Finland, earlier this week. Several researchers in Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) and Mobile Learning from Finland, Sweden and Norway presented their work at the symposium. There is a lot of activity in this field of research in the Nordic countries and it was very good to be among them and share our work.

The focus of our presentation was about bridging informal and formal education and how we could motivate Lingobee users to make Lingobee a natural part of their language learning process. This topic was motivated by the results of the user studies in Norway and the level of user participation.

Several other researchers felt that it was a challenge to get school teachers to adopt technology in their classrooms. The discussions in general were around these themes which can be seen from the “shouts” in the “learning café” panel discussion session.

There was a lot of interest in the work that we have done in SIMOLA and some researchers were interested in trying out Lingobee in different ways such as a repository for concepts and ideas in mobile digital story telling. The abstract was authored by Sobah Abbas Petersen and Ole-Torfinn Fagerli, both from NTNU, Norway. The presentation was done by Sobah.

While presenting work about language learning in different countries, it is natural to acquire a bit of the local lingo, although Finland was not the easiest for that. “kiitos” is thankyou in Finnish. Do you know how to say thankyou very much in Finnish? I was told it’s “Mos-Kiitos”. Check it out!

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Bellerbys Oxford – Update

The second trial of LingoBee has now come to an end at Bellerbys College Oxford, as the students hand back their smartphones, finish their final A level exams and head home for the holidays. Both trial groups entered their new found words and phrases into the Bellerbys Oxford user group. At the final count there were 823 entries made by the 12 students involved and their teacher. Below is a Wordle created from all 823 entries in the user group and their respective definitions – which amounts to 8,472 words!

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mlearning, social media and schools

Below is a nice infographic showing how students use social media for learning and what aspects of online and mlearning they value. The statistic that jumped out at me was “At schools that ban mobiles, 63% of students use them anyway”. If this is the case, banning them doesn’t work. Instead of looking at an outright ban, wouldn’t it be better to teach students how to use their smart phones to learn?

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Bellerbys Oxford usergroup

Bellerbys Oxford usergroup

Check out the Wordle created from all the entries in the Bellerbys Oxford user group on LingoBee – nearly 800 entries! Tell us which is your favourite word.

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