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Lingobee is hot!

The dissemination activities have increased towards the end of the SIMOLA project. These include presentations of Lingobee and the results of some of the user studies at conferences and seminars. Lingobee is generally liked by the audiences and several people would like to try it in different ways. At the beginning of the project, who would have thought that Lingobee could have so many innovative uses? Here are some:

–          A repository for concepts in digital story telling.

–          To describe concepts for children with learning disabilities.

–          Norwegian students exposed to unfamiliar English terminology at university.

–          A technology to support capturing content during a field activity where the learners are outside the class and mobile.

Interestingly enough, some of these ideas are not in supporting language learning. All these wonderful ideas and stimuli that have been shared by the varied audiences of Lingobee are very inspiring and they clearly identify the potential of Lingobee. It is a pity that the SIMOLA project ends soon. If only we had another year to go!

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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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Are attitudes changing towards Smartphones in the classroom?

I recently read an interesting article, published by the TES, discussing attitudes towards Smartphones and tablets in the classroom. The article “Technophobia has no place in education” was written by Graham Brown-Martin, the founder of Learning Without Frontiers. Hopefully many teachers will have read this and feel encouraged to welcome Smartphones into their classrooms and make the most of educational apps such as LingoBee.

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