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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 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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Below is a simple infographic showing the progress to date of the LingoBee trials at Bellerbys Oxford. It was made using the website Piktochart. Bellerbys Oxford User Group Infographic

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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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