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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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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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Creativity among LingoBee users

Examples from the Lingobee repository were presented at the Mobile Learning and Creativity workshop at the European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning (EC-TEL2012). One of the aims of the workshop is how can we design Mobile Learning to foster creativity? It is interesting to find a lot of creativity among the entries in the Lingobee repository from the different user groups – the use of graphics, photos and the collaborative descriptions of a word or phrase by several learners.

The presentation was well received by the workshop participants. In particular, the audience found the domain of language learning very relevant and a natural area for Mobile Learning. One workshop participant commented “isn’t learning everything about language learning?”

The audience also liked the concept of our “LingoBee moments”, the spontaneity or acting on the spur of the moment that is facilitated by Lingobee and Mobile Learning. A few presenters talked about “serendipity” in learning which is strongly linked to the learning supported by Lingobee. This obvious advantage of Mobile Learning is no doubt one that fosters creativity. In addition, the collaborative co-construction of knowledge, often spurred by an everyday activity, leads to creative descriptions of words and expressions as well as creative use of language. The preparation of this presentation raised the following questions that are relevant for further research in this area: 1) What is creativity in language learning? ii) Does “social, connected activity” lead to creativity in language learning? ii) How does mobile language learning foster or hinder creativity?

The presentation was done using the Pecha Kucha format which required some creativity! The paper title “Creativity and Mobile Language Learning” was authored by Sobah A. Petersen, Emma Procter-Legg, Annamaria Cacchione, Mikhail Forminykh and Monica Divitini, as a joint activity between SIMOLA and CoCreat (another LLP project). The paper was presented by Sobah.

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Japanese EFL students learn via mobile video production

An article by Nicolas Gromik appeared in Computers and Education giving some interesting evidence on expression gains by Japanese EFL students making videos on their mobiles. This enabled them to improve the richness of their English speaking performance. The reference is Nicolas Gromik (in press) Cell phone video recording feature as a language learning tool: A case study.
Computers & Education, Volume 58, Issue 1, January 2012, Pages 223-230: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0360131511001424

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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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