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LingoBee presented in Evora, Portugal

LingoBee was presented at the International Meeting on Languages, Applied linguistics and Translation in Evora, Portugal on the 7th December by Annamaria Cacchione and Emma Procter-Legg. The paper ‘LingoBee Mobile Language Learning App as a Tool to Support Lexical Growth’ was well received and a number of discussions followed about the potential of the the app for supporting lexical growth.

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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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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BELLERBYS OXFORD USER GROUP – INFOGRAPHIC

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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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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Bellerbys College, Oxford – LingoBee trial up and running

Bellerbys College, Oxford – 5 international students have started using the LingoBee app to learn English as part of the SIMOLA project.
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Initial meeting with students at Bellerbys College, Oxford

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Students signing up to the SIMOLA project

Students were initially invited to attend a meeting to find out about the project and to express interest in taking part – all 13 students that attended wanted to be involved.

After much deliberation we selected 6 students to join the Oxford trial. To date 5 of them have signed up and have the LingoBee app installed on their new HTC desire phones.
The LingoBee app will allow language learners in Oxford to collect, annotate and share language- and culture-related content using their new mobile phones.
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HTC desire with LingoBee app installed

The group will meet once a fortnight for English lessons that will involve using and exploring the LingoBee app. The students will be encourage to make full use of the tools available within LingoBee, including the voice recorder, camera and weblinks.

More news coming soon as this trial continues and the sister project at Sussex ISC gets underway.
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