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Mobile Games on the rise

“Mobile games are a typical example of small, “casual games” that attract also players who do not typically self-identify as “gamers”, and yet are interested to have some kinds of games and play as parts of their everyday life.” Franz Mäyrä, keynote speech at the IADIS Mobile Learning 2013 conference. This keynote speech titled “From Mobile Games to Playful Communication: play in everyday life” at a mobile learning conference indicates the growing interest among researchers in mobile games for education.

What next for LingoBee? Could it be Mobile Language Learning games to motivate and stimulate learners?

See the GaLA blog (GaLA is the European Network of Excellence on Serious Games), http://www.galanoe.eu/index.php/breaking-news/blog

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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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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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UNESCO Working Paper Series on Mobile Learning

UNESCO recently published a series of 12 papers called the UNESCO Working Paper Series on Mobile Learning .The papers are split into two sets of six, the first of which covers policy and discuss initiatives and the second explore mobile learning as a medium for supporting teachers and improving practice. They include examples of mobile learning from around the globe and contain a wealth of information, a great resource for anyone considering implementing a mobile learning policy or strategy within their institution.

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