All posts by Ibrahim Ercan

Ibrahim Ercan has a B.A. in English Language and Literature from Erciyes University and he is doing his M.A. in English Language Teaching at Çukurova University. He is interested in incorporating technology into language learning and teaching by specialising in web-based applications, mobile learning, MOOCS (Massive Open Online Courses) and graphic & web design.

M-Learning Is Not E-Learning on A Mobile Device

Understanding the differences between eLearning and mLearning begins with first defining mLearning. While there are many opinions and ideas surrounding this, the Float Learning definition of mLearning is:

“mLearning is the use of mobile technology to aid in the learning, reference or exploration of information useful to an individual at that moment or in a specific use context.” John Feser

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What’s mobile learning?

According to UNESCO, ‘a popular definition of mobile learning is education that involves the use of mobile devices to enable learning anytime and anywhere. While this definition captures much of the essence of mobile learning, it requires two important clarifications. Discussions about mobile learning should:

1) focus more on mobility and its unique affordances than on technology per se; and
2) include questions about how mobile devices can support not only learning but also broad educational goals such as effective education administration and information management.

The power to extend educational experiences beyond classrooms and enable non-formal and informal learning is a key attribute of mobile learning and carries enormous potential to make learning more personalized and relevant. However, in this context mobility ‘denotes not just physical mobility but the opportunity to overcome physical constraints by having access to people and digital learning resources, regardless of place and time’ (Kukulska-Hulme, 2010a). Thus mobile learning can very much happen in the classroom as well.

Finally, mobile learning does not require a ratio of one device per learner or teacher, which is the approach of the current 1:1 computing initiatives in many countries around the world. While a 1:1 ratio is ideal, it is not always possible given limited resources. Successful mobile learning projects run the full gamut of configurations, from 1:1, to one device for a group of learners, to one device per class.’

Source: UNESCO, Mobile Learning and Policies – Key Issues to Consider.


The Importance of Mobile in Learning and Performance

Please find more information about mobile learning on the following websites:

 

Mobile Learning Trends and Opportunities

Mobile Learning (smartphones) as a SUpport Tool in the Language Classroom

Learner Autonomy

You can use Appear.in for Instant Video Conversations

Appear.in is a video conferencing application which you can use with an internet browser. You can create your instant online room and start using it with up to 8 people for free. Once you create your account and video room, other users can directly join your conversation without any login or downloads. You can use Appear.in to engage your students with speaking activities in the classroom.

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With appear.in you can:

  • send messages and links in text chat while seeing each other on video
  • claim your own personal video room
  • set a custom background image of the room
  • lock the room for private conversations
  • share your screen

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Create Amazing Animations with Tellagami

Tellagami lets you create and share a quick animated video called ‘gami’. It can be used for many different tasks, assignments, projects, in-class activities, etc. You can customize your character, change its mood or outfit. You can record your own voice or use its text-to-speech technology to add a dialogue. In the attachment, you can find the worksheet I created for a speaking assignment.

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Download the worksheet.

HERE’S AN EXAMPLE OF TELLAGAMI THAT MY STUDENT CREATED IN EFL CLASS.

 

Use StoryCorps for Speaking Activities

”The StoryCorps app and StoryCorps.me were created as a global platform for listening, connecting, and sharing stories of the human experience.”

You can use StoryCorps for speaking projects or activities (especially when you’re teaching English or other languages) with your students.

You can have them interview each other or someone else. Students can select their questions from different categories (best questions, family heritage, etc.) available on the app or they can add their own questions.

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In the attachment, you can find the worksheet I created for my students.

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Download the worksheet.