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----- Meeting Notes (4/17/13 12:50) -----Welcome!Thinking about cell phones in class, I get a variety of responses from ELLs and teachers. So first, a poll.
Multiple choice question: http://www.polleverywhere.com/multiple_choice_polls/jkEmQSokPOmwUkEOpen question: http://www.polleverywhere.com/free_text_polls/ScMtbzH1sXtjVQ1
Phones here and abroadFeature phone- ‘dumb’ phone
Digital literacy divide has been much lamented, but current trends may help balance it. As seen in my survey, ELLs mirror many mainstream societal trends.Besides being good learner centered teachers who teach leveraging what students already know, we should not assume that our learners do or do not understand technology. I’ve found my learners are adept at using mobile sites, but the desktop version has the added difficulty of typing. On top of this, password and cookies are often automatically saved on phones, which are never shut off.However, when they do shut their phone off or access email on desktop, they’ve forgotten the password-set them up with a service like Gmail that uses texts to verify identify or sends password hints via text. In short, learners love mobile apps for ease of use: no password retrieval, easy clicking and scrolling without precision clicking required.
----- Meeting Notes (4/17/13 12:59) -----Any and all of these features can be put towards meeting educational or real life goals-young learners and old often don't realize the features they have
Handout #1 (as seen in next slide)
*********HANDOUT*****Discuss results of brainstorm
****HANDOUT #2 discussion*****Students with mobile experience may seem to be beginners with computers, but actually they already have some important knowledge. It’s important to reinforce for students that haven’t learned to use icons to navigate, but can type and use a mouse.
Duolingo shown in a study by as effective as a first year semester of college in terms of vocabulary and fluency development. And it’s free.Twitter: news reports, sharing of articles, discussions
Crowd-sourced, meaning that Duolingo sometimes asks users for translations. Duolingo languages currently available: English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, ItalianiOS only: in November 2012 announced intention to create Android version in one year’s time, be on look out in November 2013!If you are amore advanced learner, you have three chances to unlock the higher level lessons; but this ‘shortcut’ still takes some time.Points to note: When downloading an app, do a bit of research. Look at the icon on the web or your other source for the app and then check if it is the same. Also read reviews of an app before you download and only download from trusted sources like www.cnet.com, or on your phone’s Google Play or App Store on iPhone.
Lessons are pictures based (left) or you can read articles translated by other users on the right (higher level task)
It’s automated, but still potentially useful-not as detailed as teacher feedback, but gives user an idea of which skills and vocabulary knowledge are strong versus weak.
Easier set up than desktop-no question of where to click.Sound icon is speaker.Three hearts are how many chances you have to pass the ‘test’-video game derived feature