Mobile Learning: 1998, 2008, 2018

The Journal

In its first decade, 1998-2008, "mobile learning" was all about getting devices into the hands of K-12 students and teachers. Palms initially proliferated; then Pocket PCs. In those early days, there was plenty of excitement and energy — for good reason — amongst the early adopters. Why didn’t mobile learning catch on, then

Has ‘Shift’ Happened? Revisiting a Viral Video From 2008

Edsurge

About 10 years ago, a short video called Shift Happens went viral, providing a wake-up call to educators that their students would enter a very different world once they left the classroom and entered the workforce.

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IATEFL Online Conference 2008

Nik Peachey

Well apologies to any regular visitors who have noticed the lack of activity her over the last week. This is mainly because my time over the next couple of weeks is being consumed by one of the biggest meetings of English language teachers in the World. The IATEFL annual conference. I've been working as part of the online editorial team for the event and there are now some very active, discussion forums going on a whole range of ELT related subjects.

Adventure Narratives for EFL ESL Students

Nik Peachey

For a long time now I've really admired and been fascinated by the work of Amanita Design. They have a really unique approach and I love the way they blend photographic textures with cartoon images.

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A Tool for Comparing Words

Nik Peachey

I've just found this very useful tool that allows you to compare words and phrases and how they are used online. It works very simply by taking the two words or phrases that you type in and searching through Google to give you the results for each word.

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Learning technology teacher development blog: Online Video: For Language Development

Nik Peachey

Tuesday, 16 December 2008. Edublog Awards 2008. ▼ 2008. (64). IATEFL Online Conference 2008. skip to main | skip to sidebar. Learning technology teacher development blog. Tips, resources and teaching materials for EFL and ESL teachers.

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Create Image Books

Nik Peachey

I've always liked sites that take images and enable you to do something interesting with them. Pim Pam Pum seems to be a company that is remarkably good at helping us to make the most of Flickr images, and I particularly like this little tool called Bookr.

Online Video: What does it have to offer teachers and learners?

Nik Peachey

This series of postings are the result of a training presentation I was asked to deliver for Moroccan teachers of English in Kinitra on 15th December 08.

Online Video: As Knowledge Resource

Nik Peachey

Since the birth of YouTube, the web has seen huge growth in the availability and quality of user generated online video.

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Online Video: As Communication

Nik Peachey

Over the past couple of years online video communication has been transformed, not only price and quality, but in ease of use and accessibility. This tool has great potential for extending the reaches of our classroom and opening access to much better support for distance learners.

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Online Video: Authentic Genres

Nik Peachey

Over the past few years video sharing websites have become increasingly specialised, bringing about the development of different 'genres' of video sharing sites. As online video increasingly competes with TV this has also brought about the development of genres of 'micro shows'.

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Things You Can Do With Your WebCam 1

Nik Peachey

I'm beginning to think that besides the actual computer itself, a WebCam is one of the most fundamentally useful tools we can possibly have to help us teach and learn a language and of course what's great about WebCams is that they are getting very cheap and many laptop computer come with one ready installed for free! Beware of bad hair days!!!! So I've decide to start a mini series of postings on 'Things you can do with a WebCam' - Even if you don't have an Internet connection. Create fictional characters for narrative and photo stories Most WebCams can be used to create and record both still and moving images and come with their own software which can be used to add backgrounds or to change and distort the images. You can get your students to dress up, disguise themselves and then create images that they can build into a picture story. Here are some images of characters that I created with my daughter as the basis for a story. I then embedded these into a document and added some speech and captions. This is a great tool for getting your students to create their own picture stories and practice dialogue and narrative. I used Photo Booth to create these images and then imported them into Comic Life on my MAC, but you can do the same thing on a PC by using free software such as ManyCam to create the images and then just inserting them into a Word document and adding 'Call outs' for the captions and speech bubbles. (See a review of the ManyCam software here: Great WebCam Software ) Record your own stories Story telling is a great way to develop students listening and speaking, but why loose all those wonderful story telling moments. You can use a WebCam to record stories for your students to watch and get your students to record their own stories to share. Telling a story to a WebCam on a computer can be much less intimidating than facing a live audience, so this can reduce your students' anxiety levels. It also gives them the opportunity to watch and listen to themselves telling the story so that they can evaluate their own performance and record and re-record and improve their performance if they feel it's necessary. Your students can also store these recordings as part of an E-Portfolio which they can look back on later and, if you have younger learners, you can share these with their parents. You can also create the stories collaboratively, by recording your own beginning and getting your students to add a sentence each so that they develop the story in their own way. Here's an example beginning that I created using an online tool called 12 Seconds TV , but you can do the same thing with your WebCam and just store it on your hard drive. The stories that you record don't have to be created by the students or even improvised. You could get your students to record readings from books and work on making them entertaining. I remember as a child watching a TV show called Jackanory which featured popular celebrities reading stories and have often enjoyed reading stories to my daughter. The ability to make your reading entertaining and dramatic with different voice to do the parts of the dialogue is quite a skill and requires a good understanding of the text. Asking students to use a text to develop these skills can be a really good way of focusing them, not only on their understanding of the text, but can also help the students to 'explore' the tonal ranges of their voice in English and to work on their pronunciation. If you try this though be sure to leave plenty of time for rehearsal. Here's an example from Jackanory of Rik Mayall reading Georgie's Marvellous Medicine Editing your videos Once you have a number of stories recorded you might want pull these together into a short 'show' and start editing them together, adding effects and inserting images into the narrative - You could even use the still images of the characters that you created. Again, if you have a MAC you can use i-Movie to do this, but don't worry if you have PC, there are also some great free tools that you can use with your students to do this. These include VideoSpin by Pinnacle (See my review: Free Video Editing Software ) or Virtual Dub which is a simple free program (You can see a review and tutorial here Merge Multiple Video Files With Virtual Dub ) Once again, remember that it doesn't have to be you who does thee editing. You can get students to edit their own videos and add effects too. having a polished finished product from their learning can help to motivate the students and give them pride in their accomplishment, which will ultimately encourage them to enjoy and improve the level of their English. Well that's the theory. Hope it works out for you and if it does then look out for part 2 of things you can do with your WebCam. Related links: 12 Second Video Clips for EFL ESL Tutorial: Using Videos from YouTube Sending Bubble Joy to your EFL / ESL Students Great Video Commenting Tool Video conferencing for EFL Send Free Video Messages Best Nik Peachey. narrative video webcam

Seven Things You Don't Need to Know About Me

Nik Peachey

I have been tagged by Gavin Dudeney for the ‘Seven Things You Probably Don’t Know About Me’ thing… So here are my seven things: 1. My first teaching job was in a prison. While I was studying music at Dartington College of Arts I heard that they were looking for a guitar teacher and a nearby prison.

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Filming in Second Life 1

Nik Peachey

Last Sunday, I was lucky enough to make my debut as an educational chat show host on The Consultants-E' s Edunation Island where I interviewed Gavin Dudeney.

Text to Speech Movies for EFL ESL

Nik Peachey

Yesterday on my Quick Shout blog, I wrote about a new tool called Xtranormal for creating text to speech animated movies. Since then I've had a little time to put together a tutorial video and think about how to use it in the classroom. First I thought I'd show you what extra normal produces.

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Exploiting Image Sequences

Nik Peachey

I have to admit that when I first saw Bubblr , I thought it was just a simple tool for adding speech and thought bubbles to images, but when I started to try it out I discovered that it can do far more than that.

Games With a Purpose and a Social Network

Nik Peachey

Well who would believe it? A social network built around playing word games with online partners! This may not sound like a great idea, but I have to say that I'm impressed!

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Make Your EFL ESL Yearbook

Nik Peachey

As ever I'm a fool for technology which can make images entertaining and personalise them, so when I saw this I couldn't resist it. Nik Peachey or Austin Powers?

Artificial Intelligence Chat bots and EFL ESL

Nik Peachey

Earlier this week I posted a short article to my Quick Shout blog about a new site called Virsona that enables teachers and students to develop their own AI ( Artificial Intelligence) chat bots.

Naming My Sources: Part 2

Nik Peachey

In the first part of this series aimed at sharing the sources of the information I blog about, I focused on sites which spread the word about new technology or websites.

Photo Assignments for EFL ESL Students in Second Life

Nik Peachey

One of the things that I really like about Second Life is the rich visual imagery and the creativity that many of the builders there have put into designing their Islands. We can exploit this along with the Second Life snapshot tool to create stimulating projects for our students.

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Manga images for EFL ESL

Nik Peachey

Many of our younger and even older students are exposed to and enjoy 'Manga' type cartoon art work. Face Your Manga' is a site which enables you and your students to easily create manga type image avatars, so I'd like to explore a few ways we could use this site for EFL ESL development.

Teaching Speaking in Second Life

Nik Peachey

For me, one of the main blocks to really developing online language learning courses has been the inability to supply real communicative speaking practice.

Microsoft's free Learning Content Development System

Nik Peachey

When Microsoft start giving stuff away for free, it always makes me curious, and when I spotted this free LCDS (Learning Content Development System) a while back I decided to download it and give it a try.

Pronunciation goes 2.0

Nik Peachey

I've been looking this week at Forvo , which is a kind of web 2.0 pronunciation site. The site allows users to request, and add audio clips of the pronunciation of different words from a huge range of languages , so if you want to know how a word is pronounced you can either do a quick easy search for the word and then listen to it, or if the word isn't already within the database, you can add it and request a pronunciation.

Second Life Teacher Training Videos

Nik Peachey

A few months ago I did some work on a series of teacher training videos for teachers who want to use Second Life, and I'm glad to say these have now been published on Russell Stannard's Teacher Training Videos website. The series has more than 30 short clips.

Make your own chat room

Nik Peachey

Chatmaker helps you to do just that! I'm amazed at just how easy things like this have become these days and it's free! I used this website to create this chat room: [link] It took probably less than 2 minutes! Here's a quick tutorial showing how it was done.

Using Word Clouds in EFL ESL

Nik Peachey

I've just discovered Wordle , which is a really useful site for creating word clouds. The word clouds are created by entering either a text, URL or del.icio.us user name into a field. The site then generates a word cloud based on the frequency of key words in the text or webpage. Here's what a word cloud based on the URL of this blog looks like. The word clouds are really easy to create and can be printed up for classroom use or saved to a gallery on line.

Create your own social network 7 steps

Nik Peachey

Social networking is one of the key concepts that is driving Web 2.0 these days. With the opportunities social networks offer for collaboration and communication, this is certainly something we as educators should be thinking about being involved in. In this tutorial I'd like to show you how to create your own social network on Ning, just by following 7 steps. I've published these as a downloadable PDF with screen shots, so that you can print them up and follow them / share them.

My Personal Best

Nik Peachey

Soundscapes from Soundtransit In March 2008 I wrote about a wonderful site for sharing and downloading audio files. Iconic teen video From April 2008 I thought that my best posting was a look at the kinds of videos teens are watching on YouTube and the new micro-genres that are developing through that medium.

My blog has moved

Connecting 2 the World

Due to some problems with subscriptions using this blog, I have moved my blog to another platform.

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My blog has moved

Connecting 2 the World

Due to some problems with subscriptions using this blog, I have moved my blog to another platform

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The fear of podcasting!

Connecting 2 the World

I recently heard a podcast from the ELI conference on the future of education and technology. While I am sure there was some editing done, in listening to the podcast I knew that I could never be a star in this area. Since I will be teaching about podcasts as a means of organizational communication in the next few weeks, this got be to thinking, Who should and who shouldn’t podcast. I am sure many of you have seen the CEO videocast or heard their podcast to the rank and file.

Defining New Communication Technology

Connecting 2 the World

One of the first goals in teaching my class on New Communcation Technology in Organizational Life, is to define “New Communication Technology.&# The assigned reading is a blog on ZDNet Blogs by Dion Hinchcliffe. While some people may question the use of a blog as an assigned reading, the fact is that there is very little accessible at the undergraduate level on New Communication technologies. This is a well written piece which allows for discussion from the class.

Good resource on Social Networking

Connecting 2 the World

I found a great blog on social networking which I have just started subscribing to. What I like about this blog is that it encompasses many fields in its analysis of social software: law, communication, education, and business. Deborah Pierce Jon Pincus Social Networking social software Tales from the Net