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

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.

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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. The video presented a series of surprising statistics set to music, including: “In 10 years, it is predicted that the number one English speaking country in the world will be … China.”. The U.S.

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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. I also find their games quite addictive and that's I quality I always look for when trying to find stimulating materials for students, so I've been looking at how these games could used for language development.

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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. It tells you which is the most popular and how many pages each one appears in.

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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. Online Video: For Language Development. There are now a number of online video sharing communities that are specifically designed to support the development of language and communication skills.

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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.

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.

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. Bookr enable us to create nice interactive image books with text captions. Here's an example that I created based on the poem 'In White' by Robert Frost.

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. To prepare the session I looked back at many of the postings from my blogs over the last 18 months and thought about some of the changes that have been taking place in the way online video sharing has developed. I've split the materials from the session into four sections.

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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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. With just a simple webcam, or a digital camera or camcorder it is now possible for teachers and students to create and share their knowledge and experience of a vast range of topics. It's also possible for them to access a global pool of knowledge and experience from cultures all over the world.

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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. Video conferencing Video conferencing was once a very difficult and expensive activity that required specific software, hardware and in many cases an expensive account with a service provider.

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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'. These are complete episodes of shows that take place within 2 - 5 mins.

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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.

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. I got the job and spent two years visiting a group of inmates each week and trying to teach them to play Blues.

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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

Developmental requirements for technology

Connecting 2 the World

The discussion on the eLearning Technology blog about cursive vs. print vs. touch typing got me to thinking about any of the technologies being used in the classroom today. My Introduction to Distance Learning course has students in a variety of educational levels (K- 12, university, public education, and professionals) and subjects (Art, science, math, business, cyptopathology, computer science, foreign language, library science).

Not all blogs are created equal

Connecting 2 the World

While searching for blogs on new technologies (I am surprised at how many there are), I came across a conference that was held at the dawn of blogging. Global PR (which I had come across before) gave me some new directions in finding relivant blogs. The posting I came across was written by Italo Vignoli about blogging in foreign languages. He brings up some interesting points that I would love to see follow up on.

Understanding the big picture while keeping track of the details

Connecting 2 the World

I find whenever I use a new tool, I have trouble using it until I see where it fits into the system of communication and education. I am very excited about my new course, as I have been able to put together a conceptual framework of the types of Web 2.0 technology, and how they relate to each other. I still am having trouble with facebook, but I am getting there.

Skills needed for new communication technology

Connecting 2 the World

George Sieman wrote an interesting post that got me thinking. What are the skills needed for new communication technologies? What should we be including at the higher ed level to prepare students for the workplace of the 21st Century? Here are some idea: How to network. I plan on having my students join linkedIn and follow the paths of networks they create with their class.

The effect of new technologies on organizational communication

Connecting 2 the World

The following is a framework I am developing to use in my class as we look at new technologies (enterprise 2.0, Web 2.0, mobile technology). In my previous blog I mentioned there being four categories of technologies: those for CMC, information sharing, collaborative work, and social networking and community building.

Social Networking and Search Engines

Connecting 2 the World

In reading Tony Karrer’s blog today, I realized that there is so much technology that I don’t understand and know how it works. For example, he has a number of statistics that I am sure I should know how to use, yet I can’t figure it out. Likewise, the shift from WebCT to Blackboard’s BLS system has been painful and frustrating. I feel sometimes that there is a secret code that I have yet to crack.

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. In an attempt to capture this moment in my personal history I decided to video record the event with the intention of editing it into a kind of 'highlights of' show.

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 a Video Viral

Nik Peachey

For a long time now I've been fascinated with viral marketing campaigns and the way advertisers use these to promote their products. What's really interesting about them is the advertisers ability to come up with really novel and original ideas to capture our attention and make us want to share with others. My Fame Star is a great example of this and one that we can use to create lesson materials. What it does, is enable you to upload a photograph and then create a story around it.

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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. You can use Bubblr to search through Flickr images, then drag them onto an image line and create a long sequences of images with text /speech bubbles / thought bubbles etc. These can then be printed, saved online or embedded into a blog. This quick tutorial shows you how it's done.

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! Gwap (Games With a Purpose) is a collection of 5 basic word games which you can play in collaboration with an online partner (The website automatically finds you one). The site has a selection of five rather addictive games: The ESP game.

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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? This site is called Yearbook Yourself and is based around the concept of the end of year school books that are so popular in some countries. The site enables you to upload an image of yourself and then import it into the style of a yearbook from any year between 1950 and the 2000s. You can then download the images as jpg files.

12 Second Video Clips for EFL ESL

Nik Peachey

What can you do with a web cam, 12 seconds of live video and some EFL ESL students? Well quite a lot when you start to think about it. 12 Seconds TV is a new website for microbloggers! Unlike it's text based equivalents, Twitter and Plurk , 12Seconds TV enables users to post 12 second video clips. Apart from that it is very like any other microblogging site. You can sign up to follow the feeds of other users and comment on other users' video clips.

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