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Links 1 through 10 of 19 by Vance Stevens tagged mlearning

Changing language, changing learners, changing teachers
Posted by Mark in E-learning, TESOL

AILA 2011: The 16th World Congress of Applied Linguistics
Beijing, China
23-28 August, 2011

One of the major themes running through the 16th AILA Congress was the relationship of new technologies to language teaching. Over the course of six days, presenters from around the world discussed changing teacher training, changing teaching, and changing language – especially the growing importance of digital literacies.

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I came across (via this Mashable blog post) a new free tool called Highlighter (still in beta). It does what it says on the tin - it highlights. You can highlight bits in a blog post. No need to worry any more about middle-aged forgetfulness, because not only can you highlight snippets of interest, but you can leave comments for the blog author on your highlighted snippets. And you can share the highlighted snippets with your own network via email, Facebook and Twitter. And Highlighter is free.

But wait - one snag. The blog author needs to have Highlighter installed on his or her blog. And Mashable didn't. So I'm writing this blog post for two reasons: partly so I don't forget about why I bookmarked the Mashable post in the first place, but mostly to try Highlighter out with you, dear readers. But not just on this blog. On your blogs too.

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Slides for concurrent plenary at ISTEK 2011
Location, Location, Location: mLearning In Practice by GAVIN DUDENEY & NICKY HOCKLEY

One of the sites Beyza Yilmaz linked to in her PowerPoint to accompany our visit with Nik Peachey in the April 10 2011 ISTEK conference recap with

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mLearning lesson plans

The Consultants-e have a growing collection of mLearning lesson plans created by participants on our mLearning in Practice course. The lesson plans are created for English language learners across a range of ages and levels, and they focus on using mobile or handheld devices in class for a variety of activities or projects. The plans are presented with the permission of the authors. Please feel free to try them out!

There are a number of excellent blogs dedicated to the topic of mLearning. Below is a selection of those we especially recommend.

And published books on mLearning

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Per Stephen Downes: "Mobile Learning: Transforming the Delivery of Education and Training
This is an entire book available for free download (or, you can order a print version). Even if you don't have time to read the whole book, be sure to see John Traxler's Current State of Mobile Learning, which outlines major categories of mobile learning, discussion of a definition of mobile learning (which excludes the current generation of laptop and Tablet PCs), the case for mobile learning (on grounds of personal, situated and authentic learning), and attributes of an evaluation of mobile learning. Mohamed Ally, editor, Athabasca University, October 25, 2009 "

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Language Learning & Technology
Vol. 10, No. 1, January 2006, pp. 9-16

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Going to the MALL: Mobile Assisted Language Learning
Paginated PDF Version

George M. Chinnery

As technologies continue to evolve, so does their propensity to shrink in size. "Other technologies that hold the capacity for language learning include PDAs, multimedia cellular phones, MP3 players, DVD players, and digital dictionaries" (Zhao, 2005, p. 447). Such portable media—referred to in popular and scholarly literature as mobile, wireless, handheld or nomadic—are now social staples. Mobile learning, or m-learning, is a burgeoning subdivision of the e-learning movement, further evidenced by European initiatives such as m-learning and Mobilearn. In this paper, applied fusions of m-learning and language learning follow, after which their benefits and challenges are reviewed.

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This web page accompanies the session "MALL for the 21st Century," to be presented on October 17, 2009, as part of the Three Rivers TESOL Fall 2009 Conference.

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Unlike web 1.0, which was largely information-oriented, web 2.0 refers to a loose grouping of newer generation social technologies, whose users are actively involved in communicating and collaborating with each other as they build connections and communities across the web. The term itself was coined by Tim O'Reilly as recently as 2004. These pages briefly discuss the educational applications of a number of web 2.0 and related technologies, drawing on insights from social constructivism and the theory of communities of practice. There are suggested links you can follow to set up your own pages, as well as links to good examples of educational use. It should be noted that there is already considerable convergence between some of the individual technologies, a trend that is likely to continue. Note that if you're looking for open source (and generally, free) alternatives to commercial software, you might like to check out

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