Moving to mobile
>So before we go back to school in September, I am thinking about aThat's a four skills approach? That's what I did last year :-) and as far
>multi-material approach to use with my students. It would consist of mobile
>websites, MP3's, movies, websites and perhaps a book
as poss within 'Oral' class, the years before.
If a book, a short modern one. Modern Short stories might be better, from
mP3s ? Edison's short prose poem.
re my previous reluctance to use phones, I'm heading west and don't expect
students to have phones, nor there be G3 coverage. But I'll see what's
there and work with it.
maybe we should move to Montessori?
- It's not the technology that students love - it's the entertainment value that these applications are able to deliver that they love. That's entertainment ... not education. And that's probably why popular and exciting new applications, when applied to education, don't garner the take-up that many hard-working teachers anticipate. If your content category is on the 'Z-list', the technology isn't going to help much.
As we have found at my school, individual teachers (or even the teachers of an entire university) usually don't achieve an adoption rate for these types of innovation that substantiates the investment in time (disregarding any other costs). A very small number of students begin with gusto and then trail off in their enthusiasm fairly quickly. The percentage of students who are genuinely interested (and then willing) to use these applications for educational purposes appears to be quite small.
I'd venture to propose that the key to success in making these extraordinary (and praise-worthy) efforts economical and productive is in casting the net very wide. Whether or not the teacher/innovator views the education of people who are not their students as productive use of their time is another matter entirely.
Rather than being negative for the sake of stereotyping myself as a curmudgeon, this leads me to wonder whether a collaborative solution might help push worthy innovations beyond the early-adoption hump. I'm sure there are many teachers with great ideas (tech-based or not) who don't follow them through because their user 'market' is very limited. Would collaboration on the customer-registration side create hyper-expansion of the user 'market'?
If Dave (or anyone else) is willing to invest considerable time implementing multi-delivery education platforms (or any of the other innovations Dave has championed over the years), how might 'Associates' who register their students make it worthwhile to the Head Master?
Terence R. Egan
Central University of Finance and Economics
Beijing, PR China
From: dk <davekees1@...>
Sent: Thursday, 6 August, 2009 12:34:21 AM
Subject: (teach) Re:Moving to mobile
Moving to mobile is part of an effort to follow students into their adopted
technology. It's not necessarily leading students into technology although
using it for class learning purposes is.
Books are killing my students with boredom. Dependence on books and a
classroom is forcing an ancient way of teaching on students that hasn't
changed in hundreds of years.
So before we go back to school in September, I am thinking about a
multi-material approach to use with my students. It would consist of mobile
websites, MP3's, movies, websites and perhaps a book.
MOVIES: I have some specially selected movies in a rather basic English for
my students. I'd like them to watch those but not necessarily on their
phones. To augment some movies I have also recorded the soundtrack on MP3
which I broke up with my commentary on some of the vocabulary points. After
watching the movie the students can listen to it again and hear explanation
of the language. I am also arranging some exercises to review some of the
EBOOKS: Two years ago in Japan, sales of e-novels exceeded paper novels. I
would like to have some graded e-readers for students as well as some
lessons and exercises. They could carry these e-books on their mobile phones
if they have that capacity.
MP3's: I have recorded some personal stories, stories I've read and
interviews with friends for my students to listen to. They could listen to
these on their mobile phone if they have the capacity.
WEBSITES: I used to assign homework for students to search a site like
http://eslpod. com, VOA Special English, How Stuff Works, etc. and then be
ready to tell the class about an article they found interesting.
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