Using Mobile Phones in English Education


Report on a case study.  Excerpt:

Recent research concerning the brain and learning indicates that retention of a new word or concept depends on the quality and frequency of the information processing activities (Hulstijn 2001). However, in many educational institutions around the world, the amount of class time is still very limited. Thornton and Houser (2005) believe that mobile technology can help extend learner opportunities in meaningful ways. With that in mind, they surveyed students at the university to determine patterns of usage of mobile devices, the mobile phone functions they use, and the types of educational activities they consider useful for mobile phones to make the mobile phone’s function come into play.

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Collaboration and File Sharing Platforms



Use this for file sharing:  Three Alternatives to DropItToMe for File Collection at

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Leave the Classroom With Augmented Reality




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Kids Using Handheld Devices Don’t Read Anymore, or do They?



An interesting aspect of the changing discipline of literacy in Can Social Networking Boost Literacy Skills at  Esxcerpt:

Perhaps text messaging, social networking sites and blogs are a new form of literature that will soon be studied in schools in the way that books, plays and poetry are now. In Scotland, new curriculum literacy guides specify that children should be familiarized with new media and taught modern communication methods so that they will be able to function in today’s workplace. The guides emphasize the importance of teaching students how and when to use particular communication methods. For example, students are taught to avoid using abbreviated text language in e-mails in which formal language might be more appropriate.

The jury is still out on whether studying Shakespeare will be replaced by reading Taylor Swift’s tweets. Parents who want their children to become more literate probably know what they…

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What’s Writing Gotta Do With it? Technology and Skills to Use it


Effectively incorporating video and video technology into lessons


Erik Halvorson

Education Connections

When designing classroom units and lessons, how do you support learning through the inclusion of technology and non-text-based materials?

For many educators, the integration of videos and technology into their lessons and units is not a new concept. With the expansion of video hosting platforms and increased access to technology, instructors are using, and even relying on, technology and video production to support student learning in the classroom. Videos can be great tools, especially for EL students, to provide visual and reduced text-based support to lessons, means of building student background knowledge, and avenues for students to show their learning, comprehension, and understanding. However, even though a lesson might include visual support through the integration of video technology, it may not be designed correctly or be an effective support for students. The inclusion of visual media and supports in lessons and activities requires careful consideration and planning in order for these opportunities to become meaningful ways to support student learning.

To explore some ideas on how to effectively incorporate video technology into classroom learning specifically for EL students, check out this article from Edutopia.

The International Literacy Association (ILA) also recently posted an article with further resources on effectively integrating video technology and learning into your classroom and lessons.

Leveraging ed tech to better serve ELLs and students with disabilities


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