5 ideas for teaching about transport using         apps and mobile devices          Kim Ashmore, Director and Co-Founder, ...
5 ideas for teaching about transport usingapps and mobile devicesHere are some ideas for teaching about the topic oftransp...
1. Learn transport vocabularyYounger learners might enjoy ABC Go. ABC Go is a flashcard app with adifference. The app pres...
1. Learn transport vocabularyWord Carrot is an app that will help learners of all ages spellten basic words for transport....
2. Buses – sing a songWheels on the Bus is a popular children’s song, andthis app presents the song in five different lang...
2. Buses – sing a songApp: Wheels on the BusPlatform: iOSCost (iphone): £0.69/$0.99Cost (ipad): £1.49/$1.99Platform: Andro...
3. Helicopters – fly a helicopter taxiThis is a rather different – and fun – app for children. Itturns an iphone into a he...
3. Helicopters – fly a helicopter taxiThere is no language in the Helicopter Taxi app, but if you are luckyenough to have ...
4. Planes – make a paper planeHow to make paper airplanes is a free app with written instructions formaking paper planes. ...
5. Cars – create a carCreate a Car is an app that lets users design a fantasy car. Children can choosefrom a wide range of...
5. Cars – create a carThis is a very creative app, and couldencourage lots of rich language use.For example, there is an i...
5 ideas for teaching about transport usingapps and mobile devicesHave you got any more ideas to share? Then sharethem at :...
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Here are some ideas for teaching words for transport – or about the topic of transport – using apps and mobile devices. The ideas are aimed at the EFL/ESL young learner classroom but can be adapted to other contexts.

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  1. 1. 5 ideas for teaching about transport using apps and mobile devices Kim Ashmore, Director and Co-Founder, LearnAhead Ltd © Copyright 2011, LearnAhead
  2. 2. 5 ideas for teaching about transport usingapps and mobile devicesHere are some ideas for teaching about the topic oftransport using apps and mobile devices. The ideasare aimed at the EFL/ESL young learner classroom butcan be adapted to other contexts.1. Learn transport vocabulary2. Buses – sing a song3. Helicopters – fly a helicopter taxi4. Planes – make a paper plane5. Cars – create a car 2 © Copyright 2011, LearnAhead
  3. 3. 1. Learn transport vocabularyYounger learners might enjoy ABC Go. ABC Go is a flashcard app with adifference. The app presents an A-Z of more than 60 different types oftransportation, from ambulance to camel to unicycle. Touch a word – camelfor example – and you see a high-quality photo, hear the word, and see theword spelled out; in this way it’s a useful app for learning and practisingvocabulary. But many of the words also link to interactive activities whichhave simple instructions (Can you fix the police car?), or to youtube videossuitable for children (note that you need to be online to access these). Theapp is US focused.App: ABC GoPlatform: iOSCost: £1.99/$2.99 3 © Copyright 2011, LearnAhead
  4. 4. 1. Learn transport vocabularyWord Carrot is an app that will help learners of all ages spellten basic words for transport. Learners see the word, hear theword, and choose the right letters to spell it. You could use it asa game to play on the IWB, or students can use it to practisewords outside the classroom. Here is an activity you can printfor learners to practise the words further.Transport WorksheetApp: Word CarrotPlatform: iOSCost: Free 4 © Copyright 2011, LearnAhead
  5. 5. 2. Buses – sing a songWheels on the Bus is a popular children’s song, andthis app presents the song in five different languages:English, Spanish, German, Italian and French. Childrencan sing along, and the animations will help them tounderstand what the lyrics mean (there are some funextra verses on this app, such as ‘The bubbles on thebus go pop, pop, pop’ – and children can pop thebubbles on the screen.). Extras include a record facility,and also the chance to hear the song played on aviolin, cello, piano or kazoo. Once children are familiarwith the song, they could perform actions as they sing(similar to the actions on the screen); or even togetheryou could invent some new verses of things that mighthappen on the bus (“The children on the bus can playa game, play a game, play a game…”) 5 © Copyright 2011, LearnAhead
  6. 6. 2. Buses – sing a songApp: Wheels on the BusPlatform: iOSCost (iphone): £0.69/$0.99Cost (ipad): £1.49/$1.99Platform: AndroidCost: £1.27/$1.99 6 © Copyright 2011, LearnAhead
  7. 7. 3. Helicopters – fly a helicopter taxiThis is a rather different – and fun – app for children. Itturns an iphone into a helicopter taxi. You are the pilot,and you have to pick up passengers and take them todifferent places. Move the iphone to make the helicopterfly, and lay it on a flat surface to pick up and drop offpassengers. What’s great about this app is that childrencan move around, and also that it uses the camera on theiphone to create an augmented reality effect – thehelicopter flies wherever you are, in the classroom, in theplayground, in your bedroom…App: Helicopter TaxiPlatform: iOSCost: £1.49/$1.99 7 © Copyright 2011, LearnAhead
  8. 8. 3. Helicopters – fly a helicopter taxiThere is no language in the Helicopter Taxi app, but if you are luckyenough to have a class set of ipads then this could be great fordeveloping language in young learners (and not just the littlest ones).Sue Drouin has some fantastic ideas for using this app on herblog CommuniK-9. The ideas are for a different context, but couldeasily be adapted for EFL/ESL learners. Read her ideas here:http://communik-9.blogspot.co.uk/2012/01/expanding-language-through-apps.htmlJust a note: you may want to make sure that a device has a sturdycover before it’s turned into a helicopter! 8 © Copyright 2011, LearnAhead
  9. 9. 4. Planes – make a paper planeHow to make paper airplanes is a free app with written instructions formaking paper planes. Users select a plane (Concorde for example), read theinstructions and watch the diagrams. It is a simple app, but could be usefulfor older learners, especially when learning about the language of giving andunderstanding instructions in English. Learners could follow the instructionsto make a plane of their choice – or could read and watch the instructions onan IWB. Children could vote for the best plane, or could test them out andsee which plane performs best. If learners enjoy the activity, they couldperhaps design a paper plane of their own, and write the instructions formaking it in English – or perhaps film themselves making a paper plane, andadd written or spoken instructions.App: How to make Paper AirplanesPlatform: iOS/AndroidCost: Free 9 © Copyright 2011, LearnAhead
  10. 10. 5. Cars – create a carCreate a Car is an app that lets users design a fantasy car. Children can choosefrom a wide range of vehicle parts, including fins, wings, jet engines and timetravel devices – to make their own car which they can save and store in thegarage. In the garage they can start the car, and watch it kick into action (butthey can’t take it out unfortunately). Children could design a car together as awhole class group, or if you have a number of devices, then they could designcars in groups.App: Create a CarPlatform: iOSCost: £0.69/$0.99 10 © Copyright 2011, LearnAhead
  11. 11. 5. Cars – create a carThis is a very creative app, and couldencourage lots of rich language use.For example, there is an informationscreen where users can name the car,write a description, and track itsspecial features.You’ll find ideas for using the app forlanguage development on Jenny’sblog: Speech/Language? There’s anapp for that! The ideas could beadapted for the ESL/EFL classroom. 11 © Copyright 2011, LearnAhead
  12. 12. 5 ideas for teaching about transport usingapps and mobile devicesHave you got any more ideas to share? Then sharethem at :http://wordcarrot.com/5-ideas-for-teaching-about-the-topic-of-transport-using-apps-and-mobile-devices/Thank you!Kim Ashmore, LearnAhead Ltd. 12 © Copyright 2011, LearnAhead

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