A Personal (iPod) Touch to Languge Teaching and Learning

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A Personal (iPod) Touch to Languge Teaching and Learning

  1. 1. A Personal (iPod) Touch to Language Teaching and Learning<br />SWALLT Online Presentation<br />March 12, 2010<br />Enza Antenos-Conforti, PhD<br />Montclair State University<br />
  2. 2. iPods at Montclair State<br />Spearheaded in Fall of 2009<br />Montclair State’s ESL program had previously piloted Mobile Assisted Language Learning (Susana Sotillo)<br />100 iPods were distributed to 4 professors<br />My courses using iPodsFA09 (25 students)SP10 (40 students)Grammar & Composition I Intermediate Italian 1Advanced Italian Grammar *Grammar & Composition II<br />
  3. 3. We are a society that is always on, hyper-connected<br />Howard Rheingold, Smart Mobs (2002)<br />
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  5. 5. What does the classroom look like?<br />
  6. 6. Where does learning take place?<br />CC Krossbow (Flickr)<br />Montclair State’s Amphitheatre<br />
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  8. 8. iPod Touch - Training<br />Entire class time dedicated to training on iPod Touch and applications<br />Email<br />iTunes (Students are also invited to download other apps as they wish)<br />Twitter (instructions sent in advance to create account)<br />Learn10 (no app, but icon saved to iPod Home)<br />Wordpress(instructions sent in advance to create account)<br />Voice Memo (microphone given in class & tested)<br />
  9. 9. iPod Touch - Language<br />
  10. 10. In the language classroom<br />SPRING 2010<br />FALL 2009<br />
  11. 11. A Twitter backchannel in the FL classroom?<br />
  12. 12. Twitter<br /><ul><li>Writing assignment: What is your most prized possession?</li></li></ul><li>Voice Memo<br />
  13. 13. Google Earth<br />
  14. 14. Exploring the destination 1<br />Google Earth<br />
  15. 15. Exploring the destination 2<br />Google Earth<br />
  16. 16. Learn 10<br />
  17. 17. Learn 10<br /><ul><li>25 premium accounts
  18. 18. Vocabulary personalized to suit course needs
  19. 19. Page personalized for Montclair State</li></ul>In Advanced Italian Grammar<br /><ul><li>Phonetic transcription
  20. 20. Denotative and connotative meaning of vocabulary in tweets</li></li></ul><li>Preliminary Findings<br />Learning curve is great for both researcher and student<br />Using applications vs. mobile web pages (Learn10)<br />Seamless integration into lessons not always possible<br />Students’ willingness to participate in class and share information<br />Student use of iPod is not solely for my classes<br />
  21. 21. Grazie! Thanks!<br />Great thanks to the following people who helped bring this project to life:<br />Patricia Kahn for procuring the iPods<br />Patrick Scoscia for training and the personalised iPod guide<br />And a very special thanks for working with me in the Fall of 2009 and for cosponsoring my research<br />Mike Robinson, Nicola Robinsonova and Learn10<br />

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