Using a Cell Phone in the ESL Classroom

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Using a Cell Phone in the ESL Classroom

  1. 1. Using Cell Phones to Enhance Language Learning Developed by Susan Gaer Santa Ana College School of Continuing Education
  2. 2. Simpsons
  3. 3. Basic Features <ul><li>Text Messaging </li></ul><ul><li>Calculator </li></ul><ul><li>Calendar </li></ul><ul><li>Photo </li></ul><ul><li>Video </li></ul><ul><li>Audio </li></ul>Handout Activity Is this a useful tool for education?
  4. 4. Is it polite…. <ul><li>Class Survey </li></ul><ul><li>School Survey </li></ul><ul><li>Poll </li></ul><ul><li>Graph and or Diagram of results </li></ul><ul><li>Cell phone Etiquette Lesson </li></ul>Handout Activity
  5. 5. What can you do with a cell phone? <ul><li>Text Messages </li></ul><ul><li>Text the teacher </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Question of the Day, Week, Month </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Short Codes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Comparison Shopping ( Comparison Shopping: 466453 with the item name that you spot while out shopping (like &quot;Stoneware Muffin Pan” and then type &quot;price&quot; after that. Google will then text you back with the price of that item at different stores!) </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Texting Practice <ul><li>Text me at (714)287-3475 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What is your name and what do you like to do in your free time? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Search the Internet </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Dial (1-800) GOOG-411. Say where. Say what you're looking for. GOOG-411 will connect you with the business you choose. If you are calling from a mobile device , GOOG-411 can even send you a text message with more details and a map. Simply say &quot;Text message&quot; or &quot;Map it.” </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Useful Things to do with a camera <ul><li>Remember where you parked Using the Camera </li></ul><ul><li>Comparison Shopping: 466453 with the item name that you spot while out shopping (like &quot;Stoneware Muffin Pan” and then type &quot;price&quot; after that. Google will then text you back with the price of that item at different stores! </li></ul><ul><li>Learn Student’s Names and Faces Using the Camera </li></ul><ul><li>Take a picture of something you don’t want to forget </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Make-up Shade </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wine </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ingredients before shopping </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Intersection in a new city </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What you packed in your suitcase </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Photo Sharing <ul><li>Activity: Take a picture with your cell phone . </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Send me your picture at (714)287-3475 </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Student Work Intermediate Level <ul><ul><li>http://www.susangaer.com/esl2009/favorite_clothes.pdf </li></ul></ul><ul><li>How could this be adapted for the Beginning Levels? </li></ul><ul><li>Note: Lesson plan in handout </li></ul>
  10. 10. Audio Tool <ul><li>http://drop.io </li></ul><ul><li>646-495-9205 x 89840 . Tell me your name and the best thing you learned so far today. </li></ul><ul><li>Contact this drop: </li></ul><ul><li>http://drop.io/susangaercellphone </li></ul>
  11. 11. Student Samples <ul><li>http://drop.io/pasttense </li></ul><ul><li>http://drop.io/ </li></ul>
  12. 12. Final Thoughts <ul><li>Cell Phones are Mobile, So BE Mobile </li></ul><ul><li>Go outside of the classroom and take pictures with cell phones.  Return to the class and share information with the larger class.  If it is structured well, this can be a lot of fun and students could learn a lot from it.  </li></ul><ul><li>The whole point of a cell phone, is have a communication device with you wherever you go.  If students are confined to stay in their seats during an entire class, it limits the potential learning opportunities and uses for these devices. </li></ul>
  13. 13. What Questions do you have?

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