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Mobile Assisted Learning

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What is Mobile Learning ?
The usage of Mobile phones in education.

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Mobile Assisted Learning

  1. 1. What is Mobile Learning? The usage of MALL in Education. Gulfem Sabanur Koca Zirve University-ELT CALL
  2. 2. “Mobile Phones” in Todays World • The use of mobile phones and other portable devices is beginning to have an impact on how learning takes place in many disciplines and contexts, including language learning. Learners who are not dependent on access to fixed computers can engage in activities that relate more closely to their current surroundings, sometimes crossing the border between formal and informal learning.
  3. 3. What is MALL (Mobile assisted language learning) ? • (MALL) • describes an approach to language learning that is assisted or enhanced through the use of a handheld mobile device. • MALL supports students’ language learning with the increased use of mobile technologies such as mobile phones (cellphones), MP3 and MP4 players, PDAs and devices such as the iPhone or iPad. • With MALL, students are able to access language learning materials and to communicate with their teachers and peers at any time, anywhere.
  4. 4. • Technology is transforming how we communicate, socialise, play, shop and conduct business. These profound changes place increasing pressure on the traditional models of language learning, such as teaching in a formal • classroom setting.
  5. 5. • How can we use mobile-phones for teaching purposes? • The answer is “in a number of ways” because mobile phones come with ever-increasing functions that most students are adept at using.
  6. 6. MOBILE (SMART) PHONES For learners • 1) They are relatively cheap and increasingly powerful. • 2) Learners are used to working with them, often more so than with computers. • 3) Learners prefer to use mobile phones for many activities, from emailing to reading books. • 4) Use of electronic Dictionaries for vocabulary materials, EASY ACCESS. • 5) Screen size limitations,make the amount of content more manageable than the other teaching materials.
  7. 7. For Teaching: Pedagogical Reasons for Using MP in second language teaching. • Phones are social tools that facilitate authentic and relevant • communication and collaboration among learners. • Since mobile phones are part of students’ everyday routines, they help minimize the separation between the classroom and the outside world. • Any tool that can increase students’ access to the language will contribute greatly to their progress. • Tango or Skype , for the purposes of teaching through video chat. • ONLINE Classes through these platforms.
  8. 8. • • What mobile learning has to offer and to consider whether it is likely to change how languages are taught and learnt. Educational practice is not determined by technology. Neither is technology likely to be a determining factor in informal, everyday learning. However, if we understand technology to be a social and cultural phenomenon, it ‘‘cannot but influence the ways in which people learn, and therefore what makes for effective learning and effective pedagogy’’.
  9. 9. • Use of these technologies turns out to be well aligned with strategic educational goals such as improving student retention and achievement, supporting differentiation of learning needs, and reaching learners who would not otherwise have the opportunity to participate in education (Kukulska-Hulme et al., 2005). A great deal of effort has also been devoted to understanding how mobile technologies relate to both traditional and innovative ways of teaching and learning, showing the applicability of mobile learning.
  10. 10. • • Widespread ownership of mobile phones and the increasing availability of other portable and wireless devices have been changing the landscape of technology-sup- ported learning.

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