Effective learning with mobile devices

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These are the slides from my IATEFL 2014 conference workshop on how mobile devices are changing our students' study skills and whether these changes are effective or ineffective, with suggestions on teacher intervention.

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Effective learning with mobile devices

  1. 1. A learning partner throughout your career Effective learning: the when and how of mobiles Lindsay Warwick
  2. 2. Unlock the power of EnglishA learning partner throughout your careerA learning partner throughout your career Discussion Do you agree that mobile phones are changing the way that students learn and approach their studies today? If yes, how? If no, why not?
  3. 3. Unlock the power of EnglishA learning partner throughout your careerA learning partner throughout your career Today’s session Research skills Note-taking skills Attention/Retention
  4. 4. Unlock the power of EnglishA learning partner throughout your careerA learning partner throughout your career Research skills: using a dictionary 80% use a dictionary on their mobile. 62% use only a mobile. 43% use a translator. 31% use only a translator.
  5. 5. Unlock the power of EnglishA learning partner throughout your careerA learning partner throughout your career Google Translate
  6. 6. Unlock the power of EnglishA learning partner throughout your careerA learning partner throughout your career Dictionaries: discussion What information do you think students need from a dictionary? Why? Do you think a translator is sufficient for language learning? Why/Why not?
  7. 7. Unlock the power of EnglishA learning partner throughout your careerA learning partner throughout your career Dictionaries: research Better retention comes from deeper and more elaborate processing of words. (Hulstijn, 1993) The greater the attention paid to the multiplicity of information available, the better the retention. (Laufer & Hill, 2000) Electronic dictionaries do not affect word retention or reading comprehension significantly but may result in less use of inference. (Kobayashi, 2007)
  8. 8. Unlock the power of EnglishA learning partner throughout your careerA learning partner throughout your career Dictionaries: raising awareness Olha, que coisa mais linda, Mais cheia de graça, É ela, menina, que vem e que passa, Num doce balanço, a caminho do mar. Moça do corpo dourado, Do sol de Ipanema, O seu balançado É mais que um poema É a coisa mais linda Que eu já vi passar
  9. 9. Unlock the power of EnglishA learning partner throughout your careerA learning partner throughout your career Dictionaries: raising awareness Look, what more beautiful thing, full of More grace, she's girl that comes and goes, In a sweet swing, the way the sea. Girl of the Golden Body, From the sun of Ipanema, The It swung its more than a poem It's the most beautiful thing that I have ever seen pass
  10. 10. Unlock the power of EnglishA learning partner throughout your careerA learning partner throughout your career Dictionaries: raising awareness Class research: • Group 1: dictionary; Group 2: translator. • Students complete same reading comprehension task. • An hour later, give the students a vocabulary test. • Share the results.
  11. 11. Unlock the power of EnglishA learning partner throughout your careerA learning partner throughout your career Dictionaries: raising awareness Which tool when? • A word appears frequently in your coursebook. • You need a word to explain an idea you have to someone. • You don’t understand a word on a shop sign. • Your teacher wants you to try and use a word you don’t understand. • You’re writing a text about your everyday life and don’t know a word you need. • There’s a word you don’t know in a text but it’s not important for meaning.
  12. 12. Unlock the power of EnglishA learning partner throughout your careerA learning partner throughout your career Dictionaries: raising awareness Justify yourself! “I think that using [insert dictionary type here] is best for me because...”
  13. 13. Unlock the power of EnglishA learning partner throughout your careerA learning partner throughout your career Note-taking: my research 97% of students take notes by hand. Only 6 students of 61 use their phone to take notes. 64% have used their camera phone to take a photo of the board.
  14. 14. Unlock the power of EnglishA learning partner throughout your careerA learning partner throughout your career Note-taking: discussion How have you taken notes during this conference? What will you do with them? What do you consider effective note-taking in your classroom? Is taking a photo of the board effective?
  15. 15. Unlock the power of EnglishA learning partner throughout your careerA learning partner throughout your career Would you consider these student’s notes to be effective? Why/Why not?
  16. 16. Unlock the power of EnglishA learning partner throughout your careerA learning partner throughout your career Note-taking: research Taking notes is an important part of memorising information and results in better immediate and delayed recall. (Kiewra, 1987)
  17. 17. Unlock the power of EnglishA learning partner throughout your careerA learning partner throughout your career Note-taking: research A later review of notes helps information move into long-term memory. (Slotte & Lonka, 2001) Rewriting notes to summarise them is more effective than highlighting which is more effective than simply re-reading them. (Kiewra et al, 1995)
  18. 18. Unlock the power of EnglishA learning partner throughout your careerA learning partner throughout your career Note-taking: research Students who took notes using their cameras retained information as well as students who took notes by hand at the end of the lesson. (Anzai, 2014) Students who took notes using their cameras retained information better after one week. (Anzai, 2013)
  19. 19. Unlock the power of EnglishA learning partner throughout your careerA learning partner throughout your career Take a pic!
  20. 20. Unlock the power of EnglishA learning partner throughout your careerA learning partner throughout your career Note-taking: training First conditional Second conditional Two clauses
  21. 21. Unlock the power of EnglishA learning partner throughout your careerA learning partner throughout your career Note-taking: training In class or homework review tasks: Graphic organisers: Venn diagram/Table/Spidergram Highlight the key points What’s similar/different to your language? What’s easy or difficult for you? Spot the mistakes in the summary Summarise the ‘rule’ yourself
  22. 22. Unlock the power of EnglishA learning partner throughout your careerA learning partner throughout your career Attention/Retention: discussion Are your students distracted by their phones? How do you deal with that?
  23. 23. Unlock the power of EnglishA learning partner throughout your careerA learning partner throughout your career Attention/Retention: research The average US college student checks their mobile phone 11 times a day in class. 80% said phones interfere with learning. Less than 5% said it is a big distraction. (Huffington Post)
  24. 24. Unlock the power of EnglishA learning partner throughout your careerA learning partner throughout your career Attention/Retention: my research 48% have sent a text or chatted online in class. 41% believe that this can stop you from learning. 28% say that this doesn’t stop them learning because they don’t do it at important times.
  25. 25. Unlock the power of EnglishA learning partner throughout your careerA learning partner throughout your career Attention/Retention: research Dr Larry Rosen: Students are distracted every two – three minutes. Distractions include technology. The more students used technology, the worse their grades. One visit to facebook every 15 minutes resulted in a worse grade. People get anxious if they can’t check their phone.
  26. 26. Unlock the power of EnglishA learning partner throughout your careerA learning partner throughout your career Attention/Retention: research In one study, students who didn’t use mobiles took 62% more notes and got a grade and a half higher on a test. (Kuznekoff & Titsworth, 2013)
  27. 27. Unlock the power of EnglishA learning partner throughout your careerA learning partner throughout your career Attention/Retention: the solution? A technology break!
  28. 28. A learning partner throughout your career Effective learning: the when and how of mobiles lindsay.warwick@bellenglish.com

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