Using Mobile Devices to Assess Language Learning

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1. Using Mobile Devicesto Assess LanguageLearning Sara Lotz and Samantha Petree Northern Arizona University S 2. To start withS Text your answer to the following question: Do you owna smartphone, iPod touch, iPad or tablet and have ithere with you?S Yes: text 75171 to the number 37607S No: text 75172 to the number 37607S If you have a smartphone, iPod touch or iPad, pleasedownload the following free app:S Apple: Scan Android: QR DroidS Blackberry: QR code scanner Pro 3. MALL: An overviewS MALL: Mobile Assisted Language LearningS The use of mobile devices to faciliate language learningS Mobile devices include cell phones, iPods, iPads, tablets,e-readers. 4. Why use mobile devices in theclassroom?S The majority of students have some type of mobile device (Jee,2011).S Todays students are familiar with mobile devices and knowhow to efectively use them (Reinders, 2010).S Mobile devices contain various resources avaible to students atany time such as the Internet, cameras, dictionaries, games,etc. (Meurant, 2007).S Using mobile devices in the classroom is supported by variousSLA (Second Language Acquisiton) theories (Jee, 2011). 5. SLA Theories Related toTechnologyS Interactionist Theory (Long, 1984): Learning ocurrs throughinteraction. S Examples: Skype, social networks, GoogleVoice, blogs, chat,textingS Sociocultural Theory (Vygotsky, 1978): Learners interact andcommunicate with native speakers who then provide feedbackand information about their language and culture. S Examples: social networks, SecondLife, GoogleVoice, texting,chatsS Task-based Learning: Students perform a real-life task usingthe target language: writing emails, filling out applications,calling businesses in order to obtain information 6. Using Mobile Devices to Assess ListeningComprehensionS Find someone who by scanning the QR voice codesS Open the QR code application on your mobile device.S Scan the QR code using your smartphone.S Listen to the message.S Find someone who matches the description in themessage.S Write the name of that person underneath the QRcode. 7. Using Mobile Devices toAssess Listening andSpeakingS GoogleVoiceS Call the following phone number: (928) 235-8197S Listen to the message.S Leave a voicemail responding to the message. 8. Using Mobile Devices toAssess Reading and WritingS Look up the current weather for a city that speaks the language you teach. S Using your mobile device go to www.weather.com S Choose a city in that country. S Find the high and the low for today. What is the weather like?Sunny? Rainy? Cloudy?S Set up your response in the following format.S City:S High:S Low:S Weather:S Send your response to: techpresentation@posterous.com 9. Using Mobile Devices toAssess Vocabulary and GrammarS On your mobile device, go to the following website:www.m.socrative.comS Enter the following room number: 84764S Type your first name & last nameS Wait for teacher to start the activityS Read the question and click on the correct answer or type in your response 10. Wiffiti.comS Answer the following question: How could you useone of the activities you learned today in yourclassroom?S Text your response to the following number:87884S At the start of your message, include the followingcode: @wif97031 follwed by a space, thenyour response 11. ReferencesS Jee, M. (2011). Web 2.0 Technology meets mobileassisted language learning. The IALLT Journal, 41(1),161-175.S Meurant, R. (2007). Using cell phones and SMS insecondlanguage pedagogy. Journal of ConvergenceInformationTechnology, 2(1), 98-106.S Reinders, H. & Cho, M. (2011). Enhancinginformallanguage learning with mobile technology- Doesit work?. Journal of Second Language Teaching andResearch. 1(1). 12. Questions

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