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Going Mobile: Follow me!

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To celebrate the recent publication of our new book Going Mobile (co-authored with Gavin Dudeney), we’re sharing a number of activities you can try out with your students, to get them using mobile devices as part of the their language learning. The first activity we shared (Addicted!) requires no devices at all in class. The second activity (Twitter celebrities) encourages students to start using the ‘text’ function of their mobile phones with Twitter. The third activity, Time will tell, gets students creating photo collage ‘time capsules’ by using the camera function of  their mobile devices. This fourth activity, called ‘Follow me!’ uses audio clues to guide students on a treasure/scavenger hunt. We recommend Audioboom (was Audioboo) for creating the audio clues, but you can use any audio recording app for this. (Click on the activity itself to make it bigger).

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If you  try this activity with your students, let me know how it goes, in the Comments box below!

Nicky Hockly
The Consultants-E
May 2015

Going Mobile: Raffle to celebrate the ELTONs

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My co-author Gavin Dudeney and I are delighted to be shortlisted for a 2015 British Council Innovation Award (ELTON), for our latest book Going Mobile.

To celebrate, we are running a raffle! To win a copy of the book, simply answer (correctly!) the four questions on our website. The raffle closes on 15 May, and we will announce the winner via our social media channels on 18 May.

Actually we’ve been nominated for two ELTONs this year – one for Going Mobile, and the other as part of the team that developed the NILE Online courses. This nomination is in the category of ‘Digital Innovation’. Going Mobile is in the category of ‘Innovation in Teacher Resources’. There are many excellent contendors in all the categories, so it will be a close race!

The British Council ELTONs are a prestigious prize in the English language teaching community, and we are very honoured to have been shortlisted several times now. We won our first ELTON in 2007 for our ‘ICT in the classroom’ online training course. This was back in the day when The Consultants-E were the only organisation offering online teacher training in the application of new technologies to the English language classroom. It’s nice to come full circle and to be nominated with the NILE team for more online course development, 8 years later!

This year’s ELTONs ceremony will be held on 4 June in London. There will be ‘red carpet’ interviews and the ceremony itself will be live streamed. We hope to see you online for that – and in the meantime, good luck with the raffle!

Going Mobile: Time will tell

 

cover with border2To celebrate the recent publication of our new book Going Mobile (co-authored with Gavin Dudeney), we’re sharing a number of activities you can try out with your students, to get them using mobile devices as part of the their language learning. The first activity we shared (Addicted!) required no devices at all in class. The second activity (Twitter celebrities) encouraged students to start using the ‘text’ function of their mobile phones with Twitter. Here we move on to an activity called ‘Time will tell’, and it gets students creating photo collage ‘time capsules’ by using the camera function of  their mobile devices.

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If you decide to try this activity with your students, I’d love to hear about their reactions, in the Comments box below…

Nicky Hockly
The Consultants-E
January 2015

Going Mobile: Twitter celebrities

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To celebrate the recent publication of our new book Going Mobile (co-authored with Gavin Dudeney), we’re sharing a number of activities you can try out with your students, to get them using mobile devices as part of the their language learning. Last week’s activity (Addicted!) required no devices at all in class. This activity encourages students to start using the ‘text’ function of their mobile phones with Twitter.

I got the idea for this activity from an intermediate student I was teaching as part of an action research BYOD project (more on that here). The students only seemed to use translations apps on their phones as a regular part of their language learning (I asked and they all claimed to use nothing else). But after class one day, one of my students (aged 25) proudly showed me a tweet from David Guetta  (a famous DJ), whose tweets he avidly followed. Clearly this student didn’t think that following a person who tweeted in English (and French) had anything to do with ‘learning English’. This activity comes from that moment with my student… [click on the images below to make them bigger]

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If you decide to try this activity with your students, I’d love to hear their reactions (let me know in the Comments box below)!

Nicky Hockly
The Consultants-E
January 2015

New year, new book: Going Mobile

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A new year and a new book. Although published last month (December 2014), the print copies of my new book Going Mobile (co-written with Gavin Dudeney) arrived on my doorstep a few days ago. For me, it’s the perfect New Year gift to finally see the book in print (it’s also available as an e-book).

To celebrate, I’m going to share some activities from the book in a series of blog posts over the coming weeks. Here’s the first.

This simple activity gets learners thinking about and discussing mobile phone addiction – a very real phenomenon these days. To carry out this activity you and your learners don’t need any technology at all in the classroom, so it’s a good place to start if you want a slow and gentle introduction to the use of hand-held devices (or if the use of mobile devices is prohibited in your institution – we talk about that in the book too).

If you can show videos in your classroom though, you could start off the class by first showing your students this well-known video made (ironically) by a telecom company in Thailand. The strapline of the video is ‘Disconnect to connect’. It very effectively introduces the idea of phone addiction and the social costs.

Then move on to the activity outlined below:

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If you try this activity with your students, do let me know how it goes (in the Comments box below)!

Nicky Hockly
The Consultants-E
January 2015