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Mobile Learning Tools to Inspire Creativity

Mobile Learning Tools to Inspire CreativityPrepared and Presented by: Faith Marcel

Image Credit: Purchased from iStockphoto.comfor World Congress of Modern Languages

Adapted from original presentation for Connect 2014, Canadas Learning and Technology ConferenceHello everyone,

Thank you for that kind introduction, Barbara. Thank you for joining us this evening from across Canada! I hope its not too frosty and cold where you are this evening and if it is, I hope you are warm and comfortable perhaps with a warm beverage beside you for this next hour.

So as Barbara mentioned, my name is Faith Marcel, mentioned currently teaching for Niagara College in the English for Academic Preparation program. I also do some online curriculum development, tech support and training for instructors teaching the blended and online OSLT programs for Colleges Ontario.

Before we start, perhaps if youd to take a moment to introduce yourself, you can type your name and where youre joining us from in the chat box. Welcome from across the province!

For my next question for you, Id like to get a sense of how many of you are currently teaching ESL? You click the raise hand button just below our names. Do we have any EAP teachers? Anyone teaching LINC? Graduate level courses? Private language courses? Children or Youth in Kindergarten Grade 12 in a school board? Any Ive missed- feel free to type it in the chat. Ok, great, so we have a diverse group, different teaching contexts, and this will make our discussions richer when we get into using each one of the apps, so thats

MindmappingInfographicsDigital StorytellingVideo MicrobloggingPollingVideo and Audio RecordingSo, today Im going to talk a bit about some mobile tools that can be used for language learning in the classroom with your learners. Ive been asked for this workshop to focus on using iPads in the classroom, so Im going to focus on using these mobile applications with iPads and share some of my experiences with you today.

Also, I would love to hear any of your own experiences or any of the apps you use, as well, so feel free to share your ideas and thoughts in the chat box and at the end of the presentation we will have some time for discussion as well.

You are welcome to use your mobile devices during the presentation. I will be giving you some names of apps so feel free to visit them at any time during the presentation if you feel comfortable doing so.

Im going to talk about some of the apps today, show some examples, and leave them with you to experiment with.

Since this is going to be an interactive workshop, well see how far we get, and Ill be posting an interactive PDF that youll be able to useMindmappingSo the first category were going to look at is Mindmapping.

Creating a mind map is an activity that can be done at just about any level with any age.

This is an example of a mind map for young learners learning the alphabet and words that begin with P. This is an example from

blog.popplet.comSo they can become more elaborate and complex depending on the topic. Here is another example from Popplets blog. I have used this similar style mind map when students were practicing adjectives and they put their names in the center and chose a number of different adjectives to describe themselves. When they were using the iPads, I had them work on their own for this activity. They immediately found out how to put a photo in to the box, and I hadnt given them any instruction about that. So its not too complicated to use, and if you have any young learners or digital natives in your class they may feel quite comfortable using this tool.

K-12 or Higher EdPopplet Lite For using popplet in the classroom, the paid version allows you more functionalities, however the light version is free and can allow you to do simple couplets and mind mapping activities in the classroom.

Here is the website to download Popplet light from iTunes.

If youd like to try a demo of it online before deciding to download the app, here is the link to the Popplet demo site, and you can try the short demo. There are seven steps and they guide you through how to create and use popples, as they call them.

So heres a photo of some of my advanced listening and speaking learners creating Popplet collaboratively. We were discussing environmental issues related to a unit in her text, and each group needed to come up with some solutions to environmental problem. They created a mind map together and they presented their solutions and ideas after that. So, this tool can be used for a variety of different purposes: for grammar providing examples of , writing, listening and speaking, for reading, for vocabulary development. One quick popplet here shows how a teacher used it to illustrate main idea for reading:

Have you used mind maps in your classes? If so, do you have any apps you have used or any specific ways they have worked well for you?

Here is the mind map my students created

Using PoppletUsing Popplet is quite simple, as you may have seen through the demo.

With ipads, if you are using, one challenge can be saving the finished product. Students can send them via email or send a link to the pulpit. They can also take a picture of them with their phones and send them to you if thats easier. There are a number of different ways you can save them, but you will need to find out what works best for your iPads, your network and your system. If students are using their own mobile devices they will generally be able to send them more easily, however you may have a number of different devices in your class so you may need to be ready to answer questions about the different ways of sending a Popplet. I generally try to keep it simple and gauge how my students are using their technology so that I go in with a plan.

More Free Mind-mapping AppsSimple Mind Mind MapleNovaMindThere are many more mind mapping apps available now. Since I created this presentation last year a couple of the apps are no longer free.

Simple Mind $ 5.99 / 6.99 / Mind Maple Lite Another level- $6.99/mo

So you may want to try them out to see what works best for you. So far the one Ive found works well with my students is Popplet.

Mindmapping Apps and ReviewsApp Guides and Reviews: you are using iPads and, as you probably know by now reading the reviews is really helpful and I recommend always reading the reviews before you download an app. On the iTunes or Google Play store sites, youll find reviews, but I often try to look at educational technology sites for tips that teachers may have if they have used the technology in the classroom.InfographicsThe next category well have a look at is InfographicsWhat is an Infographic? infographic sums up the foundations of the premise of an infographic, or as its also referred to data visualization. Essentially, you have some information or data you want to present. You need to sort it out, organize it and present it in a visual manner. It can be as simple as this infographic (whose sole purpose was just to define what an infographic is), or more complex, with much more information, statistics or ideas.

Map credits Illustration: Chris Brackley, As the Crow Flies cARTography; Concept and research: University of Toronto, Office of the President. 2013Data visualization (or infographics) can be presented in a number of ways. They can range from a stunning image of a map, with almost text to represent University of Toronto scholars and co-authors from over 950 municipalities in 64 countries spread over the globe.

Below is a striking visualization of that collaboration (click for a larger version). The map below shows collaborations between University of Toronto scholars and co-authors from over 950 municipalities in 64 countries spread over the globe. These data are limited to 2012 publications with 25 or more citations. If we were to count all co-authored publications in 2012, we would have to draw many more lines: In 2012, University of Toronto faculty, staff, and students collaborated on publications with over 8,000 institutions around the world from 134 countries. something like this be a bit more visually appealing than a black and white handout or static content to read on a web page?

For example, punctuation- not always the most exciting topic to teach you eat candy, how many calories are you taking in?This is the question on the infographic, but you can use it to discuss topics related to food, health, healthy living or lifestyle.

Browse Infographics CollectionsFrom your web browser app, go to...Click the search icon and type in a topicClick Gallery, thenUser ShowcaseI have a Pinterest page with some infographics-

You can also use a web browser (in the iPad, its the Safari app) to browse collections of infographics- on a site like or you could create your own collection on Pinterest for a specific course, if youd like.

Set up your page an give the students the address

Students can also create their