Saturday, March 10, 2012

Your Mobile Site in a Few Clicks

As I was preparing one of my presentations to TESOL 2012 in Philadelphia, I dispersed a bit after much time of focused work to enjoy myself into serendipity, which took me to a very nice, simple site to create your mobile site.

In a few clicks, you can have your mobile site at

Here's the final result of mine. Pretty interesting tool.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Ed Tech News Aggregator

There are many ways to keep yourself updated to impact your classroom using technology.
However, I've just come across this Ed Tech News aggregator worth checking, Spigot , produced by the Digital Media & Learning Research Hub . There are many interesting articles and research information to keep you on the loop of ed tech and to inspire you to keep moving forward.

Another way to keep yourself on top of the Ed Tech News is to check:

Sunday, March 4, 2012

The M in mLearning is for Motion

NASA Visualization Explorer (iPad app)Life has been so hectic and intense that I've had insomnia for the past month since I got back from vacation. It might seem that this is not a good sign, for we need to rest our tired minds after a long day of planning, training, discussing, changing...However, I feel that this period has been one of ignition, one that our minds keep processing all what we want to accomplish with the new possibilities. Parallel to all the elearning projects and changes we are phasing in at the school I work for, mLearning is in the air. I can see MOTION around even if it is still not consciously perceived by our teachers. Some have purchased tablets, others have been questioning how to deal with the cell phones disruptions in the classroom. Others have already come up with some simple and effective activities incorporating mobile device. The mLearning revolution has started and there's no way back. It didn't start top-down. In fact, it is the other way around. Our students are the provokers. They are the teasers. They are the ones starting to set the pace and motion in our classrooms. Some teachers feel that they are out of synch with the youngsters who are active producers of content out of the classroom.

NASA Visualization Explorer (iPad app)MOTION is undeniably taking shape in a way that it can't and shouldn't be ignored. So, this is the perfect timing for action on the trenches. I am getting prepared, and the Ed Tech Team that I work with is also shaking up. It is that period that ideas are popping up and we still need to understand what we should do with them. It is getting clear, though, that the first steps to start mlearning micro-revolutions to stir up our community of educators and learners can cause a little insomnia as a positive side effect. Here is what I've learned so far and have discussed with the Ed Tech Team:

  • Bring on the concept of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device); helping teachers realize that they can use what is already there is an essential step; give examples of lesson plans and activities and ask them to test in their classrooms.
  • Explore students' expertise; let them tell you what they are already doing with their gadgets. How authentic would that be in terms of language practice?
  • Help teachers develop their digital skills through a mind shift  in a way that they can deal comfortably with different devices operating systems, and this means their understanding that they might be the learners and the students their tech mentors. 
  • Start with very small projects that involve more than one group, that connect teachers together
  • Read, explore, subscribe, test in class. Part of the MOTION is learning, is becoming knowledgeable about an area that you still don't know much about. 
  • Use your network and give back to it by sharing your own results. 
  • Spot those teachers who have already started their own micro-revolution and help them stir up their own classrooms. Good models have an amazing, long-lasting ripple effect in the teachers' group.
  • Keep exploring with no set boundaries until you get the picture of what really works in your context. 
Here are some of the places I've been keeping all the inspiration and ideas to keep the MOTION rolling for the mlearning revolution: