Magical Moments in Mobile Learning: 20+ Tips & Resources

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This past weekend I presented and helped organized the Virtual Round Table E-Conference. All the recordings are available here. I presented on mobile learning activities. One of the most compelling reasons to use mobile devices is to get learners to begin using the device to learn even outside the classroom. I remember that when I taught my learners how to do this they would excitedly come to class and report to me how they used their device to learn. Students carry these devices with them and already use it to text or post on social networks. Why not train them to learn with the device everyday?

Below is the link to the recording, the slides, and also various other resources. None of these activities require you to be on the Internet. They are meant to be used with standard tools that come with most cell phones and mobile devices, such as the ability to record your voice, take a picture, or record a video. If learners can do any of these things with a mobile device then they can do these lessons. These lessons also promote speaking, reading, writing, and listening skills. I have done many of these activities with English language learners of all ages from 4 to 80 years-old and they have enjoyed them.

The Resources

Below are a list of the resources from the presentation and a link to other mobile learning webinars that took place during the Virtual Round Table E-Conference.

Recorded Live Webinar: Magical Moments in Mobile Learning
Free ebook- Effective Mobile Learning: 50+ Quick Tips & Resources
Livebinder with free app creators, a list of apps, and 100s more resources on anything mobile learning
Recorded Live Webinar: How to Get Started with Mobile Learning by Carol Rainbow
Recorded Live Webinar: A Mobile Learning Treasure Hunt by Anne Fox 
Recorded Live Webinar: Mobile Learning in Business English by Mike Hogan
Recorded Live Webinar: Using Technology Eclectically with Dogme by Dale Coulter (Dale talks about mobile learning about halfway through)
Recorded Live Debate: To Text or Not to Text featuring Matt Firth, Natalya Eydelman, and Dr. Doris Molero

Free Apps

Below are a list of the apps that can also be used with each of these lesson ideas.

  • Fotobabble App– students take a picture and tell the story of that picture. Many of the ideas listed in the presentation would make great Fotobabbles!
  • VoiceThread– students can post videos, drawings, images and more then have their classmates comment on what they upload.
  • Videolicious– video creation app.
  • Posterous– have students send their creations to an email address and it will post on this free blogging platform. It’s so easy and anything attached to the email is embedded within the site. This includes audio, video, images, or text. Posterous is my favorite tool!
  • Sock Puppets– students work in pairs to make sock puppet plays.
  • Puppet Pals
  • Animoto Video Creation App
  • Shmuppet– students create a podcast or tell a short story with a puppet and send them to their friends via email, Facebook, or Twitter.
  • Audioboo– create a podcast of local news around the school
  • MindBlowing App For Idevices– students collect audio and video clips as well as images under any theme. This is a multimedia mindmap app.
  • Talking Tom & Ben News Reporters– students create dialogues that reflect any news item worldwide and around the school. Kids will love when Tom and Ben report that news. Here’s the link to the Android version.
  • Evernote app for nearly all mobile devices & for your desktop!


Use one of these ideas in your classes and blog about the outcomes!

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Shelly Terrell

Shelly Sanchez Terrell is a teacher trainer, instructional designer, adjunct professor, and the author of The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers: Small Steps to Transform Your Teaching and Learning to Go: Lesson Ideas for Teaching with Mobile Devices, Cell Phones and BYOT. She has been recognized by the ELTon Awards, The New York Times, the Ministry of Education in Spain, and Microsoft’s Heroes for Education as an innovator in the movement of teacher-driven professional development and education technology. Recently, she was named Woman of the Year 2014 by Star Jone’s National Association of Professional Women and awarded a Bammy Award as a founder of #Edchat, the Twitter chat that spurred over 400 teacher chats. She has trained teachers and taught learners in over 25 countries and has consulted with organizations worldwide such as UNESCO Bangkok, The European Union aPLaNet Project, Cultura Iglesa of Brazil, the British Council in Tel Aviv, IATEFL Slovenia, HUPE Croatia, and VenTESOL. She shares regularly via, Twitter (@ShellTerrell), and Her greatest joy is being the mother of Rosco the pug.


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