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Book of the month - April 2015

Going Mobile – Teaching with hand-held devices

Nicky Hockly and Gavin Dudeney, Delta Publishing;

978-1-9097-8306-5

 

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Many students today bring their mobiles and tablets to class. This timely book will help teachers exploit such devices for language learning. It contains three parts. Part A introduces the field of mobile learning and provides a useful list of different types of apps. Part B contains practical ideas, ranging from activities where no mobiles are actually needed, such as ‘Technology timelines’, to those involving the use of text, images, audio and video. I especially appreciated the more advanced sections in Part C which help with QR codes, geolocation and augmented reality apps. This 120-page book contains some lovely graphics and concludes with sound advice on implementing the use of mobile devices in a pedagogically principled way. Comprehensive, readable and highly practical.