One-to-one learning: Tablets, mobiles and new pedagogical models for language education

Mr Michael Carrier |  Presentation (PDF)

Cambridge English Language Assessment

 

Description:
 

‘One to one Learning’, sometimes written as 1:1 Learning, is a new technology-supported educational approach where each learner has his or her own handheld device (laptop, tablet, mobile or phone) and uses this device in class, in school or at home to access core content and supplementary materials for practice.

The talk outlines the experience of 1:1 learning with English Language Teaching (ELT) learners both in developing economies and in language school contexts, centered on the work of Cambridge English, the British Council, Intel Education, OLPC (One Laptop Per Child) Foundation and numerous ministries of education worldwide. The talk looks at the theory and practice of 1:1 Learning and evaluates new pedagogical models developed to take advantage of the technology within a task-based communicative environment.

The role of the device in extending ‘time on task’ outside the classroom is the key to the benefit for learners and to the facilitation of learner autonomy. The learners can learn anytime, anyplace, but in addition have access to the classroom-focused pedagogy which enables more spoken learner-to-leaner interaction in pair and group work - the basis of communicative language learning theory.

In the ELT context this means that we can use the handheld device to: 

  • Bring more authentic English content into the classroom.
  • Set up authentic tasks using the device’s recording functions to tell a group-developed story.
  • Extend language practice outside the classroom.
  • Develop new forms of communicative pair-work activity in class.
  • Greatly extend the number of hours available per week for English study.

 

 

 

 

Concentrating on 'One to one Learning' means that we focus on classroom scenarios and innovative pedagogies where the teacher makes use of the learners' access to individual handheld devices to generate new forms of interaction, new forms of curriculum and new forms of out-of-class (including 'Flipped Class') activities to enhance learning and facilitate learner autonomy.


The private sector in the shape of OLPC (led by Nicolas Negroponte) and Intel's World Ahead Education CSR programme (focused on the use of the ClassMate and StudyBook devices) have led the development of technology application from traditional uses of the PC lab to the use of mobile devices and mobile phones to the model of 1:1 learning where every student has an individual device that they can take home.

The talk will make reference to various ministerial projects in the area of 'One to One Learning’, including the Peru project (widely seen as a failure, as referenced by the World Bank report), the Rwanda OLPC implementation, the Uruguayan Plan Ceibal English project (designed by the present author) and the Intel Vietnam home learning project.

The talk will also look at the different classroom management models that 1:1 learning makes possible, using management software like Mythware, SmartSync and Netop. The talk will suggest some new directions for this pedagogical modelling which will change how teacher structure their classes and model the flow of input-practice-reinforcement.

The talk will also consider the implications for pre-service and in-service teacher training to enable these benefits to be implemented successfully.

 

Biography:

Michael Carrier is the Director of Strategic Partnerships for Cambridge English, part of Cambridge University. 

He has worked in language education for 30 years as a teacher, trainer, author and director in Germany, Italy, Poland, United Kingdom and the United States and has lectured worldwide. 

He was formerly Executive Director of Eurocentres USA, CEO of the International House World schools network and Director, English Language Innovation at the British Council in London. 

He has written many ELT course books and professional articles, including the Break into English series, Front Page series, Business Circles. 

His special field of interest is the application of technology to education. He is Editor of the Technology section of Modern English Teacher, and was recently Associate Professor at New School University, New York. 

He is currently serving on the Board of the EAQUALS organization as Special Advisor, a Trustee of the TIRF research foundation in the US and as a Board member of ICC - the European Language Network. 

He is also a member of the Advisory Board of CUP’s Language Teaching journal and on the Steering Committee of the USAID mEducation Alliance. 

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Member of the Institute of Directors, the Society of Authors and the Oxford & Cambridge Club in London.

Links:

Twitter: @mcarrier3

 

One-to-one learning: Tablets, mobiles and new pedagogical models for language education

Mr Michael Carrier

Cambridge English Language Assessment

 

Description:
 

‘One to one Learning’, sometimes written as 1:1 Learning, is a new technology-supported educational approach where each learner has his or her own handheld device (laptop, tablet, mobile or phone) and uses this device in class, in school or at home to access core content and supplementary materials for practice.

The talk outlines the experience of 1:1 learning with English Language Teaching (ELT) learners both in developing economies and in language school contexts, centered on the work of Cambridge English, the British Council, Intel Education, OLPC (One Laptop Per Child) Foundation and numerous ministries of education worldwide. The talk looks at the theory and practice of 1:1 Learning and evaluates new pedagogical models developed to take advantage of the technology within a task-based communicative environment.

The role of the device in extending ‘time on task’ outside the classroom is the key to the benefit for learners and to the facilitation of learner autonomy. The learners can learn anytime, anyplace, but in addition have access to the classroom-focused pedagogy which enables more spoken learner-to-leaner interaction in pair and group work - the basis of communicative language learning theory.

In the ELT context this means that we can use the handheld device to: 

 

  • Bring more authentic English content into the classroom.
  • Set up authentic tasks using the device’s recording functions to tell a group-developed story.
  • Extend language practice outside the classroom.
  • Develop new forms of communicative pair-work activity in class.
  • Greatly extend the number of hours available per week for English study.

 

 

 

 

Concentrating on 'One to one Learning' means that we focus on classroom scenarios and innovative pedagogies where the teacher makes use of the learners' access to individual handheld devices to generate new forms of interaction, new forms of curriculum and new forms of out-of-class (including 'Flipped Class') activities to enhance learning and facilitate learner autonomy.


The private sector in the shape of OLPC (led by Nicolas Negroponte) and Intel's World Ahead Education CSR programme (focused on the use of the ClassMate and StudyBook devices) have led the development of technology application from traditional uses of the PC lab to the use of mobile devices and mobile phones to the model of 1:1 learning where every student has an individual device that they can take home.

The talk will make reference to various ministerial projects in the area of 'One to One Learning’, including the Peru project (widely seen as a failure, as referenced by the World Bank report), the Rwanda OLPC implementation, the Uruguayan Plan Ceibal English project (designed by the present author) and the Intel Vietnam home learning project.

The talk will also look at the different classroom management models that 1:1 learning makes possible, using management software like Mythware, SmartSync and Netop. The talk will suggest some new directions for this pedagogical modelling which will change how teacher structure their classes and model the flow of input-practice-reinforcement.

The talk will also consider the implications for pre-service and in-service teacher training to enable these benefits to be implemented successfully.

 

Biography:

Michael Carrier is the Director of Strategic Partnerships for Cambridge English, part of Cambridge University. 

He has worked in language education for 30 years as a teacher, trainer, author and director in Germany, Italy, Poland, United Kingdom and the United States and has lectured worldwide. 

He was formerly Executive Director of Eurocentres USA, CEO of the International House World schools network and Director, English Language Innovation at the British Council in London. 

He has written many ELT course books and professional articles, including the Break into English series, Front Page series, Business Circles. 

His special field of interest is the application of technology to education. He is Editor of the Technology section of Modern English Teacher, and was recently Associate Professor at New School University, New York. 

He is currently serving on the Board of the EAQUALS organization as Special Advisor, a Trustee of the TIRF research foundation in the US and as a Board member of ICC - the European Language Network. 

He is also a member of the Advisory Board of CUP’s Language Teaching journal and on the Steering Committee of the USAID mEducation Alliance. 

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Member of the Institute of Directors, the Society of Authors and the Oxford & Cambridge Club in London.

Links:

Twitter: @mcarrier3

 

One-to-one learning: Tablets, mobiles and new pedagogical models for language education

Mr Michael Carrier

Cambridge English Language Assessment

 

Description:
 

‘One to one Learning’, sometimes written as 1:1 Learning, is a new technology-supported educational approach where each learner has his or her own handheld device (laptop, tablet, mobile or phone) and uses this device in class, in school or at home to access core content and supplementary materials for practice.

The talk outlines the experience of 1:1 learning with English Language Teaching (ELT) learners both in developing economies and in language school contexts, centered on the work of Cambridge English, the British Council, Intel Education, OLPC (One Laptop Per Child) Foundation and numerous ministries of education worldwide. The talk looks at the theory and practice of 1:1 Learning and evaluates new pedagogical models developed to take advantage of the technology within a task-based communicative environment.

The role of the device in extending ‘time on task’ outside the classroom is the key to the benefit for learners and to the facilitation of learner autonomy. The learners can learn anytime, anyplace, but in addition have access to the classroom-focused pedagogy which enables more spoken learner-to-leaner interaction in pair and group work - the basis of communicative language learning theory.

In the ELT context this means that we can use the handheld device to: 

 

  • Bring more authentic English content into the classroom.
  • Set up authentic tasks using the device’s recording functions to tell a group-developed story.
  • Extend language practice outside the classroom.
  • Develop new forms of communicative pair-work activity in class.
  • Greatly extend the number of hours available per week for English study.

 

 

 

 

Concentrating on 'One to one Learning' means that we focus on classroom scenarios and innovative pedagogies where the teacher makes use of the learners' access to individual handheld devices to generate new forms of interaction, new forms of curriculum and new forms of out-of-class (including 'Flipped Class') activities to enhance learning and facilitate learner autonomy.


The private sector in the shape of OLPC (led by Nicolas Negroponte) and Intel's World Ahead Education CSR programme (focused on the use of the ClassMate and StudyBook devices) have led the development of technology application from traditional uses of the PC lab to the use of mobile devices and mobile phones to the model of 1:1 learning where every student has an individual device that they can take home.

The talk will make reference to various ministerial projects in the area of 'One to One Learning’, including the Peru project (widely seen as a failure, as referenced by the World Bank report), the Rwanda OLPC implementation, the Uruguayan Plan Ceibal English project (designed by the present author) and the Intel Vietnam home learning project.

The talk will also look at the different classroom management models that 1:1 learning makes possible, using management software like Mythware, SmartSync and Netop. The talk will suggest some new directions for this pedagogical modelling which will change how teacher structure their classes and model the flow of input-practice-reinforcement.

The talk will also consider the implications for pre-service and in-service teacher training to enable these benefits to be implemented successfully.

 

Biography:

Michael Carrier is the Director of Strategic Partnerships for Cambridge English, part of Cambridge University. 

He has worked in language education for 30 years as a teacher, trainer, author and director in Germany, Italy, Poland, United Kingdom and the United States and has lectured worldwide. 

He was formerly Executive Director of Eurocentres USA, CEO of the International House World schools network and Director, English Language Innovation at the British Council in London. 

He has written many ELT course books and professional articles, including the Break into English series, Front Page series, Business Circles. 

His special field of interest is the application of technology to education. He is Editor of the Technology section of Modern English Teacher, and was recently Associate Professor at New School University, New York. 

He is currently serving on the Board of the EAQUALS organization as Special Advisor, a Trustee of the TIRF research foundation in the US and as a Board member of ICC - the European Language Network. 

He is also a member of the Advisory Board of CUP’s Language Teaching journal and on the Steering Committee of the USAID mEducation Alliance. 

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Member of the Institute of Directors, the Society of Authors and the Oxford & Cambridge Club in London.

Links:

Twitter: @mcarrier3

 

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