Re-defining access to education and employability: how Handheld Learning enhances opportunity through English skills

We believe people can learn best through personal interaction with highly trained teachers. But where classes are unavailable, or teachers under-resourced,  then carefully applied technology can provide vital support to learning.

Handheld Learning increases the range of the teacher by extending learning beyond the physical lesson in the physical classroom. Learners can use travel time as well as time at home to extend their learning, reinforce teacher-led lessons and achieve learning objectives more effectively.

This Is not about technology, but a paradigm shift in pedagogy and classroom methodologies that new technologies will facilitate. 

This session will outline the opportunities that flow from the introduction of  'one-to-one learning' and BYOD programmes, and the  pedagogical shifts that this is creating.  It  outlines some of the things we can do to help learners using mobile phones, help teachers through CPD,  and shares our experience via case studies of our work globally,  using low and hi-tech phones and handheld devices from OLPC and Intel.

I will explain the technology shifts & the research available and outline some of the experiments in the pedagogical application to language learning - as well as suggestions for further development and research in the pedagogy of mobile education.

Michael Carrier

Michael Carrier Re-defining access to education and employability: how Handheld Learning enhances opportunity through English skills   "Michael Carrier is Director of Innovation & Partnership Development for The British Council, based in London.
He has been involved in ELT for many years as a teacher, trainer, author, school director and network director. He has worked in Germany, Italy, Poland, UK and the USA, and lectured in many other countries.

He was formerly Executive Director of Eurocentres in Washington D.C. and CEO of the International House World network of schools.

His special field of interest is in elearning and the application of technology to Language Teaching, and he is the Editor of  the Technology section of the Modern English Teacher (MET) journal, 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.  He is also a member of the Board of  the English Language Teaching Journal   and CUP’s Language Teaching journal.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Member of the Institute of Directors  and a Member of the Society of Authors.

He has written a number of English language textbooks.  He has presented recently at conferences held by IATEFL, TESOL, USAID, ICT Florence and Online Educa.

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