Wednesday, 16 June 2010

Apps for video review

I haven't blogged for a while because we're between terms at the moment and haven't had a chance to try anything new out with my class. However, the summer school begins in a couple of weeks time and so I plan to get back into experimenting with different aspects of mobile learning when that starts.

One thing I plan to do in the near future is providing video reviews of useful apps for ESL students on a variety of mobile platforms. I'm rather limited by the devices I actually own, so I will probably be able to do them for iphone/ipod touch, Android and maybe Symbian (I have an old Nokia that I could try some out on). I will be doing these mainly for my own students, so they will be presented in a way that is accessible and understandable for them.

I wanted to start this a few weeks ago, but I'm waiting for a piece of hardware that will enable me to take video screencasts of a mobile phone's screen. I've discovered that it's incredibly difficult to do this on most mobile phones - especially iphone and Android - and it can't be done using software on the phone itself. Instead, I'm going to use a special USB camera that can take close-up video of the screen and then record it to the computer.

Anyhow, I've got a few ideas for apps I'd like to review (the British Council's My Wordbook and a few others spring to mind), but if anyone would like to suggest any they think it would be useful for me to look at, I'd be happy to review them.

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