Title Mobile Learning for the young people at risk groups
Project Number 2009-1-TR1-LEO05-08674
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Marketing Text This project aims to implement mobile technologies to develop foreign language skills and competencies of young people in vocational high schools. These young people do not have equal access to foreign language learning facilities as compared to students studying in private vocational high schools, therefore, they are considered as belonging to “at risk" groups. This project is both innovative and inclusive as it uses mobile technologies to teach English to these young people in "at risk" groups. The project will be realized in two stages. First, the appropriate mobile infrastructures, the content, and the methodology for mobile language learning will be created. Then, the designed content with a built-up system will be implemented. The methodology and the content developed for mobile language learning and mobile learning infrastructures will be the major results of the project.
Summary The present project involves the implementation of mobile learning (m-learning) technologies in foreign language teaching to enhance language learning facilities of students coming from lower socioeconomic backgrounds (ages 16-17) in vocational high schools. Thus, this project is both innovative – e.g., use of technology in foreign language education, and inclusive – i.e., designed for young people at risk groups . The project involves the development of methodology and language learning materials suitable for mobile language learning (MLL), and its implementation. Therefore, it can be said that the methodology and the content developed for MLL and m-learning infrastructures will be the major outcome of the project.
Description The aim of the present project is to use mobile learning technologies (MLT) to design language teaching materials and methodology for young people (ages 16-17) with limited financial resources studying at vocational high schools. The main reasons for choosing Mobile learning (m-learning) can be listed as follows: (i) m-learning helps learners to develop positive attitudes towards literacy both in school subjects and technology; (ii) m-learning motivates learners to take part in activities in mobile medium of communication (MCM) via multimedia tools, such as, mediaBoard, portal page, and clips; (iii) m-learning allows “anywhere”, “anytime” and “personalized” learning for everyone (Atwell, 2005). Since during the implementation of the project, the participant will have access to m-learning facilities; it is considered that using m-learning at “anytime and anyplace” will give young people at risk groups a strong feeling of being taken care of, valued, and included in the society. M-learning will also allow them to personalize their way of learning and increase their self-esteem and confidence. In an already completed LdV project in Finland, it is reported and suggested that there is a need to adapt mobile devices to education and enhance learning environments. In the present project, these remarks are outlined by taking into consideration the needs of young students at risk groups. Moreover, in the project, through use of m-learning technologies the content will not be presented in a fixed environment but in various environments, such as, PDAs, Cascading Style Sheets and Small Screen Rendering (SSR).
Utilization and distribution of results
Open and distance learning
Access for disadvantaged
Administrative and Support Service Activities
Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities
Other Service Activities
Information and Communication
program or curricula
material for open learning
procedure for the analysis and prognosis of the vocational training requirement
Product information The results of the project will include a 3-unit vocational English training module created for mobile platform,needs analysis outcomes, project website and the analysis of the implementation of the modules.