Using tablets, smartphones and apps

Welcome to mobile learning from Oxford ELT where you'll find lots of ideas for making the most of tablets, smartphones and apps in your teaching.

This page is for anyone who wants to find out more:

  • You want to encourage your students to use smartphones for learning, rather than as a distraction.
  • You have 'gone digital' and now only use tablets, smartphones and computers.
  • You'd like to put forward a proposal to your Director to use mobile devices.
  • You want to find out how to motivate your students, and wonder if m-learning might help.

Resources

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White Paper

Download our free white paper for support, guidance and best practice ideas on implementing tablets in teaching and learning.

Written by Diana Bannister MBE, Development Director for Learning Technologies at the University of Wolverhampton, and Shaun Wilden, Teacher Training Coordinator at International House World Organisation.

Tablets and Apps in Your School
The route to successful implementation

Q&A with Diana and Shaun

Diana and Shaun answer questions from teachers about:
  • how to manage your class
  • ideas for m-learning best practice
  • will tablets, e-books and apps replace print materials?
and more...
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From the blog OUP ELT Blog

Using Social Media and Smart Devices Effectively in the Classroom

How can you use digital technology to bring course material to life in the classroom? Thomas Healy, co-author of Smart Choice Second Edition, shares his ideas.

eFeedback: ICT tools I use to give my students high-quality feedback

Mohamed El-Ashiry takes a look at four online and mobile tools that have helped him deliver high-quality feedback to his students.

How tablet devices can help with mixed ability classes

Shaun Wilden, a freelance teacher trainer and materials writer for OUP, considers how tablets and apps can help you encourage the less confident students in your class.


How can I get my students to use smart devices in the classroom?

Q: Skills for Success author, Joe McVeigh, provides a some simple ideas on how to get students to use smart devices for learning.

Cell phones in the adult classroom: interruption or resource?

The OUP Professional Development team takes an in-depth look at using smartphones in class including guidelines for rules for phone use, and teaching tips.

Using Video in the Classroom

Christopher Graham, teacher and teacher trainer, looks at the benefits of using video in the classroom.


Teaching with Web 2.0 Tools (Part 1)

Magali Trapero Turrent, an ELT Editor at Oxford University Press, Mexico, shares her ideas for using Web 2.0 tools to develop learner’s language skills.

Teaching with Web 2.0 Tools (Part 2)

In this second part, Magali Trapero Turrent focuses on using Web 2.0 tools to develop learner’s listening skills.

Teaching English with e-books from Oxford Learner’s Bookshelf Part 1 – Preparing for your first lesson

Shaun Wilden shares his advice for teachers new to using digital coursebooks from the Oxford Learners’ Bookshelf.

Using Facebook and Smart Devices for Blended Learning

Thomas Healy, co-author of Smart Choice Second Edition, looks at ways of using social media and technology for blended learning.

Enhancing learning – Using an app in class

Verissimo Toste, an Oxford teacher trainer, offers teachers some tips on using the Headway Phrase-a-day app in class by sharing phrases, using the Favourite feature, and playing games.


Translation tool or dictionary?

Gareth Davies, a teacher and teacher trainer in the Czech Republic, sparks his students' interest in dictionaries by getting them to use a dictionary on his phone.

Using Twitter with your Students

Sean Dowling, an Educational Technology Coordinator, uses Twitter to support his students’ learning outside of the classroom.

10 things ESL students can do with Evernote on their tablets

Mohamed El-Ashiry, eLearning Leader and teacher, suggests 10 ways students can use Evernote to create a portfolio to show evidence of their learning.


10 ways I use Google Forms in my tablet classroom

Mohamed El-Ashiry takes a look at ways of using Google Forms in the classroom.

Teaching English with e-books from Oxford Learners Bookshelf Part 2 – How interactivity in e-books supports learning

Shaun Wilden shares his advice for teachers on making the most of the interactivity of digital coursebooks from Oxford Learner’s Bookshelf.

‘Value for money': Helping your students get more from words and phrases they learn

Jenny Dance tells us why pronunciation training is so important for her students and what led her to find a system that would allow them to practice more effectively.


Teaching a lesson with e-books

Watch Stacey Hughes, our Professional Development Services teacher trainer, try out a lesson with adult learners using an e-book on the Oxford Learner’s Bookshelf.

Apple, Android or Windows? What’s best in ELT?

Matt Steele, a specialist in digital publishing and production, examines the advantages and disadvantages of the main three operating systems used for mobile devices in ELT.

How to choose an Android tablet for teaching English

Matt Steele looks at the use of Android tablets in the classroom and gives his tips on what to look for when purchasing devices.

Webinar recordings

e-books skills webinar

Making the most of e-books for academic skills

Sean Dowling, Educational Technology Coordinator, talks about his experience of introducing tablets into the classroom and making the most of OUP e-books for Academic Skills.

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Digital pencil webinar

Digitalising your pencil case

Shaun Wilden packs his digital pencil case with tools from sound recorders to cameras and other creative apps to help with project based learning and student engagement.


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Business e-books webinar

Apps, e-books and digital resources for business English

Pete Sharma, lecturer in EAP and writer on using technology in language teaching, discusses making the most of apps, e-books and digital resources in business English.

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Classroom Management and Smart Devices webinar

Classroom Management and Smart Devices

Thomas Healy, co-author of Smart Choice Second Edition, explores how smart devices can be used effectively in the classroom.


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Videos



Teaching a lesson with e-books


How can you use e-books in the classroom to engage adult learners? Stacey Hughes, our Professional Development Services teacher trainer, shows you how in this lesson.

Oxford e-books for courses and Graded Readers

Oxford Learner's Bookshelf icon

Teach English with our enhanced e-books. Students study on a computer or tablet.

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