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Great post !
I agree that we need to start using the technology gadgets that students already have and are comfortable with. It is a win - win situation, since students will be excited about using them in the classroom and it does not cost anything extra for the schools. The main issue will be to convince administration not to ban the technology for all the reasons that you mentioned in your post. The solution is not to ban, but to educate on the proper uses. Every technology can be used for good or bad purposes. It is the individual who needs to decide for what purpose to use them AND the job of parents and teachers to guide the children on learning to make the right decision.

Hi Joe

This is a fantastic idea. I think I am going to use it to get students to record presentations. I can then bluetooth the recordings to the laptop and use garageband/itunes to post onto a blog.

However I believe that it must be stressed that the use of phone in the classroom is for an educational purpose and that it should not be taken as read that other teachers would be so accepting in their classrooms.


Hi Langwitches (Silvia) and Adam,

Thanks for your kind comments. I must stress that the inspiration for this post came from Lynne and David. I'm just reporting their ideas really.

I like the idea of using bluetooth to send the sound files to your computer. I'm getting a new laptop in the next couple of weeks from my school and I'll have to check if it has bluetooth.

I was also thinking that if you are linked with a school abroad, you could ask them to record some audio for you using Odeo. If you go to the website, it will tell you what to do. Once you've registered, you can put a button on your blog which will allow people to leave messages for free just by speaking into a microphone attached to a computer. The recording is then sent to your email address where you can download it , edit it with Audacity or Garageband and post it on your blog.

If you don't like the sound of that (excuse the pun), you can record a voice mail with a normal telephone using the service on a special number which is then also sent to your email. My number is 0012063506411. Look at for more details. You have to pay for the call, but it only costs about 1.25 pence (from the UK) per minute.

Could be a great way to get authentic language straight into the classroom for free or next to nothing. Try it out.

Best wishes


There is also a new service called Pinger at which lets you leave voice messages for free and is designed to be used with mobile phones. Have a look. I've not tried it myself and I'd be interested to hear how it works.


All this stuff is just seems to be made for language learning. Trouble I'm finding is getting the time to investigate it all. By the time you have checked out some new technology it seems to be outdated.
Thanks for keeping us informed, Joe.

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