Engaging Students With a Mobile-Friendly Interactive Space

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Renaud J. Davies, Hiroshima Bunkyo Women’s University

Developments in mobile technology have been rapid in recent years, and ownership of mobile devices such as tablet computers and smartphones have become more common. As a result of this mobile revolution and the benefits that such technology has to offer, an increasing number of educational institutions are embracing mobile learning (m-learning). However, with a growing number of free mobile-friendly web tools that educators may use to create online content, many educators are faced with the immense challenge of how to best select and incorporate such technology. This paper details how one may select and utilize online technologies to create an engaging interactive space to be used on mobile devices in foreign language classrooms. A framework for choosing appropriate web tools coupled with examples of free online technology that the author is currently using are examined.