Sunday, March 13, 2011


Nicky Hockly

Nickly Hockly started the convention off by speaking about "Teaching the Mobile Generation."

This abstract says, "Learners are coming to class increasingly wired up: iPods, MP3 players, mobile phones, digital cameras... Many of our learners already use these mobile devices in their daily lives. Instead of banning them from the classroom, shouldn't we be taking advantage of devices that learners are already very proficient users of? This plenary considers how we can integrate this mobile (or handheld) technology into our teaching."

A bit about Nicky (per the biodata)
Nicky Hockly is the Director of Pedagogy of The Consultants-E (, and has been involved in EFL teaching and training since 1987. Co-author of How to Teach English with Technology ,Teaching English as a Foreign Language for Dummies, and Teaching Online, she specializes in online teaching and training via virtual learning environments such as Moodle, and is interested in the use of technology in the language classroom."

So all in all the presentation was pretty basic. Nicky gave a review of why students are drawn to technology (they already do it, it is more creative, allows them to express themselves etc.) and the different types of mobile technology there are (PSP, Notebook, Smart Phone, MP4 player etc.)

Personally I found her presentation a bit unnecessary, but perhaps this is because I am part of the generation who grew up with a computer in the other room. While technology has not always been a part of my life I have grown up to it evolving (I remember dial up AOL, I remember getting a scanner, etc.). It was a nice reminder however that technology is out there and that many of our students would like us to use it!

You can see her presentation (or something similar) on youtube (I left out part 1 as it is mainly intro but you can find it if you like)

If you are interested in hearing more from Nicky about the basics of incorporating technology into your classes you may want to search for her quickly on youtube to find even more videos!

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