Designing an Interactive eBook and Mobile Application for Second Language Learning
Recorded: Wednesday, April 17th, 2013 @ 4:00 pm - 4:20 pm HST
Duration: 20 mins
This presentation will describe an activity which sought to answer the question: What is the best technology platform for teaching a second language? In order to answer this question, a rapid prototype was designed and created to test out three formats for accessibility and learning: iBook, PDF, and a web page. The learning content came from a Hawaiian Language learning book, Ka Lei Haaheo, and was based off the first chapter: Pronunciation.
The prototypes were presented to graduate students at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and they were asked to fill out an evaluation sheet which asked about their experiences with each of the prototypes.
Adobe inDesign was the chosen format since it offers more flexibility in the formats that can be exported and easier development. For example, one such deliverable produced through inDesign was an iBook. In the spirit of Development Cycle Theory, we will make another prototype in the Adobe inDesign software as well as a mobile application for vocabulary to support the second prototype. These new prototypes will be shown to another focus group in order to get more feedback on this format.
Chanelle Chin is a second year middle school social studies teacher and second year PhD student in the Educational Technology department in the College of Education at the University of Hawaii. Her research interests deal with second language learning and technology.
University Of Hawaii
Waika Kaluna is a multimedia artist developing tools for todays education.