Category Archive for 'Smart phones'

English teachers have been using the ESLai conversational simulation apps in class (here’s an introduction to the apps) and getting good feedback from students. Here’s one quote from Marina in Ukraine: I’ve tried your programme with my university and private students. All my students liked it, especially the dialogue in the pizzeria (I don’t know […]

A 2010 survey released by Speak Up last year, and covered by Read Write Web, still has me thinking.  What does it mean that 20% of children in kindergarten through second grade have their own cellphones?  What do they do with these devices? The kindergartners can’t be texting because most of them can’t read yet, […]

Checking stats today, I see that the pizza demo lesson is very popular – in fact the most popular page on the site! If you haven’t checked it out, please do. It basically takes a standard lesson and incorporates the mobile phone by including conversational practice via the ESLai app. On that note, one of […]

My latest project has just begun and I’m excited by the prospects. The project focuses on providing conversation practice on very specific topics via AI (artificial intelligence). Think of it this way: imagine you are having an SMS chat with a buddy. Depending on the subject things can branch off in all sorts of directions, […]

Back in ancient times of smart / mobile phones (2004), I was part of a start-up called GoTestGo. The purpose of GoTestGo was to bring test preparation to mobile phones. The idea was intriguing: Create portable learning applications that English learners (or other subject learners) could use on the go, waiting on the bus, standing […]