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Smartphone Applications – The future tool for vocabulary learning?
KTH, School of Computer Science and Communication (CSC).
KTH, School of Computer Science and Communication (CSC).
2012 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The usage of smartphones has grown extensively over the last years, and so has the services offered to the users. One can interact with other people, play games, surf on the Internet and much more on these small devices that easily can be carried around in a pocket.

There are many ideas about how smartphones can be integrated in schools and learning processes, often defined as mobile learning. This survey aims to study how smartphone applications for vocabulary learning can be used, and what effects it can have on high school students’ learning processes.

In order to receive substantial results we chose to develop a prototype, FlashWords, which we tested on a group of students. Their usage was logged in a database and followed up by a focus group.

The results from the survey showed that students are very positive towards the idea of practicing vocabulary on their smartphones. It was also found that the students practiced more and began earlier when using the application compared to traditional methods. We believe the main reason for this is the smartphone’s portability and the possibility of more spontaneous learning opportunities.

Abstract [sv]

Användningen av smartphones har ökat i stor utsträckning under de senaste åren, och så har även de tjänster som erbjuds användarna. Man kan interagera med andra människor, spela spel, surfa på Internet och mycket mer på dessa små enheter som lätt kan bäras runt i fickan.

Det finns många idéer om hur smartphones kan integreras i skolor och lärandeprocesser, dessa går ofta under en gemensam term; mobil inlärning. Denna undersökning syftar till att studera hur smartphone applikationer för glosinlärning kan användas, och vilka effekter det kan ha på gymnasieelevers lärandeprocess.

För att få konkreta resultat valde vi att utveckla en prototyp, FlashWords, som vi testade på en grupp studenter. Deras användning loggades i en databas och följdes upp av en fokusgrupp.

Resultaten från undersökningen visar att eleverna har en mycket positiv inställning till att öva glosor på sina smartphones. Det visade sig också att eleverna övade mer och började tidigare när de använde applikationen jämfört med traditionella metoder. Vi tror att främsta orsaken till detta är smartphonens bärbarhet och möjligheten till fler spontana inlärningstillfällen.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012.
Series
Kandidatexjobb CSC, K12078
National Category
Computer Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-131083OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-131083DiVA: diva2:654529
Educational program
Master of Science in Engineering - Media Technology
Uppsok
Technology
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Available from: 2013-10-07 Created: 2013-10-07 Last updated: 2018-01-11

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