Showing posts from February, 2011

Mobile Apps & Language Learning #1 Foursquare

Inspired by the recent short course at SEETA on Mobile Learning ( m-learning ) for language educators run by Nicky Hockly , I've decided to start posting about some of the apps that I've come across that I think can be used by language educators or learners. The first of these is Foursquare , which is a mobile social networking tool that is also a game. Basically, it allows you to tell the people you are connected to where you are and what you think of the place you are at. So you 'check in' to a place (it works well with restaurants, cafes, etc.) and you can leave tips or your opinions for other people. This is helpful for other people who are in an area they do not know and are looking for a place to eat, have coffee, etc. As Foursquare gets more popular , some places have started recognising the marketing potential of this app. and offer discounts or freebies to customers who 'check in' to their establishment. Apart from this, the gaming element works in