Hybrid media application for language studies in elementary school

Anu Seisto, Maija Federley, Satu Aarnisalo, Pirkko Oittinen

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The aim of the study was to develop a new hybrid media product for learning environments and to evaluate its suitability and potential for studying English as a foreign language in elementary school. The prototype made for the study consisted of an English book linked to a mobile phone through 2D codes. By using the code reader the user was able to carry out listening tasks and interactive grammar exercises which opened up in the mobile phone's web browser. The hybrid book concept was evaluated by ten elementary school teachers. According to the user tests with the teachers the hybrid book would motivate pupils and allow them to study regardless of time and place. The interviewed teachers had a very positive attitude to using a mobile phone side-by-side with the text book in order to carry out tasks not possible with the text book alone (e.g. listening tasks). Most of the teachers were willing to use a hybrid book for teaching if it was available. All the interviewed teachers thought that pupils would be interested in using a hybrid book, and hence it will be interesting to observe how the pupils themselves evaluate the use of the hybrid book in the next phase of the study.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the IADIS International Conference Mobile Learning 2009, ML 2009
EditorsInmaculada Arnedillo Sanchez, Patricia Barbosa, Luis Rodrigues, Pedro Isaias
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)978-972-8924-77-5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2009
MoE publication typeNot Eligible
EventIADIS International Conference on Mobile Learning 2009, ML 2009 - Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 26 Feb 200928 Feb 2009


ConferenceIADIS International Conference on Mobile Learning 2009, ML 2009


  • 2D codes
  • Hybrid media
  • Language learning
  • M-learning
  • Mobile devices


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