At my sister technology blog, I posted a blog about the various types of modern language apps. My greatest fear about mobile learning is that we will turn mobile learning devices into drill and kill machines instead of using them to engage the student in communicating and reacting to culturally authentic material.
If you do use mobile learning, which different apps do you use? How does each help your students to communicate better? Do your students spend more time communicating in the target language when using mobile learning or in creating something that has very little actual communication? Do your apps involve your students in the current culture of the language area?
My Spanish spontaneous speaking activities (29+) includes Structured Speaking (Students substitute in or select words to communicate in pairs), Speaking Mats ( Student can talk using a wide variety of nouns, verbs and adjectives to express their ideas in pairs or small group), Modified Speed Dating (Students ask their partners one question from a card-whole class), Role Playing (Students talk as people in pictures or drawings from 2-4 people), Spontaneous Speaking (based on visuals or topics in pairs), and Grammar speaking games (pairs or small group). Available for a nominal fee at Teacherspayteachers: http://bit.ly/tpthtuttle.
At the same site, I have a series of modern language visual stories with no words (the beach, the city, school, etc.) for two students to role play; the restaurant role play involves four students. These can use in any language since there are just visuals, no words.
My book, Improving Foreign Language Speaking Through Formative Assessment, and my book, Formative Assessment, Responding to Students, are available at http://is.gd/tbook