The FÓN system incorporates the use of mobile phones and networked computers as tools in the teaching, learning and assessment of Irish for students in Ireland. 10 teachers and 391 students participate in six schools, three in the Republic of Ireland and three in Northern Ireland. Networked computers facilitate online chat. Students use new learning tools and increase speaking abilities in Irish. Students communicate with other students from schools. Students practice their Irish at any time, in any place and at their own pace.
THE NELLIP NETWORK’S PERSPECTIVE
THE NATIONAL AGENCY’S PERSPECTIVE
This was a strongly innovative project which used mobile phones to promote the learning of Irish.
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Posted by Barbara Moore (Ireland)
Message: Young people are much more open to using technology. They are not afraid of it and they learn it fast. This is the way that teaching/learning needs to go. This project is a good example of how to use the possibilities that new technologies offer.
Posted by Matteo Gataldi (Italy)
Message: Nowadays young people have even more tools that facilitate the communications among them worldwide. Last finding of modern technology is the diffusion of smartphones lowing even more the costs and the difficulties of the communication.
Exploiting these means for educational aims is a brilliant solution to reach easily the objective and to overtake the obstacle of the distance.
Maybe, the network could be developed organising a sort of \"Talking Hour\", namely a fixed appointment for the students who can enter the \"language class\" they are interested in and talk each other under the supervision of a virtual mother tongue teacher.