Vocabulary Acquisition by Secondary Students: Only an App Away
Abstract: Mobile technologies are gaining momentum and popularity in the daily life of today’s secondary school students. It is important to explore these devices as a tool for learning. These devices embrace and encourage ubiquitous learning through their ease of portability and access of various activities. Through a quasi-experimental design, this study will explore the growth and transfer of a student’s vocabulary from the pretest to the posttest as well as explore technology usage characteristics and demographic criteria. The major research question asks how can portable technology (i.e. iPod Touch) facilitate vocabulary development with high school students? Learning theories and cognitive techniques are analyzed as a means of providing a mobile educational experience that is individualized, motivational, and beneficial for transfer to later word learning and reading comprehension.