While working on Bridges, the developer spent time with pre-service teachers learning about the teacher training system and with in-service teachers who were involved in textbook writing.
These experiences resulted in a number of projects. With one of them, we were able to trial the StudyDo design in village schools and video tape the trials as demonstrations. The result is this video. Just watch how these children who are seeing the materials for the first time respond! We recommend using headphones for the best experience.
Notice how the children respond enthusiastically and how they are clearly able to understand quite complex questions, such as “On your chart, which color was the most popular color?” completely in English.
This was one of the most exciting trials of this design. Many people thought that the materials would be too difficult for the village children and that the young inexperienced teacher would need to use their mother tongue to help them understand and to overcome the children’s shyness, but the StudyDo design made it easy for the teacher to present the lesson and for the children to enjoy their active participation.
We went on to create more videos and the MEET project was born. MEET stands for Mobile Education for English Teachers and was designed to provide training materials, including these videos, via microSD for viewing on mobile phones. MEET #1 shows the quick results that were possible with the materials and techniques. MEET #2 is a short clip of highlights that clearly show the techniques our pre-service teacher used in the introductory video. MEET #3 shows similar techniques used by an experienced teacher with a different StudyDo lesson in a different school. MEET #4 contrasts the learning experience of the same group of students during both a traditional content-oriented lesson and a new language-focused lesson.
Watch the videos individually online or download the zip file below that contains all 4 video files in a 3gp mobile-friendly format that you can watch and share on your mobile phone.
We’ve seen great results in initial trials, but any materials design benefits from additional research and live trials in classrooms. A number of research scholars are currently using Bridges StudyDo materials in their research and we are happy to support them.
Please email bridges AT studydo.asia if you have ideas for research or teaching projects. While supplies last, we are happy to provide class sets of Bridges to such projects, so that each of your learners can have a copy.