What? You haven’t heard? There is a new dangerous mob around the Ed-house lately. Known for creating playlists of information to ease online learning and teaching. The imminent danger? That you’ll be hooked!
The mob, the mob, the MentorMob
MentorMob is an online tool that allows you to create Learning Playlists with information, resources, videos, links from the web or documents from your own computer. It also offers the option of creating pop quizzes to include throughout the playlists. I created the Cognates Playlist below in about 5 minutes. I made it with my online students in mind, but don’t you think it would be a great resource for face2face classes as well? Don’t you always look for ways to introduce and/or practice two or three language skills with the same activity? I can’t wait to use it in my flipped classes as well, I’ll be sure to share the outcomes.
How I have used and will continue using MentorMob in my Spanish classes
MentorMob can be used for all the options listed on the TED-ed flip tool post, such as absent student catch up material, paperless assessments, vocab and culture activities, etc. Besides those possibilities, I also have used it to:
- Provide further information and study resources: when that 50 minute period is simply not enough, provide further study resources in an organized manner. Great for including theory and practice resources.
- Independent learning material / Differentiate: create a detailed playlist that students can follow step by step. It works for in-school or at-home learning material. Be sure to include reading, writing, listening and speaking resources.
- Projects: have student make short playlists of certain topics. Give them set parameters as to what to include. Then use these playlist as a class activity such as “musical chairs”, where students rotate through playlists.
- Assess: since it is possible to include pop quizzes, you can easily assess engagement with the content. Through these pop quizzes you can assess if students understood the material. Or if there is something most are having difficulties with?
- Homework: create playlists for paperless homework. Include videos, readings, your own documents and even tools within the list. For example, include a notice board to brainstorm, or a Voice Thread activity just like the playlist below. Doesn’t it beat any textbook homework you could assign?
Originally the instructions of the above project were only in Spanish, but I’ve updated them so everyone can see what the project is about and get ideas to create some of your own.
Other MentorMob uses
- Organize your documents: by topic and have them ready to use and share. This will save you time in the long run.
- Browse: look through other public playlists to learn and/or get more ideas for your class. Go here to browse: MentorMob’s public playlists
- Create useful and organized playlists out of your blogs or Wikis: this is especially useful if you have a very large blog and wish to share a series of posts. The same goes for Wikis that have way too much information.
- Summer review lists: beat that summer forgetfulness with a nice playlist for your students.
- Teacher development/training: a great way to create teacher training material instead of the bulky paper booklets/handouts.
- Collaborate: if you are having trouble finding certain information, create a playlist, leave it editable and share it to gather new resources.
MentorMob Tutorial (4 short videos)
MentorMob tips, tricks and things to keep in mind
- Finishing a Playlist: when you are done creating a playlist, make sure you click on the big pink pencil on the top to complete it.
- Editing: to edit your playlists once finished, click on the big “pencil” icon and then re-arrange or delete any step. If you want to edit a particular step, click on the little tiny “pencil” that appears next to the step on the vertical side bar.
- Privacy settings: if you want to change the privacy settings after you have already created a playlist, click on the big “pencil” icon to edit the playlist and then click on the little “lock” icon that appears next to the playlist name.
- Sharing: click on the icon that looks like this <, right next to the big “pencil”. Then grab the link or the embedding code.
- Quiz options: right now it is possible to create multiple choice and true/false questions. No open questions yet.
Take a look at these awesome playlists:
So, what do you think? Is this a cool tool for your foreign language classroom?