So I have been using the QDA analysis software to begin to analyze my interview transcripts. The software is great it generate reports based on the frequency of applied tags/codes. The most frequently applied code revolved around technology use, specifically mobile phones. Throughout the transcripts of the 8 interviews 57 passages of text were labeled with the technology parent tag, 30 of those passages were labeled with a tag noting the use of mobile-technology as an educational aid. Here are some sample quotes from the interviews.
“I use the dictionary in my phone.”
“I use the online dictionary.”
“Yeah I have those dictionaries installed to my cell phone. It is very convenient and it saves a lot of time.”
“Oh yes I use the online dictionary (…) I know some online dictionaries such as [Youdao].”
“It is more convenient to use a cell phone to look up words.”
I found it interesting that many of the participants are already using readily accessible technology to enhance and support their learning. In this case specifically to develop their vocabulary.