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General Questions / youtube test
« on: January 22, 2014, 04:04:28 PM »

Nice!  Food for Orges and Elves.  This could be an entire class!!   ;D

General Links / Re: A chat bot
« on: March 01, 2012, 10:23:49 AM »
Yes, great chance to try out to see if they'd pass the Turing Test!!!

Sadly, SL would block such a script so for now we are stuck with megaprims!!

Nice list!  I've visited the virtual hallucinations site---it is a weird experience!

General Links / Re: Prezi: cool tool for presentations!
« on: March 15, 2011, 09:14:29 AM »
Yes, Prezi is excelllllent!   :D

General Links / Re: Website and Blog Creation Website
« on: March 07, 2011, 02:19:44 PM »

I agree!  Weebly is awesome and easy to use--a great combination!!!!    ;D

Sara,    8)

Nice variety of topics!!!


Love that 5 minute site! 

Funny or Cool Stuff / A Great Deal on a HUGE harddrive???
« on: April 27, 2010, 09:26:01 AM »
Greetings all,

If you think computers are expensive now...take a look at the Advertisement attached below (click the image to expand)!!  My best guess is that this ad is from the late 1970s or early 1980s.

For sake of comparison, that HD--10 megs for $3,398 equates to $340 per megabyte.

An ad today via the website had one Terrabyte Hardrives for $79.99.
One Terrabyte is equal to 1,048,576 Megabytes, which means that this hard drive costs $.000076/megabyte.

Social Networks and Supersites / Re: Spanish Social Network
« on: April 06, 2010, 09:33:51 AM »

Nice!  I don't know that one, but it looks like a great place for people who might want to practice their Spanish...or Catlana...or Basque?? 


Nice!  I remember meeting a few students in Mexico who actually learned a great deal of their English by listening to English music, so I think that can be a great resource, especially in today's world of Internet radio.


Blogs for Computer-Mediated Language Learning / Re: Wordpress Review
« on: March 09, 2010, 09:29:20 AM »

Wordpress seems like one of the most powerful blogging programs, and I like the fact that it can be set up so that some areas are "pay" areas--good if someone wants to do an educational blog and earn some $$$

Wow, Great unit!

This is certainly a topic of relevance for language learners as emails definitely carry a lot of social information that may not be readily apparent.


I like free!  Great idea.    :D


A great resource from one of the "big names" in the field!!!


Great article!!  Some very good suggestions in there.   ;D

Good idea!!   ;D   ;D

good point about shyness--anyone have ideas how to get around that issue?  Maybe group podcasting?   ???


Great script!!! That must have been a lot of work--I can see that it made your hair stand on end!!!

Language Exchange Site Links / Re: 'tt4you': language exchange program
« on: February 25, 2009, 04:43:13 PM »
Of course, if some users on a site uses the wrong flag, that may be an issue with the student, rather than the site in general!   ;)

Since Virtual Worlds like Second Life can be very "hands on" they can be an ideal space for Task-Based Language Learning Activities.  This exercise asks the participants to build something in Second Life.  After giving the students a tutorial on building, they are asked to create "something."  That item could be art, furniture, a flower, a car--anything they can imagine.  As you'll see in the attached instructions (soon to come) the only requirement is that their creation include at least 7 parts (prims) and 5 colors or textures.  Each group is sent to a different area to work on the build.

In stage 1, the students, who I have work in groups of 3,  must engage in a great deal of communication and negotiation while brainstorming their design and building the object.  In addition, part of the assignment is for the groups to take detailed notes and to create a set of detailed instructions for how to build their creation.

In stage two of the project, the groups exchange those instructions, and then each group must try to recreate the creation of another group, solely based on the instructions (remember, they created in different areas, so they've not seen each other's builds). 

In stage three, everyone comes together in Second Life, having given the instructor copies of their creations.  The instructor then takes out the originals, and then, one-by-one, the recreations.  Usually there is some great laughter since some of of the recreations are very close, and others are waaaayyy off.

In stage four, the groups should revise their instructions based on the feedback from their classmates.

My questions for the other users of the forum.  Based on my description, and the instructions attached, what language lessons can students learn from this activity?  Also, what other ideas/extensions can you make based on this idea???

Thanks for any suggestions you can give!!!!!!

Educational Activities / Scavenger Hunt
« on: February 02, 2009, 02:16:12 PM »
One of the most popular activities for new learners in a virtual world is a Scavenger Hunt.  This one was designed for use in Second Life, but would be easily modified for use elsewhere!  In the attachments you'll find:
1.  The rules for the hunt
2.  Tips for doing things in SL that are required for the hunt
3.  The Scavenger Hunt.

I find that this type of activity is a great way to begin the exploration of a VW, but it can also have clear educational implications.  It requires communication among the teams (I usually have the students work in groups of 2-3), and depending on how you structure it, you can require the teams to produce written descriptions, talk to other avatars to gain information for the hunt etc.

I'd love it if people would share their own ideas in replies. 

Wikis for Computer-Mediated Language Learning / Re: Some Wiki related sites
« on: December 05, 2008, 11:07:45 AM »
Personally,  I really like pbwiki now--especially now that you can get 2 gigs of storage space for free.  It used to only be 10 megabytes!  Also, I find their user interface to be very easy to use.

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