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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

LangMedia - Resources for World Languages

LangMedia, produced by Five Colleges Incorporated, provides resources for learning languages less-commonly offered by high schools and colleges in the US. Some of the languages for which LangMedia offers educational resources are Arabic, Bulgarian, Persian, Thai, and Urdu. For these languages LangMedia provides course outlines, practice dialogues, and lists of resources necessary for completing the requirements of each course.

In addition to resources for learning languages, LangMedia offers a section called Culture Talk. LangMedia Culture Talk is a collection of video clips of interviews and discussions with people from many different countries, of different ages and from different walks of life. The videos are intended to give viewers insight into the cultures of peoples around the globe. Some of the videos feature English speakers while other videos do not. Those videos that are not in English are accompanied by a written English transcript.

Applications for Education
LangMedia's resources for learning a language could be helpful for students attempting to learn a new language on their own. LangMedia's course outlines could also be good references for teachers trying to develop a new course of their own.

LangMedia's Culture Talk videos could be useful in global studies course. You could use the videos as conversation starters about the cultural differences between groups of people.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Smart.FM - Independent Learning Platform
Learn a Language Through Open University
Learn Spanish - Lingus.tv

Google Chrome Now Stable for Mac and Linux

I started using a beta version of Google Chrome on my Mac back in November and have found myself using it more than 50% of the time over the last few months. In fact, because I've found it loads faster than Firefox I always have at least one Chrome window open to run Twitter at all times. Today, Google announced that Chrome for Mac and Linux is now a stable, supported Google product and not just a beta offering. If you haven't tried Chrome yet because you were waiting for it to leave beta, now is the time to give it a try.

Learn more about Chrome in the video below.

Print This, Share This: Moodle Tool Guide for Teachers

Joyce Seitzinger, author of the Cat's Pyjamas blog, has published a great one sheet guide for Moodle using teachers. The guide is essentially a chart of things that you can do with Moodle and how those things can help you reach your pedagogical objectives.

Here's how the guide is read, pick a task such as "create a news forum" on the side of the chart then find an objective on the top of the chart. Follow the two columns to where they meet to find a color coded explanation of why a forum might be good for dissemintating information, but not so good for assessing learning.

You can download the chart here or explore the Cat's Pyjamas here.

Applications for Education
The Moodle Tool Guide for Teachers could be a great resource to share in professional development workshops. The guide is easy to read and quickly answers a lot of questions about effective uses of the many things you can do with Moodle.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Moodle 1.9 for Second Language Teaching
Moodle Tutorial Videos

For Band Teachers - The Evolution of Marching

As a high school student I loved being a tuba player in the marching band. Therefore this week I have really enjoyed So You Want to Teach's series on the evolution of marching. Every day this week Joel has posted a series of videos of various marching band performances from 1972 through 1987 and eventually the series will conclude with 2010 performances. Check out one of the videos from the series below.


Applications for Education
In high school my marching band director would show us video tapes of great marching band performances to either inspire us or to illustrate something that we were trying to do on the field. I don't know if all marching band directors do the same thing, but if they do, The Evolution of Marching series on So You Want To Teach could be a good place to find some videos.

On a related note, if you haven't seen the Notre Dame marching band performing with OK Go, you should watch this video, it's amazing!

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