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This week's threads are brought to you by:

Sharon Betts in Maine, USA

Date: 04 February, 2008 - 10 February, 2008

Number of messages: from #1780 to #2169

Who we are

  1. Coordinators
  2. Co-Moderators
  3. Participants

 

Week 3 Threads

 

Table Of Contents

  1. Online Programs
  2. Student Activities
  3. Week 4
  4. Virtual Rooms
  5. Voice - Video Tools

Online Programs

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language exercises

marydimonaco

Maria Rosario Di Monaco

#1793

02/03/2008

Hi Melanie,

I've created exercises using HotPotatoes and then, Articulate

Quizmaker. HP has a free version that allows you to create a limited

number of questions. If you want to make longer exercises you have to

pay for it. Articulate gives you a trial period for free. I think

Articulate is quite complete and easier to use, but well, that's just

my opinion.

See you around

Mary

Ronaldo Lima, Jr.

#1803

(Response to #1793)

02/04/2008

Hi Mary,

Did you know you can you have a free complete version of hotpotatoes if you

are "working for state-funded educational institutions which are non-profit

making, on the condition that the material you produce using the program is

freely available to anyone via the WWW"? Check it out:http://www.halfbakedsoftware.com/hot_pot_licence.php

Regards from Brazil,

Ronaldo

Sally La Luzerne

#1794

02/03/2008

Hello Maru,

There are some free online computer tutorials in Spanish at http://www.aprendelibre.org The same tutorials can be found in English by clicking on the bottom of the page. I found this site after looking through some URLs Andy Pincon gave me.You asked how you could motivate your students to work on their own. Although my teaching situation is different from yours, I've found project work that is ultimately published or presented to others to be a great motivator. Perhaps the products from some of the lessons could be used to create an online newsletter or something of that nature. Just a thought.

Good luck with your project!

Sally

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Twitter

Kat Urbaniak

Kat Urbaniak

#1807

02/04/2008

Here is an interesting link to a blog post about ways to use Twitterfor academia (link from Moira at the ESP for Web 2.0 group).http://academhack.outsidethetext.com/home/2008/twitter-for-academia/

Enjoy

Kat

Dafne

Dafne

#1810

(Response to #1807)

02/04/2008

More on Twitter:

17 ways to use Twitter:http://www.doshdosh.com/ways-you-can-use-twitter/

Daf

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Game Makers

Susana Canelo

Susana Canelo

#2014

02/07/2008

Dear all:

I've been exploring Game makers that I downloaded from here:http://www.mltav.asn.au/content/view/149

They're fantastic, really user-friendly. But I can't add them to my blog.How can I do it?I have embeded videos from youtube, uploaded images, Voicethreads, etc.But I don't know how to do this.

Thanks.

A hug

Susana.

sbetts0

Sharon Betts

#2018

(Response to #2014)

02/07/2008

These games are not able to be embedded into a blog. You can put them on their own webpage, which means you need to have a webserver available.

Sharon

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

#2105

02/09/2008

Hi, Susana!

I looked at the site below and chose Memory Game Maker version 2.0 to create

a listening matching game. I downloaded it, created the game and, after

saving it, nothing showed, just the game template for the Web.

As I don't give up easily, I've deleted the folder and downloaded it about

three times and went over the same procedure. The result is always the same:

Nothing comes out! :-(

I think that the problem is in Step 8 or 9 when I have to gice the folder

where it will be saved. I'm used to this sort of thing, but this time it

doesn't seem to work.

Have you had any similar problems? Any help is welcome.

Hugs, Teresa

Susana Canelo

Susana Canelo

#2117

(Response to #2105)

02/09/2008

Dear Teresa:

I created a Tetris and a Matching Game. I could save them in my PC, by following the steps. I chose C, then My documents, English, Games and both games are perfectly saved. I played with them , especially Tetris and it works perfectly fine. The installation lets you to have a direct access on Desktop , but if I click there I'm just allowed to create a new game. To access to the saved ones, I have to use the path to the place I saved them: My docs,English,etc... But my problem is to upload to my blog. I couldn't find any feature in Blogger that allows me to do that. Are we talking about the same game makers? These are from:http://www.education.vic.gov.au/languagesonline/games/matching/index.htm

A big Hug.

Susana.

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

#2134

(Response to #2121)

02/10/2008

Hi, Susana!

Thanks for your quick reply.

We're talking about the same game and the same site. However, I didn't save

it as an .exe file only for the computer, but as a web page. And I always

get the same error message at the end, after clicking save. It's a "Run-time

error 481; Invalid picture". What picture??!! I was only using sound!!!

If I were saving it to Motime, my blog host, I would first upload the game

folder to my Web server, and then link it to the blog. I don't know about

Blogger, because i haven't used it in a long time.

I'm going to contact the Help people and see what they have to say. I'll

keep you posted.

Hugs, Teresa

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Photosoup

Rita Zeinstejer

#2042

02/08/2008

Hi, dear BaWers!

I´ve come across this puzzle at http://next.yahoo.net/photosoup/index.php

PhotoSoup is a visual word puzzle generator that allows users to

create word search puzzles with tag-photo pairs taken from Flickr. The

tag is hidden in the puzzle, and only the associated photo is shown as

a clue. The objective is to find all hidden tags in the puzzle before

you run out of time.

To create and play a new puzzle, you have to provide a topic, such as

"zoo". Alternatively, you can use your own username to generate a

puzzle that shows your photos. Of course you can also check out the

photos your friends have posted on Flickr. Keep in mind, that we only

use public Flickr photos that have the Creative Commons Attribution

license when generating a PhotoSoup puzzle.

Check out the how to play page for more details.

I entered the puzzle topic "Travelling"..., and up it came, nothing to

upload or to subscribe to, good for vocab review and fun :-)

Enjoy!

Rita

sbetts0

Sharon Betts

#2046

(Response to #2042)

02/08/2008

Never heard of PhotoSoup, but have added the link to the weeks "tips"

and will have to try it out myself.

Thank you for posting this.

Sharon

Dafne

Dafne

#2060

(Response to #2046)

02/08/2008

Great, Rita :-)

I created one with the tag "architecture", and

embedded on my course wiki. It will be a surprise for

my students on Monday :-)

Thanks for sharing!!!

Daf

adela_1234567

Mirian

#2044

02/08/2008

Hi Rita:

I entered the puzzle with the word zoo and I had a great time trying

to search for all the words connected to the flickr photo animals.I

didn't finish, though. Great tip, besides it can be embedded to our

blogs or website pages.

Thanks for sharing once more...

Mirian.

marydimonaco

Maria Rosario Di Monaco

#2079

(Response to #2063)

02/09/2008

Great Rita! I can't believe how easy it is to generate puzzles. I was

in such a hurry to bookmark the page and to embed it into my blog that

I forgot to send this.

Hugs

Mary

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

#2083

(Response to #2079)

02/09/2008

Hi, Rita!

I played around with PhotoSoup just now and had fun. However, I feel that

some of the pictures aren't very clear of what they represent and they mix

words that may be misleading, at least for my YLs.

Hoping to surprise the kids over the weekend, I did one on "colors" and some

of the words are: sky, autumn, fall, leaves and nature lights. I'm sure

they'l never get there.

Thanks for sharing the site with us, Rita.

Beijinhos, Teresa

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Gifup

Rita Zeinstejer

#0

02/10/2008

In the "Learning technology teacher development blog for ELT", NikPeachey has put up a nice app for vocabulary tasks,

very easy to makeuse of. He has also uploaded a tutorial at http://technogogy.org.uk/gifup/tutorial.html, and, following that,I've made my own, at http://ritaz2.wordpress.com/animated-images/.

The original site for the generator is at http://www.gifup.

com/

Enjoy!

Rita

Silvia Colombo

Silvia Colombo

#2145

02/10/2008

Thank you Rita! I've been browsing both blogs (Nik's and yours) and I believe it's a wonderful application to enhance your online teaching. I've left a comment in your blog.

Thanks for sharing!

Silvia.

Dafne

Dafne

#2148

(Response to #2145)

02/10/2008

Awesome, Rita :-)

I have created two: one for our tools page:http://baw-08.pbwiki.com/Tools and one for my bridges unit (Different types of bridges:http://id3124-parallel.pbwiki.com/activities-Br(scroll down to see it)Thanks for sharing :-)

Daf

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

#2150

(Response to #2148)

02/10/2008

Dear Rita,

Gifup is a very cute program and lends itself to several applications. Yours

about moods is great. Let's see what I come up with. ;-)

I just the speed is too fast, because we hardly have time to enjoy. But it

does whet our appetite to keep on looking.

Hugs, Teresa

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

#2153

(Response to #2151)

02/10/2008

Hi, Rita and Daf!

Here's what I came up with while playing with our new "toy"! ;-)http://call07.motime.com/

The images are distorted, but I'm sure it'll come out better the second time around.

Hugs, Teresa

marydimonaco

Maria Rosario Di Monaco

#2160

02/10/2008

Dear Rita, Dafne and Teresa, after seeing your creations(all of themwonderful!) I felt motivated to start playing with gifup, too. I'vecreated an activity for my FCE students' blog.Here's the link: http://fcestudentsblog.wordpress.com/ I had difficulty embedding the code into my blog (I wonder why :-( soI opted for uploading it from my pc.

Hugs

Mary

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Student Activities

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GPS

Ocsovszky Zs€ ¦óia

Ocsovszky Zsóia

#1796

02/03/2008

Dear JA,

thank you for your supporting words.

As I have been thinking, just came to my mind that I haven't introduce a nice activity I have organizes for children in our library:

Even is not a wiki or blog, I hope I can contribute with this.In 2006 our city became 40 years old as a city (before it was considered as village), and the Local municipality had required the Library to organize a competition for children between the age of 9- 14. about the city, it's history.At that time we just started to work in a European project which gave us the idea for a really new kind of activity.

Here it goes how we played:

The children had got a GPS coordinate in the library. (Previously I had chosen the places to go and took the coordinates of them)They had had to find this so-called "waypoint" where they had to looking for an envelope hidden somewhere (under bushes, benches, on trees..). In this envelope they had found a clue ( a puzzle, sentence) which, if they solved it, disclosed them where did they have to go (Museum, statue, famous building around). When they had found it out, they went to this certain place where a historian, a museologist, or a local authority had been waiting for them.

The children had the next tasks:

1. Based on the clue found in the envelope find the place, building, statue...

2. Learn about the heritage, listen to the expert in there

3. Create multimedia content - photo, video, (interview with the expert), audio

4. Choose the best content and upload it to the site of the competition

5. Get the next envelope

6. Go to the next waypoint

Meanwhile In the library the jury had been following the children through the web page, where they could follow up where were they and what they were doing.The intro page (logo designed by me :-) http://dg40.gvkik.hu (without www)

If you click on to ISKOLK menu (the second one), you will see the schools participated (70 children played with us, from all the 10 schools of the town)

- The first column tells you the name of the school,

- the second column shows you introduction films created by the teams (that was the first, first task to create a short film about their school)

- the third one shows you (albumok) the content- if you click on this link, a new window will open where all the content can bee seen which had been created by the participants- in two menu lines- the first ordered by schools and the second ordered by the heritages)

I hope you like it

Zsofi

Jose Antonio Da Silva

Jose Antonio Da Silva

#1797

(Response to #1796)

02/04/2008

Wow Zsofi,

Liked? I just loved it. What a nice project and a great way to get the community involved. The sutdents probably had a lot of fun doing this. The idea of follwoing clues to monuments using GPS to track people is just amazing. I saw the pictures and they are great. Your city definetely has wonderful places, pictures are great. I have also listened to the music and seen the slide show. I found it fastastic and the music is really beautiful. That was a great project thanks for sharing it with us. It is not a blog or wiki , but it shows use of software to create content and it shows how a whole city can be engaged in a meaningful activity. It is an intelligent engaging project. In fact, if you want, you can post all the material you have into a blog in the future and ask people to comment, to give their opinions. You have lots of material to use. You could categorize them for short snippets and go on and on. The project and what you have produced per si is just amazing and I am sure students feel really proud of what they have accomplished. Thank you so much for sharing. I really liked it. It was a nice way of starting my day.

Kindest Regards

Jose

Ocsovszky Zs€ ¦óia

Ocsovszky Zsóia

#1798

(Response to #1797)

02/04/2008

Dear Jose Antonio,

thank you! I am glad you liked it.

Yes, I know that the idea is wonderful, as I told you a european project gave me the idea, so is not only my invention. ( I wish it was mine!) but I have also added my own cents..

The children LOVED it, simply. The GPS was a magic tool, spite that we used a simply one, ETREX, without map application, we just used the coordiantes (UTM) and the "compass" screen to show the direction.

We had problems with the video converting, it took too much time for the children and gave some difficulties to them ( and for me :-))

But in a later project we used 3G mobile phone and PDA, and the videos had been uploaded without editing, so this way required more accurate work, but could work fine and in this way we could solve the convert problem.

Yes, the idea is to create a blog is really good, thank you! I have been thinking to present somehow this work in a different way just I could not know how. Maybe I can create a syllabus of the activity for teachers also, than they can replicate this in their own school...

However I am not a member of this library since a year, but somehow I feel this project as mine, so maybe I can do this blog!

Regards

Zsofi

Ocsovszky Zs€ ¦óia

Ocsovszky Zsóia

#1829

02/04/2008

Hello Natalia,

GPS or Global Positioning Systems is a satellite system which allows us to locate accurately a position of anything (human, building, town, whatever). The system uses different grids to get this number, called coordinates. I am sure you heard about longitude and latitude. This system can handle this grids as well. So it is capable to measure a point and you get a serious of numbers like this: N3736.988 W12223.393. If you know a coordinate like this you can input it to a GPS equipment or receiver and it is guide you to this point wherever it is.

Nowadays most cars has this tool built in, and with a map it is helps and guides the driver to get to the chosen location, street.

Good question if how it can be used for language teaching- I am not a language teacher as you know, but I think it can be applicable if the students have to create content in English language and you give the clues to them in English, and by connecting with other classes around the world they can can introduce their town, country, their culture to other children in this way.

So local game- but the result useful for further activities in the classroom and to build a community.

Makes sense?

Best regards

Zsofi

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Wikis

Ronaldo Lima, Jr.

#1800

02/04/2008

Wow, Natalia, having your students visit, comment and contribute to the wikiwould be great! After all that's what wikis are all about, and my wiki isabout A strategies project, NOT MY strategies project. The project was bornone way, but it can grow in whatever way we decide! I'll be glad to have yo uas a project partner, let's keep in touch, then.

Ronaldo

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marydimonaco

Maria Rosario Di Monaco

#1904

02/05/2008

Here's the link to my wiki:http://myexperienceatbaw.pbwiki.com/

Cheers,

Mary (slowest member of the "lagging behind" group :-))

Jose Antonio Da Silva

Jose Antonio Da Silva

#1917

(Response to #1911)

02/06/2008

Helo Anne,

I did like the name you have chosen for your wiki The Language Workshop http://thelanguageworkshop.pbwiki.com (I have psted the link again because it was broken , extra spaces had been added). Yes, there are ways of making it more visually attractive. To change how it looks, click on SETTINGS and you will see some options in a collumn on the very left, click on SKINS and you will have four choices (I guess) of skins, try them out and see which one is best for you. Then you might want to creat a post with pictures of slide show to give some different colors and a touch of your personality. Good luck, I hope it helps for now.Please skype me if you need any help.

Kind regards

José Antônio

Ronaldo Lima, Jr.

#1936

02/06/2008

Guys,

my wiki about language learning strategies for EFL students and teachers isfinally ready (the only pending thing is a proofreading, which I'll dolater), so take a look and if you think it could be useful to somebody, feelfree to advertise it. And if this subject interests you, you can alsosubscribe it to your RSS reader (feed is at the bottom of the page) because later on this year I'll get the contribution of Natalia's teacher-students.Comments, criticisms, suggestions and advice are all more than welcome.Thanks, Cris, for the "twit this" widget!

Kindest regards from Brazil,

Ronaldo

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MMV® Centro Multidisciplinario

#2023

02/07/2008

Hi Bawers!

I am stubborn, this is the answer I got from PBwiki support team:

How can I upload an excel page to my PBwiki and keep the original

design?

You can install the spreadsheet plugin - go to "Edit," "Insert Plugin," "productivity" and then "Spreadsheet." You then can copy and paste yoru existing page to the wiki.

You can also go to "Files" and upload your excel document. You will still have to download it to work on it, however.

I have not had time to try out this solution, as soon as I get there I will let you know.

Love: Maru

Dafne

Dafne

#2027

(Response to #2023)

02/07/2008

This is totally true, Maru!

You can upload a spreadsheet like any other documentto a pbwiki, and you can use the spreadsheet in theplugin. Here's an example:http://id3124-parallel.pbwiki.com/follow-up

Scroll down the page and you will see it.hugs,

Daf

k.ergiz

Nergiz

#2155

02/10/2008

Hi all

I've finally managed to create my first wiki. It's not completely finished yet but I would love to

see what you think of it and welcome any suggestions for improvements. As I didn't really

understand WikiStyle, I used the new "point-and-click editor". There is also a link on the

baw08 wiki.http://project-delta.pbwiki.com

All the best

Nergiz

Jose Antonio Da Silva

Jose Antonio Da Silva

#2157

(Response to #2155)

02/10/2008

Hi Kergiz,

I liked your wiki. The evoca recording is great and clear. I liked the way you stated the reasons and goals for having this wiki. The layout also looks great, you have got links and clock. You have done a great job. Congratulations.

Hugs

José Antônio

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Blogs

MMV® Centro Multidisciplinario

#1830

02/04/2008

Hi Mbarek!

I visited your blogg, it looks fantastic!!! Congratulations!

It will be a nice place for your students. I tried to leave you a voice message but explorer reported an error due to java. I got to listen to Hala and Daf's voices though, that was great! I will try to open it from Mozila to see if I can leave you a voice comment, I will have to ask permission from the cyber owner to download it. I will visit again tomorrow to see if I have more luck! That error was a great learning lesson for me, my students will work from limited machines so the blogg for my project will not include Vaestro. If Mozila takes up Mobatalk then I will try to embed one at blogger to see how it works.

Love: Maru

akaddar1

Mbarek Akaddar

#1841

(Response to #1830)

02/04/2008

Thank you Maru for your warm comment .I wonder if you have java

virtual machine and flash player installed on your machine.There is

a slight difference when you view my blog from mozilla , the blue

flash news looks melting down the page .that's another problem !

Love , mbarek

marydimonaco

Maria Rosario Di Monaco

#1832

02/04/2008

My new blog URL: http://fcestudentsblog.motime.com/

My site in Multiply, which I started last year when I joined dear RitaZeinstejer CALL SIG

:http://marydimonaco.multiply.com/

Sorry, they're quite basic. I'm a complete beginner with these tools.Now my answers:

1-What would you like your blog or wiki to be about? Who is going toread it - only you? Other teachers? Your students? Other students?Anyone? Will you work on it alone or would you like to invite otherpeople (students, for example) to write on it?My blog is intended as a sort of meeting place for my FCE students sothat they can continue developing their skills and learning outsidethe classroom environment. I'm alone there right now because I havejust created it, but when classes start students will hopefully beinteracting there. I've set it as public so that you can see it. I'mnot sure whether to leave it as that or make it private once thestudents are working there, though. I think I'll ask them what theyprefer.For this blog I've chosen Motime. Some time ago I started one in Blogger. Unfortunately, I read your advice about keeping a recordof your usernames and passwords when it was too late and now I can'taccess it.

2-How do you invite other people to write on your blog? When you enter Motime, you see the option "invite friends" so you justclick on "click here" and then complete the requested information inthe window that appears next.

3-How do you insert photos on your posts? You click on the photo icon on the navigation bar on top, a windowopens for you to browse your files and choose the photo you want. Onceyou find it, you open it and upload it. The photo appears on the righthand side of the page but you can place it wherever you want in yourblog by placing the cursor there and then clicking on the photo.

4-Is it possible to upload videos? What do you need to do?

Uhhh, difficult task! I've been struggling for hours to upload a video

from my pc, but the connection is disrupted all the time.

As for uploading videos from other sites, someone here posted a link

to wonderful google gadgets to upload to your page, videos included.

However, I haven't been able to upload videos from other sites like

YouTube, for example. Now I have downloaded a program (FLv player) and

I'll see what happens.

Well, hope I've done everything properly and you can see the blogs.

Jose Antonio Da Silva

Jose Antonio Da Silva

#1840

(Response to #1832)

02/04/2008

Hello Mary,

You have done a great job. I guess uploading videos straight into the blog is a little more complicated and some blog hosts do not have such applications. The ideal thing to do would be having an account in You Tube and upload the video to You Tube and then copying the embedding code and posting it in your blog.

Your motime blog and your page on multiply look wonderful. They are not that basic. I think blogs generally look simple at the beginning, because we still haven´t really started working on them. Visitors and comments and posts are what makes them grow into interesting tools and this will only happen when you do have something going on with your students contributing to make it diverse and rich.

You are on the right track. Congratulations. You have done a great job.

Hugs

José Ant¦ônio

carlos.fcferreira

Carlos

#1852

02/04/2008

Thank you Ronaldo for your information. Nevertheless, it was my fault. I had removed comments in the setting page for messages. We have to recognise that the machine is right, at least most of the times.

Um abraço

Carlos

adela_1234567

Mirian

#1860

02/05/2008

(How-tos) Blogs:

•Collaborators or authors?

The author of the blog can add others as members (they can be administrators or not). Non-administrators can only create and edit their own posts.

Settings/permission/add authors.

You type the e-mail addresses of the people you're inviting to the blog separating each address with a comma. They'll receive an email with a confirmation link soon. Then click invite.

What would like your blog to be about?

I'd create two separate blogs: one for my primary school students and one for my adult students. The one intended for children, would resemble a radio show (with podcasts created by them about current and international affairs dealing with things that interest them, so that they can get motivated in the creation process and when they are heard by everybody) . The one intended for adults would be created for the purpose of giving interesting information for the tourists who visit the city of Buenos Aires, especially the area in which the school is, which is "Palermo Soho", and we would be creating interesting info for tourists as to where to go, how to get there, historical places, famous personalities living or that have lived there like Jorge L. Borges, Francis Ford Coppola…, food menus, recipes of traditional dishes, theatres and plays offered and Art Galleries' info as well.

Bye for now, Mirian.

Ronaldo Lima, Jr.

#1877

02/05/2008

Guys, I know blog week has finished, but I came accross

http://21classes.com/ and would like to know if anybody here has ever heard or used it, and what your impressions were.

Thanks!

Ronaldo

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Dennis Oliver

Dennis Oliver

#1977

02/06/2008

Hello, everyone.

Tomorrow is our friend Carla Arena's birthday. Last year, I created a

"Happy Birthday" blog so that Webheads and other friends could put

their birthday greetings in a central place.

I've opened Carla's Birthday blog again this year. If you like, you

can add your birthday message to Carla by going here:http://many-years.blogspot.com/

Dennis in Phoenix

sbetts0

Sharon Betts

#1979

02/06/2008

Oh yes,

21publish is the original site and offers blogs to all. 21classes is the educational side of their site.

Sharon

Melanie Ellis

#1885

02/05/2008

Hey Ronaldo,

I went and had a look at 21classes. It looks interesting. I like the way you get a 'front page' and then student blogs can be linked. Thanks for this!

Melanie

Ocsovszky Zsóia

Ocsovszky Zsóia

#1928

(Response to #1927)

02/06/2008

Sharon,

this is the message ive got:

Error during user operation

An error has occurred while trying to complete this operation. Please try again.

» Go to Home Page «

If you get this message repeatedly, please contact support. Be sure to include the following information:

Ronaldo Lima, Jr.

#1929

(Response to #1928)

02/06/2008

Sharon, your portal looks great! But why pay for a private server? Is that

necessary?

Zsofi, I have just registered and everything went fine.

Ronaldo

Marina

#1939

02/06/2008

At last! Why have I found it more difficult than the wiki when it is

supposed to be simpler?

Well, here it is. I'll try to enrich it, of course. It is too simple,

I'm afraid.

Warmly,

Marina

Monica Veado

Monica Veado

#1945

(Response to #1940)

02/06/2008

Hi Marina,

that was a great start to your blog, congratulations! I left a comment

there - thanks for sending us the link!

http://newtoolsinlanguagelearning.blogspot.com/

sbetts0

Sharon Betts

#1942

(Response to #1941)

02/06/2008

A private portal allows me to manage all 7 of the sites - also to add

users and give them access to different blogs etc. There is also an

enhanced support portion of the agreement.

Sharon

Melanie Ellis

#1965

02/06/2008

Hello Daniela,

I've just been to your blog and had a wonderful time looking around. I found the presentation really inspiring and very practical. The 5 must-haves are very useful for a newcomer like me. I also took a look at your Webquest which is super. This has really got me thinking! I think your students must really enjoy their classes with you. Thank you for inviting us to share

Melanie

Melanie Ellis

#2005

02/07/2008

Hello everyone,

I think I am very slow at being able to get things to work! Today I've been trying to get a photo on to my blog. (in Blogger) I opened an account at Flickr. I followed all the steps so that Flickr sees my blog. The only thing I don't have is a google mail account (maybe this is the problem?) I found an image and clicked on the All sizes button and chose the size I wanted and then tried to send it. Well it did go, but appeared on the blog not as a picture but as a hyperlink and when that opened it wasn't the photo by itself, but the All sizes page from Flickr! Clearly I'm doing something wrong. Can anyone help please?

Melanie

marydimonaco

Maria Rosario Di Monaco

#2007

(Response to #2005)

02/07/2008

With photos and other kinds of files, I find it easier to store them

in my pc (remember where you put them) and then, once in your

blog/yahoo group/wiki, you click on "add photo" or whatever the action

is called depending where you are. You'll see a window reading

"browse" and... there!, you select it from your pc and upload it.

It works for me. Hope it does for you!

Cheers,

Mary

Nina Liakos

Nina Liakos

#2008

02/07/2008

On the contrary! I think your blog is great! More bells and whistlesdon't always translate into a better blog. And don't forget that themore stuff you embed, the more difficult it is for people with lowbandwidth to access. My 2 cents,Nina

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Sharon Betts

#2017

02/07/2008

Melanie,

Most blogs have the option to post the link to the picture - but you

need the URL from flickr for the exact picture

On the flikr sizing page - you will see 2. Grab the photo's URL:

this is what you paste into your blog picture insert location. If you

tell me what blog you are using, I can help from that end.

Sharon

akaddar1

Mbarek Akaddar

#2121

02/09/2008

Hi Susana !Take it easy !

I have been using Blogger for more than a year , As far as I know ,

Blogger doesn't have this feature of uploading folders such as the

games you have created or other executive programmes with folders

necessary for their execution .ie Blogger doesn't allow you to create

a database from which the programme can get necessary files and

information for its execusion.

You can embed the scripts of some programmes like youtube ,

voicethread because they are online .

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

#2142

02/10/2008

Hi, Ronaldo!

We're finishing Week 4, but I'm continuing this thread about the blog host "21 classes" you called our attention to, because I've just read a wonderful, very eye-opening and thought-provoking blog post titled "Towards Reflective BlogTalk" in Konrad Glogowski's "Blog of proximal development". I love the title and loved the content. :-)Among other things, it refers to the Ripple Effect of things, in this case, extended readership: teacher and colleagues. Students can fill in a Ripple Effect Sheet, "designed to encourage students to become aware of the class blogosphere, of other writers, of entries that define the environment in which they write, and of their own contributions to that environment" (KG).http://www.teachandlearn.ca/blog/2008/02/04/towards-reflective-blogtalk/Curiously, about three weeks ago, I used this same expression to comment: "Think of the number of people - colleagues and their students - that we BaW08 are reaching and think of the "ripple effect" it can have...". This was about that fantastic "Did you know" video.Enjoy! I did. :-)

Hugs, Teresa

Ronaldo Lima, Jr.

#2164

02/10/2008

Hi Tere!

Reading Konrad's blog entry (Towards Reflective BlogTalk) was how I found

out about 21 classes (Carla Arena told me about his blog, which is great!).

I too loved his ideas, and decided to use 21 classes and his Ripple Effect

sheet with my students. Classes will begin only on Tuesday, so I have

already created our portal (http://finally5b.21classes.com) and now am

anxiously waiting for classes to begin to have my students create their

blogs there. I totally thought of sending the link to Konrad's blog to BaW's

list, but trying to be a multi-tasker is hard, and I guess I just forgot

about it... thank God we're all interconnected here, and you shared it!

Hugs for you too,

Ronaldo

Ronaldo Lima, Jr.

#2165

02/10/2008

Hello everyone!

Last year I created a blog to test the tools I was experimenting with during

BaW07, but after BaW finished, I stopped posting there. But now, with all

this BaW08 good energy I'm feeling like updating my blog constantly. I have

started with a post about a tool I'm loving to use (animoto). So pay a visit

and if you like it, leave a comment, subscribe it, twit it, add yourself to

my frappr map and enjoy!

http://ihopeitworks.blogspot.com

Kindest regards from Brazil,

Ronaldo

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Chinswing

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Sharon Betts

#1843

02/04/2008

This is a great tool (I have already seen some of you playing with it and using it with students).

http://chinswing.com

Setup an account by clicking Sign up to Join in at the top right. Once your account is ready:

Login and click getting started for more information: http://chinswing.com/pages/firststeps.aspx

Here is our example:

http://www.chinswing.com/pages/discussion.aspx?id=6501a7c3-a5a5-4777-826\

1-1fa4d630dbf9

Please add your voice.

Notice - you can now subscribe to each thread as a podcast! Then you can

listen through iTunes or on your iPod.

Some ideas for using chinswing:

  • Post a question for worldwide input - like:

    * What is your favorite local food?

    * How do you say hello in your language?

    * What is the weather like on a particular day and time (GMT)?

    * Sing a local folksong for us.

    Etc.

    Week Two Moderators :)

Nina Liakos

Nina Liakos

#1854

02/04/2008

I just paid a visit to Chinswing and joined a discussion there ontongue twisters! http://www.chinswing.com/pages/discussion.aspx?id=a8beba1a-a48c-4455-903d-62bb285819f5

Would you care to join me?

Nina

carlos.fcferreira

Carlos

#1856

02/04/2008

Yes, Sharon you're absolutely right... I have surrended myself to Chinswing. I logged in, leave two entries and even managed to find entries in french and... got a reply today, from Germany and someone outside Bawers. Great!

Carlos

Monica Veado

Monica Veado

#1875

02/05/2008

Hi Nina,

tongue-twisters are fun! I left a message with two in Portuguese. :-)

Um abraço,

Monica

MMV® Centro Multidisciplinario

#1893

02/05/2008

Hello Everyone!

I am happy to tell you that I could leave a recording at this interesting thread.

I know now what was going on with this PC, I needed to download Java applets to be able to use Chingswing, hurray!!! I made it!

I may be able now to check on your blog Mbarek!

Love: Maru

sbetts0

Sharon Betts

#1899

02/05/2008

Wow - I just checked in on the week 4 Chinswing thread and am veryimpressed. If you haven't checked out the fantastic postings from ourparticipants, you must.What extraordinary recordings,

http://www.chinswing.com/pages/discussion.aspx?id=6501a7c3-a5a5-4777-8261-1fa4d630dbf9

Sharon

Silvia Colombo

Silvia Colombo

#2004

02/07/2008

Hi Kat!

Chinswing is a wonderful tool that I'd also like to try out with my FCE students. I believe, as you suggest, that we can deal with Part 3 in the face to face class but then, as a follow up, we can post a question in Chinswing to broaden the discussion, on a topic related to the collaborative task we have dealt in the f2f class. Students will be able to express and justify opinions and, by listening to their peers, they will also agree or disagree with them. Now it's time to get down to work and be creative to engage our students in the activity. Hope I can manage!

Thank you for your encouragement!

Silvia.

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Hot Potatoes

Silvia Colombo

Silvia Colombo

#1849

(Response to #1846)

02/04/2008

Hi Mary!

You've done an excellent job! I've enjoyed browsing your FCE students' blog! I'm sure your students will profit out of it!

You'll have to give me some hints about creating those sentence transformation exercises!!!

Cheers,

Silvia from Argentina.

marydimonaco

Maria Rosario Di Monaco

#1859

(Response to #1849)

02/05/2008

Hi Silvia!

Always happy to talk to you! For that exercise I used HotPotatoes. I

found it a bit complicated at first but once you get the hang of it,

it's quite easy. I can show you any time (but I guess it'll have to be

after the end of EVO :-))

Love

Mary

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Podcasts

carlos.fcferreira

Carlos

#2035

02/08/2008

I've just completed my first podcast. It's in http://ferreirac.podOmatic.com/entry/2008-02-08T08_06_09-08_00It was created as a listening comprehension exercise for training or evaluation. Of course that it is in french, otherwise I couldn't test it.I've done a voicethread too, some days ago, in a hurry, so the pohotos don't have much quality... It will be improved! You can find it posted in my blog on the site http://echangesenfrancais.blogspot.com/ . To learn a little french, it won't hurt you... (joking!)Carlos

Jose Antonio Da Silva

Jose Antonio Da Silva

#2036

02/08/2008

Hi Carlos,

That was a great podcast and blog you put up 'Un Jour dans La vie de Harry Potter" Nice.. I had already visitided your blog when you posted the voicethread. Now you also have a nice slideshow made in slide.com. Congrats. It looks great.

Abraços

José Antônio

carlos.fcferreira

Carlos

#2059

(Response to #2055)

02/08/2008

Thanks Sharon,

I do agree that it has lots of potential... I think it's ideal for listening comprehension, mainly because you don't get that many materials in french... updated ones!That one was an experience that I'm going to test in class and see if it works...Thanks and after all i was right about the smile... you are kind!Carlos

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

#2073

02/09/2008

Hi, Carlos!

I've just listened to your first podcast and enjoyed it, as well as the layout of your Podomatic page. Congrats! :-)For me the sound wasn't very clear. I don't know if others had the same problem. So... my question is: Did you record directly in Podomatic? It seems to me that you did. Am I wrong?!What some of us do, in order to have clearer sound, is to record the podcast with Audacity as .mp3 and then upload it to the Podomatic site. You may try that and see if the sound is clearer. That is very important for a listening comprehension activity, isn't it?BTW, have you created the listening comprehension exercise? Is it interactive? You may want to try one of next week's tools to do that.Just my two euro cents.

Hugs, Teresa

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Week 4

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Tips

Ronaldo Lima, Jr.

#1801

02/04/2008

JA, there is also another way to change the language. Once in the dashboard, you can scroll down

all your to the end of the page. I the last box there is option "language".

Ronaldo

Ronaldo Lima, Jr.

#1802

02/04/2008

Hi Carlos,

in blogger (and other blog hosts too), if you want other people to publishposts, you have to invite them to be contributors of your blog (in blogger:manage seetings --> permissions --> add authors). Otherwise, you will haveto write your question in a post and have other people answer them in thecomment area.

I hope that's what you asked...

Regards from Brazil,

Ronaldo

Kat Urbaniak

Kat Urbaniak

#1806

(Response to #1805)

02/04/2008

Hi Jack

You can get the reading from the week 4 page of the wiki if the widgeton the reading page is not working just now.http://baw-08.pbwiki.com/Week4

Kat

Ramona Dietrich

Ramona Dietrich

#1824

02/04/2008

Hi Maru,

Don't know if this will help but SwishMax is a flash tool. You can

download a trial version from their website. They also have loads of

tutorials (Click on Help).

Beijinhos from Portugal,

Ramona

Fernanda Rodrigues

Fernanda Rodrigues

#1839

(Response to #1835)

02/04/2008

Hi Melanie

You have this tutorial from Audacity which I think is quite lear: http://audacity.sourceforge.net/manual-1.2/tutorial_basics_4.html

It will enable you to record; after recording, choose File, export asmp3.More tutorial ere: http://audacity.sourceforge.net/manual-1.2/tutorials.html

As for blogger: In Settings/Site Feed, Advanced ModeIn Blog Posts Feed choose Full

I hope it helps.

Fernanda

Monica Veado

Monica Veado

#1848

02/04/2008

Hi everybody!

Here's an interesting (and comprehensive) directory of web 2.0 tools and websites:http://www.go2web20.net/

Um abraco,

Monica

Kat Urbaniak

Kat Urbaniak

#1980

02/06/2008

Hi Melanie

I keep a 'notebook' in googledocs for jotting down lesson ideas. Thisway I can access it from any computer. Of course I have a small papernotebook and pen in the unlikely event I am away from one of mycomputers, pda, mobile phone etc ;-)

Kat

akaddar1

Mbarek Akaddar

#1887

(Response to #1884)

02/05/2008

Hi Maru , thank you for trying my voice mail.You may check whetherflash player and java are installed on your machine . My pc isn't thatpowerful .It's P 4 , CPU 2.40 Ghz , RAM 256 , Hard drive 80G.

Hug

Rita Zeinstejer

#1888

02/05/2008

Hi, Monica,

Thanks a lot for this wealthy source. The one I have is the "Directory of Learning Tools", at http://www.c4lpt.co.uk/Directory/index.html. I like the organization of over 2,000 tools into categories, showing which ones are free. It's been compiled by Jane Hart. Also very good.

Rita

Michael Coghlan

#1894

(Response to #1888)

02/05/2008

Richard - there's no way any one of us can keep on top of it all. The idea is to join a group like the webheads and together we'll try and keep up - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Networked_learning

- Michael

Sharon Betts

#1901

(Response to #1900)

02/05/2008

Hello Esabel,

I believe Daf posted this:http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/baw08/message/1767* Yes, you can delete the quick start, recent activityand any page you wish to delete. Go to "show allpages" at the bottom of any page, and then you willsee all the pages listed, and on the right of eachpage there is a tab that says "delete". Click on it

Anne Breckenridge

#1911

02/05/2008

Hi, it's a sunny, windy and showery day here! There's a big rainbow in the sky opposite my study.I started a wiki a couple of months ago and I'd appreciate it if you would take a look and give me some hints on improving it. I'd like to make it more visually appealing. Perhaps that is not possible with the free version. Has anyone tried using word art or similar on their PC and uploading?

http://thelanguageworkshop.pbwiki.com

If you would like to leave a comment there ask me for the password. Otherwise you can sign in as a guest.BTW if you are not used to Yahoo groups you may not know that you can keep down the number of mails in your inbox by going to "visit your group", then on the bar at the top "edit my membership", "daily digest". then every day you will get one mail with all the recent posts.

Anne :-)

akaddar1

Mbarek Akaddar

#1946

02/06/2008

Congratulations Maru ,

You should apologize to your machine :-)) .Once you format it andreinstall an operating system on it ,remeber to reinstall all pluginsas well ,such as java applet , flash player , pdf reader ,realplayer , etc

Hug , Mbarek

Jennifer Verschoor

#1955

(Response to #1951)

02/06/2008

Dear Kat,I use text to speech where you write down what you want to tell your students for example" 10 minutes left" and you can also choose the voice in which you want to say it. Another stop clock is Cool Timer. Your voice thread is a great idea to use with your students. I´m sure they will enjoy it. Take a look at what another teacher is doing with her FCE students. She created a blog and a wiki.

My two cents

Jennifer from a sunny Buenos Aires

Richard Turnbull

Richard

#1993

02/07/2008

Hi everyone!

I am following with interest all these amazing tools there are available forus to use in the classroom. My question, and I understand it's a bit of aminefield, concerns usage permissions. I teach at a private language schooland therefore it has commercial interests. Are all of these tools free touse for commercial gain? I understand some software such as Hot Potatoeshas restrictions, but what about blogs, wikis, Skype etc.? If anyone hasany experience or knowledge of this, I would love to hear your thoughts!

Thanks!

Richard

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Sharon Betts

#1999

(Response to #1993)

02/07/2008

Richard,

Many of the tools are free to Educators and you must state that youare an educator (Voicethread, Wikispaces for example). They are notto be used for commercial gain. Others have agreements that you mustadhere to (like Hot Potatoes). I would always be extremely carefulabout using any educational resources in a money making situation. That said, I also believe that you can use them for private schools aslong as it is in the education of the students.

Hope that helps,

Sharon

Nina Liakos

Nina Liakos

#2006

(Response to #2004)

02/07/2008

Try the Java Timer <http://html_help4u.tripod.com/javatime.html> !

MMV® Centro Multidisciplinario

#2024

02/07/2008

Hi Richard!

I second Sharon's caution, I have used this tools only for my own learning and I am planning to use them for a pro bono project although I also work in a private institution.

If you go to PBwiki.com you will find that they have a free version for business.

Some people I know use Skype to communicate with their family but I have not heard of somebody using it for business.

I have seen YH and Hotmail messengers used for business, though most of the time those programs are blocked for security reasons. They usually have their internal mail and messenger to protect their trademarks and projects.

I hope this information is useful. Love: Maru

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Sharon Betts

#2080

02/09/2008

Monica,

These are not actual ESL links, but could perhaps be used with some

tweaks:http://education.smarttech.com/ste/en-US/Ed+Resource/

http://www.fsdb.k12.fl.us/rmc/tutorials/whiteboards.html#sites

http://www.amphi.com/departments/technology/whiteboard/lessonplans.html\

Fernanda Rodrigues

Fernanda Rodrigues

#2122

(Response to #2120)

02/09/2008

Hi JA

That's weird. I can easily change from Portuguese into English or anyother language.When you access blogger https://www.blogger.com/start on the top right corner there's a pull down Language/Idioma. There youcan change languages.In your dashboard, if you have several blogs, on the right column,there's the same option again.And in your blog, under settings/formatting, you can also choose thelanguage.You can have a blog in English and another in Portuguese, at least I can.Do you think Google has something against Brazilians? I hope not:)

Fernanda

Jose Antonio Da Silva

Jose Antonio Da Silva

#2125

(Response to #2124)

02/09/2008

Hi Fernanda,

I have finally got. I used the dashboard option and it worked. Thank God and you.

Thanks again

José Antônio

MMV® Centro Multidisciplinario

#2129

02/09/2008

Hi everyone!

I could not burn a post feed. I am having trouble with FeedBurner, I finally managed to burn the whole blog at Blogger, now there is an RSS sign on it.

However, I have not been able to burn a slideshow I posted on it.

I have seen in some blogs that there is an aggregator/RSS feed at the end of each post.

Could someone tell me how to do it?

Besides, FeedBurner does not burn feeds on the first atempt. I have to follow the steps at least 5 or 6 times. :-(

Is there another burner tool?

Thanks in advance. Love: Maru

Fernanda Rodrigues

Fernanda Rodrigues

#2132

(Response to #2129)

02/10/2008

Hi Maru

I never used FeedBurner, so perhaps I'm not the best person to give you

advice.

Provided you have enabled your blog with a site feed, it will possible

for aggregators to add it. I use Bloglines as an agreggator and it is

quite easy.

To enable feeds in your blogger blog do this:

In Settings/Site Feed, Advanced Mode

In Blog Posts Feed choose Full

I notice there's an option for FeedBurner users there:

Post Feed Redirect URL

"If you have burned your post feed with FeedBurner, or used another

service to process your feed, enter the full feed URL here. Blogger will

redirect all post feed traffic to this address."

I hope it helps

Fernanda

cristina costa

Cristina Costa

#2133

(Response to #2132)

02/10/2008

HI Maru,

here is a video on how to burn a feed http://blogs.feedburner.com/pub/mov/FeedBurner-Blog-Demo.movto add feedburner to at the end of this post read this pls:http://www.idano.net/wordpress-feedburner-plugin-with-comments-45.htmas for blog aggregators i use google reader inside igoogle. I also used protopage in the past.Hope it helps

beijinhos,

Dafne

Dafne

#2146

02/10/2008

Hi Maru,

I have never used FeedBurner. In the past, I was using

Bloglines, until I found Google Reader which is very

user-friendly, and I get my feeds on my iGoogle page,

where I also get my gmail, google documents, google

calendar, google groups, and whatever google widget I

am registered for.

hugs,

Daf

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Comments

MMV® Centro Multidisciplinario

#1795

02/03/2008

Dear Andrew:

My deepest thanks for your interest, and your help; your links and contact ideas are a great push! I visited the sites and sent an email to Analycia Perez. Tomorrow I will try to contact the local chapter of Rotary International, I do not know anybody there so it may take a few days. I will keep you posted. I am so excited that my hands tremble!! Can you imagine? The kids will have a chance to learn English and Computer skills at no cost!! With better machines!! This is so much more than whatever I could have dreamed of! This is a wonderful opportunity to improve their chances to get a better education and better jobs in the future. Please, give my regards to all the people who have invested their time, effort and knowledge in this kind of projects. Please let me know what kind of documentation I have to get from the Cyber Cafes to get the donation in motion. Is there any commitment that the owners would have to make? The Cyber Cafes around here charge 10 pesos per hour to pay for the internet connection. Will my students get to use the computer free of charge? I understood that from Aprende Libres Terms of use but I want to be sure, am I right? The owner of one Cyber, the only one with original software programs, will surely join the project. I will visit the rest. I do not foresee any problems, who in his right mind would miss the opportunity to get better computers? I was born in San Luis Potosi but I live in Toluca, I may have to travel there next month and will contact Cyber Cafes there to extend the invitation. I am afraid I may be getting into something too big to handle, my knowledge on e-teaching is basic; the project would be my first e-course. I need to set the wiki and blogg€ ¦’²s lesson layout. Could you give me a hand on that too? It is important for me that you are well aware of my knowledge on e-tools. I would like you to visit my blogg when you have time to see where I am standing. It is very simple, even boring; please check the second of February's first post, my initial ideas for the project are there. http://mmvcentro.blogspot.com Mercedes Rossetti would like me to learn Flash to allow me to work with her, do you know of any Flash tutorial?

Thanks again Andrew, I owe you. Kisses to Gabriela and Venny Sue.

Love: Maru

Ocsovszky Zs€ ¦óia

Ocsovszky Zsóia

#1812

02/04/2008

Does anyone knows what could be the problem:

suddenly almost all my contacts had vanished from the list, I do not know why, and how and what shall I do to get them back?

Can anyone help me please?

Zsofi

natasabozicgrojic

Nataša Bozic Grojic

#1825

02/04/2008

Hello everybody.

I am enjoying my holiday on the beautiful mountain of Zlatibor. Right

now I am sitting in an Internet cafe, but I can't get any serious work

done while I am here.

I just thought I would let you know that I am thinking of you all.

See you when I get back. I hope I will be able to catch up.

Natasa

Jose Antonio Da Silva

Jose Antonio Da Silva

#1827

(Response to #1825)

02/04/2008

Hi Natasa,

I envy you. It is great you remember to send us a message. Enjoy.

Cheers

José Antônio

Silvia Colombo

Silvia Colombo

#1853

02/04/2008

Hi Maru!

I'm still working on week 3 and I also feel that I can't cope with all the activities. However, I believe that we're learning a lot by reading all the answers to the queries posted by our peers and bookmarking interesting sites. It's my first time at BaW and sometimes I feel at a loss because I can't manage to carry out all the tasks! I've browsed your blog and I 've enjoyed your reflections and plans for your future lessons with your students!

Cheers,

Silvia from Argentina.

carlos.fcferreira

Carlos

#1855

02/04/2008

Well, Maru

Life is sometimes hard down here! With this amount of information

coming in, it's very easy to get lost. One does what one can!

Love

Carlos

sbetts0

Sharon Betts

#1862

(Response to #1856)

02/05/2008

Isn't is fantastic the way people find each other out there incyberspace. Pretty soon, the world will be full of one big group ofBAW educators.I'm off to hear your entries.

Sharon

Dafne

Dafne

#1881

02/05/2008

I have received this invitation and wanted to share it with you.

Daf

--- Shawn Donohue wrote:

> Date: Tue, 5 Feb 2008 11:13:38 -0500

> To:

> From: "Shawn Donohue"

> Subject: Webcast: Interactive Techniques for Large

> Online Classes

> Join us for an informative webcast

> Date:

> February 19, 2008

>

> Time:

> 1pm - 2pm EST

>

> Title:

> Interactive Techniques in Large Classes

>

> Presented by: Ellen Borkowski, Ann C. Smith,

> University of Maryland; Jeff Longland, University of

> Western Ontario; & Laura Sederberg, California State

> University, Chico

>

> Let's face it - high enrollment, big lecture courses

> are a challenge!

>

>How do we keep students engaged?

>

>

Can large classrooms become interactive environments?

>

> Which technologies work best in which situations?

>

>

> Drawing on the expertise of faculty at three

> institutions, this presentation will discuss ways to

> increase student engagement and class interaction.

>

> There is no cost for this event. Attendance is

> limited.

>

> Register now at:

> http://cp20.com/Tracking/t.c?fTJ-1ADx-45WiD7

Jose Antonio Da Silva

Jose Antonio Da Silva

#1973

02/06/2008

Hello Dear BaWers

I just loved all the messages you have sent. I have received e-cards from Teresa, Moira and Dennis (sorry if I forgot to mention anyone). I got a delicious birthday cake from Ronaldo (thanks Ronaldo), a great video from Monica, a beautiful birthday song from Zsofi and another one from Dennis. What else could I ask? You are great and BaW is one of the perks of having birthday in February For those who asked, the day was wonderful. I had lunch with my parents and my brother and some friends. My other brothers and sisters were not here. They live in another city two hours and a half from here. It was great. We chatted and ate, I drank some beer with my father. It was perfect. I read all messages you and other my friends have left in orkut, facebook, blog, etc (talk about a scattered identity ) . Really great. My million thanks to all of you who have made my day so wonderful.

Hugs and kisses

José Antônio

adela_1234567

Mirian

#1923

02/06/2008

Dear all:

Let me tell you that I've been learning a lot from you all

because I've seen each of your projects.

To Kat: Congratulations on your maternity.... the use of the voice

thread tool was very simple and could be applied to all levels. (I

can't help you with your question, though).

To Mary (wiki at last!) amazing load of information properly gathered

in your file about this session!

Daniela's blog: I left a comment there, I just simply liked your blog a

lot!

Sharon: I keep on listening to the interesting conversations created by

all of you at Chinswig!

...and last but not least...

a warm wish for a happy birthday to you J. A.!

Bye for now, Mirian.

marydimonaco

Maria Rosario Di Monaco

#1937

02/06/2008

Happy birthday José Antonio! And thank you so much for your constantsupport and presence here.I also want to thank all the moderators and participants for sharingtheir findings and for their invaluable help. I'd like to answermessage by message but can't find the time to do so. I try to read allthe messages, though, and am profiting a lot from them.Hugs,

Mary

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02/06/2008

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cristina costa

Cristina Costa

#1953

02/06/2008

The age is only in the mind and Maria Amelia has just proved that.

It is all about vision and commitment, and passion for life and learning. And willing to communicate and share.

Sometimes I look back and think, I am almost 30, but I feel like I am still in High School. At this age I don't feel or am like I had imagined I would be. Does this make sense?

I am still learning...will never stop to I guess, and that is good. It is life too.

I still carry a back-pack every day and feel I am always being put to test. I need that adrenaline too! :-)

So, I'd say we are all doing fine!

Cris

Hala Fawzi

Hala

#1954

02/06/2008

JA Wrote:

"I have met teachers who were in their early forties and think it is too late for them to learn how to use technology."Hala writes: Anyone interested to join a group named 'Assassinating Young JA'. Please email me on this list so we can see how we the mission could be accomplished.JA, never mess with age with young ladies around!Hala( LOLing)

Hala Fawzi

Hala

#1957

02/06/2008

Thanks Dafne, I have just registered.

I would also like to forward news. I hope some will be interested.http://www.tirfonline.org/news.html

Best,

Hala

Dennis Oliver

Dennis Oliver

#1962

02/06/2008

Happy Birthday, dear friend José Antônio.

Here's a birthday gift: "Many Years" by an a cappella choir inSlovakia. When you listen, be sure to listen to all of it because themusic changes dramatically toward the end.http://www.grkat.nfo.sk/hudba/chrys-svb-32.mp3

Um abraço grande—

Dennis in Phoenix

Ocsovszky Zsóia

Ocsovszky Zsóia

#1967

02/06/2008

Dear Jose Antonio,

joining to others I would like to wish you HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

And a great Hungarian evergreen birthday song :-)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eg27RyD4U3Y

Thank you for your constant support!

Zsofi

Monica Veado

Monica Veado

#1968

02/06/2008

Hi JA,

have a fabulous birthday!!! :-)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=glNjsOHiBYs

Um abraço,

Monicahttp://projectplatypus2.blogspot.com

natasabozicgrojic

Nataša Bozic Grojic

#1991

02/07/2008

I am on holiday. As it is raining outside, I have found some time for

an Internet cafe. So, although I am very late, I would like to wish

you a happy birthday.

Natasa

Dennis Oliver

Dennis Oliver

#1998

02/07/2008

Hello, friends.

Whether the lunar new year is part of your own culture, part of the

adopted culture in which you're living / working, or whether, in true

Webheads spirit, you celebrate diversity in all things, I wish you

health, prosperity, and good fortune in the coming year.

For more information, see these links:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_New_Yearhttp://tinyurl.com/zonx

I'll be sending a lunar new year card in a few minutes, but for now

I'd just like to say the following:

Xing Nian Kuai Le! Sun Lin Fai Lok! Saehae Bok Mani Baduseyo! Sawadee

Pee Mai! Chuc Mung Tan Nien!

Sincerely,

Dennis in Phoenix

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Kat Urbaniak

Kat Urbaniak

#2010

02/07/2008

My husband just sent me this:http://www.getafirstlife.com/

I guess he was unimpressed when I showed him SecondLife ;-)

Kat

carlos.fcferreira

Carlos

#2057

(Response to #2056)

02/08/2008

Your endurance after four weeks still amazes me... Thank you for

being there whenever we need it... It reminds of a story we tell

little children not to be afraid to sleep at night because they have

a guardian angel looking after them... I don't feel like a little

children anymore but I do feel I have in this Baw08 several guardian

angels (even if you aren't catholic...)

Thank you

Carlos

stella saubidet

#2119

02/09/2008

I've been struggling all day with some tools. I wonder: I f the people in this group are webheads, am I a webtoe??

I'll keep trying

stella ;[

Jose Antonio Da Silva

Jose Antonio Da Silva

#2120

(Response to #2119)

02/09/2008

Hi Stela,

Webtoe Very creative. I know it is a lot,a nd it gets hectic sometimes. Please let me know if I can help you i any manner. These tools are really tricky and I have had my share of webtoe days with them. Just some days ago, I could not get Voicethread to work on my computer and all of a sudden it came back. I still can€ ¦´t get my Blogger blog to speak English. Google discovered I am Brazilian and the tabs are (PERSONALIZAR, PUBLICAR, ) if I am trying to teach somebody how to use it in English I have to translate. We all have our days of webtoes. I loved your sense of humor.

Hugs from Brazil

José Antônio

carlos.fcferreira

Carlos

#2141

02/10/2008

Hi, Maru

Thank you for your kind words! Meanwhile we have met and exchanged

impressions on Sharon ning space... But thank you so much for your

kind words! I am enjoyed all this web tools and the possibility of

bringing them into my classes...

Thanks for your interest

Carlos

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Widgets

Daniela

#1831

02/04/2008

Thank you for sharing your blog with us! I am all into widgets right now and I feel like one of my students. It's time to stop and actually start using them in class. Since I am a yahoo user, I am sending youthese links - i am sure you can find a lot of fun stuff for your classes! Enjoy!

http://widgets.yahoo.com/http://widgets.yahoo.com/search/top-downloads

cristina costa

Cristina Costa

#1889

02/05/2008

Dear all,

look just at this fantastic widget I came across today: twitt this for your blog: http://twitthis.comI have just embedded it to my own blog: http://knowmansland.com/learningpath/This is so cool. I am really into twitter now! :D

Hope you enjoy it too.

Just thought I should share it! ;-)

Cris

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sbetts0

Sharon Betts

#1943

(Response to #1935)

02/06/2008

Boy, I don't have any stopwatch widgets - let me do some research.

Sharon

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RSS

Melanie Ellis

#1833

02/04/2008

Hello!

Having a few problems here. Two things:

1. I think I probably missed something earlier on this? I have downloaded Audacity. I'd like to record a really basic message to put on my blog as a podcast and when I opened up Audacity the complexity of the menus terrified me! I looked at the Tutorial by Monica, which was lovely, but way too advanced for me. Where can I find Audacity for idiots? I need a real step by step guide please! I'm assuming I can record from the mike on my headphones set. Is this right?

2. Where is the information on how to put an RSS feed on your blog? In Blogger at the bottom of the page by Subscribe it says Atom but I don't know what to do with this. I know there's information somewhere but I've 'lost' it!

Melanie

Ronaldo Lima, Jr.

#1835

(Response to #1833)

02/04/2008

Hi Melanie!

trying to help with question 2, I can say this: if you see "subscribe to:posts (atom)" at the end of the blog you created, it means you have addedthe feed that blogger offers. Then, if people want to add your feed to theirreader, they have to click this link, then copy the url of the next page(ex: http://yourblog.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default) into their reader,and that's it. Now they can read your new posts in their RSS reader.About question one, yes you can record using the mic from your headset, andthe Audacity's panel looks basically like a tape recorder: the red buttonrecords, the square stops, and the arrow plays. Don't be afraid to play with it a little before podcasting.

Hope to have helped!

Regards from Brazil,

Ronaldo

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live Sessions

Kat Urbaniak

Kat Urbaniak

#2033

(Response to #2020)

02/08/2008

Hi Silvia

There will be a page on the blog with the chatlog/recording ofFriday's live session. We will put a link here on the Yahoo Group oncethe page is complete.Kat

carlos.fcferreira

Carlos

#2037

02/08/2008

I ran the whole time, arrived to the laptop late and when finally got

through all the Java inatallations (after more than 25 minutes!) the

session was over! I Do feel frustrated. From what I saw it appeared

interesting! I wasn't using my computer at home, so it took me longer!

Are we having some kind of resumee of what has happened? technology

has its own tricks....

Carlos

Kat Urbaniak

Kat Urbaniak

#2038

(Response to #2037)

02/08/2008

Carlos

Sorry to hear you missed it.There will be a page added to the wiki shortly of the live sessiononce we get all the information together. :-)Kat

Melanie Ellis

#2039

02/08/2008

I just had to send a message to say how excited I was with the session. It really felt like being in an interactive classroom and as with any good lesson, time just flew by. This was my first live session (rather than watching the recording) and I am just buzzing with all the ideas! Thank you to Jonathan for sharing his expertise with us.

Melanie

Jose Antonio Da Silva

Jose Antonio Da Silva

#2040

(Response to #2039)

02/08/2008

Hi Melanie,

I second you on my opinion about the session. It was really amazing and we did feel like being in a f2f class. Elluminate is a great platform and Jonathan a great presenter and the participants were also wonderful.

Cheers

José Antônio

marydimonaco

Maria Rosario Di Monaco

#2048

(Response to #2045)

02/08/2008

I couldn't agree more, Melanie! Everything was perfect: the platform,the presenter, the content, and also the participants :-). I neverthought my first experience ever in a live session would be thisfulfilling. Even my internet connection hold in spite of the fact thatit has been raining here and I'm usually cut off when that happens.A wonderful session!

Mary

Andrew Pincon

#2050

02/08/2008

On this Saturday, 9 Feb. at 17:00 GMT there will be a live synchronous session in the www.alado.net/webheads collaboration portal. We'll be briefly covering the past historical use of this technology for Webheads, the international educational application of this tool, especially for adult education, and suggestions for delivering synchronous, interactive live sessions and events for all ages of students and learners, from k-12 through adult and life long learners. There are a number of links on the http://www.alado.net/webheads website you may want to explore before or after this session. On the left column there are links to streaming videos on a number subjects and general informational links on Second Life. In the middle column are links to past webheads presentations using the www.alado.net/webheads collaboration portal. The right column has links to various Webhead links. Tomorrow's session will be recorded and archived on this website should anyone be unable to attend the live presentation at 17:00 GMT.

k.ergiz

Nergiz

#2090

02/09/2008

Hi Dennis

I've tried it out, Alado seems to work with MAC.

You need Firefox as a browser.

Go to: http://www.alado.net/webheads

Klick on "Log in".

Just ignore the download software step and klick on step 3 "Please click here to log on to

the webcast portal."

Next, click on the "click here" text below this text: Mac-compatible Web Client Available

To hear sound and text chat directly from a web page." And you should enter the room.

Hope this is clear enough and help.

See you there.

Nergiz

sbetts0

Sharon Betts

#2113

(Response to #2107)

02/09/2008

Hello all MAC users that had trouble today in Alado - First, let me

apologize for leaving you hanging in the group. I thought the MAC

folk were there (in alado). I only know they have been working to

make it java based and thus assessible to MACs.

There are some screen shots in the blog and the recording will be

posted soon.

Sharon

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Virtual Rooms

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web huddle

Dafne

Dafne

#1813

(Response to #1809)

02/04/2008

Dear all,

I have just remembered another free web-based virtualroom that I tried some time ago. I have not tried itlately, but anyway, since this week we are exploringvRooms, here's the information:WebHuddle:https://www.webhuddle.com Cross-Platform: Use any Java-enabled computer (Linux,Windows, Unix, Mac) Learn moreSimple: No installation needed -- client runs in webbrowser Learn moreSmall: Thin client (about 125 KB) -- loads quicklyLearn moreSecure: All data encrypted by HTTPS protocol LearnmoreOpen Source: Leverage the many benefits of open sourcesoftware, including value, transparency, andflexibility. If you find WebHuddle useful you maydownload it and freely install it on your own network.Here are two demos:http://webhuddle.sourceforge.net/demos/You can upload PPTs or jpg images in a Zip before asession.

Let us know if you try it out :-)

Cheers,

Daf

Dafne

Dafne

#1821

(Response to #1820)

02/04/2008

I have created and account inhttp://www.livehuddle.com I will try it later :-)

Daf

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live huddle

Moira Hunter

Moira Hunter

#1815

(Response to #1814)

02/04/2008

Livehuddle is also a very nice tool, free for three participants.http://www.livehuddle.com/

Moira

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Vyew

akaddar1

Mbarek Akaddar

#1834

02/04/2008

Hi wonderful people

http://www.vyew.com is another free and beautiful virtual classroom with text chat , voice chat , video enabled , a blackboard , and desktop sharing. I tried it with my students and it worked well ;They even prefered it to webhuddle .you can upload your ppt slides , pdf , word , swf docs to use them for your lessons .

It 's worth being tried

Love :-)

Jose Antonio Da Silva

Jose Antonio Da Silva

#1842

(Response to #1834)

02/04/2008

Hi Mbarek,

This virtual classroom looks great. Thanks for sharing. It is good to know there are so many possibilities out there.

Kind regards

José Antôniog

Moira Hunter

Moira Hunter

#1857

(Response to #1845)

02/04/2008

Hi Akaddar,

I used to use Vyew a lot with my learners as it's a neat tool but at the time there was no voice integration, so we had to use an additional tool such as GTalk or Skype for voice. So, I moved on to a fully featured tool.

Thanks for bringing my attention to it again as I see it now has more features. I'll try it out again :-)

Cheers

Moira

Dafne

Dafne

#1870

02/05/2008

WOW! I had this VR in my Delicious but had neverregistered. I just did and went throught the QuickStart guide, and I am really amazed at all thefeatures this vroom has. You can even create books forothers to see, so I am even thinking of creating LOs(learning objects) for my students.Thanks for sharing this. I think it deserves we havean exploratory session in this vroom ;-)

hugs,

Daf

Moira Hunter

Moira Hunter

#1956

02/06/2008

Hi,

I started to use Vyew in March 2006 and what was marvellous was the ability to create books, find your whiteboards still there in the next class together with the text notes and messages and for learners to be able to access the room themselves inbetween our planned sessions in real time (as I said at the time there were no webcam or voice feature, so for real-time sessions I used different VoIP tools). So, if one had been absent, they could 'catch up' very easily.Well worth a vroom through :-))Moira

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Voice - Video Tools

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Evoca

sbetts0

Sharon Betts

#1844

02/04/2008

Hi Melanie,

It is always great to learn more about the powerful Audacity. However, to put a short message on your blog, you can also use someonline tools, like Evoca (see the welcome at:http://baw-08.pbwiki.com/Week4)

Sharon

Melanie Ellis

#1864

02/05/2008

Hello everyone,

I'm having a bad morning here! The sun's shining and it's like spring but it's not helping much. I'm trying to get started in Evoca. I've set up an account, a group and a project. I've even added my blog address but when I try to get to record ( clicking on Create and the mike icon) something all I see is the logo for the Evoca microphone. The instructions tell me to click anywhere on the recorder and then 'allow'. Trouble is I can't see the recorder. Tried the FAQs which tell me to choose a setting in My Account. I've looked in "My account' and can't find anything about using the microphone, it's all adverts for using Evoca to record Skype. Feeling very foolish and frustrated. Can anyone suggest what I should do now?

I've got to the option when I can put an Evoca Browser mike on my blog, and it shows me a long URL (I think) What do I do with this? If I copy it, where should I paste it? At least if I can get it into my blog maybe I can record from there!

Think I'd better take a break and eat something and then maybe it will improve later!

Best wishes

Melanie

Sharon Betts

#1867

(Response to #1864)

02/05/2008

Hi Melanie,

The first thing I would check is that your microphone is working. Can you

record to any other applications?

If you are on windows, you can check by recording through the basic recorder

found at:

Start > All Programs > Accessories > Entertainment > Sound Recorder

You can also check through Chinswing - you will have to make an accountthere also. Then try to add to our BAW08 thread at:http://chinswing.com/pages/discussion.aspx?id=6501a7c3-a5a5-4777-8261-1fa4d630dbf9Once you are certain your mic is working. Go back to Evoca.When you click record, a little window should pop-up asking you to allowthem to use your mic.

Let us know how it is going.

Sharon

emelanie22

#1883

02/05/2008

Success! Thanks for the ideas Sharon and for the Audacity tips from

Daf. It turned out it was a Java problem with Evoca. I installed a

Java update on my computer and at once I could see the recorder and

everything started to work. At least I've managed to record

something! Now I'm trying to get it up to my blog but it doesn't

seem to show up there, despite telling me it's OK. Feeling better

that I've done something, even if not 100% successful.

Smiling!

Melanie --- In baw08@yahoogroups.com, "Sharon Betts"

Sharon Betts

#1896

(Response to #1883)

02/05/2008

Melanie,

Congratulations! Did you find the code necessary to embed the Evoca widget?If you click the title of the recording and then many buttons will appearfor sharing and posting.The one labeled "html" will give you the code to embed it into your blog.Different blogging platforms use different methods - what platform are youusing?

Sharon

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Audacity

Isabel Teixeira

Isabel Teixeira

#1847

(Response to #1844)

02/04/2008

Dear Melanie,

Here is a link to a tutorial that may help you. There are some very helpful videos on how to work with basic things in Audacity.And yes, you need a microphone to record.http://www.how-to-podcast-tutorial.com/17-audacity-tutorial.htm

Warmly,

Isabel-Brazil

Isabel Cristina de Araújo Teixeira

Dafne

Dafne

#1866

(Response to #1847)

02/05/2008

Hi Melanie,

If you want your recordings in MP3 format, you need todownload LAME MP3 encoder - Allows Audacity to exportMP3 files. You can find it here:http://audacity.sourceforge.net/help/faq?s=install&item=lame-mp3

Save it to the same folder where you downloadedAudacity.Btw, check this out: new e-book on Podcasting withAudacity: http://www.informit.com/store/product.aspx?isbn=0132366576&rl=1

hugs,

Daf

Sa¹a Sirk

#1983

02/07/2008

Dear Melanie,

I followed these tutorials when making my first steps in Audacity and liked them:

1. For recording MP3shttp://polaris.umuc.edu/de/ezine/how_to/audacity/audacity.htm

2. For adding background musichttp://labnol.blogspot.com/2006/10/how-to-record-audio-podcasts-using.html

Warmly,

Sasa

Nina Liakos

Nina Liakos

#1984

02/07/2008

Dear Jose,

Of course I meant to send birthday wishes yesterday, but.... anyway,

here it is today already and I would like to wish you a very happy

belated birthday!! Thanks for your help with LAME encoder the otehr

day... I haven't had a chance to come back and she if it works yet!

Hugs from sometimes warm, sometimes cold Maryland

Nina

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

#1947

02/06/2008

Hi, Melanie!

While catching up on email, I saw your message. Here's a very simple Audacity tutorial I created for my beginners students. Hope it may help.http://64.71.48.37/teresadeca/school/fwe5-jun05.htm#23Jun05

Hugs, Teresa

k.ergiz

Nergiz

#2076

02/09/2008

Hi all

I'm relatively new to recording sound and to audacity.

My problem is this: I've recorded myself but only when listening to the recording did realise

that the volume was too low.

My question is this: Before recording it again, is there a possibility to increase the volume

somehow afterwards?

Regards

Nergiz

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

#2078

(Response to #2076)

02/09/2008

Hi, Nergiz!

When you open Audacity, you see a speaker and a mic icon to the left of the

drop down menu. Adjust the level there and try again.

When I opened Audacity just now, my mic was at the lowest setting, so I need

to increase it to be heard clearly. HTH.

Hugs, Teresa

Ronaldo Lima, Jr.

#2081

(Response to #2078)

02/09/2008

Hi Nergiz,

There is a way of increasing the volume after the recording is done. You

know the box with the wave length where the recording appears? To the left,

inside this box, there is "audio track", "Mono/stereo, xxxx Hz", two buttons

("mute" and "solo") and then the gain control (-....................+), just

move the pin to the right in this control and the recording (or any other

audio file opened with audacity) will have its volume (actually gain)

increased. The only problem is that if you need to increase it too much

(more than 3 or 4 dB) it loses quality.

The best option, though, is follow Tere's advice and set the mic volume

before you record (using the control right below the record button).

Hope to have helped!

Kindest regards from Brazil,

Ronaldo

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Jack Burston

Jack Burston

#2086

02/09/2008

Hi Nergiz,

There's another way to adjust the volume (amplitude)of a recording in Audacity. Firstly select theportion of the recording you want to amplify. (UseCtrl + A to select the whole recording.) Under theEffect menu, select the Amplify option. By default, ifthe Allow Clipping has not been selected, Audacitywill indicate the maximum amount by which theamplitude can be increased without distortion. Press. As a rule, you can amplify up to 8db with noproblems. If you need more amplification than this,you really should go back and rerecord with greatergain. Jack BurstonLanguage Centre

University of Cyprus

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VodPod

sbetts0

Sharon Betts

#1863

(Response to #1860)

02/05/2008

These are good ideas, Mirian. Including the voices of children is a

sure way to connect them to the world. With the new tools that you

can embed into a blog, it has become so much easier. I especially

like http://voicethread.com">http://vodpod.com and http://voicethread.com

Sharon

adela_1234567

Mirian

#1865

02/05/2008

Thanks very much for your suggestions Sharon! I've created my pod at

the page you've told me about to start collecting videos from different

sites. I'll also continue practising with voice thread as well...

Best wishes, Mirian.

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TED

Monica Veado

Monica Veado

#1972

02/06/2008

Hi everyone,

I came across TED (http://www.ted.com) a while ago and I would like to

share a very interesting and inspiring talk given by Sir Ken Robinson

on the topic of creativity and education. Some excellent food for

thought for parents and educators alike!

http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/view/id/66

Um abraço,

Monicahttp://projectplatypus2.blogspot.com

Jose Antonio Da Silva

Jose Antonio Da Silva

#1974

(Response to #1972)

02/06/2008

Hello Monica,

I am listening/watching it now. It is really funny and makes us think about our role as educators. I especially like when he says we should be prepared to be wrong. Thanks for sharing

José Antônio

Dafne

Dafne

#1986

02/07/2008

Yes, this is a great video resource site. I have beenusing it with my English for architure and urbanplanning students too. Last trimester I used one ofthe videos for a quiz:http://id3-124dg.pbwiki.com/quiz3The good thing is that they keep adding more and moreinteresting videos :-)hugs,

Daf

Silvia Colombo

Silvia Colombo

#1997

(Response to #1986)

02/07/2008

Thank you Monica for sharing this video with us! I've listened to it and it's really thought-provoking!!! It made me question some aspects of our teaching practice. Do we really foster creativity in our students? Do we pay attention to multiple intelligences in our class? Not an easy task! Specially when we're pressed by time or syllabus constraints!!

Hugs,

Silvia from Argentina.

Monica Veado

Monica Veado

#2015

02/07/2008

Hi Moira,Yes, I've found some great talks on this website (www.ted.com). Another talk that will probably be interesting to your architecture students is Cameron Sinclair's (I think Dafne already has it in one of her wikis):http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/view/id/54

Um abraço,

Monica

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Voicethread

sbetts0

Sharon Betts

#1978

02/06/2008

Many of you have added to the chinswing example - great job!

The next tool to investigate (and some of you are already pros at thisone) is http://voicethread.comVoicethread is my favorite - it is usable from the youngest to theoldest student. Setup an account (I hope you are using the same loginand password for all these tools). Then, try our example - please add

you comments at:

Here is the example for the week: http://voicethread.com/share/50170/

week 4 moderators

marydimonaco

Maria Rosario Di Monaco

#1981

02/06/2008

Hi Teresa!

I wanted to leave a message for your kids but I don't know whetherI've succeeded. You know, poor internet connection plus completelyinexperienced voicethread user makes for a bad combination :-)A question: there's time only for a very short message, right?

Anyway, I hope your kids enjoy the experience.

Hugs,

Mary

Daniela

#1902

02/05/2008

I have just finished playing with Voicethread - I tried to put togethera model I am using with my class blog to show how to workcollaboratively with the students in and outside class. Check it outand leave your comments - I would be more than glad to see what othersthink about it!

http://dvmunca.blogspot.com/

Kat Urbaniak

Kat Urbaniak

#1907

02/05/2008

Hello week 4 webheads

I am on maternity leave just now so I don't have any students to testthings on. :-(So I'm showing you wonderful webheads instead. Today I created 3VoiceThreads for my FCE (Cambridge First Certificate Examination)students to practice with once I get back in the classroom. TheseVoiceThreads are to encourage them to record some answers to thesecond part of the FCE speaking exam where they must talk alone andcompare and contrast 2 pictures and give an opinion in 60 seconds. Thequestions all follow the same format, so sorry if I sound like I'mstuck in a loop. ;-)3 is the maximum of free threads I could get otherwise I would haveadded more since I was having fun making them.I'd like to have some kind of stop clock on the page so the studentsknow when their 60 seconds are up. Any ideas?

http://www.katurbaniak.com/index.php?pr=FCE_Speaking

Kat

Jose Antonio Da Silva

Jose Antonio Da Silva

#1915

(Response to #1908)

02/06/2008

Hi Kat,

A really practical and interesting way of using voice thread. Your students will certainly love practicing their oral skills for FCE using the pictures you have chosen and voice thread. They will love ot listen to themselves and check for possible mistakes and will be able to improve their performance.About a stop clock, I don´t know of any. I googled it, but couldn´t find one that would be suitable for what you want. Let's see if someone else comes up with such a tool.

Hugs

José Antônio

Silvia Colombo

Silvia Colombo

#1935

02/06/2008

Hi Kat!

It's a wonderful activity for FCE students!! I believe they need a lot of practice to avoid describing the pictures in detail instead of looking for similarities and differences between them and of course answering the question they're asked. With this tool they can practise a lot and listen to their own recordings and to their companions' and profit out of them. I also have FCE students so I'm going to borrow your idea. Thank you for sharing! As for the clock, I'm a newbie in technology but I imagine there must be something in the cyberspace to cater for your needs! (a kind of alarm clock?)

Cheers,

Silvia from Argentina

Dafne

Dafne

#1994

(Response to #1992)

02/07/2008

This is fabulous, Sharon! I have embedded this

voicethread on a new page on our wiki at:http://baw-08.pbwiki.com/Voicethread-bawers

Thanks!!!!

Daf

MMV® Centro Multidisciplinario

#2022

02/07/2008

Hi Everyone!

It is a great idea! Thanks for including me Sharon! It was a surprise, it lifted my spirits.

I enjoyed the voicethread, I got in from Daf's page at the wiki but I had to download a plugin from java.

You have to register first, or login if you already have an account.

Jose Antonio, if you go to http://java.com there is a way to check if you need an upgrade.

Another tip, if you are registered at PBwiki to receive notifications at every change made to BaW08 pbwiki you will know what is being updated by our splendid moderators, co-moderators and participants. (scroll to the bottom of a wiki page, go to Wiki information, then to wiki settings/Notifications settings)

Love: Maru

P.S. Sometimes I feel I am peeping but it has proven an amazing way to catch up for me: the last one to join our BaW group this year!

Daniela

#2053

02/08/2008

I have just created and posted a tutorial for my ESL students on how to use the wiki I designed for our grammar class. I used Voicethread and I just love how fast and easy it is!http://dvmuncaesl.wetpaint.com/

Evelyn Izquierdo

#2061

02/08/2008

Dear Daniela:

I love your Voicethread. It seems to be very easy, indeed. I wonder if we can add arrows or circles to those aspects we want to emphasize in the screen/presentation. I also love your wiki's name, your online references and your sweet voice. I would only suggest to move down the text in the home page.

Congratulations!

Warm regards from Caracas,

Evelyn

sbetts0

Sharon Betts

#2082

(Response to #2074)

02/09/2008

Evelyn,

You can use the drawing tools to add arrows and other notation in Voicethread.

Sharon

Dennis Oliver

Dennis Oliver

#2087

02/09/2008

Salut, Daniela.

In baw08@yahoogroups.com (message #2053), you wrote:

I have just created and posted a tutorial for my ESL students on how

to use the wiki I designed for our grammar class. I used Voicethread

and I just love how fast and easy it is!http://dvmuncaesl.wetpaint.com/

COMMENTS:

I'd like to add my kudos to those you've already received. Great job!

Your creativity and productivity are amazing! Also, the high energy

level that comes through loud and clear in your audio comments makes

me confident that your classes are highly active and very engaging.

How fortunate your students are!

What you're doing should furnish all of us who are involved in online

learning with a wealth of ideas!

Again, kudos!

Dennis in Phoenix

MMV® Centro Multidisciplinario

#2109

(Response to #2106)

02/09/2008

Wow Daniela!!!

Check that my mouth is open: gaping. Congratulations!!! Your Wetpaint wiki is wonderfull!

I loved the colors, the alignment of the page, the same title will draw your students to it!

Thanks for sharing, this pays off for all the waiting and thinking about how to build a place for my teenager students. I will check the links you have there, I bet I will find useful sites to build the content of the course. I will also will give a try to wetpaint, it will be atractive for them.

How long have you been teaching using e-tools? It is amazing how you arrange them!

Love: Maru

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Daft Doggie

Anne Breckenridge

#1886

02/05/2008

Hi Melanie and all,I've found a really simple recording tool improbably called "Daft Doggie". It is simplicity itself and I've used it in the simplest way. I've recorded myself below using just the laptop's built in microphone so you can get an idea of the sound quality. I talk about a wiki, in case you're wondering, I mean a wiki I've started for my own students...

Anne

www.daftdoggy.com/recorder/playmp3.php?id=318

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Splashcast

Jose Antonio Da Silva

Jose Antonio Da Silva

#2067

02/09/2008

Hello BaWers,

I have been playing around with Splashcast which I think can be a nice alternative to voicethread because it is free and it allows as many presentations as you want. Of course it is a little more challenging then voicethead. It allows voice, text, and video comments. I am still having problem with audio comments. I would really appreciate if could leave some comments there, video, text or audio. If you manage to leave an audio comment, please let me/us know how you did it. I have tried many times but I couldn´t

Here is the link to a show I created about Goiania, the city where I usually spend my vacations http://web.splashcast.net/full_screen/?channel_code=&show_code=FXNY2745XJ

Hugs from Brazil

José Antônio

Fernanda Rodrigues

Fernanda Rodrigues

#2069

(Response to #2067)

02/09/2008

Hi JA

I added (at least I tried) a comment to your Splashcast. I think the

sound quality is not very good, perhaps I was not using the right mic

settings.

Hugs,

Fernanda

Jose Antonio Da Silva

Jose Antonio Da Silva

#2071

(Response to #2070)

02/09/2008

Hi Fenanda,

Thanks for your comment. Now for, some reason, I was able to add an audio comment too and the audio on mine was good. Yours is really a little low. These things are tricky sometimes.

Abraços

José Antônio

Jose Antonio Da Silva

Jose Antonio Da Silva

#2072

(Response to #2071)

02/09/2008

Hello Kergis and all,

Testing splashcast I have also posted it to our wiki "Tools created by participants section" http://baw08participants.pbwiki.com/Tools-participants so that you can see it in a new window. It is great to create tutorials also. I have also made some comments on some of the differences between splashcast and voicethread on the wiki.

José Antônio

sbetts0

Sharon Betts

#2084

(Response to #2075)

02/09/2008

Hello José Antônio

Thank you for posting Splashcast - I have used it for storing videos andpodcasts made by students in my school. It has a bit of a learningcurve compared to vodpod or voicethread. You have done a good jobsetting yours up.

If interested, you can see / hear some others at:http://web.splashcast.net/catalog/channel_details.aspx?code=ROVJ6920IN

Ramona Dietrich

Ramona Dietrich

#2110

(Response to #2104)

02/09/2008

JA, I loved the tool and I loved your application of it. Having seen your project, I can think of other endeavors that would lend themselves to this format! Your presentation was fab - lots of info and insight. Keep up the great work. Beijinhos from Portugal, Ramona

Jose Antonio Da Silva

Jose Antonio Da Silva

#2126

(Response to #2123)

02/09/2008

Hello Dafne,

I am glad you liked this presentation. Yur intruduction using splashcast is very interesting. I have just started using it and like someone here said, the learning curve is steep. Voicethread is easier and there are some differences also. You are right, I have uploaded a comment I recorded in audacity and quality is guaranteed this way. YOu have to go step by step adding pictures and then recording over them. I ahve also seen you can post to different channels. I want to use it with my students this semester.

Vacations in the countryside are great. I like being in a peaceful place away from our crowded beaches. Of course, some are not that crowded, but I guess it is just the way you like to relax.

Abraços

José Antônio

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