June, 2008

Teaching Speaking in Second Life

Nik Peachey

For me, one of the main blocks to really developing online language learning courses has been the inability to supply real communicative speaking practice.

Web 2.0 Wednesday #1

Connecting 2 the World

Google Toolbox Opened. Originally uploaded by shimsand. I was searching this morning for an image of a toolbox or a playbox to sum up how I think about Web 2.0. I found this one on one of my favourite Web 2.0 sites Flickr and via a Creative Commons search.

Connected Minds.

Learning with 'e's

Connected Minds, Emerging Cultures' is a new book several of us have got together to produce over the last year.

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Microsoft's free Learning Content Development System

Nik Peachey

When Microsoft start giving stuff away for free, it always makes me curious, and when I spotted this free LCDS (Learning Content Development System) a while back I decided to download it and give it a try.

5 Costly Inventory Management Mistakes Schools Should Avoid

If your school is like most, inventory and/or asset management plays a critical role in daily operations.

A mini challenge: the smart e-traveller

Connecting 2 the World

This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series The e-traveller. Image via Wikipedia.

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Skype Part 2 Online Workspace

Nik Peachey

Anyone who uses their whiteboard for ELT / EFL classes will know what a really useful teaching aid it can be, so how about using one with your distance learners? In Part 1 of this series on Skype plugins, I looked at how and where to find and install plugins for Skype and I also looked at how to use Pamela to record audio materials and interviews with Skype.

Dictation goes Web 2.0

Nik Peachey

Yes and why not? Seems hard to see how this would be accomplished but it certainly does seem to be the case at the Listen and Write - Dictation website. What's more it seems to have been done in a pretty impressive way too. This site features quite a number of audio files all of which can be accessed through quite a cleverly designed dictation activity.

Commenting: challenges of another sort

Connecting 2 the World

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Blog Learnings It’s been a busy couple of days for me. Ignoring the beautiful weather outside, I’ve been engaged in video conversations with the Seesmic community. My previous post outlined some of the challenges I faced at the outset. I’ve been interested to see how others on Seesmic deal with video commenting. The style is eclectic; some are better on camera than others.

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More commenting possibilities …

Connecting 2 the World

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Blog Learnings Comment systems are the latest webb apps to intrigue me, but boy are they volatile. I had pretty much decided to let go of CoComment and throw in my lot with Disqus both regular, traditional comment systems … you know, the kind where you use words and write sentences?  At the same time I was lamenting the fact that old Wordpress comments won’t show up in Disqus.

Custom eLearning: What to Consider as an L&D Manager

A custom eLearning project is an exciting opportunity, but any L&D Manager will also tell you it can be challenging. Inno-versity shares 5 points to consider before kicking off your project. These concepts are critical to addressing the most common pain points which, IF addressed, will ensure success.

Class Blogging: getting started

Connecting 2 the World

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Getting Going with e-learning This is a comment ‘upgraded’ to a post. The original was in response to an inquiry from a colleague in the US. She asked for some tips on using a class blog. My response got long, and by the end I thought it probably could do with a dust-off and a reshaping into a stand-alone post. So here it is in the hopes that you too might find it useful.

Serendiptious thinking and a new endeavour

Connecting 2 the World

Michele Martin and Tony Karrer are two writers I enjoy. Their individual contributions to the sphere of workplace learning come together in their new endeavour WorkLiteracy. Check it out and engage if you can. One thing I’ve come to believe in the past 6 months or so is the power of the serendipity of our connection and writing in this field. Michele and I have often been mulling over and writing the same things within the same 24 hours.

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