September, 2008

Adventure Narratives for EFL ESL Students

Nik Peachey

For a long time now I've really admired and been fascinated by the work of Amanita Design. They have a really unique approach and I love the way they blend photographic textures with cartoon images. I also find their games quite addictive and that's I quality I always look for when trying to find stimulating materials for students, so I've been looking at how these games could used for language development.

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BlipFM: my favourite streaming music site

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If you haven’t discovered it yet, give BlipFM a try. BlipFM has a Twitter-like interface where you can see what others are listening to from the great BlipFM catalogue of music. You can search by artist or title to see if your favourite is there, and then other BlipFM DJs (you are a DJ on BlipFM) get to see what you’re listening to.


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Using Word Clouds in EFL ESL

Nik Peachey

I've just discovered Wordle , which is a really useful site for creating word clouds. The word clouds are created by entering either a text, URL or user name into a field. The site then generates a word cloud based on the frequency of key words in the text or webpage. Here's what a word cloud based on the URL of this blog looks like. The word clouds are really easy to create and can be printed up for classroom use or saved to a gallery on line.

Artificial Intelligence Chat bots and EFL ESL

Nik Peachey

Earlier this week I posted a short article to my Quick Shout blog about a new site called Virsona that enables teachers and students to develop their own AI ( Artificial Intelligence) chat bots. Since then I have been trying the site a bit more, developing tutorials and thinking about how we can use it with our EFL ESL students.

Intent Signal Data 101

Intent signal data helps B2B marketers engage with buyers sooner in the sales cycle. But there are many confusing terms used to describe intent data. Read this infographic to better understand three common areas of confusion.

Naming My Sources: Part 2

Nik Peachey

In the first part of this series aimed at sharing the sources of the information I blog about, I focused on sites which spread the word about new technology or websites. In this second part I'd like to spread the word about some of the more ELT and Educationally orientated blogs which have provided me with a wealth of information and professional development.

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Seesmix art

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Says it all. A video from artist Philippe Lejeune as part of the Timeframe online exhibition. Re:TimeFrame Exhibition ~ nightmare on Seesmic

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Online art show: Timeframe

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So I went for a virtual walk through the online Timeframe video-art exhibition currently showing on Seesmic , and what did I find? Well for a start, fascinating pieces that are clearly the beginnings of something other than the ‘funniest video’ type format usually found on YouTube, and which … you can bet your bottom dollar … are then virally transmitted around the web.

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TimeFrame - an online video art show now open

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I posted two days ago about Christi Nielsen and her innovative art show called TimeFrame which has just opened using the Seesmic video platform. TimeFrame will be showing for the next 72 hours or so. Here’s the thread which will continue to update as the hours roll by. Check in and join in if you feel inclined. Just hit the reply button. Timeframe has been designed so that viwers can talk with the artists and others who stop by.

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Time Frame: a 3 day virtual art show on Seesmic

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Now here’s something to lok out for this coming weekend. LA-based artist Christi Nielsen has organised a virtual art-show on the video platform Seesmic. The interactive nature of the platform means the 10 artists and who knows how many viewers, will be able to view and comment on the varied artworks and the comments themselves.

The Guide to Accessible Learning for Associations

Speaker: Dan Streeter, Vice President of Learning Strategy & Development at Blue Sky eLearn

In this 45-minute webinar, we’ll share real-world accessibility solutions and hidden tools in the applications you use every day such as Zoom, Microsoft Suite, Adobe Acrobat (PDF), Articulate Storyline 360, and Articulate Rise 360. This webinar will help you evaluate the accessibility of your current learning efforts and learn about the tools needed to ensure your eLearning is in alignment with the latest Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (proposed WCAG 2.2).

In 12 seconds or less …

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A new video comment player appeared a week or so back. It’s called 12 Seconds and you get to leave a comment in … you guessed … 12 seconds (or less). This is akin to the 140 characters on Twitter and the status comments in Facebook. I’m thinking it might be a nice entry-level toy-tool for those keen to practise or to learn video micro-blogging. 12 Seconds is in ‘private alpha.’

Utterli appropriate: tools for a new gen of citizen journalists

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I’m impressed by the growing slew of portable device apps that make it possible for bloggers and social commentators to post their reports across platforms online or via their mobile phones. Enter Utterli (formerly Utterz) and now Seesmic for the Nokia N95. Last month, I watched the Democratic National Convention via a feed that had been put together to aggregate all the reports coming in from the field from a small team of citizen journalists … boy wonders in my eyes.

My Desktop Organising Hub

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Who would have thought it! After all of my experimentation with productivity apps and services … my favourite is probably still the big-hitting and awfully smart Omnifocus … I’ve come to rely more and more on my Mail application. It’s now pretty much my organising hub. How did this happen? Well, a couple of things. First I am no longer in full-time work for a single employer so the office organising hub which was Entourage is now gone from my life.

Hello, my name is Dramagirl, and I’m a webaholic …

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Several of my latest posts here have focused on the flood of social networking sites I’ve been attracted to during the past few months. In fact, an entire theme has developed with these often apologetic posts. I’ve been a bit whiny really, using the sad excuse that such play aka experimentation is all grist to the mill of future posts. Well that’s not going to cut it for much longer I can tell, and besides I and the blogosphere have changed for good.

Increasing Equity and Access: A Canvas Case Study of Virtual Arkansas K-12

Virtual Arkansas, a fully online school, had a mission to provide high-quality courses in rural and urban areas throughout the state. How would they simplify content creation while enhancing learning? Discover 3 key insights to transform your classrooms.

A (minor) rant on why good presentation design works …

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Once again I’m reminded of the impact of good design. This morning I received an e-letter from SlideShare pointing me to the World’s Best Presentation Contest winners. Judged by some big-hitters in the web-design stakes (Garr Reynolds, Guy Kawasaki, Nancy Duarte, Bert Decker) here is the overall winner. THIRST. View SlideShare presentation or Upload your own. tags: design crisis ). Why did it win?