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This week's threads are brought to you by:

Saša Sirk in Nova Gorica, Slovenia

Date: 11 February, 2007 - 18 February, 2007

Number of messages: from #2176 to #2649

Table Of Contents

  1. Welcome to week 5!
  2. Week 4 carryover
  3. Week 3 tools
  4. Week 4 Tools and Sessions
  5. Week 5 tools and session
  6. Miscelaneous

Welcome to week 5!

Hala

Hala Fawzi

#2176

02/11/2007

Dear everyone,

Week 5 team at Becoming a Webehad 2007 would like to congratulate your survival! This indicates that you will make it to the graduation ceremony! If you would like to know more about what type of hands will guide you through this week, you may go directly here:

http://baw07.pbwiki.com/moderators

Look for us: Cristina Costa, Hala Fawzi as moderators and our co-moderators; Elisabeth Fernandes , Fernanda Rodrigues and Ramona Dietrich . Our Queen of threads for this week, who has voluntarily joined us, will be Sasha Sirk . Thank you Sasha! Great to have you with us! What do we have for you during this week?This week we will have one special synchronous (real time) event that will be held at Alado http://www.alado.net/webheads, presented by Dr. Isabel Perez, in Spain, who will talk to us about different resources for creating on- and offline custom-made materials for our students. You may check out here further here:

http://baw07.pbwiki.com/Chat_sessions#Week5 Please add your name in the YG Database to tell us that you are attending this session.

As we consider this week is a more practical one, there is only one suggested reading with another optional one. Both reading are very related to our topic, so they will add to your experience more than you can imagine! The discussion of these reading will be in our forum: http://www.miumu.com/phpbb/baw07.html

We will be exploring together a collection of software for creating interactive exercises, online surveys, quizzes, and online sheets. To know what you are supposed to do, go to our week 5 page on the wiki: http://baw07.pbwiki.com/week5

You may choose the most appropriate type of exercise or quiz you could use with your students. Please share with the group the best ways of implementing these tools into our classrooms.

A collection of useful online resources for your classes will be provided later , so as to give you the chance to explore the tools first!

To guarantee that you could have many useful resources that will be online for you after the session ends, all links to resources will be added to: http://baw07participants.pbwiki.com/toolsexplored

This week is slightly different in that; we offer (((((((((Hugs )))))))))) for those of you who managed to:

1-Finish readings and post reflections to the Forum.

2-Create an online exercise, a quiz, a survey, an online sheet, etc.

2.Suggest a useful online resource to use with students.

3.Help a webhead in this week with any of the activities.

Sorry, we have no kudos (kisses), because we do not want you to bother with any lipstick marks left on your cheeks ;-). It feels good when you become way ahead! So, try to start working from now!!Week 5 is calling you!

We hope this will be a rich, fruitful and enjoyable week!

Week 5 Team!

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Week 4 carryover

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

#2180

(Response to #2173)

02/11/2007

Hi, Moira, Chrissan and Mabel!

"Thank you" and "congrats" on your fabulous work this week. It was very "smooth sailing", but Daf and I know well at what expense that happens. Everything went very well, with lots of great presentations and new tools explored.

A special "congrats" to Mabel, because, as Moira reminded us this afternoon in the EVO Skypecast, it was her first co-moderation job, and she did very well. I wasn't able to follow the week as I'd wished, but the message flow and the subject lines were enough to show the commitment and enthusiasm.

"Thank you" also to the participants for being so involved. It's overwhelming, but it pays, you'll see. Luckily I was able to make the presentations and really enjoyed them.

"Thank you" to all guest speakers for being here for us for the first time - Jane Bozarth and Geoff Kaye - and once again - Jonathan Finkelstein and Andy Pincon.

Week 5 is also in 5 great hands - what a coincidence! - and we have a great guest speaker with an eye-opening presentation. Don't miss Isabel's presentation on Thursday. On behalf of Daf and myself, "thank you" again on a job well done. And "break a leg" to the next week's mods and co-mods: Hala and Cristina,Fernanda, Ramona and Elisabeth.

Cora Chen

Cora Chen

#2185

02/11/2007

Dear Moira, Chrissan and Mabel,

What a fantastic job you have done! Congratulations on your successful voyage!

Moira has done wonderful planning for all the activities for week 4, which has led to a fun, exciting voyage of learning. Chrissan and Mabel have also helped to make everything go smoothly. Thank you all ! I wish I had had the time to participate in all of your activities during Week 4. Due to the time zone differences and my busy work schedule, I was able to attend only one of the live sessions given by guest speakers. I hope I will have the chance to try out all of the voice tools when I have more time. Thank you again! :-)))

angeles_berman

Angeles Berman

#2198

(Response to #2185)

02/11/2007

Hello Moira and team :)

Congratulations on the wonderful work you have done during this week. I can listen to different speakers, if not in a live event but after. i was at some of the conferences, tried new tools, learnt a lot of new things I didn't know they existed before. Best of all, you are so enthusiastic all the time, that you motivated me to read and use tools, even though I'm shy and don't like to use webcams or mics :) it was hard work but we did it!!!! Thanks a lot for everything!!!

Mabel Quiroga

Mabel Quiroga

#2195

02/11/2007

Hi everyone,

Week 4 is coming to an end. For me, it's been a very busy (almost hectic) butvery exciting week. Virtual classrooms and voice tools are probably the area where most of us have less experience, and there's also more demand of technological capabilities on ourside. At the same time, it's the closest you can get to replicating the atmosphere of a face to face class (that is, if you add, in Moira's words, the human touch). So I think it's worth the effort and hiccups!!

I'd also like to thank the Guest Speakers for their inspiring presentations and not forgetting that we are not tech savvy people, just teachers wanting to develop professionally to improve our teaching and our students' learning This session's participants are so enthusiastic and adventurous ! It's a real pleasure to learn with you! I would love to go interacting and exploring webtools with you all in the next few weeks and months (my skype and yahoocontact list are really crowded now):)

True, I came on board kind of last minute but I could cope with my share of the work thanks to hard working, humorous Moira and Chrissan, so it was a bit ofwork but I had so much fun and learnt so much!!!

A final thank you note to coordinators Daf (I would have never been able to produce pages in the wiki if I hadn't counted on your samples and your help editing ), Teresa for wonderful tutorials and warm presence in the conference rooms and moderators Cora, Cris, Hala and Dennis Denos and all comoderators forbehind (and on) the scenes warmth and support.

Looking forward to week 5!

Chrissan

Chrissan

#2205

02/12/2007

Thank you BaWers and friends for taking part in all the week 4 activities! We all learn so much, my new favourites are definitely Chinswing and Gabjam! It has been a pleasure working with you all and Moira's exceptional planning abilities together with comodding partner Mabel made it all possible. So let's welcome Hala and Cora and take a plunge into week 5!!
sarah braxton

Sarah Braxton

#2244

02/12/2007

Week 4 moderators - please accept my appreciation for your hard work!

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Week 3 tools

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Blogs

MMV Centro
<p>Multidisciplinario

Maru

#2182

02/11/2007

Hi Nelba!

I liked your idea, to place a clock on my blog. I followed the directions given by Dafne (all the way from Spain!)

http://www.clocklink.com/

I clicked on the link, then clicked on: Want a clock for your blog? I chose the clock and clicked on HTML code.

In the first attempt, the clock did not show so I went and copied the optional second code to embed and pasted it. Once in my blog, when I hit the button"publish" a dialog saying that the code was not closed showed up.

All I did was to add to the end of the string and it worked! I was not asked for a credit card number or anything of the sort.

Please send me the link to your blog to visit. Thanks for working so hard and for being an example for me to follow.

Nelba

Nelba

#2208

02/12/2007

Thanks Maru 4 the info. I will try to doit. send me the address of your blog, please.
Nelba

Nelba

#2209

(Response to #2208)

02/12/2007

Sorry, I forgot 2 send U the blog address. Here it goes

http://n21810.motime.com/

MMV Centro
<p>Multidisciplinario

Maru

#2187

02/11/2007

I want to thank Hala, Mary, Amy and Gladys. They all left comments on my messy blog, I really appreciate the time you took to do so.

Nelba and Dafne's messages helped me to place a clock on my blog.The conversation about tags made clear that it is a skill I need to practice.I could not join you for Saturday's live sessions, I will review the recordings.Thanks for posting them!!

Least but not last, thanks to Moira's and week 4 team's excellent job!

Moira Hunter

Moira Hunter

#2203

02/12/2007

Hi Sarah,

I apologise but I have just heard your message you left on the voice board in our BaW07 blog.

You can always post message to any motime blog as an unlogged in user (so without an account) but you must remember to type in your name at the end of your message. Just click on 'Comment' and start typing :-) If you want to register for an account, you use your own email address and your own username and you choose your own password.

If you've heard nothing from Motime, try to open another account. Normally their reply is automatic when setting up an account.

Mabel Quiroga

Mabel Quiroga

#2204

02/12/2007

Hi Moira and everybody,

I'm sorry I forgot to include the link!

http://argentineculture.motime.com/

Moira Hunter

Moira Hunter

#2225

02/12/2007

Hi,

I've been and posted a request ;-)

Nelba

Nelba

#2206

(Response to #2204)

02/12/2007

I left a message in your blog. Good and fast work :)

Nelba

Nelba

#2207

(Response to #2206)

02/12/2007

Have U already written about the other topics you mention? tango, men and football, women...?

Mabel Quiroga

Mabel Quiroga

#2246

02/12/2007

Dear Carla, Dennis, Hala, Nelba, Maru, Moira & Tere Many thanks for your comments on my blog. I've added two more posts on the same topic. I got carried away by your appreciation:)

Moira, I sent a motime email about your request: d'accord!!!

Cora Chen

Cora Chen

#2249

02/12/2007

Dear Mabel,

Your blog is fantastic with very interesting cultural information.Congratulations! I just left comments there. :-)))

Nelba

Nelba

#2223

02/12/2007

Hi, everyone! I am happy as a dog with two tails because I have finally inserted the clock to my blog!!!! Thanks to Dennis, Maru and Mabel for having left comments on my blog. I really invite all bawers and their students to have a look and leave their comments at:

http://n21810.motime

It may be the beginning of interaction between students of different countries. Thanks to all who be patient and helped me with this clock!

Ramona Dietrich

Ramona Dietrich

#2224

(Response to #2223)

02/12/2007

Hi Nelba,

Great news. It's such a great feeling when we finally are able to do it! I'd love to visit your blog and leave a comment but there's a problem with the link you left. Could you please double check it because I'd love to visit you and your students in cyberspace.

angeles_berman

Angeles Berman

#2226

(Response to #2224)

02/12/2007

Congratulations!!!! I have to find the instructions to insert one. Good work :)
Nelba

Nelba

#2264

02/13/2007

I have left the instructions in the wiki playground. If you can´t find it, let me know.

Nelba :)

By the way, have you left a comment in my blog?

Please, do: http://n21810.motime.com/

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

#2227

(Response to #2226)

02/12/2007

Hi, Nelba!

Your link is missing .com at the end. ;-) It should read http://n21810.motime.com/

I just left a short comment.

Moira Hunter

Moira Hunter

#2228

(Response to #2227)

02/12/2007

Hi Nelba,

Thanks for the chat and I'm imagining you with two tails now ;-) I've left amessage :-)

Dafne

Dafne

#2229

(Response to #2228)

02/12/2007

Dear Nelba,

I just left a message in your blog :-) You are GMT -3!

Fernanda Rodrigues

Fernanda Rodrigues

#2231

(Response to #2229)

02/12/2007

Congratulations, Nelba!

There's the end missing in your URL, it should be:http://n21810.motime.com/ Beijinhos

Jennifer Verschoor

Jennifer Verschoor

#2236

(Response to #2231)

02/12/2007

Hello Nelba,

I just took a look at the link www.clocklink.com and there are a lot of great clocks you can add to your blog.Yours looks great. I left a comment and also added a clock to my blog.

Gladys Baya

Gladys Baya

#2330

02/13/2007

Try Google Desktop widgets, I was there today and they have plenty ofclocks in all styles and fashions!

http://desktop.google.com/plugins/

Gladys Baya

Gladys Baya

#2291

02/13/2007

Just post here or email to remind me when more comments are needed, Hala! My pleasure...
Gladys Baya

Gladys Baya

#2293

02/13/2007

Hala's comment about her students' reaction to her blog has inspired me. I have three class blogs kept by students I'm likely to meet again as from next month, when the school year starts again in Argentina. Right now I'm working on enhancing the templates and adding widgets...

Wouldn't it be great if a few of you might drop by and leave a comment on those entries from 2006 who have not received any comments yet? That'd certainly encourage my students to try blogging more enthusiastically this year! I'd comment myself, but they don't "take it seriously", as they can already interact with me f2f, you know...

These are the blogs:

http://caereaders.blogspot.com (book, movies and music reviews)

http://ethicsforteachers.blogspot.com (EFL teacher trainees about to graduate discuss issues on ethics in teaching)

http://lcbttceducators.blogspot.com/ (EFL teacher trainees who have just entered college discuss how different educators have influenced them in their views)

Thanks in advance!

If you pop in, don't forget to sign and add where you're from, to surprise my students...

Dennis Newson

Dennis Newson

#2296

(Response to #2293)

02/13/2007

Good idea, Gladys. Hala. Can you give us your blog URL again?
Hala Fawzi

Hala Fawzi

#2319

(Response to #2313)

02/13/2007

Hi Dennis ,

This is the URL of our class blog:

http://tagananet2.blogspot.com/

Muhanned's blog which he created by playing around with the widgets and blogger before showing them how to it:

http://shrarh.blogspot.com/

Thanks again for leaving a comment.

Hala Fawzi

Hala Fawzi

#2312

(Response to #2300)

02/13/2007

My dear friend Gladys,

Your wish is my command! I will do it later and I will lead my students to add some comments too after they come back after their two week vacation! Interesting blogs!

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

#2300

(Response to #2297)

02/13/2007

Gladys, I'll try to leave a comment in your blogs in the next couple of days.
MMV Centro
<p>Multidisciplinario

Maru

#2348

02/13/2007

Hi Gladys! I left comments at your students blogs. They are very nice! The content isinteresting. I also added them to our wiki at the page "Tools explored by participants" as many of us will surely visit them later and that way will be easy for all to find them. Congratulations for your work!!
Teresa Almeida d'Eca

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

#2297

02/13/2007

Hi, Dennis!

Guess what? Muhanned, one of Hala's students, has already left a comment in the "Have Fun with English! 2" blog and he also left one in Rodrigo's blog, an 11-year-old student of mine. Isn't this fantastic? :-) All BaW07 participants are invited to leave comments in my teacher-student blogs. Please include you name, city and country.

http://fwe2.motime.com/ (extracurricular blog)

http://call05-06.motime.com/ (CALL lessons)

Hala Fawzi

Hala Fawzi

#2313

(Response to #2312)

02/13/2007

Aha! So that what kept him away when I was explaining how to create a wiki page for the group today at the lab!!! He is such a fast learner! I adore him!Thanks for telling us to praise his work tomorrow!
Monica

#2406

02/14/2007

Hi everyone,

I'd just like to thank you all for visiting my blog and trying the activities (forum, quiz, chinswing...) and leaving your comments. Feel free to invite your own students to participate! Special thanks to Linda, Elisabeth, Maru, Berta and Moira (did I forget anyone?) for your views on films X novels. I'm sure my studetns will enjoy listening to you!

Gladys Baya

Gladys Baya

#2444

02/15/2007

To Dennis, Mary, Muhanned, Berta, SharonBetts and Isabel:

You visited my class blogs and left some comments for my students...

All I can say is THANKS A MILLION!i don't know what surprises me more: the fact that you disinterestedly gave some of your time to do so, or the fact that you replied practically within 24 hours, which means you, unlike me, are really reading messages as they get posted!Thanks again! also on behalf of my students....

Berta

Berta

#2476

02/15/2007

Dear Gladys, my pleasure. I think the three blogs have excellent objectives in mind and I hope to go back once in a while to see how ideas are developed by your students. You have provided them with a very effective place to express themselves. Cariños and keep up the excellent work you always do.
Horacio Idarraga Gil

#2452

02/15/2007

Dear baw07 and b4b friends : some days ago Melba (or Nelba) said she was happier than dog with two tails because she had put a clock in her blog. Well, let me tell you that I have not just a dog. I have seven, two of them with GMT time and the others with venezuelan time. The reason? When I was trying to download the clock, it never told me it was ready, so I repeated the operation till I got tired and gave it up. Warm hugs from Venezuela, the land of the sweetest oranges in the world. Horacio.

http://sisbecar.blogspot.com/

cristina costa

Cristina Costa

#2453

(Response to #2452)

02/15/2007

Really nice. Loved your clocks! ;)
sharonbetts

Sharon Betts

#2454

(Response to #2453)

02/15/2007

Horacio, That is one timely blog.
Hala Fawzi

Hala Fawzi

#2455

(Response to #2454)

02/15/2007

I love them all! I left a comment.

Elisabeth Fernandes

#2460

(Response to #2455)

02/15/2007

Hey Horacio,

Do you have the time?I love your choice of clock......... or rather all the clocks. At least you'llalways know what time it is........

Fernanda Rodrigues

Fernanda Rodrigues

#2467

(Response to #2460)

02/15/2007

Lol! Horatio, the King of clocks! You are ready to start a business! The sweetest oranges in the world? I bet you have never tried the Portugues ones...;)
Monica

#2468

02/15/2007

Hi Horacio,

I loved the clocks! Aren't you glad you decided to give up after the seventh attempt? If you were stubborn, you might have ended up having a blog with a hundred clocks!!! :)

Gladys Baya

Gladys Baya

#2521

02/16/2007

Thanks for your comments, Berta, and thanks to Elisabeth Fernandes, too! Im meeting my students again during March, so they'll be excited! (I'll be emailing them the news anyway, but not all of them checkemail during the summer!).... But next week I'm sharing these blogs with my colleagues (we have in-service training sessions). I hope they believe you're real, as Carla Arena once told on another list some teachers thought she made up commentators from all over the world in her blogs to impress them! :-P
Susana AraĂşjo

Susana Araujo

#2577

02/17/2007

Hi all!

I'm working on my Motime blog http://funenglish4kids.motime.com/ and I'm trying to embedd a slide show in the messages section, because I don't want it to appear in the right or left columns. But the problem seems that the Post messages section doesn't allow to publish HTML codes. Am I right?

I can get the slide show in HTML code or in a link form. But I don't want a link. I want the slide to appear in the blog. What should I do?

From my past experience with Blogger http://businessenglish4u.blogspot.com/

I can post messages in HTML. In the Post messages section I choose HTML or Compose mode. However, Motime seems to be different... there isn't a HTML post mode, is it?

Can you help me? Thank you veeery much!

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

#2579

(Response to #2577)

02/17/2007

Hi, Susana!

I don't know if I understand you right, but this may be a clue. In Motime, when you are writing a new message, there is a "Fonte" button(Source) on the top left. This will allow you to insert .html code in your post, so you can insert the slide show with the code that is given.

I just tried inserting a code in the Comments area and it works. No link shows. Just a clickable ecard (my experiment). I remembered that a friend form Brazil had once inserted her photo in the Comments area, that's why I decided to try this code.

So... it works both ways! :-)

Susana AraĂşjo

Susana Araujo

#2581

(Response to #2579)

02/17/2007

Olá Teresa!

Yes, I was missing that detail. Thank you so much! I used the Source button to insert the slideshow code. However, I may have done something wrong as instead of pictures in it I keep getting this message: "The Slideshow code seems goofed up. Please embed the code again."

I did it several times and it didn't work. My curiosity made me look up the meaning for "goof up" in the dictionary and it says: to make a sillymistake. Duhhh?!? I guess I'm missing something... and making a silly mistake... :-(Thanks anyway for your help Teresa ;-) I'll keep working on it and I'll try to figure out what's wrong. Byeee ;-)

Monica

#2585

02/17/2007

Hi everyone,

this is such a fantastic group! I'd like to thank all of you who, despite your very busy famiily and professional lives, have been regularly checking and commenting on my blogs! Your opinions and ideas have been incredibly helpful. Thanks a million!

Um abraço,

Monica Veado (Brazil)

http://maisimpressoesdigitais.blogspot.com">http://manyreviews.blogspot.com

http://maisimpressoesdigitais.blogspot.com">http://maisimpressoesdigitais.blogspot.com

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Wikis

Sarah (Germany)

#2230

02/12/2007

Good evening to everyone and especially Cris, Hala Maru, and Moira for their very prompt replies, encouraging words and help.

Stubborness has finally paid off!!!. I am starting to navigate around the baw spaceship, flying through cyberspace with all your help and guidance, and have finally found a place to dock and beam my first shuttle adventure!:)

Here it is; my first wiki. http://sarahj.pbwiki.com/

I chose the theme valentines day as it is something that will also be taking place this week and I just wanted a somewhat neutral theme that didn`t involve teaching ESL. I have tried (unsuccessfully) and there does not seem to be a way to change this, to upload a media file as a universal media player file format to my wiki. It has worked but you will realize that you will have to either open the file or save it. Then only those participants that have itunes installed will be able to listen to the file as I cannot change the file format. Whatever you download and pay for with itunes cannot be played with other media players. Perhaps some can be downloaded as they have allowed (Apple/record industry) to allow this but the song I have purchased with itunes cannot be played with MediaPlayer. Burning, syncing ipod, using software for ipod to backup files and delete and edit them also doesn`t work (tried that too..) This is not itunes and Apple`s only problem. ..... Come to that in a later post.....

Anyway, this well-wishing baw spaceship needs to refuel and sends it`s greetings to those that celebrate Valentines and care to have a look at a rather amateurish but acceptable novice attempt!!:) at my Valentines wiki. [:-/] Goodnight to all and look forward to the next galactic baw experiment!!!

Moira Hunter

Moira Hunter

#2232

(Response to #2230)

02/12/2007

Hi my dear Sarah,

Thanks for giving birth to your first 'baby wiki' and I'm sure the Week 5 team will have help to give you on the wiki.

As I'm not in Wales on the 14th (Sarah's home country) but in Ireland, I'll let you know what they get up to on THE day over there ;-)

Fernanda Rodrigues

Fernanda Rodrigues

#2237

02/12/2007

Hi Sarah

Have you tried uploading a mp3 file instead? I have tried that, and it opens a player in my browser, it doesn't ask me to save it.

Hala

Hala Fawzi

#2241

(Response to #2237)

02/12/2007

Dear Sarah,

I love the theme of your wiki.It looks great!! Are you sure you are novice? If you started on week 1, then you would have finished by week 2 !! If you are still having difficulties with your file, let me suggest something for you. Why don't you try sending the file to Teresa, one of our Coordinators, on YM and she can work on it and see if she can help out?? Let us know if you agree so we can arrange a meeting at YM together! Relax and go for week5! Happy Valentine day to you!

cristina costa

Cristina Costa

#2256

(Response to #2241)

02/13/2007

Nice wiki Sarah!

I would say that love is in the wiki! This is really great. Congrats and happy valentines! I just wasn't able to listen to the music because it asks me for a password, but apart from that I love the page you put together. It is so cute and welldone!

Nelba

Nelba

#2403

02/14/2007

Dear

Cristina: you wiki is not only good but very sweet. Pity I am a very bad cook:( Congratulations! Nelba

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Podcasts

Sarah (Germany)

#2295

02/13/2007

Dear everyone,

I wanted to share a link with you. Perhaps you already know about it, have the RSS feeds doing the work for you:), have an itunes account set up with automatic downloads of FREE podcasting subscriptions or it is new. Either way, I quite like listening to this podacst as it is regularly updated, concerns teachers and explores technology. Here is the link to the website where you can then subscribe, download or save the podacst file;

http://www.podcastforteachers.org/

I have just saved the latest edition as an MP3 file and will now try to add it to the "files" folder for everyone to be able to listen to it. This time it is not a troublesome file firmat.:) Hope you are all having/ had a good day and look forward to the rest of the course.

Sarah (Germany)

#2299

02/13/2007

Hi again to everyone,

The MP3 file has now been uploaded to the public Wiki for you all to save and download. You should be able to play it now with Media Player.Happy listening.

Hala Fawzi

Hala Fawzi

#2303

(Response to #2299)

02/13/2007

Dear Sarah,

I was at the wiki now http://baw07participants.pbwiki.com/your_applications

Is this where you put your file, or you just uploaded it to the files ?

Is this the link to your file:http://baw07participants.pbwiki.com/f/PFT_74_2_12_07.mp3

I am sorry, but all the list is very eager to listen to it! Waiting for help to locate your file,

Hala

Hala Fawzi

#2307

02/13/2007

I am forwarding this message for those who are interested to join. I did! SANTEC is an informative newsletter and e-group devoted to developing resources in the South African region.
Hala Fawzi

Hala Fawzi

#2323

02/13/2007

Hi Sarah,

Thanks for shring this useful website with us. If you are interested in podcasting, maybe you would like to join the SANTEC online seminar on Thursday. check message number #2307.

Sarah (Germany)

#2335

02/13/2007

Hi Hala,

Yes that is the file I uploaded;

pbwiki.com/f/PFT_74_2_12_07.mp3.

Can you open it? save it? and play it? Please let me know if you can.

Fernanda Rodrigues

Fernanda Rodrigues

#2341

(Response to #2335)

02/13/2007

Hi Sarah

There's some problem with the file: my players say they can't play it. How did you create that file?

sharonbetts

Sharon Betts

#2408

02/14/2007

I have added this to my list of podcasts toreview. I can see that I will need more than 24 hours in the days to come. Thank you for posting this resource.
Julia Yatsenko

Julia Yatsenko

#2478

02/15/2007

Hello, dear bawers

We celebrated St. Valentine's Day and my students posted love poems to their podcasting blog. As we decided to chose the best poem from the point of view of pronunciation and intonation we need your votes. So, if you have time, please, visit their podcast and vote for the best.

http://juliay.podomatic.com/

Thanks in advance!

Hala Fawzi

Hala Fawzi

#2480

(Response to #2479)

02/16/2007

Hi Julia,

I liked your podcasting blog very much.Your students accent is very good.I just voted ! Angelina's hug poem can do is dedicated to to all webheads around the world!

(((((((((((((( HUGS)))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))

Give her a hug fom Sudan

cristina costa

Cristina Costa

#2482

(Response to #2480)

02/16/2007

Dear Julia,

I loved the poems. I tried to vote but wasn't able. I don't know exactly why. I left comments though.

Elisabeth Fernandes

#2483

(Response to #2482)

02/16/2007

Julia,

I have just visited your podcasting blog and left comments for your students.Very nice job. Congratulations to all of you.

Julia Yatsenko

Julia Yatsenko

#2488

(Response to #2483)

02/16/2007

Thank you very much to all those who has left their comments in my students' podcast!!!! As for the poll (which isn't working), does anybody know what the reason might be? I've tryed to use Sparklit, but it doesn't work either :-(

cristina costa

Cristina Costa

#2490

(Response to #2488)

02/16/2007

I think there is something wrong with the code. some of the line codes appear underneath the poll box and they should, You might want to introduce the code again! Just my 2 cents!
Julia Yatsenko

Julia Yatsenko

#2491

(Response to #2490)

02/16/2007

Thank you very much, Elisabeth and Cristina, for taking time to leave comments to all of my students!!! Thank you Cris for trying to help!Hala, you've said "I just voted !" Did you really manage to do that as the current results are 0% and I and Cris didn't succeed in doing that? Any other suggestions how to make the poll work? Why are they both (pollhost.com and sparklit) not working in my podcast?Thanks,

Hala Fawzi

Hala Fawzi

#2492

(Response to #2491)

02/16/2007

Julia,

I pressed the vote@ button and I thought it went fine. After I saw Cris' words, I went back and added some comments. There is an html code left under the voting box, maybe this what causes the problem.

Julia Yatsenko

Julia Yatsenko

#2493

02/16/2007

I followed Hala's advice. Will you try to vote once more for me to see if itworks this time? Thanks,

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

#2494

02/16/2007

Hi, Julia!

I just tried to vote (it's 11:45 GMT) and I don't think the poll is working, because there was only one vote and, though I tried 2-3 times, my vote never showed. When I click on "Submit vote", it doesn't change page and itdoesn't give me any feedback. When I clicked on "Check results", I noticed that my vote wasn't entered.

I only did a poll once (Apr06) in my T-S blog and it worked fine.

http://fwe2.motime.com/post/564104/

Please go there and vote. Can you believe that I never closed voting??!!! It comes in handy now. Please vote and see what happens. You should be immediately taken to the results page. I just tried and my vote was inserted at once. It changed from 27 to 28 votes. This is the kind of feedback I was referring to above and that I don't get in your poll. HTH.

cristina costa

Cristina Costa

#2495

(Response to #2494)

02/16/2007

I voted on the second one, Teresa! :) I think the problem with Julia's poll is that the code not closed. You have insert it correctly on the podcast in order it to show only the poll and no code.
Teresa Almeida d'Eca

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

#2499

(Response to #2495)

02/16/2007

Cristina,

Click "Current results" and you'll see that there is no vote in #2. Only Irene has 1 vote. This is what I see. Is that what you see? Hugs, Teresa

cristina costa

Cristina Costa

#2501

(Response to #2499)

02/16/2007

Yes. It is not working properly. If I were Julia I would probably setting up a new poll and see what happens!
Monica

#2514

02/16/2007

Hi Julia,

what a great idea! I tried to access the page, but for some reason it did not open. It might have been a temporary problem, so I'll get back to it later in the day.

sarah braxton

Sarah Braxton

#2537

02/16/2007

Julia - I will have to listen to your students later, but for now wanted tos ay that I am so impressed with the way that you have integrated so many tools in one place. I especially like your use of the survey on the site. I would think that this provides great motivation for your students. Great work!

angeles_berman

Angeles Berman

#2540

(Response to #2537)

02/16/2007

Hi Julia,

What a wonderful idea for St, Valentine's day!!! I'll show this site to my teenager students !!! I think they'll likE it. Can I? Your students read so well. I have posted some comments there , too. I voted and no problems but when I took a look to the poll, it just showed two votes and I can see here that bawers are voting :(Hope everybody can take a look and participate :) Well done, Julia!!!

Julia Yatsenko

Julia Yatsenko

#2566

02/17/2007

Hello all

I just want to thank Elisabeth,Cristina, Hala, Angeles, Teresa and Isabel once more for their comments in my students' podcast

http://juliay.podomatic.com/

The link for voting is working ;-) I'm sure the students will be impressed on Monday, but there are still 2 votes. You may show this podcast to your students as well (answering Angeles' question).

Hala

Hala Fawzi

#2568

(Response to #2566)

02/17/2007

Hi again Juia, I went to assure I have voted, but I didn't find the vote box!
Teresa Almeida d'Eca

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

#2570

(Response to #2568)

02/17/2007

Hala,

It's a link right under the cute Valentine's elephant.The more votes, the merrier! Let's vote! I have.

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Adding maps, F2F meetings

sharonbetts

Sharon Betts

#2446

02/15/2007

I know this isn't the week of the map -but, I just added a Frapper map to both my webheadtools site and to my Integration blog. I would appreciate anyone placing their pin on either or both.

http://www.sharonbetts.org/sshare/blog.html

http://webheadtools.motime.com

Hala Fawzi

Hala Fawzi

#2450

(Response to #2446)

02/15/2007

Done! Congratulations on your adding the maps!
Elisabeth Fernandes

#2457

(Response to #2450)

02/15/2007

Sharon, I've added myself to your Frapper map.
Ronaldo Lima, Jr.

#2470

02/15/2007

I've added myself too.
Sharon Betts

Sharon Betts

#2472

(Response to #2470)

02/15/2007

Thank you for adding yourselves to my Frapper map.The students and teachers in my district are getting quite a charge out of all the world entries.

Sharon http://sharonbetts.org/sshare/blog.html

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Maru

#2473

02/15/2007

Hi Sharon!

I just added myself to your map, I saw that automatically adds me to the map onyour second site... Clever! Excellent work!! Thanks for checking my exercise and for sending the link for Hot Potatoes tutorials, it will be very helpful for this week :-)

Moira Hunter

Moira Hunter

#2623

02/18/2007

Me too :-))))
Sharon Betts

Sharon Betts

#2545

(Response to #2544)

02/16/2007

http://webheadtools.motime.com/

I just visited my blog and was overcome by all the postings on the map and to my tools. You are a fantastic group and I am going to miss my many hours on the computer waiting for those 100s of emails and ideas. I feel honored to have found you. Wouldn't it be great if we could meet in person (blended baw) someday?

Sharon

PS - If you haven't added your name, you are still invited.

Hala Fawzi

Hala Fawzi

#2546

(Response to #2545)

02/16/2007

Yes, Sharon!

It is more than great when you meet a webhead for the first time. Do you believe that you start talking ( a non stop one) as if you have known each other for years? I ahd only one with a dear Egyptian webehad, Randa Effat,in Cairo last year and it was unforgetable We hanve many f2f webheads meetings in different parts of the world documented on Tere's index here:

Some of them with photos and others with photo story. Did you hear about it/I wonder why we haven't shown new bawers some of our photo stories!! I am off to work now, but I hope when I come back I will find some of our historian photostories are posted here!

Talk to you Susan.You were more than amazing on this baw. Welcome to Bawsphere

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

#2556

02/17/2007

Hi, Sharon!

Hala has said what there is to say about Webheads meeting f2f. You can take a look at real examples

http://64.71.48.37/teresadeca/webheads/wia-index2.htm#Meet

(enjoy!) and then experience it for real, the sooner the better! Many of us will be in Seattle for TESOL 2007.

As to "I am going to miss my many hours on the computer waiting for those 100s of emails and ideas", there's no need for that. We hope you'll stay with us in our warm mini UN - why can't the real one learn form us?! - and continue sharing and exchanging experiences. The pace slows down, thank God!, but "business and pleasure" continue as usual. :-)

Moira Hunter

Moira Hunter

#2631

02/18/2007

Are you going to TESOL Seattle this year? Many of us will be there in March so it would be great to meet you if you're going to be around there and then?
Teresa Almeida d'Eca

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

#2558

02/17/2007

Hi, everyone!

It's true that we haven't talked about photo stories and PhotoStory, Hala. It's a great software to create photo presentations or a tutorial (why not?). The software is very easy to use and audio (narration and music) can be embedded.

Link

We have several examples of Webhead meetings in photo stories. Here's one of a Lisbon Webheads dinner where you will meet three of this week's mods and co-mods. In the last picture (from left to right): Cristina, Ramona, Fernanda, Joao (Teresa's husband), Teresa and Luisa.

http://64.71.48.37/teresadeca/webheads/meetings/lisbonwia05.wmv

(no sound in this one)

Enjoy! Hugs, Teresa

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

#2560

02/17/2007

Hi, Ronaldo! There's one example of Movie Maker from Webhead Michael Coghlan, who presented for us in Week 2. It's called "My story".

http://users.chariot.net.au/~michaelc/els/mystory_sample.wmv

I don't recall differences between MovieMaker and PhotoStory. I'm sure Michael gave us feedback back then (2204), so if he's around and reads this, maybe he will help us. All I can say is that the end products are very similar.You can be sure that when a Webhead travels, we always arrange for f2f meetings well in advance! :-)

Ronaldo Lima, Jr.

#2562

02/17/2007

Really nice, Teresa! If one of you webheads ever come to Brazil, don't forget to contact me before!!! Now a question, have you guys ever used Windows Movie Maker (the one that comes in the windows package) for that purpose? How would you compare these two softwares (Windows Movie Maker and Microsoft Photo Story)?
Ronaldo Lima, Jr.

#2563

02/17/2007

Hi Teresa,

Loved the pictures of real meetings! Unfortunately, I won't make it toSeattle, but can't hardly wait to meet some webheads offline =)

sharonbetts

Sharon Betts

#2572

02/17/2007

We use both Photo Story and Movie maker on our windows machines for students to do digital storytelling. Photo Story is really made for digital images and Movie Maker for movies (camcorders). Of course you can put still images into Movie Maker and get a result very much like Photo Story. Photo Story is much easier to use overall - quick with clean results. Students from 10 -100 enjoy working with it.There are many online tutorials for Photo Story - some are linked Agenda page of my storytelling presentation:

http://www.eport52.org/editable/s/be/sbetts/wiki/3/?HomePage

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

#2573

(Response to #2572)

02/17/2007

Hi, Sharon!

The URL asks for a username and password. :-( I liked "students from 10-100"!!!

sharonbetts

Sharon Betts

#2576

(Response to #2573)

02/17/2007

Try this one - http://www.eport52.org/published/s/be/sbetts/wiki/3/?HomePage

I sent the editable one by mistake.

Dennis Newson

Dennis Newson

#2580

(Response to #2576)

02/17/2007

Ronaldo,

I've used Movie Maker and Photo Story. Movie Maker is the complete thing - movement and sound, music, clips to edit so that you can create special effects. Photo Story means you are deliberately restricting yourself to still pictures and spoken comment. It can be very effective.

One of my photo stories - Introducing Nils - which I made for my granddaughter, is at:

http://www.slidestory.com/?page=detail&cid=161

I must confess, I rather like it - some everyday adventures of a blue hippopotamus with my voice!

The Movie Maker film I made with contributions from Carla and her students and it is to be found at:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IyikltypWRo

I enjoyed making this so very much!

Michael Coghlan

#2586

(Response to #2580)

02/17/2007

This is an interesting way of using this medium Dennis, but I am curious. Were the repeated bits deliberate? To add an artistic touch to the editing perhaps? Or were they simply mistakes? :-)
Dennis Newson

Dennis Newson

#2591

02/17/2007

Michael,

Yes, the repeated parts were deliberate! I was trying to be creativelyamusing...........

Michael Coghlan

#2587

02/17/2007

MovieMaker and Photostory are very similar. Photostory is slightly easier and quicker to use in my opinion, but is designed to create a presentation from photos. MovieMaker allows you to include movies and still photos in your production. There are other differences, but it's a while since I've played with either tool. A good DST (Digital Storytelling site):

http://www.groups.edna.edu.au/course/view.php?id=107

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

#2620

02/18/2007

Hi, Sharon!

There are some very nice stories in the "Elementary studentexamples".I've started a new category in my EFL/ESL page on Digital Storytelling. I already had two links and added a couple of of yours. Hope you don't mind.

http://64.71.48.37/teresadeca/school/efl-eslpage.htm

Michael, thanks for the clarification about PS and MM. Nothing like exploring both tools to get a feel of them and the differences between them.I've added the link you gave for the DS Network to the page above.

Berta

Berta

#2588

02/17/2007

Jane and I met again last January but took very few pictures. We couldn´t stop talking and walking around the city to see as much as we possibly could. Here is a link for Tere´s index:

http://www.bubbleshare.com/album/125451

All the best, Berta

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

#2617

02/18/2007

Done, Berta! I've added the link. It's the first for 2007!!! Lovely photos! I love snow. :-)

Hala Fawzi

Hala Fawzi

#2593

(Response to #2591)

02/17/2007

Hi Michael,

Thanks for the information! I also wanted to thank you for your wonderful comment on Muhanned's blog. He is so enthusiastic about your telling him of the Sudanese refugees. He decided to devote all his blog about life in Sudan. Thanks for inspiring him and the whole class. They listened to your "Happy Online" and clapped happily offline!!! Thanks again,

Ronaldo Lima, Jr.

#2596

(Response to #2593)

02/18/2007

Hi Dennis,

thanks a lot for the feedback. I've already tagged slidestory.com, I can see many classroom uses for that. And it was great to watch your video at youtube, for I didn't know that when you said Carla you meant Carla Arena -I recognized it because the questions were filmed at the school where I work. By the way, I liked you response to the guy who said he loved you -have you two been communicating privately through e-mail?

Dennis Newson

Dennis Newson

#2599

(Response to #2596)

02/18/2007

No, Ronaldo, I have never heard from the student in question again. Life can be full of disappointments, and very hard. :-)))
Ronaldo Lima, Jr.

#2607

(Response to #2599)

02/18/2007

lol
Ronaldo Lima, Jr.

#2595

02/18/2007

Teresa, Michael, Sharon and Dennis, thanks a lot for all the information (about photo story x windows moviemaker). Webheads rock!
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Webhosts

sarahbraxton@verizon.net

Sarah Braxton

#2397

02/14/2007

Hi there, sarahbraxton@verizon.net invites you to "My Page" at Pageflakes. Click on the link or copy andpaste it into your browser:

http://www.pageflakes.com/InvitedSignup.aspx?token=360fe7a0454743609b259120e4992d0b

sarahbraxton@verizon.net has shared the page with you, so you can view it.

Best regards

Your Pageflakes Team www.pageflakes.com

P.S.: Get your own personal start page at www.pageflakes.com.Add blogs, news, bookmarks, photos and much, much more. Keep your page private,share it with your friends or publish it on the Web.

Monica

#2405

(Response to #2397)

02/14/2007

Hi Sarah,

BAWers never cease to amaze me! Just when I thought I had tried enough cool tools, there comes another! I had completely forgotten about Pageflakes, thanks for sending the invitation to see your page! It looks fantastic and I'm probably taking some time during Carnival to set up my own space there!

sharonbetts

Sharon Betts

#2411

02/14/2007

Very very nice Sarah - I like Pageflakes.
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RSS

Sarah

Sarah (USA)

#2248

02/12/2007

Sharon,

I am trying to figure out how to take the plunge into RSS. I have two questions about your Protopage, where individual's blogs are listed. First, did the feed for each person's blog come from their blog, where you cut and pasted it? (and if not, how did you get the feed) Second, what do the lines within each person's blog represent? For example, I see under "Marus' first blog":

-Clock

-Week 4 findings

-Communicator Springdoo, etc.

Do these change as Maru adds content to her blog? Maybe just knowing the steps to create your Protopage entries would help me...

Thanks.

Susan Ryan

Susan Ryan

#2332

02/13/2007

If someone has time could they give a brief explanation of these blogfeed tools? Or perhaps there is a link someone could refer me to? I don't really get it. Yet... (:Thanks in advance!
sharonbetts

Sharon Betts

#2346

(Response to #2332)

02/13/2007

http://www.sharonbetts.org/site/pmwiki.php?n=Main.Learn-RSS

I just sent this to the list - read it and see if it clears up at all. If not, let me know and I will do a step by step.

sharonbetts

Sharon Betts

#2345

02/13/2007

Hi Sarah,

RSS can be a teachers salvation for time when blogging with students. It is also a real time saver for me as I like to keep tabs on hundreds of blogs and just wouldn't remember if not for my readers. I did a short page on RSS - read it and see if it helps. If not, let me know and I will elaborate.

http://www.sharonbetts.org/site/pmwiki.php?n=Main.Learn-RSS

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

#2388

02/14/2007

Hi, Susan!

This is a Will Richardson presentation for an EVO workshop during which, with his tips, I subscribed to a blog feed for the first time. I believe that you need to be registered in Learning Times to have access to it.

Link

TinyURL: http://tinyurl.com/ynp92c

You will find several interesting and useful links under Blogs in my OLE page.

http://64.71.48.37/teresadeca/webheads/online-learning-environments.htm

Hope this is useful! Thanks for leaving a comment in Rodrigo's blog. This morning in class he asked me if I knew you and I said: "Yes! Susan is my workshop!" He smiled.

sarah braxton

Sarah Braxton

#2409

(Response to #2388)

02/14/2007

Sharon,

Thanks for the link to your explanation of RSS (You have a LOT of additional useful information linked to this page).

To all,

10:00 am - I have set up several feeds now on a Pageflakes page. The first is a feed from BBC that provides me with articles about India. The second is a podcast feed from Discovery (see the iPod!) The third is a feed from Flickr. The fourth is a feed to my gmail account. Have a look - I am curious about how it looks from your end! I chose Pageflakes because it lays out information across the screen in an orderly way, and to me looks a little more formal than Protopage. Have a look - I am curious to know what you see (for example, can you read my email?)

2:00 pm - 4 hours later and I am a little frustrated! I created a Springcast (from Springdoo) for you all to see from the new Pageflakes, but I could not get Pageflakes to accept the feed to my Springdoo communicator. Next I tried to get my own blog

http://jvhslibrarian.blogspot.com...

to feed into my Pageflakes page

http://www.pageflakes.com/sarahbraxton.ashx?page=8690861...

but could not get the RSS code from the blog.and in the meantime I managed to change my template and lost a lot of content! Oh well,

Sarah (USA)

Ps - I have a glorious day off of school due to snow!

sharonbetts

Sharon Betts

#2412

02/14/2007

I believe that all blogger feeds are justthe URL with atom.xml added at the end.

Sarah try: http://jvhslibrarian.blogspot.com/atom.xml

Susan Ryan

Susan Ryan

#2429

02/14/2007

I appreciate the information about the feed tools, thanks for sending these links.

After a long afternoon of preparing my taxes I am not up to adding feeds right now so....manana!

sarah braxton

Sarah Braxton

#2465

02/15/2007

Thanks, Sharon - indeed the link you provide with atom.xml attached to the URL of my blog provided the code for the post feeds! Sarah (USA)
Susan Ryan

Susan Ryan

#2471

02/15/2007

Thanks to Sharon, Teresa and others who responded to my query about feed tools. As it turns out I have been using these on my personalized Google homepage already ( :Sharon's explanation on her wiki cleared some of the fog from my brain. Now I will add some feeds to a blog.
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Week 4 Tools and Sessions

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Voice Tools

Gladys Baya

Gladys Baya

#2290

02/13/2007

Encouraged by Maru's invitation, I tried Evoca.. First I pressed"Mute" on my keyboard (I had been listening to the radio) and then couldn't understand why I wouldn't hear myself... :-P Then something went wrong with my mic and I couldn't record again... I got a message asking me to check my settings...

Well, first year at BAW I tried HandyBits, last year Springdoo and Podomatic, with the WIA Yackpack (?) and Gabmail with a WIA who is also a friend, I think... this BAW has brought about exploration of MyChingo, and this half-attempt at using Evoca, which I'll need to repeat.... This week, I should be trying Odeo for B4B...

What do you think? 5 BAWs more and I will have tried nearly all of them? ;-)

sharonbetts

Sharon Betts

#2340

02/13/2007

5 BAWs more and I will have tried nearly all of them? ;-) This says it all, Gladys. I guess I will need to sign up again, and again, and again.
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Gabjam

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Maru

#2189

02/11/2007

Hi Angeles!

I just saw you and heard your voice at Gabjam! Congratulations! You look very pretty!! Thanks for letting me see the uses of this environment, I had not visited Gabjam before. I do not have a camera so there is no video in my reply. Good luck and continue using the tools.

MMV Centro
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Maru

#2192

(Response to #2189)

02/11/2007

Hi Moira!

I just listened to your video message at Gabjcam. I do not have a camera so the video will be black. The quality of the video is better than in Springdoo, it does not fragmentsitself. Springdoo adds my picture to the video when I do not have camera which is nice The sound of my message is low and I could not improve it, remember I need a sound card. I hope that when I answered I had treaded the voice message. The following is the link that showed up:

http://FreeGabMail.com/AV/Viewer.html?SID=9N5a2a9YUJaD1ckl

Dafne

Dafne

#2193

(Response to #2192)

02/11/2007

This is how I was introduced to Gabjam by Moira in December:

http://freegabmail.com/AV/Viewer.html?SID=mD07Y0aA4782R4bN

Moira, hope you don't mind I am sharing this ;-)

Moira Hunter

Moira Hunter

#2202

(Response to #2193)

02/12/2007

Dear Daf,

What a brilliant idea to send this :-))))) I had completely forgotten about it but it is in fact quite a good 'informal tutorial' to be referred to when you look at the thread again!!

Ronaldo Lima, Jr.

#2245

02/12/2007

Hi Moira!

I recorded a reply to your gabmail message. It's the third one - you won't see me because I don't have a webcam on this pc I'm using right now. check it out:

http://FreeGabMail.com/AV/Viewer.html?SID=B14J5aLBfYx6mcFL

Moira Hunter

Moira Hunter

#2276

02/13/2007

Hi Ronaldo and Maru, I've left a message :-)
Dennis Newson

Dennis Newson

#2292

(Response to #2276)

02/13/2007

Moira and Renaldo, Here is some sort of rambling reply.

Dennis Denos

To view your GabMail(tm) video email message simply click the link below or copy and paste it into your browser.

http://FreeGabMail.com/AV/Viewer.html?SID=98Qiy87qlB7wm0E2

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Chinswing

Ronaldo Lima, Jr.

#2243

02/12/2007

Hello Baw07ers!

I have created a new discussion about myths and stereotypes at chinswing.com, and would be glad if some of you could go there and contribute with your opinion. Here is the link:

http://chinswing.com/pages/discussion.aspx?id=98c2b379-bd39-422a-9d65-408aa4f3c243

Moira Hunter

Moira Hunter

#2277

02/13/2007

Hi Ronaldo,

Great idea and you have two post already :-)

Monica

#2305

02/13/2007

Hi everyone!

I started a thread in Chinswing, inviting people to post their views on film adaptations (in fact, films being adapted from novels). I'm going to ask my students to listen to your posts and comment - their task is to write a review of a film which has been adapted from a book and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of that. I would love to hear your opinion! Thanks!

http://www.chinswing.com/pages/discussion.aspx?id=f47af73d-a696-40d8-9aa0-c354af3d562b

Moira Hunter

Moira Hunter

#2314

(Response to #2305)

02/13/2007

A great topic Monica!

So much so that you have to be careful of the length of the reply as this islimited to 2 minutes :-(The link which will take contributors directly to your topic is this :

http://www.chinswing.com/pages/discussion.aspx?id=f47af73d-a696-40d8-9aa0-c354af3d562b

Monica

#2318

(Response to #2314)

02/13/2007

Hi Moira,

thank you for your comments on my Chinswing thread, it was great! I'm sure my students will find them very useful. And thanks for correcting the url, for some reason part of it was not linked. If anyone else has any problems accessing it, you can also try the link I put on the blog -

http://manyreviews.blogspot.com

There you will also find the link to the quiz in SurveyMonkey. I'm going to start working on the writing activities now.

Elisabeth Fernandes

#2398

02/14/2007

Monica,

I've just visited your blog and was very impressed. I took the quiz about theOscars and I surprised myself by getting about half the answers right. And your topic on Chinswing is very interesting too. My mic is not working, but I hope to get another soon and I'll try to add to your thread.

MMV® Centro
<p>Multidisciplinario

Maru

#2344

02/13/2007

Hi Ronaldo!

I heard the discussion thread, very interesting. Congratulations! I left my comments and registered at Chinswings recording my introduction message. My username is mmvcentro.Your ideas are making me move! Thanks!

I would like to learn how Chinswing works and how to send the link to my introduction for you to hear it. It caught my attention that English and Scotish are the ones, up to now, participating in this discussion. I would like to invite the group to participate as well.

Love: Maru

P.S. You have a deep, rich and relaxing voice.

Ronaldo Lima, Jr.

#2383

02/14/2007

I'd like to thank Meeshkol (is she takingBaw?), Moira, Dennis Deno, Johanna and Maru for contributing to my Chinswing thread on stereotypes. I started this thread just to test Chinswing, but since I got so many interesting and insightful replies, I'll definitely use it with my students! So, if other people could (and would like to) participate too, here goes the link again:

http://www.chinswing.com/pages/discussion.aspx?id=98c2b379-bd39-422a-9d65-408aa4f3c243

Somebody asked me how to send the link to the personal introduction (sorry, I lost this message and didn't memorize who it was...) - all you should do is click on your photo and it will take you to your profile page, then copy the url and send the link telling people to click on the "play" button.

Susana Arajo

Susana Arajo

#2349

02/13/2007

Hello dear friends!

I finally signed up for Chinswing and managed to post a message there. It's about tongue twisters. I've noticed my students love "mouthing" them in Portuguese, so how about start teaching a few in English? I tried once or twice and they laughed and enjoyed a lot ;-) kept saying and repeting the words ;-) Lovely!I'd like to ask you to visit my Chinswing at

http://www.chinswing.com/pages/discussion.aspx?id=ccdc4964-5e80-4c7b-a60f-87f78ab6c179

and leave me some tongue twisters you know in English. Not tooo difficult, as they are elementary level. Simple sentences and repetitive sounds would be great to develop their listening and speaking skills!

I apologize for the sound. I guess I was too near the mic...or maybe I'll have to buy a more hi-tech one, like Moira's...eh,eh! I'll leave a tongue twister here to inpire your contributions: How much web would a web browser browse, if a web browser could browse web?Thank you very much in advance!

Dafne

Dafne

#2361

(Response to #2349)

02/14/2007

Dear Susana,

What a great idea! I love tong twisters. The computer I am using now does not have a mic, but these are 2 tongue twisters I have used with my students:

Sally sells sea shells by the sea shore.

Fuzzy wuzzy was a bear,

Fuzzy wuzzy had no hair,

Fuzzy wuzzy wasn`t very fuzzy, was it?

Dennis Newson

Dennis Newson

#2368

(Response to #2361)

02/14/2007

Dafne,

I got my recording wrong at the end! Does anyone know how you can erase a recording when it is already there on Chinswing? Never mind. We all believe in communication not accuracy, don't we?

Fernanda Rodrigues

Fernanda Rodrigues

#2370

(Response to #2368)

02/14/2007

Hi Dennis

I'm afaid I can't find any link to delete files. Can't you replace the file?

MMV Centro
<p>Multidisciplinario

Maru

#2352

02/13/2007

Hello Everybody!

My God! This is addictive! As soon as I am done reading messages and visiting links posted... I get new emails and I star over. I am learning so much and having so much fun that it is hard to leave the computer. It is great to hear the sound of your voices!

I am not used to record using my voice, I feel shy but I know that if I do not practice I will remain in the same place.

This voice thread is excellent! I am a book lover though I enjoy movies as well. I didn't do well on the Movie's quiz .

I will have to focus on the activities of week 5. I am so tangled up! Today I was at Alado waiting for the conference and got into panic because I was alone in the room! Fortunatelly Hala was using YM and told me... "THURSDAY, the conference is not today, today is Tuesday! We had a good laugh and I enjoyed Hala's laughter!

Please... stop posting activities... I cannot resist them!

cristina Costa

Cristina Costa

#2379

02/14/2007

Dear Maru,

I am glad that you enjoying the workshop and that you are feeling the benefits of belonging to such an active group. I am having problems with my Yahoo! Account today. I can access it and don't now really know why. I am answering through the Yahoo! group and I couldn't help smiling at your comment, especially because I know exactly that feeling. I also feel addicted to all this contagious activity that goes on in BaW07. But it is a healthy addiction and so I hope to keep being addiction for the years to come. Keep up the good work.

MMV® Centro
<p>Multidisciplinario

Maru

#2401

02/14/2007

Dear Cristina:

Your kind words cheered me up. Of course I will be on the conference tomorrow, I do not want to miss it. I have not used tools to create exercises online before, I am learning a lot and having fun at the same time. I am not familiar with Yahoo, I am afraid I cannot help you out to solve the problem .

It is great that you found out how to keep posting, if something similar happens to me I will know now what to do to remain in touch. Yahoo groups, good idea. I really have to focus on this week activities, I feel a bit behind, too many new places to visit! I am acting like an old rag... I keep getting tangled in every corner! Everything is new, interesting and challenging. With a group like this there is no other way to go but... up! I hope to see you too on Thursday.

cristina costa

Cristina Costa

#2414

02/14/2007

Dear Maru,

Take your time. You can only do so much. And let me tell you you are doing great. Looking forward to meeting you online. We are going to have a great time!

Dennis Newson

Dennis Newson

#2375

02/14/2007

Fernanda,

I will try...If all else fails, I will re-do it, and mention that the second recording is a re-take.

Susana Arajo

Susana Arajo

#2377

(Response to #2375)

02/14/2007

Hello Dafne and Dennis Newson!

Wow! This is what I call a collaborative team ;-) Thank you Dafne for your tongue twisters. I loved them! And I liked the idea of "your voice" being recorded by Dennis, eh, eh! Thank you a lot Dennis! Never mind about the end of your recording... That was what I really wanted: to hear you saying tongue twisters. It's really fun!

And to those of you who haven't recorded any, pleeeease do. I'd love to hear (and laugh to ;-)) your contributions. If you know a tongue twister, do letme know and *hear* you :-)Thanks again and Happy Valentine's day

Jennifer Verschoor

Jennifer Verschoor

#2420

02/14/2007

Dear All,

I forgot to tell you that I created a Chinswing on Podcasts. If you wish to participate please enter the following link:

http://www.chinswing.com/pages/discussion.aspx?id=c7328a9f-3222-483c-9477-4cfb8296c356

Thanks for your participation

Moira Hunter

Moira Hunter

#2611

02/18/2007

Hi Jennifer, This is an extremely interesting thread and if you others have not been thereyet, you should!!!!
Susana AraĂşjo

Susana Araujo

#2516

02/16/2007

Hi!

I'd like to thank Dafne, Dennis Newson (again ;-)) and Julia from Russia for having shared their Tongue Twisters with me. Julia, your tongue twister is hilarious! I'm even afraid of twisting my tongue trying to say it quickly ;-) My students will love it! You did a great job! Thanks a lot!

And as my students would say...I want more! I want more! Pleeease. I'd like to start my own collection of audio tongue twisters and link it to my blog

http://funenglish4kids.motime.com/.

If you'd like to contribute with a tongue twister, please do. Here's the link:

http://www.chinswing.com/pages/discussion.aspx?id=ccdc4964-5e80-4c7b-a60f-87f78ab6c179

Thanks again!

Julia Yatsenko

Julia Yatsenko

#2532

(Response to #2516)

02/16/2007

Susana, thank you for the compliment. That was my pleasure. I'll ask my students to record some tongue twisters for your students.
Moira Hunter

Moira Hunter

#2597

02/18/2007

Hi Susana,

I didn't even try to repeat yours - too difficult ;-))My headset is not hi-tech, about 20-25 Euros in the shops :-)A great thread for learners!

Monica

#2628

02/18/2007

Hi Susana!

Great idea to ask people to record tongue twisters - I had a hard time recording my suggestion! :)

Johanna Stirling

Johanna Stirling

#2646

02/18/2007

Hi everyone

I know we've moved on from Chinswing and the like but I'm just catching up! I've just started a new thread there which I'd love you or your students to contribute to.

It's at http://tinyurl.com/23hcbr (that's my first ever tinyurl - hope it works!).

The idea is to find out what people from all over the world are doing at one particular time. And that time is Monday 19th February 2007 at 1300 GMT. So of course you need to check what time that is where you are and then after that time go to Chinswing and record what you were doing at exactly that time. If you were sleeping there may not be much to say (unless you were having a good dream!) but if for example you were eating, tell us what you were tucking into. It would be lovely to hear from some of your students too. Great past continuous practice!

Moira Hunter

Moira Hunter

#2651

(Response to #2646)

02/18/2007

Dear Johanna,

What a great idea! Can you BUZZ us at 13.00 GMT so we don't forget? Easy for you as you're in GMT;-)

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Live sessions

Hala Fawzi

Hala Fawzi

#2184

(Response to #2177)

02/11/2007

Great work Mabel! Clear, organized, elegant and very informative! Congratulations! You did a wonderful job!
Cora Chen

Cora Chen

#2191

02/11/2007

Dear Mabel,

You have done a wonderful job making these fantastic session pages! I like the layouts and the clear screen shots. :-))) Many thanks.

MMV Centro
<p>Multidisciplinario

Maru

#2186

02/11/2007

...

Dimdim. For a few minutes I talked to Moira and Sundar. The fact that you have to wait for the link to get there makes more difficult to arrange meetings. It was interesting to hear Moira learning how to be a moderator in that environment....

Moira Hunter

Moira Hunter

#2190

(Response to #2186)

02/11/2007

Hi Maru,

I will reply in more detail later, but I just wanted to clarify two points about DimDim.

There are two ways to be invited to a DimDim room. One is by email invitation and the other is by sending the url. I sent the url as these were open sessions where people could drop in and out whenever convenient to them whilst I opened the room. As I didn't know who would come, this was a better way of opening the room.

The second point is that I was not learning to be a moderator. I was troubleshooting the problems and reporting these back to the IT in DimDim, taking screenshots all the time, so that these bugs are removed. I called Sundar in to the room for him to actually see from the participant's view what was happening when you had all those problems. Hope that is clearer now :-)

MMV Centro
<p>Multidisciplinario

Maru

#2219

02/12/2007

Hi Moira!

Thanks for your answer, it makes clear how Dimdim works. I am glad to see that you work with the creators of Dimdim to troubleshootproblems on the site, you are an example to follow!! I am sorry for the misunderstanding I listened to one of Geof's recordings and saw that you have been using e-learning for years. Unfortunatelly I had already sent my answers by then. I feel more honoured now, if that can be possible, for having you dedicating time to beginers like me. Thanks again!!

Moira Hunter

Moira Hunter

#2233

02/12/2007

Hi Maru,

If there's one thing I am sure of it is the folllowing :- we are all beginners in something and learners for life for everything :-)))

Moira Hunter

Moira Hunter

#2188

02/11/2007

Hello Everybody,

I have posted an entry to our blog for your comments on the open sessions in DimDim which I gave in order to show what features this web-based open source virtual classroom has. Please leave your thoughts on our baby DimDim in its Alpha version :-)

Gladys Baya

Gladys Baya

#2270

02/13/2007

Sorry Hala! After so much bothering you with requests and suggestions, I was totally overwhelmed by my many other duties and was unable to make it to DimDim... Hope there'll be other chances at a quieter time from me (April???) via the WIA.Thanks for your generous offer!
Hala Fawzi

Hala Fawzi

#2578

02/17/2007

A belated explanation!

I think you means Moira, who generously offered open sessions at DIDMID. There will be other chances for sure to experiment and play with all the tools, not only with DIMDIM! Time flies so fast.

Jose Antonio da Silva

Jose Antonio da Silva

#2356

02/13/2007

Hi Moira, Daf and all ,

I am sorry I have not been posting to DimDim the forum and other applications. I am working too hard and I dont really have much time now. However I keep reading the digests and I really love what you all have been doing. The carnival holiday is coming and then I think I will be able to catch up.

Big hug

Fernanda Rodrigues

Fernanda Rodrigues

#2367

(Response to #2356)

02/14/2007

Hi Jose Antnio

I guess everyone is working hard, so take your time and relax. You know the materials and info will be online and you can go back to them later. Enjoy your carnival holidays! Beijinhos from Portugal

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Week 5 tools and session

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Online surveys

Hala

Hala Fawzi

#2252

02/12/2007

Dear all,

I hope you are enjoying your residence with us in week5! Here is an example of an interesting survey by our great coordinator, Dafne, for her students at Architecture and Urban Planning Course

http://tinyurl.com/2bzycs

Here is one by Anita, who participated in Learning with computers workshop 2005:

http://tinyurl.com/3a9nqy.

BTW, you will not regret visiting Anita's blog here to see how a newbie use a blog:

http://anitaslo.blogspot.com/

As for examples of online surveys in general; here is one, which generated by Discovery School, for our dear Gladys , her:

http://school.discovery.com/quizzes31/gladysbaya/Netiquette.html

This one was suggested in baw05 and it is very useful for administrations:

http://www.geodata.soton.ac.uk/llas/learning_survey/

Now, after giving a whole day relaxation, you may proceed today in exploring all the tools. We want to see links to new creations shining on your blogs and wikis, guys and gals!! Any surveys yet?

My two Sudanese pounds,

Hala

Fernanda Rodrigues

Fernanda Rodrigues

#2255

(Response to #2252)

02/13/2007

Dear all

Let me share with you 2 surveys I created 2 years ago with one of my classes. One is about reading habits, the other about the use of cellphones; this second one was created for a collaboration among my students and Chrissan and Clair Taylor's students.

http://users.prof2000.pt/mfr/class10f_0405/cellphones.asp">

Link

http://users.prof2000.pt/mfr/class10f_0405/cellphones.asp">

Link

Results of the survey:

http://users.prof2000.pt/mfr/class10f_0405/cellphones_default.asp

They were not created using SurveyMonkey or any other online tool, but as Hala says, the important is not the tool you use, but what you get in the end.

Hala

Hala Fawzi

#2253

02/12/2007

Hi new webheads-to-be

I think you are already true webheads ,especially after hearing Ronaldo saying something about addiction to baw! !Now you ARE one of us! The first quiz ever I "sat for" in my short cyberspace life was the famous quiz by Albion.com. Since I joined baw 2005, I used to do it every now and then until I got my 100%.

http://www.albion.com/netiquette/netiquiz.html

I thought it is important for you to have a look at it and maybe bookmark it for further "do/re-do", if you have not came across it before.

This is what they write on the home page under this quiz:"Test your network etiquette knowledge with the Netiquette Quiz, our first Java applet. It's nifty and fun. You need a Java-compatible browser like Netscape Navigator 2.0 or higher to run this applet. Sorry, but this applet doesn't run very well on the Macintosh platform."Tell us what was your mark, bravely!!

Moira Hunter

Moira Hunter

#2324

02/13/2007

Hello all,

I love answering all these quizzes! I am offline in Ireland for a few days due to my work but am really looking forward to coming back to click away answering all the questions :-)) Please don't make them too difficult ;-) How about incorporating audio too? Please remember too to post your comments to the blog. Daf is the only one so far who has posted for DimDim and other posts are 'feeling lonely' too!!

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Survey Monkey

Ronaldo Lima, Jr.

#2242

02/12/2007

Hi Baw07ers!

My first contribution for week 5 is a survey about Brazil. Please, take some minutes to answer it!

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.asp?u=953913295514

Surveymonkey is super user-friendly! You can always refer to the different kinds of questions, it is easy to move/create/delete pages and questions, and you don't need to save your survey while or after designing it (it is automatically done by surveymonkey). It also gives you many options of how to distribute your survey (through links and pop-ups). I loved it and can alreay see many of its uses for the language classroom.

Monica

#2247

(Response to #2242)

02/12/2007

Hi Ronaldo,

Congrats, MonkeySurvey does seem like a very user-friendly tool to use with the students, and I think that they will have fun creating their own surveys! I had a look at your survey on Brazil and I was puzzled by one of the questions, which asked readers about the dates of some Brazilian festivities. The problem is that both Carnival and Mother's Day are celebrated on different days every year, so what would you consider a 'correct' answer in this case? Is it possible to eliminate the 'year'from the question?

Hala Fawzi

Hala Fawzi

#2250

(Response to #2247)

02/12/2007

Congratulations Ronaldo for your first survey! I liked the "no I have changed my mind" very much. Nice to use with students! I second Monica;s suggestion about eliminating the year, which it stopped meand I filled it with 1999!! Did you get it? Way to go!

Hala (counting hugs)

cristina costa

Cristina Costa

#2259

(Response to #2250)

02/13/2007

I just loved your quiz! Way to go Ronaldo!

Ronaldo Lima, Jr.

#2260

(Response to #2259)

02/13/2007

Hi Monica and Hala,

I noticed the problem with the question about the dates when I was taking the survey myself. I couldn't find a way to eliminate the year, so what I did was change the question to: "when are the following festivals/special dates going to be celebrated in Brazil this year?

Thanks for the feedback!

Nelba

Nelba

#2267

02/13/2007

Hi, Ronaldinho!

your survey is very funny! good! You have inspired me and I will include one in my blog. By the way, thanks to all bawers who have left comments in my blog:

http://n21810.motime.com

The ones who have not, please visit it and leave a message wherever you want :) Talking about survey monkey, I completely agree with our Ronaldo that it is very friendly and easy to use. I have already used it with a on-line course I gave last December. You can see who voted and who have not, percentages, you can include the option of the participat to leave his/her opinion. Try it, it is really useful and free till 10 questions. If you want more questions, you must pay 4 the service .

Ana Rivas

#2268

(Response to #2267)

02/13/2007

Hola Ronaldo

Brilliant survey!!! Will you let us know the answers? I come from South America but I have my doubts concerning this year carnival!!

Ronaldo Lima, Jr.

#2271

(Response to #2268)

02/13/2007

Sure! I'll just let some more people answer and then I'll send the answers to the group.
Moira Hunter

Moira Hunter

#2275

02/13/2007

Hi Ronaldo,

I got my son to do it :-) He loved it!

Chrissan

Chrissan

#2284

(Response to #2275)

02/13/2007

The key Ronaldo, the key, pleeeease;-)
MMV Centro
<p>Multidisciplinario

Maru

#2294

(Response to #2284)

02/13/2007

Well Done Rolando!

I answered your survey. When I finished it lead me to MonkeySurvey so I registered, thanks! When are you going to tell us the right answers? I would like to learn more about Brazil!

Ramona Dietrich

Ramona Dietrich

#2302

02/13/2007

Hi Ronaldo,

Your survey was great fun. I can't wait until we get the results.

Susana AraĂşjo

Susana Araujo

#2329

02/13/2007

Hi Ronaldo!

Tudo legal? Congratulations on your survey! It really caught my attention, my husband is Brazilian ;-), although he doesn't have any accent as he came to Portugal when he had about 3 years old. His mother is from Rio de Janeiro. I'm dying to visit Brazil ;-) Regarding your survey, I specially liked the "unreal" for the currency used in Brazil.Thank you for inspiring me to do my own survey. I'm going to give it a try.

Ronaldo Lima, Jr.

#2385

02/14/2007

Hi Baw07ers!

I'd like to thank the 26 people who took my survey about Brazil. With the free account we cannot export the results, but we can save it as .asp and then send the file (that's what I've done here!)

Here goes the answers:

1. Capital of Brazil - Brasilia (the beautiful city where I live)

2. Language spoken in Brazil - Portuguese (although with a little difference in accent compared to Portuguese from Portugal)

3. Dates:

- Carnival always has a different date in Brazil (it has something to dowith a catholic calendar, but most Brazilians have no idea how it works... it is the same calendar that influences easter time), but this year, Carnival Tuesday (i.e. mardi gras, fat Tuesday) is next Tuesday (Feb. 20) but the celebration always starts on the Saturday before.

- Mother's Day: as in the US, it is celebrated on the second Sunday of May (this year, May 13)

- Valentine's Day: not today... it's on June 12

4. Reasons to visit Brazil - the only impossible one is "see the Eifel Tower" - for this option I think you should visit Moira =)

5. Popular vacation activities in Brazil - Going to the beach is extremely popular, bowling is somewhat popular, swimming in the amazon river is not very popular, and skiing is impossible.

6. The name of our currency is "Real"I hope one day you can all come and visit this beautiful country!

Hala

Hala Fawzi

#2251

02/12/2007

SurveyMonkey is absolutely user friendly. I second Monica's in that it can be used by your students too. It is the webheads' favorite, so far!

If you wonder why, it is because all directions and the 'How's" are very straightforward and takes no time ;f rom setting up an account, creating template, sending your survey, receiving and viewing the reports. It includes great online analysis tools built in . What is great, or I think one of the many great features of SurveyMonkey, is that it can generate the link to the survey for you to send in an email or insert on a webpage at your click.

With the free version, which you will find quite satisfactory features, but if you buy the complete version ,( about 20$ per month ) , you get more capabilities, like having more than 10 questions and more than 100 responses!

There are other many tools for creating online survey,

like InstantSurvey ( not free) http://www.instantsurvey.com/,

or Zoomerang http://info.zoomerang.com/.

However, let me draw your attention to that ; what is much more important and comes first when creating a survey, is not how to use SurveyMonkey, or any other tool, but how to formulate the survey questions to get an understanding of the responses from those taking the survey. The content comes first then the use of the tool, remember? Let's shoot this too down!

Monica

#2266

02/13/2007

Hi everybody,

I tried the link to instant survey and it didn't work; then I checked the url and noticed that the comma was accidentally included in the link. So here's the correct url:

http://www.instantsurvey.com

Thanks for posting it, Hala!

Johanna Stirling

Johanna Stirling

#2269

02/13/2007

Hi Folks

I've just made a Survey on SurveyMonkey. Nice tool!! I didn't have time to play around with all the options but it did what I wanted it to do I think. My survey is for real!! I'd love it if you could take the survey because your answers would enhance a presentation I'm giving this weekend. Here's the link:

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.asp?u=999093303844

Many thanks

Moira Hunter

Moira Hunter

#2278

02/13/2007

Done, Johanna, but my replies won't really help your survery. IWBs are 'big' in the UK but not here at all :-(
Chrissan

Chrissan

#2283

(Response to #2278)

02/13/2007

Hi Johanna, I have answered your survey and I'd love to have the results. The would be very useful for me too, thanks for doing this!!
Hala Fawzi

Hala Fawzi

#2322

02/13/2007

Hi Johanna,

I believe attending Isabel's presentation on Thursday will add to you to be more than ready for Saturday! Good Luck with your presentation! Please let us know how did it went.I just completed the survey.

Johanna Stirling

Johanna Stirling

#2485

02/16/2007

23 of you took the time to complete my survey on interactive whiteboards that I posted earlier this week. That's fantastic, thank you. Really useful comments too.

I'll post the results of the survey next week after I've done my presentation plus anything interesting that comes out of the workshop itself. What a cliffhanger, eh? Can you wait that long? ;-) But meanwhile you might like to watch my little Zimmertwins movie that I'm opening my talk with.

http://www.zimmertwins.ca/node/402724

Thanks again, you wonderful lot!

Monica

#2287

02/13/2007

Hi everyone,

here's the link to my survey (well, a quiz actually, but I wanted to explore the tool...). The subject is the Academy Awards - my students are writing film reviews. Now I want to write a real survey, I'll send the link soon! :) Hope you enjoy it!

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.asp?u=791073304252

You can also access it from my blog: http://manyreviews.blogspot.com

Moira Hunter

Moira Hunter

#2289

(Response to #2287)

02/13/2007

I need to watch more academy awards and recent films :-(
cristina costa

Cristina Costa

#2301

02/13/2007

Hi Monica,

What a really great idea for a quiz. I know little about the Oscars , so I glad I did the quiz. I learned a lot! Way to go!

Dafne

Dafne

#2308

(Response to #2301)

02/13/2007

I have failed a quiz for the first time in my longlife ;-)
Teresa Almeida d'Eca

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

#2310

(Response to #2308)

02/13/2007

Dear Dafninha,

It's about time!!!! ;-))))) Feeling more relaxed?

Fernanda Rodrigues

Fernanda Rodrigues

#2316

(Response to #2315)

02/13/2007

Hi Daf

Well, we are never too old to experiment new sensations! :)

Hala Fawzi

Hala Fawzi

#2317

(Response to #2316)

02/13/2007

Hear hear! Age? Did you get the Diploam? We need a photo!
sara maria costa
<p>ramirez

Sara Maria Costa

Ramirez

#2315

(Response to #2310)

02/13/2007

This was fun. I actually verified how little I know about academy award. Still auditing and learning a lot. Wow over the weekends I sometimes have over 200 messages to read!!!! What an active crowd.
Hala Fawzi

Hala Fawzi

#2326

02/13/2007

Although it took me some time, because of my shallow knowledge on the topic, but I did enjoy it! I had access to the survey from you blog! Great work!
MMV Centro
<p>Multidisciplinario

Maru

#2350

02/13/2007

Hi Monica!

I had fun aswering your quizz! I need to pay more attention to movies What a great idea! Congratulations for your work and thanks for sharing.

Ronaldo Lima, Jr.

#2378

02/14/2007

Great survey, Monica. I feel I too need to watch more movies...
Dafne

Dafne

#2306

02/13/2007

Dear BaWers,

I have been using SurveyMonkey for several years, and as many of you have pointed out, it is very user-friendly, and can be used not only for surveys. You can see some examples of different uses I give toSurveyMonkey, on this page:

http://evoe-assessment.wikispaces.com/surveymonkey

This is part of the presentation I delivered for thee-assessment EVO session 2 weeks ago.

Nelba

Nelba

#2320

(Response to #2306)

02/13/2007

Hi,

Daf! Back in Venezuela? Thank you for the link. I'll have a look at it. By the way, can I embed Survey Monkey to my blog in motime?

Nelba

Nelba

#2400

02/14/2007

Hi,

everybody. I am improving my blog http://n21810.motime.com

and I would like to know if I can embed a survey in Survey Monkey to the blog. Can anyone help me? Thank you. Happy St. Valentine

cristina costa

Cristina Costa

#2413

02/14/2007

Dear Nelba,

you can certainly lik it to your blog. I don't know about embeding it, but I would think it would take some html codeif is possible.

Fernanda Rodrigues

Fernanda Rodrigues

#2423

(Response to #2413)

02/14/2007

Hi Nelba

If the survey had no images, you could do as I described for Hotpotatoes, but the radio buttons are images and they don't show up The best way is to link to the survey

sharonbetts

Sharon Betts

#2410

(Response to #2400)

02/14/2007

I have done a quick two question survey. It is posted on my blog

http://webheadtools.motime.com/

Fernanda Rodrigues

Fernanda Rodrigues

#2425

(Response to #2423)

02/14/2007

Hi Sharon

Congratulations for your blog and survey!

Monica

#2437

02/15/2007

Hi Sharon,

I answered your survey, great idea! I wanted to choose more than one option in question 2, but the system wouldn't let me... :(

Moira Hunter

Moira Hunter

#2605

02/18/2007

Hi Sharon,

Done! That blog is like a mushroom :-))))))))))) Great!!!!

Fernanda Rodrigues

Fernanda Rodrigues

#2461

02/15/2007

Hi Monica

You can't choose more than one option if you use radio buttons, The option Choice - Multiple answers would be the best type of question.

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

#2502

02/16/2007

Hi, Johanna!

I also created two movies for my students this school year to re-introduce CALL lessons and then to motivate them to create ZT movies. The first is about what CALL lessons are and the second is based on what we had just studied: like, love, hate... + -ing form.

CALL lessons http://www.zimmertwins.ca/node/321954

My loves & hates http://www.zimmertwins.ca/node/345884

I think this is a fun way to introduce something: a lesson, a presentation...Good luck on the presentation and do let us know how it went and how the participants reacted.

Ronaldo Lima, Jr.

#2510

02/16/2007

Hi Johanna and Teresa!

I loved your films! I didn't know zimmertwins, I used to do that atdfilm.com, but I'll try zimmertiwns now (there seems to be more features...)

Hala Fawzi

Hala Fawzi

#2512

(Response to #2510)

02/16/2007

Hi Johanna and Tere, I have not seen the second one before , Tere. I love it. I once thought zimmertwins could be used only with kids, but using it to introduce a presentaion? What a great idea to start a talk! Good luck Johanna.
Teresa Almeida d'Eca

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

#2518

(Response to #2512)

02/16/2007

Hi, Ronaldo! Glad you liked ZT. You can find other software for films here.

http://64.71.48.37/teresadeca/school/efl-eslpage.htm#cartoons

(look under "Software")

Hala, glad you enjoyed the second film. :-)

Cora Chen

Cora Chen

#2548

02/16/2007

Dear All,

If you have time, maybe you could look at my short survey? http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.asp?u=562583331894

Thanks,

Hala Fawzi

Hala Fawzi

#2554

(Response to #2548)

02/17/2007

I love it! Where do you find all these unique ideas, guys and gals?I will create one about hugs late today!
Carla Raguseo

Carla Raguseo

#2569

02/17/2007

Dear Cora,

I have just answered your survey. The topic is really interesting. I know that in Asian cultures there are some DOs and DON'Ts that have to be observed when giving and receiving gifts. EFL books always include some information, but I'd like to know more about it. Please, let us know the results as soon as you close the survey so that we can appreciate the cultural differences in our group. Thanks for sharing!

Cora Chen

Cora Chen

#2571

(Response to #2569)

02/17/2007

Dear Carla,

Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my survey! I know that people in Asia usually use both hands to give and receive gifts to show respect to the gift giver and receiver. For them, it's not polite to open the gifts immediately; they usually wait until later to open the gifts. Is it true that people in the Muslim countries use their right hands to accept the gifts? I'm thinking about using the result of this survey to write a lesson plan, or make an interactive exercise, or maybe a blog entry.

Thanks,

Cora

Hala Fawzi

Hala Fawzi

#2575

(Response to #2571)

02/17/2007

Hi Cora,

We, Muslims, do not use our left hand at all when eating, drinking or when giving or accepting anything, not only with gifts. On accepting gifts, we use our right hand as usual , but if the gift needs to be taken with both hands, there is no problem in that!! We do not mean to use the right or both hands. What's important is we do not use our left hand at all, or this is what is supposed to be!

Cora Chen

Cora Chen

#2582

(Response to #2575)

02/17/2007

Dear Hala,

Thank you very much for the important information! I really appreciate your help.:-)))

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Online exercises

MMV Centro
<p>Multidisciplinario

Maru

#2430

02/14/2007

Hello Everyone!

How did you spent your Valentine's Day? I hope you had a nice day. I went to CLA Language Center, Interactive Exercise Makers and made a matching exercise called Application Forms, please check it out at the following link and let me know what do you think.

http://elsiesgi.cla.umn.edu/match/application_page.htm

I did not know what to do to see who answers and check them to grade students or a tutorial to follow. There several forms that I did not understand: Gloss Maker, Cloze Maker, EvalMaker and Multy Maker. I choose Match Maker because it was the one I understood.

I also explored Hot Potatoes and saw:

  • that it is not free software

    * that you have to download the application file

    The page mentions bugs and I did not feel comfortable with that. I may have bugs, my IE is very slow and my Microsoft Office Word gets stuck every time I open it.

cristina costa

Cristina Costa

#2433

(Response to #2430)

02/15/2007

Dear Maru,

your exercise looks great. Thank you for sharing.

About hotpotatoes. It is true that you have to download an application and then upload your exercise to a server for it to be available to the www community. It can be free though, as long as you are using it with an educational purpose.You will register and automatically receive a password from them. Let me also share with you all another software, quite similar to hotpotatoes. It is also free, but, as HotPotatoes, you also have to download it. It is called quizfaber

http://www.lucagalli.net/eng/products.htm and I kinda like it.

Here are some examples I used last year:

http://virtual-waters.tripod.com/workingstudents.htm

Another software I also find interesting is Teachers' pet, which in anapplication you download to your computer and automatically gets associated with you MS Word. It is good to create (online) worksheets.

http://www.teachers-pet.org/ There is also an example on my site.

Gladys Baya

Gladys Baya

#2443

02/15/2007

As far as I know, you're entitled to use Hot Pots for free for educational purposes provided that you work for a non-profit institution (that leaves private teachers and private language schools out) and you make the activities you design available to anyone on the Web (that means, not uploading them to school sites that require a password to log in), for instance.... That's why I've never gone far into my exploration of Hot Pots, I'm afraid... let me know if I'm wrong!
cristina costa

Cristina Costa

#2445

(Response to #2443)

02/15/2007

Dear Gladys,

this is the information you get from their site: Do I Need a Licence? Hot Potatoes is free for use by individuals 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. However, you need to purchase a licence under any of the following conditions:

You are working for a company or corporation, or an educational institution which is not state-funded.

You are in business for yourself.

You charge money for access to the material you make with Hot Potatoes.

You do not make the material freely available through the WWW.

So, my assumption is that if you work for a state school, State university or any other state organizations (like the Armed Forces, etc) and you are willing to make your exercises available on the internet with no restrictions you can use it freely.

I have used it. I signed up and got a License key and had no problems. At the time I was working for the Portuguese Navy and my HotPot creations were meant for my students. I also made them available for the www through my site. Anyone else would like to add something to this? Other perspectives?

Fernanda Rodrigues

Fernanda Rodrigues

#2529

02/16/2007

Hi Gladys

I must confess I am a great fan of HotPotatoes. Most of the interactive exercises I have created have been done with HotPot. They have a great support yahoo group, which is very active, you learn alot from it. There's a lot of sharing. If you want "advanced" Hotpotatoes, you can customize the source files. It's true that you need a server to upload the files, but , as we saw the other day, you can even send the files to motime server and create alink in your blog.

You can also use free servers, if you don't have access at school. I found a free web server that we can use to host hotpotatoes exercises. I think it can be a solution to publish HotPotatoes exercises on the internet for those who don't have hosting space. You have to create an account here:

http://hosting-a.ipdz.com/default.asp

Go to Web Hosting Plans, choose the free option, fill in the form and then go to Hosting Control Panel. It gives you 100 MB of hosting space, no ads; files are uploaded by FTP,so you'll need an FTP client. I tried it with one of my HotPot exercises and it works quite well; it is reasonably fast. You can see it here:

http://free.ipdz.com/baw07/index.html

Happy Potatoes!

Ronaldo Lima, Jr.

#2464

(Response to #2445)

02/15/2007

In Brazil there are some language institutes called "Binational centers. "Every big city has one under a different name, in Brasilia it is the Casa Thomas Jefferson, where I work. Since this is a non-profit making institution, we also got free access to Hot potatoes.
sharonbetts

Sharon Betts

#2447

02/15/2007

Maru,

I took your application form and did very well :) You do need to download and install the program for making hot potatoes quizes. Here are some tutorial sites for using Hot Potatoes:

http://hotpot.uvic.ca/tutorials6.htm

Moira Hunter

Moira Hunter

#2613

02/18/2007

Hi Maru,

At last I passed a test - I got "ecellent" :-)))

Fernanda Rodrigues

Fernanda Rodrigues

#2463

(Response to #2447)

02/15/2007

Hi Maru

"Hot Potatoes is free for use by individuals 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. However, you need to purchase a licence under any ofthe following conditions:

* You are working for a company or corporation, or an educational institution which is not state-funded.

* You are in business for yourself.

* You charge money for access to the material you make with Hot Potatoes.

* You do not make the material freely available through the WWW."

The official site refers to bugs that have been corrected with new versions of the software.

MMV® Centro</ul>
<p>Multidisciplinario

Maru

#2475

(Response to #2473)

02/15/2007

Hi Fernanda!

Thanks for your clarifying answer. I work for an non state-funded institution. If I make the material freely available through the WWW and do not charge money to access the material, do you think I could use Hot Potatoes? Maybe they require me to work on a state-funded institution disregarding the free use I give to the material :-(

MMV Centro
<p>Multidisciplinario

Maru

#2432

02/14/2007

Hello Bawers!

I registered in Script-O!I found it very useful and easy to use. The tutorials are clear. I am preparing an exercise, it is not ready yet. With a Class Page you can have your students visit to do the activities and you can get detailed results (score, duration,etc). It is handy to have everyting in one place, I liked the concept.You have there for free:

- a Class Page

- Results

- True/False Quizzes

- Single Answer Multiple Choice Quizzes

- Matching Quizzes

- Fill Answer Quizzes and

- Uploading Files to the Class Page

When you suscribe you have also:

- Calendar

- Syllabus

- Surveys

- Games

- Multiple Answer Multiple Choice Quizzes

- Simple Cloze Quizzes

- Short Answer Quizzes

- Vocabulary for Academic Purposes

- Interactive Reader and

- Customized Comments

See you tomorrow. Love: Maru

sharonbetts

Sharon Betts

#2448

02/15/2007

This is my first attempt with Script-O. Try it out:

http://www.readingmatrix.com/quizmaker/?fuseaction=getdata.&id=1623&child=Class

cristina costa

Cristina Costa

#2449

(Response to #2448)

02/15/2007

Very Well. I think everyone should be answering Sharon's quiz!!!! Thanks a lot!
Elisabeth Fernandes

#2456

(Response to #2449)

02/15/2007

Sharon,

Great quiz..... and I'm proud to say that I passed with flying colours

Moira Hunter

Moira Hunter

#2616

02/18/2007

Sharon, I failed :-( As it said ' 6 weeks of joy', I understood the question to refer to the first live presentation which was in Tapped In. But a great looking quiz :-))
Fernanda Rodrigues

Fernanda Rodrigues

#2513

02/16/2007

Hi Maru

In doubts about the need of a licence, you'd better write to Martin Holmes. He is the creator of the software and he answers personally all mails that go to the list of Hotpotatoes users:

http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/hotpotatoesusers/

You can also email him directly: mholmes@halfbakedsoftware.com

Ronaldo Lima, Jr.

#2609

02/18/2007

Hi everybody!

I decided to make a worksheet today, but I have to confess that I started doing it not knowing exactly what a wroksheet was. I mean, I know what aworksheet is, but I didn't know what result I would get from http://wizard.4teachers.org/, so I decided to write something about about Brazil, just to test the tool.

Here is the result: http://wizard.4teachers.org/builder/worksheet.php3?ID=95290

Reflecting about the pedagogical usefulness of this tool, I thought of one activity. The teacher could write some questions in the content area and then provide some links to sites where students could find the answers. For example, I am teaching a group and their next unit talks about the Grand Canyon. Maybe I could write some quesitons about the Grand Canyon and provide some links with sites where the answers can be found. What do you guys think? What other uses have you found for this kind of worksheet?

Hala Fawzi

Hala Fawzi

#2626

02/18/2007

Hi Ronaldo,

Congratulations on your first worksheet!

>I am teaching a group and their next unit talks about the Grand Canyon. Maybe I could write some questions about the Grand Canyon and provide some links with sites where the answers can be found

I liked your worksheet. I am still experimenting using a poor wiki which I hope to build gradually. last week I put a note to create a sheet like yours, but about our main port in Sudan.

Maybe you can also put it like "In Focus" element, with each link takes them to the targted information, for example; discover the Grand Canyon, facts about GC, sightseeing guide, You can even create e-cards for the place for students to sue after the lesson ends. Each link would take them to the information. Then they go to the questions with very rich vocabulary.

My 2 Sudanese pounds ,

Ronaldo Lima, Jr.

#2648

02/18/2007

Hi guys!

I tried using proprofs and created a (vocabulary) quiz for a group of mine.I liked proprofs - it certainly doesn't have as many features and options asquia, but it is free and it does't have the uploading problems people mayface with hot potatoes, i.e. you don't need a server to upload youractivity.

If you guys could take some minutes (less than 5, I guarantee - or you failthe quiz =)) and take the quiz and give me some feedback, it would be great!

http://www.proprofs.com/quiz-school/quizview.php?id=395

Elisabeth Fernandes

#2649

(Response to #2648)

02/18/2007

Hi Ronaldo, I couldn't open the page...... any idea why not?
Carla Raguseo

Carla Raguseo

#2652

(Response to #2649)

02/18/2007

Dear Elisabeth, Just delete the asterisk at the end of the link! BTW, Good job , Ronaldo!
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Discovery Channel

Sarah

Sarah (USA)

#2160

02/11/2007

I was looking over the activities for week 5 and took a look at the Discovery School. I noticed that the Custom Classrooms, where we save the documents we create, is closed. Is this an issue?
Hala Fawzi

Hala Fawzi

#2174

(Response to #2160)

02/11/2007

Hi Sarah,

Number one active bawer! Unfortunately, the Custom Classrooms area on Discovery School is closed and it is not free anymore. However, luckily, those who have old accounts can still use them for free! We will explore it soon! I guess you deserve a private welcome Welcome to week 5!

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Interactive exercise Maker

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Hot Potatoes

Hala

Hala Fawzi

#2254

02/12/2007

Hi again,

To have full review of what is Hotpotatoes, how is it used, and whether it could be evaluated or not, have a look at this review:

http://llt.msu.edu/vol5num2/review3/default.html

Note that the interactive example are passwrod protected. It is beter not to clik on them, as it will take a minute to go back again to the article.

Fernanda Rodrigues

Fernanda Rodrigues

#2257

(Response to #2254)

02/13/2007

Dear Hala

The interactive examples (samples) are not password protected. They just ask for your name; it's one of Hotpotatoes functionalities, in the end the results of the exercise (your score) are sent by email to the teacher. Unfortunately it's not easy to implement unless you have a cgiin the server, and it doesn't depend on you most of the times So, to see the exercises, just write a name or a single letter and you'll be able to access them.

Nelba

Nelba

#2402

02/14/2007

Hi,

Bawers: as I have said before, I would like to do my blog as complete as possible. My question is if I do an exercise in Hot Potatoes, how do I embed it to motime blog? Shall I link it?

Thank you, Nelba- for StValentine

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

#2418

02/14/2007

Nelba,

I have always added the link. I'd do the same for the survey (your previous message. HTH.

Fernanda Rodrigues

Fernanda Rodrigues

#2421

(Response to #2418)

02/14/2007

Hi Nelba

You don't exactly embed it in your blog, you create a link to your hotpotatoes file.Follow these steps:

1. Create your Hotpot exercise

2. Save it as html

3. In your blog, choose Add file

4. Browse your computer for the html file and upload it

5. You'll see a link to your file

I hope it helps

Fernanda Rodrigues

Fernanda Rodrigues

#2422

(Response to #2421)

02/14/2007

Hi Nelba

A correction to my previous post: you can indeed embed a hotpot exercise:

You have to change into "Source" and then paste the code of the hopotatoes html file, but you have to remove the first lines ( startwith )and the 2 last lines()

I must confess it was a surprise to see the exercise working!

Susana AraĂşjo

Susana Araujo

#2584

02/17/2007

Hi everyone!

I made a very simple matching exercise using Hot Potatoes for my 4th elementary level students. As I don't have a server to host exercises, I uploaded it to my briefcase in Yahoo and then I linked it to my blog. It wasn't easy, though! I needed my F1 help (my husband ;))

To see the exercise, please go to my blog and click in the "Animals and Actions" button on the Students' Links section.

http://www.funenglish4kids.motime.com/

You can also click my map and tell me where you are ;-) Please do. Well, and now I'll manage to try other tools and create more exercises for the other skills.

A big hugh,

Susana Araujo in Portugal (surviving this exciting and very addictive experience)

Hala Fawzi

Hala Fawzi

#2610

02/18/2007

Hi Susana,

I tried to see the exercise, clicked on Animals and Actions MChoice, but the link does not work. I wonder if anyone had the same problem!!

Ronaldo Lima, Jr.

#2612

(Response to #2610)

02/18/2007

Yes, I had the same problem, I tried to doit but the page doesn't open saying "server not found"
Teresa Almeida d'Eca

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

#2614

(Response to #2612)

02/18/2007

Hi, Susana!

The link you gave doesn't work. Can you double check, please?

Susana AraĂşjo

Susana Araujo

#2630

02/18/2007

Hi Hala, Ronaldo and Teresa!

I'm surprised the link doesn't work. I've just checked it and...it is working. I went to my blog and clicked on the link. Everything seemed to be working properly. I wonder what is happening... Here's the exercise URL in case the link in my blog

http://funenglish4kids.motime.com/ fails again:

Link

As I said, I've hosted it in my briefcase in Yahoo. Maybe that could be the problem...

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

#2632

(Response to #2630)

02/18/2007

Susana, Could it be that we need a login or a password?

Susana AraĂşjo

Susana Araujo

#2634

02/18/2007

Hi again...

Indeed the link is not working... :-( It works on my computer, but not on my husband's. I can't explain why thisis happening. :-(I'm going to open an account in http://hosting-a.ipdz.com/default.asp, a free web host that Fernada mentioned, and then I'll try to upload it again on my blog, ok? Thank you for your patience :-)

Moira Hunter

Moira Hunter

#2635

(Response to #2634)

02/18/2007

Hi Susana,

This is looking just so good and FUN for the kids!! I tried to get to the quiz on the sidebar but couldn't :-(

Elisabeth Fernandes

#2637

(Response to #2635)

02/18/2007

Hello Susana,

I have also tried to access the exercise twice, with no success. I tried both links below.......The rest of the page is very nice, though.

Moira Hunter

Moira Hunter

#2642

(Response to #2637)

02/18/2007

Hi Susana,

I've tried again and this time it opens but only if I accept to open a file or download it. I'm sending you a screenshot to you personally so that you can see what is happening when readers want to access the quiz.

Jose Antonio da Silva

Jose Antonio da Silva

#2657

(Response to #2642)

02/18/2007

Hi Hala, Susan, Ronaldo and all,

I have also tried to use hotpotatoes but I also had the same problems. The is the issue having to have a server and soe of the requirements for membership. It seems to be a great tool for online activities though. Thanks for sharng

Susana AraĂşjo

Susana Araujo

#2641

02/18/2007

Hi Elizabeth!

I'm not sure which links you tried...Have you already tried this one?

http://free.ipdz.com/susie/hot%20potatoes/what%20can%20the%20animals%20do.2.mht

If it fails, I don't know what else to do...I want to create more exercises, but I'm finding hard to put them available on the net.I got so excited when I first saw my very first HotP creation! I can imagine a world of possibilities to use these interactive exercise creators.

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Quia

Susan Ryan

Susan Ryan

#2261

02/13/2007

I have been using QUIA for over 2 years to make activities, quizzes and surveys. My favorite Quia activity is the Challenge Board where two students play against each other while answering questions about the weekly class content. Here is a link to my computer learning activities on Quia. Some of the quizzes may be disabled bc I am currently editing them.

http://www.quia.com/pages/susanryan.html

Ronaldo Lima, Jr.

#2262

02/13/2007

Hi Susan!

We've been using quia at the school I work (Casa Thomas Jefferson -Brasilia, Brazil) for quite a long time now too. The institution has subscribed to a quia account and it has been worth it! I'd say some 80% of the online activities created for our website is designed using quia (exceptthe ones from the folders "grammar help" and "kids"). Ifyou guys would like to see some examples, here goes the link to our e-folder, then you can surf within the folders, and if you just pass your cursor over the links to the activities, you can see on the bottom-left part of your browser the url. Then choose some from quia to check out what we have already produced.

http://www.thomas.org.br/new_ctj/stuff/stuff_efolder.php?id=0&Sub=efolder&menu=#3

cristina costa

Cristina Costa

#2273

02/13/2007

Real nice examples Ronaldo!Thanks for sharing!
cristina costa

Cristina Costa

#2274

(Response to #2273)

02/13/2007

Dear Susan , I really liked the exercises. They are quite neat and motivating. Thanks for sharing
Carla Raguseo

Carla Raguseo

#2394

02/14/2007

Dear Susan,

Thanks for sharing your Quia Quizzes with us! I really liked the material you prepared for your students. The challenge board looks especially exciting since it allows interaction. At the lab, our students always work in pairs, so this is an activity I'd definitely like to try.

I am going to sign up for a 30-day trial. Will the activities I create during the trial period remain available after that time? (I mean the link) These activities can be a great follow up for the introduction of computer related terms we always deal with during the first sessions. Have a look at the blog I created to share experiments with my computer lab colleagues:

http://www.labsandbox.blogspot.com/.

I've created a simple picture dictionary using Flikr. It was just my first attempt!

Cora Chen

Cora Chen

#2539

02/16/2007

Dear Susan,

Your Quia site looks great--I like the activities and the resources on yoursite. :-)))

Hala Fawzi

Hala Fawzi

#2342

02/13/2007

Dear Ronaldo,

Your Quia activities are inspiring indeed! What a rich, colorful and inspiring web site. Your staff are doing fantastic job! Who is responsible for updating the page? Do you take part in that?

WOW Susan,

You are absolutely an expert,!! Did you do all these exercises? You were right about how interesting this quiz is:

http://www.quia.com/cb/167812.html

It kept me awake for an extra 10 minutes! Can I use some of these exercises with my students? If any one of you didn't pay a visit to Sus' website, go and you will be inspired too:

http://tinyurl.com/yp986n

Ronaldo Lima, Jr.

#2376

02/14/2007

Hi Hala,

Carla Arena and Erika Cruvinel (who are moderating this year's B4B) were the ones in charge of the content of the site, but since Carla has now moved to Key West, I'm working with Erika. I'm taking Baw07 following their suggestion (and I'm loving it!). We also have 3 more teachers in charge of creating new online activities (using mainly quia ).

Hala Fawzi

Hala Fawzi

#2343

02/13/2007

Susan,

Have a look on how Tere have added voice to Quia on this exercise It is very interesting!

http://www.quia.com/quiz/848441.html

Susan Ryan

Susan Ryan

#2374

02/14/2007

That is very cool! I have never seen anyone do that before. I will askher how she did it. Thanks Hala.
Dafne

Dafne

#2384

(Response to #2374)

02/14/2007

Yes, Susan, you can add images and sound to Quia. It is very easy to add.
angeles_berman

Angeles Berman

#2541

(Response to #2539)

02/16/2007

Wonderful site, Susan. You have made an excellent work :) Thanks for sharing
Jose Antonio da Silva

Jose Antonio da Silva

#2602

02/18/2007

Dear Susan,

I agree with Cora. You quia site looks wonderful. That is a great resorce for students. It is a nice idea having quizzes organizzed the way you did. Thanks for sharing

Ronaldo Lima, Jr.

#2396

02/14/2007

Hi everybody!

I had never tried to create an exercise at quia using sound. But I have given it a shot. I have a group of teenaegers who are learning "going to"for intentions. Take a look and see what you think.

http://www.quia.com/quiz/933728.html

sharonbetts

Sharon Betts

#2407

(Response to #2396)

02/14/2007

This is the first time I have seen sound added to Quia. Since I am out of the classroom, I haven't used this much. I must put it on my list of resources for the teachers that I work with.

Nelba

Nelba

#2404

02/14/2007

Hi, Ronaldinho: is quia a free tool only 430 days? NElba Good job!
cristina costa

Cristina Costa

#2415

02/14/2007

Great Ronaldo. I loved the exercise! Great Job!

Monica

#2438

02/15/2007

Hi Ronaldo,

that's a great idea, I loved the listening activity you created using Quia. Can I make a suggestion? Why not add some explanation when the student answers a question wrong? I think they might like to know why their option is incorrect, and not just have the right answer pointed to them. Perhaps include Roger's statement, pointing out that "Roger said... so the correct alternative is..." or something like that? One thing that often annoys me when I'm doing an exercise is not to be told where and why I was wrong... :) Great job, I would love to see more!

Ronaldo Lima, Jr.

#2439

(Response to #2438)

02/15/2007

Very good point, Monica, I hadn't thought of that. I'll try to make this change this afternoon and let you know of it. Thanks a lot! Where are you in Brazil, by the way?
Monica

#2442

(Response to #2439)

02/15/2007

Hi Ronaldo,

I'm in (sunny, for the moment...) Belo Horizonte!

Jose Antonio da Silva

Jose Antonio da Silva

#2466

02/15/2007

Hi Ronaldo, Just love the quiz. I have never used audio for quia quizzes. It is really great. Congratulations.
Moira Hunter

Moira Hunter

#2604

02/18/2007

Hi Ronaldo,

A great quizz. The question with the sandwich took me by surprise as it was'new input', so I had to skim for the appropriate answer. A great combinationof listening, reading and grammar :-)

Ronaldo Lima, Jr.

#2618

02/18/2007

Hi Moira,

Long time no see (or maybe "no read" =)) how was your trip? I have bought a webcam and answered your Gabjam answer:

http://FreeGabMail.com/AV/Viewer.html?SID=P2Lg34fW8LHWW733

Susan Ryan

Susan Ryan

#2427

02/14/2007

Daf, Ronaldo and Teresa,

the sound files really add a new dimension to the Quia activities!

FYI on my Mac with Firefox the sound opened in it's own small window.

Susan Ryan

Susan Ryan

#2428

02/14/2007

That's right, we all need a place to play and learn how to use all these tools! I love the collboration and experimentation that you guys are doing in your lab.

sign up for a 30-day trial. Will the activities I create during the trial period remain available after that time? (I mean the link)

yes the trial activities will be saved. One cool thing about Quia is that you have have multiple class pages for the one fee. I have my computer activities page, a regular ESL page and another page for a refugee program that I work with.

also try this easy warm up

http://www.seniornet.org/howto/mouseexercises/mousepractice.html

my students love it

Thanks for writing,

Susan

Carla Raguseo

Carla Raguseo

#2639

02/18/2007

Hi Susan,

It seems they won't be available after the 30-day trail period, but feel free to use them till then. :)

Carla Raguseo

Carla Raguseo

#2431

(Response to #2428)

02/14/2007

Dear Susan,

Thanks a lot for for checking out our newly-born team blog and for answering my question about Quia. I'll share the activities with the group as soon as they are ready.

Also, thanks for the mouse exercise. I saw all the useful links when Ivisited your site and that one called my attention. It's especially useful to teach basic instructions to beginners. Feel free to visit our sandbox whenever you want :)

Best regards,

Carla Raguseo

http://www.labsandbox.blogspot.com/

Ronaldo Lima, Jr.

#2435

02/15/2007

Hi Nelba (and Carla form Argentina)!

Quia has a free 30-day trial account, but all activities created during thistrial are deleted when the trial period expires. The school where I work has subscribed to Quia because the teachers involved with creating online exercises showed the directors the benefits, and it has really been worth it!

Kind regards from Brazil!

Ronaldo

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

#2619

02/18/2007

Hi, Ronaldo!

Great exercise! I'm glad you've added it to the participants end products wiki page. Good for you! :-)

Carla Raguseo

Carla Raguseo

#2594

02/17/2007

Dear all,

What a pleasure to be able to experiment with this tool!I created three simple vocabulary activities about computer parts forbeginners. I'd introduce the vocabulary with the Flashcards and thenhave them practice with the Matching and Concentration exercises. (It'sa pitty the latter don't include sound :( )At first I didn't know how to add sound, but then I just recorded thewords on the Windows Sound Recorder (you can find it withinAccessories-Entertainment), saved the .wav files and uploaded them toQuia.

Please, have a look at the activities at http://www.quia.com/jg/1054757.html and let me know what you think.

Also, feel free to use it with your students!

Ronaldo Lima, Jr.

#2598

(Response to #2594)

02/18/2007

I liked your activities very much, Carla. Congrats! Just a tip: since the audio files you used were not long, it doesn't make much difference, but if one day you decide to use longer recordings, one idea is to record them using Audacity, and then, instead of saving the files, you can "export asmp3" so that the files take up less space from your quia account's server.Or you can record them the way you did and then convert the files into mp3 files (maybe using zamzar.com - haven't used it yet, but somebody suggested it in the group)
Carla Raguseo

Carla Raguseo

#2640

02/18/2007

Thanks for the tip, Ronaldo! That's exactly what I wanted to ask last night when I sent the message, but it was 4.30 am and I forgot! I've never used Audacity, but I'll give it a try and let you know. I definitely want to prepare more challenging exercises and longer recordings. Regards and thanks again! :)
Susana AraĂşjo

Susana Araujo

#2600

(Response to #2598)

02/18/2007

Hi Carla!

I loved having fun while doing your exercises! They are truly very inspiring;-) And the sound you inserted is a very good idea! I haven't tried Quiayet, just Hot Potatoes, but I'll try it this time. Will the exercises be available after the 30-day trial period?I will link them to my blog and use them to help my Ss learn computer parts in English. Thank you ;-)

Hala Fawzi

Hala Fawzi

#2606

(Response to #2600)

02/18/2007

Dear Caral,

I liked the exercises and played a little with them. They are quite neat andmotivating.If I could catch up with the Quia free tail before losing them, Iwill use them with my computer Science freshman students. Thanks for sharing.

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

#2608

02/18/2007

Hi, Carla!

Nice exercise, images and audio. Kudos to you!!! Great idea the time it took you. It may discourage some, though. However, there's always a bright side: next time it'll take you much less time. I know from experience, because it happened to me. :-) Please don't forget to add it to our "Tools used by participants" wiki page.

Carla Raguseo

Carla Raguseo

#2643

02/18/2007

Dear Teresa,

Thanks for your encouraging comments! :) I hope it doesn't discourage anybody to know how long it took me to find the way around my first exercise. Even if it was a very simple one, these were the steps I followed:

I registered and decided on the type of activity I wanted to try. Then, I had to find the photos on the Internet, resize some of them, record the sound, upload everything... The templates where you fill in the info for the exercises are very simple to use, however, I had to edit them a couple of times since, for example, I had typed the word on both cards, when I just wanted ss. to match the word to the picture. As you said, I'm sure next time I'll do it much faster and, of course, I'll let you know! :)

Monica

#2625

02/18/2007

Hi Carla, excellent activities! I had a great time testing my memory and matching the pairs!!!

Elisabeth Fernandes

#2644

02/18/2007

Hi Carla,

I tried your activities and I found them very amusing. I'm sure your students will love them. Great job!!

Jose Antonio da Silva

Jose Antonio da Silva

#2653

(Response to #2644)

02/18/2007

Hi Carla,

I realy liked the activities for beginners you have created for your students. Very nice indeed. Quia is really a good resource to create vocabulary exercises.Thanks for sharing

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Live session

cristina costa

Cristina Costa

#2221

02/12/2007

Dear All,

As our lovely moderator Hala already suggested we would appreciate if you could go to the Database of our Yahoo! group and include your name and YM ID forIsabel Perez Presentation at Alado. This information would be very useful in the sense that we would have an estimated number of participants attending the meeting. We hope to meet you all online!

How are you getting along with this week's tools? I see that some of are already leaving comments about the readings! Way to go!

The Week 5 team

Hala

Hala Fawzi

#2426

02/14/2007

Dear all,

Today, at 19:00GMT, we will be meeting with Isabel Perez at Alado:

http://alado.net/webheads/

For those who have not added their names to the database yet, please do ASAP.

We would like to welcome again those who joined us lately, and to let them know that if they experience any difficulty in logging into Alado, we, moderators and co-moderators and moderators, will be hanging up at Yahoo Messenger and ready to help in leading you in!You may go to the wiki page about moderators to add us to your YM contact list!

We recommend that you take a look at Isabel's amazingly rich web site and try to explore the treasures in there! Isabel likes feedback! Please feel free to ask any questions about her website. A belated Happy Valentine Day gift very authentic and related to our today's session. All created by our great speaker, Isabel. Valentine's Story, Quizzes, Postcards, Poems, Quotes, Love letters, Jokes, etc.I love it:

http://www.isabelperez.com/valentine.htm

See you later,

Hala in Wonderland

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Miscelaneous

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Mapwing

sharonbetts

Sharon Betts

#2177

(Response to #2168)

02/11/2007

I really need to get off the computer, but just spent some time playing in Mapwing.

I posted my results (a tour of our still under construction while living in house).

It will only be available for a month, but I could see uses for teaching - organizational skills, directional words etc.

What do you think?

http://webheadtools.motime.com/

Cora Chen

Cora Chen

#2194

02/11/2007

Dear Sharon,

Your Mapwing pictures and floor-plan diagram look great! Your second life can be an architect. :-)))

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Tags

MMV Centro
<p>Multidisciplinario

Maru

#2178

02/11/2007

Hi Everyone!

It is not a surprise, I am confused... Up to last week I only knew IE as browser, during voice week Vance suggested me to change to Mozilla because it works better with Java, I am also new at Delicious. So I have a tagging problem, when I really need to find something I resort to IE because I am familiar with the use of tags. At IE I have a folder with the new sites presented to me and another with the examples or pages generated by participants. I somehow inserted Delicious to Mozilla and when I want to tag something new I am not sure where to place it and I have found two tags pointing to the same place.

I will have to get familiar with Mozilla and Delicious, spare time to sort out my tags and learn how my own organization works. I am having difficulty coping with all the new information, so in order to continue with the course I will have to leave this issue aside for two weeks or so.

I hope that by Baw08 I will have my tagging system working and ready to receive loads of new information. I agree with you, everyone has his/her own way to sort out and organize information; the way each of us conceptualizes is unique.

Gladys Baya

Gladys Baya

#2331

02/13/2007

Sarah asks: "are our tags the same?"

I say: ...Access to 2.0 content is based on sound tagging! If the information that we and are students create is to be made accessible to the world through feeds, then how can we ensure that the "aboutness" of information is universal? In essence, are our tags the same?...

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Converting .ACT file

Susana AraĂşjo

Susana Araujo

#2179

02/11/2007

Hello dear friends!

These weeks have been great! What I'm learning is so much that I don´t have the time to try it all ;-( I guess I need a vacation to be able to play more ;-) I wonder if you could help me with a problem I'm having with my mp3 recorder/player. I used it to record some conversations of my students speaking in English and I wanted to upload these in my blog. The problem is that the mp3player recorded the conversations in an extension called .ACT and I can´t open the files in my PC. Windows Media Player doesn't recognise the extension.

I already tried several conversion programmes to convert .ACT to .mp3 but it didn't work :-((( The last ones I remember trying were Switch Converter and also Audacity. In Audacity I went to Project - Import audio. Then I went to Archive - Export as mp3 / Export as WAV. Nothing worked :-((( Grrrrr!

I want to record my students again. This time reading St. Valentine's rhymes ;-) But how can I do it if I can't open the files and upload them in my blog? Please? Anyone? I appreciate your help ;-) Thank you very much.

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

#2181

(Response to #2179)

02/11/2007

Hi, Susana!

I have no idea what kind of file ACT is. I clicked the File extensions tab in the High-Tech Dictionary and looked up your extension, but it's not there!!! http://www.computeruser.com/resources/dictionary/index.html

Re: Audacity, what I usually do (and it seems different from what you're doing) is this:

-- File > Open

-- File > Export as .mp3 > Save as...

In Audacity I've never used Project - Import audio or Archive - Export as mp3. Does the file open in Audacity?

Maybe you should look at your .mp3 manual and see if it gives any hint as to "how to" convert those files. In the meantime, my techie son is searching for a software to convert those files, because he Googled ACT and they exist.... This is the result: your mp3 player should have come with a CD-ROM that should have a conversion program.

Let's hope one of these ideas work.

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

#2183

(Response to #2181)

02/11/2007

Susana,

My son did a Google search and it seems that Konverter may do the job. http://www.kraus.tk/projects/konverter/

Sarah (Germany)

#2211

02/12/2007

Hi Susana,

My only suggestion here is that perhaps you saved this in itunes!?. Is this perhaps a default format in itunes? I haven`t manged to read any other posts yet so please forgive me if you have already mentioned how you originally recorded the file. If it is a cd that you have then try saving it in itunes (if you have this), opening up your explorer and check to see whether these files are then saved on your pc in this format. You should be able to change the file format there and then be able to play it with RealPlayer.

Hope it helps but i am pretty certain that this ACT format is a default format with itunes!:)

Susana Arajo

Susana Arajo

#2279

02/13/2007

Ol Teresa! Hi Sarah! Welcome to this fantastic journey! First of all, I'd like to thank you both for your prompt reply ;-) Teresa, how cool it is to have a techie son! My guess is that you"contaminated" your family with your computer knowledge ;-) Obrigadato your techie son!

As I said before, I originally recorded my students' conversations with my mp3 player. I don't have iTunes...I tried to follow your suggestions with Audacity, Teresa:

--File > Open

-- File > Export as .mp3 > Save as...

The files do open in Audacity, but I keep getting noise instead of conversations :-((( Maybe I don't know how to work with Audacity? I can't say if my mp3 player came with a CD, as I already have it for a longtime. I'll check it.

Meanwhile, I'm going to try Konverter and see if that answers my problem...Thanks again for your help ;-)

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

#2286

(Response to #2279)

02/13/2007

Hi again, Susana!

Do the files you record in class play well, without background noise, in your .mp3? Only hearing noise in Audacity seems strange...When I record in class with my PDA, I get a .wav file and it opens fine in Audacity. And when I convert it to .mp3, the sound is nice.

Hope Konverter works for you!

My techie son, who is taking Computing Engineering at Tecnico, takes after the father, who has been working with computers most of his life. :-)

sharonbetts

Sharon Betts

#2337

02/13/2007

I use a little converter (for sound) called SWITCH - it is easy and open source.

http://www.nch.com.au/switch/index.html

Fernanda Rodrigues

Fernanda Rodrigues

#2369

02/14/2007

Hi Susana

You can also try this one:

http://www.geocities.com/sound_converter/

This tool is used for converting files of the type: .rcd or .rec or .act, which were recorded using a MP3 player / voice recorder / USB FlashDevice. It will convert the file to a .wav or .mp3 file. These files can then be played back on your computer as a .wav file or .mp3 file. Works on M.S. Windows only.

Download the zip file Unzip it to a directory where you wish to keep the program. Open the file 'playSnd.exe' begin using it!

Gladys Baya

Gladys Baya

#2524

02/16/2007

To convert files, try this wonderful site:

www.zamzar.com

It's free, you can convert files from your hard disk or giving a URL, and within seconds, you get an email with a link for you to download the converted file. I love it!

Monica

#2536

02/16/2007

Hi Gladys,

great tool, thanks! Just what I'd been looking for!

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Threads

Nina Liakos

Nina Liakos

#2238

02/12/2007

Gladys Baya wrote:

Yes, I thought of that difficulty of categorizing a post with manyreferences as I posted... it's incredible how different you seethings when you're not responsible for the threads...After Dafne responded with an equally multi-category post, I just opened a new heading for "Comparing Voice Tools". All's well thatends well!

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Teresa's OLE Page

Carla Raguseo

Carla Raguseo

#2196

02/11/2007

Hi Teresa!

I'm glad you are adding them to your page. As I have told you before, I think it's an amazing resouce for all of us. Congratulations and thanks for the wonderful job you are doing!

I have to confess that I'm in love with the first one "The Machine is Us" It was released only ten days ago and it has been published in many different sites and blogs and thousands of people have reacted to it. It was great to read some of the comments in You Tube:

This video pinned me back to the wall. WOW! Eerily beautiful, yet frightening. Like a subtle tapestry in the background that nobody notices until "the antiques roadshow" comes into town."Please stop thinking that databases of random data entered byhumans are going to spontaneously form an A.I. " RE: If that's what you got from this, you need to watch it again. That's not what's being said *at all*. In fact, pretty much the opposite. "The machine" that's being talked about isn't its own, intelligent entity; it's all of us, all ofour combined knowledge and ideas. *Not* a separate, intelligence. beatiful video... the future is here, and it's LEARNING!

I'm glad to see we are not alone. Thanks again, Monica and this great community

Monica

#2222

02/12/2007

Hi Carla,

I agree with you, Wesch's video is probably the most interesting thing I've seen in YouTube in a long time. It was released Jan.31 and it has already been viewed by over 900,000 people in less than two weeks, commented on by almost 3,000 and marked as favourite by over 11,000 users. Very impressive! I sent it to a teacher I worked with last year, who teaches a subject in the master's programme called "Reading in the Hypertext environment" and she liked it so much she's going to use it as an introduction to the course.

I think it's sometimes difficult to have a full understanding of everything that's been going on in the virtual world, and if it's not simple for us, imagine for our parents' generation! There are times when we need to be historically distant in order to appreciate some events, and maybe that's the case when it comes to recent technologies. It's a bit like doing this course: at first you are overwhelmed with so many different new possibilities, then slowly you start experimenting and choosing what you really want. It's a very interesting process, I think.

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Tools used by participants

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

#2213

02/12/2007

Dear participants,

As I expressed yesterday during the EVO Skypecast, we would love you all to collaborate with us - coordinators, mods and co-mods - in inserting the linksto all your end products in the "Tools used by participants" wikipage created especially for that purpose.

http://baw07participants.pbwiki.com/your_applications

It's very time-consuming - and time is never on a teacher's side, is it?! - to sift through all the messages (like an archeologist, right Susan in Estonia?) and locate all those wonderful creations. It's much easier for each one of"you", elected "Person of the Year" by Time magazine, to do that. And, after all, that is what the wiki we're using for the first time in BaW07 is for, collaboration!

I've visited the page regularly and it has many links, but I'm sure that many more are missing. The BaW07 team is counting on you all! TIA. :-)

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Classroom tools

Harvey d'Souza

#2258

(Response to #2255)

02/13/2007

Hello out there,

Recently our head of department said she was going to prepare a 'shopping list' for our ESOL department and needed ideas.

Our classes have a Smartboard and some software like Smartbook, Mindgenius etc. We also have sufficient computers and audio-cd players. Can you make a few suggestions? It need not be only inthe field of IT. Do let me know of any useful tools that you use. ALSO, can I ask anyone to recommend a good videocamera to film class productions, and a bit ofwildlife.. ???? Thanks very much,

Michael Coghlan

#2265

02/13/2007

Harvey - I would add these to your shopping list for starters:

  • image editor (Photoshop; or Paint.Net - free)

    * audio editing (Audacity - free)

    * Instant Messenger with voice (Skype - free; Pronto from Horizon Wimba

    * podcast/RSS feed aggregator (iTunes, Juice - both free)

    * Dreamweaver (but if you have unrestricted access to blogs and wikis maybe D/Weaver not needed))

    * Articulate (expensive), or Pointecast (cheap) for converting ppt for Web presentations

    * CD/DVD burning tools (Nero)

    * maybe mind mapping tools (Inspiration - expensive; or CMap - free)

    * screen capture software - Camtasia (reasonably priced) or Camstudio (free)

Harvey d'Souza

#2285

02/13/2007

Thanks, Michael. Much appreciated.
Ramona Dietrich

Ramona Dietrich

#2311

02/13/2007

Great list. This is really useful! Thanksfor the info.
Dennis Newson

Dennis Newson

#2288

(Response to #2285)

02/13/2007

Greetings, Harvey, Michael and list.

A question for Michael. I remember trying out Camstudio and finding:

1. I could not get the opening frame to expand to full-screen size.

2. I could only get the program to cover and record a small portion of thescreen, as opposed to the full screen.

Did I just get hold of a dud copy, or mis-use it?

sharonbetts

Sharon Betts

#2338

02/13/2007

Dennis - there is a setting that enables you to show the entire screen or to outline the portion you want to show.
Dennis Newson

Dennis Newson

#2354

02/13/2007

Sharon,

Thanks for writing. I think I found the setting, but the trouble is that the"increase to full screen" bar is greyed out.

Dafne

Dafne

#2362

(Response to #2354)

02/14/2007

Dennis,

I have encountered some problems with CamStudio, and what I have done is to unistall the program and install it again. ;-) You get what you pay for ;-)

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

#2399

02/14/2007

Or you get what you "don't" pay for!!! ;-)
Dennis Newson

Dennis Newson

#2364

(Response to #2362)

02/14/2007

Daf,

Are you back from Spain, or have I got you confused with someone else?

Dennis Newson

Dennis Newson

#2366

(Response to #2364)

02/14/2007

Yes, Daf - the first two golden rules when something does not work: Reboot Deinstall and reinstall

hugs (reinstalled)

Dennis

Dafne

Dafne

#2382

02/14/2007

No, I am not back yet ;-) Just looking for a computer wherever I go :-)

spanish hugs, Daf

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Trouble keeping up with the activities

Sarah (Germany)

#2210

02/12/2007

Dear moderators,

My abysmal participation so far needs to be improved:). I know... I know..... I have just managed to delete my previous post now requiring yet another attempt!! I am significantly behind with this course but eager to catch up, participate, explore and share. There is too much information to plough through as there are hundreds of posts to read and lots of fragmented information. My time is limited due to out of office obligations and commitments.

Where do I go from here? What should I try and accomplish? Should I return to the previous activities first or simply try this week`s activities?

Please advise with straightforward links and guidance. Thanks to everyone for all their active participation. I look forward to reading all these posts and posting my own as soon as I manage to get to grips with all of this information and knowledge!

cristina costa

Cristina Costa

#2212

02/12/2007

Dear Sarah,

Your motivation is greatly appreciated. I would say that you should go to week#5. It just started today and Hala and Iwill be your moderators. You can also count on our co-moderators' - Elisabeth,Fernanda and Ramona - help - and on the other webheads to be. This way you can benefit from the interactions and exchange of ideas that flow on our Yahoo! group and also try to complete this week's task, which areavailable at

http://baw07.pbwiki.com/week5.

Afterwards you can go back to the previous weeks and try the tasks. The contents, emails and links will be available after the workshop and so you can go back to those afterwards. We will also be here after the BaW07 workshop to give you a helping hand if you need it.

I wish you a great week and hope to hear from you and your achievements. Let'sexplore the tools together. On thurday there is going to be a synchronous session in ALADO. A must go I must say! Hope to meet you there too!

Sarah (Germany)

#2214

(Response to #2212)

02/12/2007

Thank you Cris but unfortunately this link doesn`t work. I get an error page. I can access the public wiki that summarizes this week`s focus (http://baw07.pbwiki.com/Syllabus) but where are the reading activities and tasks? I also have difficulties logging in to the forum as it will not accept my user name and password!:( I have tried baw and my password for my Yahoo user id but nothing works. Any suggestions?

A rather confused but stubborn teacher!

Sarah (Germany)

#2215

(Response to #2214)

02/12/2007

Hmmmmmmmmmm. Ok I have now registered inthe forum. I can post there!!! This was why it didn`t work. I hadn`t registered. I just assumed it would accept my user id and password but then I came across a post that did mention the need for registering. I now need to know where all the information is made available. But I still don`t see the links to the reading activities. Where are they? Please help :(
cristina costa

Cristina Costa

#2216

(Response to #2215)

02/12/2007

Dear Sarah

Try the link here http://baw07.pbwiki.com/week5 It should work. You will find the tasks there.

To access the forum you will have to register and get yourself a username andpassword. Hope it helps. I am online at skype ( ID: navyternchen) and MSN (navysternchen@hotmail.com)

Let me know how it goes. I hope you are enjoying the experience. Trying and trying that is the way we learn, isnt it? Hands-on learning, coping with glitches and getting thrilled with the new, progressive achievements. It will make you always want to go further and learn more! We are here to help and learn from each other!

Hala Fawzi

Hala Fawzi

#2217

(Response to #2216)

02/12/2007

Hi Sarah,

Welcome to week 5!

I second Cris' suggestion, that you start with this week's activities and the reading aricle and everything will here waiting for you to explore at your own pace.

The discussion of the reading article will be in our forum: http://www.miumu.com/phpbb/baw07.html There will be one synchronous event that will be held at Alado, you probably went over here: http://baw07.pbwiki.com/Chat_sessions#Week5 Please add your name in the YG Database to tell us that you are attending this session.

We will be exploring together a collection of software for creating interactive exercises, online surveys, quizzes, and online sheets.You can choose the most appropriate type of exercise or quiz you could use with your students. It is our custom here to share with the group the best ways of implementing these tools into our classrooms. A collection of useful online resources with examples of how EFL/ESL create interactive exercises, online surveys, quizzes will be provided later.We want you to explore the tools first! BTW, stubborn teachers form webheads community of practice!!

cristina costa

Cristina Costa

#2218

(Response to #2217)

02/12/2007

Dear Sarah

You can find the readings here http://baw07.pbwiki.com/week5#SuggestedReading. Looking forward to reading your reflections.

MMV Centro Multidisciplinario

Maru del Campo

#2220

(Response to #2218)

02/12/2007

Hi Sara!

I am Maru, from Mexico, also a beginer. Please hang on, do to freet. I understand the overload feeling, I guess most of us do, it comes with the territory. At some point or another we have to decide how to handle the course, I mean how much time can we set aside to learn. My suggestion would be to continue where you feel more comfortable.

Try to be at the next live presentation which is Thursday 15 at 19:00 GMT in Alado with Isabel Perez, or to listen to it, hearing other voices learning can charge your batteries . The baw07 page will be online the whole year, we can return and do the activities we could not accomplish; the Webheads Community keeps going also, so we can contact them and ask questions.

If we want to become online teachers this is the right community to belong to, there is always someone who will reach to you.

Susana Arajo

Susana Arajo

#2351

02/13/2007

This is how I'm feeling now... in survival mode :-| I came up with this song from Gloria Gaynor on my head and to cheer up, I looked for a video and found this one

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVqWV5UmJPo

And now, back to work! Lots of things to do :-) I wish a great week to all of you surviving sailors,

Hala Fawzi

Hala Fawzi

#2355

(Response to #2351)

02/13/2007

Dearest Susa,

What a message to start my day with! This *is* the most gorgeous gift we have received since the beginning of baw . I am sure this is what most participants needed here, and to tell you the truth, mods and comods too!! :-))))))

Thank you Susana for taking me back to a time when this is song was my favorite!! Thank you because this is what I needed to listen to after 4 hours sleep, and heading towards work in 2 hours. Thanks again, You WILL survive, not only in this baw, but in baw 08, and 09, and ...!

Hala (listening to the song)

Monica

#2386

02/14/2007

Hi Susana!

I loooooved the video!!! "I will survive" used to be one of my favourite songs when I was a baby... ;) (yeah, right!) The "hay hay" was the best! Thanks for posting it.

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

#2389

02/14/2007

Hi, Susana!

Thanks for getting me moving and shaking to the sound of Gloria Gaynor before leaving for my afternoon classes!!! I'm already in a much better mood. :-)

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Intro

Luciano

#2263

02/13/2007

Hi everybody I'm Antonio Luciano, 20 (callme just Luciano) and I've been a member for a couple of days. I started learning english in 2000 when I started a three years course, after that I continue studying by myself. Three years ago I started giving english classes to all ages and started my IT graduation too. This year I finish my graduation and I want to start my teacher official graduation...I love teaching it's good to see someone happy for learning and growing in his/her life. I really want to make of this group, because I have some interest in putting the technology and the language teaching together. In general I use some web tools like content managers (xoops, moodle) and real good sites like "bbc learning english home page", groups it's a good one too.

If you please contact me to explain what's going on in this fourth week, it'll be so nice...thanks a lot for your attention.

cristina costa

Cristina Costa

#2272

02/13/2007

Dear Antonio,

welcome to week 5 of the workshop. this week we will be exploring and Developing class materials: online surveys and worksheets, and interactive exercise creators. You can access our wiki here

http://baw07.pbwiki.com/week5 and go through the tasks and readings.

Don't forget to attend the online session with our guest Speaker at ALADO onThursday (1900 GMT)

http://www.alado.net/webheads

And please share with us the links of the materials and exercises that you create during this week. It is nice to have you on board!

Nelba

Nelba

#2282

(Response to #2272)

02/13/2007

Hi, Luciano: Welcome bo BaW07. Where are you from?
Monica

#2281

02/13/2007

Hi Luciano,

welcome to the group! You've come to the right place, it's unbelievable how much has been going on in the past few weeks. Take your time, explore the activities, the tools, the blog and the wiki and be prepared to have fun - and learn a lot! Where (in the world) are you?

Hala Fawzi

Hala Fawzi

#2327

02/13/2007

Hi Luciano,

Welcome to baw07! Congratulations on your graduation! What an interesting introduction! As they say teaching is innate.Those who are successful the most are those who take it like what you have written here">"I love teaching .It is good to see someone happy for learning and growing in his/her life"> This can tell that you will be a great teacher!

Starting your career with webheads will for sure be a turning point in yourlife. We always make a difference in others' lives! I recommend you just have look on the previous weeks on the wiki, but, adding to Cristina's words, you may go back to message number # 2176 (access from the YG messages) with "Welcome to Week 5!" on the subject line. It will give you good idea of What you are supposed to do and what to expect! Best of luck on all the fields of battles!

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Problems with BaW reading forum

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Maru

#2197

02/11/2007

Hi Daf and Hala:

I cannot post my comments on Week 5 readings forum, I was asked for the password and I typed "baw" but did not work.Then I clicked on "forgot my password", got a new one and I get inbut the following shows:

This is what I get:

Jump to: Select a forum BaW07----------------Week 1 readingsWeek 2 readingsWeek

3 readingsWeek 4 readingsWeek 5 readingsTest Forum 1 input input You cannot

post new topics in this forum

You cannot reply to topics in this forum

You cannot edit your posts in this forum

You cannot delete your posts in this forum

You cannot vote in polls in this forum

Please tell me what can I do to fix this.Thanks a lot!

MMV Centro
<p>Multidisciplinario

Maru

#2199

02/11/2007

Dear Hala and Daf:

I do not know what I am doing wrong. I switched from Mozilla to IE and could post my comment but later I somehow logged off and could not login again!! I am sorry to bother you, I must be tired. I am going to bed and leave the PC alone for a while.

Hala

Hala Fawzi

#2200

(Response to #2197)

02/11/2007

Good morning Maru,

The password for the forum is the password you select.The baw password is for the participants wiki. Apart from this, I have been there and no log in problems, I think. You mentioned before you are now you are using Mozilla. Did yo try to change your browser to IE?

Please let us know if it still not working.

Hala

Hala Fawzi

#2201

(Response to #2199)

02/11/2007

Dear MAru,

I was at the Forum now and I have seen your comments. Are you still having the same problem? Good idea to have some rest and come back. We need you with wide opened eyes! Please let us know if you are still having the same problem! I loved your springdoo message!

MMV Centro
<p>Multidisciplinario

Maru

#2235

02/12/2007

Dear Friends:

I am posting this just in case it helps someone, though I do not thing anyone is having this problem.

I understood, I am ashamed to say that late, that the forum and the wiki for baw07 are in different places. The wiki is the one with baw as password, the forum uses a password that each of us created when we registered. If you forget your password, you can click on 'forgot your password?' and the system sends you a new one that you can change later under 'profile' settings.

I also understood that Mozilla and Internet Explorer keep your passwords separatedly; if you clicked on 'remember me' using IE, you need to do the same when using Mozilla. Otherwise you can't login.

I panicked when I could not login, after all the efforts I had made to keep track of the places I register and their corresponding passwords! I really hope none of you gets tangled like me, the sinking feeling is awful.

Fernanda Rodrigues

Fernanda Rodrigues

#2239

02/12/2007

Hi Maru!

No need to panic! You can always ask for help and the moderators and co-moderators will gladly give you a hand!

Anyway, if you go to the wiki:

http://baw07.pbwiki.com/

You have on the sidebar (on the right) all the links that you need,first for each session and then for theSession Web Tools

BaW07-Yahoo Group - http://groups.yahoo.com/group/baw07/

BaW07 Blog http://baw07.motime.com/

BaW07 Del.icio.us http://del.icio.us/BaW07

BaW07 Forum http://www.miumu.com/phpbb/baw07.html

BaW07 Frappr map http://www.frappr.com/baw07

BaW07 Voice Forum http://www.vaestro.com/viewforum-255

Hala Fawzi

Hala Fawzi

#2240

(Response to #2239)

02/12/2007

Dearest Maru,

There is nothing to be ashamed of !! We are also learning with/from you. For example, what you wrote about Mozilla and the "remember me" on IE is completely new to me! See! You have added to our knowledge, Maru! Too many things to learn, many platforms to work on, tools to paly with could cause your neurones go backwards!

Thank you for sharing your experience with the list. You are doing fantabulous! Keep posting

Hala (counting how many hugs will be there for our week 5 team!!!)

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Problems with BaW wiki

Evelyn Izquierdo

#2280

02/13/2007

Dear all:

I also have problems to post in the wiki. The baw password doesn't work for me. In fact, I've been trying since the beginning of the workshop, and I can almost never log in or edit the page. I've also tried with my name and email, but it doesn't work either. When I type baw I receive this message: Sorry! This wiki doesn't use that password.

I just entered once several weeks ago. I was typing my introduction and when I wanted to post it, it simply dissapeared. I didn't mention anything before, because I thought It was me who didn't understand the instructions. Sorry if I bother you with something already discussed or asked here, but I really want to post some comments there. I think it's never too late.

Dafne

Dafne

#2304

02/13/2007

Hi Evelyn,

We are using 2 wikis for BaW07, one of them is for the pages with the information about the session, and that one cannot be edited by participants. The other one, has the password baw and you can edit the pages. The pages you can edit include"baw07participants.pbwiki.com" in the URL. Hope this helps!

Hala Fawzi

Hala Fawzi

#2309

(Response to #2304)

02/13/2007

Hi Evelyn,

Sorry for taking some time to answer your question. You know all mods and comods are both webheads and landheads! We have just come from work, changing, eating, drinking, correcting papers and homework in front of the monitor I just wanted to share some thoughts with you :-)

Adding to Dafne's ; maybe after you logged in, someone else has already logged in and editing the page.The wiki allows only one at a time to edit the same page.Please try again and let us know if the problem still there. Feel free always to ask the same question many times if you are still experiencing the same problem, O.K?

Evelyn Izquierdo

#2347

02/13/2007

Dear Daf and Hala:

I have good and very bad news, I'm afraid. I could access the participants' wiki and typed my intro, but I guess I deleted something because it doesn't appear and another piece of information either. I would be so ashamed if I deleted something. If so, oh my God, it was by mistake. I'm really sorry. :( Please, forgive me. I don't know what happened. I wanted to move one bracket to another place to type my photo URL and suddenly everything disappeared, even my own info. [:-/] Could I or could you revert that? Please, help!

Hala Fawzi

Hala Fawzi

#2357

(Response to #2347)

02/13/2007

My dear Evelyn,

Relax! It is for this trials and errors is what a wiki for! It is most suitable for collaborative work and usually have many authors because it the "History" feature , with which you can retrieve the you want. The good news is that your introduction is here and we have you with us "messing" the wiki!!! Another great news is that you ARE using wikisnow! I will go back to the wiki page now and see what should be done, but I thought of lending you a helping hand before someone calls 911! You are a survivor!

Hala (still listening to Glorya Gary's )

Dafne

Dafne

#2358

(Response to #2357)

02/14/2007

Dear Evelyn,

Everything is under control :-) Check it out: http://baw07participants.pbwiki.com/FrontPage

Dafne

Dafne

#2363

(Response to #2358)

02/14/2007

Evelyn, I forgot to tell you that you have been very brave to share the problem you faced with the wiki. Since the session started I have had to fix that problem many times ;-) Since I am not at home, I am not checking my mail so often, so I was not able to spot you were having a problem with the wiki.

hugs from Spain,

Daf (I have not picked up my Diploma yet)

Dennis Newson

Dennis Newson

#2365

(Response to #2363)

02/14/2007

Daf, When you have picked up your diploma its magic powers will means no wee wiki problem will give you a moment's difficlty.
Fernanda Rodrigues

Fernanda Rodrigues

#2371

(Response to #2365)

02/14/2007

Hi Evelyn

Don't panic! Take it easy! With the wiki you can always recover previous postings.

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

#2390

02/14/2007

Dear Dafninha,

Thank you to our "undo" queen!!! :-)

Evelyn Izquierdo

#2393

02/14/2007

Dear Baw07 coordinators, moderators, and co-moderators :Thank you very much for your help and moral support! What we have in the Wiki is a gold mine. That's why I was so worried. Fortunately, I count on your magic powers. ;) After this, I'm sure "I will survive, I will survive..., eh, eh, eh...".

Hugs,

Evelyn :)

P.S. Thanks to Maru too.

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Being away

Moira Hunter

Moira Hunter

#2325

02/13/2007

Hi all!

As Hala knows, I'm offline for a few days until Friday some time. Not on holiday unfortunately :-(Welcome Sasha :-)))))))))))) Keep trucking!!!!!

Hala

Hala Fawzi

#2328

(Response to #2325)

02/13/2007

No more than two days! Or will be flying to grab you! We can't do without you (sending the song)

Safe trip,

Hala (looking for a long stick if someone is late)

Hala Fawzi

Hala Fawzi

#2451

02/15/2007

Hi all bees,

I have disappeared yesterday because I had to take my 4 kid to the doctor and spent almost all day and night beside her until there was no fever. She is fine now and under my knees as she likes to play under mom's favorite place with all her teddies and toys saying that this is her "home"!! I got back to more than 100 messages and I said to myself how this community is busy as bees! Wonderful and amazing creations have been done in ONE day! You are the webheads indeed! Keep creating! See you in half an hour!

Paul

Paul Mountjoy

#2549

02/17/2007

Hi Everyone

Sorry I haven't been able to participate recently. I am very busy completing the final part of my degree in Educational technology and finding it difficult to finish. I hope to be finished in a week or two at most. I just added my skype id to the database which is "asterisk".

Paul Mountjoy

Thailand

Hala Fawzi

Hala Fawzi

#2590

02/17/2007

Hi Paul, Welcome to BaW!!!It would be great if you told us about yourself. Where you are located, what and where do teach etc Good luck with your degree.:-) Looking forward to hearing from you

Hala in warm Sudan

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

#2564

02/17/2007

Hi, everyone!

I talked to Daf on the cell phone a while ago, after she sent me a cellphonemessage saying she was sick in bed. Well, she has had a virus and a high fever for the last three days, but it seems that things are getting better. She was supposed to travel to Barcelona over the weekend, but... impossible.:-(

I forgot to ask about her diploma, but I'm almost positive she still doesn'thave it, because she told me she hadn't been to Valencia yet, where her university is.

Dafninha, get well very quickly and do enjoy the final week in Spain. :-) Here's a webpage (9 pages long!) about my first f2f meeting with Daf when I travelled to Valencia to be at her dissertation defense (Jun. 2004) as one ofthe three Webheads to give her our support "in loco". I didn't make a photo story, because I had too much text to embed!!! We had a lovely time. :-)

http://64.71.48.37/teresadeca/webheads/meetings/teresa-daf1.htm

Hala Fawzi

Hala Fawzi

#2567

02/17/2007

That explains it all! I was about to leave her a note at YM wondering about her disappearance! This is so sad! Please Tere, tell her our wishes of her full recovery soon. She will be on mythoughts. Dafinha, get well soon, please we will be waiting for you, Your extended family are doing great but only misses you! Get well soon!
Paul Mountjoy

Paul Mountjoy

#2615

02/18/2007

Hi Hala

I'm in Thailand and work in a northern Thai university as an English teacher. I used to work in the computer field before I became a teacher so the kind of stuff you are all doing and learning about here in baw 07 fascinates me. I've used things like Moodle and skype before and I have awiki for my own use. I joined baw 07 to learn more and so I wouldn't feel so lonely as nobody else in my university uses these technologies and don't seem in the least bit interested in using them in the future. I really don't know why that is. How about the rest of you. Do you have support for using these technologies in your institutions?

Hala Fawzi

Hala Fawzi

#2633

02/18/2007

Hi Paul,

Good question! This should make a starter for a new discussing here! In fact, most of us do not find support as the situation is like yours, or maybe worse! I will come back here to add to this discussion after the WorldBridges session!

Glad we impressed an IT teacher! I hear from many friends who have been to Thailand that is is heaven in earth". Is this true?

We hope to see you in WorldBridges http://worldbridges.net/

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

#2636

02/18/2007

Hi, Paul!

I've been in your situation for 10 years now. Up to last month only the Math teachers used computers, but mainly for Excel and very rarely connected to the Internet for any task.

Now there's a project going on with about 8 teachers from different departments involved. They're using a Moodle to upload files with exercises their students can do on their own. Some are using PPoint in their classes and one has a blog with his 8th grade students, but I haven't seen it. However, no one is using the Internet on a regular basis, as I've been doing for years. On the other hand, over the years nobody has acknowledged te work my students and I have been doing, especially the work of the students, which I find sadly amazing, but will not comment on... Paul, from previous discussions in the Webheads in Action group I think that this is a worldwide problem. Unfortunately!!!

Elisabeth Fernandes

#2638

(Response to #2636)

02/18/2007

Hi Paul,

Indeed, as Teresa mentions, this does seem to be a worldwide problem. So, Paul, don't feel like you are the only one in this position. It is a battle many teachers are fighting, but, with role models such as BAWers, hopefully things will improve. And we can offer each other help and support.

Victor Hugo Corzo

#2645

(Response to #2638)

02/18/2007

Hi Paul

I am a Teacher in a secondary school in Lima.. PeruSouth America, and thanks God I have support and theprincipal is interested in using technology for ourstudents... even though she is not expert...We have Internet access for students and teachers..plus this teen generation was born with mobiles..pc´s..software... internet...cd´s..mp3...now ipods....andthe list continues......usb...etc..etc..We can not be out of this world...

Regards

Victor Hugo

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Interesting article

Dennis Oliver

Dennis Oliver

#2333

02/13/2007

Hi, everyone.

Yesterday I read an interesting article in the _Arizona Republic_ (thedaily newspaper in Phoenix) and thought you might find it interesting,too:

http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/0212blogs0209.html

I thought it was particularly interesting that computer-mediated learning is described as "cutting-edge and even a bit daring" in one part of the article, yet the learning platforms that are mentioned (blogs, podcasts, wikis) are becoming "old hat" to the participants in this workshop.

NB: You might have to complete a short survey in order to access the article. If so, you do NOT have to agree to receive information from the _Republic_ and you do NOT have to leave your e-mail address. Enjoy the article!

Monica

#2334

(Response to #2333)

02/13/2007

Hi, Dennis,

Thanks for the link to the article, it was interesting to learn that we are members of the "cutting-edge, daring" group of teachers! :) It makes me think that perhaps it's time educators redefined and expanded concepts such as the notion of class and the classroom, learning, students' (and teacher's) participation, interaction...

Hala Fawzi

Hala Fawzi

#2336

(Response to #2334)

02/13/2007

Dennis,

Thanks for sharing the article. I have few lines to post as comment, though.They can wait until tomorrow!

Elisabeth Fernandes

#2395

02/14/2007

Hi Dennis,

Thank you for sharing this interesting article. Isn't it funny how what they consider "cutting edge" are things that webheads have been talking about and using for a relatively long time. Different paradigms.

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Storage

Gary Harwell

#2339

02/13/2007

Hello,

I have a question concerning storage of large amounts of .doc files. I'm tryingto set up a Yahoo Group where instructors can access a Test Bank but the amount of files will exceed the 20 mb limit. I want to keep it as "seamless"as possible and "Free." Any suggestions on how to go about it?

Fernanda Rodrigues

Fernanda Rodrigues

#2359

02/14/2007

Hi Gary

There's Yahoo Briefcase - you can store 30 MB. http://briefcase.yahoo.com/bc//home and you might try DriveHQ "For starters, DriveHQ offers FREE 1GB storage and up to 1GB download bytes per month.

http://www.drivehq.com/help/features/PricingPlans.aspx

to download:

http://www.drivehq.com/downloads/downloadfilemanager.aspx

I hope it helps

Dafne

Dafne

#2360

(Response to #2359)

02/14/2007

You can also try box.net

http://www.box.net

1 GB free storage - web-based Can share documents wit friends. Can make them public or private.I was lucky enough to have found it when they were starting and after inviting 5 friends I got 5 GB free-storage :-)

There s also Think-Free http://www.thinkfree.com

and in Wikispaces (http://www.wikispaces.com) you don't have a limit.

Gary Harwell

#2419

02/14/2007

Thank you Dafne and Fernanda,

I have decided to try out Box.net and Wikispaces and see how the free versions work out for my storage problems.

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E-cards

rddietrich@yahoo.com

Ramona Dietrich

#2353

02/13/2007

Hello!

Ramona has sent you a Hallmark e-card! To see it, just click the link below, or copy and paste it into your browser's address line:

http://www.hallmark.com/ECardWeb/ECV.jsp?a=4634862241977M172827749Y&product_id=

Or you can follow these steps:

1. Go to our homepage at http://www.hallmark.com

2. Click "E-cards & More".

3. Click the link that says "Pick up an e-card."

4. Enter your e-mail address and this number: EG4634862241977. Click"Display Greeting," and enjoy your e-card.

susiearaujo@gmail.com

Susana Araujo

#2372

02/14/2007

Hello!

Susana Arajo has sent you a Hallmark e-card! To see it, just click the link below, or copy and paste it into your browser's address line:

http://www.hallmark.com/ECardWeb/ECV.jsp?a=0260592260565M175309098Y&product_id=

Or you can follow these steps:

1. Go to our homepage at http://www.hallmark.com

2. Click "E-cards & More".

3. Click the link that says "Pick up an e-card."

4. Enter your e-mail address and this number: EG0260592260565. Click"Display Greeting," and enjoy your e-card.

Nelba

Nelba

#2381

02/14/2007

Thanks 4 the e-card.
Susana Arajo

Susana Arajo

#2373

02/14/2007

Hi Ramona!

What a lovely e-card :-) Thank you! I love flowers ;-) I couldn't resist myself sending you all back another e-card. And I'll share here with you two more that I liked particularly when visiting Hallmark.The first one is a Valentine interactive match game. Maybe it would be nice to share it with your students. You can view it here:

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Link

This is a Moonlight serenade performed by a cute dog ;-) You can view ithere:

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Link

Happy St. Valentine's Day!

cristina Costa

Cristina Costa

#2380

(Response to #2373)

02/14/2007

thank you for the lovely card. I loved it. Happy Valentines to you all.
Monica

#2387

02/14/2007

Hello Ramona and Team, what a lovely e-card, thank you so much! A very happy Valentine's Day to you, too!
Elisabeth Fernandes

#2392

(Response to #2387)

02/14/2007

Thank you Ramona for the lovely bouquet. It certainly brightened up a very gray, rainy, windy day here.
Elisabeth Fernandes

#2391

02/14/2007

Susana,

Thank you for this card. It was so funny I laughed out loud.... good thing the neighbours couldn't see me!It was a positive point in my day. Happy Valentine's Day.

Elisabeth Fernandes http://www.hallmark.com/ECardWeb/ECV.jsp?a=0260592260565M175309098Y&product_id=

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

#2416

02/14/2007

Hi, Susana!

"Thank you" for your very funny eValentine's -card! It's also been added to our "Special Messages" wiki page.

http://baw07.pbwiki.com/SpecialMessages

Hugs, Teresa (going out for a Valentine's dinner with Joao, my husband!)

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

#2417

02/14/2007

"Thank you" to the Week 5 team for a lovely Valentine's e-card! :-)) I've added it to our "Special Messages" wiki page.

http://baw07.pbwiki.com/SpecialMessages

Hugs, Teresa

Elisabeth

#2484

02/16/2007

Dear Isabel Perez,

elisabeth [ emfglobetrotter@yahoo.ca ] has sent you an ecard from123Greetings.com.Send free ecards from 123Greetings.com with your choice of colors, words and music. Your ecard will be available with us for the next 30 days. If you wish to keep the ecard longer, you may save it on your computer or take a print. To view your ecard, choose from any of the following options:

OPTION 1

Click on the following Internet address or copy & paste it into your browser's address box.

http://www.123greetings.com/view/HA20216010646751

OPTION 2

Copy & paste the ecard number in the "View Your Card" box at http://www.123greetings.com

Your ecard number is HA20216010646751

If you need help in viewing your ecard or any other assistance, please visit our Help/ FAQ section located at

http://www.123greetings.com/help/

If you need further help, feel free to write to us at support@123greetings.com

Elisabeth

#2486

(Response to #2484)

02/16/2007

Dear Participants, moderators,co-moderators, and coordinators,

elisabeth [ emfglobetrotter@yahoo.ca] has sent you an ecard from123Greetings.com. Send free ecards from 123Greetings.com with your choice of colors, words and music. Your ecard will be available with us for the next 30 days. If you wish to keepthe ecard longer, you may save it on your computer or take a print.To view your ecard, choose from any of the following options:

OPTION 1

Click on the following Internet address or copy & paste it into your browser's address box.

http://www.123greetings.com/view/HA20216011643587

OPTION 2

Copy & paste the ecard number in the "View Your Card" box at http://www.123greetings.com

Your ecard number is HA20216011643587

If you need help in viewing your ecard or any other assistance, please visit our Help/ FAQ section located at

http://www.123greetings.com/help/

If you need further help, feel free to write to us at support@123greetings.com

cristina costa

Cristina Costa

#2487

(Response to #2486)

02/16/2007

Dear Elisabeth,

thank you so much for the e-card! And thank you for being up for the session at 4am!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You are just a super-woman!!!

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

#2496

02/16/2007

Hi, Elisabeth!

Thank you for the lovely e-cards. I'll be inserting them in our "Special Messages" wiki page later.

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ESL resources

sharonbetts

Sharon Betts

#2424

(Response to #2420)

02/14/2007

http://a4esl.org/ Do you all know this site?
cristina costa

Cristina Costa

#2434

(Response to #2424)

02/15/2007

Dear Sharon,

thanks so much for the tip. Another site I like a lot too is this one

http://www.elllo.org/

Ronaldo Lima, Jr.

#2440

02/15/2007

Cris,

Fantastic suggestion (ello.org)! I loved it! One of the course supervisors in the school I work was just asking me about websites to practice listening, and this is perfect! Thanks a lot!

Monica

#2441

(Response to #2440)

02/15/2007

Dear Sharon and Cris,

thank you for the links to the activities, they are great!

Elisabeth Fernandes

#2458

02/15/2007

Hi,

here's another site that I've used with my students. They love it because it's about movies, and they can choose the movies as well as their own level.

Monica

#2469

02/15/2007

Hi Elisabeth,

I think you forgot to post the link to the website... I'd love to see what kind of activities they have there! Could you send it again?

Elisabeth Fernandes

#2477

(Response to #2469)

02/15/2007

oops... it was very late when I was doing this....... Let me try again:

http://www.english-trailers.com/index.php

Hope this works now.

sarah braxton

Sarah Braxton

#2474

02/15/2007

Sharon - Innertoob is one more incredible thing I learn (about) from you -Thanks! Sarah (USA)
sharonbetts

Sharon Betts

#2459

(Response to #2458)

02/15/2007

I am home today due to blizzardy conditions (again). I just found a very nice tool which I posted to my blog:

http://webheadtools.motime.com/

Innertoob - this allows you to make comments (written) on any mp3 file at particular locations throughout the file. What a nice way to comment on student verbal presentations - or have students comment on others. Best of all - they are getting ready to release a new more advanced product which I believe may allow verbal comments on the fly. Check out my link.

Moira Hunter

Moira Hunter

#2622

02/18/2007

Hi Sharon,

This is a great tool. At this precise moment, I can't think of the other tools I have seen doing this but it's definitely an area to watch as more and more annotating tools are appearing (both text and voice) for audio files and videos.

Hala Fawzi

Hala Fawzi

#2498

02/16/2007

Hi all,

Here are some useful links to help you in creating online material for your students.

Great list to material for listening comprehension:

http://www.weberberg.de/skool/listening.html

Also, if you scroll down the page, you will locate Breaking News English which they keep updated on daily/weekly basis. I like their Feb 13 lesson here:

http://www.breakingnewsenglish.com/0702/070213-viagra.html

Anyone who didn't come across Randall's? Another great one for listening:

http://www.esl-lab.com/

One of Dafne's favourites. Right Dafinha?

http://www.tv411.org/index.shtml

I will use the learning style survey with my students tomorrow

http://www.tv411.org/learning/quiz.shtml

The ESL Blues for pre-intermediate to high-intermediate level English.

http://ww2.college-em.qc.ca/prof/epritchard/#adj

Check out the "Diagnostic Quizzes and Tests". Also, their HTML Basics tutorial helped a lot in creating my YG and blog On UsingEnglish.com, check Language Tests, English Quizzes and Language Polls.

http://www.usingenglish.com/

The Guide to Grammar and Writing

http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/index.htm

I know many of you work with teenagers:

http://www.mypopstudio.com/

Please do not go over this one until baw finishes. It will take time to explore what's inside:

http://alri.org/litlist/esolwebsites.html

One of the"Best" useful and rich resources, which you need months to explore it all, is Christine Bauer-Ramazani's Links to useful TESL/CALL websites :

http://academics.smcvt.edu/cbauer-ramazani/Links/useful_sites.htm

I hope they will be of use, Keep exploring!

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

#2515

02/16/2007

Hello, everyone!

I'd like to share with you a page I have with all the exercises and activities (not many, though) that I've created for my students in the past and that are good for autonomous learning. They're arranged by school year, level, type of exercise and software used.

http://64.71.48.37/teresadeca/school/activities.htm

There's software I've used with success that I don't remember having been referred: Spellmaster http://www.spellmaster.com/

Eclipse Crossword http://www.greeneclipsesoftware.com/eclipsecrossword/

Both are free and downloadable, but you need a server to host your exercises.

Eclipse is very easy.http://64.71.48.37/teresadeca/school/exs5/house-ec.html

Spellmaster may not be 100% intuitive at first reading (advice: read the"ReadMe" file), but it's very simple once you get the trick. (I'll gladly help.) Young learners love these exercises! And you can embed audio.Take a look.

http://64.71.48.37/teresadeca/school/exs6/family-listen/speak1.html">http://64.71.48.37/teresadeca/school/exs6/qwords/jigword2.html

http://64.71.48.37/teresadeca/school/exs6/family-listen/speak1.html">http://64.71.48.37/teresadeca/school/exs6/family-listen/speak1.html

I wish there were more than 24 hours in a day to have the time to create more exercises. I need more sleep than Isabel Perez does! ;-)Hope this helps!

cristina costa

Cristina Costa

#2528

(Response to #2515)

02/16/2007

Thanks Teresa for sharing. you know I love your CALL lessons.
Cora Chen

Cora Chen

#2533

(Response to #2528)

02/16/2007

Dear Teresa,

I enjoy your activity page every time I visit it.

Monica

#2535

02/16/2007

Hi Teresa,

thank you for the activities page! I've been saving all the links, it's virtually - :) - impossible to try so many great tools and sites in one course... Makes me wish my day had 72 hours!

angeles_berman

Angeles Berman

#2543

02/16/2007

Thanks Teresa for Sharing what you had done during these years. Every time you post a new link to your work I read, and read, and read and think about how much you love your work and how much time you dedicate to it. Thanks again for all these wonderful information :)
Teresa Almeida d'Eca

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

#2552

(Response to #2543)

02/17/2007

Hi, Angeles!

Thank you for your nice words. You're absolutely right. I love what I do. :-) Thank you also to all those who have commented on my pages. Sharing is everything!

Susan Ryan

Susan Ryan

#2544

02/16/2007

Since everyone is sharing websites, (THANK YOU!!) I thought that I should mention an organizational site called teacherweb.com. I have found this tool to be a great "homepage" for one of the classes that I teach. You can upload all of your stuff and use it as a portal for a class. I mash all of my Quia stuff into this page as well as some PowerPoints. here is mine, the cost is about $30US/yr

Link

Hala Fawzi

Hala Fawzi

#2555

(Response to #2547)

02/17/2007

Hi Susan,

Thank you for sharing teacherweb with us. It is indeed very useful for us. I just added it to my delicious account. Sharing is caring! I still write your name Sudan, delete, then Susan!

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

#2561

02/17/2007

Nice resource and page, Susan! Very simple and user-friendly. I love the photos of your class. They show that learning can happen at any age and should be a lifelong or ongoing experience. :-)

Jose Antonio da Silva

Jose Antonio da Silva

#2603

02/18/2007

Hi Susan,

The teacher web looks really nice. I didn´t know about it. Thanks for sharing

Monica

#2565

02/17/2007

Hi, everyone, I don't know if anyone has posted this link before:

http://www.ipl.org

(Internet Public Library) There you can find links to thousands of newspapers, articles, books, dictionaries, encyclopaedias, etc, in different languages. I find it very useful to prepare classes and to use with my students. Hope you like it too!

Um abraço,

Monica Veado (Brazil)

- I tried to add the link to our wiki but the password didn't work for some reason... :(

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YackPack, creating tutorials

Ibrahim Rustamov

Ibrahim Rustamov

#2481

02/16/2007

Hello dear all,

I bring my apologies that I am not too active, but I really enjoy to read every message that arrives in to my mailbox. Just got to know about another tool about which you can learn at:

www.yackpack.com/education.html

I hope you will find this info useful. Now I am going to discover this tool by registering there ;)

Hala Fawzi

Hala Fawzi

#2489

(Response to #2481)

02/16/2007

Hi Ibrahim,

Thanks for sharing YackPack with the list. Is this what you were asking for, Galdys, on one of your posts?? I believe that we used once in 2005, didn't we?

Ibrahim, A question : how do you put an arrow on a screen shot? I mean, how to edit it to create a tutorial, whether a screen shot, a photo or an image? Did you see Jeff Lebow' tutorial about webheadsinaction.org? I looked for it and couldn't spare more time on it.( Any one?). He used a moving arrow for illustration with his voice. How he did it and what did he use ? Simple question? but I have never figured it out! Thanks in advance

Gladys Baya

Gladys Baya

#2522

(Response to #2520)

02/16/2007

Yes, Hala, that was it! I think they recently sent an update announcing now you can video too.. Can't use this with my students, so didn't invest time inexploring the update...Thanks for remembering!
Dennis Newson

Dennis Newson

#2497

02/16/2007

Ibrahim,

You probably saw one of Jeff's brilliant screencasts. He's a master. He uses a program, not free, I'm afraid, called: Camtasia. Mr. Google will help you to find it. I think screencasting is a very powerful tools and needs investigating.Camtasia seems to be the best program, but there are others available, including Camstudio - a search with Mr. G. should find it.

sharonbetts

Sharon Betts

#2500

(Response to #2497)

02/16/2007

Dennis was right. Camtasia (must buy) is very nice and a lot more involved than CamStudio (free).I have used CamStudio for a few short things as a test. You can see one here.

http://www.eport52.org/published/s/be/sbetts/collection/12/

If you click on one of these, they may need some time to buffer.

Hala Fawzi

Hala Fawzi

#2504

(Response to #2500)

02/16/2007

That's the word! Screencasting! Thank you Dennis for the explanation. Aren't there any other"primitive" way to create a tutorial with screen shots, without adding voice, putting an arrow on the place you want students to go/do/click? Hala (the one who asked! it reminds me of mmm ..the arms to hug ) More on another list. Denos!
Dennis Newson

Dennis Newson

#2506

(Response to #2504)

02/16/2007

Hala in the warm Sudan, I think CamStudio may give you the option NOT to speak. If no-one here knows, try the evoline crowd, the ancient webheads.
Gladys Baya

Gladys Baya

#2520

02/16/2007

Hala, have you tried... ?http://www.debugmode.com/wink/

Wink is downloadable and creates screen captions for you, recording the process by which you do something? Claudia Bellusci (also a WIA) recommended it to me, I haven't tried it, but her tutorial are beautiful! You can add voice, but you don't have to!

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

#2523

02/16/2007

Ola, Hala!

I created this tutorial for a presentation. Take a look at the use of arrows (red and yellow) and rectangles (red, I think).

http://64.71.48.37/teresadeca/webheads/tutorials/ti-ym-tutorial.ppt

(may take a few seconds to open, because it's .ppt) If this is what you mean, this is how I do it: I make a screenshot and save it in Paint as .bmp (default). Then I add whatever I needed (arrows....) and save it in .jpg, because .bmp files are big in size and .jpg files are much smaller. I always keep the original file. May need it later. I just wish losing weight were as easy as it is converting .bmp to .jpg files in order to reduce file size drastically!!! ;-)

Dennis Newson

Dennis Newson

#2525

(Response to #2523)

02/16/2007

Teresa. Lovely. And produced in 2003.
Teresa Almeida d'Eca

Teresa Almeida d'Eca

#2530

(Response to #2525)

02/16/2007

Thanks, Dennis! It does seem a long time ago!!! ;-) I must give some of this newer software a try: Camtasia and Wink.

Hala Fawzi

Hala Fawzi

#2547

(Response to #2546)

02/16/2007

Hi all,

A warm thank you for all who suggested different tools to be used in creating tutorials. I found wink is great, but the tutorial took some time to go over it, Gladys. It is comprehendable for a newbie like me , though. I think if you add voice it will better.They will need no more of me talking and will add to their autonomous learning. I will show you later how I did it before posting it to them

Ibrahim Rustamov

Ibrahim Rustamov

#2551

(Response to #2550)

02/17/2007

Hello Hala and Dennis!

I used some screencasting tools and found Wink very useful. I have uploaded one of my tutorials created using Captivate(commmercial). Hope you will like this tutorial and learn how to resize multiple images at the same time :)

As for adding arrows to my screenshots I used Power Point's adding arrows and it is very easy to use PrintScreen key and paste into Power Point and add arrows.

Hala Fawzi

Hala Fawzi

#2553

(Response to #2551)

02/17/2007

Dear Ibrahim,

Your help is always one click away from me!!You have taken the time to explore and create to lend a helping hand! This is more than I need to start doing mine. It is just GREAT!

Hala

(thank you .........thank you............thank you...........thank you ...........thankyou......thank you .........thank you............thank you...........thank you...........thank you......thank you .........thank you............thank you...........thank you...........thank you......)Millions of "Thank you ", Ibrahim.

Dennis Newson

Dennis Newson

#2557

(Response to #2553)

02/17/2007

Ibrahim,

You made it look very simple! I think screencasts are fabulous. Of course their use for how to do things with PC programs is obvious, but I'm sure, too, it would be possible to dream up other uses. Since I have failed so far to become a webcaster (I cannot get anything to work) perhaps I could become a screencaster instead. Isn't it thrilling, too, that Ibrahim sent this to us from Kazakstan? (I've spelled it the way it is spelled in Germany).

Ibrahim Rustamov

Ibrahim Rustamov

#2559

02/17/2007

Hello Dennis,

yes, I made it simple in order to reduce its size :) I am from Tajikistan (Tadschikistan). :)

Dennis Newson

Dennis Newson

#2574

02/17/2007

Sorry Ibrahim, sorry. I get all those stans mixed up! It is JUST as impressive to me that you come from Tajikistan!
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YouTube

Ana Maria

#2503

02/16/2007

I´d like to share something I tried with my Basic 1 group this week. I recorded two of my students performing a simple dialogue all of them had practised, posted it in Youtube, got the HTML code and pasted the dialogue into a blog I´ve just created for the group.

The blog is: www.culturab1.blogspot.com

If you want to leave comments, please do.

I haven´t been able to share much but I´ve been trying to follow the weekly activities in the wiki.

Hala Fawzi

Hala Fawzi

#2505

(Response to #2503)

02/16/2007

(the arrow is more important the content, ha?) Hi Ana, What an idea to motivate beginners! You have already started to use the tools in your classroom! Fantastic! Stay inspired! I left a comment.
Dennis Newson

Dennis Newson

#2507

(Response to #2505)

02/16/2007

A great idea Ana Maria. MORE! MORE!
Ronaldo Lima, Jr.

#2511

02/16/2007

Very good idea, Ana Maria. I have just left a comment.
Cora Chen

Cora Chen

#2538

02/16/2007

Dear Ana Maria,

Congratulations on your great blog! :-)))

angeles_berman

Angeles Berman

#2542

(Response to #2538)

02/16/2007

I have visited your blog and the video looks Great!!! How do you record the video? What type of camera do you use? This is a wonderful idea to do with my students... Can I? Thanks for sharing :)
Nina Liakos

Nina Liakos

#2508

02/16/2007

Guffaws for the Helpdesk crowd: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eRjVeRbhtRU&eurl
Monica

#2517

(Response to #2509)

02/16/2007

Hi Nina, loved the video!!! LOL!
cristina costa

Cristina Costa

#2519

(Response to #2517)

02/16/2007

This is so fun, Nina!

It is also a great caricaturization how new technologies are difficult to understand by some.Who ever thought that using a book would be difficult? It never crossed my mind, as I grown up among them. Just the same way my grandmother, and even my mother, thinks that computers are very difficult because they never got used to use them. The 21st century generation regards computers just as a regular appliance...just like most of us consider a hair dryer or a toaster to be an essential device to use in our daily routine! This is just super. I have just bookmarked it!

Carla Raguseo

Carla Raguseo

#2531

(Response to #2527)

02/16/2007

Excellent Nina!

Wouldn't it be perfect to start a presentation on New Technologies for teachers. I'll try it in my next staff meeting and let you know!

Hala Fawzi

Hala Fawzi

#2509

02/16/2007

Thank you Nina for the laugh given to me byyour funny video! As it is the day for funny videos, Let's Speak English with more chuckles

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iLcbNKI0JQM

Can you think of activites to use such videos with your students? Anyone with a fast speed connection? Hala ( laughing in warm Sudan)

Nelba

Nelba

#2526

(Response to #2519)

02/16/2007

Super video! Do teachers have to become gorillas to get better salaries?
Nelba

Nelba

#2527

(Response to #2526)

02/16/2007

I could recognized myself when I am asking about the new soft I want to use! I sometimes feel so stupid... Great video! Thanks for the humour
Monica

#2534

02/16/2007

Hi Hala,

I had been looking for this video for ages - it's great!!! I just couldn't remember the name of the show, so I never found it in YouTube. Thanks for the link! I love Monty Python and it was great to see Marty Feldman again...

Jose Antonio da Silva

Jose Antonio da Silva

#2601

02/18/2007

Hi Angeles,

I checked your blog and I really liked the idea of using youtube to post that video. There are many activities I can think of doing using that idea of yours. Wonderful. Thanks for sharing

Moira Hunter

Moira Hunter

#2629

02/18/2007

Hi Ana Maria,A wonderful start!!!!What did you use to record? I often use my cell phone - works wonderfully forshort videos to be posted to YouTube.
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Lurking, moodling

Holly Dilatush

#2583

02/17/2007

Hello everyone!

I've been lurking and plodding through the messages and have played with a few things, noted several for possible future to-dos. I did insert mobatalk (myChingo) into my Moodle website

http://theHsmile.org

and also a few clocks and a map -- does anyone know why Seoul Korea shows TWO times???

I'm still playing with other things -- HandySnap (http://wisepixel.com) on a 30 day trial -- but a little confused with how to use it -- I did make a tutorial of sorts for our moodle site (I'm attaching a document here, not sure if it will upload) but used the handysnap to make screenshots and insert info on to them -- but then couldn't figure out how to do everything I wanted in handysnap -- I simply copied the .bmp files into Word -- not sure if this will make sense to anyone -- but I've found other ideas to follow up on from other message posts (screencasting?)

Anyway -- I tried to send you all a card from my http://www.jacquielawson.com account (_beautiful_ cards) but I haven't seen the message appear?

I've been an on-again/off-again lurker/participator for a few years now on BAW and other EVOs -- just recently completed TESOL's Principles and Practices of Online teaching certificate course. Ditto on the THANK YOU to all the active participants -- WOW! It's a great confidence booster to try new things!

Smiles to all,

Holly in Charlottesville VA

Hala Fawzi

Hala Fawzi

#2592

02/17/2007

Hi Holly,

Thank you for your harmonized chime! What an active lurker we have here! It would be nice if you tell us more about yourself, your work and your fantastic organized moodle!!!!! It is alos great that you have been experimenting and trying to use all these tools!!

About your attached document, YG does not accept attachments, but you canupload it on the file section on our YG home page. Please do tell us about yourexperiment with HandySnap. Is the file includes a tutorial created by HandySnp? I have been to your moodle and I like all the widgets embedded. I I wanted to add a voice comment, but I am at the office now, no mic, maybe later.

I am not sure why Seoul has two times, unless they mean two different Seoul's!!!!!! Like we have many cities called Cairo; Cairo of Egypt and Cairo in USA ! Anyone?

I have double checked our mail, but no card has been received, sorry. Try again and we will let our email-officer wait at the front door when delivered!!! :-) We will be waiting to hear your voice or participate in the chat at 15:00 GMT, on Worldbridges: http://webheadsinaction.org/ Hope to see you there,

Monica

#2624

02/18/2007

Hi Holly,

great site, I loved the layout! One of my "new year's resolutions" for 2007 is to learn more about Moodle and perhaps try it with one of my groups. Any tips? :)

Hala Fawzi

Hala Fawzi

#2627

(Response to #2624)

02/18/2007

Take me with you, Monica in your journey to know about Moodle in 2007!

Hala ( would love to hear how you pronounce Um abraco)

Holly Dilatush

#2647

02/18/2007

Monica, all,

I'm no pro! But I _love_ using Moodles because I can find my way_without_ knowing as much as I wish I did/hope I will someday! I heard of Moodles at two conference presentations, then tried an EVO a few years back to learn more, then joined the Principles and Practices (TESOL) course and plunged ! While I was teaching in Korea, I had over 160 students actively using Moodles (we met f2f two times a week, and online discussions+ requirements for a "third" time each week). It was awesome! I had seven class groups -- one was older learners, many of whom had never used a mouse before -- they learned to _love_ their Moodle and were inspired to use not only their English (beginning level) but also to venture into learning more about using computers -- fun!

Now, I teach in Charlottesville VA -- a pilot distance learning course using Crossroads Cafe curriculum -- not sure how long the grant funding will last -- it's certainly not proven to be cost-effective yet, but for over half of the participants, it's been a true and valuable learning experience. But my Moodle for this course is _not_as active as I wish it would be. Working on it!

Tips? I chose www.moodlerooms.com as a host for my Moodle -- their support is great and for me, that was a must. [we have not yet been able to convince the K-12 server our adult learning center is affiliated with to allow Moodle use -- we're working on that, too. So, for now, our Moodle is on my personally paid for host server -- a professional development expense and one that allows me the freedom to experiment with other Moodles -- but still a bit vexing that the support is not there].

Tips: expect to make time in computer lab for 2 to 3 "explore and learn Moodle" times -- make them fun, not necessarily strongly curriculum-bound -- just to learn to navigate. Take advantage of students who can help other students --

For my experience, it takes a student or two or more to "jump in and have fun posting messages" before others catch on the bandwagon. Maintaining momentum can be challenging. I still have MUCH to learn about Moodles -- but am a self-proclaimed "moodle maniac" :D

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