Sunday, June 19, 2005

Podcasting session in TI with Graham Stanley

While I'm blogging this tonight, I'm listening to Graham Stanley at , also in a Blogstreams salon session in Tapped In where Graham is the idea of podcasting for language teachers and students, and the lively discussion among the dozen of participants is now spinning around all sorts of technical questions - how podcasts are recorded and edited (with Audacity), how they're hosted (at a server with space for audio files), how they're added to your blog (in a Blog posting linking to your server space), how to use iPodder or another RSS like feed service (to help the cast being automatically downloaded to people's iPod or other mp3 player, or pc or mac) - and ways to use this in the classroom, or even after students left the school or university!.

Graham recommends to start at, and he promises to put the links up on his blog at tomorrow. And, Lee will add all the links to her helpful tag page. And Elderbob invited us to join his free Open Weekend at starting on Friday July 1st (at 9 pm GMT) , with all sorts of related topics to discuss, such as vlogs, audioblogs and more (I know, this is not his precise description; I'll have to find out what he would call this, and announce it here later).

I wanna get started some day as well!! Only time will keep me away from this new territory for some more time. At least I will find out when is the right time to get one of those tiny mp3 players, or an iPod photo de luxe :-)

Saturday, June 18, 2005

Ale in Argentina blogged my presentation in TESOL-Spain

Unfortunately, I forgot to take screenshots of our presentation for the TESOL_Spain conference that took place in Sevilla, in March, 2005. We had 20+ online attentands from different parts of the world, to the amazement of our f2f audience :-) But Ale in Argentina, who was online, took screenshots and published them on her blog. Thanks a lot, Ale :-)

Ale's blog


Monday, June 13, 2005

Tool Sheets

These Tool Sheets are a fantastic resource.

Thursday, June 09, 2005

Blogging for Credit

I see informal communication with others as being the biggest advantage of putting weblogs to use for language learning purposes. Weblogs can bring people together for sharing and discussing their ideas, allowing learners to actually put the language they are studying to use in authentic ways. However, when we assign 'blogging' for homework and give students grades on how often they post or comment, are we not shooting ourselves in the proverbial foot? If students come to see weblogs as the latest homework delivery method, then are we not directly encouraging them to take a surface approach to the whole process?

If we are to have any success with turning our students on to blogging, then we must implement methods of evaluation in which the quality of communicative interaction resulting from student webpublishing is identified, reflected upon, and improved. Teachers should stop placing placing such a high value on quantity of posting and commenting and start honing in on the quality of social interaction. Ongoing self, peer, and tutor reflective evaluations can play an integral role in helping everyone focus on the process of trying to communicate in the weblog medium, rather than looking to the quantity of textual interaction as a measure of success. It is conceivable for a student to have blogged very little, yet to have undergone a tremendous learning experience from ongoing reflections on their experience of reading, posting, commenting, and meeting new people. In this way, student might actually have a chance to see personal webpublishing for what it really is - a self-empowering method of communication and learning - and continue putting it into practice after the semester is finished.