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Kafka and Spore

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It’s still quite rare to find video games based on literature, which makes another game based on a Kafka story so remarkable.  I’ve previously shown Kafkamesto to our German department.  It’s a very well done point and click game that … Continue reading

New Flickr Image Search

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Flickr has updated their search function as well (Thank you Mashable).  They’ve also add the ability to search for Creative Commons under the Advanced Search link.  For most of the searches in languages, you’re probably best off searching by Tag.  … Continue reading

Google Image Search, Creative Commons

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Google has updated their image search to include license type.  This means you can click the advanced tab on Google Image Search and narrow your selection of images to those that permit reuse.  If you’re just showing an image on … Continue reading

New Virtual World (Berlin) – Twinity

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Received news via Bryan Alexander’s Twitter about a virtual world that’s in beta called Twinity.  They’re going to create virtual worlds based on real cities.  The current beta version is Berlin.  At first glance, the layout seems very accurate and … Continue reading

Alice and Kev

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I just spent an hour reading the blog “Alice and Kev” which I found via a link Jason Mittell submitted to diigo gaming in education group.  The author does a very good job of using a game to tell a … Continue reading

Academic Intersections

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I ran into a tweet that caught my eye from the NMC conference this year.  There was a presentation about an online peer-reviewed journal that allowed for the integration of multimedia called Academic Intersections. One of my favorite places to … Continue reading

IALLT 2009, Class as Study Abroad Sim

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I just returned from IALLT 2009.  There were several good presentations, but the highlight for me was poster session on games and simulations by Edie Furniss at the Monterey Institute of International Studies.  She has started a wiki on the … Continue reading

Google Search Updates

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Google has updated two of it’s search function in ways that will make it easier for language teachers to find content. Google Video now allows for a language specific search in the advanced form.  It’s not 100% accurate, but it’s … Continue reading

Another Digital Collection

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Another website has appeared looking to provide digital material online for free.  This one is sponsored by U.N.  So far it’s a tiny fraction of the size of Europeana from the E.U.  Clearly there would an educational benefit were these … Continue reading

White paper on Designing Games for Foreign Language

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Ravi Purushotma, Steven L. Thorne, and Julian Wheatly had published a white paper, “10 Key Principles for Designing Video Games for Foreign Language Learning“.  Although it’s written with game design in mind, the same principles could easily apply to selecting … Continue reading