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Games in Languages

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Games can provide a great goal oriented environment for language learning.  We have a fairly wide selection of PC games for students play on their own, including many of the hit titles from the previous year.  However, since the content … Continue reading

Willoughby Fellowship Deadline Approaching

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Just a reminder that everyone has until Friday to submit a proposal.  The link is provided below. http://lis.dickinson.edu/Teaching/Fellows/ The week of technology workshops will focus on Web 2.0.  Because of our focuses on communication and collaboration in the foreign languages, … Continue reading

Language Portals

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One of the principal developments of Web 2.0 is the development RSS, or Real Simple Sindication.  Basically RSS is the content, stripped of most design, from sites such as blogs and other sites that have frequently updated content.  This allows … Continue reading

Digital Storytelling Article

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There’s a great essay on academic commons, Multimedia as Composition: Research, Writing and Creativity. The part that may be most valuable for professors considering assigning such a project is the short list of recommended techniques: pitching (where ideas are presented … Continue reading

Digital Storytelling

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The definition of “Digital Storytelling” has expanded over the last couple years.  It used to refer almost entirely to projects from a first person point of view created in IMovie.  These could be either simple skits and dialogues done with … Continue reading

Delicious

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Delicious may very well be the single most effective utility for finding and sharing resources on the web.  Stated simply, Delicious is public bookmarking service.  Once you’ve created an account on Delcious and installed a Firefox plugin, you save your … Continue reading

Language Exchanges

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As the semester gets under way, we’ve already had quite a few language exchanges via Skype.  Some of the languages have partner classes with whom the students communicate throughout the semester.  Others schedule events in the Mixxer and thereby invite … Continue reading

Dictionaries

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Dictionaries are certainly one of the most heavily used online tools.  Most simply head to old-fashioned WordReference.com or something similar.  There may, however, be better options. In the Arthur Vining Davis classroom (room 209 in Bosler), Babylon is probably you’re … Continue reading

Europeana Launched

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Europeana aims to gather and digitized the collections of some of Europe’s largest libraries, archives, and museums.  Their website is still in beta; however, the collection is already quite extensive. http://www.europeana.eu/portal/ It’s well worth the time to do some quick … Continue reading