I convinced quite a few members of my family to subscribe to Flickr, and this is the best way to use it. This site organizes your pictures and shows them to people you know (and some you don’t know). Here’s my personal page.
By now you know about bookmarks and tags, and the best thing [...]
Originally called del.icio.us, you can find this web site at delicious.com.
Delicious web site for tokyokevin
Using Delicious has several advantages over regular bookmarks (or favorites). First, the sites you save are saved to the delicious computer, so you can access from any computer. Once you save a bookmark, you can give it many [...]
Tagging is a simple concept with great power. Tags are similar to bookmarks (or favorites, in Internet Exporer), but they are also so much more. Tags are central to the new social media and web pages in the last few years.
Tags are labels. You can put as many tags on a web page as [...]
Rikai is a great dictionary for translation, but translating dictionaries should only be used if there is not enough time or context to figure out the meaning of a word. Ideally, you should go to an English-only dictionary and use the bilingual dictionary only as a last resort.
So get your students away from bilingual [...]
As a kind of table of contents, I’ve published a spreadsheet of all the tools so far, and a few ideas into the future. I’ll update this as I post each day, so you can revisit any time and get the most up to date information there.
Or you could just read them here as [...]
typical usb memory stick
During the course of a typical work day, I might use up to 6 different computers, 2 at home and 4 at work. Keeping one set of information constantly updated, and always coordinated between computers is very important. Grades and attendance, for example.
I use a system where I carry [...]
Daily Lit Logo
There are TOOLS and there are tools. The last 4 tools I’ve brought to you have been BIG tools. They tend to do a lot and require some learning. Other tools are simple, quick and really effective immediately. This is one of those tools.
Daily Lit sends you small portions of [...]
Really Simple Syndication or Rich Site Summary (RSS) （日本語） is like getting an online magazine subscription to a blog or news “feed”. This means whenever a person updates their web site, blog or adds to their page, it is automatically sent to me. I used to go “surfing” on the web, but [...]
Rikai is free
I constantly tell my students they should use their dictionaries as little as possible. They are ultimately frustrating. Far better to find material that students feel is comfortable, where they know about 95% of the words, so they don’t have to use the dictionary, and can still guess the meanings of [...]
MS Word is kind of the standard for word processing (although I prefer a different one).
Teachers correct a lot of papers. They are worried about errors. Even though the research shows that correcting errors does little to improve student writing, teachers still do it. It makes them feel good, like they are doing something.
nioibu.com lets people warn others of smelly places
According to the new Social Networking website that relies on Google Maps to point out smelly places in the world, Tokyo must be the smelliest place on earth.
That is, until you realize that the site is in Japanese, and that it is almost brand new. [...]
I’m coming to hate paper more and more. You can’t search it, you can’t change it, and it gets lost so easily. I see teachers requiring students to print out online reports of their progress reports, instead of looking at the reports themselves. It seems odd. But some teachers just want to have a permanent [...]
I just realized we have exactly 100 days before April 1, the start of the new school (and financial) year in Japan. Since my department is requiring every new fresh(wo)man to get a laptop, there is a huge responsibility for the faculty of the department to use them in class and as part of the [...]
On the backs of babes.
It seems since the scores are falling in international tests, and Japanese kids aren’t learning stuff you can test as much, there is a panic to find a solution.
About 10 years ago there was a move to restrict time at school because kids were not very well-rounded. They tend [...]
That is how much a dollar costs these days. Glad I stopped sending money over there about 3 years ago. Sorry I sent over so much in the years before. Then again, things may come around eventually, but I don’t expect a quick recovery. Interesting that the Japanese stock market is tanking because the support [...]
What they have in common? Skills that cannot be easily measured. This is the point of a very long article by Malcolm Gladwell at the New Yorker: Most Likely to Succeed in the Annals of Education section.
What does it say about a society that it devotes more care and patience to the selection [...]
While you are waiting to be successful. Watch this short clip of Alan Watts, a 1960′s “guru” of eastern religions, recorded with visuals made and produced by the makers of South Park. Very Curious.