Here is the link to the questionnaire.
Here is the link to the questionnaire.
This impressionist is advertising for his show. I wish I could see it. The impressions of famous people are amazing, all while quoting Shakespeare. What a memory this guy has, and what a rubbery face!
I teach Rhetoric and Hamburgers, a class about how to convince people about eating things like hamburgers. I start with a book, Fast Food Nation, then do a movie (documentary) Super Size Me, and finish with a computer game (McDonald’s).
Two interesting posts related to this topic came to me [...]
Maki and Julia had a wonderful time in Hawaii for our niece Ruka’s wedding. They spent 5 days at the Moana Surfrider hotel with Ginger and Anri, in from Colorado. Maki’s sister, her daughter-in-law Jazelle and her son were also enjoying the meet. Ginger rented a van and got people beyond the [...]
For now, some bits and babs.
Woke up this morning and almost got shook out of bed by another earthquake. Late afternoon, another small shake. Learning to live with this daily wobble is difficult. The shake this morning put the kitchen door out of whack, so it won’t close. Have to get the sander out [...]
Not much happened yesterday, so there was no Update Day 8.
This morning we awoke to reports that Reactors 5&6 were under control. They are still working on 2 & 3, trying to get electricity to the pumps or water to the reactors. Work is proceeding slowly but surely. Weather has moderated, yesterday it got [...]
People have been writing back to our family, mostly with support, but also with some questions. I hope this will help. How far are you from the nuclear plants? We live west and south of Tokyo. Kawasaki is like Oak Brook to Chicago, or Englewood to Denver. Kawasaki is wedged in between Tokyo and Yokohama, [...]
Six days since the earthquake, and things are looking very uncertain. Last night Julia and I stayed up until about 2 AM watching TV, and then some House and Glee we got off the web.
We had a much cooler day today, dipping to about 35 degrees (F) at [...]
We got our electricity back in the middle of the night last night. I went to work today. When I returned, I finally was able to see the devastation.
A new worry comes today, but it is still at a significant distance, about 300 miles away.
Radiation in Japan One of the six [...]
The Foreign Service institute, the school that teaches diplomats languages, has free courses available. These courses were developed with government money and are old enough (before 1989) to be in the public domain. Although dated, these courses include texts (in pdf) and tapes (in mp3), all ported to the Internet by a wonderful non-profit group. [...]
Ken, over at What Japan Thinks, is doing a great job of deciphering polls and consumer studies in Japan. Today he looks at what people regret telling lies about. First comes Rich, then comes being able to speak English. Be careful about stretching the truth. It can get you in trouble.
This is 4 minutes of your life well spent. Watch and listen how a wonderful Aussie woman explains how social media works. Love that accent, and the way the video is put together.
The folks over at Say it Visually have more like this too.
Adam Gray and Marcos Benavides have collaborated on a textbook of mysteries for language learning called Whodunit.
Published by Abax, this is one of the first creative Commons textbooks available. You can download it and pay what you think is the best price (shades of RadioHead or Pearl Jam). [...]
Over at Mashable, they report that Google is adding translation to their new (still in development) Goggles, which can recognize objects and words. Designed for a phone with a camera, it is a great way to get information.
From Ars Technica. Seems that even the conservative MLA sees the writing on the wall. No longer are books the standard for making a bibliography entry. Now you have to say which kind of media. Also, other arguments about how to quote a web page.
The changes are part of MLA’s [...]
David Wiley thinks that the university as it stands will be irrelevant by 2020. He suggested we take a look at a couple of videos. Here is one of them.
Will Richardson over at Web-logg-ed has a very interesting article about how new technology will change how we read. He points us toward an article in the Wall Street Journal by Steven Johnson, one of my favorite writers. Johnson talks about how the eBook will change reading, primarily through its ease of use, immediate access [...]
I’ve also recommended using an iPod for learning before, but here is a list of 100 things you can use with the iPod to make it work like a learning machine. All different kinds of ways.
Scott Thornbury will be coming to JALT in November as a keynote speaker. His ideas about language learning are really interesting. For example, this idea about teaching grammar as if it were vocabulary, in his book Natural Grammar, which has a teacher support site with all kinds of ideas about teaching grammar [...]
You Tube is a great repository of many useful videos, but trying to find something can be daunting, with the millions of videos available. Enter Teacher Tube, a site like You Tube, but for teachers. More focused audience, lots of materials that are easy to understand.
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