Tech

Cry me an iRiver

I’ve blogged in the past about my interest in ebook readers.  I finally got my hands on one for a few moments today.

I liked it.  The screen is plenty big enough and the device is small enough that I could easily see myself carrying one around.  The page change is fairly slow – I think that is common to all eReaders – and I could see myself getting to the second last line, then clicking and racing through the final line before the screen changed.


Boingboing on Language Learning

In 2002, before going to work at a university in Gangwondo, I interviewed for a job with a Korean military intelligence school just outside of Seoul.  The university position had more vacation time and gangwon was more inviting but I was able to look around the school a little and see the texts they used.  They were, I think, old US military ESL books- perhaps made to teach allied troops, I don’t know.  They were relatively old, even for 2002, and I would have been expected to use more modern supplements.

At BoingBoing, there is a post about the military’s more modern language acquisition programs.


Matching students to classes, lessons to students

Two articles caught my eye this morning: TeachPaperless’ decision to not plan out classes until he meets his students and Freakenomics’ recent discussion of matching students to schools at Maastricht University.

Both articles discuss optimizing the match between class material and student.  The Freakenomics post is a bare-bones mention of the problem and a request for help.  It does link to a study by one Alvin Roth: see if you note any familiar names in the ‘cited by’ list.


Teach paperless for Earth Day

It’s a long way off yet (April 22),  but tomorrow I will be planning my semester so its time to plan how and what I am doing for Earthday.

At the blog, Teach Paperless (author anonymous), I found some information on the subject.  That blogger uses student blogs as notebooks and, well, enough other things to convince him/her to set up a blog.

I am not sure if using a computer and other devices, particularly including a projector, will put less stress on the environment than using paper.  Further, students have already bought their books – I suppose I can tell the students to leave them at home so that added mass won’t be carried up the mountain my university is situated upon.

Still, I am also interested in using technology in the classroom, so I am likely to have a paperless day for that reason alone.


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