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Monday, 28 February 2011

CNN Audio/Video Podcasts-Learn English with Podcasts

Today's Website~ 

●  CNN Audio/Video Podcasts-Learning English with Podcasts

What is it about?

●  CNN Audio & Video Podcasts provides audio or video podcasts of the latest news,

    ranging from Business, Sports, Technology, Entertainment, Health and so on.
●  You can subscribe the topics you like, and it will automatically syndicate the content

    when the website updates the news.  You can also watch the news or listen to the audio

    online.  If you have iTunes, you can subscribe the news, too.

Why is the content good for language learning?

●  CNN provides the latest news with a wide variety of topics.    

●  It also provides daily, authentic English for learners to practice listening.

●  The wide variety of topics can broaden learners vocabulary, their mind and the view

    of the world.  Throughout in-depth discussion activities, It help promote learners

    critical thinking.

●  Learners can select the subjects they like, and play back as many times as they want.

●  Learners can add the news to their iPod, iTunes, or just play it by click on the button.

    The latest news is portable, and they can listen or watch the news as many times as

    they like.

●  Through watching the videos, learners can easily relate the visual images to the events,

    words, and the meanings.  They can learn from the pronunciation from the broadcasters

    and try to make their own pronunciation as clear as they can.

How might you use it in a language teaching context?  

●  Take CNN Student News for example, it is best for intermediate or advanced learners.

    First, before the teachers has students watch the video, the teacher could have students

    discuss some questions about the topic they will watch from the video later.

●  The teacher chooses one clip of the video, and introduces some vocabulary or phrases 

    that students might not know (from the transcripts provided). 

●  After students are familiar with the topic and the related vocabulary, have students "listen

    to" the video, and take notes.

●  Have students compare their notes in groups and then watch the video together.

●  Give students transcripts, and discuss the follow-up questions by searching for the 

    related news online (work in group of 5).  The teacher should provide links of related

    topics in case that students can not find the information.

●  Students write down their answers to the follow-up questions, and then share with 

    other groups.

●  The teachers can have students have a reflective writing (200-300 words) about the topic.

●  Students can download the podcast and watch the video.

●  Need sufficient computers and Internet with sufficient broadband.

●  The teacher should select appropriate vidoes according to students' need. 

●  The teacher should also give students clear instructions and provides them the sources 

    of the videos so that students won't find it difficult to access to the videos.   

●  Even though CNN Student New website provides some teaching materials, the teachers

    should adapt the materials according to students' level. 

●  This website provides the video and transcripts of the news on Feb. 25, 2011.  Maps

    of Libya, Wisconsin and Atlanta are provided, too.  On the left hand side, you can see

   "STORY HIGHLIGHTS" and "RELATED TOPICS".  The teacher can add some sources
    according to their learning context.

●  CNN Podcasting also provides audio files. Teachers can encourage students to 

    download the programs they are interested in, e.g. the one below is about Oscar
    Academy Awards that students might be interested in.      

 Hollywood Hangover: Oscars Recap

Friday, 25 February 2011

YUDU-Read and Publish Your Content (Word, Powerpoint, Excel, PDF, Videos, Podcasts)

Today's Website~ 



What is it about?

●  Issuu is a free digital publishing library that let you to read, publish, buy, sell and

    share what "you do" (YUDU) (your content-Word, Powerpoint, PDF) with the world .

●  You can set up your own personal library to story things.  E-books, brochures,

    portfolios, magazines, documents, photos, music, podcasts and visual bookmarks

    can be added into your library. 

●  Like, Issuu, you can collect and share the documents.  And you can embed them into

    your own website or your blog.

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Self Publishing with YUDU

Why is the content good for language learning?

●  Like Issuu, learners can publish their complete works, reports, notes or their own


●  The page-turning effects (interactive publication) make their complete works look

    wonderful.  It is motivating.

●  Learners are encouraged to write and edit collaborative, and make themselves editors.

●  Learners can embed their works and share them with others.  It makes them be

    cautious of what they write during the writing process.

●  The publications of students works, the library and bookshelf the website offers

    can be students' best learning portfolios.  Students could also learn how to organize

    their documents and works.

● You can embed your library in your blog.  The collection in your library could be view

    clearly.  It is a good way to organize learners' works during their learning process.

●  One of the characteristics that is different from Issuu is that YUDU could add photos,

    music, videos and podcasts into your library.  Learners' learning portfolios could be

    various, not confined to written documents. 

How might you use it in a language teaching context?  

●  First, I would introduce this tool and we will talk about what they should do before 

    they publish their works.

●  I will teach students how to upload their files.  The functions of the library will be 

    introduced, too.

●  Set the criteria to help them to their own library, e.g. how to manage and organize

    their documents, reports or portfolio.  Embed their works in the class blog would 

    make it a simple presentation of their works.  Their peers and parents could easily

    see what they learn in class.

●  Classroom notes, story-telling, photo books, diaries and journals, comic books, 

    student newspaper, book reports and summaries, movie reviews, or any collaborative

    learning activities could be published according to the teaching context.

●  The publishing features make it easy to collect the works presented by students 

    during their learning process.  

●  If students publish their classroom notes, it could be their best e-notes, and it could

    be the records of their learning process.

●  Students can download the works or notes made by their peers.

●  Need sufficient computers and Internet.

●  There are so many documents, magazines and books on Issuu, teachers should 

    guide their students and help students select appropriate online publications when 

    students would like to put them in their own bookshelf. 

●  Once students publish their documents, everyone can search them online.  Therefore,
    teachers should make students aware of the publishing options (make it private or 

    public).  Be cautious when they store their own documents in the library.

●  There are not many EFL contents in this website.  


●  When reading the content, you can:  1. Add or remove highlights.  2. Add a note.

    3. Add a bookmark.  4. Print the content.
Check Out the Functions When Reading the Documents
●  Search inside YUDU.  Embed the document in your blog.  You could add it to your

    personal library, too.  

Embed and Add to Your Library

●  Upload documents, audios, photos or bookmarks to YUDU.  Three rules have to

    be followed:  No Adult Content.  No Copyright Abuse.  No Offensive Material.

Upload and Pulish
●  Upload your document, fill in the descriptions and tag your documents.  You can

    make it private use, too.

Upload, Fill in Description, and Tag Your Documents

●  Embed example~Twelve Essentials for Technology Integration by Richard Byrne

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Digital Publishing with YUDU

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