Saturday, January 3, 2009

Web Browser for Young Children

I just downloaded this neat browser for kids called Kido'z. It has games, videos and websites for the younger set. I was a bit disappointed that I didn't see Starfall on it. Give it a try and tell us what you think.

Note: There is a Starfall browser for Windows here.

Learning Spanish

Spanish Language and Culture @ Diane Whitmore's site at Freeport High School

Teaching Spanish - Resources & Lesson Plans @ Richard Byrne's Free Technology for Teachers

SpanishDict Network

Teaching and Learning Spanish Blog

Any other Maine teachers have sites on learning Spanish that we can add here?

Friday, January 2, 2009

Online Language Tools

"You live a new life for every new language you speak. If you know only one language, you live only once." ~ Czech proverb

I only know one language - English - and after taking three years of French in high school and two years of German in College, that really bothers me. Have no idea how I nominally passed those courses, but ultimately they were pretty much a waste of time for me. Is it too late to get serious at age 61 on actually become fluent in a second language?

This time I have motivation. My grandson, Ilan, at one year old, is learning both English and Spanish at the same time. He is attending an all Spanish-speaking daycare, being immersed in it during the day, and then speaking English and Spanish with his parents when with them. If my grandson can learn 2 languages simultaneously, shouldn't I at least be able to learn one additional language . . . even if past my prime? ;)

And, by the way, whatever happened to Esperanto? When I was a young man, along with promoting birth control to keep the world population down, it was all the rage. Guess it went the same place that metric measurement in the U.S. went during the early eighties.

Anyhow . . . below find some online language tools I discovered on a recent search. In the end, I suspect I would be better off to use the RosettaStone methodology.

What do you think?

Diane Whitmore's Language Website (Freeport H.S.)


Nice Translator


Google Language Tools

Meta Language Translation

Online Language Dictionaries

Free Online Language Courses

Commercial Language Learning Courses

Second Language Software Reviews

Monday, December 29, 2008

Writing Prompts & Idea Generators

Writing Prompts

Idea Generators

How to Write a Book

Write and Publish Your Book

So You Want to Write a Book?

The Known Universe

Scott Love of AquaMinds shares "The Known Universe":
"Teeming with life. Social, electronic digital life. That's how I see the Internet. Deep and mysterious at times but always rich in content and information. How does one find it and then share it? I like to use NoteShare as a tool for aggregating information and content but also using it as a terrific way to share and publish discoveries. From another point of view, one can easily imagine this same process of gathering resources (we called them readings in college) and creating the super syllabus of the 21st century course notebook. And I've seen evidence already by middle school teachers who are way beyond the experts and ivory tower researchers when it comes to integrating and exploring the vast information riches of the Internet for classroom use. Teachers and librarians are cool!" ~ Scott Love

Link to Noteshare Web Notebook, "The Known Universe"

AquaMinds Weblog: Web Agents, NoteShare and Collaborative List Building and Note-Taking

Ann Marie Quiron Hutton's Video Noteshare Tutorials
Noteshare Server for OS X

"There Ought to Be a Law"