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  1. 1. Technology in Foreign Language Education TIFLE – Week 1 Jan. 14, 2008
  2. 2. Tonight’s Goals <ul><li>Introduction to course (syllabus, website, homework, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>Ice breakers </li></ul><ul><li>Break </li></ul><ul><li>Chat: Meet and Greet </li></ul><ul><li>Hands-on Activity – web searching </li></ul>
  3. 3. HW for next time <ul><li>Readings </li></ul><ul><li>Buy materials </li></ul>
  4. 4. Introduction <ul><li>Course Introduction </li></ul><ul><li>Syllabus </li></ul>
  5. 5. Signature Game <ul><li>Find someone who has done each item listed (try not to duplicate signatures) on the handout, and ask him/her to sign the paper before moving on. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Technology Term Hunt <ul><li>Search for term: http://www.whatis.com or http://www.webopedia.com </li></ul><ul><li>Write down short definition </li></ul><ul><li>Share with partner </li></ul><ul><li>Present each other to class: name/department/language taught/one thing you want to get from this course/give definition of term </li></ul>
  7. 7. Technology Term Hunt <ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What is a wiki? </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What is a podcast? </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What is RSS? </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What is a vodcast? </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What is a blog? </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What is a flash or jump drive? </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What is asynchronous communication? </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What is second life? </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What is CALL? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What is CMC? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What is synchronous </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>communication? </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What is an Imovie? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What is Audacity? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What is a Smartboard? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What is social bookmarking? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What is an MP3? </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. BREAK! <ul><li>Take digital class pictures </li></ul><ul><li>Establish snack schedule (1 student brings in snacks; bring your own drink) </li></ul>
  9. 9. Meet your peers at USC/UF <ul><li>Meet and Greet with UF and USC students </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Go to http:// www.aim.com / </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Click on “get a screen name” and then create an account </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Make your desired screen name: </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Meet your peers at USC/UF <ul><li>We will assign you a partner(s) and ask that you introduce yourself and share one thing you learned tonight and one thing you want to learn more about during this course. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Hands-on Activity – Searching the Web <ul><li>In groups of 2-3, discuss your favorite search engines and your searching strategies. </li></ul><ul><li>How do you effectively find the information you want quickly? </li></ul><ul><li>Be prepared to share these with your peers. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Hands-on Activity – Searching the Web – your results: <ul><li>Popular search engines: </li></ul><ul><li>Strategies: </li></ul>
  13. 13. Check out this handy tool <ul><li>http://www.internettutorials.net/choose.html </li></ul>
  14. 14. Types of Searching <ul><li>Engines -- computer programs that 'whiz around' the Internet to find documents that contain key words which you type in. Search engines have different ways of searching which means that they will return different results and may be more or less successful for different searches ( see: http:// searchenginewatch.com/showPage.html?page =2156221 ) </li></ul>
  15. 15. Types of Searching <ul><li>Directories or Subject Trees -- broad list of categories that branch off into sub-categories, such as that found in Te Puna and Yahoo Directory . They aren't in any way complete - pages are usually only added to the directory when the writer of the page requests is. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Web Searching <ul><li>General tips for Search engines: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Be specific - narrow your search by including more keywords, search for exact phrases </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use the advanced search options to limit your search by the date, domain ranges or other options </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Check the “ Help ” option on the search engine for tips on how to search more effectively </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Search Tips <ul><li>Understand the search engine you are using. Read the 'search tips' or 'help' for the search engine - for instance Alta Vista's Help . </li></ul><ul><li>Use a variety of key words, use synonyms. </li></ul><ul><li>Search engines often match the first word first so put the most important word or the broadest category at the beginning. </li></ul>
  18. 18. Search Tips <ul><li>Use quotation marks to search for a phrase. Searching for rock and roll will return documents with any of the words rock , and or roll . Searching for &quot;rock and roll&quot; will only return documents with the whole phrase (read the search engine 'help' to see if it supports phrases). </li></ul>
  19. 19. Search Tips <ul><li>Try different arrangements of key words eg. if you are looking for indigenous women poets try &quot;women writers&quot; AND indigenous. This is a combination of a phrase and a single word. </li></ul><ul><li>Some search engines are case sensitive. Most search engines will match both upper and lower case if lower case letter are entered, but only upper case if upper case letters are entered. For instance “lara lomicka&quot; will match both “lara lomicka&quot; and “Lara Lomicka&quot;, but “Lara Lomicka&quot; will only match “Lara Lomicka&quot;. </li></ul>
  20. 20. Search Tips <ul><li>Most search engines will match part or whole of a word - eg. sing will retrieve singer, single, singe etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Think of common misspellings - take into account American spellings eg. theater, center. </li></ul>
  21. 21. Search Tips <ul><li>Most search engines will search for documents with any of the words you enter - eg. a search for christmas carols will find documents with just the word christmas , as well as documents with just the word carols . Documents with both of the words will appear earlier on in the results. You can use operators to restrict your search further (check the 'help' to find out more info). </li></ul><ul><li>Results are returned in order of relevance. If there is nothing useful in the first few pages, chances are there won't be anything useful in any of the others. Change your search query or use another search tool. </li></ul>
  22. 22. Engine or Directory? <ul><li>Directories are usually more successful when you are searching for a site with some general information about a topic, for instance: pets or weather </li></ul><ul><li>Search engines are more useful when looking for very specific or obscure information, for instance: 'The Musicians of Bremen' fairy tale. </li></ul>
  23. 23. Limitations of Search Engines <ul><li>The ambiguities of language mean that the list of retrieved documents may contain a high percentage of irrelevant material. </li></ul><ul><li>Some search only document titles and others search the entire document. </li></ul><ul><li>Being electronic, they can't discriminate between valuable documents and ones of dubious quality. </li></ul><ul><li>With millions of people using the Internet they sometimes become overloaded. </li></ul>
  24. 24. Application <ul><li>Applying what you just learned about searching, spend a few minutes and find a couple of resource that will be useful to you. Present them to the class. </li></ul><ul><li>Example: A neat website for students to practice their language skills by being detectives and solving a mystery. http:// www.polarfle.com / </li></ul>