Major Project Resource

3 04 2013

I found this article about learning languages online which helped contribute to my Major Project of learning Portugues!

Language Learning Online: towards best practice

This edited collection focuses on the design and use of language learning activities accessible via the Internet. Two forms of online learning are identified: stand-alone online courses, where the technology acts as a substitute for human tutors, and courses where the technology is used as a communication device or in addition to activities involving humans. Either type of course may be classroom based or conducted at a distance and may involve any age or level of learner, although most of the courses cited in this book are, in fact, at university level.

Here is the introduction and abstract:

In her introductory Chapter (p. 11), Felix acknowledges that online learning is not always regarded in a positive light. It has been criticised for being teacher-led and technology-driven, with a focus on testing rather than learning and a tendency to isolate the learner. One of the purposes of this book, therefore, is to demonstrate that best practice in online language learning is learner-centred and creates new opportunities for interaction. Technology, it is argued, should be a means of enriching the learning experience, not a cheap and convenient substitute for face-to-face teaching. Many of the contributors refer to constructivism as the theory underpinning their methodologies. The constructivist approach requires learners to take responsibility for their own learning, either individually or collaboratively, and to make their own meanings. “Knowledge is seen as something that must be constructed, not something that can be transferred, and learning is understood as an active, creative, and socially interactive process” (Hampel and Baber, Chapter 9, p. 173). It is difficult to see how online learners working entirely in self-access mode can use language to enact social relationships, but the book does provide some examples of meaningful self-access tasks to solve meaningful problems, and plenty of examples of computer-mediated communication tasks involving the collaborative construction of knowledge.





Major Project

3 04 2013

Here is link to my major project!

Charlayna’s Portuguese Journey

My roommate is Brazilian and speaks Portuguese and I was interested in learning her language while she was her learning mine.  I have learned a lot of Portuguese, a lot about my learning style, and a lot about learning a new language.  Learning a new language is tough but very rewarding; although I don’t think I would be able to persevere through the learning without having Nana and Bianca here to motivate me, by talking to me in Portuguese. I have learned that keeping up with the project is very important because getting behind will lead to forgetting some of the information learned and will hinder overall development.  Having the blog component in this major project helped me keep up with learning Portuguese because I had to constantly update my progress.

I feel that attempting to learn and understand another language will help me deal with EAL students.  I noticed that Nana mixes up “for” and “to” a lot in English and I did not understand why, I just kept correcting her.  When I found out that “para” was the Portuguese word for “to” and “for”, I understood why she was having that problem.  This project will also inform my practice because I have spent numerous hours searching for and looking through many sites for information that can be trusted and that it right.  I will be able to help my students learn through technology because I have and I know the barriers associated with it.

Through learning Portuguese I learned a lot about how technology can be such an asset when learning new things.  There are so many resources on the internet which opens many doors for so many options!  I found many helpful websites and a helpful program that was free while doing this project.  Some websites were not completely correct but with language it is hard to be exact when translating.  I was glad I had Nana to help me because I do not think I could have done this project without her.  Technology obviously supported me a lot, I practiced with many programs and games on my own time when learning nouns and common phrases.  However, many of the phrases from the translators were wrong and Nana would tell me “We don’t say it like that,” and she would show me the correct way to say the phrase.  Most of all, technology gave me a place to research, a place to find and use resources, convenience, free learning, a place to store everything I have learned, and a place to share everything I have learned!

Here is a wrap up video I created by taking parts from all of my learning progress videos!

Wrap Up!





Leanring New Languages

19 03 2013

When doing my major Project, learning Portuguese, I researched for some articles on learning new languages, specifically Portuguese. I came across an article that I found interesting.  Here is an overview of the article and the link underneath:

Online language learning (OLL) can take place in Web-facilitated, hybrid, or fully virtual classes. These formats are beginning to attract serious attention from the language profession and, in particular, the field of computer-assisted language learning (CALL). This article traces recent studies of online learning and then focuses in on its application to language learning through tutorial CALL, social computing, and games for language learning. It shows that tutorial CALL and computer-mediated communication can complement each other in the service of modern language instruction, along with the inclusion of language games. This article proves that there is evidence that shows that these new formats can provide learning environments conducive to successful second language development when properly integrated into the curriculum.





Math and Mind Boggling!

13 03 2013

In Math 111 (Calculus 2) we recently were learning about volumes of revolutions and surface arvolumeseas of equations.  Volumes of revolutions are found by taking the area under a function in a certain domain and spinning it around an axis to make a solid. And the surface area is simply the area of the surface of the solid once it has revolved around an axis.

So I’m pretty sure that doesn’t make much sense to anyone who is not a math major or minor, but in our last assignment we had an equation that we had to find the volume of revolution and the surface area and the answer really stumped me! I thought I would show it with you guys.

Our function was Gabriel’s horn which is formed by taking the graph of y= \frac{1} {x}, with the domain x \ge 1 (thus avoiding the asymptote at x = 0) and rotating it in three dimensions about the x-axis. The discovery was made using Cavalieri’s principle before the invention of calculus, but today calculus can be used to calculate the volume and surface area of the horn between x = 1 and x = a, where a > 1.

Pretty sure that wasn’t clear either, but what is so interesting about Gabriel’s Horn is that it has an infinite surface area but and finite volume(which is pi). In other words, you could fill the Horn with paint but you could never paint the whole outside of it… CRAZY! Here is just a little 3D diagram of the horn!horn





Web Equation and WolframAlpha!

15 02 2013

For all you Mathematics Majors or Minors out there, I found a pretty sweet website that let’s you draw your mathematic equations with your mouse and provides you with the typed format!  It’s very convenient for creating assignment questions or exams quickly!! The website also has the option to compute the equation with WolframAlpha, which is a website that solves equations like derivatives and integrals and also provides graphs and additional information about the equation!  I found both of these sites helpful when checking my answers for Calculus! Here are the links to the sites, check them out!!

Web Equation

WolframAlpha





My Grad Prezi!

30 01 2013

I told some of my Group 3 members today that I would share the Prezi I made for my grad class last year as an example for Tech Task #4. Prezi is a new, exciting way to present information different from anything else! It is difficult to navigate through at first, but after some practice it is very usefull and kind of fun! Feel free to take a look!

Stoughton Grad Prezi 2012





Collaborative Article Review

30 01 2013

Today, WednesSmartboardday 30th, I was put in Group 3 with JQ, Emily, Cameron, and Julie!  Together, in Google Drive, we wrote and edited a Collaborative Summary of these two journal articles: 30 Simple Ideas for Interactive Whiteboards and Ipod, ipads, and the SMARTboard! I really liked how all of the group members were able to edit the Googel Doc and how, because we were on Skype, we were able to talk about what we were doing so as to not create a confusing experience! I was impressed with the speed and clarity of Skype and also Google Drive. Technology is advancing and it`s great!








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