Sunday, January 20, 2008

5 Embarrassing Grammatical Mistakes - MSN Encarta

5 Embarrassing Grammatical Mistakes - MSN Encarta

I'm not sure which blog to put this one in, so I guess I'll just do it in a few (sorry for the duplication if you read more than one).

This post just agreed with my inner English teacher. Now, I don't freak out over these mistakes, but they are certainly one that I commend on. Many people might not even notice these mistakes but those who do are often unforgiving about such errors.

She starts out describing typographical errors, which, lets be honest, happen to everyone. I can't believe that some typos on his Web page sealed his fate. If it were a piece of past professional work, I'd understand. So, I hope this it was more than just his blog :)

Of the 5 errors, the most difficult are the misplaced modifiers for both native and non-native speakers (writers) of English. The rest are strictly grammar rules, but knowing where to put the modifier is not. Grammatically, it can go just about anywhere in the sentence; however, pragmatically, it certainly cannot. Their aren't any set rules for this that I'm aware of.

Take a look at these. It may save you from future embarrassment.

Also, did you notice that I made one of each of these mistakes in my post above. Though, the misplaced modifier isn't too awkward. See if you can find them.


Saturday, January 19, 2008

Twitter tips from the #1 Tweeterboarder (Uh, that's me)

Cool Cat Teacher Blog: Twitter tips from the #1 Tweeterboarder (Uh, that's me)

Another cool post from Cool Cat Teacher. It starts out about Tweeterboard, which isn't too interesting to me. However, her explanation of how she got the #1 spot was interesting. Not because I aim to do it, but because she thinks that she got there based on a Tweeter Poll (her term) that she took.

The poll just asked her followers to chime in on who and where they are and what they do. She lists the impressive list of responses from people all over the world, doing many jobs in and around education. Her point is not, "Look how cool I am," but rather with a little effort and the right technologies, look at the professional network that I have access to. This is the beauty of social networking tools for professionals.


Wednesday, January 16, 2008

YouTube - Did You Know 2.0

YouTube - Did You Know 2.0

I'm likely behind on promoting this video, but better late than never. It isn't a new message, but it's a great new way to present the message.

What is the message, you ask? It's that our approach to education (and policies across the board) need to change in order to compete in the 21st Century. Education needs to stay ahead of the change instead of consistently lagging behind.

We, as a global society, need to consider not only how our physical neighbors will fare in this change, but how the rest of the increasingly connected world will as well. I'm weaving in my personal interpretation here, but I have a feeling that the producers would agree.



Saturday, January 12, 2008

Video debating website

Learning technology teacher development blog for ELT: Video debating website

Thanks to Nik for pointing me to Think Big. It is an interesting idea.

Essentially, There are a number of questions posed and experts contribute their answers. These can then be commented on by users.

This will be useful for a class that I'm teaching now called "Current Issues". This type of debate scenario is already how discussions are structured. The ideas provided both by the experts and commenters provide great starting points (guide points) for discussion.