Monday, January 28, 2013

What’s the secret to learning a second language?

What's the secret to learning a second language?
(Credit: Digital Storm via Shutterstock)
…The challenge is to learn faster than you forget…not unlike dancing as fast as you can to stay in one place…
The various elements of language learning have long been disparate. Now intensive, integrated online programs may radically change the landscape. 
What’s the secret to learning a second language? follows the emergence of these programs, briefly discussing the following:  
LinguaStepdeveloped in 2006 by Loren SiebertRosetta StoneUniversity of Maryland Center for Advanced Study of LanguageMiddlebury College, which runs the foremost language-immersion school in the countryuse language in interaction with others, 2009 study led byAndrew Meltzoff at the University of Washingtononline program, Middlebury Interactive Languages
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Sunday, January 27, 2013

a random thought on tagging and declaring

Week 2 =  Declare "who you are and what you hope to achieve in this session." This is where I tell everyone why I'm here. That's always been a problem because I'm usually unsure why and am here to find out. Maybe more than just one thought altogether. Central and shaping thought is about going at it backwards: not quite reverse engineering my declaration, but considering it already declared and laying it bare, exposing even quantifying it. 

Declare by blogging, tagging, tweeting, bookmarking and aggregating. ✔ already do all those: the necessary ingredients should be there. I've got the tagging habit (albeit with occasional gaps), mostly thanks to Vance and earlier Multiliteracies sessions.

So let me look at the tag clouds on my blogs and bookmarking accounts. Twitter tags and textual analysis of files are not out of the question but possibly more than I want to think about taking on just yet, but a tweet cloud would be an interesting and revealing experiment. creates a Wordle from any public account name. There are a number of other apps. 

Nor will I limit myself to education/teaching related blogs and posts because that is only part of my online online life. Most of my blogging and projects, from community and advocacy to personal interest, are information sharing and learning related. Including them in declaring could be a big step in integrating digital identities, already somewhat overlapping. That is the other thought and corollary that raises it above a counting game.

Maybe this will even help me wayfinding and sensemaking through multiple massives (whatever was I thinking /not?).

@VanessaVaile, @VCVaileNFM, @NewFacMajority, @PWPicnic

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Sharing a message from @EDCmchat

Two hours until E-learning and Digital Culture's (#edcmooc) first student-led #EDCmchat All of the questions (easy ones to start with) are on Facebook #edcmooc

Twitter Chat, Saturday, Jan. 26th from 4:30 pm EST to 5:30pm EST. 

Please use the hashtag #edcmchat to tweet about our pre course thoughts. 

This is a great way to meet newer members, learn more about each other's goals for the course, and just hold a friendly pre course discussion.

These are a few of questions we will be tweeting about:

Q1= Introduce yourself to the group

Q2= Share something interesting about your culture/country/yourself.

Q3=What are you most excited about learning in EDC MOOC?

Q4=What is the most insightful thing you've heard someone say about digital cultures and e-learning?

Q5=Open to discuss questions you may have. 

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