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New Reading Patterns Emerge on the Web

April 17, 2006 by Lisa Jansen

When I was a student in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication (in a time before the world-wide web) I learned that readers tend to scan printed materials in either a Z-shaped or spiral pattern. For many years I have been advising people to place important web content such as navigation and headlines in relation to those shapes. Read more »

Madly Moodling!

February 10, 2006 by Sue Weier

LSS is always trying to find innovative ways to make teaching with technology fun and effective. This semester, we’ve set up a Moodle site for several courses to use. Moodle is a course management system that provides a wide activity set along with great language support. Because Read more »

Wikideas galore!

November 25, 2005 by Doug Worsham

This semester LSS is helping several language instructors use wikis for collaborative and interactive writing assignments. A wiki is a website that makes it easier than ever before for students to publish work online, read and comment on the work of their peers, collaborate on written documents, and build shared pools of information.

Here are descriptions of three of the wiki projects supported by LSS this semester. Read more »

Podcasting Grants Perfect for Language Teachers

November 10, 2005 by Doug Worsham

This semester DOIT’s Engage program is awarding grants for instructors that integrate podcasts into their classes. Each grant provides $800 plus help from instructional technology staff. Better yet, the grant application is quick and easy. Read more »

WiscChat-ting

October 12, 2005 by Sue Weier

For several years, LSS has been helping language students “chat” their way to a more extensive and spontaneous vocabulary in their chosen language. Students regularly use chat and instant messaging (IM) for recreation, so it can be a struggle to repurpose this sort of communication method for instruction. Read more »

Website Review: newseum.org

September 30, 2005 by Lisa Jansen

This month we give an enthusiastic thumbs-up rating to newseum.org, a website containing 445 current front pages from newspapers in 45 countries.

Today's Front Pages are presented alphabetically and by region. Archived Pages provide front pages covering major news stories in recent years. A small graphical view, full size PDF view, and link to website are included for each front page. Read more »

Record, Edit, and Play!

September 16, 2005 by Doug Worsham

Record, Edit, and Play!

Creating your own audio materials with Audacity

Thursday, September 22, 3:30 PM.250 Van Hise Read more »

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