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Thursday, February 17, 2011

El gran combo

La canción "Gotas de lluvia": Amaryllis


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Lloro Por Ti

Enrique cantando sobre como el llora y las lagrimas que caen.

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Agua Sexual Por Pablo Neruda

Rodando a goterones solos,
a gotas como dientes,
a espesos goterones de mermelada y sangre,
rodando a goterones,
cae el agua,
como una espada en gotas,
como un desgarrador río de vidrio,
cae mordiendo,
golpeando el eje de la simetría, pegando en las costuras del
rompiendo cosas abandonadas, empapando lo oscuro.

Agua en Puerto Rico


Esta es una foto de la falta de agua en Andalucía, debida a la desertificación de la región.
- Bill

El Lago Titicaca

No se mucho de este lago, pero tengo las ganas de conocer todo el mundo. Siempre he pensando que este lago solo tenia un nombre gracisoso pero creo que hay mas que eso. Por eso quiero visitarlo y explorarlo con la ayuda de las personas que viven cerca al lago. Al final quien sabe lo que viene en el futuro pero espero que me traiga el lago Titicaca.

Water and Me

I have never been a big fan of water, whether it was drinking it, swimming in it or getting caught in the rain. When, I was young I almost drowned. I hate being sopping wet from walking in the rain and water is basically tasteless. After all these years, our relationship has not been great. However, these days I am feeling better about it. I drink it with all my meals. I went on a cruise and during my travels in Costa Rica, it rained every day. Maybe we are growing and I hope one day to call water my true friend.

El agua y yo

Desde chica siempre me encantó el agua. Me gustaba escucharla caer pues me ha siempre ayudado a relajarme. Recuerdo el sonido de la lluvia caer sobre las cortinas de aluminio que protegían las ventanas en casa de mi abuela. La ciudad en donde ella vivía se le conocía como la ciudad gris, pues era por allí por donde llegaban las nubes que traían la lluvia a la isla. Amaryllis

Bill - agua

Mi relación personal con agua.... Necesito tomar agua para vivir. Me gusta meterme en el agua para flotar. Crecí en la costa oeste de Michigan, así que me he sentido rodeado de agua, en un estado líquido o sólido, durante mi vida entera.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

han river video

Brad Paisley's "Water"

Listening to Agua

Interesting video about music and water.

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Cape Hatteras National Seashore (or, to escape winter blues)

Source: Kukachaga's Channel on YouTube

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¡Me encanta el Océano Atlántico!


Me enamoré del Océano Atlántico hace dos años cuando mi esposo me pidió la mano en Cape Hatteras National Seashore en el estado de North Carolina. El color del mar allá es turquesa y el agua no es muy fría. Es un lugar hermosísimo y espero volver algún día.

Han River

In Seoul, there is a Han river dividing North and South Seoul.


Water and me

Water is interesting. It can mist, it can flow, it can freeze and it can pour. To a certain extent I can relate. As a teacher, my students can feel my presence while they are working but I am not directly influencing them. A lot of the time I feel like I am constantly moving from one place or job to another. Sometimes I just need some alone time, and so I put my life on hold for a little. Other times I need to be interacting with someone or something constantly.

Blog Examples FEB 2011

Moblogging Images from Spain:

UM Hindi: Love marraiges vs arranged marraiges: community phone-in opinions and experiences

UM Swedish - Campeon

Business French vlogs: self intros to partner school Ensierb-Matmeca, Bordeaux, France

Summer Internships France

Concert hall

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IMAGE-INE WATER - Photo Challenge

Find 3 photos that represent WATER in TARGET CULTURE.
Use images with Creative Commons license:

To post the images to the blog:
a. Copy the URL of the image (PC right-click, MAC ctrl-click)
b. Return to the blog and click on the Image icon
c. Paste the image URL in the appropriate field.

Below the image include the Source and create a hyperlink (chain-globe icon) to the original webpage/image.

Don't forget to LABEL your post: BloggingWater

When you have finished, respond to one of your classmates posts.

Take a photo with your mobile phone and send it to the email of this blog.

Listening to Water

1. Find a video about WATER in TARGET CULTURE on YouTube, TeacherTube, GoogleVideo
2. Look for the EMBED button and copy and paste the embed code from the YouTube website (not the URL)
3. Place the cursor where you want the video to appear and click on the EDIT HTML tab above.
4. Paste the code.
5. Return to the COMPOSE tab and
6. Write a brief description of why you chose this video


Talking Water

Find a passage in LANGUAGE about WATER and post audio recitation to the blog.
Tell us what you love about WATER or hate about WATER.
Tell us about a childhood memory you have of WATER.

Use the Hipcast phone-in or website to record your audio [SEE login strips]


Blogging Water - Writing

Write a few lines in LANGUAGE X about you and your personal relationship with/perspective on/connection to WATER.

Don't forget to
a) LABEL your post by clicking SHOW ALL and choosing: BloggingWater
b) Include YOUR NAME at the end of your post.
Grading issue: Blogger does not search by author so students need to sign their posts.

Write the first three things that come to mind when you think of WATER.
Then expand on one of those thoughts.

Blogging Water - Resources

Find a website or blog about WATER to share with the class that has interesting information. Include the following in your post:

Author OR Sponsoring organization:
URL: (create a hot link here to the website using the chain link button)
Descriptive info // why you chose this site:

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

MUSIC VIDEO - ending to the story

Write an ending to this story

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All sorts of writing prompts related to this music video...
*Image - text: relationship of the narratives of the lyrics and video
*Would/Did you leave your home town? Why? Why not? What would/do you miss most?


What would you do if you won a million dollars?
Tell us what you would do... Submit an audio post using your Hipcast account, via mobile phone or recording at the website.

Varying assignments

Be creative with group dynamics...

With 25 students per class it will not be possible for students to read and respond to everyone's posts so here are some ideas to manage or mix the activity...

*half of the students write original text post by WED other half respond with some flexibility: read 6 reply to 3

*of the students who post, half of the students post text, other half record audio

*student A posts an image - student B responds with text narrative - student A responds and/or posts another narrative.

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technical implications of original post = one author and comment being separated from original post


Tell a story using only 5 images.
Image/text posting could vary. Student post image and narrative. Or student A posts only images. Student B writes narrative. Student A responds and writes own narrative.

Read posts from our class and write a comment/reaction for the author on your interpretation of the story.

MORE INFO about this Visual Story Telling technique: SEE Flickr group.


Find a music video on YouTube, GoogleVideo or YahooVideo
*related to the theme we are studying
*example of traditional music of country/region x
*that you think the class would enjoy.
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HOW TO: Copy the EMBED code off the video website, click on the EDIT HTML tab above and paste it into the blog post. Then click on the COMPOSE tab and tell us why you chose the video, what you liked best about it. If you can find a website with the lyrics, please share that link as well.

I like this silly song and only wish one of our students had produced it!


Find an image that intrigues you, embed it into your post and write

a reflective post: What was your reaction upon seeing the image? Does the image provoke any feelings? conjure up any memories? Why is the image intriguing.

a story based on the image:


Find a blog in German on a topic of interest to you.
When you find a post that intrigues you, blog about it in our class blog. You can copy text from the original blog and paste it into your post. Be sure to include a link back to the original blog (trackback/permanent link). Finally, be sure to use the Blogs label at the bottom of this window (Click SHOW ALL link for a list).

Blog Search Engines include:
Technorati German Search

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*One way to familiarize students with the blogging world of the target language.
*Provide students with sources, handful of examples
*connects to other bloggers who might read class blog

Sample FL blogs

UM Hindi
Request Hindi speakers in the community to phone in their opinion of arranged vs love marriages. Students discuss perspectives in class. Identify vocab words in blog comment area. Post their own opionions.

UM Korean Third Year
Getting to know you …

honorifics (indirect speech reporting interview)

UM Swedish – collaboration with Gymnasium Campeon in Sweden

UM Italian 232 – Pop culture writing labs; individual and class

Blogs for Teaching and Learning

Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking, Grammar, Culture

Communcations, Cultures, Conections, Comparisons, Communities

Multiple media: text, image, audio, video
Student publication – digital storytelling – fiction blogs -
Course Content Management

Blogging vs Required blogging
Dialog Journals
Topics of individual interest vs assigned topics
individual vs class blog

What is a blog?

chronological journal = web log
form-based web publishing tool
private, protected, public
individual, community
integrates with other social software tools
community of bloggers; subscribe and comment
syndicated – rss, mp3 itunes, podcast
rss reader bloglines - to keep up with blog postings
writing for audience

connections: students connect with the content, with each other, with public...

Tuesday, December 4, 2007