Flowgram

It’s been while… You might be wondering whether this blog is dead or if the recession has made its mark on our language centers.

Rest assured, we’re just working too hard. Well, it’s Friday and I’m finding a minute to finally write a post.

I like web 2.0 tools because they’re interactive, communicative, creative, and… because I don’t have to install or update anything. But more and more web apps allow me to do things I couldn’t possibly do so easily with desktop applications.

For example, how do you share web links with your students (or they with you or each other)? How do you communicate information about these sites? What about if you want to add your own media? How can you record your voice and mark things while looking at internet content? Complicated stuff for many.

In comes Flowgram. It’s one of my favorite apps at the moment. It solves many of the issues described above. But go and see for yourself:

There’s so much you can do with this in language instruction and learning. Give homework assignments that way. Explain web sites to your students and faculty (for professional development). Enhance your blog. Have students create project or homework assignments. Have them read a poem, create a digital narrative…

Well, my faculty instantly found a thousand uses, and I’m using it for projects for my advanced (German) media course this semester. I’ll post the results in a few weeks – only if they’re good… šŸ™‚

One last thing: I had a professional photographer take pictures of our new language center. Here’s my favorite shot:

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Felix Kronenberg is working at Rhodes College in Memphis, TN. His research interests include academic space design, video games and language learning, digital storytelling, and the culture of advertising. He teaches German and language pedagogy, and maintains the Language Technology Boot Camp blog and web site.

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