Taking a tour of the HISP 205 class blog

This entry is part 14 of 48 in the series Teaching Transparently

A few people have asked to have a peek at the blogging tool that I use for my Spanish conversation class. Knowing that, I had great plans to make a photochop images with arrows and numbers and what nots….and then gave up and just made tour using Jing

My colleague, Justin, created the WordPress blog theme we used here and called it Bombyx. He also created the sidebar widgets that create youtube and still image agregators.

More tours coming soon…stay tuned.

To poke around in your own, feel free to stop in here. Please leave a comment on one of my students’ blogs before you go. 🙂

The front page, aggregator, Mother blog

The HISP 205 Front Page/Aggregator from Language Lab Unleashed on Vimeo

How to create authentic audio and text via podcasts, rss feeds and…yes, radio
(also known as my homage to #ds106)

Para leer y escuchar from Language Lab Unleashed on Vimeo.

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Barbara is a Lecturer in Hispanic Studies at a small liberal arts college in Maine. Rumor has it this was also her alma mater. She used to work for a small liberal arts college in the cornfields of Ohio for almost 20 years as a teacher and language center director. Prior to these adventures in higher ed she taught high school Spanish and loved it. She wishes she had more time in her life to play with her dogs, write, read, swim, do yoga things and making stuff out of clay. To see her online portfolio please click here!


  1. Dominique Hoffman · September 14, 2011 Reply

    Hi Barbara,

    We met briefly at the IALLT banquet. I am a huge fan of this blog. The course aggregator you show here is gorgeous. I have a personal blog, but haven’t worked with multiuser yet. Digging around on the wordpress site hasn’t gotten me anything similar to what you have here. (I did watch your video, which was great for displaying the functionality but not a how-to!) Can you direct me to any useful resources in developing a class blog with a similar feel to this one?

    • Barbara · September 17, 2011 Reply


      Thank you for writing and for being a “subscriber” to LLU. Pardon my dely in getting back to you but I wanted to wait until the blogging tool that we use here for my classes (and now about 10 other classes, including non language classes as well) was ready for export. And now it is!

      Please click on the link below for more information. Feel free to contact me here or via languagelabunleashed AT gmail DOT com if you have questions!

      The link: http://languages.oberlin.edu/cilc/projects/class-blogs/

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