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Thursday, December 24, 2009

Thing 5

I'm very excited to start to use bloglines. I like how bloglines is customized to an individual's wants. It makes me realize just how much information is out there and how much information I don't know about everyday! I'm especially excited to start reading some of the edublogger blogs. I just read CoffeeBreak in Espanol. Listening to their conversations and authentic accents should help to keep me fresh with the language. Furthermore, I might be able to play some of those conversations for my students to check for comprehension. I would prefer to use a conversation from a site like CoffeeBreak instead of a boring, textbook-generated CD. Conversations on Coffeebreak are real and are happening now- they're about real, living people instead of a fictitious Carlos or Ana talking about what they will do this weekend.

I'm also excited to get updates on tennis!

I customized msn.com (mymsn) and it seems it was done in the same way. I could choose to have updates on sports, weather, news, movies/music, etc. Do websites like that function in similar ways to an RSS feed?


  1. What a great idea using conservations from CoffeeBreak to help the students with comprehension! I think the students would enjoy that.
    I checked out my bloglines account today and found some interesting things I may be able to use in class. I like the idea that the information is coming to me instead of me looking for it.

  2. There is a huge difference between "textbook" foreign language and the real thing. SPEED for one! And with a podcast students can "rewind" and replay as much as they need to, or download it to an mp3 player.