Tuesday, February 06, 2007

week 3 findings

Let's see, there are many things going on at the same time, so...

I need to reorganize my frame of mind.
That sounds like an objective, therefore I would like to have an objective "place" (tag, or entrance or checklist or whatever it is called on e-learning) inside this page. Another objective that pups up is learn the proper name for "place".

I have two worlds in live in now, the internet one and the real one; it makes more sense now the term "SecondLife"; when I heard it the first time I though they were pulling my leg and ended up to be a site and I already have there a second identity called "mmvcentro Jewell". I would be nice to have a links place to get to the sites I have created directly from my blog.

This is like a diary, I like diaries... I have kept them for a long, long time. The difference here is that this is not private, so I have to be careful of what I write and check the spelling because I am publishing. Wow! I am publishing! I always wanted to write a book on my adventures, this can end like the outline of a chapter of the book. The spelling is not problem, I just found out, right this minute, that there is a spelling checker (is it the right term?) built inside this template. I would have love to have one of this when I was writing my MSc. Thesis. Funny, the spelling checker does not recognize MSc., let's see if it recognizes PhD. Wow! PhD is more well known than MSc. I wonder if I can add words to the spelling checker?.... I will ask and find out, thats reassuring... in real life sometimes there is no one to ask with the certainty that your question will be answered. I also need a place to post my questions.

Ups!!! The music stopped... I would like to have my favorite songs being played while I am in my blog outside my house, could that be done?

Now... What have I found out about the tools I am learning???...
1.- I found out that Mozilla is a navegator like EI, that works better with java. Though... at Evoca it may be better to use IE. It's confusing. Is this last assumption right?
That Elluminate is a powerfull EFL/ESL environment, like a Three Ring Circus. Where you have to focus the attention of your students to listening, reading or handling the witheboard.
For students it is great! I had tons of fun participating, as voice moderator I had to describe what I saw happening in the whitheboard... while doing it I was speaking in my normal tone of voice, I was not concerned with my pronunciation so what others heard it is how I speak English in a friendly environment. I would like to go back and listen to myself to observe me and see my opportunity areas in pronunciation, I learned English as Second Language in 1986 and have not been back to England again... a hard test for my teachers! I will be able to evaluate my pronunciation abilities... exciting!!!
3.- That I have to know more about HTLM code to post my pages where I want. José Antonio Da Silva provided a path to follow that I have not tyed out yet. I would like to have a place here to post the hints given to me.
4.- That in order to access this page I have to login first to Blogger and then login to my page.
The instructions given to enter were confusing for me. It says "enter with your google account" but if I type "mmvcentro@google.com" I cannot do it. In order to have a blog page at blogger you have to get a google e-mail address so I thought that was my google account but I know now that what they want as google account is my e-mail address "mmvcentro@yahoo.com"
5.- That I need a sound board, or whatever is named, to place into my PC. My recording at Motime has a background sound. My husband and I did many trials before recording, I guess that's why my voice sounds as if I am reading but I was tired of doing the recording. We recorded without mic and the sound was still there, so the headphones are fine, the sound comes from inside the PC. I would like to ask Jonathan to suggest me a sound board, I know that during Elluminate session he had advanced controls and could moderate the voice of the participants but when I use Skype with peers neither of us has the knowledge, ability neither gadgets to do so. It must be annoying to listen to me. I will check that background sound at the recording of the session.

1 comment:

Gladys Baya said...

Congratulations, Maru! It is true you're a published author now! ;)
I don't know about Evoca in particular, but you're bound to be right: Mozilla is an alternative to IE (I've been trying it for nearly a month, and really love some of its features), and it's open source, so you can download it from the Web without breaking any law. You'll need to customise it, adding all the tools you might already have added to your IE... And you'll still need IE to access some sites (e.g. home banking), or to lay files recorded with Windows Media Player (e.g. Alado sessions from BAW).

Happy learning!