See on Scoop.it – Computer Aided Language Learning
An excellent guide to Infographics: a blend of data and design to presnet information in a visual form. This appoach is a more accesable way to communicate because, as Mark Smiciklas, author of the book The Power of Infographics: Using Pictures to Communicate and Connect with Your Audiences, states; vision accounts for 50% of the brains functions.
What I like about this article is the discussion about its applications for education with some links to how to apply it in your classroom.
See on edudemic.com
Data visualization discovery: potential for classroom/ CALL use!
Work and employment is one topic of discussion. But one way to present the topic in a CALL environment would be to have students use this handy post I discovered on the BBC news site comparing work hours. One idea here would be to have students enter the number of days they work if they have a job, or if they don’t work they could enter the data of someone they know (parent, friend, etc.) or maybe their “ideal” work hours. Then they could talk about their work situation, make comparisons with other countries and/or other students situations. You can also access the related article about Who gets the most time off? for more discussion material.
I recommend giving this a try yourself!
But would this be appropriate in some cultures to talk about their occupation with others? For North Americans is fine but for other countries it might be taboo. What do you think?
I don’t know how many of you are interested in corpus linguistics but I chanced upon the mother of all sites highlighting the topic, with a guide of the programs available, free or for purchase; to do research.
David Lee set up a site called “Devoted to Corpora” and the link is http://personal.cityu.edu.hk/~davidlee/devotedtocorpora/CBLLinks.htm Check it out and let me know what you think. Keep your pop-up blocker up because one comes up occasionally.
The web getting programs are something I want to look into. I think there are better things to do than highlight text, copy and do it again. Way too time consuming! The idea of clicking a button and getting a bunch of data for a DIY corpus sounds really nice right now.
Everything you wanted to know about Corpus linguistics…. but was afraid to ask.