Computer helps.....but how to make it

Are you already addicted to the Internet? Here is link that you can test your self!!!

"How do you know if you're already addicted or rapidly tumbling toward trouble? The Internet Addiction Test is the first validated and reliable measure of addictive use of the Internet.
Click here to read the study. Developed by Dr. Kimberly Young, the IAT is a 20-item questionnaire that measures mild, moderate, and severe levels of Internet Addiction."

My result:
You are experiencing occasional or frequent problems because of the Internet. You should consider their full impact on your life.

How about yours?

something beyond collaborative learning

As students, we might hate to do group project because of job load distrubution, duty in a group, etc. BUT collaborative learning indeed engage all learners in a common task and they really learn when theyl figure out the mearning and answrs. That's really the fun part to learn from some people know something we don't know and we learn it!

As a teacher, a group project tends to help students to work together to gain understanding from each other in order to accomplish a task, but you have to be like a mom to make sure kids in a group who do not fight and argue. Although each person in a group will a sepcific role to accopmplish part of task, and group still need to negotiate all details to present a complete project to people. However, there is a kid who question what the purpose to do group project if it seems that people a person has assigned role in a group, why it's necessary to present the whole project as a group? 

I told him that I understand that people have different learning style, and some people prefer to complete a task alone because he/she might use his/her own pace to move on....and group project is also chance to learn social skill. Personally, I just believe that people need to learn "social skill" imcluding being polite, to know where is the boundary among people, what is good to say or not in different time.

it is just a lesson we gotta to learn!

Instant messaging and the future language


Baron (2005) discussed the IM and future language. Most people are worried about young generation's language use influend on the Internet. However, Baron found that " aIn addition, it also reminds that it is also teachers' job to ensure students to develop a solid grasp of traditional writing coventions as well. The article also mentioned that teachers and parents might provide a model on reading and writing.

My comments: I agree with Baron's viewpoint. Most people have general perception that young genertation literacy or English use is not solid or poor becaus of they engage texting, chat, e-mail, and they have criticize the language use on the CMC contex. They have viewed that they have less complext, less correct spellig and strcture. Therefore, they will be a negative impact on school literacy. BUT....i think we have to pause to think first before we blame of technology. One basic question I would ask now is: Students spend most of time at school, but how teacher can blame the writing based on their online literacy probably a coupld of a week? Or is any problem they have faccd in the writing process?

I would generate some discussion about "Should we ban the use IM"....To be continued

 second posting.....Finally

Finally...I recover from the jet lag..

Make Spring, 2009 more innovative

Hi, Dearl all viewers:
This is Hsiaoping, an international student from Taiwan. Currently, I am in the UTSA-BBL doctoral program. Learning, sometimes is a lonely journey; however, the journey really can open your view of the world, people, and throughts.

Learning can be more intersting by adding something different; therefore, how to make learning more motivating...I think technolgoy helps.

In this course, I am looking forward to receiving differnet people's pespectives and critical thinking in language learning, and expecting to learn from different people's creativity. In the future, I I would like explore more research on the impact of computer-mediated communication (CMC)to foreign language learning and literacy learning.


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