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Google Gadgets

Page history last edited by Carl Dowse 13 years, 6 months ago

If you click on the Edit page tab above you'll see a toolbar and on the right you'll find an Insert Plugin icon. Clicking on this gives you a variety of plugins that you can embed here in your wiki page (or indeed on you website or blog). One possiblity you have under "Productivity" is "Any Google Gadget". This gives you access to the many and various gadgets made available by Google contributors. You can offer these to your learners by embedding the code provided.

 

Your recordings must have a "home" online, that is, they must have a URL (an Internet address). So, once you've produced your audio recording and converted it to MP3 format (See the Audacity page for help with this) you can upload to a hosting site (preferably a free one!). Try the free subscription site Internet Archive. Once you've registered and uploaded your media file you will then have access to the file's URL which you can then paste into the Google MP3 player. This means your learners can listen to the recording without having to leave the wiki page.

 

Another all-in-one solution is OVI - a media sharing site - that allows you to upload media and then generates a code for embedding the audio file and the player in your page. Here's an example:

 

 

If you have suggestions for other similar gadgets and most importantly of all for activities PLEASE feel free to add them here.

 

 

Activities for Google Maps

  

Maybe more on the lines of socio-business English, but I think the fact you can personalise the maps lends them to activities like...

 

Virtual Tour:- Imagine you've got a client flying into your city, which places should they go to and which should they avoid? Flag them on the map and add comments. Students can give you/each other/ record a virtual tour of the city, compare hotspots and no-go areas, point out where the HQ or various offices/suppliers are etc etc.

 

Talking about holidays:- flag your map with the places you went, the route you took or even the itinery you're going to be following. You could set them a treaure hunt. Students create their own maps then talk each other through their hols with visuals,  maybe supported by a slide show of photos.

 

Giving/Following directions:-  Again, not terribly business, but often comes up when students are away for trainings in foreign lands. Using real addresses eg the hotel to  the conference centre, to the factory they're going to visit etc - ss create and follow their own directions. I've never been keen on the "how to get there" instructions google gives, maybe students can input points A and B they'd normally travel between and compare the directions Google gives and give improved ones with reasons.

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