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No. 47 Professional Development and Google Wave (2009年06月10日)

カテゴリー: The Treasure Hunt Club
Marcel Van Amelsvoort
(Kanagawa Prefectural College of Foreign Studies)
Hello everyone. Right now you are probably in the middle of the term and too
busy with your own classes at the moment, so this month I’d like to give you
something to put away and think about for later. I also would like to
introduce something we all need to keep our eyes on for the future, Google

When you get a little time, you might be interested in doing a little
learning yourself. There are lots of great places where you can access
courses for free for general learning and language or culture learning. A
nice place to look for free lectures from famous (mostly American)
universities is YouTube Edu. Thousands of lectures on really any academic
topic are available. For professional development, there are of course many
lessons on language teaching. One group of lectures I found interesting are
titled Shaping the Way We Teach English. There are several lessons in the
series, but the first one is on contextualization. It’s available at

Other good sources of academic lessons are iTunes U and Academic Earth.
If you are looking for something perhaps less academic but still
challenging, a great place to go is Ted.com. Ted, or TED standing for
Technology Education Design, has many great videos available here that do
not disappoint. You can search by theme or by reaction (i.e., presentations
that were rated as “jaw-dropping” by viewers). Some of my favorites are VS
Ramachandran on the mind, Michael Merzenich on Re-wiring the brain, and Tim
Ferriss on how to learn anything. But there are tons of videos on a wide
range of topics. http://www.ted.com/

And one more course that I really would like to introduce is from MIT. It is
called Visualizing Cultures and is an in-depth look at images of Japan in
the last 150 years. This year marks the anniversary of the opening of
Yokohama as an international port and this site contains hundreds of images
that show the history of Japan as it began to interact with other nations (in
the form of visual narratives) as well as essays by famous historians (in
particular, John Dower).

And finally, if you haven’t already heard of Google Wave, please go to
http://wave.google.com/ and take a look. This application merges e-mail,
instant messaging, file sharing, blogs, wikis, and more, all through your
regular browser. It looks like it may change the way we use the internet and
it will be available later this year.