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Written By: daveski on September 24, 2012 No Comment

At a presentation I was fortunate enough to give a little over a week ago at the BLC (“Where is the language classroom today?: Reconsidering the place/s of language learning with technology”), I opened with a comment about the stage fright I was feeling at the outset of an hour-long presentation, one which […]

Written By: daveski on April 30, 2012 4 Comments
Sure of inquiry, less sure of knowledge in the age of new media

This past Friday and Saturday in Sutardja Dai Hall (the home of CITRIS, near North Gate), the Berkeley Center for New Media hosted a symposium, “Digital Inquiry: Forms of Knowledge in the Age of New Media”.

True to the plural form in its title, speakers gave many visions of knowledge online […]

Written By: daveski on October 9, 2011 8 Comments
The prezi that wasn’t

For Friday’s presentation at the Berkeley Language Center’s Moving Between Languages colloquium, I was really looking forward to moving beyond the world of Powerpoint or Keynote as a way of having visual support for my talk. But it didn’t look to be easy. Heck, even in that first sentence, I couldn’t write […]

Written By: daveski on August 5, 2011 3 Comments
#liveunblogging @ Cal Educamp

I’m continuing a short but proud tradition of liveblogging on FIT but really doing it for the first time myself in a more public context, sitting here in Rm. C110 of the Haas School of Business for the full day unconference, Cal Educamp, put on jointly by Berkeley’s Educational […]

Written By: kernrg on February 12, 2011 4 Comments
Online lingo: Is there a grammar of affective particles?

In instant messaging and texting, my students detect a clear distinction between the use of lol (laugh out loud) and a smiley : ) either standing on a line of its own (i.e., as a whole utterance) or at the end of an utterance, as in:

You’re a real stud muffin! lol
You’re a real […]

Written By: Youki on August 6, 2010 1 Comment

from CrunchGear:

Google Books is one of the most straightforward projects in the Google meta-project of cataloguing and indexing every piece of data in the world. The human race has, after all, only been literate for around five or six thousand years, which makes the task measurable, if not easy. The project is also interesting […]

Written By: kernrg on May 24, 2010 2 Comments
Education in Singapore

Last month I spent a week in Singapore visiting primary and secondary schools as well as the National Institute of Education.  Although I am sure that what I saw was not representative of all schools in the country, I was immediately struck by the high level of ideological and financial investment in education (how […]

Written By: daveski on May 12, 2010 No Comment

LexioPhiles has been moving along with its Top 100 Language Blogs competition; although FIT’s not on the list, FIT readers might be interested in checking out the nominees and voting in these different categories:

Language learning blogs
Language teaching blogs
Language technology blogs
Language professional blogs

The results will be aggregated by […]

Written By: daveski on April 24, 2010 No Comment

To all who attended the talk by Usree and Dave at the UC Consortium Conference at UC San Diego, thank you for coming! Here is a list of references on blogging and language education that we drew from in the presentation (list is currently being updated):

Abbas Ali Rezaee & Samaneh Oladi. 2008. The […]

Written By: daveski on March 31, 2010 No Comment

A recent Vancouver Sun article, “Translating the language of texting“, seems to be written mostly for clueless parents who are trying to figure out all the acronym-filled text messages of their kids–note the big chunk of the list devoted to expressions like “POV” (parent over shoulder) and “KPC” (keeping parents clueless). And, while […]

Written By: daveski on February 19, 2010 3 Comments
RT: Getting these #wordsonline @ucbFIT

I remember what a good friend told me several years after he had finished his PhD in New York and moved to Osaka, Japan. We were going over some old emails–you know, the quality kind, the long kind of emails that were composed and not just dashed off in a series of bullet points and […]

Written By: daveski on December 25, 2009 1 Comment
Status update: Joyeux noël

It’s been quite a while since I’ve ventured to write about learning French, or even taken a few baby-steps in the direction of actually writing in French – this mostly because I haven’t been studying and practicing as I should for my research project between learners of French in Berkeley and […]

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Written By: rbell on December 16, 2009 1 Comment

Hello, all! I’m Renee Bell, an undergrad at UC Berkeley, and this semester I took French 24: Language and Technology. A topic discussed during the course was internet slang, which I had seen primarily an English variation of, and I grew interested in the internet slang of different languages. The following is an expansion on […]

Written By: daveski on December 15, 2009 No Comment

Saw the call for this conference on LinguistList: the 4th International AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media, to be held in Washington DC in late May 2010. Here’s a short description:

The International Conference on Weblogs and Social Media is a unique forum that  brings together […]

Written By: princesspayg on December 11, 2009 1 Comment

blogs, youtube, wikipedia

Before taking the French 24 course blogs have had little importance to me, personally. I have created blogs of my own like live journal and an xanga, but they quickly faded as other social networks began to […]

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Written By: irstookmytoaster on December 11, 2009 No Comment

Well, howdy world! I am Mary-Grace, part of that group of French 24 kids (Language and Technology). To explain the context of this post, it refers to many of ideas presented by Naomi Baron in her book Always On.

So yes, this post directly ties some observation made by Baron and how they may, or […]

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Written By: VeronicaSimon on December 11, 2009 1 Comment

Hello world! I’m another French 24 student and my research project was on the Academie Francaise. The Academy was actually the reason why I joined this particular freshman seminar – I had thought, mistakenly, that as it was put on by the French Department of Berkeley, the class would have a focus on French language […]

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Written By: mfranceschi on December 11, 2009 No Comment

Hello! I am also a French 24 student from the class Language and Technology. This semester we spent time talking about how important and how prominent language is in our everyday lives. Baron’s book “Always On: Language in an Online and Mobile World” provided us with so many different areas on technology that we use […]

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Written By: seankelly on December 11, 2009 No Comment

Hi, I am also a student from the Language & Technology freshman seminar at UC Berkeley. My project was about historical and cultural differences in texting between the United States and Japan. I feel that this snippet from my last blog post relates to an issue that my project dealt with:

“I thought that Baron’s [Naomi Baron, the author […]

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Written By: nicoletta on December 9, 2009 1 Comment

Hi everyone. I’m another student from French 24 writing about my final project for the class.  Over the course of the semester, we were asked to read Naomi Baron’s Always On. In her book, Baron discusses in some degree of detail the ways in which language is utilized and modified in various […]

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