EUROCALL/CALICO SIGs

Language Learning and Teaching with the aid of Technology

Greetings all!

I've just set up a hot air balloon tour for EduNation. It starts out at the CALICO/EUROCALL HQ area: http://slurl.com/secondlife/EduNation%20III/36/47/22
This is version 1 of the tour, just set up this morning, so pardon any issues! I'll set up a more complete version soon, and will then be looking for some people to help out with additional language translations to have the tour available in multiple languages.

To take the tour, just right click one of the poseballs in the balloon--you can seat up to 4 in one balloon. If you miss a ride, don't worry! A new balloon will rez soon after one leaves.

Give the tour a try and see what you think!

Randall Sadler (Randall Renoir in SL)

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Comment by Graham Davies on January 28, 2010 at 6:30am
Nergiz wrote: "That's a fantastic idea, Graham! This could be the first step before they have to write their own scripts. But how exactly did she do the matching? When you take the tour, you can read the text anyway."

I sat with her while the text scrolled past. But she found it too quick - she's only just passed her GCSE at the age of 16 and did not understand enough of the vocab. So she sat down with a dictionary, worked through the printout and then did the tour again. This time it made sense, and she was also able to locate the most interesting parts of the tour on her own by walking around.

It's a nice sim:

http://slurl.com/secondlife/Jura/131/106/46

The tour is available both in English and French, but I think my friend's daughter got more out of it by working through the printed version of the script rather than taking the easy route of reading the translation.
Comment by Nergiz Kern on January 27, 2010 at 9:43am
This is becoming exciting! So, we have now the language they will need for the project (the script) and then the language they need to communicate with each other (We should… What if we…; colours, directions, etc).

First, they could be asked to find several tours and take them. They could report on how they liked it and whether they thought the script was good/confusing/ and why this was. Next, they would analyse the language used. And then, they create their own.
Comment by Randall Sadler on January 27, 2010 at 8:48am
Wow, both great ideas! I suppose part of the language learning process could also be for the students to discuss what "should" be included in the tour and why. The teacher (tour owner) could then set it up accordingly, and then the students would make the tour, and the students would create the tour notes. I can see all sorts of interesting potential for vocabulary, ranging from color (the blue house), to positional terms (below, above, to the side), to various adjectives (the "big" island, the "small" lake), to etc. etc. etc.! I would be very easy to either link that to existing exercises or to have the student brainstorm vocabulary categories that would be useful on such a tour.

Also, since this tour lets you play sound files, it would should be possible to even put in some very short voice clips if people want to play some vocabulary during the tour---depending on what the purpose of the tour is. Sooooooo many possibilities!!!!!
Comment by Nergiz Kern on January 27, 2010 at 4:55am
That's a fantastic idea, Graham! This could be the first step before they have to write their own scripts. But how exactly did she do the matching? When you take the tour, you can read the text anyway.
Comment by Graham Davies on January 27, 2010 at 3:34am
Sounds like a good idea, Nergiz. I think it's better for students to do the planning and the writing of the script rather than getting involved in actually programming the tour. The script of tours can be useful in other ways. I donwloaded the script of a tour of a French-speaking area for the daughter of a friend of mine. She learned a lot of new vocab by studying the printout of the script and then matching the script to the tour.
Comment by Nergiz Kern on January 26, 2010 at 12:17pm
Thanks, Randall! Hm, that means students wouldn't be easily able to program a tour. But they could be asked to write the tour description :-) Then, their peers could take the tour and feedback on how good the descriptions were. The tours could also be recorded for the students to keep for their portfolio. These could also be used for later feedback and (self-) correction.

Sorry, just thinking loud :-)
Comment by Graham Davies on January 26, 2010 at 4:19am
OK, Randall, I see you've corrected the SLURL. Greetings from the snowy Austrian Tyrol. There were dozens of real hot air balloons here yesterday - some kind of balloon rally, I guess.

I've found several places in SL that offer a tour, e.g. Munich, the Jura (France) and Ancient Rome.
Comment by Randall Sadler on January 25, 2010 at 12:45pm
Yes, these would be SL sound files--so the annoying 10-sec "rule" applies.
It is actually very easy to program the route as it involves the use of a HUD
Only the owner can program the tour, and you could only use it on a public island if anyone can build there.
Comment by Nergiz Kern on January 25, 2010 at 12:41pm
Give away LM, objects, and play sounds? Cool! Are these SL-type of sound files under 10s?
How difficult/time-consuming is it to program a tour (including these advanced functions? If I own such a balloon, can I collaborate with others to program it or can only the owner do that? Can I use my balloon to create a tour of any public island? (Daffodil thinking of possibilities to use this in a lesson …)
Comment by Randall Sadler on January 25, 2010 at 11:13am
Nergiz,

Great idea! I'll add that to the next version of the tour. This system (which I bought rather than created!) also allows me to give out Landmarks and/or objects at waypoints during the tour and it can also even play audio files at waypoints, which is a very interesting possibility!

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