Audio Streaming with Firefly Media Server

Our Language Lab currently serves up its foreign music collection via an iTunes server that is built in to our Infrant ReadyNAS 1100. The NAS itself is a great piece of hardware, especially for the price, and allows us to archive media, student projects from iMovie and Garageband, and store backup images of our application […]

IALLT 2007, Thurs. June 21 – Comic and Manga Creation

On the fun side of things, Felix Kronenberg from Pomona College did a demonstration of some of the software available for making comics and manga, and some of the projects that students have used them for. Felix mentioned Manga Studio, which I saw at Digital Stream, but rightly pointed out that it is too complex […]

IALLT 2007, Thurs. June 21 – Fear and Loathing in the Age of Fear Factor

This was a really interesting talk on how a new generation of student learns. Mark Knowles from Yale University talked about the book “Everything Bad is Good for You,” and how its premise that games and reality television, far from simply being the bane of modern existence, plunging society toward “more sophosticated ways of delivering […]

IALLT 2007, Thurs. June 21 – Revolution for the Next Revolution in Managing Media

The session began with a brief and largely comical overview of the history of Language Labs, which until the advent of computers had largely been based on rote learning, assisted by technology that was not specialized (i.e. was co-opted) for language labs, and which offered little in the way of extensions to out-of-class learning. The […]

IALLT 2007, Wed. June 20 – Podcast Workshop

Today was my first day at IALLT, and I attended the pre-conference workshop by Samantha Earp, Implementing an iPod program for language learning. Samantha is the Project Manager of the Duke Digital Initiative. The workshop was great, and it covered just about every aspect of planning, technology, and pedagogy that such a program can touch […]