Saturday, April 9, 2011

A Jampacked weekend.

Had a very long day that isn't over yet. I'm currently at the 50th birthday party of a friend of some 20 years. So, I might not be home in time to put up tonight's post. I promise to flush it out more tomorrow, but tonight's post was going to be about babelwith.me a very interesting concept for backchanneling.

*Update: OK, I promised I would tell you a little more about this utility today, so here goes.  There really isn't much to tell.  It provides a chat room for you to be able to communicate with anyone in the world. Big deal right?  Well, it is, because there are a couple of features that make this powerful.  First, there is no need to sign up for an account. Simply click start a conversation and you are given a link to distribute to the people you wish to converse with - it's a little cryptic - but you could always make it easier to remember by creating a custom link with Tinyurl.com  Second, and here's the best part, when you enter the chatroom you can choose from up to 45 different languages in which to converse.  When you type in the native language it automatically translates it into the language someone else came into the room.  Great for ESL instruction or just for taking your backchannel global!

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