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I’ve just finished watching a video presentation by Mark Pentleton of Coffee Break French and Radiolingua fame (see my prior post on Online French Language Resources), describing how he creates enhanced audio podcasts for language learning. This is an excellent roadmap for all kinds of educational podcasts (with a Mac), such as the Mechanics Minilessons I’m trying (slowly) to produce for my Physics 1A class.
Some time back I wrote a post on the reporting of astronomy and how it is frequently couched in violent or aggressive tones. The brilliant folks at IRrelevant Astronomy have fired their own salvo at this trend (see how easy it is to make astronomy violent?) with a great mockumentary on the making of an education film: “When Galaxies Collide”. You tell them, Felicia! Also starring Buffy Henshaw and Sean Astin (as an audiobook).
Here’s the video:
The past few weeks I’ve been laid up by a knee injury (bad timing for the winter surf season, sigh), which has forced me to figure out things to do while immobile. Fortunately this period coincided nicely with my recent infatuation with the French language. While on travel in Paris in late November I realized how much I love the sound and expressiveness of French, and really wanted to be conversant in it. Being stuck in bed, I turned to that seemingly limitless resource, the internet, to see what was available. Here’s a review of some of my favorite FREE online resources, and my personal grade ranking.