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Webcams

A web camera (or webcam, real camera) is a real-time camera (usually, though not always, a video camera) whose images can be accessed using the World Wide Web, instant messaging, or a PC video calling application.

Web-accessible cameras typically involve a digital camera which uploads images to a web server, either continuously or at regular intervals. This may be achieved by a camera attached to a PC, or by dedicated hardware. Videoconferencing cameras typically take the form of a small camera connected directly to a PC. Analog cameras are also sometimes used (often of the sort used for closed-circuit television), connected to a video capture card and then directly or indirectly to the internet.



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Webcams are frequently used during online chats using Microsoft Messenger, Skype or similar online services

Web pages with embedded audio


Using Ipadio to create webpages with embedded audio

Many language teachers and learners appreciate teaching materials that incorporate both

written and spoken language. However, the creation of sound files has always seemed more complex than the creation of text files. In recent times a number of attempts have been made

to harness digital telephone technology for the purpose. One example is provided by



www.ipadio.com.

With Ipadio, you can use a landline or mobile phone to record an audio message, just as

you might leave a voicemail on an answer phone. This message is then instantaneously

rendered as a soundfile on the Internet with its own unique URL. A further feature with

messages in English is an automatic transcription, which gives you a written version of

the message as well (with a warning attached that there are likely to be some

imperfections in the transcription).

In order to use this service, a user needs to create an account with Ipadio. There

is no cost for individual consumers, though Ipadio also offers a business service.

Details are available on the website. When you create an account you need to give Ipadio

some details, including two telephone numbers you will want to use. In return, you get a

PIN number to use whenever you call to make a recording. The whole procedure is very

simple, and includes a “delete” option if you are not satisfied with your recording.

Here are some examples, created by Gordon Wells. Gordon’s collected recordings (his

“phlog”) are available on the Ipadio site itself:

http://www.ipadio.com/phlogs.asp?section=2&phlog=17959&itemtype=phlog

If you click on “more” in any of the phonecasts listed, you get additional information,

including an English transcription in some cases. There is also space for comments. For

example:

http://www.ipadio.com/phlogs/GordonWells/2010/02/19/Gordons-phlog-Talking-to-

Archie-Campbell

It should be noted that the transcription in the above phonecast has been tidied up, using

the edit function. Here is an example of an unedited machine transcription:

http://www.ipadio.com/phlogs/GordonWells/2010/02/09/Gordons-phlog-3rd-phonecast

In a language teaching context, care is obviously required with this facility –

but even correcting the mistakes could be a learning experience!

Sound quality is also an important issue, and largely depends on the quality of

the telephone connection. However, it should be noted that, in addition to the phonecast

function, there is a “traditional” MP3 upload option as well. So, if you already have pre-recorded

soundfiles on your computer, you can still use these with Ipadio.

Lastly, there is also a valuable cross-posting function which enables you to upload or

embed your phonecasts to other Social Media such as Facebook, Twitter, or any blogs

you may run. This is particularly useful for language teachers, as it enables you to create

your own multimedia web-based materials in a format of your own choosing.

For example, Gordon has started incorporating both audio (Ipadio) and video (YouTube)

in the Island Voices project blog http://guthan.wordpress.com. This is a Wordpress

platform, and has been created to record project progress, disseminate news, and

encourage interaction with learners and teachers. (Creating a Wordpress account is a

painless process, as with Ipadio.) In two recent posts, Gordon has highlighted and

previewed one of the topics for the new series of Island Voices videos.

In the first he interviews a participant in Gaelic and English, using his telephone. This

blog post about the interviews includes embedded links to both phonecasts:

http://guthan.wordpress.com/2010/02/19/local-language-teacher/

The following month he created another blog post, this time embedding the video.

http://guthan.wordpress.com/2010/03/24/buain-na-monadh-peatcutting/

Any or all of these webpages can, of course, also be linked to Wordlink and Multidict to

allow instant online dictionary access. Potential language learning uses are immediately

evident.

To sum up, Ipadio offers a valuable additional audio functionality in any language

teacher’s repertoire of material creation tools. When it is teamed up with other web based

programs and platforms, such as Wordpress, YouTube, and/or Wordlink/Multidict,

the potential is there for some very powerful multimedia work to be created.

WebQuests.


A WebQuest is an activity where the student answers questions / compiles information mostly found on the web. WebQuests are designed to focus on using and analysing information rather than looking for it. This means the teacher / constructor provides the student with the required links.
The best place on the web to learn about WebQuests is: http://webquest.sdsu.edu/webquest.html

The WebQuest model was developed in early 1995 at San Diego State University by Bernie Dodge and Tom March, and was then outlined in Some Thoughts About WebQuests.


The main problems with using the WebQuest method for the less taught languages are the language level of the websites (usually very high) and that for some languages there is still (2003) very little content available on the web.
To create webquests you may use InstantWebquest, which is a web based software for creating WebQuests in a short time: http://instantprojects.org/webquest/main.php
More information: http://webquest.org/ and http://bestwebquests.com/,which gives an excellent introduction to WebQuests and which contains a large archive of ready to use materials,




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