TTP Week#3 – Feed Me, Archives, & Google Tools

Week#3 Tasks 


Setting up a TTP Spring 2015 Archive
Inspired by 성우’s Saturday Night Band Posting Extravaganza ….
I have made the TTP Spring 2015 Group Blog private.
This creates a closed space where we can all post categorized notes, reflections, and materials during and after TTP.

Feed Me with!  
  Download the LearningCalFeeds2015.opml file here

up with the endless  stream of great CALL content out there can be
overwhelming.  One of the tools that can help us ‘sip from the
firehose’ is an RSS Reader.  This is a way to have new content come to
you rather than having to constantly check sites you follow. We will
get things set up in class, but if you have any questions about how the
magic happens, the
screencast below shows how to use to subscribe to sites you like. It was recorded for last year’s TES531 course, but most of it is still up-to-date. 
Once it’s all set up, you can  spend some time exploring the sites in
your Feedly (and perhaps adding others).  As always, use Diigo to
bookmark any interesting sites you encounter.


Check your Gmail for a message from
This is the online source of extensive reading materials. 
Once logged in, click on ‘Add book’ to check out online book options. 

Explorations in different parts of the Google Universe.
Google offers a variety of useful tools which are included for free with a Google account.  Below are screencasts that describe some of these tools.  There were also recorded last year, but are mostly up-to-date. 
Gmail     Drive    Google Plus
Calendar    Translate
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(the video file links are there in case you want to download these for offline viewing)

To Do Possibilities: 
  • Add a forwarder from your Gmail account to your main email account (if gmail isn’t your main account)
  • Create a short Google Presentation (2 slides is OK) , post it on your blog, and make ‘[email protected]’ an editor. 
  • Upload a photo or two (or 100) to your Google photo space and share them with your TTP Classmates classmates in Google Plus. 
  • Use Google Translate (online or mobile) and see if it can accurately transcribe you speaking these Pronunciation Practice Sentences and Minimal Pairs

Chrome TOOLS
There are also a variety of ways to ‘extend’ Google’s  Chrome browser to add functionality.
You can see all extensions in the ‘Chrome Web Store‘.   (despite the word ‘store’, extensions are free)
Below are some CALL-related extensions.

Watch this Screencast Guide>>>:   YouTube    Video File 

Speakit: Chrome Extension
 List of other screenreader options at:

Dictionary Extensions
Google Dictionary 
This can be useful for quickly checking the meaning and pronunciation of words online.
Other Options