Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Glogster & ThingLink

Two more tools I found in this MOOC, and one idea for a language map.
  1. Glogster lets you make a poster from text and images. It's a good way of just chucking ideas in and making a kind of flyer or poster style image based on these. A poster is so immediate that by using Glogster you can help you figure out what is really important to you.
  2. ThingLink lets you add links to an image. Again, like Glogster it focuses on the visual to get across lots of information. I used it to experiment on: What if each of your online activity took place in a real place, on a real map. What place would it be? Could you pick a town or city where you can imagine yourself doing Facebook for example? Thinking of the book the Meaning of Liff, does "Carlisle" sound like place where you would deal with difficult work e-mails? Is Manchester where you would industriously do your online homework? Can you see yourself striding over the map like a giant from place to place? I'm trying via ThingLink
  3. A Google Map of language. Each language has words very specific to that culture, that tell you something about that culture. The Scandanavians have "angst", the French "ennui" - neither of which there is an English equivalent. Why? What other countries have distinct words? Or what word could you map onto India, Australia, Kenya, or Mexico? What about etymology? "Argentina" coming from the French for silver. Could you map a history of words & etymology onto an interactive map?