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Learning Exercise

Material: Camstudio
Submitted by: Angela Gunder on Mar 08, 2013
Date Last Modified: Mar 08, 2013
Title: Tour Your Hometown
Description: In a language class, have students use CamStudio to go on Google Earth and give a tour of their hometown. They can zoom in and out of the map and discuss locations that are important to them in the target language. Once they have finished their tour, they can upload the video to YouTube and let fellow students in the class comment on their tour.
Type of Task: Individual, Student-centered, Supplemental Activity, Unsupervised
Time Required 1-2 hours
Topics: communication, language proficiency
Audience: College General Ed, College Lower Division, College Upper Division, High School
Prerequisites Skills: Intermediate communication skills in the target language
Learning Objectives: Students will discuss various topics of importance to them in the target language
Technical Notes: Students must have access to a PC or a Mac running Windows. They will also need a microphone or headset to record their voice. If they are giving a tour in Google Earth, they will need internet access.
Text of Learning Exercise: Begin by downloading CamStudio from the website at Open CamStudio and test to make sure that your microphone is hooked up and working. Open a web browser and visit the Google Earth website. Turn on CamStudio and begin recording. Have the student zoom in and out of the map to show locations of importance to them. Make sure that they answer the following questions: - Where were you born? - Where did you grow up? - Where are your parents from? - What is the favorite place that you have lived? - What are your favorite places in your hometown? Stop the recording and save the file. Upload the video to YouTube, Vimeo or a class content management system. Have students give feedback to their fellow students.
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