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Listening Activities in Moodle 1.9: Part 1

by Jeff Stanford | October 2009 | Moodle Open Source

Listening is often a challenging activity for language learners. This could be because they have to deal with a range of accents and speeds or because the content may be difficult to follow. Sometimes background noise on the recording makes it more difficult to understand. In natural speech it is normal to interrupt, use ellipsis, or leave sentences unfinished. So recordings based on natural speech are also likely to be difficult.

Using Moodle, students can listen repeatedly to recordings until they feel more comfortable with them. We can also help students understand by using a recording program like Audacity to manipulate recordings, providing slower and faster versions of the same text. Certain Moodle modules, like Quiz and Lesson, can be used effectively to help students notice important features of texts, after which they are likely to understand the whole recording better.

The communicative language teaching classroom often focuses on activities that take place before, during, and after listening. This two-part article by Jeff Stanford follows the same pattern.

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What's New In Ubuntu 9.10 "Karmic Koala"

by Christer Edwards | October 2009 | Linux Servers Open Source

At the time of this writing, Ubuntu's 9.10 "Karmic Koala" will be due out in just ten days. Users around the world are hard at work testing and submitting fixes, eagerly trying to patch every hole in time for the final relesae. While there maybe a few quirks here and there, they have so far done an amazing job of integrating new technologies and upgrading underlying technologies. This article by Christer Edwards outlines some of the exciting new technologies and features that will be showcased in Ubuntu 9.10 "Karmic Koala".

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How to get Incoming Links in Joomla! 1.5 SEO: Part 1

by Herbert-Jan van Dinther | October 2009 | Joomla! MySQL Content Management Open Source PHP

In this article by Herbert-Jan van Dinther, we will cover several different ways to get more incoming links, from commenting on other sites to blogging on other platforms. Building incoming links is time consuming, but if done the right way it is a very good way to boost your web site's rankings.

There are a few ways to get links to your web site, which we will learn about in this article, including:

  • Using paid options
  • Using forums to get incoming links
  • Commenting on other web sites to get links
  • Building your own incoming links
  • Using your best content for link building
  • Writing articles for links
  • Don't be afraid to ask
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Managing Images and Videos in Joomla! 1.5: Part 1

by Tracey Porst | October 2009 | Joomla! Content Management Open Source

Images and videos are a great way to attract interest in a website. Also, when they are used in the right way, they can make an impact where text alone can't (not just in terms of aesthetics, but conveying a message quickly and with impact).

In this two-part article by Tracey Porst, we'll look at the following:

  • Accessing and using the Media Manager to upload image and media files
  • The various image and video file formats, what is available, and what you should know about them
  • Uploading and managing image and video files
  • Managing a Simple Image Gallery and videos played with the AllVideos and EasierTube plugins
  • Adding an MP3 audio file to the Party People website
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Creating Site Accesses with eZ Publish 4

by Francesco Fullone Francesco Trucchia | October 2009 | Content Management Open Source

An eZ publish installation can host multiple sites using something called the siteaccess system. In this article by Francesco Fullone and Francesco Trucchia, we will look at:

  • eZ Publish siteaccesses
  • How to create custom siteaccesses
  • How a custom site access will help us in development stage

Also, we will look at how to enable additional languages on our site.

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Installation and Configuration of Oracle SOA Suite 11g R1: Part 1

by Heidi Buelow Manas Deb Jayaram Kasi Demed L'Her Prasen Palvankar | October 2009 | Oracle

This article by Heidi Buelow, Manas Deb, Jayaram Kasi, Demed L'Her and Prasen Palvankar, provides the instructions for installing and configuring the Oracle SOA Suite server and the Oracle JDeveloper development tool. These instructions are for the GA version of 11g Release 1 (11.1.1.1.0), dated July 2009. In addition, this article includes the instructions for installing Oracle Service Bus.

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Adding Sound, Music, and Video in 3D Game Development with Microsoft Silverlight 3: Part 1

by Gastón C. Hillar | October 2009 | Beginner's Guides Web Development Web Graphics & Video

In this article by Gastón C. Hillar we will add sounds, music and videos to the game. By reading this article and following the exercises, we will learn how to:

  • Add background music to the game
  • Generate sounds associated to the game events
  • Take advantage of multiple channel audio
  • Control the reproduction of concurrent sounds
  • Organize the media elements for the game
  • Prepare our media elements for their use in Silverlight applications
  • Take advantage of Silverlight 3 performance enhancements for videos
  • Reproduce videos combined with animated projections
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Providing context using Custom Text in UPK 3.5

by Dirk Manuel | October 2009 | Oracle

The easiest and simplest way to add value to your Topics is to make good use of Custom Text in the Bubbles. In this article by Dirk Manuel, we will simply look at what you can (and should) do with Custom Text.

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Glossary in UPK 3.5

by Dirk Manuel | October 2009 | Oracle

This article by Dirk Manuel explains how to build and implement a Glossary.

A Glossary defines terms that are unique to a project or system, or new to your users. A Glossary typically consists of a number of term/description pairs. The added value that UPK provides is that instances of each term in exercises can be hyperlinked to the relevant entries in the Glossary.

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Microsoft Chart with XML Data

by Jayaram Krishnaswamy | October 2009 | .NET Microsoft

In this article by Dr. Jayaram Krishnaswamy, you will learn how you may display XML data using the Microsoft Chart in ASP.NET 3.5 and add title to the chart as well as the titles to the axes. You will be using both element-centric as well as attribute-centric XML data.

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