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Making Progress with Menus and Toolbars using Ext JS 3.0: Part 1

by Jorge Ramon | October 2009 | Cookbooks Open Source

In this two-part article by Jorge Ramon, you will learn how to use menus, toolbars, and progress bars. Along with an examination of the commonly used menu items, the topics in this article will teach you how to work with the new ButtonGroup component as well as the different ways to set up toolbars and progress bars in your applications.

This article teaches you about the following topics:

  • Placing buttons in a toolbar
  • Working with the new ButtonGroup component
  • Placing menus in a toolbar
  • Commonly used menu items
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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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