Monday, November 16, 2009

Sentence Diagramming

Here is a nicely done instructional video on sentence diagramming. It's part of a series on this topic.

What really jazzes me about this series is the simplicity: these are just a bunch of videos...but because of the content, your brain is compelled to apply the lessons as you go...making them even more powerful!

The other interesting thing is that by reading the comments, it's clear that these are very helpful to a number of learners.

I can think of a handful of ways this could be improved instructionally, but as components of learning, these simple explanations are excellent!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Google Wave Book

The Complete Guide to Google WaveOkay, I'll admit it...even though I have a Google Wave account, I haven't done much with it.

So I'm excited to learn about this guide. It claim comprehensivity, which I don't doubt at all. But perhaps the most interesting thing about the book to non-Wavers is the publishing model. You will note, when you follow the link, that the book's contents are freely available online, but you also can purchase the book, if you like.

I really like this model. It's a nice balance between openness and entrepreneurial thinking. While I might not shell over the bucks for this specific book, there are plenty that I want to have in my hand as I apply the concepts and the learning.