Archive for April, 2009

Top igoogle gadgets Series

April 29, 2009

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It depends first of all on what you want to learn.  There are plenty gadgets for language learning, gadgets on learning how to learn, how to use sign language, how stuff works, ….

For languages there are plenty of gadgets to support your learning.

To learn new vocabulary in different languaes there are a number of gadgets:
Dictionary Search + Word of the Day + Flashcards
English Vocabulary: Learn Words Gadget

Russian - Audio Word of the Day
Other languages: Russian, Chinese, Spanish, French, Arabic, German and many more languages.

Multi-Language Word Of The Day
If you want to learn the word of the day in 16 languages at the same time in just one gadget here you go geek.

To improve your existing English vocabulary, there are five gadgets that
Sameer Khan listed and describes in more detail in the blog post: “Best igoogle gadgets to improve your  english vocabulary“. These gadets are Word of the Day, Word of the Day, Gre Word of the Day, Match Up (word game) and Spelling Bee (word game).

To practice your understanding of English there is a series of English
Test gadgets:

English Irregular Verbs - 1 Test
Irregular Verbs 1, Irregular Verbs 2, Irregular Verbs 3

Word Groups

Male and Female Word

English Activities
Silent letters 1, Silent letters 2

Fruits and Vegetables

Memory Test for Kids

To practice English Business Listening skills there is Business English pod gadget.

And for all those who ever want to practice the difference between American and British English here it is:
American-British English Test 1

American-British English Test 2



Learn to SignIf you want to learn the sign language:
Learn to Sign

Further there is a gadget on Project Management and how stuff works.

Additionally have a look at the very interesting paper on how iGoogle gadgets can be used to build a collaborative learning environment.

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My New Work-Life Balance with igoogle

The Fastest Ways To Learn Any New Language

Recommended Sites:
iGoogle Showcase: See what igoogle your celebrity is using


The Benefits of Lifelong Learning and Discovery

April 24, 2009

The Benefits of Lifelong Learning and Discovery
By Julia Barnard

Don’t fear failure so much that you refuse to try new things. The saddest summary of a life contains three descriptions: could have, might have, and should have. Louis E. Boone

Liefelong Learning and Discovery

Liefelong Learning and Discovery

Do you enjoy learning? Is it a pleasure to discover new things, or do you associate the word ‘learning’ with being sat behind a desk at school being fed information you have no control over? Happily, as adults we can choose what we want to learn and the skills we want to develop. Learning should be a lifelong venture that should feature in all stages of your life. Even retirement should be an opportunity to try new things rather than letting it all go because you are no longer doing paid work. Recognising that learning is not just about books can make the process enjoyable for many.

Learning gives you opportunities to discover new skills and acquire knowledge. However, it offers more than that. It is an opportunity to renew your energies, get excited, and curious. As you learn and get absorbed in a new project, you are giving yourself the chance to experience flow which is a sure-fire way to happiness. Learning can help prevent boredom as you have allowed more opportunities to come into your life. Importantly, you will learn things about yourself. As you develop your skills, it may take you to new places and perhaps push you to face your fears. You will learn to not be afraid of change and how to face a challenge.

Love of learning has been identified by Seligman as one of the 24 character strengths. It is a strength that we can all nurture, however for some it is a signature strength and as such is a pleasure to use. Using this strength is also an opportunity to work on and develop other character strengths. For instance learning a new skill requires persistence. It is a chance to be creative and boost a sense of optimism. When you always have new things to try in your life, things you still want to know about, you continue to have something to look forward to.

Learning is also good for your brain. Research indicates that for people who had opportunities to work on their reasoning and memory skills their cognitive decline had slowed down. This reduces the risk of developing dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.

It is worth pointing out that it is not just about the act of learning. What you learn can help you live a better life. For instance, knowing how to be happy, healthy and live well. Knowing why exercise is important rather than accepting it as a broad statement made by health experts. Such knowledge gives you more control over your life and helps you make informed decisions.

Tips to propel you on your learning quest

  • Learning can take whatever shape or form works for you. Whether you attend a class, read a book or website or get hands-on is up to you.
  • Don’t be afraid to try new things. If you don’t like it, don’t do it again. Simple.
  • Your learning should always be interesting and a challenge you can manage. You may need to take your learning to the next level to get the most out of it. Try to reflect regularly on how you are progressing.
  • When you are trying something for the first time, it may not work out exactly as you planned. This is okay. You are learning after all. So learn from what went wrong, and go again.
  • Learning can be a great opportunity to exercise your persistence and belief that you will succeed. Imagine how it would feel to become an expert in your area? Persistence and patience will help get you there.
  • Decide what level you want to take your learning to. Is it to expand on your existing knowledge so you become an expert, or is it an opportunity to branch out somewhere completely different?
  • Take a trip to the library. Explore the shelves, especially those you would not ordinarily visit. See what interesting pieces of information you can pick up. You never know, something might pique your interest.
  • Read blogs written by people who are dedicated to your topic of interest. They will offer a unique insight into one person’s perspective on the subject.
  • Keep learning and remain open-minded. Remember the first thing you read may not be correct or the only way to do things. Remain open to other viewpoints.
  • Set yourself a goal of learning something new every day or week.
  • Try to enjoy the here and now of learning, rather than just focusing on the end goal.
  • Learn more about what brings happiness into your life.
  • Grab a puzzle book the next time you are at the newsagents. They give your brain a great workout.
  • Keep it varied. That way you are always interested and your brain is occupied.
  • Don’t be afraid of change or the opportunity to do something differently to how you would normally.

Copyright Julia Barnard 2009

Julia Barnard is a professional counsellor living in Adelaide, Australia. She provides an online counselling service through her website, which offers counselling at a time and place that suits you. Julia also writes articles and tips for the website aimed at enhancing wellbeing and promoting good mental health.

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The Fastest Ways To Learn Any New Language

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