Thursday, December 15, 2005

An Aussie Christmas

This is more like an Aussie Christmas scene - an Aussie mudmap!

(Courtesy of Bill Ockendon)

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Web Page Language Translator

Here's a Christmas gift.

This program will translate any web page from any one of the following 6 languages to any of the others:

  • Spanish
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Portuguese
  • English

It translated one of my blog pages from English to Spanish in 30 seconds! I was then able to save the result as a html file.

Even if you are not working in the multicultural area, this could provide a good pastime for the Christmas holidays.

The link below takes you to a zipped file which when unzipped will reveal three files -

  • PT.exe
  • ReadMe.txt

You will only need to open the first one - PT.exe

(Unless of course you want to sell this program on the Internet for anything up to US$29.95 - then you will need the text file instructions and the complete marketing website provided)

Once you open PT.exe, it will take you through a simple install wizard and place an icon on your computer (yes, another one!).

Click the icon and bingo you get the following screen to play with:

Do you have people that visit your site and do not understand English? Or have you ever visited a site that was in French, Spanish, or some other language and had NO clue what it said? Well this script will use the fabulous translation routines at to convert these pages into something you and your visitors can understand!

Simply enter the URL you want translated, then select the language the page is written in and also the language you want it translated to. It will then create an html page that you can place on your web site that will automatically call the google routines and translate the page.

Translate From: English/Spanish/French/German/Italian/Portuguese
Translate To: English/Spanish/French/German/Italian/Portuguese
Page URL:
Page Title:

Create & Copy to Clipboard
Create & Save As Html File
Test Page First

Have fun! It is my fond hope that this could really help people working in the area of multicultural education and training.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Cool Connections - podcasts, digital stories, forums

In her Networks: December Newsletter, Jyothi Jayaram has provided links for podcasts, digital stories and forums from the Cool Connections Conference 21-22 November, Sydney. Her summary is below.

Cool Connections showcased innovation in e-learning practices. It provided a wealth of sharing and knowledge building, as well as fostering opportunities for networking with practitioners from across Australia.

The work of a number of Projects from within the 2005 Framework was featured in the Cool Connections event, including: 2005 Networks of the Australian Flexible Learning Community; LearnScope; E-learning Creative Community Partnerships; Indigenous Engagement; Engaging Industry and New Practices in Flexible Learning 2005.

A number of these presentations are now available as podcasts from the links below. Keynote sessions were especially valued and available for your perusal.

The Elluminate keynote presentation by George Siemens on ‘Connectivism: Learning in a Digital Age’ created a lot of interest.

Podcasting: The Cool Connections event has been PODCASTED (thank you Stephan Ridgway!)

For Digital Stories created during the event