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July 2007 Blog Posts (38)

Fable of the Day: De Heremita et Milite

Title: De Heremita et Milite: The Hermit and The Soldier, by Abstemius







Latin Text:





Heremita quidam vir sanctissimae vitae militem hortabatur ut relicta saeculi militia quam absque Dei offensa et animae discrimine pauci exercent, tandem se corporis traderet quieti et animae consuleret saluti. Cui miles: Faciam, inquit, quod mones pater. Verum enim est quod hoc tempore… Continue

Added by Laura Gibbs on July 31, 2007 at 11:11am — No Comments

The Use of Moodle and Virtual Reality in Classics Teaching

[Admin's note: Below is a recent post from Dr. Lisa St. Louis -- I wanted to feature it here on the main blog so it wasn't buried in our discussion histories.]



I am attaching the first paragraph of the paper "The use of Moodle and virtual reality in Classics teaching" which was a joint submission by

Dr. Shawn Graham and Dr. Lisa St. Louis of Robert Welch University. Dr.

Graham was not able to join me in Nashville for ACL so I did the honors

for both of us. The slides… Continue

Added by Andrew Reinhard on July 31, 2007 at 6:52am — No Comments

Latinum Podcast

The Latinum Podcast keeps surprising me with its uptake. Since I started it, the number of file downloads have steadily been rising:

29 file downloads in March

5737 file downloads in April

7409 file downloads in May

25 450 file downloads in June

42 700 file downloads in July





The structure of the Lessons is very simple - Adler uses a methodology which was very popular in the mid 1800's - teaching with question-answer sequences. This is particularly useful for… Continue

Added by Molendinarius on July 31, 2007 at 6:01am — 1 Comment

Fable of the Day: De Coriario et Urso

Title: De Coriario emente pellem ursi a venatore nondum capti, by Abstemius







Latin Text:





Coriarius ad venatorem accedens, emit ab eo pellem ursi pecuniamque pro ea protulit. Ille sibi in praesentia pellem ursi non esse, ceterum postridie venatum profecturum, ursoque interfecto, pellem eius ei se daturum pollicetur. Coriarius animi gratia cum venatore in silvam… Continue

Added by Laura Gibbs on July 30, 2007 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Gesture and learning

I read a study some months ago, about students who gesture while learning - the first study I read related to language. Today, I read a similar study http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/07/070725105957.htm

but this time, dealing with maths problems, also indicating the positive role of gesture in learning.



The study related to hand gestures and speaking is here:



http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2005/05/050511105253.htm



Language aquisition and mathematics… Continue

Added by Molendinarius on July 30, 2007 at 1:27pm — No Comments

Latinum Podcast

I've been working hard on the Latinum podcast. Each new posting is now picking up around 200 downloads, and in total I get around 800 - 1000 files downloaded per day, I expect this will increase come the start of the academic year, but that it will slow down over August.



The lessons from Adler's "A Practical Grammar of the Latin Language for Speaking and Writing Latin" are now divided into clear sections: I am now up to lesson 13, still a long way to go yet. The project will take over… Continue

Added by Molendinarius on July 29, 2007 at 2:26pm — No Comments

Interference patterns in learning

nsI read another useful study this week - on the use of object lessons to illustrate points, as opposed to teaching something purely conceptually, from the university of Ohio.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2005/10/051011064707.htm



Students were given mathematics problems to solve, using abstract symbols i.e. star + snowflake = raindrop, etc.



Another group were given dynamic moving images, personalised, that had three dimensions, and moved across the screen, when… Continue

Added by Molendinarius on July 29, 2007 at 2:13pm — 2 Comments

Fable of the Day: De Porco et Equo

Title: De Porco et Equo: The Pig and The Horse, by Abstemius







Latin Text:





Porcus conscpiens equum bellatorem, qui cataphractus ad pugnam prodibat: Stulte, inquit, quo properas? in pugna enim fortasse morieris. Cui equus: Tibi inter lutum sordesque impinguato, quamvis nihil dignum laude gesseris, cultellus adimet vitam: mortem vero meam comitabitur gloria. Haec fabula… Continue

Added by Laura Gibbs on July 27, 2007 at 1:30am — No Comments

Fable of the Day: De mulo et equo

Title: De mulo et equo: The Mule and The Horse, by Abstemius







Latin Text:





Mulus conspiciens equum aureo freno ephippioque insignem, et purpureis opertum phaleris, rumpebatur invidia, illum beatum reputans, qui continue optimis vesceretur cibis et decoro amiciretur ornatu, se autem prae illo infelicem, qui clitellis male dolatis oppressus, quotidie maxima onera ferre… Continue

Added by Laura Gibbs on July 26, 2007 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Classics on-line with Robert Welch University

It's a rare thing to be the first in your field to do something, but eClassics members Dr. Lisa St. Louis and Dr. Shawn Graham are planting the flag on the eLearning moon. Both Lisa and Shawn work for Robert Welch University, a distance learning institution where all classes are taught on-line as students work to earn their… Continue

Added by Andrew Reinhard on July 25, 2007 at 3:51pm — No Comments

Course Management Systems, Digital Parity and Latin/Greek

Course Management Systems (CMS) and Learning Management Systems (LMS) are not new to education. Tools like Blackboard have been around for years, and other platforms like Wimba and Desire2Learn are offering functionality that can be applied to foreign languages. CMS platforms are normally implemented school-wide (or even district- and state-wide) to allow teachers to manage their classes on-line, 24-7, including… Continue

Added by Andrew Reinhard on July 24, 2007 at 6:37am — 2 Comments

Fable of the Day: De Sacerdote et piris

Title: De Sacerdote et piris: The Priest and The Pears, by Abstemius







Latin Text:





Sacerdos quidam gulosus extra patriam ad nuptias profisciscens, ad quas fuerat invitatus, reperit in itinere pirorum acervum, quorum ne unum quidem attigit, quamvis magna affectus fame: quin potius ea ludibrio habens lotio conspersit, indignabatur enim huiusmodi cibos in itinere offerri,… Continue

Added by Laura Gibbs on July 24, 2007 at 1:00am — No Comments

Fable of the Day: De Upupa

Title: De Upupa indigne honorata: The Hoopoe, wrongly given honors, by Abstemius







Latin Text:





Invitatae fere omnes aves ad Aquilae nuptias indigne ferebant upupam ceteris praeferri, quia corona insignis esset et versicoloribus pennis ornata, cum semper inter stercore et sordes solita esse volutari. Haec fabula stultitiam eorum arguit, qui in hominibus honorandis,… Continue

Added by Laura Gibbs on July 23, 2007 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Fable of the Day: De Scurra et Episcopo

Title: De Scurra et Episcopo: The Joker and The Bishop , by Abstemius







Latin Text:





Scurra quidam calendis Ianuarii ad Episcopum quendam divitem sed avarum accedens, numisma aureum strenae nomine petiit. Antistes insanire hominem dixit, qui crederet tantam pecuniam sibi in strenam dari. Tunc scurra nummum argentum efflagitare coepit, sed cum ille hoc quoque nimium sibi… Continue

Added by Laura Gibbs on July 20, 2007 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Fable of the Day: De Carduele et Puero

Title: De Carduele et Puero: The Goldfinch and The Boy, by Abstemius







Latin Text:





Carduelis avis interrogata a puero, a quo in deliciis habita, et suavibus et largis cibis nutrita fuerat, cur caveam egressa ingredi nollet: "Ut meo (inquit) me arbitratu, non tuo, pascere possim." Haec fabula indicat vitae libertatem cunctis deliciis… Continue

Added by Laura Gibbs on July 19, 2007 at 1:30am — 2 Comments

Fable of the Day: De Trabe et Bobus

Title: De Trabe boum pigritiam increpante: The Beam denouncing the laziness of the oxen, by Abstemius







Latin Text:





Trabs, quae curru vehebatur, boves ut lentulos increpabat, dicens: "Currite, pigri; onus enim leve portatis." Cui boves, "Irrides nos (responderunt) ignara quae te poena maneat. Onus hoc nos cito deponemus, tuum autem tu quoad rumparis sustinere cogeris."… Continue

Added by Laura Gibbs on July 18, 2007 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Greek Stories

Dear Colleagues,
Does anybody have simple versions of Stories from Greek Myth or History e.g. Persian Wars that I could use with students aged 11-15 years. Currently we use Athenaze I as our text book.
Thank You
Daniel

Added by Daniel O Connor on July 18, 2007 at 11:16am — No Comments

Fable of the Day: De Sue et Cane

Title: De Sue et Cane: Pig and Dog, by Abstemius







Latin Text:





Sus irridebat canem odorisequum, qui domino murmure et cauda adularetur, a quo ad artem aucupatoriam multis verberibus auriumque vellicationibus fuerat instructus. Cui canis: "Nescis (inquit) insane, nescis quae ex verberibus illis sim consecutus, per ea enim sauvissimis perdicum coturnicumque carnibus… Continue

Added by Laura Gibbs on July 17, 2007 at 1:30am — No Comments

Fable of the Day: De Milite et Equo

Title: De Milite et Equo: Soldier and Horse, by Abstemius







Latin Text:





Miles equum habens optimum, emit alium nequaquam illi bonitate parem, quem multo diligentius quam priorem nutriebat; tunc priori sic ait: "Cur me dominus quam te impensius curat, cui neque pulchritudine nec robore neque velocitate comparandus sim?" Cui ille, "Est haec (inquit) hominum natura, ut… Continue

Added by Laura Gibbs on July 16, 2007 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Veni, Vidi, Wiki: Beyond the Wikipedia

The Wikipedia has been a household word since at least 2005. It is an open source encyclopedia available in dozens of languages that allows anyone to create, add, and edit

content on any subject. The main page for Classics is here, and features a definition of Classics and has links to many other

pages of useful information about philosophy, language,…

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Added by Andrew Reinhard on July 13, 2007 at 7:38am — 3 Comments

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