We just went on our 10th Bangkok Urban Hike today, and I hadn't thought much about it before but in retrospect I'm kind of proud of planning that many walks. https://www.meetup.com/Bangkok-Urban-Hiking-Meetup Then I remembered that 2 of those 10 were the same walks, but in reverse. Oh well. So, 8 walks. My personal criteria for … Continue reading Bangkok Urban Hiking
One infographic I've used in class recently is this 3-D plotting of millions of player deaths in a particular videogame. Can a video be an infographic? If so, I think this is one. I used it to try to make a point about maps. How versatile they can be - how useful knowing how to … Continue reading Infographics
I just wanted to quickly point out that in Japan, the best-selling video game for the last two weeks running has been the latest in the series of Professor Layton games. In the UK, a recent release of an older Professor Layton game has also apparently been a great success. I am cheered by this … Continue reading Educational Games Big In Japan
I wrote the post below for another blog, but think of the educational uses, a couple of years down the road, of virtual field trips to ancient cities. I know that that sort of virtual experience is what constructs like Second Life are aiming for, but I’m a lot more interested in projects like the … Continue reading Monuments of unageing intellect
In order to be a good language teacher, I figure you must also know something of what it's like to be a language learner. I've always enjoyed learning about different languages, and I like to think I'm pretty good in German, French and Italian. But Thai will be a challenge. Since I get embarrassed speaking … Continue reading Language Acquisition
Greetings from Bangkok! We’re starting to get settled in, and so far everyone at the school has been unbelievably nice - as have all the locals we’ve met. Our apartment is great, the neighborhood is lovely, and I think we’re both feeling a mix of jet lag, excitement and disbelief that the move went so … Continue reading Same Game, Different Rules
Things have happened very quickly over the last couple of weeks and I’m still slightly in shock, but I think it’s starting to sink in. My wife Kim has been offered a job at the International School of Bangkok, and we’ll be moving there this summer. I will be sad to leave Kuala Lumpur and … Continue reading We’re moving to Bangkok!