The Short List

A growing list of links related to my research and other areas of interest.

Top Resources

The World Clock - Check the current time and date in cities around the world.

Merriam-Webster - Online dictionary

Definitions - Lookup meanings on several reputable dictionaries at once.

WWWJDIC - Jim Breen's Online J-E / E-J Dictionary

Wikipedia - Look it up!

Currency Converter - Search for current exchange rates.

CIA The World Factbook - Find information on countries throughout the world.

Lonely Planet - Pack your bags.

Postal Codes in Japan - Enter name of the town or ward and find out the postal code.

WolframAlpha - Computational Knowledge Engine.

Railway Guide - Find your way around Japan.

Students -

VOA Special English - Easy to understand news stories with transcripts.

Randall's ESL Cyber Listening Lab - Lots of listening activities and other fun stuff.

Activities for ESL Students - Quizzes and other activities.

More - In no particular order. - Online grammar checker.

Teachers -

100 Must-Read Blog Posts on the Future of Learning - The title says it all.

Explorations in Learning & Instruction: The Theory Into Practice Database - An incredible collection of overviews and references. – Knowledge Base and Webliography - Another impressive collection.

Instructional Strategies - Seems to be a work in progress but some very useful stuff.

Best of the Web - A portal site for lesson plans and other teacher-related matters.

More - In no particular order.

Beniko Mason - List of publications related to extensive reading and vocabulary acquisition.

A Common European Framework - Complete text of the Framework document and supporting materials. The Japanese version is here.

JALT Framework and Language Portfolio SIG (FLPSIG) - Bilingual documents related to the framework and portfolio.

Pronunciation Problems faced by Japanese - One page overview of difficulties with suggested resources.

Web 2.0 - - Keep up to date on cool websites, online tools and other tech issues.

YouTube - Broadcast Yourself

Scribd - What people are reading now.

Instructional Design -

100 Must-Read Blog Posts on the Future of Learning - The title says it all.

Homebrewers -

Brew Your Own (BYO) magazine - The definitive journal for our craft. - An online community of serious brew enthusiasts.

Craft Beer - Celebrating the best of American beer.

Surfers -

Surfline - Website with loads of information related to the sport of surfing, including links to help plan a surf trip.

Surfer Magazine - Some good photos, videos and stories.

Classes that I teach -

American Studies - Semester long course for freshmen.

European Studies - Semester long course for sophomores.

Japan Studies - Semester long course for sophomores.

What is Creativity - Semester long project for sophomores and juniors.

Oral Histories - Semester long project for sophomores and juniors.


Us Now - Documentary about how new social media technologies are helping change how people go about various human endeavors. - A wealth of public domain literature, some with audio.

TED - Ideas worth spreading

MIT World - Distributed Intelligence - Sign up for the monthly briefings with information and links to lots of cool stuff.

HowStuffWorks - A great site to keep you distracted from the stuff you should be doing.

Clickmazes - All kinds of online mazes and puzzles.

World's Best Websites - Hot websites with short descriptions and links.

100 Most Innovative and Inspiring Blogs for Educators - Just what it says.