Flannel boards - the DIY digital whiteboard alternative
Panorama - the fashionable record + filmstrip + book multimedia combo
And don't forget the many uses of
"Ein weiterer Abweg in die Verzettelung führt über das Engagement für Soft-Skill-Kurse, für die Fortbildung, für Kinder- und Rentneruni und für Schülerschnuppertage - schwarze Löcher dieser Art für pädagogisch wie didaktisch ungebildete Wissenschaftler gibt es unzählige. Welch Ehre, wenn zu einem Vortrag in der Stadthalle auch einmal normale Leute kommen. Aber wie viel Zeit und Nerven kostet so ein Engagement - Kernaufgabe der Uni ist das nicht. Natürlich sind viele solcher Aktivitäten moralisch gut und vielleicht auch praktisch nützlich - der Wissenschaftler muss sich bemühen, dem BILD- und ZEIT-lesenden Steuerzahler zu erklären, wozu er dessen Geld verwendet hat und was dabei an neuem Wissen herausgekommen ist. Das aber machen die Profis, die Wissenschaftsjournalisten, besser. Richtig und wichtig ist es, Kleinkinder und Jugendliche für Wissen und Forschung zu begeistern, aber dafür sind die Lehrer in den Schulen ausgebildet, der Wissenschaftler ist es nicht." (Brennicke, 169)
[Another path to overdiversification leads through the engagement for soft skill classes, for continuing education, for children's university or senior citizens' university, and for Open Days for - there are uncounted black holes like this for pedagogically as well as didactically untrained scientists. What an honour if normal people attend a talk at the city hall. But how much time and nerves does such an engagement cost - it is not one of the core tasks of the university. Of course many of these activities are morally good and perhaps useful for practical purposes - the scientist has to try to explain to the BILD- or ZEIT-reading tax payer for what he (sic) has used his (sic) money, and what new knowledge came out of this. But that is something the professionals, science journalists, do better. It is good and important, to enthuse infants and teenagers with science and research, but teachers at schools have been trained to do this, the scientist has not.]
When I was 11 years old, I started to learn English at school. One of the very first things I learned was that to form the third person singular present tense active indicative form of regular verbs, you attach an s to the stem.Or, as I learned it: "He she it – s muß mit."Nine years later, preparing for my Abitur exams, there were students in my class who still did not get this right. They would say The man walk. The cat sleep. One simple rule. Nine years of instruction. No effect.My classmates weren't dumb, and my English teachers weren't bad. Studies show that explicit grammar instruction does not work as well as one should think. Even if you spend hours working on one grammatical construction, the effects on your actual language use can be tiny. Some grammatical rules do not pose much of a problem, while others may SEEM easy, but are very difficult to get right – just like the third-person-singular-s.
Throughout the meeting, listen to everyone’s word usage. Write down any awkward use or misuse of the language (incomplete sentences, sentences that change direction in midstream, incorrect grammar or malapropisms) with a note of who erred. For example, point out if someone used a singular verb with a plural subject. “One in five children wear glasses” should be “one in five children wears glasses.” Note when a pronoun is misused. “No one in the choir sings better than her” should be “No one in the choir sings better than she.” (Link)
So Long, and Thanks for All the Ghoti.