?In what ways can Seesmic be used as an international tool?
Seesmic is a very easy way to communicate internationally. Once an account is created, users can determine which language they would like to use to navigate with. This is convenient for those who can not speak another language fluently, but do not want to be conversations to be limited. Users of Seesmic can converse freely with people from different countries.
?How can teachers use Seesmic internationally to benefit their classroom?
Teachers can use Seesmic as an international tool in their classrooms. Through Seesmic, students can interact with students from different countries. This could open up several opportunities for teachers in the way of international video pals and learning about another country (through video). Teachers can also introduce international guest speakers through Seesmic. International speakers can post their videos on Seesmic, and the teacher can show the class the video. This is much cheaper than having a guest speaker from Australia fly into the United States for a lesson. Seesmic is a free alternative to teachers who are looking to expand their realm of guest speakers.
What are the disadvantages to using Seesmic as an international tool?
Since Seesmic is web-based, it can only work where a good internet connection is readily available. This limits the people who can access this tool. Another limitation of this technology is the fact that the internet is not free. While many Americans see the internet as a relatively inexpensive tool that is easily taken advantage of, it is an extra cost that may not be considered a necessity to many other people.
How is it used differently domesticaly than internationally?
A difference between domestic and international uses of Seesmic is language. For example, if a person from France made a post in French I would not be able to understand what was written without a translator. It would be even harder to try to translate a video. Another difference is that if used internationally, Seesmic acts more as a guide to the culture of that specific country. Used domestically, Seesmic acts more as a place to discuss currents issues and politics.
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