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Babel Fish? Skype Translator provides instantaneous translations for videoconferences

Babel Fish? Skype Translator provides instantaneous translations for videoconferences | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it

LStory and images by Manish Singh / WinBeta Earlier this year, 

 

Earlier this year, Microsoft announced "Skype Translator", a ground breaking feature which would allow two people speaking in different languages to have audio conversations. At the company's Worldwide Partner Conference event, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced a development to that project -- Skype Translator now facilitates video conferencing as well.


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Looks like we are one step closer to Gene Roddenberry's view of the future. Does this remind anyone of a universal translator??? 

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Joyce Valenza's curator insight, July 30, 2014 7:16 AM

This is going to be such a game changer for connecting learners globally!

Rocio Watkins's curator insight, July 30, 2014 10:37 AM

Wow! 

terry clarke's curator insight, July 30, 2014 2:54 PM

Although universal communication among people speaking different languages is certainly a worthy goal, I am reluctant to embrace the technology that allegedly allows instantaneous translation during audio/video conferences among speakers of different languages--for many reasons.

  • My ethnic Kazakh daughter and I are bilingual (English & Russian), and I have found that the act, itself, of learning a new language necessarily draws one closer to the customs and practices of the people who use the language in their day-to-day lives (requiring an examination of nearly every aspect of the lives of those who speak the "different language"--allowing, at least the feeling of, adoption of a new and different culture).
  • Language (particularly oral as opposed to written) is an imprecise method of communication, and even experienced translators will attest that different languages have idiosyncrasies that do not allow for an accurate or precise communication of a particular idea, description or opinion sought to be сonveyed. Подвиг (Podvig) is a Russian word used to describe a particular idea in Eastern Orthodox Christianity is an example of one such word--though others may disagree
  • Because of the decline of formal language usage in favor of slang and the explosion of the use of acronyms (SMH, YOLO, WTF), and the multitudes of "figures of speech", I am skeptical that current technology exists that would allow a computer program algorithm to translate accurately and instantaneously the communications between people speaking different languages.
  • Upon reflection, I could not support the widespread use of the technology described in this article. Language, in its many different and beautiful forms, is a reflection of the culture, history and heritage of those who speak it.
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21 Top Presentation Tools for Teachers - More Than A Tech

21 Top Presentation Tools for Teachers - More Than A Tech | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Looking for the best presentation software for your classroom? Check out our list of 21 top presentation tools for teachers.

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Great article! I use a few of these. There are a few interesting ones I have yet to try. 
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Maggie Rouman's curator insight, June 29, 2:58 PM

Great ideas for presentation tools besides the typical video. Also provides a helpful chart about what tool works on what device. 

Willem Kuypers's curator insight, June 30, 2:02 AM
Voici une belle liste d'outils de présentation aussi bien en ligne que des logiciels.
Koen Mattheeuws's curator insight, Today, 8:54 AM
De apps en tools blijven me maar om de oren vliegen. Hoog tijd voor een soort "sabbat-verken-jaar". 
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Chalkmotion - Engage with Simple Drawings

Chalkmotion - Engage with Simple Drawings | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it
create animated doodle slideshows

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This is a cool tool for creating and recording simple drawings for presentations. 
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Joyce Valenza's curator insight, June 28, 8:15 AM
Looking forward to playing with this one!
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​Five Ways Teachers Can Use Video Chat in the Classroom

​Five Ways Teachers Can Use Video Chat in the Classroom | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Unless you work in a Waldorf school where smartphones are banned, chances are you’ve seen your students video chat with friends when their time might be better spent working on homework. Video chat can, however, support classroom learning. It’s not impossible.Video technology has changed quite a bit

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Only four apply to higher ed, but includes some good reminders. 
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Jean-Claude Domenjoz's curator insight, June 24, 1:35 AM
L'application Periscope peut être utilisée pour mener des projets pédagogiques avec le smartphone des élèves (byod).
Courtney Calhoun's curator insight, June 26, 1:35 PM

This article gives great ideas on how to incorporate video chat into the classroom. My favorite is having more guest speakers. My students love when they can learn something from someone other than their teacher. It would make accessing speakers from all over the globe possible. 

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Blended Learning Toolkit

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The Blended Learning Toolkit supports the course redesign approach, and interest in its openly available clearinghouse of online tools, strategies, curricula, and other materials to support the adoption of blended learning continues to grow. When the resource originally launched in July 2011, 20 AASCU institutions used it, but now universities, colleges, and K–12 schools from around the world access the Blended Learning Toolkit.

This grantee profile from Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) provides at-a-glance information, course model design details, grant project activities, results and outcomes, participant impressions, next steps, and additional resources.

NGLC accelerates educational innovation through applied technology to dramatically improve college readiness and completion in the United States. To learn more about NGLC and the grantees it supports, visit nextgenlearning.org

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, April 4, 1:38 PM

Strong research based toolkit for blended learning.

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This is a good model, easily adapted for higher education.
 
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Russian Icons, Greek Vases and German Code: The Maker Movement Goes to College 

Russian Icons, Greek Vases and German Code: The Maker Movement Goes to College  | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it
An art historian and a 3D printer, a German linguist and open-source Arduino, an archeologist and a laser scanner: welcome to a typical day in the makerspace at the University of Virginia’s Scholars’ Lab (SLab). The SLab is an experimental humanities research and training center sitting in a sunny c
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Interesting article about incorporating maker spaces into humanities curriculum. 
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MIT and Google team up to develop the next generation of Scratch | #Coding 

MIT and Google team up to develop the next generation of Scratch | #Coding  | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Here's some great news for fans of Scratch, an extremely popular game that teaches kids the conceptual "language" around computer programming, using cartoon-y animated characters. The MIT Scratch Team said Tuesday that it will collaborate with Google to create the next generation of the game.

MIT says this collaboration will first result in a new generation of graphical programming blocks, called Scratch Blocks, which is an open source project that allows developers to create and share the "blocks" (or code) of each game with one another. Developers can also easily integrate the blocks into apps, games and toys they create for kids. Scratch Blocks makes it easier to create programming experiences for a wider range of people that will work on a wider range of devices.

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/08/24/coding-a-new-trend-in-education-and-a-big-responsibility/

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Coding

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Scratch

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-tools-for-teaching-people-and-learners/?tag=Scratch

 


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Cool! Why play games when you can create them?
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Here's some great news for fans of Scratch, an extremely popular game that teaches kids the conceptual "language" around computer programming, using cartoon-y animated characters. The MIT Scratch Team said Tuesday that it will collaborate with Google to create the next generation of the game.

MIT says this collaboration will first result in a new generation of graphical programming blocks, called Scratch Blocks, which is an open source project that allows developers to create and share the "blocks" (or code) of each game with one another. Developers can also easily integrate the blocks into apps, games and toys they create for kids. Scratch Blocks makes it easier to create programming experiences for a wider range of people that will work on a wider range of devices.

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/08/24/coding-a-new-trend-in-education-and-a-big-responsibility/

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Coding

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Scratch

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-tools-for-teaching-people-and-learners/?tag=Scratch

 

 

Vivalist's curator insight, May 20, 4:04 AM
Great to hear that new development will allow for a richer / wider pool of 'block" to choose from.

"MIT says this collaboration will first result in a new generation of graphical programming blocks, called Scratch Blocks, which is an open source project that allows developers to create and share the "blocks" (or code) of each game with one another. Developers can also easily integrate the blocks into apps, games and toys they create for kids. Scratch Blocks makes it easier to create programming experiences for a wider range of people that will work on a wider range of devices."
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How to Teach Essay Writing: Tools for Educators

How to Teach Essay Writing: Tools for Educators | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it

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Some excellent resources here for any subject that incorporates writing. I prefer Zotero to citation machine, though. 
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Tinkercad - Create 3D digital designs with online CAD

Tinkercad - Create 3D digital designs with online CAD | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Tinkercad is an easy-to-use 3D CAD design tool. Quickly turn your idea into a CAD model for a 3D printer with Tinkercad.

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Great tool for creating 3D printing projects. 
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theLearnia - Free Online Whiteboard

theLearnia - Free Online Whiteboard | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it
theLearnia helps teachers to flip their classroom by creating awesome video lessons within minutes and share with their students

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Oskar Almazan's curator insight, May 22, 10:57 AM
Add background, images, text, lines and shapes. Split the content of your story between pages or simply import your power point presentation into the whiteboard
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How Workforce Needs Will Create the Higher Education System of the Future

How Workforce Needs Will Create the Higher Education System of the Future | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it
The shift in postsecondary credentialing and the needs of the 21st-century workforce will revolutionize higher education. Colleges and universities have vast potential to be positive agents of this change.

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Interesting article. 
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Nik Peachey's curator insight, May 24, 1:12 AM

Interesting.

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Adobe Spark - Communicate with impact

Adobe Spark - Communicate with impact | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Turn your ideas into impactful social graphics, web stories, and animated videos - in minutes.

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Great tool. Super-easy to use. 
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Nik Peachey's curator insight, May 27, 12:54 AM

Great collection of free apps and tools for creating web content. Great for student projects.

John Bostock's curator insight, May 27, 1:09 PM
This might spark a few ideas!
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3 questions to ask when using new technology in the classroom

3 questions to ask when using new technology in the classroom | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Before introducing any new technology in the classroom, there are tough questions that must be asked — about student privacy, data ownership, and equal access across students. Based on my experienc…
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“Digital Video – A Manual for Language Teachers”: Book Review

“Digital Video – A Manual for Language Teachers”: Book Review | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it
I jumped at the chance, having been asked to review a new series of eBooks by Nik Peachey, as I have followed his blog (Nik's Learning Technology Blog) for such a while now. Nik's eBook, "Digital Video - A Manual for Language Teachers" is such an invaluable publication for those teachers who wish to develop their technical skills…

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Nik Peachey's stuff is also so, so helpful! 
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Nik Peachey's curator insight, June 14, 12:37 AM

Nice review of my ebook.

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Amazon Unveils Online Education Service for Teachers

Amazon Unveils Online Education Service for Teachers | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it
The new Amazon site will offer free lesson plans, teaching modules and other digital resources for educators.
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Could be quite interesting. 
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'Teachers must embrace new technology or risk becoming obsolete'

'Teachers must embrace new technology or risk becoming obsolete' | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it
One undeniable fact about teaching is that teachers not only need to be masters of content within their subject area, but they must also be masters of education as a subject. Another undeniable fact is that neither of those subject areas looks the same as when any teacher first mastered them.

One effect of the integration of technology into our society is that change in almost everything is happening at a pace never before experienced by mankind. As much as some people may yearn for the simpler times of the past, life will continue to move forward as the natural order of society requires.

The influence of additional information on any subject often affects how we deal with that subject. Once we had more information on the effects of smoking, smoking habits of millions of people changed. Once we learned what we now understand about the benefits of physical activity, several sports related industries were spawned. Once we learned what we now know of communication, music and print industries disappeared while being replaced with better in many ways.

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Great article. Worth a read. 
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Victor Ventura's curator insight, June 24, 2:39 PM
All of today's(and tomorrow's) teachers have to have and use a full technological toolbox. Technology expertise should be required as much as content and pedagogy skills.
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8 Free Mind Map Tools & How to Best Use Them

8 Free Mind Map Tools & How to Best Use Them | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it
For an office worker, a mind map can be a solo brainstorming tool or a collaborative idea collection. In the right hands, a simple mind map can help make better decisions.
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I was looking for a program that would allow me to export for free. There are a couple on this list. 
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The 2016 Dean's List: EdTech’s 50 Must-Read Higher Ed IT Blogs

The 2016 Dean's List: EdTech’s 50 Must-Read Higher Ed IT Blogs | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Blogging about the hottest education technology issues, these admin all-stars, IT gurus, education community experts and classroom leaders have proven their worth to their peers.
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I don't have time to keep up with 50 blogs! This is a great list, though, if you are looking for 1 or 2 to add to your reading list. 
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EdSurge Independent

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Student voices rethinking higher education | Powered by EdSurge HigherEd | Contributor’s opinions are their own
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A space for students to critically reflect on higher education. Interesting. 
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11 Fantastic TED Talks That Explain How Your Brain Works

11 Fantastic TED Talks That Explain How Your Brain Works | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Why are we the way that we are? Is there anything we can do to change the way we think, behave, and react? And even if we come to know how the brain works, are we limited by our underlying circuitry or can we overcome our limitations?

Over the years, TED has put on dozens of amazing presentations that highlight the mysteries of the brain and break them down in ways that we — laymen — can understand. Here are the most fascinating ones we’ve watched and enjoyed.

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Who doesn't love TED talks!?!
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30 days challenge, living with less
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Presentious

Presentious | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Presentious turns your live presentations into recordings that pair your audio with each slide. It’s a powerful format that combines the narrative structure of slides with the context of commentary.

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Easy tool for recording audio with slides. I don't like that you can flip ahead thus getting the audio off sync with the slides, but it looks like you can control that. 
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Nik Peachey's curator insight, June 17, 12:55 PM

Very simple to use tool to get your presentations recorded and online.

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Visual Analytics - Mind Map

Visual Analytics - Mind Map | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Mohiomap is a Visual Analytics tool that helps individuals and teams to explore and understand all their important information stored in the cloud. Integrated with popular platforms like Dropbox, Box, Evernote, and Google Drive, Mohiomap uncovers valuable patterns and relationships among documents and files. Mohiomap is a productivity tool that helps you to better understand your content and to gain valuable insights.

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This looks like an interesting tool. 
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Jesus Alvarez desde www.sercompetitivos.com 's curator insight, May 15, 5:16 AM
Visual Analytics Mind Map con Mohiomap
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Create your mag for free: Madmagz

Create your mag for free: Madmagz | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Madmagz enables you to create a digital or a print magazine. Try it, it's free!

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Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, June 17, 5:52 PM
The free version is a little shy on features, but worth checking out. 
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The 7 Best Tools to Present & Share Your PDF Files Online

The 7 Best Tools to Present & Share Your PDF Files Online | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it
PowerPoint is seen to be boring. Presenting with PDF files can be a quicker and easier alternative. Here are seven selected tools to present & share your PDF files online.

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Great resources for presenting online content via PDFs.
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FPPT's comment, May 26, 10:53 AM
I'd add http://slideonline.com to the list
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VoiceThread - Create interactive, multimedia slideshow presentations

VoiceThread - Create interactive, multimedia slideshow presentations | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it
VoiceThread is an excellent online tool that promotes meaningful conversation through the use of visual prompts such as video clips, images, graphs, and more. This article gives step-by-step instructions to help educators create VoiceThreads that will engage students and stimulate thoughtful dialogue and collaboration.

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We use Voice Thread at my institution. It's a great tool for bringing life to discussion boards. 
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Melanie Cole's curator insight, May 27, 10:37 PM

Another tool that is just a bit more exciting than the standard PowerPoint presentation.

Jim Lerman's curator insight, June 7, 10:42 AM

VoiceThread is still around and still great.

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100 Best Video Sites For Educators - Edudemic

100 Best Video Sites For Educators - Edudemic | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it
We're showcasing the top 100 video sites for educators to use in their classrooms. Appropriate for a variety of subjects and age levels.
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Excellent list of resources. Well organized, too! 
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Maggie Rouman's comment, June 12, 11:34 AM
Love this resource. I'm scooping this! Helpful for teachers of all levels.
Maggie Rouman's curator insight, June 12, 11:35 AM

Great resource for educators of all levels!

Maggie Rouman's curator insight, June 23, 2:49 PM
Incorporating videos in a PBL/flipped setting goes beyond just using YouTube or Khan Academy videos. What a great list of video sites. Lots of ideas here!