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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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6 Emerging Trends in Education and Mobile Learning

6 Emerging Trends in Education and Mobile Learning | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it
At the UNESCO Mobile Learning Week 2014 I sat on a panel titled Emerging Trends and New Technology – considered in the context of mobile learning. Below are the notes of the key points that I made. Note: The issue of Emerging Trends and New Technology begs the question: for who? For students in California,…

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Brad Ovenell-Carter's curator insight, April 16, 2014 11:30 AM

Social media is everything, as Rikia Saddy (@rikias) says.

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Higher education technology predictions for 2014

Higher education technology predictions for 2014 | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it
TL;DR In summary, we’ll have another contentious year. We’ll see big growth in higher education services from outside of the university sector, a con

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, February 5, 2014 10:53 PM

What does an expert see coming for the new year?

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Sugata Mitra: Build a School in the Cloud | Video on TED.com

Onstage at TED2013, Sugata Mitra makes his bold TED Prize wish: Help me design the School in the Cloud, a learning lab in India, where children can explore and learn from each other -- using resources and mentoring from the cloud.

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ManufacturingStories's curator insight, March 1, 2013 7:59 AM

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Elizabeth Hutchinson's comment, March 3, 2013 11:57 AM
This is very inspirational. You must watch this.
Laurakhoury's comment, March 10, 2013 7:18 PM
I like how he is conscious of social class!!
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Totally Addictive Education: The Future of Learning - Forbes

Totally Addictive Education: The Future of Learning - Forbes | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Today, most educational systems are designed to work from the microscopic to the macroscopic. Students learn facts and figures and tiny fractions of knowledge long before anyone really puts things into a larger context.

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How 3-D printing will radically change the world

How 3-D printing will radically change the world | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it
The rise of 3-D printing will make life as we know it today barely recognizable in 50 to 75 years. But it's not the Jetsons. Not yet.

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M. Philip Oliver's curator insight, May 13, 2014 4:35 PM

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Stephen Dale's curator insight, May 30, 2014 3:16 AM

From the article: "3-D printing technology is advancing at a staggering rate. American designers are now working on 3-D printed cars, while in China andHolland, 3-D printers are building entire houses. The first 3-D printed hamburger was recently created in England, heralding the possibility of a man-made food supply."


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The hype over 3-D printing, say technology experts, ignores the potential problems it will create. One significant problem is the legality and ethical ramifications of widespread public use. Right now, additive manufacturing (the technical term for 3-D printing) is in its "Wild West" phase, meaning, the laws have not yet caught up with the technology.

 

An example of this is 3-D printed guns. Last year, blueprints for a 3-D-printable gun, The Liberator, were posted online and downloaded some 100,000 times before the State Department ordered them taken down.


So...it's going to be a while before you can use a 3D printer to print you some new followers on social media networks...but watch this space!

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How 21st Century Thinking Is Just Different

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How 21st Century Thinking Is Just Different by Terry Heick This content is proudly sponsored by The Institute for the Habits of Mind, promoting the… (RT @Learning1st: How is 21st Century Thinking Different?

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A Scientist Predicts the Future

A Scientist Predicts the Future | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it

When making predictions, I have two criteria: the laws of physics must be obeyed and prototypes must exist that demonstrate “proof of principle.” I’ve interviewed more than 300 of the world’s top scientists, and many allowed me into laboratories where they are inventing the future. Their accomplishments and dreams are eye-opening. From my conversations with them, here’s a glimpse of what to expect in the coming decades:


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Teresa Lima's curator insight, January 10, 2014 4:38 AM

#Not 

I think the future is unpredictable, and no one  can predict the future!

Carlos Polaino Jiménez's curator insight, January 16, 2014 7:38 AM

Predicción científica del futuro, esto es un tema a leer por lo menos.

Jesús Martinez's curator insight, January 18, 2014 8:07 AM

add your insight...

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What 100 Experts Think About The Future Of Learning

What 100 Experts Think About The Future Of Learning | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it

If you’re an educator, surely you know that technology has and will continue to have an incredible impact on learning.

The talks are in split into the following categories:

* General - learn about making technology work in education and more.

* Sharing education - exploring open, shared education.

* Creativity and innovation - new ways to foster innovition and the creative spirit.

* Internet and new media - how does the Internet and new media impact teaching and learning?

* Leadership -new leadership skills.

* Educational technology - explore technology made for education.

* Brain and Psychology - how does the brain work?

* Technology education - what is the state of technology education?

* Teaching methods - check out innovative teaching methods.

* Institution - how does technology impact institutions.


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