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Google Now: Behind The Predictive Future Of Search | The Verge

Google Now: Behind The Predictive Future Of Search | The Verge | Teaching with CALL | Scoop.it

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"For decades, visions of the future have played with the magical possibilities of computers: they'll know where you are, what you want, and can access all the world's information with a simple voice prompt. That vision hasn't come to pass, yet, but features like Apple's Siri and Google Now offer a keyhole peek into a near future reality where your phone is more "Personal Assistant" than "Bar bet settler." The difference is that the former actually understands what you need while the latter is a blunt search instrument.

 

Google Now is one more baby step in that direction. Introduced this past June with Android 4.1 "Jelly Bean," it's designed to ambiently give you information you might need before you ask for it. To pull off that ambitious goal, Google takes advantage of multiple parts of the company: comprehensive search results, robust speech recognition, and most of all Google's surprisingly deep understanding of who you are and what you want to know.

 

With Android 4.2 Google has updated the feature with new information cards in new categories, but Google Now isn't important for what it does, well, "now," but the building blocks are there for a radically different kind of platform in the future.

 

1) A deeper understanding:

You may not be familiar with Google Now, primarily because it's only available on the sliver of Android devices.

It's essentially an app that combines two important functions: voice search and "cards" that bubble up relevant information on a contextual basis.

One favorite example is a voice search for something that pulls from all those multiple sources and turns it into a comprehensible and useful result.

 

The first category involved Gmail integration. With your permission, Google will keep an eye on your inbox and recognize flight confirmations, hotel reservations, restaurant bookings, event tickets, and package tracking emails.

The new features are part of Google’s growing efforts to provide relevant results based on the knowledge it’s accumulated about you. As search gets better, so do people’s expectations for what it provides.

 

 

2) Neural networks:

Speech recognition is a very difficult problem to solve, as anybody who has dealt with voice search knows all too well. Recently, Google has changed its approach to making it work in a fundamental way, replacing a system that was the result of years of effort with a new framework for understanding the spoken word. Google has shifted to using a neural network that's much more effective at understanding speech.

 

A neural network is a computer system that behaves a bit like the actual neurons in your brain do. Essentially, the computer is designed with layers of software-based "neurons" that do the same thing actual neurons do: take input in and "fire" off to other neurons based on the data they receive.

The approach "led to about between 20 to 25 percent reduction in the error rate in our system,".

 

 

3) Knowledge Graph:

In a very real way, Google is trying to get its computers to actually understand what it is you're asking them. Part of that comes from a relatively new initiative called the "Knowledge Graph," the company's effort to compile a database of "entities" in the world.

n truth, Google only knows those details because it is so adept at crawling the web — but the additional layer of abstraction created by putting that information into the structured Knowledge Graph means that Google can do more with search results.

Having something to talk about and talking to somebody are two different things, and with regard to the latter Google is again taking a Google-esque approach.

 

 

4) In a single app, the company has combined its latest technologies: voice search that understands speech like a human brain, knowledge of real-world entities, a (somewhat creepy) understanding of who and where you are, and most of all its expertise at ranking information. Google has taken all of that and turned it into an interesting and sometimes useful feature, but if you look closely you can see that it's more than just a feature, it's a beta test for the future..."

 

Read full, long and interesting article here:

http://www.theverge.com/2012/10/29/3569684/google-now-android-4-2-knowledge-graph-neural-networks

 


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Expanding vocabulary with lextutor

It is a short review of the lexical aproach based on lextutor.


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Introduction to Twitter in Higher Education workshop for SIGMA 2014

Creating and maintaining a social media presence event – 20 June 2014 The sigma North West and North Wales Hub is holding an event, Creating and maintaining a…


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Web based, eportfolios & e-assessment

Updated version of a previous presentation offered at the UCV's ICT in ELT course


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What Does An Instructional Designer Do? Infographic - eLearning Industry

What Does An Instructional Designer Do? Infographic - eLearning Industry | Teaching with CALL | Scoop.it

Several professionals are involved in the instructional design field. However, do you know the full range of what an instructional designer does?


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6 Models of Blended Learning

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Discover how six blended learning models combine traditional classroom experiences with online learning for successful student results.

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Jean-Christophe Francet's curator insight, July 16, 2014 5:29 AM

Excellent explanation of the different possible mixes between online and offline learning.

Yvonne Middelkoop's curator insight, July 21, 2014 2:25 AM

 Handy infographic with six basic models

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Cada día vemos como el B-learning avanza y los profesores no deberían permanecer indiferentes

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Free Technology for Teachers: 40 Free and Open Course for Learning a New Language

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Changing the World with Media Literacy: the UNE...

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Changing the World with Media Literacy: the UNESCO Forum and Declaration LSE Media Policy Project (blog) Researchers, educators and a broad range of stakeholders met in Paris at the first UNESCO Media and Information Literacy (MIL) forum on this...


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Social Media Literacy: The Five Key Concepts | ...

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Online digital technology has empowered users in ways that were unimaginable twenty years ago.


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The Best Fun Videos For English Language Learners In 2014 – Part One | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

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Transforming Education: The Power of ICT Policies

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The result of a programme of studies, consultation and exchange on policies, the publication “Transforming Education: The Power of ICT Policies“ aims at providing useful information on contemporary challenges for and approaches to public policies in the field of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in Education.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, November 26, 2013 7:18 AM

An interesting collection in international case studies from around the world.

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Power of ICTs in Educational transformation

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Beyond Prototypes | Enabling innovation in technology-enhanced learning

Beyond Prototypes | Enabling innovation in technology-enhanced learning | Teaching with CALL | Scoop.it

Technology-enhanced learning (TEL) research focuses on how technologies can add value to learning and teaching processes. Today’s learners have access to increasingly powerful and affordable handheld computing devices, including smartphones, games consoles and tablet computers. They can share, interact and immerse themselves online with others through the use of social networks and virtual worlds.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, November 25, 2013 11:02 AM

Free 48 page PDF ebook. Well worth downloading.

John Bostock's curator insight, November 25, 2013 12:35 PM

I'm going to have to find time to read this as soon as possible!

A/Prof Jon Willis's curator insight, November 25, 2013 6:39 PM

For those interested in moving beyond the classroom/desktop nexus of teaching and learning.

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ICT-enabled innovation for learning in Europe and Asia

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Based on desk research, case reports, consultation with education stakeholders from Europe and Asia, and in-depth expert interviews, the necessary conditions for sustainability, scalability and impact at system level are analysed. Thus, the report brings evidence to the debate about the mainstreaming of ICT-enabled innovation for learning in Europe and beyond, contributing to the Europe 2020 Strategy to modernize Education and Training across Europe.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, November 27, 2013 9:29 AM

This is a big read at 153 pages, but looks like it's worth the effort if you are involved in any decision making about ICT in education.

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Is Technology shoving Pedagogy to the center stage?

Is Technology shoving Pedagogy to the center stage? | Teaching with CALL | Scoop.it

More and more we see how fast changing technology is part of the world and how that impacts the ways people learn. My perception is that the supporting role of technology in learning will only grow and tend to becomes seamless.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, December 12, 2013 11:26 AM

For me, this is one of the key points here "All that has to impact teacher training. Teachers need to be immersed and fluent in different digital tools, to be able to use those seamlessly in a flow while also assessing the impact of new technological developments that do not stop coming."

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UNESCO IITE | E-library |
Introduction to MOOCs: Avalanche, Illusion or Augmentation?

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New computer program aims to teach itself everything about anything

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Computer scientists from the University of Washington and the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence in Seattle have created the first fully automated computer program that teaches everything there is to know about any visual concept.

 

“The program learns to tightly couple rich sets of phrases with pixels in images. This means that it can recognize instances of specific concepts when it sees them.”

 


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Gust MEES's curator insight, June 13, 2014 5:53 PM

Computer scientists from the University of Washington and the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence in Seattle have created the first fully automated computer program that teaches everything there is to know about any visual concept.


“The program learns to tightly couple rich sets of phrases with pixels in images. This means that it can recognize instances of specific concepts when it sees them.”



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Two Wonderful Visual Lists of Educational iPad Apps for Teachers and Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Two Wonderful Visual Lists of Educational iPad Apps for Teachers and Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Teaching with CALL | Scoop.it

"In their attempts to establish a 1:1 program for the year 6 class, St Oliver Plunket has recently held a series of workshops in order to develop their students skills before they were officially given management of their very own devices.

The workshops were particularly centered around teaching students about some tips and tricks for managing their iPad, email etiquette, successful searching and copyright and creative commons. I personally was thrilled by the efforts these people from St Oliver are putting into making their 1:1 program a success and I hope other schools would do the same."


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Christopher Bezsylko's curator insight, June 27, 2014 11:00 AM

leaders create sustainable change by putting the right tools in front of our teachers/students AND building a culture of innovation

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um big quadro de aplicativos utilizados para apoiar aprendizagem no seculo XXI...

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App list visual

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The Future of Learning

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Edutopia blogger Beth Holland recalls the robot teacher from the Jetsons and updates that 1960s cartoon view of education's future to include customized learning, embedded technology, ongoing feedback - and human teachers.

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Learning in Real Life: Mobile Learning and Non-Traditional Students

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Learning in Real Life: Mobile Learning and Non-Traditional Students http://t.co/Uezjo4LqG3 #mlearning


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This is How to Add Audio Narration to Your Powe...

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This is How to Add Audio Narration to Your PowerPoint Presentations ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning on Informática Educativa y TICs curated by Fernando de la Cruz Naranjo Grisales (This is How to Add Audio Narration to Your PowerPoint...


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Free Technology for Teachers: How to Use Google Slides to Organize Research

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15 Effective Ways to Use Google Docs in Class

15 Effective Ways to Use Google Docs in Class | Teaching with CALL | Scoop.it

June 19, 2014 I spend a considerable time every single day browsing the net tracking new updates in the world of educational technology and, often times, in the midst of this journey I would come...


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The Reading Brain in the Digital Age: The Science of Paper versus Screens: Scientific American

The Reading Brain in the Digital Age: The Science of Paper versus Screens: Scientific American | Teaching with CALL | Scoop.it

Why not keep paper and evolve screen-based reading into something else entirely? Screens obviously offer readers experiences that paper cannot. Scrolling may not be the ideal way to navigate a text as long and dense as Moby Dick, but the New York Times, Washington Post, ESPN and other media outlets have created beautiful, highly visual articles that depend entirely on scrolling and could not appear in print in the same way.


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Helen Teague's curator insight, December 8, 2013 12:03 AM

from Nik Peachey---this article compares screen reading with paper-based text

Christy P.Novack's curator insight, December 9, 2013 12:10 AM

A detailed paper discussing screens vs paper. Lots of other links included. There is no research paper connected with article. I did a paper on practice modalites that involved print text vs media for learning and engagement. More papers are needed out there on such topics, as technology research studies can quickly become outdated.

Mirna Goldberger's curator insight, December 20, 2013 11:21 AM

I am definitely not made to scroll, my brain prefers printed paper.  I cannot focus and retain as well, when I read online.

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Redefining the Writing Process with iPads

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With iPads, once we begin thinking beyond the confines of a page, anything is possible. Consider the video below created several years ago by two of my students. First they wrote plot summaries. Then they wrote character sketches. From there, they crafted paragraphs about theme, tying the visual and auditory elements of their videos back to the books. Finally, they created storyboards and bibliographies before producing and publishing their final product.


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Training in Business's curator insight, December 3, 2013 12:56 PM

Redefining the Writing Process with iPads

 

#elearning  http://goo.gl/BRqvr0

 

 

Romeo Quijano's curator insight, December 5, 2013 11:03 PM

Interesting 

Dr. Laura Sheneman's curator insight, December 27, 2013 7:19 PM

Worth taking a look at.  How many times have you heard people ask what their students can "do" on the ipad to submit their work.  This will walk you through using the ipad for writing.

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Student Designed Infographics: Process & Products

Student Designed Infographics: Process & Products | Teaching with CALL | Scoop.it

Last year my students designed infographics for the first time. I enjoyed the process and the products. It was a fun strategy to teach my students crucial research skills while encouraging them to think creatively about how to visually communicate information.


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Norton Gusky's curator insight, December 10, 2013 7:19 AM

Great examples of how students can visually represent ideas - much better than a PowerPoint slide

Kate JohnsonMcGregor's curator insight, December 10, 2013 9:13 AM

Reading graphic text, creating graphic text - research and project based learning

Susan Wegmann's curator insight, December 10, 2013 4:12 PM

Infographics could be used in Digital Storytelling. . .