The PhD thesis defended by Jon Ander Merino at the Arts Faculty of the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), under the supervision of Professor David Lasagabaster of the Department of English and German, has shown that content and foreign language integrated learning, i.e. teaching through a foreign language involving content of the language itself as well as non-linguistic content, enhances the acquisition of that language. The PhD thesis is entitled, ‘El efecto del Aprendizaje Integrado de Contenido y Lengua Extranjera (AICLE) y su intensidad en las lenguas curriculares: un estudio longitudinal’ (The effect of Content and Foreign Language Integrated Learning [CLIL] and its intensity in curricular languages: a longitudinal study).
Moocs are the newest big thing in the much vaunted quest to enable higher education for all. A great deal of venture capital money is being invested in the emerging online platforms that enable the delivery of increasingly sophisticated and interactive course content to participants who can number in the hundreds to the tens of thousands. For these investors, the holy grail is to find a business model for Moocs that will make them profitable – so far courses have depended on universities being prepared to bankroll their star lecturers' curriculum design and online teaching time. Mining the data captured about how, why and when millions of participants opt to sign up, interact with their material, submit their assignments, message each other and drop out of the course, as well as what factors motivate them to complete, may be one way of getting a return on the investment – all information is valuable, and every keystroke tells a tale.
Pacific Islands University to Host Bible Translation Day, SATURDAY, Feb.
Antoinette Mousso's insight:
The event will consider questions such as: Why does Bible Translation take so long? Is it worth the effort to translate the Bible into a language spoken only by a few thousand speakers? Why is Bible Translation important for the church? How can this daunting task be accomplished?
Microsoft Updates Bing Dictionary, Free Download Available (Microsoft Updates Bing Dictionary, Free Download Available: The Redmond-based technology giant Microsoft has j...
The Redmond-based technology giant Microsoft has just rolled out a new version of its Bing Dictionary for Windows 8, a new Metro app that serves as the perfect English-Chinese bilingual dictionary for all adopters of the new operating system.
The new build comes with improved performance, bug fixes and a “Clear history” setting in the “Options” menu, according to the official release notes published in the Store.
Just as expected, especially because we’re talking about an official Microsoft app, Bing Dictionary works on all Windows 8 versions, so it doesn’t really matter if you’re running the desktop or the tablet flavor of the operating system, the app works on all of them.
The internet has a long memory. But what if the pictures, data and personal information that it can pull up about you appear unfair, one-sided or just plain wrong? More and more people are claiming they have a "right to be forgotten" and are even trying to delete themselves from the web. The issue appears poised to generate legal, technological and moral wranglings for years to come.
"Optimizing online visibility requires the coordination of public relations (PR), content development, social networking, SEO, digital advertising and marketing communications efforts.
Without coordination, the efforts of these different individuals or groups are like the blind men and the elephant; none of the experts are wrong, but none get the big picture either.
We refer to this maximization of online visibility as web presence optimization (WPO): the combination of PR, content, SEO, SEM, marcom and social media efforts to make a company as ubiquitous as possible, with relevant content, everywhere online that prospective customers are looking when they are searching for what the company offers".
BBC NewsMicrosoft Prepping Real-Time Voice Translation TechnologyPC MagazineWith a microphone attached to his head and a big screen hanging above the stage, Rashid showcased the latest speech-to-speech technology: turning spoken English words into...
If you are anything like me you use your smartphone constantly. It is the number one electronic gadget that you are never without. Some of us even panic if our phone is not within easy reach 24 hours a day.
Our phones have become our diaries, our address books, our CRMs, our books, our game consoles, our iPods, our note books, our cameras, the list goes on and on. Oh, I forgot, they also make telephone calls.
Some of us are so wedded to the things that we pick up and play with them, almost as a matter of habit. Not waiting for a beep or some other notification, we grab them, flick through the screens, put them down again and then minutes later do it all again.
Wycliffe aids Bible translation with eyeglasses and high tech Orlando Sentinel (blog) For Bible missionaries in remote and dangerous parts of the world, Wycliffe is providing state-of-the-art equipment that allows them to communicate in real time...
Washington Post (blog) Microsoft CEO to Focus on Mobile, Cloud Technology ABC News Gates will spend a third of his time working on products and technology.
Antoinette Mousso's insight:
Microsoft and its new CEO are trying to catch rivals such as Apple, Google and Amazon, which are each building their own thriving ecosystems for mobile devices. At the same time, the company wants to expand its burgeoning business as a provider of software and services over the Internet.
Nadella, head of Microsoft's cloud computing business, was named Tuesday to be Steve Ballmer's immediate replacement. He is only the third chief executive in Microsoft's 38-year history.
Translation in the EU's headquarters is a complicated – and often costly – business. The European commission has three official "procedural languages": German, French and English. But with the union expanding and 23 languages now spoken in member states, the number of translators has ballooned from 200-300 to 2,000-3,000. It is estimated that the EU produces 1.76m pages of translation work a year,costing €300m (£257m). As of 1 July, when Croatia joins the EU, there will be one more language to add to the pile.
Fast Company inspires a new breed of innovative and creative thought leaders who are actively inventing the future of business.
Antoinette Mousso's insight:
The Most Creative People in Business 1000 is an influential, diverse group of modern Renaissance men and women across the economy and around the globe. This is more than just a list: It is a rising community, an explosion of creative inspiration, the spur for so much breaking news across the quickly changing industries that Fast Company covers.
The 25 Most Influential African-Americans In Technology San Francisco Chronicle Wayne Sutton, a former partner at the NewMe accelerator and founder of PitchTo, tells Business Insider that there are tons of African-Americans throughout the country...
In a one-and-a-half year long investigation, CNNMoney probed 20 of the most influential technology companies in the U.S.
What they found: racial minorities and women are generally underrepresented in management roles. And those roles are typically dominated by white and Asian men.
So yes, there are fewer blacks in tech compared to white and Asian men, but it doesn't mean they're not there.
Click here to jump straight to the list of prominent African-Americans in technology >
Do you have a landline? If so, you’re the proud owner of a dying technology. Yes, unsurprisingly, the number of households and individual people with landlines is rapidly dwindling as people everywhere are taking their landlines by the throat and cutting these lines to both save money and disconnect themselves from what is being seen more and more as an expensive and unnecessary technology.
In fact, statements made by both telecom giants AT&T and Verizon have both suggested that they are aggressively moving to end use of traditional copper-based phone connections, with AT&T pledging to invest $14 billion over the next 3 years to make it happen (wallstreetjournal.com). For many of us in the tech world keeping note of this trend, we can’t help but agree with the idea that it is time for everyone to make the switch to Internet-based phone options before the phone companies force us to.
What do social signals have to do with your SEO campaign? Maybe more than you think. And the divide between SEO and social media seems to shrink every day.
Google and Bing have both confirmed that social indicators are becoming increasingly important and that they are already being used to some degree, to create ranking results.
Twitter, Facebook, and Google+ are the most important to Google and, unsurprisingly, Google+ leads the way in helping to promote a site in Google rankings.
Choose your social sites wisely, integrate your efforts within your own site, and conduct some competitor analysis on the top performers in your industry. Then try these six techniques to improve your social indicators.
A recent article on ZDNet posited that Google will continue to be the primary search engine of choice for the foreseeable future.
With competitors like Bing clamoring to get a slice of the “search pie”, and Facebook’s experiment in social search, it’s not easy to predict the future of search engines. The data, however, leads to interesting questions on just what it means to be the top search engine on the new Social Web.