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Presenting Content to Different Types of Learners Infographic

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Presenting Content to Different Types of Learners Infographic Remember when you were in school and you had to cram hundreds of pages of textbook material into your head before every big test? If you were like most students, you and your friends probably developed all kinds of tactics to make the... http://elearninginfographics.com/presenting-content-to-different-types-of-learners-infographic/
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Remember when you were in school and you had to cram hundreds of pages of textbook material into your head before every big test? If you were like most students, you and your friends probably developed all kinds of tactics to make the grade. Maybe you made flashcards, or reviewed recordings of your professors’ lectures, or came up with intricate mnemonic devices to memorize the material at hand. You may have argued with your classmates about which method was best—but the truth is that, when it comes to learning, one size does not fit all. Scientists and psychologists have developed a number of different models to understand the different ways that people learn best. One popular theory, the VARK model, identifies four primary types of learners: visual, auditory, reading/writing, and kinesthetic. Each learning type responds best to a different method of teaching. Auditory learners will remember information best after reciting it back to the presenter, while kinesthetic learners will jump at the chance to participate in a hands-on activity.
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Microsoft, Code.org Use Minecraft to Teach Coding

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Microsoft and Code.org have come together to debut Minecraft Designer, a free tutorial for students aged 6 and up that uses the Minecraft environment to teach coding.

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How Can Coding Teach My Students ... To Be Better Students?

How Can Coding Teach My Students ... To Be Better Students? | Coding | Scoop.it
As we look ahead and make our resolutions, we shouldn't forget to look back and see where we just were and build on those skills inside our classrooms.

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Coding for Schools - The Ultimate Guide for Teachers and Administrators

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This article provides schools, teachers and administrators with helpful information on how to introduce coding for schools. Read the guide to learn more.

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Why Motivating Employees Depends on Their Personality

Why Motivating Employees Depends on Their Personality | Coding | Scoop.it
For some employees, neither the carrot nor the stick will serve as a motivational tool, new research shows.
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I have been in situations where superiors felt that a "Christmas/holiday party" was motivation enough.... Nothing could be further from the truth from my perspective.

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Amisom Commences Training for 100 Somali Police Officers - AllAfrica.com

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AMISOM's Police Component today began a training of trainers exercise for 100 members of the Somali Police Force (SPF) at the Police Transport Centre.
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Learnlets » eLearning 3.0

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Great article by Clark Quinn @Quinnovator on ELearning 3.0 http://t.co/hLpI9lXSyQ
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MOBILE LEARNING 21: The magic of QR codes in the classroom - Karen Mensing

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#mlearning The magic of QR codes in the classroom - Karen Mensing http://t.co/SyAE3MoFr9 (@geramovel)
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Beijing - Job 3014 Teaching job in Beijing, 16K /month, World renown, first class Children/Adult training center | www.LotsofJobs.net

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Jobs, Job Search, Job Posting Site, Free (Beijing - Job 3014 Teaching job in Beijing, 16K /month, World renown, first class Children/Adult training center http://t.co/EBqOJ3YJ9A)...
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Can skills grouping help adults learn better online? Startup Thinkful gives it ... - GigaOM

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If you sign up for a class on Coursera, complete lessons on Codecademy, or use another online learning platform, chances are, you're mostly going it alone.
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It depends on whether of not the online course/program adheres to concepts and principles that promotes learning.

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Exploring: Online Instructional Design & eContent : Using Metacognitive Strategies in Instructional Design | Leadership in Distance Education

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Exploring: Online Instructional Design & eContent : Using Metacognitive Strategies in Instructional Design on Leadership in Distance Education curated by Susan Bainbridge (#elearning Exploring: Online Instructional Design & eContent : Using...
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Teaching with GoogleDocs | Inside Higher Ed

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RT @edutopia: Great tips for #K12 too. RT @isteconnects: How & why to teach with Google Docs: http://t.co/IErqrGqTmN #edtech #elearning
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How to transform schools into Learning Organisations?

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Schools nowadays are required to learn faster than ever before in order to deal effectively with the growing pressures of a rapidly changing environment. Many schools however, look much the same today as they did a generation ago, and too many teachers are not developing the pedagogies and practices required to meet the diverse needs of 21st-century learners.

In response, a growing body of scholars, educators and policy makers around the world is making the case that schools should be re-conceptualised as “learning organisations” that can react more quickly to changing external environments, embrace innovations in internal organisation, and ultimately improve student outcomes. Despite strong support for and the intuitive appeal of the school as a learning organisation, relatively little progress has been made in advancing the concept, either in research or practice. This lack of progress partly stems from a lack of clarity or common understanding of the school as learning organisation.

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Training speech recognition to understand dialects

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Dialects are an intrinsic part of who we are, and can represent home to many of us in a world becoming more global in nature. Many wonder though: how do we train speech recognition devices to understand such unique regional languages?

So what is a dialect? It’s a tricky question to answer that can get you into all sorts of political trouble in some areas of the world! In the past, central authorities were often skeptical of communities that claimed to have their own (regional) language, preferring rather to speak of a mere "dialect." In the reverse, smaller countries with a big neighbor often insisted they spoke its own language, not just a dialect of the neighbor's language. Luckily, linguistic variation today is often seen as a precious treasure of cultural heritage, but in many places linguist Max Weinreich’s summary that "a language is a dialect with an army and navy," is still valid. Avoiding those issues, I will use "dialect" in a pragmatic way, to encompass regional languages and accents.


Looking back over the more than 20 years I have spoken to customers and others about Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR), the most frequently asked question definitely was, "Do your systems speak dialect X?", where "X" may have been Bavarian, Scottish English, Swiss German, Canadian French -- and many other examples.

After many centuries of authorities trying to discourage the use of dialects, today many people are actually proud of their ability to speak a dialect. Recall, for instance, when during a trip to an exotic place you recognized somebody coming from the place you were born in just by listening to how they speak -- it’s a welcome feeling. Even governments exploit this today: the German state of Baden-Württemberg (which prides itself on being the birth place of many inventors and scientists, like Karl Benz, Johann Kepler, Albert Einstein and, coincidentally, is also the home of Nuance’s Ulm office) coined the amusing quip: "We can do everything. Except [speak] High German."

Obviously, the quip is not quite true, in that most speakers of dialects also speak the "standard" form of their language and apply what linguists call "code switching." Depending on the social setting, speakers switch between standard language (in a formal setting) to dialect (at home or with friends) and back. Dialect, similarly, can be a tool with which you can signal to somebody they are welcome in your home or that they will remain a stranger, as they don’t speak your dialect. The same mechanism may be at work in those numerous radio spots or YouTube videos where people make fun of ASR, which supposedly does not speak or recognize a dialect; hence the video of Scots in a lift.

The Issue of Schools

The second reason why people may have doubts about ASR working well with dialect may also be related to the long history of dialects not being an acceptable language to use in school (at least in some countries). Clearly dialects deviate from the rules of the standard language, as codified in the grammar book, so that somehow encouraged the myth that dialects do not have any rules, are "irregular" and therefore difficult to capture in a machine. But from a linguistic viewpoint, that is really just a myth: granted, dialects sometimes don’t have a written form, but for linguists spoken language is more important anyway with written language only being a secondary derivation. And in the spoken form, dialects are as regular as any other language; they are neither worse nor more difficult, nor better or easier than "standard" languages.

Machine Learning, especially Deep Learning based on Neural Nets, can deal with the variety of having several dialects and a standard form in one population. As long as you make sure all dialects are reflected in your training data (and we make sure it is; in the UK for example, we use more than 20 defined dialect regions) the resulting models will reflect all the ways of pronouncing the phonemes (or sounds) of a language. We make sure to include words that are special to a dialect (again, using the UK as an example, different areas refer to a bread roll as a cob, a barm cake or a bun) and where pronunciation differences go beyond isolated phonemes, we reflect that in the pronunciation dictionary.

For instance, our UK English language pack recognizes 52 different pronunciations of the word "Heathrow" so our airline customers can cater to those whose first language isn’t English. When differences become too big, we create separate models in some cases. Users of Dragon speech recognition software can choose between variations of English and between Flemish (for Belgium) and Dutch (for the Netherlands).

Under the Hood

Occasionally this is done "under the hood," so to speak. Even in the Dragon US English version, there are several dialect models. We use a classifier (another application of Machine learning) to detect which "package" fits best to the user’s dialect and use that for recognizing the dialect. We also verify that it works by measuring accuracy gains per variant, e.g. Dragon Professional Individual English has an accuracy improvement (over the previous version) of 22.5 percent error reduction for speakers of English with a Hispanic accent, 16.5 percent for southern (US) dialects, 13.5 percent for Australian English, 18.8 percent for UK English, 17.4 percent for Indian English and 17.4 percent for Southeast Asian speakers of English.

Finally, we have adaptation to help us with the challenge: dictation software like Dragon will adapt overtime to a user’s specific dialect. When the usage deviates from how we thought it would be used during training, ASR may not work for every dialect at every time. However, speech recognition’s accuracy across a number of languages has risen considerably by upwards of 99 percent, and is evidenced by the broad and global integration of our cloud based ASR and NLU, used by thousands of apps in cars, IoT devices, smart phones etc.

Linguistic variety is as important to us as it is important to you; which is why we support more than 80 languages (including regional languages like Catalan and Basque, which we developed in cooperation with regional governments), and as I have outlined, we do a lot more to cover variation and dialects beyond that number. So, we welcome the challenge of dialect -- even if it’s in the form of an amusing YouTube spoof.

Nils Lenke is senior director, Corporate Research Nuance Communications. He oversees the coordination of various research initiatives and activities across many of Nuance’s business units.

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Welcome to the 21st Century: 45 Resources on Coding

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By now you know what coding is, but do you realize that kids as young as kindergarten are learning how to code through online games an

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A Good Visual Featuring 10 iPad Apps for Teaching Kids Coding via @medkh9

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Free resource of educational web tools, 21st century skills, tips and tutorials on how teachers and students integrate technology into education

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20 Education Technology Tools Everybody Should Know About - Edudemic

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Although educators tend to feel like they are left all on their own to deal with students that are getting crazier by the day, there are plenty of technology resources that can make their teaching job more effective.
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DevLearn 2013 Conference & Expo - Concurrent Sessions

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DevLearn Conference & Expo - October 23-25, 2013 - Las Vegas (Here are just some of the topics you’ll find at #DevLearn 2013: http://t.co/mP0G9ZX4yR #eLearning)...
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PUBLIC MANAGEMENT N4-N6 Distance Learning Courses Pretoria - South African classifieds

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Mark Tilly: How Content Curation Makes You a Be...

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Content curation can be a great way to overcome 'content famine'. This presentation covers the elements of content curation and how its regular practice can build content for your site. An even bigger benefit is that regular ...
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Singing Lessons - Voice Lessons Online.

Fun, Affordable, Comprehensive Interactive Voice Training Software That Teaches You To Sing One Easy Step At A Time. Sing Smart, Not Hard Tm By Yvonne Debandi.
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CommLab India Launches Webinar Series on eLearning Design and Development - PR.com (press release)

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2013 e-Learning Revolution Infographic

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Do we have an e-Learning revolution on our hands? Check out this infographic...
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How are they going?

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The lack of interaction/feedback between student and teacher in large, contemporary, Australian university courses has always frustrated me. With 350+ students currently enrolled in the course I'm ...
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