Monthly Archives: July 2014

TIRF newsletter: Mobile-Assisted Language Learning

TIRF (The International Research Foundation) has released this newsletter with six papers exploring the current state of Mobile-Assisted Language Learning (MALL). These papers are a significant contribution to the field.

Michael Carrier in his introduction to the newsletter says:

‘The use of mobile and handheld technology is growing exponentially in language education, and it is clear that much more research, project evaluation, and evidence-based analysis are needed to help us understand this new phenomenon. However, important questions remain about the efficacy of handheld devices in language learning.

What benefits do learners, teachers and school administrators derive from the use of mobile and handheld technology? What are the challenges and pitfalls? Can this technology be misapplied and waste precious resources?”

Read more at http://www.tirfonline.org/english-in-the-workforce/mobile-assisted-language-learning/

Google picks up incredible visual translation app Word Lens and makes it free

Google picks up incredible visual translation app Word Lens and makes it free

Google has purchased Word Lens, an impressive app that translates foreign languages in real time using the iPhone and Android smartphone built-in camera. It’s now free for a limited time.

Word Lens  Image credit: Apple

Back in 2010, a company called Quest Visual debuted a little app called Word Lens. It scarcely seemed possible, but the app translated a number of different languages in real time using just the smartphone’s camera. When traveling in a foreign country, Word Lens users would simply hold the phone up to a sign and the camera would immediately translate it.

Currently, users can translate between English and Portuguese, German, Italian, French, Russian, and Spanish.

It’s easy to see why Google would want to own it — its stated mission is to make all the world’s information searchable in any language — and Google Translate generally does this quite well, at least for web pages. […]

NMC Horizon Report > 2014 K-12 Edition

The internationally recognized NMC Horizon Report series and regional NMC Technology Outlooks are part of the NMC Horizon Project, a comprehensive research venture established in 2002 that identifies and describes key trends, significant challenges, and emerging technologies likely to have a large impact over the coming five years in education around the globe. This volume, the NMC Horizon Report > 2014 K-12 Edition will examines emerging technologies for their potential impact on and use in teaching, learning, and creative inquiry within the environment of pre-college education. The NMC Horizon Report > 2014 K-12 Edition is the sixth in the K-12 series of reports and is produced by the NMC in collaboration with the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), and made possible via the support of HP. View the work that produced the report at k12.wiki.nmc.org.

Source: The New Media Consortium (NMC) at http://www.nmc.org

> Download the NMC Horizon Report > 2014 K-12 Edition (PDF)
> Download the Preview (PDF)

NMC Horizon Report > 2014 Higher Education Edition

The NMC Horizon Report > 2014 Higher Education Edition is a collaborative effort between the NMC and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI), an EDUCAUSE Program. This eleventh edition describes annual findings from the NMC Horizon Project, an ongoing research project designed to identify and describe emerging technologies likely to […]

Source: The New Media Consortium (NMC) at http://www.nmc.org

> Download the NMC Horizon Report > 2014 HiEd Edition PDF (English)
> Download the Chinese Translation PDF (via Beijing Open University)
> Download the German PDF (via Multimedia Kontor Hamburg)
> Download the Japanese PDF (via Open University of Japan)
> Download the Spanish PDF (via Universidad Internacional de La Rioja – UNIR)
> Download the Preview PDF

Where are the mobile users?

Half of ‘the mobile world’ is in Asia.

To talk about mobile learning, we have to know our learners. Portio Research Ltd. in Mobile “Factbook – February 2013″ shows that half of our potential customers is in Asia and by 2016 over 54% of the worldwide mobile subscriber base […]

Africa – the mobile continent

Africa - the mobile continent

Africa is a mobile only continent. Phones were never meant to be tethered to the wall like a goat. Mobile is their natural state and everywhere you go in Africa, you see people with $10 mobiles. There’s kiosks everywhere, that offer phone charging, airtime, money transfer, recycling and repair. […]

Yo: The App with endless possibilities

Yo: The App with endless possibilities

 What is Yo? “YO” –it’s that simple. It truly is. All this app does is send people a “Yo” as a text and audio notification and yet it has over 500,000+ downloads in the App Store , Play Store , and Windows Store . This app is so basic […]