Archive for learning tools

learning is drastically different now

Posted in video with tags , , , , , on November 14, 2009 by ruyoung

the education system may be revamped whether we’re ready or not.

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2008 bloggers choice awards

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 11, 2008 by ruyoung

i’ve been nominated for the 2008 bloggers choice awards in the education category.

if you’d like to vote for my blog as well, click on this badge:

My site was nominated for Best Education Blog!

what an honour – thank you veganbilly!

ubiquity: an idyllic tool to customise learning

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on August 28, 2008 by ruyoung

e-learning weekly made a great blog post about mozilla labs new alpha release of ubiquity, stating that it could be an ideal tool for learners to use the internet more intuitively, thus increasing the value of their learning experience.

ubiquity is a mashup tool that allows a user to customise a series of commands and actions to do common tasks more easily. even to just write this blog post i sourced different websites and embedded a video, but i had to go out to those other websites to get the info. but with ubiquity, i can enter in commands that make sense to me, and it will go out to search for those sources and bring them to me so that i can enter them into this blog post.

aza raskin demonstrates a few ways ubiquity can be used:

this is a brilliant way to manipulate the internet, and i heartily agree that the potential for on-demand learning in a fully comprehensive manner is just the type scenario we can benefit from a tool such as ubiquity. instructional design could take on a whole new look.

this is truly awesome.

simon says!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on January 19, 2008 by ruyoung

as someone with rsi, which used to get severely irritated at certain peak times of the year, i know of the tremendous benefits of speech recognition software. thankfully simon, an open source speech recognition piece of software, is now released in alpha.

from the simon sourceforge forum:

The project provides a ready-to-use interface for the julius CSR engine for a handicapped child which is not able to use the keyboard well. It integrates into X11 and Windows.

while i still have yet to find something that is better than dragon naturally speaking, this does look like a really great start to an open source option. however, the cost of dragon could be prohibitive and when it comes to essential tools for learning (kids or adults), the flexibility of open source could be a phenomenal blessing.

and to take it a step further, imagine how great it could be to integrate speech recognition like simon, with interactive reaction technology such as easy with eve for optimising learning for people with a wide range of abilities and disabilities. now that’s innovation!