Learning experience with technologies

Blogsphere for your voice

I am thinking the new initiatives for my PDGE students next week about the construction of e-portfolio, I read a post from Lorelle.  It is about the human elements of one’s own blog.  I always too devoted to find a “most suitable” blog system for my students.  The word “most suitable” means that the system should come with many features that users never/ seldom complain on the limitations, or it is easy to use without knowing the Web programming code, or even it can seamlessly connects with other blogs or social networking applications.

However, we might forget our voices on the blog.  We have to identify ourselves through reflections on certain educational practice, not just how versatile we can manipulate the blog features.  To trace our learning process (working portfolio) rather than the learning product (presentation portfolio) which Dr. Helen Barrett stated in 2009. When you exclaim how fascinated of the Avatar movie –  the innovative 3D rendering visuals, we should also look at the underlying stories the scriptwriter is going to tell.  Similarly, as educators we are the scriptwriters (in our blog), we tell our practical experiences, not just creating an impressive story only.  We have our own impacts in the education sector that could keep the other brains running.

Apple App for WordPress blog

Recently I am fine-tuning the new Web site in my workplace and testing the RSS feature. The concept of using RSS is to enable our audience to sychronise the message we post, so they can feel engaged by the upcoming teaching and learning activities with technologies. I tried two free Apple App (Free RSS and WordPress) on the iPod touch which can fetch the new feeds easily and successfully wherever with WiFi connectivity.

Few days ago I was reading Dr. Helen Barrett’s blog.  I used RSS feed app on my iPod touch to get the message. The topic is about her learning experience in Spain by using an iPhone app, namely Dragon Dictation.  The distinctive feature is that user can record voice and the voice will be converted into texts.  The texts then can be sent through either email or SMS in a minute.  The first applause is that the quality of recorded voices is good. However, the processing time is a bit long – converting 30 second sound takes about 1-2 minutes for about twenty words.

Although the developer (Dragon Speak Naturally) is focusing on voice recognition. I remembered that in 1998 I used ViaVoice for a voice recognition project and felt magnificent of the features. ViaVoice was more accurate on voice recognition probably due to its pre-training feature.  That is, different accents and pronunciations were recorded by the build-in engine as one’s voice profile.  However, this function is not available in this iPhone App, so the engine might not recognise the voice accurately.

Nevertheless, it is a positive sign of technological advancement or a trend to record one’s instant idea before sharing as a post on one’s own blogfolio. The ideas could be further refined and practical in education. It could be beneficial if the App can be installed in iPod Touch (not yet possible at the moment) since the earphone can record sound.

I have received a training from Apple last week. Not only I have learnt the new software application skills and instructional design from the trainers, but also some “killing” features of certain Apple application like using the iWeb template for quick but professional Web page creation. The easy manipulation of Web template provides a framework of e-portfolio so the users could spend more time on content creation and refining.

Today is the day for apple training, so what can I learn and distinguish from PC, that’s what I expect …

Yesterday I conducted a workshop namely “Hosting learning dialogues: Creating and managing a discussion forum” about how to register at atfreeforum and be the administrator of the discussion forum.  It aims at managing students’ dialogues and educating students to present quality arguments.  Remember that I have posted a question at the beginning of the workshop -> What is an argument? You are welcome to download the material with further comments 🙂

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Few days ago I have finished the first round of tutorials with the FT PGDE students. I happened to introduce my habits of learning with Web 2.0 tools.  My intention is to elicit an idea that learning could be undergone from the knowledge construct from the folks in the globe, not just from the authority. Everyone can be or becomes an authority by his/ her own publications. Some famous social publishing services are Scribd or SlideShare. The subscription is free and try to consume others’ work as well as to produce your own work.