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.
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 been teaching my students to use Viviti for blogging since last semester. Until now the feedback is quite positive on the functionality and navigation.
Thanks for Jerrett, a very responsive developer and their teammates (You can find a very innovative pic of them in the Viviti blog!), they answered members’ questions all the time. For example, some of my students forgot to select a plan after the 15-day trial period and cannot sign in the accounts, the team fixed the issues within a couple of days upon requests!
By the way, Viviti is a very stable (never experience a down time till now) and fast system (provided that you have a stable Internet connection) incorporating with many Web 2.0 features like easy embedding YouTube, Twitters and Google Map. Although the user interface (UI) is designed in English, the most delighted feature to my teaching is that it supports Traditional and Simplified Chinese characters which facilitates my students to blog everywhere with an Internet connection.
Be reminded that the system is more compatible with Firefox with Adobe Player.
Welcome to BlogfolioExp! This is a place to share your and my learning experience on using blog as an educational carrier, probably from installation of WordPress (WP) to how to use WP or other Content Management System (CMS) or Learning Management System (LMS).
I am also very much interested in using Web applications (Webapps) for exploring the learning and teaching opportunities, so let’s start from here!