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.
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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.
In Hong Kong, the New Senior Secondary (NSS) Curriculum has been implemented in September 2009. Besides the core subjects, students have to show their abilities in Other Learning Experiences (OLE). Students are supposed to spend 15-35% of the learning time which is far from the scopes of formal learning in the previous curriculum. To help students to build up their profiles in senior secondary years with Web 2.0 technologies, teachers could make use of e-portfolios or other Web tools. Teachers can facilitate students by introducing a blog system as an e-portfolio for the creation of Student Learning Profile (SLP). With the highly available WiFi networks and affordable price of mobile devices, students will be able to access and develop their blogs at any time and in any place.
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.