Learning experience with technologies

Posts tagged ‘Apple’

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.


iPhone App for assistive technology

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.

Apple training – some implications for e-portfolios

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.