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Dyslexia Toolbox designe

June 5, 2014 in APP

Gary Smith, founder and CEO of Brainbook Ltd, created a mobile app called Dyslexia Toolbox designed to address struggles dyslexic people like Gary face. Mark Shackleton is about to graduate from the University of Strathclyde with a BA Honours degree in History, and collaborates with Gary as he is also dyslexic. They discuss the many issues people with dyslexia face, from reading restaurant menus to learning at school, and the demeanor in which dyslexia can wrongly approached in society. They advocate for a better term to describe such learning difficulties, and foresee that technology could be used to ease the stigma of being dyslexic. 

How a Dyslexic Neuroscientist’s iPad App Will Boost Your Kid’s Math Scores

April 4, 2014 in APP, News

a six-year-old girl with brown pigtails stared at an iPad perched on the desk in front of her. As she studied the screen, she squinted her eyes, and her brow furrowed into a pair of delicate question marks. A minute ticked by. She was still perplexed. Then suddenly, the iPad emitted a soft, triumphant-sounding ping, and her face lit up. The girl had successfully solved a mathematical puzzle in the educational software program ST Math. At adjacent desks, her first-grade classmates at Jack L. Weaver Elementary School, in Los Alamitos, Calif., were grappling with their own ST Math challenges. The room was silent, with no hint that the morning recess was just 15 minutes away. “They could do this all day,” the teacher, Kathi Ruziecki, whispered.

ST Math, which uses visual puzzles to teach concepts such as fractions and number lines to elementary school kids, is the creation of the Irvine, Calif.–based nonprofit MIND Research Institute. The organization’s work could help quell some heated debates being waged in school districts and around kitchen tables across the country regarding technology’s role in the classroom. Ever since Weaver Elementary’s principal, Erin Kominsky, signed on to try out the earliest version of the ST Math software 16 years ago, when its interface was only via traditional desktop computers, it has been a cornerstone of the school’s curriculum. Kominsky combines two 35-minute ST Math sessions per week, in addition to homework assignments as appropriate and the option to use the software in their free time, with traditional math instruction and cognitively guided instruction, a teaching style based on listening to children’s mathematical thought processes. The approach is a good example of blended learning, which combines traditional teaching methods with computer-generated ones.

Kominsky said her school has been transformed since incorporating ST Math: “It has changed the playing field with math for us.” When Kominsky arrived at Weaver Elementary in 1996, it had been closed for 13 years. Even though Los Alamitos residents had recently voted to reopen the school, at first they weren’t eager to enroll their kids. As Kominsky put it, “We had no residents who would be caught dead coming here.” Parents from surrounding cities started driving their kids to Weaver.


 

Within three years of adopting ST Math, “our school outperformed every school in this district” in math, Kominsky told me while we observed the first-grade class. Local families started getting a lot more interested in Weaver. Now the student body has swelled to 720, with the majority local to Los Alamitos, and there’s a waiting list to get in. This year, 98 percent of Weaver students tested proficient or advanced in mathematics, and the school’s Academic Performance Index, California’s measure of how well a school is doing overall, was the highest in Orange County. Weaver also scored higher than any elementary school in neighboring Los Angeles County. Kominsky credits much of the school’s success—not just the spike in math scores—to MIND Research Institute. In classrooms across the United States, digital learning has become de rigueur. As of last year, there were 10 million iPads in American schools, according to an estimate by Apple. The U.S. market for educational software is valued at $7.9 billion. But while technologists have been clamoring to enter the education space, some educators have resisted the onslaught, wondering whether more time in front of a screen is a good idea for kids who already watch an average of 28 hours of television a week; whether tech is a good use of limited educational resources; and if it will be used as an excuse to cut costs in other areas, such as by replacing teachers and increasing classroom sizes. Other skeptics fret about privacy of student data, or maintain there’s not enough evidence that technology is effective at helping kids learn.

The Los Angeles Unified School District found itself at the center of the debate after it approved plans last summer to distribute iPads to 600,000 students. When 300 students hacked the security settings of their new devices and began using them for unsanctioned activities, complaints over the expense—$1 billion—segued into questions about whether the district had properly prepared for the rollout. By December, critics were howling about the multimillion-dollar spend on unproved software from education company Pearson, and a survey of LAUSD teachers showed that only 36 percent favored continuing the program. The survey echoed educators’ attitudes toward technology nationally: A 2012 reportby the education nonprofit Project Tomorrow showed only 17 percent of teachers believed tech helped students explore their ideas deeply and 26 percent thought it boosted problem solving. The same study, however, also showed that teachers in training are far more enthusiastic about using technology as a learning tool.

Those in the pro-tech camp like how software can assess students’ progress while they work, a facet known as embedded assessment. It provides teachers with real-time reports signaling which students need more help and allows them to reach all students at their individual ability levels. Given that educators have traditionally relied on tests administered every few weeks or months, most see this as a revelation. “It’s huge,” Damian Bebell, assistant research professor specializing in testing and educational policy at Boston College’s Lynch School of Education, said of embedded assessment. “It’s like the difference between sending an instant message and sending a letter by Pony Express.”

Read More http://www.takepart.com/feature/2014/03/28/this-technology-in-the-classroom-helps-teachers

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Dragon Remote Microphone

January 17, 2014 in APP

Dragon Remote Microphone App for Android lets you turn your Android device into a wireless microphone for use with Dragon Dragon Remote MicrophoneNaturallySpeaking version 12 over a WiFi network. Dragon Speech recognition for your PC will change how you work, communicate, create and live. Dragon NaturallySpeaking has been designed to turn your talk into text faster and more accurately than ever before. Just speak your mind to capture ideas, create content, cruise through email, search the Web, or control your PC. Unleash your inner Dragon today with Dragon NaturallySpeaking 12 and the Android Remote Microphone.
The Android Remote Microphone will work on devices using OS 2.2 and higher. It’s easier than ever to use this app with Dragon NaturallySpeaking version 12. Simply use the camera on your device to scan the barcode. Once the Remote Microphone App is installed, you will need to create a profile in Dragon NaturallySpeaking or Dragon Dictate. Steps include:
• Ensure your PC or Mac and Android device are connected to the same WiFi network. Note: if there are firewalls in your network, the app might not communicate successfully with Dragon.
• In the settings of the app, to set up the profile you will need the following (this information is presented to you when you create a profile selecting the Dragon Remote Microphone in Dragon NaturallySpeaking and Dragon Dictate):
o Current Dragon Profile Name
o Computer Name
o IP Address
o Computer Port
• You are now ready to get started using the Android Remote Microphone and Dragon NaturallySpeaking 12!

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Google APP Talk

October 18, 2013 in APP

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Talk lets you convert text to voice using the Text-to-speech engine on your smartphone. It allows importing web pages directly from the browser to listen to them. You can also import selected text from other apps. It has a wide open modern clean user interface which is perfect for being able to see everything you typed inside as opposed to other similar apps that make you squeeze your text into a tiny input text box. It also has a auto correct feature for misspelled text. With that said, now you have a better picture of what this app can do for you.

 

 

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ktix007.talk

 

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Voice Search Google APP

January 16, 2013 in APP

Quickly search your phone, the web, and nearby locations by speaking, instead of typing. Call your contacts, get directions, and control your phone with  unnamed1Voice Actions. Note: Voice Actions is only available in US English for now.

When you have a question, finding the answer should be effortless—wherever you are and whatever device you’re using. The new Google Search app helps you to do just that with enhanced voice search that answers any question with the comprehensive Google search results you know and love.

Fast and accurate voice recognition technology enables Google to understand exactly what you’re saying. Getting an answer is as simple as tapping on the microphone icon and asking a question like, “Is United Airlines flight 318 on time?” Your words appear as you speak, you get your answer immediately and—if it’s short and quick, like the status and departure time of your flight—Google tells you the answer aloud.

You can get answers to an increasingly wide variety of questions thanks to Knowledge unnamed2Graph, which gives our search technology an understanding of people, places and things in the real world. Here are a few of the questions that Google can answer:

  • “What does Yankee Stadium look like?” Google will show you hundreds of pictures instantly.
  • “Play me a trailer of the upcoming James Bond movie.” The trailer starts playing immediately right within Google Search.
  • “When does daylight savings time end?” The answer will appear above the search results, so you can set your clock without having to click on a link.
  •  “Who’s in the cast of The Office?” See a complete cast list and find out who made you crack up last night.

 

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.voicesearch