I use Google Translate every day to translate words and sentences from English to French and Spanish. It has some problems, such as occasionally capitalizing words it should not capitalize, but usually it works pretty well. I now supports 103 languages and translates 140 billion words every day. Google has switched to a new translation system called Google Neural Machine Translation (GNMT). GNMT With GNMT you can translate among different pairs of languages, such as English – French and French and English.
Google Keep is a note-taking app similar to Evernote, which I have used for several years. You have to buy one of the pay versions of Evernote if you need more features than the very limited free version, but Google Keep is free. Keep works seamlessly with all the Google apps, such as Chrome, Drive, Docs, Gmail, and Calendar. You can capture notes, audio, and photos with the press of a button. You should know that all your captures are stored on Google Drive and count against your storage limit. I downloaded on my Samsung phone and my iPad and am looking forward to using it.
In this post Joshua Kim reviews Robert J. Gordon’s new book, The Rise and Fall of American Growth. In the book Gordon questions the idea of a bright future based on technological progress. He compares the rise of American living standards between 1870 and 1970 with what has happened to them since 1970. He concludes that our economic growth going forward will pale compared to the earlier period. For one thing, living standards and the used of various technologies were very low in 1870. He says that developments such as the decline in infant mortality, the prevention of infectious diseases, and the rise of mass schooling are developments that can happen only once. Gordon discusses several factors that have slowed economic growth since 1970, such as rising inequality and crumbling infrastructure, poor schools, rising student debt, the decline of unionization, the erosion of marriage and children being brought up by both parents.
The author of the article feels that keyboards have outlived their usefulness and limits students’ cognitive potential. When your handwriting is as poor as mine, though, a keyboard is a nice tool. Some of us also find writing with anything you have to hold in your hand a tiring and painful thing to have to do. I can see both sides of the argument though.
Microsoft and Pearson Publishing Company have announced that they are going to run educational augmented pilot projects at Texas Tech, San Diego State, and Byrn Mawr College. If you want to learn more about Microsoft’s HoloLens, you can watch this video: https://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-hololens/en-us/why-hololens
I learned a new educational acronym today, OTT, for Over the Top Technologies. OTT are technologies that aid in the delivery of audio, video, and media content via the Internet, without without requiring users to subscribe to, or pay for a service such as Comcast or DirecTV. It can be delivered to every device that can be connected to the Internet. Some examples of OTT interfaces are Facebook, YouTube, and Amazon Video. Some examples of online learning via OTT are TEDEd and edX. There are three ways OTT will be critical to education in the near future:
The Professional and Organizational Network in Higher Education (POD) is meeting in Louisville this week. Joshua Kim has ten questions for them. I have to confess that I have never heard of this group, but there are so many higher education organizations I’m sure I have not heard of most of them.
NPR reporter Eric Westervelt interviewed neurologist Adam Gazzely the co-author with Larry D. Rosen, of The Distracted Mind: Ancient Brains in a High Tech World. Dr. Gazzely says that our brains evolved mechanisms to forage for food, but now the same mechanisms in our brains have to forage for information. The authors also write about the distractions we have cope with that limit our attention span. They believe that is impossible to concentrate on one, thing, such as driving at car, while we are multitasking. I will put this book on my to read list. You can find out more about it on Amazon.com: