Tag: tech

Duolingo Rolls Out New Language-Learning Podcast

The language-learning app, Duolingo has decided to add NPR style podcasts to their arsenal of tools to get people speaking. The company, which is typically known for gamifying language in their app, has launched...

World Languages from National Geographic Learning

¡Exploremos! (1-4, 1A and 1B) offers an innovative approach to language teaching that takes advantage of content the students already know about the world and brings it to them through NatGeo Explorers, NatGeo video,...

Literacy on the Line

Vinod Lobo describes how a California grant is giving adult English learners access to blended education programs on their smartphones Recent data shows that adult ELLs engaging in a blended model of in-person and at-home,...

Could the language barrier actually fall within the next 10 years?

David Arbesú, University of South Florida Wouldn’t it be wonderful to travel to a foreign country without having to worry about the nuisance of communicating in a different language? In a Wall Street Journal article, technology...

Semifinalists and Testing Cities Announced in $7M Adult Literacy XPRIZE

XPRIZE, the global leader in designing and operating world-changing incentive competitions, has announced the eight semifinalist teams are advancing in the $7M Barbara...
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Raytheon Deploys Translation Software, Aids U.S. Army

Raytheon BBN Technologies has been awarded $4 million to provide automatic speech recognition, machine translation, text-to-speech, and optical character-recognition software licenses for one year to the Army’s Machine Foreign Language Translation System Program Office....

Indian Bilinguals Humanizing Virtual Assistants

To improve the functionality of Cortana, its voice-powered virtual assistant, Microsoft is turning to bilinguals. Of specific interest is the practice of code...

Teaching Tools

To coincide with this month’s annual conference of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), here is a selection of some of the most relevant and innovative tech teaching tools Achieve3000’s Access solutions (for...

Competition Launches Arabic Literacy Apps for War-Affected Syrian Children

Antura and the Letters and Feed the Monster, the two winners of the EduApp4Syria innovation competition, were announced today and then released worldwide as open-source Arabic literacy learning games. Both games are available for...

Apple’s Siri Learns Shanghainese in Ongoing Race to Dominate Voice-Assist

Last week we saw the release of Google Assistant, an electronic assistant that follows commands on mobile phones. While these tech super-giants are...
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