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Ring o ring o ring o - Voice to Text software not quite there yet

So, walking to work this morning, I had a lovely idea about my thesis, about mental models of education and assumptions about technology. No pen and paper, so I thought I'd give Google Keep's voice to text feature a run out - I felt slightly self-conscious talking about Heidegger whilst walking on my own down the street, but, hey - it could have been a phone call and I might be just that interesting... Anyway, this is the text the Google Keep kept:
wish that confirms that we know each other ring o ring o ring o technology down goto total waste Yearning and poetic, but not even close to what I said. I guess Voice to text (or Google's version of it?) has a little way to go.

Tearing down the walled garden?

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Phil Hill, over at the e-Literate blog, writes about Canvas' latest announcement, the "Canvas App Center" in terms that this move will significantly shape the way institutions organise their learning (platforms), moving from "an enterprise LMS [Learning Management System] market to a learning platform market".

First of all, what is it that Canvas are planning? Essentially, opening up the learning platform to be enable users to find, download and use any number of third-party apps, in the same way that you might find, download and use an app on your smartphone or tablet (if you do). This means that no longer will users be dependent on the great eLearning Decision-Maker in the sky to provide the appropriate tools for their needs - each user can seek out - or perhaps write - tools that best suit their own specific needs. The apps are already available - have a look for yourself, I think they look very interesting: edu-apps.org

This has to make sense on any number…

Canvas LMS in the clouds

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I just watched a video from educational technology company instructure - http://vimeo.com/44878522 - where one of the founders of the company, Josh Coates, talked about where the company's main product, Canvas, sits in the LMS (learning management system) market. He quoted a report from the San José University (2012) which says: "Blackboard and D2L are the past, Moodle is the present, and Canvas is the future". It's a brave statement! But, taking things further, Josh says that the coming decade will demand usability, technology, innovation, open source and cloud in the education 'industry'.

I think the last one is the big plus for the future and for Canvas because educational institutions are going to
make huge savings in terms of hardware and skilled staff to maintain by not having to have their own servers or to install any software whatever - it's all accessible via a bog-standard browser and from any device. And, as Josh says, an application that is …