Tool #63: 74,000 pictures of nouns

80 million tiny images
80 million tiny images

OK, these guys from MIT wanted to see what 80 million images looked like whent they were all squashed together. But the neat thing is that they took about 74,000 vocabulary words, and created an image out of other images to show what the meaning was. This is actually a project to get people to help computers recognize images. You can help by clicking on an image, and defining parts of it. A great way to get discussion going about almost anything. Read more aobut this at the ReadWriteWeb.

Tool #62: Augmented Learning

M-learning is augmented
M-learning is augmented

MIT Press has a recet book out on Augmented Learning. With e-learning and m-learning (mobile), and alternative reality games, there is a new movement to take the learning outside the classroom. This book provides research and suggestions on how to make that work in today’s educational situation.

Japan is the best place on earth to implement this kind of learning. Yet, it is almost unknown. I attended a Wireless Learning conference in Nagoya this weekend, and found that even pioneers are not using mobile learning. Asked by one of the keynote speakers from England, some replied that students were expected to sit at a desk to learn. With attendance requirements, I can understand this. It is almost impossible to take a field trip at my university. So sad, to be shuttered up in a closet-like room with nothing on the walls for input, one of the worst learning environments possible. Break free with this book.

Tool #61: Lesson Writer

lessonwriterMake up vocabulary and reading lessons in minutes from prepared texts. Lesson Writer. Here is something from their web page.

How it works

  • Copy & paste any text you choose into LessonWriter.
  • LessonWriter analyzes text for vocabulary, grammar and usage, pronunciation, and word roots and stems.
  • Then, LessonWriter writes a lesson plan and a lesson that teaches the skills you chose in the context of the passage – automatically.

Tool #60: Splicd: clip YouTube videos

Start video at exactly the right place
Start video at exactly the right place

This little tool for YouTube videos is very simple. It splices your videos (hence the name splicd), so you can start and stop at exactly the right place.

You can do this without a web site, by changing the URL at YouTube, but it is hard to remember how to do it. Here, you just put in the YouTube URL and the time it should start and stop.