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Big Think: Video Calls and Deaf People & Augmented Learning

Video Calls – Breakthrough in Communication for Deaf People

On Tuesday I wrote about how video calls as a breakthrough in communication for deaf people. There was an interesting article on the German magazine “Der Spiegel” about how the Internet in general changes the way people communicate today and it also included a lot of online learning examples. The one that caught my attention was the part where the magazine interviewed a deaf person and how the iPhone 4 with front facing camera and Facetime changed the way he communicates with others.

Augmented Learning

Yesterday I wrote about one of my favorite topics in technology, augmented reality. I believe there are great ways to use this technology in education and learning in general. Especially when you combine it with QR codes and Geo tagging. Seeing a complex concept or simply extended information on the screen of your mobile phone or tablet device instead of having to imagine it makes learning much more intuitive and brain friendly.

R:ED November 7th to November 13th

  1. Google Voice and FaceTime – Why the Carriers Are Losing Their Voice
  2. Kno Tablet Will Start At $599 For Single-Screen, $899 For Dual-Screen
  3. Color Coming to E-Ink Devices in 2011
  4. Square Now Processing Millions Of Dollars In Mobile Transactions Every Week
  5. NTT-IP Invests $1 Million In New Partner EnglishCentral
  6. Livestream For Facebook Lets You DIY Live Stream Video On Fan Pages
  7. Fuze Meeting Bets On Android Tablets For Web Conferencing Software
  8. Learning in Dorm, Because Class Is on the Web
  9. DealQuad Takes Groupon’s Model To School
  10. Jolibook, the Netbook for Web Fiends, Is Coming This Month
  11. Rethink Books Gives Us A Glimpse At Social Books (Video Demo)

Did Video Calling finally reach Critical Mass?

According to the latest Pew report it seems to be the case. In the report you can find that about 20% of Americans have at least once used a video calling feature on the PC or their mobile phone.

And today we learned that Skype 5.0 finally got the full Facebook implementation. This could actually be the tipping point for video calls becoming mainstream which would be of course very benefitial for live online language courses. Fast Company is already seeing 40% of Americans using video call at the end of next year.

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Why I won’t buy an iPhone 4 anymore

Some of you might remember my blog post on “Why I will finally buy an iPhone”. The truth is, I did not – and I won’t.

Of course, one of the reasons was Antennagate although I would not use the iPhone for making calls that much anyway. But nevertheless, a not 100% working device for 100% of the price isn’t interesting to me.

The other reason: they delayed the white iPhone 4. Therefore, I bought an iPod Touch and until yesterday, I was really happy with it.

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R:ED August 1st to August 7th 2010

  1. Knewton Brings On Ex-AOLer David Liu As COO
  2. It’s A WinWin, Grou.ps Launches Referral Program For Ning Exiles
  3. Echo Brings Comments To Your Homepage With Real-Time River
  4. Want A Retweet? Be Insightful, Or At Least Link To Someone Who Is
  5. Recurly Raises $1.6 Million To Help Companies Manage Subscription Billing
  6. Apple Is About to Own Your Face
  7. 11 Free Services for Scheduling Social Media Updates
  8. Pulse + Posterous = News Sharing Bliss
  9. How 12 CEOs & Founders are Leveraging Web Video
  10. Social IM Client Digsby Finally Gets Group Chat Support

review:ed #4.1 with Dave Schappell – iPhone 4, FaceTime and Skype

In the fourth episode of review:ed, the show where a changing guest and I talk about recent news in online education, tech and funding, Dave Schappell the Founder and CEO of TeachStreet made his second appearance.

In the first part of the show Dave and I talked about the recent launch of the iPhone 4 and of course FaceTime.

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Skype compatible with iPhone 4 FaceTime soon?

It seems as if my dream of a pocket teaching device is getting closer. Skype, my weapon of choice for online teaching, confirmed that they would be open working together with Apple to bring great video calling to as many people as possible.

Be still my heart.

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Three Years of Resistance – Why I will finally buy an iPhone

Finally. After over three years of resistance I will buy my first iPhone when it will hit the market in France. This time Steve Jobs got me on the right nerve, FaceTime.

Of course there are other nice features like the new display, the smaller size etc that turns the iPhone 4 into a decent replacement for my Asus EEE netbook which I now use when I am not at home but I truly think that FaceTime could be a massive game changer.

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