Mobile App That Translates Text in Photos

Google is giving a preview of a prototype of their software called Google Goggles. Goggles is an Android visual search application that  translates text in a photo into another language. A person with an Android device can use the app to take a photo and then the app runs an OCR  (Optical Character Recognition) process on the words and then translates them into another language. So far, Google has not set a release date for the app. To learn more about Google Goggles, click on the link below (from a Mashable article) or you can view the video:

Mashable Article on Google Goggles


Google Voice Search Can Now Understand Chinese

Google Search by voice function (part of the Google Mobile app) is available on certain phones and now you can search in Mandarin Chinese. What’s also nice is that only is this app usable in another language other than English, but is also gives you search results that are local and are in your surrounding location. To learn more about this feature, please visit Google’s blog here:


Five Types of Mobile Learning (via Teaching with Classroom Response Systems blog)

The blog entry on the Teaching with Classroom Response Systems blog titled "Five Types of Mobile Learning" discusses how a mobile phone could be used in the classroom five different ways. One way is to use the mobile phones like "clicker" devices, a device that can respond and enter an answer to a poll asked by the professor to the students. Other ways discussed on how to use a mobile phone in the classroom are that it can be a way students can connect with each other or a way a professor can deliver material to students (via a podcast, text notes or online video lectures). If you would like to read more about ways you can use mobile learning in the classroom, click on the link below:

Cells Phones, Learning, and the Future

An article in the New Zealand Herald titled "Learning by cellphone pushes the boundaries" (by Jacqueline Smith) discussed how mobile phone technology will change the way instructors teach to students and how students produce class material and view it. The advances in mobile phones will push the field of m-learning. There are even talks of the use of holograms delivering a lecture via a mobile phone (since mobile phone as early as next year will have a projector built into them). To read more, click on the link below: