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For The Best Audio Software, There Can Only Be One

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When trying to decide what software to use for audio files the biggest battle seems to be between Adobe Audition and Audacity. TLC  Media Design, the author of this debating blog, does a great job of laying out the two programs and doing a face to face comparison. This blog will show you the pros and cons of both softwares and for which type of audience tends to fall for certain ones.

When doing the comparisons between the two softwares, one will always have a certain feature that the other does not. But still even with the different features don’t seem to have a big effect on the decision between the two either. For they are both very user friendly. Though, it is said that if you are an adobe fan or follower that Audition will be the more comfortable software. But if you are new to both of the programs, they are both fairly simple to comprehend and both also contain easy to follow tutorials on their websites and YouTube.

When it all really comes down to when doing the comparison between the two there is actually very little difference between them. The biggest difference is the price. Though, this blog also talks about what the users say and some people carry some very interesting claims regarding both softwares. Find out the differences yourself, by checking out this blog and decide for yourself, which software you believe is better.

Welcome to the future of collaborative learning with technology

The future of classroom learning is here…

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How do professors approach both learning and working with new software? Do they dive right in and begin training hands on? Does the technology help or hinder the students’ ability to learn? These are just a couple of questions tackled in John K. Waters’ article titled The Great Adaptive Learning Experiment.

Funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Arizona State University’s Dale Johnson conducted research on technology based adaptive learning within Arizona State’s teaching department. This involved teaming up with a tech company known as Knewton, which runs an online math assessment program. The Knewton program in tandem with the teacher’s lesson plans allowed for the development of math skills tailored to the students’ needs. In fact, according to Waters Knewton “provided instructors with real-time reports that allowed them to detect gaps in knowledge, create adaptive study plans for each student and focus lessons around concepts where students need the most help” (Waters 2).

There are benefits seen outside of the classroom as well, particularly on the university’s wallet. During the time this program was in place ASU increased pass rates by 18% and dropped student withdrawals by 47%, for an overall savings of 12 million dollars in what would have been lost tuition. While 12 million is quite an astounding number it’s important to realize that while this program does seem beneficial for the student, the teacher and the university there may have been other factors that helped boost the pass rates and lowered student withdrawals. One cannot assume that these numbers are solely due to the Knewton program and the teachers who designed their lessons around it. With that said due to this project classroom learning may be evolving into a more hybrid classroom learning environment which may or may not prove as beneficial as the Great Adaptive Learning Experiment. Only time will tell.

Google Drive Tips

Have you ever used Google Drive yet never quite understood its full potential? Learning Technologies recently published overviews of all the tools built into UW’s Google Drive. You can find them here; clicking the links to each key feature.

Want to know even more about Google Drive? PC Magazine has just the slideshow that explains 26 tips that makes collaboration in the classroom or workplace a tad bit easier. These tips include:

  • How to collaborate with others

  • How to seek out collaborators

  • How to edit like in Microsoft Word

  • Where to find add ons

  • And more

What tool in Google Drive do you use the most?

 

“Old Fashioned” Note Taking More Efficient than Computers

According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, students who take notes with a pen or pencil and paper is more likely to benefit in the classroom than those taking notes with their computers. The study will publish in Psychological Science titled “The Pen is Mightier than the Keyboard: Advantages of Longhand Over Laptop Note-taking.”

During the study, students received either a notebook and pen or a laptop (not connected to WiFi) to take notes then were tested on recalling facts and applying concepts. Those who did not use a computer earned higher scores on applying concepts than those who did. The fact recalling test had similar results.

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Gmail Played a Role in Changing Higher Ed

Gmail celebrated its 10th birthday on April 1st. Reflecting back, they altered higher education more than we know according to Inside Higher Ed.

Transitioning from enterprise platforms to consumer platforms, Gmail is helping the technological world retreat from centralized technology control with a slick, free platform that any higher ed institution can use. UW Bothell has already gone aboard to using Gmail and other Google apps.

This transition is especially great for students who prefer to utilize their own technology at school. Remember only 10 years ago when schools rolled out carts of uniform laptops loaded with the same software? Now students have the option to stop relying on Outlook or Microsoft Office and use the wonders of Gmail, Google Drive, and other online applications. Because of these programs, schools no longer need to worry as much about mandatory software and their updates.

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