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Q&A with Sabanci Vakfi

Sabancı Vakfi (Sabancı Foundation) was established in 1974 as the philanthrophic arm of the Sabancı Holding Company. Since its establishment, the foundation has built 120 institutions in Turkey, including Sabancı University, and has provided more than 37,000 scholarships. The foundation promotes social inclusion, including equal access for women, youth, and those with disabilities. Sabancı Foundation […]

Web Accessibility Guidelines For Content Owners

This is post #1 of 2 in the series “Web Accessibility For Content Owners” More than perhaps any other invention in human history, the Internet is a worldwide entity. This diverse user base is an important part of what makes the Internet so powerful, but it also presents unique challenges. People of all types access […]

How Educators can Benefit from Speech Technology

This is post #5 of 5 in the series “Enhancing the Learning Experience” Technology such as text to speech helps students learn, but it’s important to note that it also helps educators teach. Education at any level is a career path that comes with ample rewards and challenges. Most people who choose to teach do […]

How Text to Speech Helps Learners

This is post #4 of 5 in the series “Enhancing the Learning Experience” Technology has made education global, accessible, and connected, to the benefit of all students, but it has also fundamentally changed how students learn. Differentiated instruction and the identification of learner types have allowed educators to better understand the ways in which students learn most […]

How do Students React to Enhanced Learning?

This is post #3 of 5 in the series “Enhancing the Learning Experience” If you look back at your own education history, there’s a good chance that, somewhere down the line, a piece of technology was introduced that you just had to see for yourself. Depending on when you were in school, this could have […]

Learning Styles, Differentiated Instruction, and Interactivity in Education

This is post #2 of 5 in the series “Enhancing the Learning Experience” Accessibility is a welcome necessity in modern education, but there is also more to the story of how technology and education interact. For many contemporary educators, differentiated instruction has become the preferred way to teach a class. Differentiated instruction is a method […]

Education and Accessibility

This is post #1 of 5 in the series “Enhancing the Learning Experience” Put simply, accessibility in education is about making information readily available and easy to digest for all types of students. In the past, students with learning disabilities or physical impairments were typically sent to a special classroom, separated from their fellow students. […]

Making a computer talk

The most common approach for making a computer talk is to record an actor reading a text and then to reuse small clips of the speech recordings to create new sentences. One might think that the actor simply reads all the words of a language and that the computer then simply strings these recordings together when […]

Giving a Voice to the Internet of Things

In the relatively recent past, the only devices capable of connecting to the internet were computers. This, in its own right, was a marvel at the time, but few could have imagined just how diverse connected devices were to become. Today, there is an entire Internet of Things – everyday devices which are interconnected with […]

Enhancing the learning experience – News from the iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium

At the 2013 iNACOL Blended Blended and Online Learning Symposium, the two hottest topics of discussion were enhancing the learning experience and mLearning. The world of content consumption is changing rapidly, and those changes are being reflected in the blended and online learning options offered by educational institutions. For many years, most students would learn […]