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I have written articles on DAISy(Digital Audible Information System y) readers for Windows, Macintosh, and IOS (iPod, iPhone, and iPad). I would like to finish the series by mentioning DAISy readers for the Android operating system. The two most prominent DAISy readers are:
Passport allows instructors to create challenges that a student can complete to earn badges. Purdue’s Passport platform integrates with Mozilla Open Badges. Bill Watson, an assistant professor in Curriculum and Instruction, was instrumental in the creation behind Passport.
“Typically in courses, we have a number of very broad learning goals, and grades are given out on student assignments tied to these broad goals,” Watson says. “But really, it is more a comparison of students rather than a focus on student learning and attainment of desired learning outcomes.”
Passport provides a framework allowing students to earn badges through uploads, sharing links, taking assessments, and through instructor approvals.
Students can show what they know by displaying their digital learning badges through Passport’s portfolio app or as a Mozilla OpenBadge. By actively sharing badges, students can display the evidence tied to each challenge, giving a clearer picture of their learned skills and competencies to potential employers.
Purdue is accepting test pilot applications for a limited number of beta users so that instructors everywhere can explore digital badges for learning. Visit http://purdue.edu/studio to find out more.
Users of the Google Map App on Android phones will soon get a nice upgrade that will allow the app to render map images quicker, show 3D building representations, use the built-in compass to orient the map, and allow for offline caching.
It seems like Google has upped the ante yet again for mobile apps. The upgraded app has a new rendering engine that allows maps to be drawn as you activate them, making them load faster and using 100 times less data per map. This new renderer allows for the 3D generated buildings to be displayed as the user zooms into the street-level view; making for smoother transitions while zooming at different levels. Because of the way that the renderer works, Google Maps will have offline capabilities on mobile phones allowing for turn-by-turn navigation to recalculate a route even while not having a data connection.
The upgraded app will also use the built-in compass on the phone to automatically change orientation of the map for the user holding the phone. This feature alone will make this upgrade worth while, allowing the user to get their bearings quickly in unfamiliar locations.