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The Evolution of AI: Google Assistant

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The Evolution of AI: Google Assistant At I/O 2018, Google presented the next generation of Google Assistant, their on-device AI personal assistant and competitor to Apple’s Siri, Microsoft’s Cortana, and Amazon’s Alexa.

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Design Journey of a Mobile Learning Tool

Steve Vosloo

The Design Journey: Creating a Mobile Test Prep Application in South Africa is an ICTworks post I wrote with Nicola du Toit. The post describes the development of a mobile-based test and exam revision tool for high school learners called X-kit Achieve! Mobile.

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Realities360 Conference Preview

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In just three weeks, from June 26th-June 28th, the Realities 360 Conference, hosted by the eLearning Guild, will be held in San Jose, CA. The Float Team is excited to be both attending and presenting at several sessions at the conference.

Highlights from WWDC: Apple Keynote

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Highlights from WWDC: Apple Keynote The 2018 WWDC Apple Developer Conference was held at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, CA from June 4-8th. We had a couple of our developers attend the conference – as we do every year.

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New to Mobile Learning Development: 3 Big Problems and 7 Solutions

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Mobile Learning vs. Microlearning – Is There a Difference?

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Technology has had a profound impact on the learning industry, from its accessibility to cost effectiveness. As mentioned in a piece by the blog, eLearning industry, technology impacts learning through various ways – in allowing the user to be flexible on when and where they learn, and also through accountability of tracking their progress along … The post Mobile Learning vs. Microlearning – Is There a Difference? appeared first on Float. Uncategorized microlearning mobile learning

Float’s and Augmented Reality – Catching Up On Recent & Future Events

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Augmented Reality Recap 2018 So, it’s clear that augmented reality is a hot new technology that is bridging the gap between real and virtual environments. (To To learn more on AR and how its affecting the learning industry read up on What Does AR for Learning Enable That Previously Wasn’t Possible? in a previous Float blog post … The post Float’s and Augmented Reality – Catching Up On Recent & Future Events appeared first on Float. Augmented Reality Conference

Can education systems anticipate the challenges of AI? (IIEP-UNESCO strategic debate)

Steve Vosloo

I was honoured to be a discussant in the IIEP-UNESCO strategic debate in Paris on the question Can education systems anticipate the challenges of AI?

The Pros and Cons of Digitization on Jobs – Your Weekend Long Reads

Steve Vosloo

Digitization will have profound effects on the world of work. According to McKinsey , while technology will lift productivity and economic growth, up to 375 million people may need to switch occupations or upgrade their skills.

Can ICT4D Have a Cambridge Analytica-Facebook Moment? Your Weekend Long Reads

Steve Vosloo

Facebook currently has a Cambridge Analytica problem. It is under severe pressure to explain how 87 million users had their personal data leaked and offer assurances of how it will not happen again. Beyond the US, Cambridge Analytica has been a player in multiple elections in Kenya and Nigeria.

UNESCO Request for Input on Guidelines for Digital Inclusion – Your Weekend Long Reads

Steve Vosloo

In 2018 around half the world’s population will be online, which is a major achievement. It also means there is still much work to be done to include the other half. The next four billion users look different to those already benefiting from digital opportunities for livelihoods, life and work.

3 New Reports on Edtech for Refugees, Displaced Populations and Deprived Settings – Your Weekend Long Reads

Steve Vosloo

There are over half a billion children living in countries affected by conflict and disasters , making them three times more likely to be out of school than children living in stable, but low-income countries.

Six Practices for Digital Inclusion – Your Weekend Long Reads

Steve Vosloo

UNESCO, in partnership with Pearson , has released the final batch of case studies of digital solutions that are inclusive for people with low skills and low literacy, helping them to participate in the knowledge society in innovative ways.

The Challenges of Being a Sustainable Edtech Venture – Your Weekend Long Reads

Steve Vosloo

Earlier this month I attended FUTUR.E.S in Africa in Casablanca, the first event to connect French, Moroccan and African digital ecosystems. Startups, academics and government shared projects in various sectors, including education.

3 Data Types Every ICT4D Organization Needs – Your Weekend Long Reads

Steve Vosloo

After five years researching the effectiveness of non-profit organizations (NPOs) in the USA, Stanford University lecturer Kathleen Kelly Janus found that while 75% of NPOs collect data, only 6% feel they are using it effectively. Just to be clear, these were not all tech organizations.).

Every Big Data Algorithm Needs a Storyteller – Your Weekend Long Reads

Steve Vosloo

The use of big data by public institutions is increasingly shaping peoples’ lives. In the USA, algorithms influence the criminal justice system through risk assessment and predictive policing systems, drive energy allocation and change educational system through new teacher evaluation tools.

Across Africa the Feature Phone is Not Dead – Your Weekend Long Reads

Steve Vosloo

Quartz Africa reports that last year feature phones took back market share from smartphones in Africa. The market share of smartphones fell to 39% in 2017 (from 45%), while feature phones rose to 61% (from 55%).

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Algorithmic Accountability is Possible in ICT4D

Steve Vosloo

As we saw recently, when it comes to big data for public services there needs to be algorithmic accountability. People need to understand not only what data is being used, but what analysis is being performed on it and for what purpose. Further, complementing big data with thick, adjacent and lean data also helps to tell a more complete story of analysis.