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Duolingo – Guest Post by Terry Vogelaar

DuolingoI am Terry Vogelaar from Holland and I would like to review Duolingo. The problem to be solved is that as the world turns into a global village, being able to speak more than one language becomes increasingly important, especially for people in the less wealthy countries. But traditional language education is expensive. So there is the desire to learn, but not the budget. That is where Duolingo comes in.

I wanted to learn Esperanto. Why Esperanto, you might ask? Because I’m a geek. This is a constructed language. It’s almost as straightforward as a programming language. It has no exceptions and the grammar is very visible. And it is a neutral middle ground. Whenever I speak English, I am well aware of my Dutch accent. I took a big step to learn English with all of its quirks. But I still feel inferior to native speakers, because I came to their territory. But with Esperanto, everyone took the same small step towards each other.

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CCATP #441 Dr. Maryanne Garry on Cognitive Biases, Learning and Aging

MaryanneDr. Maryanne Garry, Professor of Psychology at Victoria University of Wellington joins us again to talk about two really interesting books about cognitive psychology. I enjoy talking to Dr. Garry because she reads real studies that follow scientific processes, where we mean those that explain studies which can be falsified (which are the only real theories).
Science as Falsification was introduced by Karl R. Popper if you want to learn more about it.


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ScreenCasts Online App on AppleTV

Sco meYou know I’m a big fan of Don McAllister’s ScreenCasts Online. I think it’s the best way to learn how to use applications on the Mac and iOS. It’s a subscription service at $6/month if you buy the yearly subscription. Think about that price compared to other online training courses.

I’m biased because Don lets me create screencasts for him every couple of months but I’ve been an avid viewer of his subscription podcast for ages. I’ve learned so much from him even about products I’ve used for years.

Anyway, I’m bringing all of this up again because I’m delighted to tell you that ScreenCasts Online now has an official AppleTV app and it’s really really cool! Don has built a great interface and you get access to the entire ScreenCasts Online back catalog on your big screen TV.

Not only can you view simply the latest videos, you can also view by categories. Categories include Apple Watch, Business, Design, Productivity, and my favorite, Photography. For some reason Don’s got tutorials on Audio and Music too. There are hundreds of videos in his catalog. You can also view by playlists, like his entire series explaining iOS 9, or All about Apple Photos, and a series on El Capitan and a lot more.

I’ve included a few photos of the interface so you can see how pretty it is. Another thing you might want to take into consideration is that Don goes to great expense to have subtitles included in his screencasts, so if you’re hearing impaired, or even if you want to watch while your partner is sleeping, he’s got you covered.

Now it’s time to plug myself here. The latest video screencast on ScreenCasts Online is one of mine! It’s the one I talked about a couple of weeks ago where Steve helped me do a three camera shoot using a screencast, a camcorder, and an iPhone 6s for 4K video. I demonstrated three cool tools: Duet Display to let you use an iOS device as a secondary monitor for your Mac or Windows PC. Then I showed Astropad, which lets your iOS devices access your Mac apps by mirroring the screen. It works on all iOS devices but it rocks to use an iPad Pro with the Apple Pencil for find detail work. Finally I wound up with one of my favorite apps, Bookpedia from Bruji, that lets you create a database of all your books.

If you want to check out my latest video for Don and get access to the entire back catalog, you can get a free 14 day trial over at http://screencastsonline.com

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