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Translation Telephone

Remember playing telephone as a kid? You and your friends would sit around in a circle, the first kid would start it out by whispering a sentence or two into the next kid’s ear. The sentence would move around the circle until it arrived at the last person and, inevitably, the end result would be completely different (and often pretty funny) from what was initially said.

Now, with the help of Google Translate, a new site called Translation Telephone lets you simulate this experience online. You type in a phrase and click go and then watch as your sentence gets translated from language to language, until it finally gets translated back into English (see example below).

Ed Tech Ideas: This is a great site to not only have a little fun with your students, but also to show kids limitations of technology and prove to them that you can’t always trust everything you see online.

Gmail Motion

Google rolled out an absolutely amazing new gmail interface today called “Gmail Motion.” Instead of having to use your mouse and keyboard to compose and send emails (which are outdated – invented long before the internet) users are now able to use simple gestures to send emails.

The way it works is, “Gmail Motion uses your computer’s built-in webcam and Google’s patented spatial tracking technology to detect your movements and translate them into meaningful characters and commands. Movements are designed to be simple and intuitive for people of all skill levels.”

With simplicity and improved productivity as the aims, Google has created over 10,000 gestures and are adding more every day. For example, to open a message, make a motion as if you were opening an envelope. To reply, simply point backward with your thumb. To reply all, use both hands. It’s that easy!

Here’s a quick overview of how Gmail Motion works:

Happy April Fools Day!

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