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Today, almost 40% of the 7,000 languages spoken worldwide are endangered, according to the United Nations. More are going extinct every year.It was once widely feared that the internet revolution would speed up this decline. If developers and smartphone manufacturers aren’t willing to invest in supporting minority languages, that would cut off people who speak them from an important way to communicate and trap those languages in the past. Higgs, 23, though, is one of a small cohort of educators and activists reinventing how minority languages are taught and preserved online by using cutting-edge technology. When he was 17, Higgs “had this kind of crazy teenage idea.” He had begun using Duolingo, a mobile language-learning app, to study French, and wondered if the creators had considered adding support for Irish.

Source: CNN Technology News

Date: October 4th, 2019

Link: https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/04/tech/duolingo-endangered-languages-intl-hnk/index.html

Discussion

  1. How could you use technology to teach something differently, hopefully better, in your current Introduction to Information Systems class?
  2. ” Duolingo is based on the idea that if learning is gamified and bite-sized (and free), people will stick with it when they might not otherwise. ” What is “gamification”?

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