Lesson Resources, Quick LingQ
We are pleased to launch a major new upgrade to the Lesson page.
You’ll immediately notice a new tabbed window on the right side of the lesson page. The Tasks tab shows the Task List, of course.
This is a better way to access your tasks.
In the next tab, the feature that we’re most proud of is our new Quick LingQ which reloads the page and shows all of your blue words in a list or Quick LingQ View. This view allows you to more efficiently create LingQs and/or make words Known. Of course, you can still click the I Know All button at any time to make all remaining words Known. You will notice that when you are looking at the Quick LingQ list the text of the lesson does not have any highlighting. You are therefore able to copy and paste from the text while using Quick LingQ which will make many of you happy we’re sure! Returning to the standard view is as simple as clicking the link on the left of the page.
The third tab, Resources, lists notes and comments about the lesson, video tutorials (if available), translations (if available), and script conversions (if available) for the lesson. There is a corresponding place on the edit lesson page in the Advanced Settings area where Youtube videos, translation texts and script conversions can be entered by the content provider or editor. There may not be many resources implemented right away but we will be adding resources once this feature is up and we hope those of you who share content will do the same for your lessons and those of you who are editors will do the same as well. Again, let us know if you would like to be an editor in any language so you can start adding resources.
Clicking on the Share tab will allow you to email the lesson or share it via Facebook or Twitter.
Text-to-Speech on Flashcards
You will also now notice the addition of text-to-speech on the flashcards. Click on the speaker icon to hear the word pronounced. Enjoy this much requested feature! Unfortunately, this functionality is not yet available for Asian languages.
Import Resources, Friends’ Activities
Finally, we have added a place on the Import page where we will be listing good sites for finding imported content. We will be adding resources to this list over time and we need your help in finding the best sites. Click on the “Suggest a new resource” link to let us know your favourite sites. The idea is to help all members easily access good sites to import content from, to take advantage of the powerful Import feature.
Finally, we have also added paging on the Friends Activities list and we will be adding the same thing to the Blogs list shortly.
Whew! That’s quite a few changes and we haven’t listed all the minor fixes. We think these are some significant improvements but we need to hear from you, of course. Tell us what you think!