Singing newspapers

Copyright by renjith krishnan

I had the oddest yet most vivid dream the other day. In my dream my husband was reading a novel and he asked me if I heard a noise coming from the speakers in the other room. We both went into the other room and noticed when he opened the book a sound started of birds chirping. It seemed his book gave off sound effects when he opened it. We thought that was neat.

Then, in my dream, the same happened to me when I opened a newspaper. To make hear sound we needed to have our wireless connection active and our stereo speakers on. I decided to patent the idea.
 
Upon awakening and recalling this episode I began to think this was an interesting concept – to have a multi-sensory experience when reading. Though somewhat like a singing greeting card (the ones that are embarrassing to open in the store) the sound effects when reading would be more subtle – almost out of ear range. For instance, there could be the soft sound of a heartbeat during an exciting excerpt, or the wind rustling when reading about nature, etc.
 
Technically, it would require inserting a very small microchip-like apparatus into the pages that looped a sound file. The technology is already there – it’s a matter of manufacturing it.
 
I have decided not to patent it, but if you ever experience a singing newspaper or book in the future, think of me.
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For my doctoral thesis I am looking at the characteristics of online graduate students , along with their needs and perceptions of online learning. Why? Because more and more adults are flocking to postsecondary online programs to upgrade and/or advance their knowledge or positions, as well as to engage further in learning (I could say I fit into all 3 categories). As educational leaders, administrators, instructional designers and instructors, simplifying the characteristics and needs of graduate students in academia may not serve us well in the future. One size curriculum and services do not fit all. Whereas, competition, increased online access, and calls from the knowledge society are opening new doors in higher education requiring us to look at the complex field of adult education. Mix in technology and we add other layers of complexity, such as delivering education with technology, considering social networking and learning, and managing technological information literacy skills, etc.  

In my Edmusings blog, I will continue this conversation and upload new ideas, current studies, and resources about online learners in post-secondary. These musings will help build my doctoral work. I invite you to use these resources, share some, and comment on any postings.