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New research offers advice on how to optimize video length for ... | educational technology | Scoop.it
We've found some interesting new research which suggests the optimal video length for student engagement is six minutes or less. It's no big surprise that students lose interest in videos that are too long; however, what's ...

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, November 23, 2013 1:56 PM

I love it when research confirms the hands on knowledge I've acquired while teaching online.

Donna Farren's curator insight, November 23, 2013 10:01 PM

I totally agree and think student can be K12 or adult. 

Carlos Fosca's curator insight, November 24, 2013 6:48 AM

"Several Studies published recently show similar results; students lose interest in longer lecture videos and become distracted. If lectures are short or broken up by some kind of interaction (such as quizzes), then engagement is far higher."

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Time to retire from online learning?

Time to retire from online learning? | educational technology | Scoop.it

And then there’s MOOCs. I can’t express adequately just how pissed off I am about MOOCs – not the concept, but all the hubris and nonsense that’s been talked and written about them. At a personal level, it was as if 45 years of work was for nothing. All the research and study I and many others had done on what makes for successful learning online were totally ignored, with truly disastrous consequences in terms of effective learning for the vast majority of participants who took MOOCs from the Ivy League universities. Having ignored online learning for nearly 20 years, Stanford, MIT and Harvard had to re-invent online learning in their own image to maintain their perceived superiority in all things higher educational.


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cioccas's curator insight, April 16, 6:33 PM

This paragraph exactly reflects my thoughts about MOOCs. Glad to hear it coming from a leader in the online and distance learning field as this type of voice has been swamped by the unquestioning embracing of MOOCs by all and sundry!

 

Alberto del Mazo's curator insight, April 18, 7:38 AM

vía [url=/u/174100 x-already-notified=1]Jordi Adell[/url] leo este último artículo del canadiense Tony Bates, especialista en "online learning". 

Halina Ostańkowicz-Bazan's curator insight, April 22, 7:17 AM

Lastly, I am concerned that the computer scientists seem to be taking over online education. Ivy League MOOCs are being driven mainly by computer scientists, not educators. Politicians are looking to computer science to automate learning in order to save money. Computer scientists have much to offer, but they need more humility and a greater willingness to work with other professionals, such as psychologists and teachers, who understand better how learning operates. This is a battle that has always existed in educational technology, but it’s one I fear the educators are losing. The result could be disastrous, but that’s a theme for a whole set of blog posts.

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Who are the Tech Age Girls?

Who are the Tech Age Girls? | educational technology | Scoop.it

According to a recent ITU report, the European Union calculates that in ten years, there will be 700,000 more Information Communication Technology (ICT) jobs than professionals to fill them; globally, that shortfall is estimated to be closer to two million. But access to the internet and tech careers continues to remain unequal and even in high income countries women only make up 20% of ICT specialists


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Dinah Galligo's curator insight, March 27, 4:49 AM

L'inégalité de genre persiste dans le numérique. Les filles doivent s'y remettre, d'autant plus qu'il va y avoir des emplois !

Phemie Wright's curator insight, March 27, 8:21 PM

*digital swoon*.. Im so excited about watching this next generation!

RossanaPiccini's curator insight, March 28, 9:41 AM

Emerging new technologies can empower women like nothing before. Let's take this chance!

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Turning documents into conversations

Turning documents into conversations | educational technology | Scoop.it

NowComment is fast, powerful, and feature-rich: you can sort comments, skim summaries, create assignments, hide comments, reply privately, and much more.


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This looks interesting - wondering if it can also be used in K-5 classrooms.

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Mika Auramo's curator insight, April 3, 2:23 PM

Vaikuttaa lupaavalta vuorovaikutteiselta työkalulta yhteistoiminnalliseen oppimiseen.

Thoreauback's curator insight, April 9, 1:14 PM

WOW! I use freewrites in my face-to-face class because I don't believe a person can write without thinking. Yet, the document students are writing about is always distinct from the free write. In LMS discussion boards the situation is the same.

 

Do you remember how annotations use to appear in the margins of really good books? This is the same. The two-pane interface puts the document right in front of the student and lets them attach their comments to specific paragraphs, pictures or videos.  How perfect is that?

 

I want to try this for a quarter.

Mary Clark's curator insight, April 11, 2:02 PM

While much of this can be done in Google docs, there are several features which can extend the conversation.  Teachers do need to share documents via email.  

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Click on Me! Create Interactive YouTube Videos.

Click on Me! Create Interactive YouTube Videos. | educational technology | Scoop.it

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Gary Harwell's curator insight, February 8, 11:26 PM

Getting the students to work through the plan is not hard. It's getting the teachers to produce one or getting the teachers to have the students produce on is the problem. It's much easier but way less effective to do CELTA on PowerPoint.

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Heart-shaped landscapes

Heart-shaped landscapes | educational technology | Scoop.it

The top image is of a mangrove stand in New Caledonia, Glaslyn (Blue lake) is in Northern Wales and this cave is in the 4 corners region of the United States. 


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Estelblau's comment, February 14, 4:03 PM
Really great ;)!
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Pasquale Abiuso's curator insight, February 17, 5:23 AM

Storie di natura.

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Five-Minute Film Festival: 8 Interactive Video Tools for Engaging Learners

Five-Minute Film Festival: 8 Interactive Video Tools for Engaging Learners | educational technology | Scoop.it
It's no secret that I am a passionate advocate for using video in the classroom. When used well, videos can help students make connections to people and ideas beyond their usual frame of reference. Th

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Amélie Silvert's curator insight, February 2, 2:05 AM

always great to learn about new video tools to be used in class

Vera Dujakovic's curator insight, February 17, 3:03 AM

Kako napraviti i upotrebiti  VIDEO u nastavi. Osam odličnih alata!

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Free online Dictionary of English Pronunciation - How to Pronounce English words

Free online Dictionary of English Pronunciation - How to Pronounce English words | educational technology | Scoop.it
A free online Talking English Pronunciation Dictionary - simply mouse over your entry to hear it pronounced. American and British spellings, with alternative pronunciations. Sounds are fast, clear and completely natural, pre-recorded by native speakers. Answers the question "How do you say...?".

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Indrit Bulku's curator insight, February 4, 6:42 PM

what I need for mus students!

Filipe Cálix's curator insight, February 6, 3:30 PM

Muito útil e fácil de usar: basta passar o rato em cima da palavra. resposta rápida, clara e natural. Opções de pronúncia para inglês britânico e americano.

Jovi Buendia's curator insight, March 7, 1:49 PM

A good resource for ELs

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S.A.S.S.Y. SAMR: Toolkit for Educators to Transform Instruction

S.A.S.S.Y. SAMR: Toolkit for Educators to Transform Instruction | educational technology | Scoop.it
» S.A.S.S.Y. SAMR: Toolkit for Educators to Transform Instruction |

A New Way to look at SAMR (interactive infographic)


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ChristopherBell's curator insight, February 9, 7:43 PM

Very cool and full of resources if you are into SAMR!

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50 Resources to Use Animation as a Teaching Tool

50 Resources to Use Animation as a Teaching Tool | educational technology | Scoop.it

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dan's curator insight, January 20, 11:34 AM

You deserve this taught...

Alfredo Corell's curator insight, January 20, 12:21 PM

Some of the animation links catalogued here will give educators very basic tools and histories of animation while others have the animation already created and set in motion, it’s just a matter of sharing it with students.

Educators need to decide which tool is best for them. If you want to create your own animation from scratch, then you want to go to sites such as Animwork. If you want to select from animation that’s already set up for you then perhaps Explainia makes more sense.



Cited From: http://www.opencolleges.edu.au/informed/features/50-ways-to-use-animation-as-a-teaching-tool/#ixzz2qxavx9n1

Sylvia Guinan's curator insight, January 21, 1:48 AM

An amazing scoop from Ana Cristina Pratas - Walt Disney is my creativity hero - more publishing inspiration!!

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An Introductory Guide to Content Curation

An Introductory Guide to Content Curation | educational technology | Scoop.it

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Dean Mantz's curator insight, January 17, 12:38 PM

Thanks Robin for sharing this Curation guide on your scoop.it site. 

Alfredo Corell's curator insight, January 23, 3:25 PM

A very useful guide from one of the Pioneers in Content Curation

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Content curation
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Edgar, the storyteller

Edgar, the storyteller | educational technology | Scoop.it
Edgar is a beautiful place where people tell and share digital stories about what they craft, sell and do in their life.

 

A beautiful lightweight tool for creating digital stories. Use your instagrams, tweets or upload your home photos and videos. Add short captions and we do the rest.


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France Lafleur's curator insight, January 14, 11:29 AM

Si vous avez un-peu de temps et quelques images  mettre de l'avant.

Agora Abierta's curator insight, January 14, 1:24 PM

Share your story

Rosa Hdez Guzmán's curator insight, January 16, 11:37 PM

Inside  me live a great storyteller but  she is in a small jail.

 

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A Flashback into 2013: The Top Ten Most Popular Posts of the Year

A Flashback into 2013: The Top Ten Most Popular Posts of the Year | educational technology | Scoop.it

Now that 2013 is officially in the books, I can’t think of a better way to reflect than with a flashback into the Top Ten Most Popular Posts of the last 12 months! Check ‘em out by hovering over the interactive image shown below. There’s sure to be a useful “cool tool” or two to help you kick off the new year with a new tech crush—like Thinglink, my all-time fav!


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gwynethjones's curator insight, January 2, 7:23 PM

Feat. Thinglink!

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Kleinspiration: 50+ Free Interactive Games for Elementary

Kleinspiration: 50+ Free Interactive Games for Elementary | educational technology | Scoop.it

"ABCya.com is My FAVORITE website for elementary learning!  There is not a day that goes by in our classroom where we don't pop on the site for at least five minutes.  The children enjoy the games so much.  

 

The site is perfect for any elementary grade level.  There is truly so much to offer.  I especially love that the website is free to use and super simple to navigate."

 


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I am planning on using this for my upcoming 3rd/4th grade after school computer enrichment.

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Aunty Alice's curator insight, December 29, 2013 2:56 PM

A great resource. I love it, but am concerned that this might encourage teachers to use it too much at the possible expense of frying developing brains. This is becoming of increasing concern around the world and in New Zealand at least one school has removed wireless access from classrooms. Also it is reported that even some of the people who invented the ipad put their children in technology free elementary schools. Do they know something we ignore at our peril? 

Mirta Liliana Filgueira's curator insight, January 1, 11:21 AM

Juegos interactivos para el aula. Nivel Primaria

Suthipong Pongworn ตากล้องรับถ่ายภาพ's curator insight, February 3, 7:40 PM

สำหรับเด็กประถม ครู และผู้ปกครอง ที่จะเรียนรู้ไปพร้อมกับเด็กๆ ครับ

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CristinaSkyBox: A Creative Approach to Book Reports

CristinaSkyBox: A Creative Approach to Book Reports | educational technology | Scoop.it

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Jim Harmon's curator insight, April 1, 9:50 AM

If you are still doing book reports, this is a great substitution strategy (S on the SAMR scale) to get your feet wet with technology.

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Highly concentrated population distribution

Highly concentrated population distribution | educational technology | Scoop.it

"Only 2% of Australia's population lives in the yellow area. "


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Nathan Chasse's curator insight, April 13, 7:32 AM

While the rainfall map offers a lot of explanation for why Australia's population is concentrated in areas of significant rainfall, it is not a complete picture. There could be a number of other factors contributing to the clustered population of Australia. Northern Australia receives significant rainfall, but is sparsely populated so there must be other reasons. A map with more topography would help as it could show mountainous barriers which would hinder expansion or major rivers on which civilizations thrive. Similarly, a climatic map could reveal areas which are tropical and less conducive to large populations of a more temperate climate.

Joseph Thacker 's curator insight, April 20, 10:07 PM

Few people populate most of Australia’s land, which appears yellow on this map. The 2% who live in this large area must be self-sufficient, as I am sure there are not many stores one can buy goods from. Most of the yellow area is dry land and receives small amounts rainfall. Many dangerous snakes and spiders live in the yellow area, as well. By looking at the rainfall map, one can understand why many people live on the outer edges of Australia. 

Jessica Rieman's curator insight, April 23, 6:06 PM

Only 2% of Australia's population lives in the yellow area which is very surprising because who is living in the rest of the area in Australia. What is happening to the natural sources and the resources that help the economy and where do they fit in especially in this map. 

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Where Each City's Uninsured Live

Where Each City's Uninsured Live | educational technology | Scoop.it
Insured people are all alike, but uninsured people are uninsured for their own reasons.


It can be tempting to think of 'the uninsured' as the poorest of the poor. But that's not entirely the case. While people living below the poverty line are the most likely to be without health insurance, 28 percent of people who make between 100 and 200 percent of poverty level (up to about $23,340) lack coverage, as do 15 percent of those who make between 200 and 400 percent (up to about $46,700).

These maps, created by Kevin Johnson and used here with permission, show where people not covered by either private or public insurance live in each city. Johnson used the 2012 American Community Survey; higher uninsured rates are represented by red and orange colors.


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Heart-shaped landscapes

Heart-shaped landscapes | educational technology | Scoop.it

The top image is of a mangrove stand in New Caledonia, Glaslyn (Blue lake) is in Northern Wales and this cave is in the 4 corners region of the United States. 


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Estelblau's comment, February 14, 4:03 PM
Really great ;)!
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Pasquale Abiuso's curator insight, February 17, 5:23 AM

Storie di natura.

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Storytelling's Periodic Table: A Great Tool to Play With

Storytelling's Periodic Table: A Great Tool to Play With | educational technology | Scoop.it
You probably won't recognize these storytelling elements from creative writing class.

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Sieg Holle's curator insight, February 14, 2:31 PM

Cure for writers cramp......

Jennifer Gandarias's curator insight, February 15, 7:42 PM

This infographic would be a hit in creative writing class

David Baker's curator insight, March 20, 12:43 PM

What a great support to deepen writing practice for students as they learn to identify different roles, ideas and structures in their reading and use it in their writing

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7 Fabulous iPad Apps to Create Short Animated Lessons for Your Flipped Classroom

7 Fabulous iPad Apps to Create Short Animated Lessons for Your Flipped Classroom | educational technology | Scoop.it

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Kelly Blair's curator insight, February 2, 7:58 PM

My students really enjoy the simplicity and effectiveness of the Show Me app. I have a teacher account and share our class student created lesson on our edmodo site for  review whenever the student needs it.

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How to Create an eBook from Wikipedia Articles

How to Create an eBook from Wikipedia Articles | educational technology | Scoop.it
You can bundle your favorite Wikipedia articles in a nicely formatted ebook and read it offline on any mobile phone, ebook reader or Tablet.

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Progressive training's curator insight, February 9, 12:57 PM

How to Create an eBook from Wikipedia Articles

 

Visit http://www.progressivetraining.ie/ for all your training needs

Amélie Silvert's comment, February 9, 12:59 PM
great thanks :)
Smith_Lin's curator insight, February 20, 5:29 AM

If this works would have to be useful. Need time to digest

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9 questions about Ukraine you were too embarrassed to ask

9 questions about Ukraine you were too embarrassed to ask | educational technology | Scoop.it

Watch a video that explains Ukraine's crisis in two minutes or read this quick article that covers the same material.  

 

Ukrainians have been protesting since Nov. 21, when President Viktor Yanukovych rejected a deal for closer integration with the European Union, instead drawing the country closer to Russia. They are still in the streets in huge numbers and have seized regional government buildings in several parts of the country. In Kiev, the capital, clashes between protesters and security forces have become violent, killing several people. On Tuesday, the prime minister resigned. No one is quite sure what will happen next.

 


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Pranav Pradeep's curator insight, February 6, 3:18 PM

Pretty interesting video on Ukraine haha I did not know any of this before!

Cam E's curator insight, February 18, 11:55 AM

Ukraine is one of those countries on a fault line between two major regional powers, with it splitting the country almost neatly in half. Could Ukraine become a split country akin to Germany during the Cold War? The clean cut Russian influenced East and the pro-European west seem almost too divided to reach an agreement

Amy Marques's curator insight, Today, 1:08 PM

This two minute video perfectly explains where there is such a crisis in Ukraine. The country is literally divided. The people in areas closest to Russia speak Russian, and the farther west the less people are speaking Russian. It makes sense why the people who are Pro-Russian speak Russian and were most likely displaced during the years of the USSR and Soviet Russia.

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Digital Storytelling With Comics

Digital Storytelling With Comics | educational technology | Scoop.it

On Monday I published a short guide to digital storytelling with comics. This evening I gave a free webinar presentation based on that free guide. More than 200 people registered for the webinar in less than 48 hours. If you wanted to join and missed it, the recording of the webinar, sponsored by Storyboard That, is now available here and as embedded below.


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flea palmer's curator insight, January 20, 9:58 AM

Excellent guide about how comics can be used to create short stories or to storyboard a larger project. Links to free versions of related software too - StoryboardThat.com; WeVideo.com (for turning comic strips into movies) and WidBook.com (for creating multimedia ebooks - and it's also a collaborative writing platform).

ColbyccSSS's curator insight, January 20, 10:00 AM

This is worth checking out. I am always searching for new ways to reach my students.

BI Media Specialists's curator insight, January 31, 9:31 AM

This could be a very interesting program that could be used with students to review or retell what they have learned in a class.  We would love to teach this to your students and help them through their first project.  Any takers?

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5 Ways for Students to Create Audio Slideshows

5 Ways for Students to Create Audio Slideshows | educational technology | Scoop.it

Somewhere between a PowerPoint presentation and a full-fledged video is the audio slideshow. Creating audio slideshows can be a good way to add meaning to slides that otherwise might not mean much without a presenter. Here are some ways that students can create audio slideshows.


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Danielle Annick Le Pape's curator insight, January 2, 3:55 PM

slideshows avec son

InFLE-InELE 's curator insight, January 3, 6:32 AM

Créer des présentations agrémentées avec du son

Michael Williams's curator insight, January 3, 1:03 PM

A practical guide to creating audio slideshows . . . great for teachers and anyone wanting to learn how to enhance their PowerPoint and other presentations.

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iVisual Info Touch - Create Infographics on Your iPad

iVisual Info Touch - Create Infographics on Your iPad | educational technology | Scoop.it
iVisual Info Touch is an iPad app that you can use to create relatively simple infographics. The app makes it easy to create your infographics. It is not necessary to create an account in order to ...

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I think this would work with my elementary students.

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Terrie Pressman's curator insight, January 3, 8:24 AM

Need to give this a try...just wondering...how many people verify the statistics in infographics

 

Willemijn Schmitz's curator insight, January 5, 12:13 PM

Prachtig simpel!

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Why the stories you tell yourself decide your success | Peter Shallard

Why the stories you tell yourself decide your success | Peter Shallard | educational technology | Scoop.it

"Your identity story is your own epic saga. Quite literally the tale of who you are and where you are going. It’s the way you make meaning out of the ocean of chaos we call life.  Stories are the subatomic particles of the self. They are the keys to changing everything.


How to instantly identify toxic narratives.  Start getting very real with yourself, about the stories you’re telling yourself. Here’s a huge hint: They are also the stories you tell others to explain yourself."

 

Read the full article to find out how more about these tips to transform your identity narratives to revolutionize your life:

Pick out a goal you really desire but you’ve struggled to attainGet objective about your terrible storyPick a totally new story that presupposes you’ll soon achieve your goal
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Brent MacKinnon's curator insight, December 30, 2013 9:06 AM

I like the introduction to this post. It speaks to the deep sense making about your own life and the broad themes that make up who and what you are.

Wendy Flanagan's curator insight, December 30, 2013 9:38 AM

With New Year's resolutions making rounds - I like this approach for corporate and personal goals.

Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, January 5, 1:39 PM

Here is some inspiration for telling your own story!