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Innovation Excellence | 25 Things Skilled Learners Do Differently

Innovation Excellence | 25 Things Skilled Learners Do Differently | Communication design | Scoop.it

Posted on October 16, 2014 by Saga Briggs
Imagine for a moment that all human beings had the same IQ, but that some of us knew how to tap into it better than others. How would we approach education differently?


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Willem Kuypers's curator insight, October 22, 2014 4:34 AM

tout le problème est de l'intégrer dans les cours. 

Nick van Breda's curator insight, October 22, 2014 11:58 AM

Interesting article. Reflections…. Self worth and achievement seem to be linked together in most of Western Society. We personalise events in our life and then begin to live from our memories, gaining a false sense of identity instead of seeing it simply as a series of skills to learn. 

Takeaways: 

"people who think about their own learning, make a habit of asking questions, use what they’ve learned, teach what they’ve learned to others, and enjoy the learning process on an intrinsic level all become better learners"

"these are all strategies and habits that can be adopted through practice… The smartest, most successful people in the world wouldn’t be where they are today if they weren’t skilled learners. So let’s examine which strategies we should be perfecting and how they can serve us in the long run."

#RT insights Zen Hustle group via Facebook

Ness Crouch's curator insight, July 6, 2:08 AM

WE need to try to do some of these things in out school!

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35 Awesome DIY Photography Hacks

35 Awesome DIY Photography Hacks | Communication design | Scoop.it
You can save some money and create awesome photos with the help of these clever DIY photography hacks.

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Henrik Safegaard - Cloneartist's curator insight, July 3, 2014 4:11 AM

In this post you’ll find tutorials and guides for 35 different DIY projects and hacks that can not only save you some money, but also get the great results that you’re after.


And one thing more, some of this creativity will make you laugh ;-)

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Teaching Adolescents How to Evaluate the Quality of Online Information

Teaching Adolescents How to Evaluate the Quality of Online Information | Communication design | Scoop.it
An essential part of online research is the ability to critically evaluate information. This includes the ability to read and evaluate its level of accuracy, reliability and bias. When we recently as

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Deborah Rinio's curator insight, April 9, 2014 11:28 AM

Evaluating information is a critical life skill. Without sufficient practice, our students will not internalize this skill, and will not remember it from lesson to lesson. Talk to you librarian today about integrating the process of evaluating information into your research projects and lesson plans today!

Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, April 9, 2014 1:18 PM

Interesting article showing what school  librarians teach every day, if they get the chance...

liz deskins's curator insight, April 29, 2014 9:09 AM

Something m ost librarians already do; but good to remind us about it!

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27 Productive Things You Can Do in 5 Minutes

27 Productive Things You Can Do in 5 Minutes | Communication design | Scoop.it
Have five spare minutes before a meeting? Don't waste them—try one of these productive to-dos instead.

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Attribution, Linking and Plagiarism Prevention Tips for Online Journalists


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FrancoisMagnan's curator insight, October 8, 2013 5:32 AM

Des conseils pour éviter le plagiat destinés aus journalistes comme à tous ceux qui écrivent régulièrement en ligne. Un rappel de bonnes pratiques.

Carlos Bisbal's curator insight, October 8, 2013 9:08 AM

Presentación en Slide publicada hace unos días por Steve Buttry que enumera todas las situaciones en las que es posible correr el riesgo de ser acusado de plagio.

La presentación es un resumen de consejos para periodistas online que tienen que lidiar a diario con la adición de enlaces de referencia, la concesión de créditos y la atribución de autoría y evitar ser acusados de plagio.

Un buen consejo que no debe tomarse a la ligera

Janet Vasil's curator insight, October 8, 2013 1:34 PM

How to properly credit others for their work.   Good primer.

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10 Ways Multi-blog Authors Can Stay Creative and Generate Great Posts

10 Ways Multi-blog Authors Can Stay Creative and Generate Great Posts | Communication design | Scoop.it

For all those who have this kind of blog they often arise the question, how to thrive while meeting the comfort and the interest of all. This post, very interesting, will give you some information about it and encourage you, if necessary, to go outside the box... I like that! [note Martin Gysler]

 

Keeping fresh and creative is key to keeping on top of the game when writing different blogs across various sectors, and for various clients. Working with efficient workflows, time management and organization all help to keep that valuable information harnessed to be used when you need it, but how about making sure you can produce great content on time and on demand?


Keeping creative and informed means you are working efficiently to produce content that’s engaging, informative, and, of course, profitable for you. After all, time is money when you are managing a number of blogs and clients.
Here are my top ten tips for fueling that creativity, generating ideas, and managing your time and resources.

 

Make the info come to you—start mass reading Filing it cleverly: Other Inbox Dump it! Brain dumping for multiple sources Getting creative Find your zone and stay in it Map it! Reach out Step away from the machine! Illumination needs you Unblock yourself on time If you are really stuck, go outside the box and freestyle

 

Read more: http://bit.ly/Aa6D36


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6 On-Page SEO Strategies That’ll Boost Your Rankings

6 On-Page SEO Strategies That’ll Boost Your Rankings | Communication design | Scoop.it

If you’ve been around the SEO world for any amount of time, then you are probably pretty familiar with the basics of SEO. You know to do good keyword research and you have to do on-page optimization.

 

Sometimes, though, that on-page optimization can go to a deeper level than just making sure your meta tags are filled out… and you can go to that deeper level without having to be a veteran SEO.

 

Here’s how:

 

Tactic #1: Search for synonyms using Google

The use of synonyms in creating an SEO plan for your blog or website is pretty common. Finding those synonyms is not always easy or done properly.

 

I think the best way to search for these terms is to use Google. The reason is you get to see not only the synonyms but how they are ranking in competitors pages....


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John van den Brink's comment, January 8, 2012 10:03 AM
Thanks Martin for another great post!
Martin Gysler's comment, January 9, 2012 5:33 AM
I'm glad you like it John. Have a great week!
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7 Tips To Maximize Shares of Your Facebook Posts

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Facebook recently changed the way users interact with content on fan pages: any user, including non-fans, can now post on fan page walls and like/comment/share fan page content. In other words, a Facebook user does not have to first like your fan page before they can interact with your content. This is a good thing!

 

Since this change, the emphasis has shifted slightly from gaining more likes (fans) to increasing the number of shares on each piece of content. When you craft your fan page updates in a manner that naturally inspires fans and their friends and visitors to your page to share with their networks, you set in motion ripples of viral visibility. Basically, free additional exposure...


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John van den Brink's comment, December 14, 2011 12:15 PM
Thanks again! Great scoops everyday.
Martin Gysler's comment, December 14, 2011 3:18 PM
You're welcome John! I'm glad that you like my scoops and that they are useful for you. Cheers! Martin
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Top 10 Tips to Use Word Clouds in eLearning - eLearning Industry

Top 10 Tips to Use Word Clouds in eLearning - eLearning Industry | Communication design | Scoop.it
Word clouds are ideal for eLearning professionals who are looking for ways to visually represent text, whether this is content within an eLearning course or writings of the learners. Color and size can be used to denote a word's level of importance within the cloud, which helps learners to acquire and retain significant ideas (i.e. bolded words) more effectively. While word clouds are often associated with language arts eLearning courses, they can actually be used in virtually any eLearning setting.

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online4ed's curator insight, October 16, 2014 11:48 PM
Love using this in research classes.
Ness Crouch's curator insight, July 2, 10:16 PM

I love using word clouds. They have so many great opportunities for learning. I've used them for brainstorming, spelling, art and presentations. 

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50 Portrait Retouching Tutorials To Take Your Photoshop Skills To A New Level

50 Portrait Retouching Tutorials To Take Your Photoshop Skills To A New Level | Communication design | Scoop.it
Photoshop is capable of making slightly imperfect photo into an awesome shot. Thus, I have put together 50 beauty-retouching tutorials for you to learn Photoshop techniques and study examples of how you can do it in practice.

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Henrik Safegaard - Cloneartist's curator insight, June 18, 2014 4:02 PM

. Here, you'll find both image-based tutorials as well as video ones. Most of them are before vs. after comparisons and you can just follow all the edits with your Photoshop step-by-step.

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The Art of Creating Perfect Social Media Posts - infographic

The Art of Creating Perfect Social Media Posts - infographic | Communication design | Scoop.it

Each social media operates a bit differently, and each brand's followers have their own preferences and moods.

The fact is that, there is no One-Size-Fits-All trick or strategy, however, there are some guidelines that can help you create the perfect social content.

Use this infographic to find tips on how to craft perfects posts for GooglePlus, YouTube, Blog, Tumblr, Vine, Twitter and Facebook.


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rahul shah's curator insight, April 19, 2014 2:29 AM

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Mark Trinidad's curator insight, April 21, 2014 7:57 PM

this is great....

Heena Ali's curator insight, April 21, 2014 11:18 PM

Wonderfully explains all the tech language of diff social media sites, and how to attract the most attention!

 

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7 Basics of Great Website Design Are NOT What You Think

7 Basics of Great Website Design Are NOT What You Think | Communication design | Scoop.it

The purpose of this post is not just to present the state of today's web design - it’s more pragmatic. Seven basic principles of a good web design are presented here.

Marty Note
This is a great post about what web design IS and IS NOT. I'm going to include my notes here so they follow the post since the writing, though brilliant, is not as direct as I like. Here are my much more direct interpretations of the 7 Basics of Great Website Design:

 

1. Website Design Can’t Win, But You Can Sure LOSE Due to It.
We've past the period when shinny websites work. Every website has seconds before a visitor clicks off to find what they are looking for on some other website.

2. Create Website Surfaces For Scanners and Skimmers since Readers will work for what they want.
Key to know not all information is great for "scanning" and "skimming". Tease the click don't drown it is another way to think of this idea. Also, content such as news, Q&A and testimonials have more attention hooks than sharing complex or highly detailed material. If your website depends on sharing complex and highly detailed content tease it with snippets and with graphics firs.

 

Stay with simple, clean and useable as your guide.

3. Avoid NEW until it is UNDERSTOOD.
You don't have to wait until some new thing is old hat, but avoid using The New simply because it is new. New hurts conversion because it requires explanation and is hard to tease since visitors don't have "made to stick" context. If you must present "new" present with an "old" analogy.

Read Made To Stick by Heath brothers for more.

 

4. Confused customers do many things, BUYING and CONVERTING and never among them.

5. Hierarchy of information and navigation is LIFE online.
People know there is a YOU or a team behind your design. They want to know what YOU want them to DO and why they should do it with YOU. Sites that make the curator's hand visible via navigation, images and copy win. Those who challenge visitors to figure everything out for them selves lose.

This is NOT to say some mystery can't work in a web designer's favor, but make sure the mystery is immediately solved before posing another one. Daisy chain one mystery on another and visitors get frustrated and leave since benefit doesn't equal the work to realize it.

6. Colors can ruin a website.
Colors have so many overt and covert signals they should be used sparingly and consistently with the brand. If you use RED for a Zen website do so in accents and carefully since red is an ALERT color and so may be inconsistent with the brand.

 

7. Devil is in the web design details.
In my almost 15 years of experience NOTHING on this list is more true. Once you make a website simple and clean any small dissonance becomes LARGE because it sticks out like the proverbial "sore thumb". Make sure your site is a smooth surface with a clear message.

 


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Martin (Marty) Smith's curator insight, November 29, 2013 1:38 PM

One of the best posts about website design I've read in a long time. So much of what WE think is "website design" either "was website design" or is more an expression of someone's ego than what is happening NOW. This post is one of the best "what is happening now" in website design articles I've read. M

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10 Tips To Build A Responsive Website [Infographic]

10 Tips To Build A Responsive Website [Infographic] | Communication design | Scoop.it

Want your website to look great on smartphones, tablets, PCs and even TVs? Learn how to go fully responsive.


The Web and the mobile browsers remain one of the top ways that users interact with websites and if they have trouble on their smartphone, there is a good chance they are not coming back.

That’s where responsive design can help.

Responsive design is a concept where you build your website once and then format it so it can adapt to any screen size that accesses it. Designers use HTML5 and CSS to build the sites and set parameters so the content will resize itself whether the user is in vertical or horizontal viewing mode, on a tablet, desktop or smartphone or even a screen as large as a television...


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Filipe MS Bento's curator insight, April 18, 2013 10:30 AM

Excelent infografic (as graphic as you can get!):

Sue Myburgh's curator insight, April 18, 2013 6:09 PM

Wonderful - clear and brief.

Cori Zuppo's curator insight, April 21, 2013 9:23 PM

Right on!

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25 Ways to Wake Up Early

25 Ways to Wake Up Early | Communication design | Scoop.it

“I know.. getting out of bed can be so hard. But there are ways to make it a lot easier for yourself. And yes.. it is possible to get out of bed easily in the morning. Getting into the habit of rising early gives you some time that you can really devote to yourself. Starting the day with some positive activity or just some time for yourself can shape the rest of your day i a very positive way. Just give it a try, in the beginning it will be hard to get into the habit to get up earlier but very, very soon it will be easier, I promise!”
~Sophie

 

25 Ways to Wake Up Early


If others can be out of bed really early and make great days ahead, so can you! It’s all a matter of changing routines, learning the benefits of being an early riser and practicing the new habit positively.

 

Here’s how:

 

Read more: http://dailyhealthboost.com/2012/01/20/25-ways-to-wake-up-early/


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11 Guaranteed Ways to Get Others to Retweet Your Content

11 Guaranteed Ways to Get Others to Retweet Your Content | Communication design | Scoop.it

After creating content -- whether it's a blog post, an ebook, a webinar, or a video -- it's important to promote that content through social media channels.

 

And when you do promote that content in social media, you cross your fingers that it generates a ton of shares, tweets, and interaction. For the sake of Twitter, if you follow a few simple best practices, more people are likely to retweet and spread the distribution of your content, giving it a much broader reach and a better opportunity to get found by a new audience of prospective customers beyond your direct followers. Marketers should know how to retweet the right way, but it's also critical for them to learn how to get others to retweet their content, too.

 

11 Tips for Getting People to Retweet Your Content...


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Martin Gysler's comment, December 20, 2011 10:43 AM
Thanks Tom, I'm glad that you like it :-). Have you seen the new post I published on Billboards?
Tom George's comment, December 20, 2011 3:12 PM
Hey Martin,

Hey the new post was great and I was happy to share it. Thanks. I have some new updates on the site you might like.
Martin Gysler's comment, December 20, 2011 3:50 PM
Hey Tom, Cool, I'm glad! OK, I'll take a look tomorrow, today it's a bit late 10PM and I have not finish my work from today... Cheers!
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11 Tips You Can Use Today to Develop Outstanding Content for Your Blog

11 Tips You Can Use Today to Develop Outstanding Content for Your Blog | Communication design | Scoop.it

How often should I post on my blog?... How long should my posts be?... Can I have other people write articles for me?... How far can I stray from my chosen topic?

 

How do I create incredible content that attracts hundreds of comments and shares? How do I keep people coming back to read everything I publish?

 

At some point, all bloggers have these and dozens of other questions about developing content. Maybe you’re struggling with some of them right now.

 

As we gear up for the launch of our new blog Expert Enough as part of the Million Dollar Blog Project, we’ve been thinking a lot about content strategy. I’m going to share our content strategy for the new blog later in this post, but first, here are 11 of my top tips for developing outstanding content for your blog:


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Tom George's comment, November 3, 2011 11:06 AM
Excellent thanks for sharing this today.