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5 Key Digital Trends in 2013 [INFOGRAPHIC]

5 Key Digital Trends in 2013 [INFOGRAPHIC] | Professional Communication | Scoop.it
In the Quarterly Digital Intelligence Briefing: Digital Trends for 2013 by eConsultancy, produced in partnership with Adobe, they have surveyed around 700 busin
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How to use others' feedback to learn and grow | Sheila Heen | TEDxAmoskeagMillyardWomen

Most efforts to improve individual and organizational learning focus on teaching people how to give feedback. After years of consulting with organizations around the world on how to manage their most challenging conversations, Heen and her colleagues realized they may have been thinking about the problem the wrong way. She explains why, if you want to improve learning in your organization, the smart money is on figuring out how to receive feedback—even off-base or poorly delivered feedback—and use it to fuel growth.

With plenty of examples and a natural charm, Heen delivers a talk that will change the way you think about feedback. Most of us have a love-hate relationship with feedback, but Heen thinks we can learn to embrace it for the valuable tool it is. If we handle it right, we can use it to enhance our performance and strengthen our most important relationships.

A founder of Triad Consulting Group and a lecturer at Harvard Law School, Heen has spent the last 20 years with the Harvard Negotiation Project, developing negotiation theory and practice. Her work takes her throughout the world, helping people and organizations work through their most difficult conversations.

A New York Times bestselling author of two books, she specializes in particularly difficult negotiations – where emotions run high and relationships become strained. An expert often sought out by the media, Sheila is schooled in negotiation daily by her three children

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Feedback - the breakfast of champions! And the higher up you are, the less you get...

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The neuroscience of asking insightful questions

The neuroscience of asking insightful questions | Professional Communication | Scoop.it
I teach coaching skills to leaders. When I get to the section on how to ask questions (an important part of learning to coach) I might ask a trick question to start off: “How many of you are good at solving problems?”. Without fail, almost all hands shoot enthusiastically into the air. There’s nothing wrong …

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Chris Carter's curator insight, March 23, 8:12 PM
We are not guiding if we are solving for the kids. We need to guide kids to their own solutions to the challenges that they face. Asking questions rather than giving answers tests our patience and our desire to "help," but we do not help if we simply give answers. 
Marshall Alston's curator insight, March 27, 1:35 PM
Depending on what you are trying to learn will depend on how you ask a question.
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Should I Work for Free?

should I work for free? by Jessica Hische
"Since I am a crazy person and we are all nerds, this chart is entirely css and html. Faster loading and you can translate it into any language! Google translation is a little funky, but it should hopefully get the point across."
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Mike McCallister's curator insight, February 24, 9:23 AM

Every writer gets asked to work for free from time to time. Every writer should also know that every time a writer works for free, it makes it harder for every writer to make a living. Here is your reminder of the basic rules about writing for free.

 

BTW, if you are trying to make a living as a writer in the United States, the National Writers Union can help: www.nwu.org

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If You’re Not Outside Your Comfort Zone, You Won’t Learn Anything

If You’re Not Outside Your Comfort Zone, You Won’t Learn Anything | Professional Communication | Scoop.it
Stop avoiding what scares you.
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How do we keep one foot inside the comfort zone and one outside?
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The Rise of AI Makes Emotional Intelligence More Important

The Rise of AI Makes Emotional Intelligence More Important | Professional Communication | Scoop.it
Develop the skills machines can’t replicate.
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Color Theory for Presentations: How to Choose the Perfect Colors for Your Designs

Color Theory for Presentations: How to Choose the Perfect Colors for Your Designs | Professional Communication | Scoop.it
Some useful tips for choosing harmonious and impactful color schemes that have the power to move your audiences to a specific action.
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"It is imperative for anyone who strives to become a better visual communicator to familiarize themselves with the basics of color theory and how to choose the most effective color schemes for presentations, infographics and other visual content."
Bovee & Thill's Online Business Communication Magazines's curator insight, March 26, 6:31 PM
 
"It is imperative for anyone who strives to become a better visual communicator to familiarize themselves with the basics of color theory and how to choose the most effective color schemes for presentations, infographics and other visual content."
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Where good ideas come from

Where good ideas come from | Professional Communication | Scoop.it
People often credit their ideas to individual "Eureka!" moments. But Steven Johnson shows how history tells a different story. His fascinating tour takes us from the "liquid networks" of London's coffee houses to Charles Darwin's long, slow hunch to today's high-velocity web.
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Five Laws of Media and Information Literacy (MIL) | #UNESCO #ModernEDU #Infographic

Five Laws of Media and Information Literacy (MIL) | #UNESCO #ModernEDU #Infographic | Professional Communication | Scoop.it

Empowerment of people through Media and Information Literacy (MIL) is an important prerequisite for fostering equitable access to information and knowledge and promoting free, independent and pluralistic media and information systems.

 

Media and Information Literacy recognizes the primary role of information and media in our everyday lives. It lies at the core of freedom of expression and information - since it empowers citizens to understand the functions of media and other information providers, to critically evaluate their content, and to make informed decisions as users and producer of information and media content.

  

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http://www.unesco.org/new/en/communication-and-information/media-development/media-literacy/mil-as-composite-concept/

 


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Empowerment of people through Media and Information Literacy (MIL) is an important prerequisite for fostering equitable access to information and knowledge and promoting free, independent and pluralistic media and information systems.

 

Media and Information Literacy recognizes the primary role of information and media in our everyday lives. It lies at the core of freedom of expression and information - since it empowers citizens to understand the functions of media and other information providers, to critically evaluate their content, and to make informed decisions as users and producer of information and media content.

  

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

http://www.unesco.org/new/en/communication-and-information/media-development/media-literacy/mil-as-composite-concept/

 

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Want to Make Your Presentation Memorable? Do These 5 Things

Want to Make Your Presentation Memorable? Do These 5 Things | Professional Communication | Scoop.it

Want to Make Your Presentation Memorable? Do These 5 Things

 

Want people who hear you speak to remember you long after your presentation is over? Follow my top five rules for success.

 

You're standing at a podium. In front of you is a crowd of friends, peers, and co-workers. Sitting. Staring at you.

 

Your presentation is about to begin.

 

Will your presentation wow the crowd?

 

Or will your presentation be background noise for attendees as they look at their smartphones and laptops?


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Want people who hear you speak to remember you long after your presentation is over? Follow my top five rules for success.

Bovee & Thill's Online Business Communication Magazines's curator insight, February 20, 4:47 PM

"I've done about 40 presentations at conferences around the globe. I've given presentations to crowds of 300 people and audiences of more than 2,500.

 

"When I started giving presentations, I was pretty terrible.

In fact, for a long time I fell victim to the worst speaking mistake possible: kicking off my presentation by introducing myself. Sorry, but nobody who pays to attend an event really wants to hear you talking about how awesome you are.

 

"Today I'm consistently rated among the top one or two speakers at the events where I'm invited to speak."

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Automation Nightmare: Philosopher Warns We Are Creating a World Without Consciousness

Automation Nightmare: Philosopher Warns We Are Creating a World Without Consciousness | Professional Communication | Scoop.it
Philosopher and cognitive scientist David Chalmers warns about an AI-dominated future world without consciousness at a recent conference on artificial intelligence that also included Elon Musk, Ray Kurzweil, Sam Harris, Demis Hassabis and others.
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Beyond Average

Beyond Average | Professional Communication | Scoop.it
Todd Rose isn’t your average Harvard professor — but not because he dropped out of high school, spent time on welfare, and had 10 different minimum wage jobs and a wife and kid before he even finished being a teenager.

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Nelly Renard's curator insight, February 10, 4:56 AM
When it comes to school systems, Rose says it’s no accident how we got here: Schools were designed during the industrial age by people who were “absolutely obsessed” with averages because averages worked so well in managing factories. The goal wasn’t to nurture creativity and develop individuality. The system mostly accomplished what it set out to do: prepare students for standardized jobs in an industrial economy. 
Since then, we have continued to think that the average — a human invention — represents everyone or that any deviation from the average is what defines you.
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The New York Public Library just uploaded nearly 200,000 images you can use for free

The New York Public Library just uploaded nearly 200,000 images you can use for free | Professional Communication | Scoop.it
The New York Public Library just released a treasure trove of digitized public domain images, everything from epic poetry from the 11th century to photographs of used car lots in Columbus, Ohio from the 1930s. Over 180,000 manuscripts, maps, photographs, sheet music, lithographs, postcards, and other images were released online Wednesday in incredibly high resolution, and are available to download using the library's user-friendly visualization tool. It's a nostalgist's dream come true.
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Blogs and social media posts are always enhanced by graphics. More people look at and interact with posts with photos. Here's another place to find compelling graphics.

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The New York Public Library just uploaded nearly 200,000 images you can use for free
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Wow, just wow.
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5 Team Building Games That Can Teach Critical Thinking Skills

5 Team Building Games That Can Teach Critical Thinking Skills | Professional Communication | Scoop.it
Here are 5 team building games to try out with your students that also develop critical thinking skills. Collaboration and team spirit await you!

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Here are 5 team building games to try out with your students that also develop critical thinking skills. Collaboration and team spirit await you!

 

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http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Gamification

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?&tag=Gaming

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?&tag=Critical-Thinking

 

 

Oskar Almazan's curator insight, March 14, 8:21 AM
Team building games offer students fun opportunities to hone critical skills for success in the modern workplace. Students (and future employees!) that value teamwork are more motivated and creative. They’re also better at problem solving and communicating with one another and have a higher level of trust. We already know students love working in groups. Why not make a game of it?
Andrea Mejia Medina's curator insight, March 18, 12:10 AM
Critical thinking is the most important skill to develop, since in these times of information at hand, we cannot believe everything we see, read, and hear, and that is why it is important to develop this ability as it allows us to be alert and question everything that comes from these means of information. Is a skill that moves a student from concrete ideas to abstract and inferred concepts. Critical thinking allows us to analyze outcomes, compare ideas, identify parallels, sequence events, synthesize information and draw conclusions from a given body of knowledge. Whether it is the proof behind a mathematics formula or an implied tone in an essay, critical thinking skills enable students to solve problems in the real world and on exams in school. Meghan Moll (2014) suggests five tools to develop the critical thinking skills necessary for success on every high school or college test and assignment. 1. Brain games: Recently, websites dedicated to training your brain have enjoyed increased popularity. Lumosity, for example, provides games that aid in improving memory and problem-solving. From timed matching games to order sequence memorization, websites like this can aid in cognition and the ability to ask, "What is the next step?" This skill is critical to learning how to approach complex problems on standardized tests like the ACT and SAT. Rather than playing time-wasting games when you have a lull in your day, search online for brain teasers and peruse the plethora of brain games at your fingertips. 2. Logic puzzles: Before the Internet, puzzles intended to exercise your brain were published in books. Collections of crossword puzzles, logic problems, riddles, sudoku, word problems and word searches can be found at your local bookstore or library. The puzzles in these books are a wonderful strategy to activate different parts of your brain for a round or two of mental gymnastics, and many collections even discuss what each puzzle is meant to target within the mind. 3. Board games: This suggestion may seem strange at first, but do not balk. Choose board games that require more than luck – namely, strategy – for players to win. Any game where players must carefully consider their next move, recognize patterns and remember details will aid in honing critical thinking skills. Certain games like Rubik’s Cube are single-player, while others involve multiple people. Checkers, chess and Mastermind are two-player games that challenge you to plan several steps ahead. Games like Boggle and Scrabble require analyzing information quickly and formulating words, while Clue and Risk test and strengthen your ability to anticipate and react to others’ moves, as well as infer motives. 4. Journaling: Daily reflection – such as maintaining a journal – is a simple way to revisit your day, but it is also a fantastic opportunity to explore ideas. Writing encourages you to expand upon your thoughts and form connections. A journal forces you to slow down and focus on just one or two ideas at a time, which hectic schedules don't otherwise allow. Use your journal to record important ideas and questions and narratives about your life. 5. Book clubs: Students who read for understanding find it far easier to think critically than those who rush to finish. Analyzing a book requires you to delve deeper and ponder complex questions. When reading, think about why the book was written the way it was, what motivates certain characters, and how plot developments may be symbols of foreshadowing. Locate a book club to hone these skills. You will read works you otherwise may not have, and you will learn to examine character development, plot, symbolism and a whole host of other features.
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50 Ways to Live On Your Own Terms

50 Ways to Live On Your Own Terms | Professional Communication | Scoop.it
Although people think they perform better on caffeine, the truth is, they really don’t. Actually, we’ve become so dependent on caffeine that we use it to simply get back to our status-quo. When we’re…
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PAULA SCHER : Artist Series | Type Is Image

Paula Scher is an American graphic designer, painter and art educator in design, and the first female principal at Pentagram, which she joined in 1991. I
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Does the Language We Speak Affect Our Perception of Reality?

Ethnobotanist and hallucinogenic scion Terrence McKenna said in one of his lectures that, “Culture is your operating system.” Through hallucinogenic drugs, McKenna posited, one could shed that operating system for a time and gain union with nature, other humans, and even an ancient mode of thinking which could give us insight into modern life. He wanted to bring about an “Archaic Revival,” which would end estrangement from society and reconnect us with one another. That puts a lot of emphasis on the power of language and culture. To some experts, language is considered a technology, perhaps the most powerful one of all. Eminent explainer of Zen Alan Watts said that in our culture, we often mistake words for the phenomenon they represent. “The menu is not the meal,” he said. Another insight, “We seldom realize…that our most private thoughts and emotions are not actually our own. For we think in terms of languages and images which we did not invent, but which were given to us by our society.”
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The Origami Revolution — NOVA | PBS

The Origami Revolution — NOVA | PBS | Professional Communication | Scoop.it
Engineers are using origami to design drugs, micro-robots, and future space missions.
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A robot that eats pollution

A robot that eats pollution | Professional Communication | Scoop.it
Meet the "Row-bot," a robot that cleans up pollution and generates the electricity needed to power itself by swallowing dirty water. Roboticist Jonathan Rossiter explains how this special swimming machine, which uses a microbial fuel cell to neutralize algal blooms and oil slicks, could be a precursor to biodegradable, autonomous pollution-fighting robots.
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The surprising habits of original thinkers

The surprising habits of original thinkers | Professional Communication | Scoop.it
How do creative people come up with great ideas? Organizational psychologist Adam Grant studies "originals": thinkers who dream up new ideas and take action to put them into the world. In this talk, learn three unexpected habits of originals -- including embracing failure. "The greatest originals are the ones who fail the most, because they're the ones who try the most," Grant says. "You need a lot of bad ideas in order to get a few good ones."
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4 ways to make a city more walkable

4 ways to make a city more walkable | Professional Communication | Scoop.it
Freedom from cars, freedom from sprawl, freedom to walk your city! City planner Jeff Speck shares his "general theory of walkability" -- four planning principles to transform sprawling cities of six-lane highways and 600-foot blocks into safe, walkable oases full of bike lanes and tree-lined streets.
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5 Elements of Compelling Written Communications

5 Elements of Compelling Written Communications | Professional Communication | Scoop.it

Are your written communications helping others achieve the results you want? Business leaders must get things done through others, and this process depends on effective communication. As Sir Winston Churchill once said, communication is the difference between leading and managing.


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Five Models for Making Sense of Complex Systems

Five Models for Making Sense of Complex Systems | Professional Communication | Scoop.it
In one of the classes I teach at CCA, students were confused by mental models, conceptual models, concept maps, etc. I ended up making a model for models, which may help others. This post is for them…

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Maker & STEM

Maker & STEM | Professional Communication | Scoop.it
Our nation’s continued economic prosperity is closely linked with student success in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Use these resources to explore the critical role STEM education plays in driving innovation, and how schools and districts can expand the capacity and diversity of tomorrow’s STEM workforce.

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New Google Translate Update Includes Instant Visual Translation In 20 More Languages

Google added 20 more languages to its Google Translate app - which instantly translates text in real-time - along with making improvements to the voice conversation feature.
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