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How Do We Measure a Competency?

How Do We Measure a Competency? | Professional Communication | Scoop.it
Recently, I participated in two excellent Twitter chats on the #21stedchat hashtag. The first was about Assessing 21st Century Competencies and the second explored Marks and Grades in the 21st Cent...
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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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4 Reasons Why Visual Communication has a Big Impact

4 Reasons Why Visual Communication has a Big Impact | Professional Communication | Scoop.it
Using visual communication -- images and video -- is a great way to effectively get your point across. Make certain your intended message is being received!
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2017 predictions for web design technology trends – Envato

2017 predictions for web design technology trends – Envato | Professional Communication | Scoop.it
When I worked as a web designer, I was fascinated by how design trends changed each year. Since hanging up my design boots and focusing on being CEO of Envato, my focus has shifted from visual trends, to industry and technology ones. As I did in 2014 and 2015, here’s my take on where the world is moving!...
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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, January 3, 11:09 AM
Always good to start with a fresh design perspective.
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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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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, February 23, 5:22 PM
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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Bovee & Thill's Online Business Communication Magazines's curator insight, February 20, 4:40 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.

  

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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Gust MEES's curator insight, February 18, 4:00 PM

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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Mike McCallister's curator insight, February 6, 4:20 PM

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.

ROCAFORT's curator insight, February 7, 2:48 PM
The New York Public Library just uploaded nearly 200,000 images you can use for free
Ginger Jewell's curator insight, February 11, 12:54 PM
Wow, just wow.
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According to Research, Procrastinating Can Boost Your Creativity

According to Research, Procrastinating Can Boost Your Creativity | Professional Communication | Scoop.it
Procrastination improves creativity
Art is never finished, only abandoned.” — Leonardo da Vinci
Everything left undone is always still very much on your mind most of the time. You get to think about it more often than tasks you have completed. This encourages you to think about new ways to improve or do it better.

 

Adrienne Branson of Canva says:
“Unfinished work is hard for your mind to let go of — in a good way. Your mind keeps churning, considering other options, creative solutions to the problem. Ever had a project that you just couldn’t stop talking, thinking, or dreaming about? This is how you make that happen.”

 

"The procrastination thought process works best for people who are working on innovative projects and need creative ideas for solve pending problems. You probably won’t benefit from procrastination if you have to deliver on tasks at the office and have strict deadlines to meet.

 

"Innovators and creative professionals use procrastination to their benefit more often than everyone else. Leonardo Da Vinci was a famous procrastinator. He finished the Mona Lisa in 1517 despite having started it in 1503."

 


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John Rudkin's curator insight, February 12, 3:31 AM
I don't know about you - but I never count anytime I do by way of design "finished".  Its an Art.