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12 Project Management and Collaboration Tools

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Managing a project has never been easier, thanks to some great online collaboration tools. Whether you’re working on a single project with a small team or scheduling a full slate of group projects, you can access affordable solutions to meet your needs and keep your project on track.

 

Here is a list of online project management and collaboration tools. There are project management suites and workspaces, group task-managers, and collaborative productivity and conferencing applications.


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12 Things That Effective Leaders Actually Do

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The Learning Factor's curator insight, August 25, 2013 7:36 PM

So what do effective leaders really do? How do they actually spend their time?


Harvard professor John Kotter decided to find out. He shadowed 15 high performing executives, interviewed them, and talked to their subordinates. This took months.


What he got was an accurate look at how effective leaders spend their day, the patterns behind what they do and how they do it.

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Free Online Courses: Top 50 Sites to Get Educated for Free - InformED

Free Online Courses: Top 50 Sites to Get Educated for Free - InformED | school library | Scoop.it

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The Learning Factor's curator insight, August 29, 2013 6:36 PM

From databases that organize over 1,000,000 students throughout 16 universities, to a small library of documents for those interested in history, the opportunities for free online learning continue to expand as the Internet becomes a crucial component in education.

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10 Ways to Motivate Anyone

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The Learning Factor's curator insight, September 3, 2013 6:55 PM

I am often asked about how to keep employees inspired and productive. It's an essential question since companies today must accomplish more, with fewer people. The most successful start-ups must be lean, nimble, and fierce.


In a nutshell, you should hire bright, energetic, innovative employees. Then offer them the right incentives - the ones that will impact their personal brain and personality types to keep them mentally and emotionally invested in doing their best.


People perform best when they are given autonomy, opportunity for mastery, and the belief that their task is meaningful. Money is not the best motivator, and that employees want to be "players, not pawns."

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13 Rules High Achievers Never Break

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The Learning Factor's curator insight, September 8, 2013 8:13 PM

After looking at the lives of certain great men, I was able to come up 13 rules that high achievers never break. If you obey these rules, you will become a high achiever too.

1. Don’t compare your life to others and don’t judge them; you have no idea what their journey is all about.

Stop trying to be someone else. We all have our own distinct purposes in life. Be yourself always and become the best version of you. You are original, not a counterfeit.

Mary Ann Charters's curator insight, September 9, 2013 9:02 AM

Some great advice for life!

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How to Build More Personal Power

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It’s a classic career management challenge: dealing with those times when the power we need is not the power we have.

 

Jean-Louis Barsoux and Cyril Bouquet, a senior research fellow and a professor of strategy respectively at IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland, call this the moment when we are a “power-deficient executive,” or PDE. They say that it’s a common ailment and a role that most executives will experience at some point in their careers. Reasons range from the demographic group an executive is in to the level of his or her experience to personality quirks.

 

The good news, Barsoux and Bouquet write in “How to Overcome a Power Deficit” in the summer 2013 issue of MIT Sloan Management Review, is that “deficits can almost always be overcome by following one of two basic strategies.” Here are some highlights from their article.


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The Learning Factor's curator insight, September 30, 2013 8:16 PM

It’s one of the biggest career challenges: figuring out what to do when you lack the clout you need.

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The Top 100 Tools for Learning 2013

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The Top 100 Tools for Learning 2013 list was compiled from the votes of over 500 learning professionals (from education and workplace learning) from 48 countries around the world. 


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The Learning Factor's curator insight, October 6, 2013 10:52 PM

Take a look at this list that was recently released.

Say Keng Lee's curator insight, October 7, 2013 3:02 AM

A nice compendium!

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7 Things Really Amazing Communicators Do

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It doesn't matter whether you are in the business of delivering products or services--either way, your success depends heavily on communication. When things go wrong, you can almost always trace the problem to a breakdown in communication. And when things go right, it's usually great communicators who helped create the successful results. It's a necessary skill in every aspect of business, social and family life. How you communicate will determine if you lead, command respect, earn trust and are well liked. Poor communicators will suffer from confusion, low self-esteem and frustration.

 

Many of you have experienced great communicators such as Presidents Reagan and Clinton, and most of you have suffered through that boring lecture or maddening argument from a person who just couldn't make their point in a way you could comprehend. No need for you to be the offender. Just emulate these seven traits, and you'll rise to your highest potential and enjoy life along the way.


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The Learning Factor's curator insight, October 7, 2013 5:43 PM



Want to be successful? You have to communicate effectively. Here are 7 practices to master.

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11 Things You Might Not Know About J.K. Rowling

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AKA the most interesting Muggle in the world.

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GwynethJones's curator insight, September 14, 2013 6:53 PM

Muggle borns listen up....The world of Harry Potter is indeed rich and layered and more fascinating than you can imagine!

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Keeping Public School Libraries Relevant - Education Week News (blog)

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Keeping Public School Libraries Relevant
Education Week News (blog)
In an indirect way, K-12 libraries have given students support in learning endeavors and been a go-to spot for information.
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The digital age is forcing libraries to change. Here's what that looks like. - Washington Post (blog)

The digital age is forcing libraries to change. Here's what that looks like. - Washington Post (blog) | school library | Scoop.it
The digital age is forcing libraries to change. Here's what that looks like.
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SPEAK UP! | Anti-bullying Web site

SPEAK UP! | Anti-bullying Web site | school library | Scoop.it

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The Organized Librarian: Role of a Successful School Library

The Organized Librarian: Role of a Successful School Library | school library | Scoop.it
The librarian will be focused on informational literacy, engagement with information technology, and reading/literacy development. Successful school librarians also work toward high levels of instructional collaboration ...
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9 Apps for Creating Multimedia Content

9 Apps for Creating Multimedia Content | school library | Scoop.it

Until a few years ago designing an attractive presentation, or any other form of multimedia content, required expert designers. You first had to explain your idea to the designer who would then spend hours in isolation, using complex tools and software, to turn them into reality. Most of the times, however, you would still go away dissatisfied with the final product.

 

However, this is no more the case thanks to different online tools available freely on the internet. Using these tools,you can create multimedia content in a matter of minutes. You no longer need to explain your brains out to a designer who would still prefer following his own ideas. There’s also no need for any complex applications and prior designing knowledge.


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Girija Tickoo's curator insight, August 12, 2013 9:59 PM

So very true!

Vinish Garg's comment, August 12, 2013 11:39 PM
Interesting and useful list!
Nuno Magalhães Ribeiro's curator insight, January 30, 2014 5:03 PM

Uma resenha de 9 sistemas de autoria de conteúdos multimédia muito interessante e atualizada.

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7 things really persuasive people do

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The Learning Factor's curator insight, August 28, 2013 2:01 AM

While many people don't like to sell, most find themselves having to persuade someone at some point. Persuasion is not just for salespeople and their prospects. You may try to persuade an employee to perform better, or perhaps you want to persuade your boss to take on your brilliant idea.

Often the most effective persuaders are your kids. Somehow they come by it naturally while you, the adult, has to work hard to find the persuasive path to success.

Whatever your persuasive need, here are 7 things that the most persuasive people consistently do:

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The 7 Habits Of Highly Resilient People

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The Learning Factor's curator insight, September 2, 2013 9:14 PM

Happiness isn't the opposite of depression -- resilience is. Think of the people you most admire, many of them didn’t get where they are just by sailing through life without any negative experiences or failures. Most of them distinguished themselves by their ability to get right back up every time they fall, a truism reflected in countless inspirational quotations on the power of perseverance (In the words of Winston Churchill, "It is the courage to continue that counts.").

So how do resilient people differ from those who become paralyzed by every failure and setback?

Here are seven habits of highly resilient people and ways that you can improve your own ability to cope with challenges.

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The 5 Must-Have Qualities Of The Modern Employee

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The Learning Factor's curator insight, September 3, 2013 9:49 PM

It’s not just the managers that need to adapt and evolve to the changing workplace; it’s also the non-managerial employees. Dramatic changes in the way we work are being fueled by new behaviours and new technologies.


In fact, there are five trends which are shaping the future of work. To keep pace there are five qualities that the modern employee needs to possess.

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24 Essential Mind Mapping and Brainstorming Tools

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The Learning Factor's curator insight, September 25, 2013 7:49 PM

Mind mapping is the process of using visual diagrams to show the relationships between ideas or information. Its popular uses include project planning, collecting and organising thoughts, brainstorming and presentations — all in order to help solve problems, map out resources and uncover new ideas.

It can be more useful than trying to keep track of our ideas by scribbling them on paper, and can aid in manipulating and generating concepts.

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How To Give An Awesome Presentation That No One Will Ever Forget [VIDEO]

How To Give An Awesome Presentation That No One Will Ever Forget [VIDEO] | school library | Scoop.it
Nicholas S. Selby gave a speech at Georgia Tech to welcome sophomore engineering students. But, this is one speech he is going to be remembered for and, he's now a YouTube sensation.

 

How to do you get the attention of a bunch of people who may not be all that interested in what you have to say?

 

Take a leaf out of the book of Mr. Nicholas S. Selby, a soon-to-be mechanical engineer from Georgia Tech.

 

Selby was asked to give the Sophomore Welcome speech. And, give a speech he did.

 

What did he do so well?


1. He made everything contextually relevant
2. He used props and aids that added intrigue (Do you get goosebumps when the music kicks in?)
3. He made references that everyone would appreciate (Yes. I would like to make an Iron Man suit.)
4. He makes sense. There’s nothing ambiguous in his words.
And, by no means least:
5. He says that whole thing very naturally, like a boss! (Although, I’m pretty sure he’s been practising this over and over)


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Laura Davis's curator insight, October 3, 2013 11:59 AM

Seriously....  Presentation Skills &Motivational Speaking at its best - Move over Zig, Ken, Rudy....

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Your Brain on Books: 10 Things That Happen to Our Minds When We Read

Your Brain on Books: 10 Things That Happen to Our Minds When We Read | school library | Scoop.it

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The Learning Factor's curator insight, October 10, 2013 7:32 PM

Any book lover can tell you: diving into a great novel is an immersive experience that can make your brain come alive with imagery and emotions and even turn on your senses. It sounds romantic, but there’s real, hard evidence that supports these things happening to your brain when you read books.


We make photos in our minds, even without being prompted:


  1. Reading books and other materials with vivid imagery is not only fun, it also allows us to create worlds in our own minds. But did you know that this happens even if you don’t mean it to? Researchers have found that visual imagery is simply automatic. Participants were able to identify photos of objects faster if they’d just read a sentence that described the object visually, suggesting that when we read a sentence, we automatically bring up pictures of objects in our minds.

Judy Kundert's curator insight, October 14, 2013 5:59 PM

Read, read @books

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GwynethJones's curator insight, September 2, 2013 4:54 PM

Feel free to snag this Wikpage for your own resource list for kiddos!

Sandra Carswell's curator insight, September 3, 2013 10:40 PM

Creative Commons resources.

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New Report Highlights School Libraries’ Promotion of Digital Literacy

New Report Highlights School Libraries’ Promotion of Digital Literacy | school library | Scoop.it

January 24th, the American Library Association’s Digital Literacy Task Force, led by the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy in Washington, released “Digital Literacy, Libraries, and Public Policy,” a report highlighting support for digital literacy in the context of school, public, and academic libraries.


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Karen du Toit's curator insight, February 7, 2013 2:50 AM

Digital literacy in school and academic libraries!

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The 7 Important Literacies of The 21st Century Education ...

The 7 Important Literacies of The 21st Century Education ... | school library | Scoop.it
However for the purposes of this short post I will define it as follows: Digital literacy is the ability to find, evaluate, utilize, share, and create content using information technologies and the Internet.
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Gaming is Good For Your Brain

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Educational games are increasing in popularity in both educational and corporate settings.


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Neli Maria Mengalli's curator insight, July 9, 2013 8:02 PM

To demonstrate the power gaming can have over the human mind, let’s take a look at a powerful example.