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Create Your Own Smartphone App With Infinite Monkeys – No Coding Knowledge Required

Create Your Own Smartphone App With Infinite Monkeys – No Coding Knowledge Required | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
It would be great if we all had the time, skills, and patience to learn computer coding, especially since technology pervades so many areas of our life.

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17 SEO Myths to Leave Behind in 2015 [Free Ebook]

17 SEO Myths to Leave Behind in 2015 [Free Ebook] | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Make sure your 2015 SEO strategy is up to snuff by downloading this new free ebook.
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Tina Howe shared this gem on Facebook. As SEO strategies seem to be changing, and this is a topic that I think I need to get better knowledge of, it seems like a good resource to use going forward. 

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Why Bloggers Should Own Their Blog and Not Be a Digital Renter

Why Bloggers Should Own Their Blog and Not Be a Digital Renter | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Would your rather own your home or pay rent to a landlord?Most people would probably choose home ownership. Sure, there might be a few positive reasons to rent a house, but let’s face it, the majority of people globally would choose to have their own house if they could.This makes a lot of sense because when you own the house, nobody can tell you to leave or tell you what you can or can’t do.The same thing applies to your blog.Why I’m Using Real Estate LingoRecently, someone in real estate sent
Danielle M. Villegas's insight:

I caught this article on LinkedIn, and I couldn't agree more with this! One of the best moves I made was creating TechCommGeekMom on WordPress, and relying on social media only to put the word out when I have something new on it.  I'm a big WordPress advocate, but there are other platforms to use as well. The author's point of not "renting" is on target if you want to be a serious blogger. If you think about it, it's like owning your own content--you want to make sure that you have control over it and how it's presented, not have someone confine you based on a contract or something like that. Even using a curating tool like ScoopIt is still okay because I post it on MY blog, and I still have control over the blog content. 

 

If you are thinking about being a serious blogger, I implore you to read this. It's really the first important step towards that goal. 

 

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Brian Wilson's curator insight, December 18, 1:16 PM

I'm not in real estate and I don't want to buy a house, but I do want to blog more and I really like this article. I plan to improve my writing skills before I "buy" my own spot online and I prefer not to be a "blogsquatter" because I believe writing is an art and is too personal. I look forward to learning more and becoming a better writer/blogger and possibly one day getting paid for sharing.

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Microsoft Skype Translator Preview: The real-world test

Microsoft Skype Translator Preview: The real-world test | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Our conversation was halting at first. Maria in the south of Spain would start to speak and I would reflexively respond, even though I didn’t understand what she was saying. Our...
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This is really exciting to me! We are always looking for the next step in translation communications, and this might be that next step! Even with the demonstration here, you can see that it's still not perfect, but it's going in the right direction. I look forward to the day I can get an invitation for this so that I can not only use with with tech comm colleagues around the world, but also with my family around the world who speak English. Perhaps I'll be able to have a more direct conversation with my in-laws--finally! 

 

I find it interesting, if you read the text following the video, that while translation is not perfect just yet, there is an attempt to make this a smart program by localizing and cleaning up the English in the process, as an attempt to standardize the English into "clean English" or something that's more neutral or international English. That can't be easy to do! 

 

Check out the video and read this article. This is an exciting new thing that I hope will become a vital part of better communications and help us work towards better content and better content strategy. 

 

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This is what it feels like to be unemployed for years

The term among economists for losing your job market value when you're unemployed is "skill erosion." Here's what that feels like.
Danielle M. Villegas's insight:

Craig Cardimon brought this article to my attention, and boy, it struck a STRONG chord with me.

 

Having been unemployed twice in the last 5 years, both times for about a year or so, everything in this article happened to me both times. It's part of the fear that I face if I should find myself either unemployed or underemployed again in the future--I don't want to have to go through this yet again. It almost feels like PTSD having experienced it not once, but twice in recent years.  You truly lose your self-confidence. It's taken two years to get mine back. 

 

This is one reason that I recommend to anyone who is job searching to stay active on social media, in order to continue being part of the conversation of topics going on in one's field and learning the trends. I also recommend trying to find part-time jobs related to your field, not finding outside work outside of one's field, so that way you can stay in the loop, and perhaps learn a new skill. Taking a course to brush up on a skill helps too. 

 

This is an interesting article that I hope employers read, so they can better understand the impact of the economy. There are plenty of good workers out there that just haven't been given a break, by no fault of their own, so it's worth investing a little extra time to let them get back up to speed again. 

 

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Terri Rice's curator insight, December 13, 2:33 PM

Wow! This could be about me. It resonates with many of us trying to improve our marketability by completing degrees and getting advanced degrees. However, employers only see the gap, not what you filled it with. Frustration abounds! I agree with Danielle, it is not a place you want to be, let alone multiple times or months, or, heaven forbid, years. Read this and see if you can encourage some one with a jjob lead.

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Writing is writing, no matter how you do it

Writing is writing, no matter how you do it | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
The other day, I was mulling all I've seen and done in the 47 or so years I've been on this planet. And I came to the conclusion that I've seen a lot of history. Geopolitical changes, social upheav...
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I'm about the same age as the article's author, Scott Nesbitt, and find that his conclusion in this article in spot on. The technology might help facilitate the process (for me, I can't get my ideas down well or organize them well when handwriting), but in the end, it's the actual writing that is the constant. 

 

Read this article. He makes a great point. 

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The first 5 online resources to use when learning to code

The first 5 online resources to use when learning to code | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
These five resources are the best starting points for anyone learning to code.
Danielle M. Villegas's insight:

This looks like a good list of initial resources in online coding education.

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So Why Learn English: A personal view from Brazil | LinkedIn

So Why Learn English: A personal view from Brazil | LinkedIn | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Danielle M. Villegas's insight:

I liked reading this article because I have a fascination with English being considered a dominant international language, especially in the business world. The company where I consult is one of those companies based in a non-English speaking country, but its official language is English. At first, I thought it was due to the strong American presence on the Internet, but I'm finding that it's not necessarily so. It's also not due to the emergence of former British Commonwealth (or current Commonwealth) countries. There is a huge percentage of the world that speaks English as a second language--why? Why isn't there more Chinese or Russian or Spanish or Arabic or French (or maybe there is, and I'm oblivious to it)? 

 

Take a look at this, and check out this perspective. Then tell me what you think. Is this individual correct that this is becoming more commonplace? Why do you think that is? I'm definitely curious to hear your view. 

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Karine Allouche's curator insight, December 8, 8:41 PM

The impact of  having English as a competency, is both  having massive personal and business impact.

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Literacy through technology | Pearson Blog

Literacy through technology | Pearson Blog | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
The official Pearson blog.
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A great case showing how m-learning can make a difference in literacy. 

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Social Media – It’s Relationship, Stupid! | LinkedIn

Social Media – It’s Relationship, Stupid! | LinkedIn | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Danielle M. Villegas's insight:

I like this article by Robert Caruso (@fondalo on Twitter) that he posted on LinkedIn. I agree that in the end, the true purpose of social media is about the relationships and connections we make with each other. This is the perspective I've always had in writing my blog, but also participating in social media. Initially, it was to make contacts in tech comm as a newbie in the field. Now, it's to make contacts AND maintain contacts in tech comm, both professionally and personally. Creating friendships as well as networking contacts has been the best part of participating in social media, and I would never stop doing that! 

 

What do you think? Does Robert make a good point? Or is social media merely a marketing tool for either commercial or personal promotion?

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Terri Rice's curator insight, December 4, 1:30 PM

In my opinion, social media is what you make it. If you have the time to stay online discoursing with people about work, life, events, etc...  then I say, DO IT!. But for some of us, time is fractured into so many directions and needs it will take longer to get to a place of splendiferous communication fest with others. I look forward to that day, but for now  I must stay one of those who just rehash what someone else has thought. My thoughts are still too scrambled to mean much to anyone other than me ( and a psychologist). :)

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39 Blogging Tools to Help You Work Faster & Write Better

39 Blogging Tools to Help You Work Faster & Write Better | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
The best blogging tools for coming up with ideas, writing efficiently, and getting your post seen by more readers.
Danielle M. Villegas's insight:

Thanks to Craig Cardimon for posting this on Facebook. I thought I would know most of these, but upon review, there are some great tools even a "veteran" like me could learn to use! Always working to build the "TechCommGeekMom" empire!  Take a look--some good resources here. 

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Good article!
Linda Kaiser, PhD's curator insight, December 4, 12:21 PM

Want to start a new blog?  Need ideas for snappy blog posts? This article presents an excellent variety of tools you might consider using if you're in need of some fresh ideas for your blog. The tools help to generate anything from blog article titles to actual content with catchy phrases to help your articles really stand out.

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5 smart ways students can use Google Scholar

5 smart ways students can use Google Scholar | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Get through your final papers with this guide to using Google Scholar.
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I wish I had known about this when I was in grad school! This looks like a great researching tool, even for non-students. --techcommgeekmom
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Tony Park's curator insight, December 3, 5:48 PM

Some good ideas for students and researchers.

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Terri Rice's curator insight, December 4, 1:22 PM

I use Google Scholar daily. It is a tremendous savior when time crunch is approaching and you realize you forgot to cite a few articles properly. I will pay for this tool even after grad school is complete (are we ever really done?). Fabulous article from mashable.com and Danielle, of course. she passes on the best stuff, right?

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Book Review: Shockproofing Your Use of Social Media: Staying Safe Online by Ben Woelk

Book Review: Shockproofing Your Use of Social Media: Staying Safe Online by Ben Woelk | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
A few weeks ago, I was asked by new author, Ben Woelk (who some in the tech comm field will recognize as a leader in our STC community) to review his new book in the Guru Guides series called Shock...
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Digital Strategy and Architecture

Digital Strategy and Architecture | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
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Tristan Bishop shared this on Google+. It's an interesting look at how digital strategy works. Take a look. 

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Improve Your Writing with This Periodic Table of the Figures of Speech

Improve Your Writing with This Periodic Table of the Figures of Speech | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
When you write something--either for work or for fun--the purpose is to convey meaning and engage whoever reads it. Knowing how to use the figures of speech in your writing can take it to the next level, and this table can help show you how.
Danielle M. Villegas's insight:

This is a great find made by Scott Abel, The Content Wrangler himself, which he posted on Facebook. 

 

If there was any question as to how writing works, look no further than this poster! Everything your can think of appears to be here. Check it out! 

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Terri Rice's curator insight, December 18, 3:55 PM

What a great chart to have handy. Thanks for passing it along, Danielle.

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Why just 9 hours of coding class changed my whole outlook on technology - Philadelphia Business Journal

Why just 9 hours of coding class changed my whole outlook on technology - Philadelphia Business Journal | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Danielle M. Villegas's insight:

I learned this lesson when learning how to do HTML coding 15 or so years ago, and when I couldn't absorb Javascript in a day! While tools have been created in the last 15 years to make creating a website more user-friendly and accessible to the masses, the science and art behind it all continues to get more complicated. (Trust me--I know. I'm married to a web developer.)  I'm thinking that I need to do this with some other languages, like update to learn HTML5, more XML-related stuff, or relearn Javascript, or PHP, or...something! It really does give you an appreciation for what full-time coders do, and I'm sure that if I learned some more, perhaps API documentation-related stuff would become easier for me to learn as well. 

 

Check out this article--good perspective. 

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Mobile-Friendly Test

Danielle M. Villegas's insight:

I'm sure my site doesn't, but that's something I'll have to correct in the near future. In the meantime, this is a Google Developers test you can use to test to see if your website is mobile-friendly. Thanks to Marta Rauch for passing this one along! 

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How To Curate Content Like A Pro: 8 Lessons (Examples Included)

How To Curate Content Like A Pro: 8 Lessons (Examples Included) | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Content curation is not an aggregation of existing content, references, or links. It adds value through unique commentary. Learn more about how to boost your content curation with these eight lessons and numerous actionable tips.
Danielle M. Villegas's insight:

Got this in my email from the Content Marketing Institute today. Some of these are practices I use, and there are some interesting ones I'm going to have to investigate. Good reading--you should read this one for some good insight. 

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Romuald Dariot's curator insight, December 11, 6:49 AM

Les sons tout go a head

Terri Rice's curator insight, December 11, 9:46 PM

There is a lot of good practices here to implement. I had to read it three times to absorb just half of it. I'm a slow learner, but if you need to put some gas in your Content Curation to boost your numbers of readers then this list will help. I have a few days or weeks ahead of me to put this all into action. 

Miguel Herrera E.'s curator insight, December 14, 9:39 AM

Una actualizada e interesante propuesta

 

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Introducing CoursePress: Easy To Create Online Classes - The Edublogger

Danielle M. Villegas's insight:

Now this is an interesting development that was brought to my attention on Google + by Justin Schwamm. A course-creator plug-in for WordPress that essentially turns WordPress into an LMS! Check out this article to find out the details. Looks like an interesting concept! 

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On the wild trail: When you don't feel prepared

On the wild trail: When you don't feel prepared | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
In her best-seller Wild (which was recently made into a movie), author Cheryl Strayed recounts her experiences as a young woman hiking alone for 1,100 miles on the Pacific Crest Trail. Although woe...
Danielle M. Villegas's insight:

Larry Kunz has some good advice here, and his timing for this article couldn't be better. I've just been faced with a situation in which I'm totally not prepared for, but I have the fortune to be able to plan for it, at least. My problem is not knowing what direction to start following to make something positive out of the situation.  I'm very determined to not fall into the "imposter syndrome" he refers/cross-references this article (another good article to read as well). It's certainly a slippery slope, but I guess it'll be like Cheryl Strayed that when the process is done, I will learn something about myself (hopefully something good), and will learn something that will help me move forward. 

 

Take a look at these article. 

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Learner Revolution in, Ed Tech Revolution out - eCampus News

Learner Revolution in, Ed Tech Revolution out - eCampus News | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
A new report suggests investors should focus on companies servicing the "Learner Revolution," which creates pathways of success to guide individual students
Danielle M. Villegas's insight:

This is a great article about the shift in e-learning towards more m-learning, and how e-learning is becoming more learner-centric. Great to see more movement over time in this direction! 

 

What do you think? Is m-learning here to stay? Do you agree with the shift of focus? Include your comments below. 

 

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5 Signs you highly need a content curation diet in your marketing mix | Scoop.it Blog

5 Signs you highly need a content curation diet in your marketing mix | Scoop.it Blog | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Like eating well relies on mixing diverse foods, marketers say you won’t achieve optimal results if you’re not adding 3rd party info via content curation.
Danielle M. Villegas's insight:

Especially during the times that I don't have something original to blog about (which has been lately), content curation has been a huge help to keep ideas flowing on my blog. I'm always sharing what I think is helpful or thought-provoking to me, so hopefully it is for you, too. As the article states, sometimes it's good to change things up, and throw in some new ideas so things don't sound like one long advertisement for your company and its products. I don't have a company, but I'd like to think that bringing you a variety of ideas about technical communications and other STEM related topics contributes to the well-being of my "TechCommGeekMom" brand. 

 

Anyone who's into content marketing should take a look at this. It's basic information, but it makes a lot of sense. 

 

What do you think? Do you agree? Put your comments below. 

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Terri Rice's curator insight, December 4, 1:33 PM

Danielle, you just keep on your "diet". WE all need ideas and you have fantastic original ones and terrific finds via curating. I am blessed with your posts of all kinds.

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How Power Blogs Innovate: The Path of Resistance

How Power Blogs Innovate: The Path of Resistance | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
The culture you live in has flaws that you can change. Blogging is an important tool of cultural innovation because it gives you a voice in your community. Powerful innovation requires vision,...
Danielle M. Villegas's insight:

Today seems to be the day to blog about blogging and social media! Darin Hammond posted this great article about being a resistance blogger. Based on much of what he outlines here, I do try to create TechCommGeekMom as a "power blog". I'm sure I have days that I hit that mark, and days that I miss the mark. But I do try to explain what i see and my genuine reaction to things as a human being. I never stop thinking that there's so much more for me to learn, and that it will take forever for me to catch up with those who have been more deeply involved in technical communications for a longer period of time than I have been. I know there are plenty of tech comm experts who are the nicest people to talk to, yet they induce sheer terror in me by the intimidating amount of knowledge they have over me, mostly from experience alone. All I can do is learn, and I'm sure there are others like me who feel the same way, so we can commiserate together. 

 

Read Darin's article. At the end, he provides a link to a group on Google+ called the Resistance Bloggers, of which I'm a member. It's a good group of people sharing a variety of ideas. Be sure to check it out if you think you fit the bill of being a "power blogger" after reading this article. 

 

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Joyce Young's curator insight, December 5, 10:35 AM

Blogging gives older adults that weren't brought up in the new technology era the opportunity to be heard and seen. Most often others purport to speak for them!

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What you can learn from Iron Man to be big on Social Media! | LinkedIn

What you can learn from Iron Man to be big on Social Media! | LinkedIn | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
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There are some good basics here that make a lot of sense, but are good reminders. I'll have to revisit some of these myself! Take a look.

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4 ways to get the most out of your SMEs

4 ways to get the most out of your SMEs | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
If talking with my SME about his golf game will make him more comfortable working with me, then that's what I'll do.
Danielle M. Villegas's insight:

Larry Kunz has written a great article about make a relationship with SMEs work. It's not easy, as I've experienced recently, but following these rules made the experience more tolerable in stressful situations. Take a look--there's some sound advice in there! 

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Terri Rice's curator insight, December 4, 1:18 PM

Larry reminds us of a good technique. Treat others the way you want to be treated. This not limited to SME's. All employees, whether they are under your supervision or your equal, treating others with respect and care pays dividends. However, if you are insincere in your interest or care, it can be seen BIG time. So be yourself, but play nice. Wise words. Thank, Danielle for your bringing Larry's wonderful article to us all.

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New English Calligraphy

New English Calligraphy | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Reblogged on WordPress.com
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I saw this curated on Wordsummit's blog, and found it fascinating. Had to share it myself! This is not about typography or design, nor is it about linguistics and language. It's about both--and then some. We talk about localization and translation often in content strategy. Reading this added a new dimension to my method of thinking about it. Read this for an interesting perspective. --techcommgeekmom
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