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New Learning Opportunities Create Self-directed Learners

New Learning Opportunities Create Self-directed Learners | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
What if learning took care of itself in your organization? What if your staff knew what they needed to know, or learn, to do their job successfully? Would you say, great! Go for it. Or would you say, wait a minute not so fast.
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I think this is a very common problem in many organizations. I've even been in the situation where the response would be, "Great! I'm glad you found something that could help you, but we can't afford to send you to _____."  This means that individuals end up learning things on their own anyway. But if more resources--especially good ones online--become more available, this will allow not only better training and learning opportunities for self-directed learners, but it will also allow for better cost savings long term. 

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What Happens When a School District Gives Teens Laptops

What Happens When a School District Gives Teens Laptops | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
School officials at one Hoboken school thought it was a no-brainer to give every student a laptop. Now they've decided it was a terrible idea.
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This article comes to me by way of my friend, GeekMom.com editor Andrea Schwalm. 

 

I actually feel outraged reading this. The US wonders why it's behind, and when measures are put in place to provide tools to help kids keep up or get ahead, they aren't working. In this case, it looked like the school district didn't come up with a definitive plan before distributing the laptops out. Kids will be kids, but at the same time, I get the feeling that they haven't been taught that laptops are not toys, but equipment or instruments, and need to be cared for. If a teenager had a high-end smartphone, you KNOW there would be consequences for needing to fix or replace one of those! 

 

My son's small private school gives all the kids laptops--MacBook Air laptops, in fact. They distribute them in September, and take them back in the summer. Every year, parents have to signed waivers and such that say that if something happens to the laptop, especially if the kid is given permission by the parent to bring the laptop home, then any repairs or replacement is on the parent.  The same should happen with school districts as well. I guarantee that a lot more laptops would come back undamaged if parents knew that if something happened to them, they need to replace the machine. Many families can't afford one, so it promotes responsibility. 

 

With a better plan in place on how laptops and tablets can be used in the classroom and for school work, with a written understanding that the device is not a toy but rather an expensive tool to be used and mastered, then perhaps there's hope. The article mentions that other places have made it work. Perhaps the districts where this implementation did not work need to take few lessons from those where it did work. You can't implement something like this without careful consideration and a plan. You need a strategy, and it doesn't sound like Hoboken really thought it out. 

 

Perhaps rather than throwing all those laptops out, they should donate them to another school district who has a plan and be more appreciative of the chance to get kids up to speed in technology. 

 

(Oh, and yes, teacher/staff training is important and lacking, but I could go on about that too. That's part of having a good plan, after all. )

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What's lurking in your content?

What's lurking in your content? | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Fellow technical writers, admit it. You've all done it. You're writing along, and you come to a spot where you need to insert place-holder text. Your creative juices are flowing, and a simple lorem...
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Larry Kunz posted this friendly reminder about text filler. This is definitely proof that you need to remember to FULLY edit everything before it goes to print! Yikes! Read this article, and stay on top of your drafts and final copies before publishing! 

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MBA Programs Starting to Emphasize Coding

MBA Programs Starting to Emphasize Coding | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Companies want to hire technically skilled MBAs, and business schools are finally starting to get it. MBA programs equip students with management techniques, accounting skills a...
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YES! This is something I've been saying all along. If not big programming languages, at least the basics of HTML so that they understand how websites are built and understand content strategy in relation to digital output, along with all that big data and analytics stuff. Education systems--please listen!

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la pensée computationnelle se diffuse...

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Free upgrade from TCS5 to TCS 5.1

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Thanks to Matt Sullivan for letting us know about this upgrade to the Adobe Tech Comm Suite 5, and writing the directions for how to obtain the upgrade! Read the article. 

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Granite countertops and stainless steel appliances

Granite countertops and stainless steel appliances | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Though it's probably the most low-key reality show on television, HGTV's House Hunters has uncovered an overwhelming, and heretofore unknown, passion lurking deep in the American psyche. The show f...
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I'm really loving this article by Larry Kunz! I'm one of those regular viewers of House Hunters myself, and as a DIY (Do-It-Yourself) homeowner who has learned to see past needing granite countertops and stainless-steel appliances, I understand his analogy very well. (In fact, I just did a kitchen renovation almost a year ago, and we went with quartz/silestone instead of granite, and I've been upgrading appliances one by one to stainless over the course of seven years, so they are all now stainless.)  There are needs, and there are wants, and Larry does a really nice job getting tech writers to think about how to differenciate between those things in our content. This is content strategy at its most basic level. Read this NOW!

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5 Useless Elements You Need To Remove From Your Blog Right Now!

5 Useless Elements You Need To Remove From Your Blog Right Now! | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Your blog is leaking cash and I'll show you how to plug the leaks. There are useless elements on your blog that are costing you money. Find out more here.
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This article came to me by way of Scott Nesbitt on Google+. While I don't write my blog for money (well, at least not at this point it's not worth a salary), there are some interesting tips in here. Some I've figured out to a point--I know when I'm redirecting things to my blog and when I'm not. (Like this actual post done through ScoopIt!). But I'm not sure if some of the other elements the author mentions--if done sparingly--is truly all that awful, like the latest badge for an award (not that I've ever had one to post myself). 

 

What do you think?

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No wonder English is confusing, Part 2

No wonder English is confusing, Part 2 | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
As a follow-up to my fun post, "No Wonder (Verbal) English is confusing!", here's a follow-up that really shows how crazy it can get. Although I think in the end, there is some (okay, a lot of) Cel...
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The dangers of overthinking your writing

The dangers of overthinking your writing | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
A few months ago, I met someone who was just starting out as a writer. Following the advice given to many aspiring writers, he decided to start a blog. But instead of getting down to work, he was o...
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Craig Cardimon posted this great Scott Nesbitt article, and I find it on target. I'm often asked how to do a blog, and in my mind, it's not as hard as it seems overall, and this article makes a strong case for one of the main elements of writing a blog. Read it for a reality check. 

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Keeping calm

Keeping calm | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
It's been quite a week.... For two days I told the project manager that I'd accept changes until Wednesday morning, and then I'd send the final drafts for approval that afternoon. He assured me tha...
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I had to chuckle at this post by Lary Kunz. Believe me, Larry, I feel your pain. I know it ALL too well. Enjoy this article!

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Adobe Day@STC Summit 2014 - We Went Back to The Future

Adobe Day@STC Summit 2014 - We Went Back to The Future | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
I apologize for my blog coverage of the 2014 STC Summit edition of Adobe Day being delayed--it's been a busy month! But hopefully, you'll feel it's been worth the wait, and you had a chance to see ...
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No wonder (verbal) English is confusing!

No wonder (verbal) English is confusing! | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
I've been seeing a lot of videos about various accents in the English language lately, and it makes me think that I must have missed some sort of calling to be a linguist. I find it all fascinating...
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Who Says Your Blog Sucks? How to Avoid Fear Marketing

Who Says Your Blog Sucks? How to Avoid Fear Marketing | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
The problem that we are grappling with here is that most of us bloggers are naive to the ploy, and we buy into negative emotions. Fear and shame are never powerful positions to make decisions and...
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Here's another gem from Darin Hammond. I will admit that I think I have fallen into this trap a few times, I'm sure, not even realizing that I'm doing it. I'm sure I've done it because it DOES grab attention, but there's a point that it loses its impact, and it does impact the blogger mind-set. Positivity going forward, people! Read this if you are serious about blogging. There are some great pointers in here. 

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Map: Where Europeans speak English

Map: Where Europeans speak English | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
English is widely spoken in northern Europe. Not so much in the south.
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This is an interesting little tidbit that came to me by way of one of my former grad school classmates. I forget the percentage that's been quoted to me in the past (I feel like I heard it from Scott Abel), but people who speak English natively or as a second language fluently don't make up the majority of all languages spoken, yet the language of the Internet is often thought to be English.  The map in this article shows an interesting dynamic. I'd be curious to see what it looks like in other regions of the world, especially near countries that are either UK Commonwealth countries or former British colonies. 

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Boite Mails's comment, June 18, 4:35 AM
For exemple in France, we don't have cartoon with english subtitles.. We have to change it to improve the english/french skills!
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“Lucy, you have some ‘splanin’ to do!”: Considering your ESL Customers

“Lucy, you have some ‘splanin’ to do!”: Considering your ESL Customers | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Content Rules Inc. was kind enough to extend their invitation to have me blog for them again. This time, it's on a subject that near and dear to their hearts as well as mine. This article talks abo...
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Tweet from @WembleyMatters

Tweet from @WembleyMatters | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Admire this school. A child is more than a SATS score pic.twitter.com/tRuHPcMV6d
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I saw this courtesy of Colum McAndrew.  Oh, I really hope that more educators in the US get this message, because this is the message that we need to give our kids. My son is learning different, so he doesn't usually do well in standardized tests, even though certain allowances are made (like extra time, etc.) so he can try to complete them. He's actually a rather bright boy, and he has rather low self-esteem, so I'm constantly trying to remind him that he's more than a test (just like adults are more than their resumes).  I, too, didn't do well in standardized tests as a kid, yet I did well enough in school. (Never took the GRE for grad school, yet had a 4.0 GPA, which should say something!) 

 

US education system--please wake up, and read this, and learn from it! We need to bring up kids who are more confident in whatever skills they have, even if they are not measurable or conventional. 

 

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The Top 6 Questions to Ask When Creating Your Content Strategy

The Top 6 Questions to Ask When Creating Your Content Strategy | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
WOW! I will admit that there are a lot of content strategists who have been doing content strategy for a much longer time than I have.  Val is one of those people, and she's someone I consider to b...
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I've done a guest blog post on the Content Rules Inc blog! Check it out. 

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Getting your Content Strategy right is very critical in repositioning your organization out there

JC CAILLIEZ, PhD's curator insight, July 22, 11:28 PM

A découvrir sur :

http://www.contentrules.com/blog/top-6-questions-ask-creating-content-strategy/

 

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SCORM vs Tin Can - Tin Can API

SCORM vs Tin Can - Tin Can API | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
SCORM vs The Tin Can API. What are the differences? Why should I choose Tin Can over SCORM?
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It's been a while since I've posted anything "hardcore" for e-learning, but I saw this on Learning Anyway's Facebook page, and thought it was definitely worth sharing. I don't know how long this site has been up, but it looks fantastic! Check it out for more information. 

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Mike Carrington's curator insight, July 10, 2:04 PM

Yet another e-learning development to follow! I have always found SCORM, in its many incarnations, to be a pain to use. Hopefully this won't be true of the Tin Can API.

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How to Be Ignored in Social Media - Go Headless

How to Be Ignored in Social Media - Go Headless | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
The profile shot, more than anything, personalizes you. I begin to recognize faces and put names to them. Then, I am able to remember what they post about and a bit about their personality. Finally,...
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Darin Hammond has done it again, bringing up a detail that seems small, but actually makes a big impact. I agree wholeheartedly with his approach on this subject. (And, no, Darin, you are not an ugly, old man!) But connecting a face with the words and images on a blog post does make a difference, and definitely personalizes the experience. I'm not just a name, but a face that goes with it. People have recognized me at conferences because they've seen my face. I remember faces again when I see photos of people on social media. No "Glamour Shots" are needed--both of the photos I've used in the last two years have been amateur shots. One was done by my husband in my backyard, and the most recent one seen on social media is a selfie! So, show us who you are, and read Darin's article here for tips. 

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Mylène BOUSQUET's curator insight, July 10, 2:19 AM

A good way to start !

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Farewell to Orkut. Huh? What is Orkut?

Farewell to Orkut. Huh? What is Orkut? | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Remember Orkut? Maybe this post about its demise is also your introduction to Google’s first foray into social networking.Started in 2004, Orkut saw impressive early growth and has been popular in
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I barely remember Orkut being around, and it was long forgotten until I read the press release that it was going to be discontinued. Heck, I thought it was long dead already! But Google+ still fails to picque my interest much--I still can't completely figure it out. But hey--it just goes to show that Google has been in the social media game for a while now. Now, Google Wave I remember. I did that for a little bit, and that one should've caught on. That was MUCH better than Google +. Oh well, we live and learn. Read Ken's article in the meantime. It's good. 

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Report: Increasing demand for digital communicators

Report: Increasing demand for digital communicators | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
About 75 percent of executives say they’re hiring more staffers with social media and digital expertise than they ever have before.
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Another gem courtesy of Craig Cardimon. Good news! 

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Abou Al-Ela's curator insight, July 21, 2:14 AM

digital communication Jobs

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Villegas Views: Digital Content is Not the Only Content Out There

Villegas Views: Digital Content is Not the Only Content Out There | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
My latest post on the STC Notebook is up! The article is a reflection about a recent encounter I had at the STC Summit about a month ago. I'd like to hear your opinion about the question I ask at t...
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Introducing the Apple iWatch, your interface with the digital world.

Introducing the Apple iWatch, your interface with the digital world. | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Apple and Samsung function in polar opposite ways, Apple's reductive thinking, patience and need centric approach should make their wearable a world apart from Samsung's rapid, defensive, technology
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This is an interesting article. I hope there is an iWatch at some point with all these features! I could use it!  Even so, whether it's Apple, Samsung, or any other manufacturer, this is an interesting article to read to get a feel of the technical capabilities such a wearable device could potentially have. Now the question will be, who will make it and make it well! (I'm hoping Apple!)

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Catarina Fernandes's curator insight, June 25, 4:11 AM

Meus caros encontrie um artigo que acho interessante e resolvi partilhar convosco.

Lorraine Elvire Wagenaar's curator insight, June 25, 8:10 AM

Lijkt me wel wat.

Gonzalo Ordóñez's curator insight, June 30, 7:50 AM

Consumismo eterno

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Proclamation to the World: Social Media Is Our Best Hope for Freedom and Equality

Proclamation to the World: Social Media Is Our Best Hope for Freedom and Equality | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
 You will take from this article:   Definitions of social, media, technology, and literacy. The interconnections between these terms. The history and evolution of social media. The...
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Another great article by Darin Hammond. It's an interesting way to look at the history of social media, but I'm sure this is just one snippet of the big picture, although I like the angle that Darin's taken on this one. It's actually a much bigger picture than even this, but this is a big part of the foundation of social media, for sure. Take a look at this article. It definitely gets you thinking about it. 

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Learning, unlearning, and relearning

Learning, unlearning, and relearning | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
The illiterate of the twenty-first century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn. - Alvin Toffler, quoted by Jack Molisani in Be the Captain o...
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This is a great blog post by Larry Kunz. I think he makes an excellent point with the idea that we need to always be ready to learn, unlearn, and relearn. He gives some great examples here. Even in my two years of being an official technical communicator, so many changes have been going on. Some companies can keep up with the changes in technology, attitudes, and work processes, and others can't. I go to conferences and take classes because I want to keep learning so that I can adapt going forward, and not be so settled in my ways that I settle myself out of a job. Larry talks about the days when you got a job and stayed there for decades, and how that model has generally gone the way of the dodo birds, as he puts it. I couldn't agree more with that. I saw that once I graduated from college almost 25 years ago. The longest I've ever been at a single job (other than motherhood) was three years. Provided my contract isn't cancelled early before the end of this year, my current job will be the second longest position I've ever had. This is not including my 5 years as a Cub Scout Leader either.  It's not that kind of job market anymore, so to stay in the game, you have to keep up, and follow what Larry talks about in this article. Read it!

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Terri Rice's curator insight, June 25, 11:23 AM

well, how appropriate is this topic. I am trying to find work and feel as if there is no success possible. Now I see my continuance to learn all I can is really improving my chances. Now, to just get a handle on the rest of technology..... 

Abou Al-Ela's curator insight, July 21, 2:16 AM

Learning process???????!!

HUBMODE's curator insight, July 26, 6:01 AM

Apprendre comme respirer:tout le temps!

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What you must know about the science of mind viruses and cultural evolution

What you must know about the science of mind viruses and cultural evolution | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
People toss around the terms "viral" and "meme" on websites, blogs and in conversation, and we understand what is meant by them.  On the internet, going viral means everybody is watching or reading...
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Another gem by Darin Hammond. I like him helping us understand the evolution and understanding of what a "meme" and "viral" really means, but it's a great discussion about cultural evolution and how it affects all aspects of life, not just blogging or content placed on the internet. It really gets you thinking about it. Nice article, Darin!  Be sure to read this one. You'll feel a lot smarter for doing so. 

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