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Want to be a cutting edge technophile? Here’s one way to do it…

Want to be a cutting edge technophile? Here’s one way to do it… | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
I’m not a normal mom. I’m a geek mom– a techcomm geek mom, to be more exact, but I was a geek mom long before I was into tech comm. While I liked my girly things as a girl, I &hel...
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Online Student Again, Part 8: Online Customer Acquisition - Accio Customers!

As of the end of this module, my mini-MBA course is now three-quarters of the way done! I'm glad it's getting towards the end since it's been a while since I squeezed in a course into my busy sched...
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Adobe Publish coming in summer 2015 | Adobe Digital Publishing

Adobe Publish coming in summer 2015 | Adobe Digital Publishing | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Announcing Adobe Publish, the next generation of mobile app publishing. Learn more about the evolution of mobile apps coming to market summer 2015.
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Thanks to Saibal Bhattacharjee of Adobe liking this on his LinkedIn page. While I'm not in digital publishing like this (I would like to learn, though!), this is a big development to make mobile publishing easier. It looks like it's going to be a great product. Take a look. 

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Online Student Again, Part 7: UX and Marketing--It's an Experience, Man. 

Online Student Again, Part 7: UX and Marketing--It's an Experience, Man.  | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
This week's online module for my digital marketing class was about user experience (UX) and marketing. I realized after taking this module that I know a lot more about UX that I thought I did, as i...
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Bulara Monyaki's curator insight, March 24, 10:29 AM

Digital learning on the rise...

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Google: Here's what we did wrong with Google Glass

Google: Here's what we did wrong with Google Glass | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Astro Teller, the man who led the Google Glass program has explained exactly where he believes the company went wrong.
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Teller has an interesting insight to why Google Glass didn't hit the mark. Hopefully, the information gathered was valuable, and any future iterations will be huge improvements. 

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BBC is giving away 1 million mini computers so kids can learn to code

BBC is giving away 1 million mini computers so kids can learn to code | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
The BBC wants to coding to become as fundamental as writing, and is taking some very practical steps to ensure that happens.
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This is brilliant. The UK already has a huge initiative to include more STEM education into its K-12 curriculum--much more than the US, which I've posted about here before. But this is taking things to a whole new level! I know it can add up a bit, but why isn't some big American company like Comcast or Microsoft or Adobe or someone like that kicking off something like that here? It'd be a better use of charitable funds than some of those goofy adverts on TV. 

 

Bravo, BBC, on this effort! 

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Abdulmalik Ofemile's curator insight, March 14, 8:56 AM

This is a great opportunity to build scientists for the future

Amr Selim's curator insight, March 15, 5:09 AM

Great Initiative for #Learning the language of  #Technology, thanks to the #BBC 

Stephanie Battista's curator insight, March 19, 1:27 PM

Imagine what our kids will create...

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Online Student Again, Part 6: Personalized Digital Experiences--Oh boy. Almost creepy.

Online Student Again, Part 6: Personalized Digital Experiences--Oh boy. Almost creepy. | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
When I started the next unit on personalized digital experiences, I wasn't quite sure what to expect.  In short, my initial guess that it had to do with the tech comm mantra of "know your audience"...
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Bulara Monyaki's curator insight, March 24, 10:31 AM

Digital learning for the digital nation...

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Would the Real Content Management Please Stand Up? - The Content Philosopher

Would the Real Content Management Please Stand Up? - The Content Philosopher | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
One thing that you will often hear content strategists talking about is the need to break down organizational silos. Only then will the necessary content flow from where it is created to where it is needed. It would be more...
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Joe Gollner always has compelling discourses about whatever topic he's discussing. He was one of the first people that I remember talking about "taking down the silos", and here, he's discussing that well, it's not so easy, and sometimes there are silos within silos, namely within content management. 

 

Read this, and let me know what you think. 

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Happy 3rd Birthday, TechCommGeekMom!

Happy 3rd Birthday, TechCommGeekMom! | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Can you believe it? TechCommGeekMom is celebrating another birthday--it's 3 years old now! I guess this means it's not a little baby blog anymore. And by the numbers, it's definitely grown. Last ca...
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WHEW! Dodged a bullet on that one.

WHEW! Dodged a bullet on that one. | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
This has been a LOOOONG winter for me, starting more with the season that the calendar. You might remember that I was devastated when I was informed that my contract would not be extended, and fear...
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Blogging Vs Article Writing – Is There A Difference?

Blogging Vs Article Writing – Is There A Difference? | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
In today’s content packed web, we often see the words “blog” and “article” used interchangeably; so much that the line between the two terms seems to increasingly become blurry. Today we’ll answer the very common question: Blogging Vs Article Writing – Is There A Difference? … And most importantly, how does it impact your web platform strategy?First, let’s cover blog vs. blog post. If you are interested in becoming a reputable blogger, the first step is to know that a blog is a web-site where bl
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This is an excellent article I found on LinkedIn that explains the difference between blogging and article writing. There is a difference! I agree with the Mr. Bare's explanation here. In my mind, blogging is part of a conversation with another person, rather than merely projecting out facts, figures and other information. Granted, the conversation in blogging can be one-sided if no one responds, but there is no question that it's much more personal and H2H--human-to-human. Only disagreement I have is that blog posts are short. Heck, dude, have you read my blog? ;-) Great guidelines to understand the differences, if you ask me, outlined here.

 

Do you agree with the article?  Put your comments below. 

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Google, proving it still hasn’t figured out social, will strip Google+ for parts

Google, proving it still hasn’t figured out social, will strip Google+ for parts | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
It's no Facebook.
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Thanks to Nick Kellet of List.ly for finding this. 

 

I have to say, while I'm on Google+, I'm not a big fan of it. It seems horribly disjointed, and when I've tried to fix or rectify things, well, you just can't. I even had a tech writer from Google who works on the documentation of Google+ try to help me at one point, and she couldn't.  Now, the article mentions Google Wave. I did try that before they pulled the plug, and that seemed like it was going in the right direction. I didn't understand why they stopped that.  Google+ is touted as something big, but if users can't figure out how to use it for posting their own stuff and adding "+1s", then what's the point? As the intro to this says, "It's no Facebook," and that's fine--it doesn't have to be. But it should be easy to use, easy for people to share and post on different groups and move around to customize like other social media outlets. I'm usually good  at figuring this stuff out, but have never quite gotten a handle on Google+. Hopefully, they'll get their act together soon. 

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Lindsay Davis's curator insight, March 8, 8:17 PM

Not a Google+ fan myself.

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IKEA furniture will soon be able to wirelessly charge your mobile device

IKEA furniture will soon be able to wirelessly charge your mobile device | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
You'll soon be able to charge your mobile device directly on various IKEA furniture, from nightstands and desks to even the base of a lamp.
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This is a cool development, and proof that mobile is here to stay! If IKEA is going to be starting to include this technology in the near future, this should be an incentive for others to follow suit. I know that I'll be in line to get some of these for around my house, once they are available! 

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"MobileMary" Barnett's curator insight, March 2, 1:11 PM

This is Brilliant, and proof that mobile is here to stay! If IKEA's furniture is going to be able to wirelessly charge your mobile device in the near future, maybe others will follow suit. I know I'll be first in line to get some of my own! -MobileMary http://AnotherBrilliantIdea.com

Designing for Learning's curator insight, March 8, 7:58 PM

integration of #technology in all environments is accelerating and will become #unconscious as the distinction between virtual and actual blurs. might be a good time to check those #privacy settings

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How Guest Blogging Solved My SEO Problem

How Guest Blogging Solved My SEO Problem | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
A year ago, Google’s Matt Cutts and others declared guest blogging for SEO was dead. But the naysayers were wrong. I’ve discovered good guest blogs with links from authoritative sites and social shares still can improve your rankings.
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This is a great article that the Content Marketing Institute (CMI) posted recently. I have to agree that the points made here are good ones. I have been a guest blogger for other sites. In several cases, those sites got more hits for an article I wrote than articles I write for my own blog! Even so, knowing that I've done well on those other sites lets me know that I must be doing something right. Additionally, I'm happy to have relevent guest blogger on my blog as well. I don't like having people who are content hackers writing for me. I want people who have the same passion as I do to write for my blog as well. (And if you are reading this and not part of some pool of content generating writers writing for the sake of creating crap content, feel free to contact me!) 

 

Being on either side of the guest blogging equation is a win-win situation. Take a look at this article, and you'll see why. 

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Experience Marketing | Sitecore

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I've only heard of Sitecore as a business that distributes content management systems, and this isn't an endorsement for them because I really don't know their products, but this information they are promoting for "experience marketing" as the next step beyond "digital marketing" is interesting. It does cover a lot of things that I know my digital marketing course has talked about. I think there will be a fine line in understanding privacy issues for some of this technology in the process. Watch the video and read the information they provide. Do you think Sitecore is tapping into the right thing? To me, it sure sounds like it. 

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What happens when you hook a 1986 Mac up to the modern Internet

What happens when you hook a 1986 Mac up to the modern Internet | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
The wonderful thing about the Internet is that it lets people who love to do insane things instantly show off their creations to the rest of the world. One such person is Jeff Keacher, who has written at The Kernel about his experience hooking up his ancient 1986 Macintosh Plus up to the modern Internet via an incredibly lengthy and comically intricate process that involved installing the old-timey MacWeb 2.0 browser, hooking the computer up to a home network through a Raspberry Pi, and using a
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This is a fun little tech article. While I admit that I still can't bring myself to buy a Mac as my main computer while I adore their mobile devices, what this article tells me is with a little tweaking, the foundation of the technology is still sound and workable almost 30 years later. Hopefully all device manufacturers continue to think this way. Heaven knows I have a number of old laptops sitting around collecting dust because the hardware is too antiquated to work as a current laptop or desktop, but perhaps if small accessories like the Raspberry Pi hack can be used, more people could gain computer technology to connect themselves to the rest of the world. I wouldn't have an issue donating my old laptop that way if a cheap hack could be done. 

 

It's something to think about. I just found this interesting. 

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Content Content Podcast - Time as a Tool - featuring Alan Houser - episode 2

Content Content Podcast - Time as a Tool - featuring Alan Houser - episode 2 | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Alan Houser, technical communication consultant and former Society for Technical Communication President, drops by on a very cold President's Day holiday to talk about his experiences in STC leader...
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Ed Marsh has not disappointed with his second podcast on his blog, ContentContent. For his second podcast, he's interviewing Alan Houser of Group Wellesley and former president of the STC. Alan's a great guy and a wealth of knowledge, and I know he's a TechCommGeekMom supporter too, so it's great to hear him as the next tech comm luminary featured on ContentContent. 

 

Check the podcast out!

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Eavesdropping Barbie is "downright creepy," privacy advocates say

Eavesdropping Barbie is "downright creepy," privacy advocates say | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Mattel's new Hello Barbie uses an embedded microphone to record children's conversations and send their data to the cloud.
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Since I'm learning a lot about digital marketing right now, and the "creepy factory" in determining when information is an invasion of privacy versus a wanted service, this article struck home. I mean, who thought that this was a good idea with a doll? I think I understand the original premise, but I can just imagine some Barbie cussing like a sailor eventually when it's being trained to talk. :-S Not kid friendly, and with customers who don't understand the information that they are providing is not necessarily public information. 

 

Try again, Mattel. 

 

Digital marketers and technical communicators can learn from this example when making content decisions. 

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Ehsan Noroozi's curator insight, March 17, 7:16 AM

Big Data och gränsen mellan service och integritetskränkning. 

Chee Yee's curator insight, March 20, 12:36 AM

Although it might seem to be a nice idea as young kids have 'someone' to confide their secrets to and talking back to them without judging them, however, it is rather a bad idea when the barbie recorded their conversations and send the data to the cloud. Whatever was being told to the barbie might be something really personal and if the children knew that the conservation is not only between the barbie and her but rather her parents and also the Hello Barbie company, imagine how sad would the child be? 

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Another update in the TechCommGeekMom ID/TC Education Page!

Another update in the TechCommGeekMom ID/TC Education Page! | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Just a quick update that the educational resources information lists are growing again on TechCommGeekMom! Another addition was made to the Instructional Design Education Resources list. Northweste...
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Disney's $1 Billion Bet on a Magical Wristband | WIRED

Disney's $1 Billion Bet on a Magical Wristband | WIRED | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
The Magicband wields access to the park, replacing virtually every transaction you’d make inside. Bob Croslin If you want to imagine how the world will look in just a few years, once our cell phones become the keepers of both our money and identity, skip Silicon Valley and book a ticket to Orlando. Go to…
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I've had two instructors in my digital marketing class talk about this technology in the last few weeks. It's really amazing, and one of the tricks of it all is that a) it's an amazing example of what wearable devices can do, b) great means of figuring out marketing strategies by tracking (anonymously) the flow of traffic, expenses and such of the customers/guests to help create better experiences down the road, and c) there's a fine line between the "creepy" factor and not, so that no one feels that their personal information is compromised. It's genius, in so many ways! I wish I had one of these for any vacation, or even just for everyday! I suppose that the Apple Watch (which I don't plan to get at this point) is the next closest thing. This makes me want to go to Disney just to try out the technology!

 

What do you think of these devices? Put your comments below.

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10-Minute TechComm: Danielle Villegas on Social Media

10-Minute TechComm: Danielle Villegas on Social Media | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
While I recently took on the role of being an interviewer, in the same week, I also was the interviewee! Dr. Ryan Weber of the University of Alabama in Huntsville interviewed me about the role of s...
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STC-PMC Podcast: A Conversation with Adriane Hunt

STC-PMC Podcast: A Conversation with Adriane Hunt | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Welcome to the STC-PMC's first video podcast! The video below was a Skype interview of one of our long time STC-PMC members, Adriane Hunt. Adriane is the Director of Mainframe Technical Communicati...
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This is a video podcast that I conducted for the STC-PMC website. This was not only a first for the STC-PMC, but it was a first for me as well! Not too bad for a Skype connection, an app for recording Skype calls, some PowerPoint, and iMovie on an iPad to put it all together. ;-)

 

Adriane and I had a great time making it. We hope you like it, too! 

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Online Student Again Part 5: Content Marketing: Wait, didn't I hear about this a year ago? 

Online Student Again Part 5: Content Marketing: Wait, didn't I hear about this a year ago?  | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Almost exactly a year ago, I returned from a conference that changed a lot about the way I think about content. It was the 2014 Intelligent Content Conference (ICC2014). My brain soaked in a lot of...
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What one thing isn't Tech Comm doing?

What one thing isn't Tech Comm doing? | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
On this third day of the third month, I have three questions for you about the Technical Communication profession: What one thing isn't Tech Comm doing, that it should be doing? What needs to happe...
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Larry Kunz asks a great set of questions in his blog post today. Go read the whole thing, and weigh in on the conversation! 

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Australian English: words and phrases added to OxfordDictionaries.com | OxfordWords blog

Australian English: words and phrases added to OxfordDictionaries.com | OxfordWords blog | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
In this latest update to OxfordDictionaries.com, Australian English features prominently. From lamington drives, sausage sizzles, and magic puddings to she
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While I think most Americans are trying to still find their way around the differences between British English and American English, the Oxford Dictionaries have reminded us that we need to remember the language of our friends down under! Read this is you'd like to expand your English language skills. --techcommgeekmom
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Monica Jan's curator insight, March 17, 1:23 AM

Learn the Aussie way of expressions 

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Online Student Again, Part 4: Mobile Marketing, AKA Dang, I haven't kept up!

Online Student Again, Part 4: Mobile Marketing, AKA Dang, I haven't kept up! | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
After the confidence I had emerging from the Social Media Marketing module of my digital marketing course, I felt I could ride that wave of confidence into the next module about Mobile Marketing.  ...
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