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Is English an International Language? - Part 1

Is English an International Language? - Part 1 | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
I mentioned a while ago that I had several writing projects that were coming up, and the first of them is now published! I was asked by the STC-PMC to write a two-part article about the differences...
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Google to Announce Fiber Expansion In Four Cities

Google to Announce Fiber Expansion In Four Cities | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Google is preparing to offer its high-speed fiber-optic Internet service in four new metro areas, the latest step in a careful expansion of the service.
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If you haven't heard the news, Google Fiber is expanding to a few more cities.  Will it make a difference? Is it more affordable than its competitors and truly offer better service and faster rates? Time will tell. But the good thing in all this is that it offers additional competition to FiOS, Comcast, and several other providers out there. Hopefully this will help drive down costs and make internet accessibility more affordable for all in the long run, even in far-off places. It's a start! 

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Learning Something New? Remember These 3 Simple Things

Learning Something New? Remember These 3 Simple Things | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
I did it. I bought the sewing machine, a dress form, a table—everything. I’m going to teach myself how to sew. The only problem? I have no idea where to start.
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This is a great article brought to my attention by Craig Cardimon. As someone who knows she is "learning different", and as someone who is about to embark on a new learning odyssey starting next week into a topic she knows next to nothing about, this article rings true for me. I think this is true of any learner, both child but especially adult learners. This is important to keep in mind whether the learning is done as e-learning/m-learning, or done by conventional means. Take a look, and tell me what you think. --techcommgeekmom
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Scuba Happy's curator insight, January 24, 1:56 AM

Very good advise but when do you find the time?

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What to expect from Microsoft's next Windows 10 event

What to expect from Microsoft's next Windows 10 event | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
After taking big swings with Windows 8 and 8.1 -- how big a miss they were is open to interpretation -- Microsoft's trying to redefine how we work with c
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I believe the event might actually be today (21 January 2015). OK, I will admit, while I love my iOS products, even now I still can't bring myself to go all the way with Apple products when it comes to my main laptop. I just can't! No matter what research I've done between features and what I use on my laptop, I still rest on the side of the Microsoft PC. Now, Microsoft has been a bit disappointing in recent years, and it's widely known that Win 8 and 8.1 have had...issues. I'm usually an early adopter of a new OS, but not this time. I'm still running on Win 7. So, I'm really looking forward to seeing and hearing what Win 10 is going to offer. I think I'm going to be in the market for a new laptop this year (mine is almost 5 years old), so the timing is good in that respect. I'm really hoping that while Win 10 adapts to mobile, it still retains something for laptop/desktop use as well. 

 

My husband just got a new MS Surface 3 Pro at work, so hopefully I'll get a chance to play with it a little more than what I have in a Microsoft store. I don't know that I'll get a Surface, as they are rather expensive, and I can get more features that I want on a regular laptop for less money. But this Win 10 release is supposed to be BIG. 

 

Will Microsoft win me over again, as well as others? We'll see...

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Want to go to the 2015 Intelligent Content Conference? Here's $100 for you!

Want to go to the 2015 Intelligent Content Conference? Here's $100 for you! | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
I can't believe it's been almost a year since I went to the Intelligent Content Conference in San Jose, California at Scott Abel's invitation. To say the least, I have to say I had a marvelous time...
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What to do when you need a break from blogging

What to do when you need a break from blogging | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Blogging can become all consuming at times. You're constantly coming up with ideas, doing research, writing, and publishing. Then repeating the cycle over and over again. It can become a grind. Eve...
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Some good advice here from Scott Nesbitt. I've employed some of these, and I think that now that I have over 800 posts on my blog, I can certainly bring back some of the earlier posts here and there for newer readers who missed things the first time around! 

 

Another thing I find helpful is curating content, much like what I'm doing right here. There are lots of great articles out there about the topics you like to cover, so why not share them? I curate content to bring in new ideas from others, but also as a means of saving information for myself later that I think my readers will find interesting as well. 

 

But we all need a break now and then, and it's not that we don't want to blog anymore--it could be that we are just busy or stumped on something exciting to say at the moment! 

 

How do you get over a writing block, especially on a blog? Share your ideas in the comments. 

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Why CMI Fell in Love with Intelligent Content (And You Will, Too)

Why CMI Fell in Love with Intelligent Content (And You Will, Too) | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Why was Joe Pulizzi delivering the keynote presentation at last year’s Intelligent Content Conference? He challenged the notion that content marketing is an isolated effort belonging to marketing.
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Marcia Riefer Johnston has written a great article about this year's upcoming Intelligent Content Conference. I attended last year's conference at the same time as she, and I will concur that it was a great conference to attend, and it's where I first heard of content marketing. It's content marketing which I'm in the process of understanding this year, hence the digital marketing courses that I'll be starting shortly.  

 

Take a look at this, as I had a pretty similar reaction last year as Marcia did (but she phrases it much more eloquently that I could). If you can go to this year's, I highly encourage it. Unfortunately, I can't make it to this year's, but don't let that stop you from going! 

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Experimenting with Jekyll for tech comm | I'd Rather Be Writing

Experimenting with Jekyll for tech comm | I'd Rather Be Writing | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
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This is a great post by Tom Johnson about Jekyll, one of several static site generator apps out there to help build CMS based websites. I don't know much about static site generator apps--I suppose I need to learn more about them! This seems like a great introduction to the subject, and I'll be looking forward to reading more about the subject as Tom posts more about his exploration of Jekyll. 

 

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Personal Histories

Personal Histories | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
It's the summer of 2014, and I’m sitting in the consul’s office filling out form after form proving my right to German citizenship: filing notarized birth certificates, declaring my mother’s birthp...
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Jonathon Colman posted this in LinkedIn, and rightly so. It's an intense, very personal article by Sara Wachter-Boettcher (who I saw speak at a meeting for my local STC chapter last year) about content and how context can have a huge impact. The least I can say is, bravo Sara, for this article that's made a deep impression on me. Like you said, sometimes something that seems so simple on a form has huge reprocussions based on a person's history that we don't always realize. Well done. 

 

I implore all of you to go read this--strong stuff, but it's very good. 

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WordPress SEO Best Practices In 2015

WordPress SEO Best Practices In 2015 | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
In the past five years, Google has changed the meaning of SEO (Search Engine Optimization) — and boy did she bring down the hammer!
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Thanks to Tina Howe for finding this. I'm posting this not only to share, but as a "bookmark" of sorts for myself. I'm always trying to learn more about WordPress, and I'm hoping to learn more about SEO practices this year, so this article looks very helpful. Enjoy! --techcommgeekmom
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Will Lenssen, Prin's curator insight, January 13, 10:17 PM

We cannot stay in the comfort groove for long without discovering that it has become a ditch. These are some revealing points to consider. 

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Ready to learn tech comm or instructional design in 2015? Check these out...

Ready to learn tech comm or instructional design in 2015? Check these out... | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Thanks to Jonathon Colman for bringing a new certificate program in Content Strategy at the University of Washington to my attention. As a result, the list for the Tech Comm Educational Resources o...
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Stage 2 of non-pudding brain: It's official. I'm a student again.

Stage 2 of non-pudding brain: It's official. I'm a student again. | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
As I stated in my last post about my resolution not to be a pudding brain in 2015, and understanding that in order to get ahead in the next year, I need to learn something, and learn something new....
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10 Digital Branding Trends for 2015 [INFOGRAPHIC] - AllTwitter

10 Digital Branding Trends for 2015 [INFOGRAPHIC] - AllTwitter | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
10 Digital Branding Trends for 2015 [INFOGRAPHIC]
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Tina Howe brought this infographic to my attention. Digital branding is a big part of content marketing and content strategy, so it's helpful to know what trends seem to be immerging here. This seems like it's spot-on in its assessment. What do you think?

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Should Social Media Be Taught in High School - #JayToday | Jay Baer | LinkedIn

Should Social Media Be Taught in High School - #JayToday | Jay Baer | LinkedIn | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Danielle M. Villegas's insight:

I found this on LinkedIn, and it's a really good question. Social media is part of everyone's life--even if they don't participate. Trends found on social media from those who are vocal impact those who don't participate, especially when it comes to marketing and culture. 

 

I would agree with the author's mom, that yes, it should be taught in high school--the younger, the better. Kids are allowed, legally, to be on Facebook, Twitter, and other media outlets when they reach the ripe old age of 13. I am the mother of a 13 year old who wants to be on Twitter, but I won't let him. I won't let him on any social media outlet at this point simply because he's not mature enough for it. He doesn't understand the implications of what he might type there. 

 

Naturally, this is the kid who told me just last night that I don't know anything about blogging because I should be putting hashtags in the middle of my blog. Well, maybe not hashtags, kid, but really? He told me I know NOTHING about social media and blogging, yet he's never done any of it. Umm....yeah, kid. 

 

Since most kids are starting to get involved in social media in high school, it seems appropriate to have some sort of course or one day seminar early in the year to teach kids how to use it appropriately and wisely. As usual, the UK seems to be leading the way on these kinds of issues, and yet there are so many kids--no matter what social clas they belong to--that have smartphones in the US. This is a no-brainer, really. 

 

What do you think? Comment below. 

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Will Lenssen, Prin's curator insight, January 14, 12:49 AM

Yes, but to what extent? Social Media Literacy in some form and depth must accompany it subject to the age of the student.

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A Blueprint for Writing How-To Guides for Your Site

A Blueprint for Writing How-To Guides for Your Site | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
There are numerous articles on this site about how to increase your website traffic and tips for bringing new visitors to your website.
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Another gem found by Craig Cardimon. This is a good, basic outline of how to do "how-to-do" documentation. --TechCommGeekMom
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Move over, Google Glass! HoloLens is here!

Move over, Google Glass! HoloLens is here! | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Today, I tuned in to listen to the Windows 10 event that was to promote more about the upcoming new OS that many are anticipating will be a big improvement over Windows 8 and 8.1. While I'm a huge ...
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The Ultimate Content Marketing Tools List

The Ultimate Content Marketing Tools List | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Great blog post at Kim Garst - Social Media for Small Business Owners : You have probably heard the saying 'it's all in the tools', right? This is absolutely the truth in both social media AND content marketing. [..]
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Thanks to Adam Helweh for finding this gem and sharing it. This has a lot of great resources, some which I've heard of (such as ScoopIt which I'm using to post this), and some I haven't. I'll have to give some of these a try in the upcoming months! Check these tools out--you might find something that's helpful to you. 

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Content strategy - Complete or Done?

Content strategy - Complete or Done? | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Are we giving our customers the right content at the right time or are we giving them an encyclopedia to work through? What's our content strategy?
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Sharon Burton has written an excellent article here about what content strategy is about. The argument she makes is one that I make often during my work. It's great to have lots of information available, but if there's no context or it's difficult to navigate through to find the specific information you are looking for, it's worthless. 

 

Read this article. Sharon articulate this concept brilliantly. 

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Google Will Stop Selling Glass Next Week

Google Will Stop Selling Glass Next Week | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
The Explorers program is coming to an end
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Maybe it was a good thing that I returned my Google Glass shortly after I received it. I still think it's a good idea, and hopefully with the use of the data gathered through the Explorer Program, they'll be able to fine tune some things that didn't work out so great, and continue to develop what did work well. 

 

What do you think? Do you think Google is pulling it because it failed,, or because this was merely stage 1?  Include your comments below. 

--techcommgeekmom

 

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Valerie Hill's curator insight, January 15, 10:20 PM

Google is willing to admit when products aren't right or the world isn't ready.  Example: Google's virtual world Lively (I visited and it was anything but lively!)

Kanti Kumar's curator insight, January 17, 2:14 PM

Didn't get a chance to test ride it, but hoping will wear an advanced version very soon. 

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Google Translate gets smarter with language detection, Word Lens

Google Translate gets smarter with language detection, Word Lens | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Star Trek's universal translator is here, and it's on your phone.
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First there was Skype's new Translator feature which will be coming soon to a Skype app near you, and now Google Translate is adding Word Lens to their app as well! Very cool. I tried using Word Lens when it first came out, but didn't have much practical use for it. I will definitely have to try it again! 

 

It looks like companies are starting to understand the value of translation and localization a little more now, doesn't it? What will be the next one to join in?

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Don’t Overlook Editing as Part of the Content Creation Process - Klahr Writing

Don’t Overlook Editing as Part of the Content Creation Process - Klahr Writing | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Editing should always be a part of your content creation efforts.
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Craig Cardimon shared this gem by Danielle Klahr. I can say that this is pretty much the method that I use when writing my content--especially for my blog entries. Editing is always crucial! I don't know how many times I review and edit my blog posts before I actually post them, and yes, as she says, sometimes I still find mistakes after I've reviewed it dozens of times. 

 

There are some good, basic pointers here worth reviewing. 

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Shayne Train's curator insight, January 14, 9:58 AM

It's kind of a shame that this needs to be explicitly stated. Nevertheless, from years of reading blogs on the web, many obviously don't bother.

 

Kanti Kumar's curator insight, January 17, 2:18 PM

No matter which platform or channel or which audience you are writing for, editing and re-editing have to be part of the quality assurance process. Our journalism professor insisted on one single formula for being a good reporter/writer: "Edit. Edit. Edit."

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35 Tactics To Improve Your 2015 Content Marketing - Heidi Cohen

35 Tactics To Improve Your 2015 Content Marketing - Heidi Cohen | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Want to get your content on track to succeed in 2015? Then examine these 10 Top 2015 Content Marketing Predictions and 35 content tactics.
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Thanks to Guy Kawasaki for bringing this to my attention on Google+. The author of this column, Heidi Cohen, seems to bring all of what I've been hearing in the last year or two into one article. As my son would say, she told you, and dropped the microphone. 

 

What do you think? Do you agree with her assessment? I know I'm going to need to revisit this after taking my digital marketing course, because I don't even understand much of it and how it ties together...but I will eventually...

 

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Will Lenssen, Prin's curator insight, January 14, 12:52 AM

The message is clear that Content Marketing is changing annually and as such, 35 tactics is a great checklist. Thanks, Heidi!

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WordPress SEO Best Practices In 2015

WordPress SEO Best Practices In 2015 | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
In the past five years, Google has changed the meaning of SEO (Search Engine Optimization) — and boy did she bring down the hammer!
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Thanks to Tina Howe for finding this. I'm posting this not only to share, but as a "bookmark" of sorts for myself. I'm always trying to learn more about WordPress, and I'm hoping to learn more about SEO practices this year, so this article looks very helpful. Enjoy! --techcommgeekmom
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“Code and Cupcakes” Teaches Moms and Daughters How to Code, Aims to Improve Diversity in Tech

“Code and Cupcakes” Teaches Moms and Daughters How to Code, Aims to Improve Diversity in Tech | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
When Jen Myers first learned how to code over a decade ago, she was often the only woman in her computer science classes.
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This is great! The lack of women in STEM is still heard, and this is a fantastic way to get gals of all ages involved. And there's cupcakes, too! Who could beat that? --techcommgeekmom
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Paligo - The CMS for Technical Documentation

Paligo - The CMS for Technical Documentation | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Danielle M. Villegas's insight:

Sharon Burton brought this to my attention, as she stated on Facebook that she was getting a demo on it. It does look like an interesting tool. I don't know anything about it other that what's on the page, but any new tool like a CMS for tech documentation is worth sharing. 

 

If you know anything about this tool, let us know what you think in the comments! 

-techcommgeekmom

 

 

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Anders Svensson's comment, January 9, 9:47 AM
Hi Danielle,

Thanks for scooping this! I am the CEO and co-founder of the company behind Paligo, (Expertinfo). It would sound rather biased to tell you what I think about it in any objective way :-) But I am very happy to hear you find it interesting, and what I can tell you about it is that it is brand new, it was just launched at the end of 2014. We are very excited to be able to offer this as a new alternative for companies looking for a powerful and user-friendly CCMS to move to structured authoring. It is XML-based, supports topic-based authoring, and usability is a top priority. I won’t go into the features here, that would take too long. Anyone interested in seeing it for yourselves is very welcome to check out the web site (it will be more extensive soon) and sign up for a web demo, or just contact me here and I’ll set it up!
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www.bharatemployment.com

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How teenagers use social media | Simon McDermott | LinkedIn

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Related to the article I posted yesterday about whether proper social media use should be taught in high school, here's an article I saw in LinkedIn that relates to what teenagers generally use these days. Just as teenagers should learn responsibility with social media, it's up to adults to know what they are using, including the why and how.  

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Elías Manuel Sánchez Castañeda's curator insight, January 26, 3:27 PM

Estoy de acuerdo con Danielle M. Villegas en cuanto a que “Del mismo modo que los adolescentes deben aprender a ser responsables con los medios sociales, esto  depende en buena medida de los adultos que deben saber lo que están utilizando los adolescentes, incluyendo el por qué y cómo.”

I agree with Danielle M. Villegas in that "Just as teenagers must learn to be responsible with social media, this depends largely on adults who should know what they are using, including why and how come”.