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By Paying Employees To Live Near The Office, Imo Cuts Commutes, Ups Happiness

By Paying Employees To Live Near The Office, Imo Cuts Commutes, Ups Happiness | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
There's that one guy who commuted seven hours a day and claimed to love it. But for most people, the daily commute is something we dread. The average commute time in America is 25 minutes, per the Census Bureau (with great variation by region).
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This is a great follow-up to my post titled, "Should I Stay or Should I Go Now? (Not a tribute to the Clash)". Thanks to @BillCush for posting this on Twitter. I did have a commute just a mile and a half from my house at one point. It was the next best commute I ever had (the best being my current commute, which is working from home). I would have no problem moving to be closer to a company if a) buying and selling a house in this area was easy to do--we know it's not, and b) if, for my personal circumstances, we could be assured that there was a special needs program or school that would appropriately accomodate his needs. That's what holds us back now. 

 

But this is what perhaps Marissa Meyer at Yahoo!--and other employers--should consider.  They need to make relocation more practical and accessible, and be in more accessible locations. From where I live--between NYC and Philadelphia, so many people drive more than the average 25 minutes to work. I think 25-30 minutes is reasonable, but others will drive easily two to three times that amount around here. I remember the average commute in Washington, DC could easily be 1-2 hours, and that was considered relatively "normal". That's ridiculous, if you really think about it. We live in a time of great technology, and there are social tools we can use. We need to find the right balance between being either very close to work, or allowing for more work-at-home situations. 

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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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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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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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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, June 19, 8:50 AM

Education is more than reorganizing what we already know. It is about reconstructing what we know and using that new knowledge wisely in new situations.

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..... 

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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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Plain language always wins. Always.

Plain language always wins. Always. | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
I love it when I'm inspired to write a blog post due to something that I read through social media. In this case, this morning I saw a Facebook post written by Jack Molisani, author of Be The Capta...
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Reading what you write out loud

Reading what you write out loud | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
In my first year of journalism school, one of my reporting instructors had an interesting way of reviewing my copy (and that of the other students in my year). Instead of reading it himself, he'd h...
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I like this article by Scott Nesbitt. I admit that I do this, even if it's reading it aloud in my head. I'm often told that my writing resembles my speaking patterns, so I trust that this is true. All of Scott's points in this article are the very reason that you should read your work aloud, especially if it's a longer piece of content. Does it make sense if someone read it aloud to you? I would think that in tech comm, this is especially true for those working on writing manuals or help files. I often say that if your grandparents can't understand what you are writing about, then how can anyone else? This is a good practice for making sure that even grandma and grandpa can understand your content. 

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Amtrak to Launch High-Speed Wi-Fi Network

Amtrak to Launch High-Speed Wi-Fi Network | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Amtrak announced plans to launch a high-speed Wi-Fi network to serve passengers on its Northeast Corridor.
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Hooray! This is the train line that goes through my neighborhood (the trains run behind the yards of my neighbors across the street, about 100 yards away). I also know a lot of commuters on these Northeast Corridor lines, so I'm sure they'll love it. If I ever end up as one of those commuters, I will be very happy for this as well. 

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Beware of health issue with "high" wifi signals!!!
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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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Glass Half Empty

Glass Half Empty | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Jason Jones reports on some of the most marginalized members of society: Google Glass users.
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I saw this last night on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and laughed my head off. I know those of you who are Google Glass Explorers, or wannabes, as well as those who are interested in wearable devices, will get a kick out of this. The segment actually brings up some important issues in a funny way! 

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Darci J Harland's curator insight, June 18, 12:50 PM

Hilarious look at Google Glasses 

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Osmo

Play on iPad with Real People and Real Objects. Osmo promotes social intelligence and creative thinking in kids. Back Osmo and help us shape the future of play. Pre-Order now to save 50%.
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I saw this advertised on my Facebook feed, and found it rather clever. I think this is a cool step in integrating educational games for kids while blending virtual reality and reality together. It's a different concept that I hadn't seen in quite the same way before.  

 

This appears to be a Kickstarter-type project, so check out the page, and see if it's something that you think will be good. My son is a little too old for this sort of thing, but I can see how in time, some of the games could be extended for older kids and teens, as well as adults. 

 

This is a cool way to use an iPad or mobile device for educational purposes. 

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Merging VR and Blended Learning