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BigRep 3D printer can print whole pieces of furniture

BigRep 3D printer can print whole pieces of furniture | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
A brand new 3D printer has arrived on the scene with the biggest print bed of any consumer model -- large enough to print small pieces of furniture. Read this article by Michelle Starr on CNET.
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Here's another example of how 3D printing is the "wave of the future", and that it's going to be a skill that many people will need to learn in order for manufacturing progress. (In other words, stuff like this shows that learning 3D printing should be in school curriculums, along with coding!) Check it out!

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Valerie Adler's curator insight, March 3, 7:31 AM

This exciting advance will throw up all sorts of questions, not least about intellectual property, but what fun it will be!

Jeong-Der Ho's curator insight, March 4, 6:04 PM

it 3d prints BIGGER.

Aube Lebel's curator insight, March 24, 12:56 AM

L'impression 3D n'est plus limitée à de petits objets ! 

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11 essential ingredients every blog post needs [infographic]

11 essential ingredients every blog post needs [infographic] | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
It's never a good thing to fill a blog with formulae, but it also doesn't hurt to know the ingredients that go into making a delectable entry that will hook readers and have them begging for more.
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I came across this via Guy Kawasaki on Google+. This is a great infographic on some basic mindset points in writing an effective blog. I think I hit most of these points most of the time! How about you?

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The Ideal Length for All Online Content

The Ideal Length for All Online Content | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Learn the ideal length of Facebook posts, tweets, blog posts, Google+ headlines, title tags, paragraphs, and so much more.
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This is an interesting article that came to me by way of my friend and fellow technical communicator, Barrie Byron. Some of these metrics are ones I could've guessed, and some are surprises to me. It's an interesting read. I know for myself, I'd have a hard time adhering to these "rules". 

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Why Real Life Relationships Are the Key to Social Media Success

Why Real Life Relationships Are the Key to Social Media Success | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Think that we’re all bound for a future of 140 characters and thumb-ups? Here’s how your online relationships impact your real-world business. Everyone, please meet Carlos Hernandez, one of my very
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I've found that Twitter has been a fantastic way to meet people in the tech comm and e-learning world, and it's allowed me to forge relationships--both professionally and personally--that I wouldn't have otherwise.  I think I fit into all the categories of Twitter/social media user described in this article. I encourage you to read this, see where you fit in, and develop your own "tribe" in the process. I've been fortunate to meet many of my Twitter connections through STC and other tech comm and e-learning conferences, which makes the connections all that more rich. 

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Adobe Day at #STC14 Will Be Looking Towards the Future!

Adobe Day at #STC14 Will Be Looking Towards the Future! | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
With each big conference that I attend, I always look forward to Adobe Day, and Adobe Day at the 2014 STC Summit is no exception.  You've probably read my past posts about Adobe Day from other conf...
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Nintendo's Game Boy turns 25 today

Nintendo's Game Boy turns 25 today | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Now we feel really old.
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Gee, I'm feeling old now. But, the point of me bringing up this anniversary is that GameBoy's descendants, the DS models (like the Nintendo 3DS and 2DS) are considered mobile tools for m-learning. Software can be used to communicate between devices and games can be used for learning as well. So, Happy Birthday, Game Boy! You were the start of something big! 

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My DITA journey begins | I'd Rather Be Writing

My DITA journey begins | I'd Rather Be Writing | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
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This looks like an interesting series from Tom Johnson. I commend him for putting himself out there, in exposing his vulnerabilities as he wades through this process. It's not easy to do that! I am reading with great interest as I admit that while I know what DITA is, I haven't had a reason or choice to use it as well, so reading about Tom's journey into figuring it out will be enlightening as he breaks it down for himself, but also for others like me who haven't even begun the process. I look forward to the next entries in this new series!  I encourage you to read them as well. 

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It's Like Totally ... huh? How The New York Times Got it Wrong | Content Rules, Inc.

It's Like Totally ... huh? How The New York Times Got it Wrong | Content Rules, Inc. | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
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This is fantastic commentary from Val Swisher of Content Rules, Inc. I admit that a "y'know" will slip in from time to time from me, but I do my best to avoid exactly what's described here. I cringe the same way Val does when I hear the same verbal faux-pas occurring. It drives me crazy. My best friend, who is an analyst for a federal government law enforcement agency, does this "like" and "y'know" bit frequently, and I'm surprised that she is allowed to work at the level she does with speech patterns as such. Hopefully her writing doesn't reflect the same thing. This is something to constantly work on, because it's another example of how verbal language and written language are not the same, but they should become closer together in how they are used. 

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The need for robust tech comm authoring tools | I'd Rather Be Writing

The need for robust tech comm authoring tools | I'd Rather Be Writing | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
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Tom Johnson provides a good discussion about how different tools meet different needs. I know for myself, I haven't used some of what Tom needs, but I do understand how WordPress and Drupal are becoming more popular due to their flexibility as open source software, and the need to find software that can integrate with them easily.  Even if you don't use the same software that Tom mentions in the article, it's a good read to see how different needs produce different wants, and how there is a need to address these issues. 

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Three Reasons to Steal, Not Copy. Here's How and Why

Three Reasons to Steal, Not Copy. Here's How and Why | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Lacking inspiration today? Trying too hard to come up with unique ideas that the world has never seen? Here's an angle for you: 'steal' other people's and put them together in a way that you and only
Danielle M. Villegas's insight:

This is an interesting perspective, for sure, provided in this article. I think many things are stolen, and it's hard not to do it, in some instances. Coming up with something totally unique and original is tough, even with writing blog entries! But there is  some validity to it, and it applies to content strategy as well. I have an article that I'm writing that will hopefully be coming out soon that will address this issue--with a twist--in the near future.  Stay tuned for that! In the meantime, read this and see how this is an important concept to grasp. 

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Cheap 3D printer is Kickstarter hit

Cheap 3D printer is Kickstarter hit | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
A 3D printer available for under $300 has experts asking whether the technology is about to go mass market.
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In my efforts to embrace the "geek mom" side of being TechCommGeekMom, I like to share emerging technologies that I find interesting. Regular readers know that I'm fascinated with 3D printing, thanks to a project I did for a class last summer. I've wanted to get a 3D printer, but alas, most are rather expensive (and I also don't know where I'd put it in my house). However, with the introduction of the 3D printer mentioned in this article, it looks like the cost might be starting to come down quite a bit, which is a good thing. I would be interested in more information about the quality of the 3D objects that are printed in comparison to other higher-priced printers, but for now, I'm happy with knowing that a more affordable printer is in the process of being made and funded through Kickstarter. Check this article out for more information on this latest model, the M3D Micro. 

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Mónica Beloso's curator insight, April 9, 7:34 AM

La Impresora 3D. Una novedosa herramienta que viene revolucionando muchos ámbitos y entre ellos el educativo.

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What Does Being "Tech Savvy" Mean?

Notes from a Floating Life | Thoughts about productivity, digital living, and leading a simpler life
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I found this Scott Nesbitt article from his post on Google+, and it's excellent. I think he makes a good point. Some of the "tech-savvy" is a natural ability for some, but in the end it's really a skill that can be learned that all of us should have, especially as technical communicators. Read the whole article, and let me know if you agree with Scott's assessment. I think he's on the right track with this. 

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Not dead yet: Dutch, British governments pay to keep Windows XP alive

Not dead yet: Dutch, British governments pay to keep Windows XP alive | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Governments pay Microsoft millions to continue support for “end of life” OS.
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I find this article interesting--as in I'm a bit puzzled. I can understand a lot of companies being hesitant to move off of a more stable platform. However, Windows 7 is a fairly stable platform (as compared to Windows Vista, which came in-between XP and 7), and I can understand not wanting to upgrade all the way up to Windows 8.1, since that version is still working out the kinks. If these governments have had lots of forewarning that upgrades to Windows 7 (at least) needed to be done, why didn't they heed the warning? Similarly, these governments are paying a lot of money just to maintain the status quo. In the long run, wouldn't investment into new systems be more cost efficient? No special programs needed to be written for workarounds that would cost extra money? And with the US hospitals still using Windows XP--why can't regulators be able to move on to certify programs compatible with Windows 7? 

 

It seems to me that red tape is in the way of progress and efficiency in the long run. I know that in many cases, we're talking tens of thousands--if not more--computers and systems that need to be upgraded. But what we expect of our governments and healthcare systems is that they are run smoothly and efficiently to process whatever it is for the public's needs. When I was unemployed, the online forms used to complete each week to file for claims looked like something from 1992. I think my son could create something more efficient and user friendly, and he's autistic, 12 years old, and not a programmer.  

 

Resources are available, and there are plenty of IT professionals out there who could certainly help with this process, but "cost cutting" is always the bottom line in the government and at hospitals, isn't it? But really, there are no real savings. Investment now should yield a better ROI (return on investment) than keeping things status quo. Some good content strategists and project managers are needed.

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John Rudkin's curator insight, April 8, 3:04 AM

Let's consider this.  £5 million plus for an outdated, energy inefficient continuation with no development. Were they deaf to warnings? What a bargain for tax payers! #3rdEden #Socitm #Pentagull

 

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How to Choose the Right Online Instructional Design Certificate Program

How to Choose the Right Online Instructional Design Certificate Program | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
If you have been considering an online instructional design certificate program, then you've come to the right place. In this post, I will go over the basics of Instructional Design certificate programs; share 7 tips for choosing the right Instructional Design program, and even highlight 18 Online Instructional Design Certificate Programs that you may want to consider. 
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Some great advice not only for ID certificates, but online certificates in general. I believe I have most of these programs listed in my ID/TC Educational Resources tab above, but if I don't, I'll be adding them shortly. 

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Kat Fitzgerald McCormick's curator insight, April 15, 6:31 AM

This is a good look at a fairly complicated decision.There are a lot of programs out there - picking a good one is important!

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Tim Cook Had A Really Interesting Answer For Why iPad Sales Appear To Be Stalling

Tim Cook Had A Really Interesting Answer For Why iPad Sales Appear To Be Stalling | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
He still thinks tablet computing is the future.
Danielle M. Villegas's insight:

It's interesting to read Tim Cook's response. The stats, even so, are huge. Tablets still have a little way to go until they completely replace laptops or desktops. Then again, for power users like technical communicators and programmers, there will always be a need for laptops and desktops. The everyday user can easily get by using only a tablet, based on my own experiences. Of course, I will admit openly that I'm a devout iPad fan, and it's definitely made its mark, and continue to be the leader, as this article points out. Its ease of use makes it popular. Read this, and tell me what you think. 

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5 Good Reasons Why You Should Encourage Blog Comments

5 Good Reasons Why You Should Encourage Blog Comments | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Do you feel like spending time moderating and replying to comments is not worth it? Well the following post shows you why blog comments matter!
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This article came to me by way of Nick Kellet of @Listly on Twitter. I have to agree with the reasons presented here, as they are the main reason that I keep comments open on TechCommGeekMom. I definitely am trying to start discussions, as long as they are respectfully done--opposing opinions are welcome as long as there can be an agreement to disagree during the discussion. 

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William Shakespeare's 450th birthday: 50 everyday phrases that came from the Bard - News - Books - The Independent

William Shakespeare's 450th birthday: 50 everyday phrases that came from the Bard - News - Books - The Independent | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
TechCommGeekMom reader Clare Smith from Hampshire, UK was kind enough to bring this article to my attention, asking if Americans use these turns of phrase as often as many Brits do. The answer is, ...
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A Parent's Guide to Minecraft: 5 Reasons to Stop Worrying and Learn to Love the Cubes

A Parent's Guide to Minecraft: 5 Reasons to Stop Worrying and Learn to Love the Cubes | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
I was, of course, a noob about to die inside Minecraft. Calling Minecraft a game doesn’t do it justice; Available on nearly every device where games can be played, from computers and consoles to smartphones, Minecraft boasts more than 100 million registered players, many of them barely out of kindergarten. Minecraft worlds are made up of chunky graphics reminiscent of the earliest video games.
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This is a Minecraft household! It's good to read the many benefits of Minecraft, which can be used for both e-learning and m-learning (as it's available for desktop and mobile devices, although my son, the expert of the family, says the desktop experience is much richer and shuns the mobile version). Love the cubes!

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Terrence Bristol's curator insight, April 22, 3:40 PM

Any "Minercrafter" in your home? I keep hearing Minecraft's music in my head and it is not a funky beat. lol This is a good read for parents.

Terry Nichols's curator insight, April 23, 11:00 PM

There is no program I have witnessed that allows for better use of the 4C than minecraft if it is structured to multi players and time for discussion of creations.  My grand son has designated me as the miner and he is the architect of buildings, waterfalls underground and underwater caves and cities etcetc.  Survival is an art that includes planning, connection and need. Teachers could utilize games such as minecraft in the connection to real learning perseverance , creation, grit and To understand that "to plan is grand".   

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Research: Wearable Device Sales Set To Triple in 2014 -- Campus Technology

The number of wearable computing devices sold in the United States will triple in 2014, according to a new forecast from market research firm International Data Corporation, to top 19 million shipments.
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This seems to be the theme of the week on TechCommGeekMom--wearable technology. It's interesting to see that fitness wearable devices are leading the way, while the article implies that these are just the beginning. Read the entire article for more details. Emerging technology, people! 

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The Ultimate List of HTML5 eLearning Authoring Tools

The Ultimate List of HTML5 eLearning Authoring Tools | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
In this article, you will take a look at how HTML5 may play a major role in the future of the eLearning industry, and delve into the ultimate list of HTML5 eLearning authoring tools available today. So, if you've been looking to make the transition to an HTML5 eLearning Authoring tool, you are in the right place!
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Christopher Pappas has presented a comprehensive list here of tools available for course development, and things to keep in mind while choosing the tools for your use. 

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If you're interested in transitioning to e-learning and blended learning, as I am,  check out this extensive list of authoring tools.

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Mobile app development: iOS vs Android [infographic]

Mobile app development: iOS vs Android [infographic] | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
The big question on the minds of the army of mobile app developers out there is "Is the future of mobile iOS or Android?"
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This is a great infographic article brought to my attention by Guy Kawasaki on Google+. Even if you don't actually create mobile apps yourself, you have to find this information interesting, as it outlines the markets between iOS and Android. I'm sure it applies to m-learning as well as any other mobile apps out there. 

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Passive vs. imperative linking

Passive vs. imperative linking | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Summary: Writers worry about whether links will distract users. To discuss this concern, we need to begin by distinguishing between imperative links that command the reader to click and passive lin...
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I've enjoyed chatting with Mark Baker when I've met him at conferences, and his blog certainly feels like an extension of conversations I've had with him. I've enjoyed reading the back-and-forth discussions he's had with Tom Johnson of "I'd Rather Be Writing", and this is another contribution to one of their discussions (which is a response to Tom's response for another one of Mark's blog posts). Adding links within text is a slippery slope, and I think the conversation that Mark and Tom are having in their articles, which Mark tries to summarize and address in this blog post, show that it's not as much of a cut-and-dry process as one would think. 

 

I highly recommend taking a look at this article--and the links. It's a great discussion about the use of hypertext. 

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The Secret Shame of an Unacquired Tech Worker

The Secret Shame of an Unacquired Tech Worker | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
An interview with Amy, a female employee who was left out of her start-up's acquisition by Google.
Danielle M. Villegas's insight:

This is a really interesting article that I found by way of my fellow Stuart alumna, Caroline McCarthy (@caro) on Twitter.

 

Caroline and I, while we are about a generation apart, grew up with the same principles that our all-girl school provided, which was that as far as the workplace was concerned, females could do anything males could do--and sometimes better.

 

Considering that the issue of equal pay for equal work is still an issue in this day and age, and recently has been back in the news that this is still an ongoing issue, this article brings to light that this is a big problem in IT/tech. I've been told by some that this is less of an issue in tech comm, but those were usually men who told me that, so I'm not so sure.

 

Even so, this article brings up an important point, that gender discrimination is still prevalent in the tech world, and it needs to be strongly addressed, whether it be related to pay or opportunity.

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8 Top Benefits of Using a Cloud-based LMS

8 Top Benefits of Using a Cloud-based LMS | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
As eLearning becomes more popular in the employee-training sphere, the benefits of cloud-based Learning Management Systems become prevalent factors for the organizations that want to offer cost-effective and flexible training methods. Jump in for more on the cloud-based LMS benefits.
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Christopher Pappas posted this on Google+, and it's an interesting article. Cloud-based systems are becoming more widespread, and they do appear to be a growing solution for mobile access to learning. This article has some great arguments in favor of using cloud-based LMS. 

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sobrie01's curator insight, April 9, 11:11 AM

Interesting way to look at the LMS of the future: flexible, open and accessible. What's the downside?

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Why I Love to Manage Content

Why I Love to Manage Content | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
The title is accurate.
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I found this thanks to Craig Cardimon posting it in a few social media spots. I don't know that I could have put things as eloquently or poetically as this article's author, but I do enjoy what I do, for sure. Content management is definitely a challenge, but a rewarding challenge when it's done right. Read this--it's an interesting perspective. 

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Even Better Than STEM

Even Better Than STEM | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Moreover, it is not a given that that the only path to STEM job success is the STEM degree: About one-third of college-educated workers in STEM professions do not hold degrees in STEM.
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This is written by the president of the university I attended for my undergraduate studies (which was still a college back then). UMW has come a long way from the time I was there. When I was there, there were still hallway phones, computer labs for word processing on dot matrix printers, and no such things as wi-fi, for sure. The school has come a long way, and I'm glad to see that they are working on staying ahead of the curve while being a liberal arts university. I went there for their social sciences programs, which were top rate. UMW is also the home of Jim Groom, who is a ed tech extraordinaire and the one who coined the term "edupunk" (which I read he regrets, but I love it!). President Hurley presents some important points about integrating STEM and liberal arts studies for the future, and points out the value of liberal arts being a part of STEM efforts as well. I can say that I know several people from my generation who graduated who are in STEM-related careers who were either English or History majors at my school. 

 

This is a good read from a progressive university president. 
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