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A collection of all the tech comm topics I find most timely or helpful, with a special emphasis on e-learning and m-learning
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Twitter reaches the countries other media doesn't reach

Twitter reaches the countries other media doesn't reach | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Earlier this week David Farbey tweeted a welcome to a new Twitter follower who seemed to come from a far away land where English was not the first language. I happened to pick up on this as I too h...
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Colum McAndrew (aka @robocolumn) has some interesting findings regarding his own Twitter account. I've also had similar result with my WordPress account, too.  Someone said to me recently that my stats might be due to spammers, but I'd like to live in a state of denial that my hits are mostly spammers. Even so, Colum's results are interesting, and this is worth a read. Twitter has been known to change the world, so who's to say that Colum's Twitter feed isn't changing the world, too? :-)

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What a Nice Gesture – Incorporating Multitouch And Gestures Into Your Mobile Learning Effectively | Float Mobile Learning

What a Nice Gesture – Incorporating Multitouch And Gestures Into Your Mobile Learning Effectively | Float Mobile Learning | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Chad Udell shares the three factors that are holding the industry up in adopting true multitouch and gestural inputs in mobile learning.
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I think I missed this the first time it was out. This is a great article by those forward thinkers at Float Mobile Learning. Chad Udell (who, yes, wrote the book--or one of the books out there--on mobile learning) makes some excellent points there. 

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iPad in Education: Great Kindergarten Case Study

iPad in Education: Great Kindergarten Case Study | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Talk about a great endorsement – they just don’t get any better than this. Just in case you can’t read the quite text on the image above, here it is: For the first time in 22 years of teaching, 100...
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This is positive news for those who support iPads in the classroom or any mobile tablets in the classroom. It's interesting to me to see such a positive impact! We need more iPads in the classroom! 

 

I know that my son has a Mac laptop at school, and uses my iPad at homework time sometimes. We need to continue to make this work, if there are positive results like this!

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Here’s Another Chance to Buy Google Glass | TIME.com

Here’s Another Chance to Buy Google Glass | TIME.com | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
All you need is a friend who owns a pair, plus $1,500.
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This is cool technology that is worth trying out if you have the money. I had a chance to check it out, and didn't! Mea culpa. I think there are a lot of possibilities for these, especially in medicine, engineering, and education. If someone has a spare $1500 to spend on me, please feel free to buy me a pair! :-)

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Villegas Views: Wait, There Are Activities OUTSIDE of the STC?

I have a new article up on the STC Notebook for the Villegas Views byline, titled, "Wait, There Are Activities OUTSIDE of the STC?"  It was inspired by my recent jaunt to Portland, Oregon to attend...
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Hitchhikers' Guide to Technical Communications Conferences | TechWhirl

Hitchhikers' Guide to Technical Communications Conferences | TechWhirl | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy "Supplement" offers tips for technical communications conferences such as LavaCon, STC Summit and WritersUA.
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Love this article! Now that I'm starting to be a person who is attending more of these tech comm conferences, I have a deeper appreciation for what is noted in this guide, for sure. This also appeals to the "geek mom" in me as well. (Did you know that Douglas Adams had written an episode or two for "Doctor Who"? See, I told you I was geeky.)  This is a marvelously written article!

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There Might Be Nudity (ed. note: Not what you think!)

There Might Be Nudity (ed. note: Not what you think!) | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Hello. My name is James, and I'm a Content Strategist.
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This article comes to me by way of Scott Abel on his LinkedIn page. This is an excellent article of what content strategists are truly aiming to do, namely strip things down to a point where you can see the vulnerable foundation, and then rebuild by incorporating what works and adding as needed. Great, great article. 
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6 tips for using social media to screw business as usual - Virgin.com

6 tips for using social media to screw business as usual - Virgin.com | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
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The oft outspoken Sir Richard Branson has some good information. It's fairly straight-forward, but I find that it's what helps me navigate around social media generally.  I do find that a little bit of levity helps, and being direct and truthful helps as well. 

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New Book Alert – Moodle for Mobile Learning | Float Mobile Learning

New Book Alert – Moodle for Mobile Learning | Float Mobile Learning | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Teachers, tutors, instructors and L&D professionals using Moodle will find this book valuable.

Via Mayra Aixa Villar
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This looks like it'd be a very good book to use. I know that many higher education institutions (like NJIT) use Moodle, so I can see how this would be very beneficial. 

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Extended Interviews - The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

Extended Interviews - The Daily Show with Jon Stewart | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Watch extended interviews from The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
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You MUST watch all three parts of the interview with Malala Yousefazi linked here. I literally cried throughout the whole thing. She is an incredibly smart and courageous young woman who is going to be a great leader someday (as if she isn't already). 

 

At a time where technology is advanced so that children in far-off countries can access information about anything at anytime, and m-learning and e-learning are often at the forefront of education, we need to be reminded that there are communities in the world where children--both girls and boys--can't even get someone to lead them while reading a book or have a slate to scratch on to learn. Malala reminds us of this. I totally agree that education is the key to everything--world peace, greater understanding of the world, equality among all. It is the instant equalizer. Those who don't put emphasis on education in any country--even in the US--are people who, in my eyes, are just steps away from what Malala describes the Talib to be in her life. 

 

Watch, and learn, and please take what this girl has to say to heart. She really puts it all in perspective. 

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Khan Academy New Look - Serendipity35

Khan Academy New Look - Serendipity35 | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Khan Academy recently launched a new interface that is smarter and can figure out where you have gaps and help you fill
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Ken Ronkowitz has discovered that Khan Academy has updated its look. Check out his article here.

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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, October 8, 2013 4:17 PM

Here is a link to the new style and upgrade for Khan Academy. If you haven't checked out the great and many tutoring videos at this sight  you are really missing a great link to share with your students and family. All types and levels of math videos and lots and lots more are on the Khan Academy link.

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When Did Americans Lose Their British Accents?

When Did Americans Lose Their British Accents? | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Readers Nick and Riela have both written to ask how and when English colonists in America lost their British accents and how American accents came about.
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If you've read this blog enough, you know I always have a fascination about the differences about different dialects of English--whether written or spoken. This is yet another interesting article about how the same foundation language started to diverge due to a big ocean and an independence movement in between...

 

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You've got what it takes in Tech Comm? Here's your chance to PROVE IT!

You've got what it takes in Tech Comm? Here's your chance to PROVE IT! | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Come on, admit it--you know you are good.  You know that deep down, you are one of the best in the tech comm business doing what you do.  Perhaps your co-workers and your manager know it, or your c...
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Folksonomies and taxonomies | Sharon Burton

Folksonomies and taxonomies | Sharon Burton | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
By discovering and exploiting the folksonomy in your customer's head, you can help them be more comfortable with your products by speaking their language about your products.
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Excellent article by my friend, Sharon Burton (@sharonburton). I suspect I know who the speaker is that she is referring to, and I would venture to guess, like Sharon, that the speaker was limited in her time to mention what Sharon covers in this article.  In short, I agree that both taxonomies and folksonomies need to be considered when writing content. It's not an easy task--I admit that I don't keep both of them in mind necessarily when I write, but I can definitely see how it's important to utilize both in documentation, especially when writing on a global level. 

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MyFonts: Creative Characters interview with Matthew Carter, October 2013

MyFonts: Creative Characters interview with Matthew Carter, October 2013 | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
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This is a fascinating article behind the artist who created some of the most used and iconic fonts used today.  A must-read for anyone who is interested in user interface design, typography, or just thinks the use of different fonts is cool!

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Phonebloks

Phonebloks | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Support Phonebloks! A phone worth keeping by Dave Hakkens
Danielle M. Villegas's insight:

Scott Abel, AKA The Content Wrangler, shared this on his Facebook page today. It's definitely an interesting concept, and it makes sense. I know that upgrading a phone can be expensive, but this concept has some merit. Just like a car that you keep for a long time, it would be easier and more affordable to replace or upgrade parts rather than entire devices. This would be more helpful for developing countries as well that are trying to get into the websphere via mobile device. Definitely a concept to be watching...

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Why is broadband more expensive in the US?

Why is broadband more expensive in the US? | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Home broadband in the US costs twice as much as it does in Europe and three times as much as it does in South Korea, according to a new report. Why?
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I found this article interesting, because it relates closely to my wallet (and everyone's wallet), but it also relates to the availablility of internet services around the world and the availability for mobile devices as well. In my area, part of the internet package or bundle is that you have access to public wi-fi if your provider has access available to it. In other words, if I'm at the supermarket rather than my home, and the public wifi from Comcast is available and received while I'm in the supermarket, then I can sign-in and enjoy the Comcast wifi signal at no extra cost, as I'm already a Comcast subscriber.  This is fine, as many areas in the US have Comcast. However, it's not flawless, because if I'm travelling by car or any other transportation, each time I come to a new transmission tower, I have to sign in on my mobile device again and again and again....If I'm stationary, then it's fine. 

 

But it does leave one to question why the general pricing of broadband or any other internet services varies so much from country to country? Is it the amount of demand that brings on greedy providers?  I would imagine that as access becomes more affordable, it will allow more and more users to take advantage of what the internet has to offer, whether it's social media, information or m-learning.  Hopefully, this will all stabilize soon so that costs are more feasible for all.

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The Hyphen in 'E-Mail' Just Lost a Major Ally

The Hyphen in 'E-Mail' Just Lost a Major Ally | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Still use a hyphen in the word email? Mashable does not, as you can see — and as of Monday, neither does the New York Times. "By popular demand, we're going to remove the hyphen...
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This is a short, but interesting article. What people often forget is that language is always changing. That includes how made-up words, like "e-mail" or "email" (whichever you prefer) evolve into its final form. I will admit I've used them interchangeably, although I try to be consistent in a single document if I can. I tend to think of "e-mail" being more formal than "email". Isn't that funny that I think that way? Anyway, this article shows how major style guide leaders are starting to decide for us what's acceptable and what's not. 

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Reusing Structured Content in an Agile Environment | Content Rules, Inc.

Reusing Structured Content in an Agile Environment | Content Rules, Inc. | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
If structure and taxonomy are well-thought out, and content is semantically-rich, reuse should be much easier than finding a needle in a haystack.
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Another great blog post by one of my favorite content strategy gurus, Val Swisher. I admit I don't know what is involved in the Agile method (although I've heard of it), what I'm gleaning from it is that information should be posted in a timely manner and in a way that can be changed on the fly. I have to agree with Val, based on the example that she uses in the article, that this doesn't always fly well, and a strategy is needed. I've spent the last year cleaning up an internal website that definitely did not think about reuse or taxonomy--or it didn't follow taxonomy as closely as it should have. I've been working on setting things up so that information can be found and retrieved more easily than originally set up. Having worked on this site for almost a year, I know if the information is in the CMS, and if I'm not sure, provided I set it up, then I can find it easily. If it was done by my predecessor, then I have a much harder time locating where it might be. In rebuilding the back-end of this website for the past year, strategy was everything!

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The Next Big Thing? These Are 5 Technologies My Clients Are Begging For

The Next Big Thing? These Are 5 Technologies My Clients Are Begging For | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
I think the “next big thing” is very obvious. Actually there are five big things. I know this by listening to my clients. And they are begging for help.
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I saw this listed on LinkedIn, and I have to agree with these five items. We often forget that we need to concentrate on meeting our basic needs well before moving on to the next best thing. I recall recently someone saying that the new iPhones weren't innovative enough, and someone else countering that at least Apple was working on solidifying that the foundation they did have with their devices. Of course, this article shows that even Apple still has room for improvement (among others), but this is something to try to not lose sight of. 

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10 Words to Cut From Your Writing

10 Words to Cut From Your Writing | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Want to improve your printed and online content? Chop these words -- mercilessly.
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These were the types of words that Marcia Riefer Johnston wrote about in her book, "Word Up!"  (which I reviewed earlier this year). This is definitely an article worth reading for better writing!

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Uhura and Translation Software--Still not there yet

Uhura and Translation Software--Still not there yet | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
My husband's first language is Spanish. As a result, naturally, most of his relatives speak Spanish exclusively. I, however, do not speak Spanish.  I took two beginner courses, but I know little Sp...
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How To Be A Digital Influencer

How To Be A Digital Influencer | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Influence. It's a term we hear often in today's social media/digital/marketing-fueled world. Marketers and brands grapple with - what does it mean? how can it be measured? how can influencers be id...
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The person who was my main influence to get involved in social media in the first place, Helen Thompson Mosher, was the one who recommended this on LinkedIn. It's a good article, with pointers that I've had to learn the hard way in the past year or so.  It also backs up my philosophy of why one should get involved in social media, namely to share helpful information, if for no other reason. Thanks, Helen!

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How to create your own URL shortener

How to create your own URL shortener | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
If you follow TNW on social media sites like Twitter, Google+ or Facebook, you'll have noticed that rather than use the full, ugly ol' URL found in the address bar, we use a nice friendly ...
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Thanks to Marta Rauch for posting this on LinkedIn. This is a great guide for exactly what the article title implies--creating shortened URLs. I'm familiar with bit.ly, and I have used the one in HootSuite a little bit, so I can see how handy this can be. Hope this can help you!

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Voice of Siri Reveals Herself — And Why The iPhone “Assistant” Sounds So Snippy | TIME.com

Voice of Siri Reveals Herself — And Why The iPhone “Assistant” Sounds So Snippy | TIME.com | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
"When I first discovered that was my voice, to be honest it was a little creepy."
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This is just a fun article about our favorite phone voice.

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