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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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Recap of the Adobe Day "Coachella" - Tech Comm Rock Stars abound!

Recap of the Adobe Day "Coachella" - Tech Comm Rock Stars abound! | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Adobe Day at the 2013 STC Summit was really great. It took me a while to digest all my own notes and relive the moments promoting the rock stars of tech comm. But like all good music festivals, the...
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Bloggers rock: The best of the best

Bloggers rock: The best of the best | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Sitting at my computer at 3:00 AM, eyes bleary, tired as hell, I am confronted with the blank blog page, a twinge of nausea. A question suddenly hits me in the forehead. Why do we bloggers do it? ...
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Darin Hammond has done it again. If you haven't noticed, he's becoming one of MY favorite bloggers. This article truly explains why I do what I do, and why he does what he does. It's totally correct its point. We don't do it for the money (although that would be nice to be making a living doing what we do--maybe someday, Darin!), but for the sheer thrill of sharing and bringing together a community. I'm learning a lot from his blog--go bookmark it in your browser now (after bookmarking this one)!

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Your Personal Qualities as a Blogger


I am a blogger :)

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Words gain power when cut down [video]

Words gain power when cut down [video] | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Students are frequently told to  flower-up their language  to make it sound more elegant and astute. The problem is that flowering-up with the wrong kind of words just makes the writing worse. The...
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Darin Hammond hits it on the head again! I have written in the past about how I thought I was a sub-standard writer because I couldn't write the kind of flowery language that was required of me in school, and yet it turns out that I was on the right track with what came instinctually to me all along. Thanks for the reinforcement, Darin! This is truly what technical communicators need to keep in mind, and it's what we need to teach our children so that they can be better professional writers, no matter what field they enter. 

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Global Tablet Shipments on Track to Surpass Total PC Shipments by 2015 [#mLearning]

Global Tablet Shipments on Track to Surpass Total PC Shipments by 2015 [#mLearning] | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
According to a new forecast from the International Data Corporation (IDC), the shift from traditional Personal Computers to Mobile Devices continues forward faster than expected, and with no slowin...
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RJ Jacquez it at it again--reminding us that the mobile revolution is not over yet! These stats are very important, because it shows that mobile technology isn't a fad or going away anytime soon. While m-learning is an important factor, I'm starting to see how mobile is going to impact all aspects of life's documentation and content. I hope to write more about that soon. 
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How does that jagged little pill of content strategy go down?

How does that jagged little pill of content strategy go down? | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
To continue with the tech comm rock star theme set forth by Adobe for Adobe Day, I thought carefully about who might represent Rahel Anne Bailie, whose talk was titled, "Content Strategy in a Conte...
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Get your motor runnin'...Head out on the [mobile] highway...

Get your motor runnin'...Head out on the [mobile] highway... | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
When I first read the title of John Daigle's Adobe Day presentation, "Enjoying a Smooth Ride on the Mobile Documentation Highway," guitar riffs by Steppenwolf echoed in my mind thinking of the song...
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How To Cite Social Media Using MLA and APA - Edudemic

How To Cite Social Media Using MLA and APA - Edudemic | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Social media posts and videos are cropping up in academic publications more and more. This chart shows just how to cite social media with ease.
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This one comes from @ProEdit by way of @edudemic.  Even though I might not be writing many academic/professional papers these days, I think it's good to know how to do these citations properly. The world is changing where content does come from social media, so it's important to know how to do such citations. 

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Este guia dá orientações sobre como citar os médias sociais usando o MLA e normas da APA.

Muito útil face ao crescente uso de materiais publicados e replicados no contexto dos média.

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5 Myths About Writing With Mobile Devices - Edudemic

5 Myths About Writing With Mobile Devices - Edudemic | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
There are some big myths about writing with mobile devices. But are they actually true? The EdTechTeacher team weighs in on a controversial topic.

Via Felix Jacomino
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This article comes by way of @felixjacomino on ScoopIt. I really like this article, because it's main point is that people are trying to adapt old ways of writing to new technology. I believe the author, at some point, even points out that in education, it doesn't matter what software package a child learns as long as they learn technology and the basics of how to use word processing. I started out on WordPerfect years ago, and then had to adapt to Word 1.0 (what version are we up to now?). Same with CMS systems that I've learned in the past. People are always so stuck on knowing specific products in tech comm instead of realizing that if you know one software package, you can probably adapt fairly quickly to a new one if you are just shown the differences. That was definitely the case with my current position. 

 

But back to iPads and writing--I took copious notes on my iPad during the STC Summit, and wrote several long blog posts on my iPad as well. Yes, it was easier to type with a wireless keyboard, but that's only because I type very fast and legibility is important to me. It's a sensory thing for me.  I found that for basic writing tasks, I can use the iPad with ease, and that's the point of this article. No more excuses! Mobile is definitely an option. 

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I have found it quite difficult doing long term typing on my iPad. Very interesting. 

Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, July 2, 2013 8:52 PM

Review this article and provide your perspective.

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XML Metrics are the Coldplay of the Tech Comm World

XML Metrics are the Coldplay of the Tech Comm World | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Besides the panel at the 2013 STC Summit Adobe Day, there were four speakers at the event. I decided to review them in reverse order as to when they appeared on the roster. Why? Because it's my blo...
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After the Summit: Was It All I Expected As a First-Timer?

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Here's my last post that I wrote about the 2013 STC Summit for the STC Notebook blog.  I hope you've enjoyed the ride with me.  

 

Continue to watch my blog for more on Adobe Day at the 2013 STC Summit, and one last blog post about the Summit that will talk about the fun parts--some additional insights from my trip. 

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So this is what Google Glass is about?

So this is what Google Glass is about? | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
I've been rather fascinated by Google Glass, to say the least. I could see it as a potential useful tool, especially if it could be attached to my current prescription glasses! I wonder about its u...
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Agile vs ADDIE: Which Is Better for Learning Design?

Agile vs ADDIE: Which Is Better for Learning Design? | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
My last post was about Agile Learning Design, an iterative model of instructional design that focuses on collaboration and rapid prototyping. And it's become quite a hot topic this past year.
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Thanks to @drchuckd for finding this gem. Agile and ADDIE are the content strategy of e-learning, so why wouldn't we use more than one way to achieve that goal? 

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At the Summit: Midnight Train [From] Georgia

At the Summit: Midnight Train [From] Georgia | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
All good things must come to an end, so must the STC Summit 2013. The last day of the conference was a half-day, but it was still packed with some great presentations and fun. It was time to go hom...
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Maybe I'm Amazed I met this Tech Comm legend...

Maybe I'm Amazed I met this Tech Comm legend... | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
"Excuse me, Dr. Corfield, I'm tweeting this event for Adobe today. Would you happen to have a Twitter handle?" With the apology that he hadn't one, but that he did have a Facebook page, I had start...
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Augmented Reality 3D-Tracking App Makes You an Expert Mechanic [VIDEO]

Augmented Reality 3D-Tracking App Makes You an Expert Mechanic [VIDEO] | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
A new 3D-tracking app aims to help hopeless handymen and women become expert mechanics.
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I am so thrilled to see this! This is exactly the sort of thing that m-learning is about. Somebody finally got the memo! Okay, I'm sure that somebody else out there got the memo too, but this is exactly what many m-learning evangelists have been preaching about for more than a year. Look at that mobile interactive learning! It's awesome! Think of all the applications! 

 

In my imagination, this is where we should have always been going with m-learning, especially when it comes to engineering maintenance of any kind. How many how-to videos have you seen? This is just a variation of that, but takes it to a new level. Kudos to this company--keep it up! 

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Follow-up: Where have all the adverbs gone? And how did they go?

Follow-up: Where have all the adverbs gone? And how did they go? | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
This came to me by way of the Chicago Manual of Style Facebook feed. I'm not going insane--adverbs are declining, enough so that there's a whole article in The Guardian from last fall! Read the art...
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The Future Of Technology Isn’t Mobile, It’s Contextual

The Future Of Technology Isn’t Mobile, It’s Contextual | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
You’re walking home alone on a quiet street. You hear footsteps approaching quickly from behind. It’s nighttime. Your senses scramble to help your brain figure out what to do. You listen for signs of threat or glance backward.
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This great article was brought to my attention by my new friend, Joel Kline, who I met at STC Summit '13. It definitely is something that I can see being a next step. The question is, how do you think it will affect technical communications? I imagine it will have a big impact once the technology is actually there. 

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What have you got against adverbs? What did they ever do to you?

What have you got against adverbs? What did they ever do to you? | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
I've noticed a disturbing trend that seems to be happening in the English language--at least in American English. Every time I heard this mistake, I cringe and wonder why it's happening. Evidently,...
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7 Major Learning Styles – Which One are You? | WPLMS

7 Major Learning Styles – Which One are You? | WPLMS | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
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This article comes to us courtesy of @AMAnet. For anyone who says that there are no such things as learning styles, I respectfully disagree. When you work with children or adults who have learning difficulties, these learning styles become much more apparent, and one learns not to take these cognitive instincts for granted. I know I don't!
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How an iPad is a More Powerful Content-Creation Device Than a Laptop.

How an iPad is a More Powerful Content-Creation Device Than a Laptop. | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
That the iPad is a great content-consumption device has never been disputed. But just 30 months after its launch the iPad is now in some ways a more powerful content-creation device than a laptop i...
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This article comes via Tim Klapdor on ScoopIt. This article he found is a very well-written piece about iPad's strengths and weaknesses as a learning tool. His main point is that iPad is more versatile than a Mac or PC laptop/desktop, but it will never replace the power of a desktop or laptop. Do read this one--it's good. 

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Stuck finding a topic? This post will help

Stuck finding a topic? This post will help | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Whatever your blogging niche, idea generation weighs constantly on your mind as you have to crank out that next blog post. The real problem is that you want the blog post to be great, reach readers,...
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The more I read Darin Hammond's blog, the more I love it. It truly speaks to me, especially as a fellow blogger! This is a great blog post about how to get over writer's block. I know that I get stuck quite often, but when I do have some ideas to approach later, I start drafts of the blog post to finish later--similar to Darin's one suggestion of when and how to jot down notes for ideas. I have about three or four items lined up for if the current well runs dry, and I can pick up those topics later as they are not time-sensitive. 

 

Bravo on another fantastic, must-read post, Darin!

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Twitter Data Maps Show How Interconnected Our World Really Is | TIME.com

Twitter Data Maps Show How Interconnected Our World Really Is | TIME.com | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
To create the maps, researchers analyzed the 46.7 million tweets posted between October 23 and November 30, 2012, looking specifically at those with a tagged geographic location.
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My friend Sandy O'Neil found this one and sent it to me via LinkedIn. It's really cool to see how prolific social media is--even using only this one tool! Of course, I'm a big believer in Twitter (although I wasn't initially, I will admit). Most of my connections nowadays are through Twitter, and my Twitter followers and those who are followed are always growing! 

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If Tech Comm had its own Coachella, how would it be done?

If Tech Comm had its own Coachella, how would it be done? | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
[WARNING: this is a long post, but jam-packed with information!] Every industry has its own rock stars. Those are the people who have lived, spoken, and written about topics in a particular field. ...
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Essential ideas to rock your blog posts

Essential ideas to rock your blog posts | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Mines the spice needed to generate hype and discussion about your blog, regardless of the topic. Notes that several strategies that will kick start your blog include: Create a powerful title that...
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Darin L. Hammond has done it again! He posted this excellent article that he wrote about things that should be included in a blog. I think I follow all of these--or at least I try. Nice guidelines!

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12 Moms That Rule The Tech Industry

12 Moms That Rule The Tech Industry | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
These are the high-powered mothers of tech.
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An excellent article for Mother's Day. I also know lots of other tech comm moms and geekmoms who might not be leaders of industry, but are still influential in their field. 

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