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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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Word Up! ain't just a Cameo song: A TechCommGeekMom book review

Word Up! ain't just a Cameo song: A TechCommGeekMom book review | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Being that I came of age in the late 1980s, my immediate thought when I hear the words, "Word Up!" is the Cameo song playing with all its funkalicious glory.  But now, "Word Up!" has a new meaning ...
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TechCommGeekMom.com's first book review!

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Four ways women are changing social media

Four ways women are changing social media | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
News, style and advice for professional women through the filter of success
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Great article found by @fondalo. I tend to think I fit into those four ways for the most part. How do you fit in, whether you are a guy or gal? 
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How To Get A Job As An Instructional Designer

How To Get A Job As An Instructional Designer | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Getting into instructional design is a very desirable career choice at present, and so many people want to get into it but are often not sure where to start. What qualifications do they need?
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Another great article by Christopher Pappas (@cpappas). Where was this article a year ago when I needed it? There are some great tips in here, which I will need to follow-up on myself if I ever want to make the jump to instructional design as I'd like. And while I do have my MS in Professional and Technical Communications, I do still think about getting some sort of credential in instructional design at some point. 

 

In the meantime, follow these tips! They are sound ones!
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Adobe Day is Back-- STC Summit Style! Don't be Tardy for the Party!

Adobe Day is Back-- STC Summit Style! Don't be Tardy for the Party! | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
One of my favorite indulgences offline is watching reality shows on the US cable channel, Bravo, and one of my favorite shows is the Real Housewives of Atlanta. During a past season, one of  the Ho...
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Computer Science Cracks 18th Century Mystery

Computer Science Cracks 18th Century Mystery | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Dr. Kevin Knight, a senior research scientist at the Information Sciences Institute at the University of Southern California, with the collaboration of two Swedish linguistics, has deciphered the e...
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This is a cool story that I found thanks to @Randy_Matusky. This is the sort of story that combine my two great loves--technology and history! The other thought that occurred to me was that translation is hard enough to do even today--this is the sort of thing that shows it can be done, but perhaps the programming needed still isn't sophisticated enough yet, even though it's probably better than ever now. If this program has to do many sweeps of the document before it started to make sense, imagine how long it would take some of today's translations to be truly accurate! Fascinating article. 

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A First-Timer's Summit: Packing Heat—Where's Rick Steves When You Need Him?

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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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TechCommGeekMom's Guide on How to Write a Blog Post

TechCommGeekMom's Guide on How to Write a Blog Post | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
One of my former professors recently asked me for a small favor. Her first-year students are writing up blog posts after attending a plain language presentation, and she asked if I could provide so...
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Can the iPad Rescue a Struggling American Education System? | Gadget Lab | Wired.com

Can the iPad Rescue a Struggling American Education System? | Gadget Lab | Wired.com | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Tablets are reinventing how students access and interact with educational material, and how teachers assess and monitor students’ performance at a time when many schools are understaffed and many classrooms overcrowded.
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This is a MUST READ article about the progress of m-learning in the past year. I just started delving into m-learning this time last year, and it's great to see it becoming more mainstream as time passes. It need to be more mainstream, so the mobile revolution continues...I found this via Apple's website, so you know they are happy with how much the iPad is being adopted. I love mine, and I'm always trying to encourage my son to use it to help him with some of his schoolwork or to look up information he's wanting to learn. 

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The 'First Tablet for Women' Is as Awful as It Sounds

The 'First Tablet for Women' Is as Awful as It Sounds | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Finding difficulty using that iPad or Kindle? Don't worry, ladies. There's finally an easy-to-use tablet just for us. It's called the ePad Femme, and the Middle East–based Euros...
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They've only sold 7000 units. Gee, I wonder why...I hate products that insult my intelligence. I also hate items that are 'girly girl' as well. Ick. I wouldn't touch this product with a 10-foot pole. 

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Report: More youth use smartphones as route to Web

Report: More youth use smartphones as route to Web | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
CHICAGO (AP) — Keep computers in a common area so you can monitor what your kids are doing.
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This is something that's of increasing concern in our own family, now that our son has a smartphone and uses it to access the web freely. We have yet to figure out how to have full "set-it-and-forget-it" parental controls on my son's Android phone, and I can see how, with the proliferation of mobile devices continuing, that this will be an issue. The Web has always been a place without censorship--will that need to be put in place eventually? Or will better means be available so that parents can help control what kids see? Time will tell...interesting article. 

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5 Content Marketing Lessons from Rick Springfield | New Media Insights Blog

5 Content Marketing Lessons from Rick Springfield | New Media Insights Blog | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
An unexpected surprise for me at last week’s Content Marketing World was the fun I had watching Rick Springfield enthrall the conference attendees at the
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How can you not like an article that draws comparisons to Content Marketing and Rick Springfield? Thanks to @scottabel for this article. 

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10 Highest-Paying Temp Jobs

10 Highest-Paying Temp Jobs | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Commitment-free.
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This article backs up something I mentioned in my presentation at the STC Mid-Atlantic Technical Conference last week. Working even temporarily, either as a short-term contractor or long-term contractor, is better than working other jobs that pay significantly less. I'm in a contract job now, which may or may not go permanent, but it's very good money, and I'm maintaing my skills--and gaining a few in the process as well! I'd add almost any technical communicator-type of position to this list. 

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Is Social Learning Dead? Not At All!: Float Mobile Learning

Is Social Learning Dead? Not At All!: Float Mobile Learning | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Dr. Gary Woodill resists the idea that social learning is dying. In fact, social learning may be in your organization's best interests.
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Thanks to Chad Udell (@visualrinse) for posting this on Google+. 

Gary Woodill is one of my favorite m-learning gurus. He writes insightful and easy-to-read articles, papers and books on m-learning, and was one of the pioneers to talk about it at length.  I was especially thrilled when he retweeted the link to my Whitepaper (http://wp.me/p2hiSW-76) about m-learning in conjunction with human literacy and memory. It was like having someone like Mozart or Beethoven put their seal of approval on my musical composition. 

I've noticed this trend that Gary mentions too, that once everyone gets used to a concept, then it's deemed "old news" or "dead", when it's just that we're comfortable with it now. Gary explains it very well here--a very good read. 

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A First-Timer’s Summit: Speed Dating and Pick-up Lines at the Summit? What?

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Here's the fifth of my series for the STC Notebook. Are you an introvert? This is the article for you! --techcommgeekmom
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What Margaret Thatcher brought to the women of Tech Comm

What Margaret Thatcher brought to the women of Tech Comm | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Today, the world lost one of the most impactful figures in international politics. Baroness Margaret Thatcher, the former Prime Minister of Britain, passed away after a stroke at the age of 87.  I'...
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For Technical Writers, The Future Looks Bright | MindTouch

For Technical Writers, The Future Looks Bright | MindTouch | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
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This comes to me via @Nancy_Coppola through LinkedIn. This is good news for all technical communicators and writers! I remember Nancy telling her students three years that things would be picking up in this field--and she was right! There are more job opportunities in tech comm now than when I started my journey into tech comm three years ago. The flexibility and agility of tech comm workers makes us great candidates for many positions. Going forward, the trick will be keeping up with technological trends and making sure that those who are entering the field have a chance to not only be trained on certain software products and practices, but that they have the chance to continue with career development to keep tech comm relevant. 

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Bill Bowen's new book on MOOCs and online education | Inside Higher Ed

Bill Bowen's new book on MOOCs and online education | Inside Higher Ed | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
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This is a great book review/article by Inside Higher Ed.

 

I'm somewhat familiar with Dr. Bowen's books, having to post the information about his past books on the Princeton University Press website when I was working there. He seems to have some really interesting insights about about higher education in general, so the information presented in this article about his next book about higher education in the digital age is not surprising, given that he seems to be all about keeping higher ed as innovative as possible. Looks like the books will definitely capture some attention--as it should--when it comes out. 

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Tech Writer This Week for March 28, 2013 | TechWhirl

Tech Writer This Week for March 28, 2013 | TechWhirl | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Tech Writer This Week says goodbye to March and hello to great posts and commentary from bloggers covering tech comm, content strategy, and user experience.
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Thanks, TechWhirl, for featuring my STC-PMC presentation in this week's edition! :-)

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10 plus best blog tips: Bloggers, just don't do it...

10 plus best blog tips: Bloggers, just don't do it... | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Blogging is worth it. I love it, but I write from experience today, meaning that yes, I violated many of my own rules when I started blogging. Still, why do you need to blunder through when so many...
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@DarinLHammond has written a fantastic article that is a appropriate follow-up to TechCommGeekMom's Guide to How to Write a Blog Post. As I read it, I found that many of these things are steps that I did on my own, so it's always great to have your own actions validated. There are even a few I need to follow-up on. This is definitely a must-read to any would-be bloggers. 

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STC-PMC Presentation of "How Did You Get That Tech Comm Job?"

Last week, I had the privilege of doing my first professional presentation as a fully-fledged technical communicator. The STC-Philly Metro Chapter (STC-PMC) had its annual STC Mid-Atlantic Technica...
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@Ignatia Webs: 20 strategies for learner interactions in mobile #MOOC

@Ignatia Webs: 20 strategies for learner interactions in mobile #MOOC | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
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Thanks to @ronkowitz (Ken Ronkowitz) for finding this article. Ignacia always has good articles, but her research here is excellent. She says she's been working on her Masters at Athabasca University, and I've gotten the impression that they do really good work there and have excellent teaching and standards there. Every time I did a paper related to e-learning or m-learning during my Masters' studies, there were always good resources from papers or articles from Athabasca University. This article/abstract is no exception. 

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Raspberry Pi: The future of computing? | Game development | Features by Develop

Raspberry Pi: The future of computing? | Game development | Features by Develop | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
David Braben on why the small device can change the fortunes of the industry
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The Raspberry Pi has intrigued me enough that I've been tempted to see about buying and building one for myself. If it's as affordable as claimed, and is a great educational tool into letting students learn about how computers work, why aren't these everywhere?

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How to Get the Most Out of Mobile Learning

How to Get the Most Out of Mobile Learning | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Mobile Learning has quickly become one of the most discussed topics in the corporate training world. Nate Chai, Director of Design Consulting at Allen Communication, shared some of his insight into the mobile learning trend.
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Great article by Christopher Pappas (@cpappas) about how to determine how and why to get involved in mobile learning. 

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Harvard MBAs Already Know This

Harvard MBAs Already Know This | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it

"Hiroshi Mikitani: And now I will let you in on a bit of information that many at my alma mater have already received.In 2011, almost two decades after I graduated from Harvard Business School, I was..."

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This article presents an interesting question: is English truly the "business language", just as French was once considered the diplomat's language? With the globalization of English due to the Internet, did Mikitani make a smart decision, and do you think he's a trendsetter or expecting too much? What about other non-English speaking countries, or have English as a second language? I teach Technical and Business Writing classes in American English to business people from both English- and non-English speaking countries, so it's definitely at the forefront. What would you do if your company insisted that you needed to become proficient in a language other than your own? And with translation services, would that need disappear in time? It brings up lots of interesting ideas to ponder and discuss...

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