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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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Adobe Day Presentations: Part II – Sarah O’Keefe and Content Strategy

Adobe Day Presentations: Part II – Sarah O’Keefe and Content Strategy | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
After an energetic first presentation by Scott Abel, second presenter Sarah O’Keefe, author of Content Strategy 101 and founder of Scriptorium Publishing, talked about “Developing a Tec...
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Who says you can’t have a PDF book and print it too?

Who says you can’t have a PDF book and print it too? | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
I’m in the process of recovering from a great weekend I had at the pre-conference of Lavacon hosted by the Adobe TCS team this weekend. There is so much to tell, but I’m working on a se...
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The Time for Mobile Is Now

Your customers are on mobile; as a marketer, you need to be on mobile, too. It's time to use mobile to your advantage. And it's not too late to be early.

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Missed Adobe Day at LavaCon2012? Here’s the scoop…

Missed Adobe Day at LavaCon2012? Here’s the scoop… | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
As I write this, I am still recovering from quite the whirlwind of a weekend! I flew out to the West Coast on Friday night, and returned to the East Coast on Sunday.  I met SO many people who are &...
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5 Ways to Maximize Mobile Learning through Professional Development - Enterprise Mobility Blog

Professional development for faculty is essential when introducing mobile technologies into the learning and operational environment at your university.

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Pilot Study: Creative Play With Toontastic

Pilot Study: Creative Play With Toontastic | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Andy Russell and Alicia Chang of Launchpad Toys share the results of an observational pilot study with Toontastic, their storytelling app.
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Can marketing copy count as user assistance? | The RoboColum(n)

Can marketing copy count as user assistance? | The RoboColum(n) | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it

This is a great column by Colum McAndrew, who is a major RoboHelp guru in the Tech Comm world. 

 

Apple? If you need someone to write up a good quick guide for some of those basic things to help users get around, call me. ;-)

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A Big List of 375 Free eBooks for Your iPad, Kindle, Nook and Other Devices

A Big List of 375 Free eBooks for Your iPad, Kindle, Nook and Other Devices | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Last week, Amazon announced that it would start shipping a promising, new ebook reader in early October -- the Kindle Paperwhite. The Paperwhite looks much like the old school, e-ink Kindle that you know and maybe love.

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The Current State of Special Education

The Current State of Special Education | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Special education is defined as 'specially designed instruction to meet the unique needs of a child with a disability'.

 

I'm always about special education issues, since I have a spec ed kid in my household. This information has been part of my life, in one way or another for 9 years, but I think it helps others understand what we need to look at and go through in order to provide my son the best education for him. 

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Using the Cloud–The Real Deal.

Using the Cloud–The Real Deal. | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it

As a follow-up to my post about the scamming/hacking attack I had two weeks ago, this week I’m turning TechCommGeekMom.com over to a good friend of mine, Shay Shaked. 

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Digital Tablets for Kids–Child’s Play, or should we take it seriously?

Digital Tablets for Kids–Child’s Play, or should we take it seriously? | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Just within the last month or so, I’ve been made aware of two tablet computers made for especially kids–and ones that weren’t something like a glorified LeapFrog or VTech toy. The...
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Free Download: Tron-Style Elements PSD

Free Download: Tron-Style Elements PSD | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Today we have a free PSD file for download. With this PSD you can add Tron-style elements with glow effects to your own designs. The PSD includes elements like buttons, progress loaders, and ratings elements.
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The gamification brain trust: 6 experts on why game elements are critical in our work and social lives

The gamification brain trust: 6 experts on why game elements are critical in our work and social lives | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Six gamification experts tell us what they think about how to properly motivate people through game-like activities.

 

Motivation is key to gamification working. 

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Adobe Day Presentations: Part III – Joe Welinske and Multi-Screen Help Authoring

Adobe Day Presentations: Part III – Joe Welinske and Multi-Screen Help Authoring | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Joe Welinske of Writers UA followed Sarah O’Keefe’s presentation on Adobe Day. I was especially interested in hearing what he had to say, because the topic of his presentation was  abou...
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Adobe Day Presentations: Part I – Scott Abel and Structured Content

Adobe Day Presentations: Part I – Scott Abel and Structured Content | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it

As I had mentioned in my first post about Adobe Day, there were several well-known tech comm authorities presenting, and Scott Abel was the first presenter. Scott is the founder and CEO of The Content Wrangler...

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Some Thoughts On Tablet Learning (aka Elearning On iPads) | Upside Learning Blog

Some Thoughts On Tablet Learning (aka Elearning On iPads) | Upside Learning Blog | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Tablet Learning is not mlearning. iPad has shaped a new category of learning, i.e ‘Tablet Learning’.

 

Great article by Amit Garg of Upside Learning. He makes a good argument using references by my friend RJ Jacquez and Clark Quinn to support his point. Nice job, Amit!
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5 Important Reasons to Focus on What Could Go Right (even if you have ADHD!)

5 Important Reasons to Focus on What Could Go Right (even if you have ADHD!) | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
The mind seeks to create what it constantly focuses on. 1) When focusing on what could go right we look for solutions, opinions, ideas, tools and even take lessons to create the outcome we desire.

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40 Important STEM Resources For Women - Getting Smart by Guest Author - EdTech, mathchat, STEM

40 Important STEM Resources For Women - Getting Smart by Guest Author - EdTech, mathchat, STEM | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
According to 2011 findings by the Economics & Statistics Administration, less than 25% of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) jobs are held by women — even though they make up more than half the workforce and college degrees.

 

Thanks to @LisaDuty1 for finding this. There are very few women in STEM, and even those are who are in STEM careers (and this includes technical communicators) can find it difficult breaking into the "boys club". More women need to be in STEM careers, so I heartily support resources like these. I plan to look into some of these resources myself!
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Hard Work and Persistence (Who Says OCD Is a Bad Thing?) Pays Off! : How I won an iPad

Hard Work and Persistence (Who Says OCD Is a Bad Thing?) Pays Off! : How I won an iPad | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
As someone who participated in Adobe’s TechComm Conundrum contest on Facebook, I can confidently say that it was not for the faint of heart! It combined one of my favorite topics—technical communic...
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New iPad App May Be The Future Of Collaborative Online Learning

New iPad App May Be The Future Of Collaborative Online Learning | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
A startup wants to turn video lessons into something more interactive and immersive. It's like a Skype chat on steroids. Harvard Professor Michael Sandel is on board and his popular video lectures are now in a must-see iPad app.

 

Thanks to @elearningpros for finding this one. 

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Edutopia: A Guide to Mobile Devices for Learning | GeekDad | Wired.com

Edutopia: A Guide to Mobile Devices for Learning | GeekDad | Wired.com | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Edutopia is a part of the George Lucas Educational Foundation, and it has developed a new, free guide with Google to help teachers use mobile devices, including cell phones, tablets and e-readers, to engage students - and to help parents wrap their...

 

Thanks to @mobilelearning for pointing out this new resource! Edutopia is a great organization. 

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Learning Styles: What works for you?

Learning Styles: What works for you? | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Age of Ex has not only been a class that has helped me expand my ideas about presenting but also about different ways of learning. Throughout my time as a student, I have not only been able to lear...

 

I am a firm believer of learning styles, as I've observed the best ways for my son--and myself--to learn. Good article. I think it'd be GREAT if classes were divided by learning types, but I'm sure that's just a pipe dream...
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New $159 Amazon Tablet Challenges iPad

New $159 Amazon Tablet Challenges iPad | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Katie Ash and Ian Quillen are staff writers for Education Week Digital Directions.

 

No sooner do I write a blog post about affordable tablets aimed at kids, this comes out. Just proves that there's a market, and a "kid" tablet isn't needed...

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After OnLive: Here’s why Nvidia believes cloud gaming is just getting started (interview)

After OnLive: Here’s why Nvidia believes cloud gaming is just getting started (interview) | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
After cloud gaming leader OnLive ran out of money in August, the future of cloud gaming became, er, cloudy. Rival cloud gaming service Gaikai had sold itself to Sony for $380 million, but OnLive&#...

 

I hadn't thought about cloud gaming until now, but it makes perfect sense. If much of our mobile capabilities are going to be based in the cloud, why wouldn't gamification take that route as well? This could add another dimension to m-learning.

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