Why Real Life Relationships Are the Key to Social Media Success

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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

Danielle M. Villegas‘s insight:

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. 

–techcommgeekmom

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

Title_page_William_Shakespeare's_First_Folio_1623TechCommGeekMom 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, absolutely! Americans use many of these phrases ourselves! Naturally, Americans do read their Shakespeare and we still stand to learn a bit from our British cousins when it comes to language.

Thanks Clare for the recommendation! Happy 450th Birthday to William Shakespeare!

How many of these everyday phrases do you know or use?

William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday: 50 everyday phrases that came from the Bard – News – Books – The Independent.

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

Doc and Marty McFly can't believe the fabulous information they are getting at Adobe Day @STC Summit 2014 . (They already went, and said it was fantastic--not to be missed!)

Doc Brown and Marty McFly can’t believe the fabulous information they got at Adobe Day at the STC Summit 2014. (They already went, and said it was fantastic–not to be missed!)

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 conferences, so you know how rich in information they are. I’ve learned an enormous amount of information FOR FREE that would otherwise cost thousands of dollars from the leading experts in the field. It’s hard to find that anywhere else.

On Sunday morning, May 18th, 2014, Adobe is once again putting together a stellar group of technical communications luminaries to set our imaginations on fire! This year’s theme appears to be, “Vision 2020: The Demanding Job of a Technical Communicator.”  Based on the descriptions of each speaker’s talk during this morning session, each will be providing advice and tools–free of any product promotion–that can help make our demanding jobs easier and more productive.  I’ve heard all the speakers before in one way or another, and I can tell you that all of them are top rate. Most of them have spoken at previous Adobe Day events, and they are invited back time and time again because they have valuable information to share.

Kapil Verma of Adobe will be speaking about who he thinks are today’s technical communicators (hint: there’s more than one type!). Marcia Riefer Johnston will be talking about single-sourcing techniques she used to save her company USD$16,000! I’ve taken Marcia’s writing workshop and read her book, so I can tell you she have some marvelous tips. Kevin Siegel will be talking about how to combine something I love–e-learning–with technical documentation to make the documentation more dynamic and valuable! I’m looking forward to that.  Bernard Aschwanden–the STC’s newly elected vice-president–will be speaking about using content strategy to help promote revenue growth. And last, but not least, a panel including all the speakers plus Tom Aldous of Acrolinx, moderated by Matt Sullivan, looks like it will be quite the lively talk.

Did I mention that breakfast, snacks, and lunch are included, too? And it’s FREE?

I know–you are saying, “Great! I want to go! I don’t want to miss out on this!” Great! But you do have to register so that Adobe knows you are coming! Make sure you register by 11:59 PM PDT on May 16th, because you don’t want to miss out!

Register for Adobe Day @ STC Summit 2014

I will be covering the event LIVE on Twitter from my @techcommgeekmom account, so make sure to follow along, even if you are attending!

See you there!

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A Parent’s Guide to Minecraft: 5 Reasons to Stop Worrying and Learn to Love the Cubes

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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.

Danielle M. Villegas‘s insight:

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!

–techcommgeekmom

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Nintendo’s Game Boy turns 25 today

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Now we feel really old.

Danielle M. Villegas‘s insight:

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! 

–techcommgeekmom

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How 3D printing is changing the shape of lessons

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As many readers know, the “geek mom” side of me comes out when I see new technology. One of the new technologies that has been attracting my attention is 3D printing. So, yes, this is another article about 3D printing. In this case, it’s about how 3D printing is becoming a more embedded part of the British school curriculums, which is something I had heard about a year ago. Britain is making a concerted effort to bring more computing and other STEM technologies into the classroom for children as young as kindergarten, as they feel that technology training starting at a younger age will help prepare students for a world in which technology will play a greater part in the workplace as they become adults. I agree with this. I’m still amazed to see teenagers who have no to little basic software skills, like barely know the basics of Microsoft Office, let alone having a basic understanding of how computers and the internet works. In the United States, very few school systems are adopting any kind of similar curriculums simply because a)it’s too expensive, or b) the teachers don’t have the training to teach the information, or both.

This article is mostly about a young girl who is taking advantage of the 3D printing available to her through her school, and she is taking off with big designs and ideas. This is the kind of inspiration that we need to encourage in more students! She is definitely the future, and I’m hoping there will be more like her out there, given the opportunity.

How 3D printing is changing the shape of lessons

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

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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.

Danielle M. Villegas‘s insight:

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! 

–techcommgeekmom

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