Author Archives: Danielle M Villegas

“Lucy, you have some ‘splanin’ to do!”: Considering your ESL Customers

Content Rules Inc. was kind enough to extend their invitation to have me blog for them again. This time, it’s on a subject that’s near and dear to their hearts as well as mine. This article talks about my own … Continue reading

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What’s lurking in your content?

Fellow technical writers, admit it. You’ve all done it. You’re writing along, and you come to a spot where you need to insert place-holder text. Your creative juices are flowing, and a simple lorem… Source: larrykunz.wordpress.com Larry Kunz posted this … Continue reading

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Word Crimes

Weird Al Yankovic has released an awesome video from what is reported to be his last album. This particular track is something that every technical writer and editor will especially appreciate! Enjoy!

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Tweet from @WembleyMatters

Admire this school. A child is more than a SATS score pic.twitter.com/tRuHPcMV6d

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I saw this courtesy of Colum McAndrew.  Oh, I really hope that more educators in the US get this message, because this is the message that we need to give our kids. My son is learning different, so he doesn’t usually do well in standardized tests, even though certain allowances are made (like extra time, etc.) so he can try to complete them. He’s actually a rather bright boy, and he has rather low self-esteem, so I’m constantly trying to remind him that he’s more than a test (just like adults are more than their resumes).  I, too, didn’t do well in standardized tests as a kid, yet I did well enough in school. (Never took the GRE for grad school, yet had a 4.0 GPA, which should say something!) 

 

US education system–please wake up, and read this, and learn from it! We need to bring up kids who are more confident in whatever skills they have, even if they are not measurable or conventional. 

 

–techcommgeekmom

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MBA Programs Starting to Emphasize Coding

Companies want to hire technically skilled MBAs, and business schools are finally starting to get it. MBA programs equip students with management techniques, accounting skills a…

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YES! This is something I’ve been saying all along. If not big programming languages, at least the basics of HTML so that they understand how websites are built and understand content strategy in relation to digital output, along with all that big data and analytics stuff. Education systems–please listen!

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Wonder Woman Techno-Loving Geek–Present! Celebrate Geekness Day.

Embrace Your Geekness Day will be on July 13th this year. Who knew there was such a holiday? Not me! It was brought to my attention by Lisa Margetis of SingleHop (a provider of private cloud services, on-demand servers, and … Continue reading

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The Top 6 Questions to Ask When Creating Your Content Strategy

WOW! I will admit that there are a lot of content strategists who have been doing content strategy for a much longer time than I have.  Val is one of those people, and she’s someone I consider to be one … Continue reading

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Free upgrade from TCS5 to TCS 5.1

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Thanks to Matt Sullivan for letting us know about this upgrade to the Adobe Tech Comm Suite 5, and writing the directions for how to obtain the upgrade! Read the article. 

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SCORM vs Tin Can – Tin Can API

SCORM vs The Tin Can API. What are the differences? Why should I choose Tin Can over SCORM?

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It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything "hardcore" for e-learning, but I saw this on Learning Anyway’s Facebook page, and thought it was definitely worth sharing. I don’t know how long this site has been up, but it looks fantastic! Check it out for more information. 

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No wonder (verbal) English is Confusing–Part 5

I often enjoy reading the blog/website Anglotopia, as it is written by a person who loves England and UK stuff as much as I do (if not more) and is making a living doing it (lucky!). This latest article that … Continue reading

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