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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…

Source: mashable.com

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!

–techcommgeekmom

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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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Granite countertops and stainless steel appliances

Though it’s probably the most low-key reality show on television, HGTV’s House Hunters has uncovered an overwhelming, and heretofore unknown, passion lurking deep in the American psyche. The show f…

Source: larrykunz.wordpress.com

I’m really loving this article by Larry Kunz! I’m one of those regular viewers of House Hunters myself, and as a DIY (Do-It-Yourself) homeowner who has learned to see past needing granite countertops and stainless-steel appliances, I understand his analogy very well. (In fact, I just did a kitchen renovation almost a year ago, and we went with quartz/silestone instead of granite, and I’ve been upgrading appliances one by one to stainless over the course of seven years, so they are all now stainless.)  There are needs, and there are wants, and Larry does a really nice job getting tech writers to think about how to differenciate between those things in our content. This is content strategy at its most basic level. Read this NOW!

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How to Be Ignored in Social Media – Go Headless

The profile shot, more than anything, personalizes you. I begin to recognize faces and put names to them. Then, I am able to remember what they post about and a bit about their personality. Finally,…

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Darin Hammond has done it again, bringing up a detail that seems small, but actually makes a big impact. I agree wholeheartedly with his approach on this subject. (And, no, Darin, you are not an ugly, old man!) But connecting a face with the words and images on a blog post does make a difference, and definitely personalizes the experience. I’m not just a name, but a face that goes with it. People have recognized me at conferences because they’ve seen my face. I remember faces again when I see photos of people on social media. No "Glamour Shots" are needed–both of the photos I’ve used in the last two years have been amateur shots. One was done by my husband in my backyard, and the most recent one seen on social media is a selfie! So, show us who you are, and read Darin’s article here for tips. 

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5 Useless Elements You Need To Remove From Your Blog Right Now!

Your blog is leaking cash and I’ll show you how to plug the leaks. There are useless elements on your blog that are costing you money. Find out more here.

Source: www.bloggingwizard.com

This article came to me by way of Scott Nesbitt on Google+. While I don’t write my blog for money (well, at least not at this point it’s not worth a salary), there are some interesting tips in here. Some I’ve figured out to a point–I know when I’m redirecting things to my blog and when I’m not. (Like this actual post done through ScoopIt!). But I’m not sure if some of the other elements the author mentions–if done sparingly–is truly all that awful, like the latest badge for an award (not that I’ve ever had one to post myself). 

 

What do you think?

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Farewell to Orkut. Huh? What is Orkut?

Remember Orkut? Maybe this post about its demise is also your introduction to Google’s first foray into social networking.Started in 2004, Orkut saw impressive early growth and has been popular in

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I barely remember Orkut being around, and it was long forgotten until I read the press release that it was going to be discontinued. Heck, I thought it was long dead already! But Google+ still fails to picque my interest much–I still can’t completely figure it out. But hey–it just goes to show that Google has been in the social media game for a while now. Now, Google Wave I remember. I did that for a little bit, and that one should’ve caught on. That was MUCH better than Google +. Oh well, we live and learn. Read Ken’s article in the meantime. It’s good. 

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Report: Increasing demand for digital communicators

About 75 percent of executives say they’re hiring more staffers with social media and digital expertise than they ever have before. Continue reading

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The dangers of overthinking your writing

A few months ago, I met someone who was just starting out as a writer. Following the advice given to many aspiring writers, he decided to start a blog. But instead of getting down to work, he was o… Continue reading

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