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2008 Predictions: The Pressure is On!

Kapp Notes

Stephen Downes has upped the ante on predictions for 2008 by creating a report card on predictions of 2007. But I do thank him for the time and effort and it has made me more careful with my 2008 prediction which will be released soon. Here is his post. think he should have submitted the grades for the other bloggers and then let the blogosphere grade his prediction.

ASTD's Big Question for December 2008: New Learning

Kapp Notes

The ASTD Big question this month is What did you learn about learning in 2008? learn so much all the time from students, clients and colleagues, it is hard to narrow it down to just two or three things, but I'll try. Here are a few of the lessons I have learned. First I learned that the best mobile learning device has to be the Nintendo DS. Then begin to design your mobile learning objects.

PowerPoint 2008: Change the Theme for a Single Slide

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

Have you tried to change the theme for just one slide in your PowerPoint 2008 presentation?   In PowerPoint 2008, right-click (or [Command]-click if you do not have a right-clicker) a slide and choose  Duplicate Slide.     About the author: AJ George is IconLogic's lead Technical Writer and author of both " PowerPoint 2007: The Essentials " and " PowerPoint 2008 for the Macintosh: The Essentials." by AJ George. You are not alone.   Hold down the [ Shift ] key and select both the original slide and its duplicate.

PowerPoint 2008 for the Mac: Inserting YouTube Videos

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

This week I'm going to show you how to do the same thing, but in PowerPoint 2008 for the Mac. About the author: AJ George is IconLogic's lead Technical Writer and author of both " PowerPoint 2007: The Essentials " and  " PowerPoint 2008 for the Macintosh: The Essentials." Copy the URL for the video. Paste in the URL for the YouTube video and click OK.

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ZaidLearn: A Free Learning Tool for Every Learning Problem?

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11 April 2008 10:15. 11 April 2008 11:24. 11 April 2008 11:26. 11 April 2008 18:36. 30 April 2008 02:59. 02 May 2008 01:30. 02 May 2008 10:42. 02 May 2008 17:17. 07 May 2008 17:33. 07 May 2008 17:54. 14 May 2008 18:42. 15 May 2008 08:35. 26 July 2008 17:45. 11 August 2008 07:37. 16 August 2008 14:47.

Connectivism and the modern learner

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Recently, I read a blog article about connectivism by Debora Gallo. Soon after, I attended a presentation about m-learning by Jan Herrington, in which she too mentioned connectivism. This got me thinking… I don’t know anything about connectivism! Theoretical foundations. According to Chaos Theory , everything is connected, as illustrated so eloquently by the Butterfly Effect. Moving on.

Eduverse Foundation Presentation

Kapp Notes

Second Life Session (list of links to blog entries I've done about Second Life and 3D Worlds) Learning Archetypes for 3D Worlds Summer 2008: Learning in 3D Class (explains a little about the course design for the class I taught this summer.) This morning, I had a great time giving a presentation to a group over in the UK via a mash up of Skype and Second Life.

And You Thought Mechanical Engineering was Boring

Kapp Notes

Here is a great video from Northern Illinois University showing how mechanical engineering can be made fun by incorporating game elements, problem-based learning and real race cars into the course.

CAC Re-Cap

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Here are all the posts related to the Fall 2008 Corporate Advisory Council Conference held at Bloomsburg University last week through our Nationally Acclaimed Instructional Technology program. CAC Kickoff CAC: Corporate Presentations CAC: Student Presentations __ Catalog of Recommended Books, Games and Gadgets Recommended Games and Gadgets Recommended Books Content Guide

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President Elect Brings Web 2.0 to the People

Kapp Notes

We all know that President-elect Barack Obama used text messages and his web site to a distinct advantage in the election. Well, we now know his is going to be using those tools in his presidency as well. He just launched Change.Gov The web site will be used to revolutionize the way the commander in chief communicates with the American people through online videos and interactivity via the web.

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Three Vitrual World Learning Best Practices and A Holiday Greeting

Kapp Notes

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas, here is a little visual post card from Second Life wishing you and Your's a Great Holiday Season and a Happy New Year.plus some virtual world best practices thrown in as a gift>): Three virtual world learning best practices to consider when implementing 3D worlds in 2009. Introduce Virtual Learing Worlds in a face to face environment.

Presentation Resources

Kapp Notes

Great presentation last week to a group of enthusiastic trainers. Group Three Group Two. Group One. Today I am doing a presentation called "Innovations in Technology And What it Means to Learning and Training" Here are some resources related to the presentation; List of Recommended Books Definition of Mnemonic Here is a copy of the presentation.

Death and Dying in a Virtual World

Kapp Notes

Here is an intriguing story about killing another person's avatar.and going to jail for it. The story Online divorcee jailed after killing virtual hubby tells of a 43 year old Japanese women who hacked into a computer system and killed her virtual husband. if convicted could face a prison term of up to five years or a fine up to $5,000. wonder if virtual CSI solved the crime.

Great Machinima about Machinima

Kapp Notes

Check out this great video explaining machinima by a former student of mine.she has exceeded her professor as all good student do. __ Catalog of Recommended Books, Games and Gadgets Recommended Games and Gadgets Recommended Books Content Guide

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Speaking at Penn State University Park on Virtual Worlds

Kapp Notes

This upcoming Tuesday, I will be speaking close to home in State College PA.home of Penn State on the topic of "Why 3D Worlds for Learning?" It promises to be a lot of fun since many alumni from our program are working at Penn State in various departments and capacities. look forward to seeing them all.

Corporate Advisory Council Conference: Corporate Presentations

Kapp Notes

The Corporate CAC presentations this fall began with a little snow fall at Monty's but quickly progressed into some great presentations and sharing of information. Here is a brief re-cap of the presentations. First Presentation Christopher Reese discusses Knowledge Management with CAC members. Christopher Reese opened the corporate presentations with a talk about Knowledge Management and NASA.

Teaching Higher Order Skills in a Virtual World

Kapp Notes

Students standing outside of green building on MSIT island. Another question about virtual worlds and learning. How do you get learners to engage in higher order cognitive skills (e.g., abstraction; synthesis; evaluation; experimentation; reflection) in a virtual world? Virtual worlds are ideal for placing a learner into a problem solving situation. Where to put solar panels?

We have 2D Virtual Classrooms, Why 3D?

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Sitting around a conference table for class. Another question and this one is simple.why 3D? We've got plenty of great 2D platforms for communication, what does 3D add? Here is a short answer. In a 3D world, the interaction with the students feels more intimate than with a 2-D distance learning application such as Centra, Horizon Wimba or Adobe Connect.

What We Can Learn From The Blue Man Group

Kapp Notes

Having recently been invited to speak in Las Vegas (see Keynoting in Vegas--Not the same as headlining but. ), I took some time to see a few shows and one of my favorites was the well known creative and innovative act know as the Blue Man Group. The blissful party atmosphere created at their live events has become the trademark of a Blue Man Group experience. Each person stood up and was cheer.

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Time to Learn Basic Physics? Then Time for an Online Game

Kapp Notes

An image from the physics game LunarQuest. For those of us who struggled to learn physics, here is a Massively Multiplayer Online Game (MMOG) teaching the fun of physics in an interactive way. Check out the description of the game called Lunar Quest. The game is not yet ready for release but is on a busy development schedule. They are calling it the LunarQuest Developer's Diary.

Real Time Video Game Updates

Kapp Notes

EA , the gaming juggernaut, has created a video game that updates, in real-time information and statistics that alter how the video game is played.everyday. The game is NBA Live 09. Here is the marketing description: NBA LIVE 09 has rewritten the rules and fundamentally shifted the way you look at sports simulation games. NBA LIVE 365 takes the statistical data of Dynamic DNA and brings it to life.

Webinar Resources

Kapp Notes

Here are some resources to support today's webinar: A whitepaper titled Embrace Informal Learning: Understanding the tools of informal learning and their impact on organizations. Web 2.0 Lessons Learned Tear Down These Walls: Web 2.0 Extends Class Here is how to start a blog using Blogger. Also, you can use Typepad or WordPress. Here is a good overview of podcasting.

We Need a Degree in Instructional Design

Kapp Notes

Image from Kathy Sierra's old "creating passionate users" blog via Jane Bozarth Lately there has been a lot of discussion over at Cammy Bean's blog Learning Visions about whether or not someone has the "right" to be called an instructional designer or whether or not you even need to know instructional theories to be called an instructional designer. But I wouldn't want that person as my doctor.

Presidential Thoughts on Innovation and Technology

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Gordon Synder of Gordon's Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) Blog has a great post titled Obama on Technology and Innovation where Gordon summarizes Obama's policy. have reproduced some of it here but check out the entire post. 1. Encourage Diversity in Media Ownership - Protect Our Children While Preserving the First Amendment - Safeguard our Right to Privacy 2.

Instructional Design Clients.Gotta Love'm

Kapp Notes

I have so totally been the vendor guy in this video. Shout out to Mike Qaissaunee at Frequently Asked Q who had this video on this blog. Great find Mike!! think it was originally posted at Communication Nation: The Process#links (trying to cite the right heritage of postings.)__ Catalog of Recommended Books, Games and Gadgets Recommended Games and Gadgets Recommended Books Content Guide

Games Used for Learning Across the World.but not so much in the US

Kapp Notes

Image from the educational game Immune Attack. Here is an interesting article Game consoles remain classroom rarity and some key information from the article. In one middle school in Japan took a leap in a pilot program and allowed students who were learning English to do some of their work last year on Nintendo DS handhelds.

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Learning to Surf

Kapp Notes

In early June my family was fortunate enough to go on a trip to Hawaii, I had never been there before so it was a great chance to see the birthplace of the hula and of surfing. To that end, our family decided to take surfing lessons.a very tourist-in-Hawaii thing to do.it was great! We had a wonderful time. The speed at which I was able to learn to surf suprised me. small student to faculty ratio.

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Conference in Texas

Kapp Notes

Today I am off to the SAME-TEC conference in Austin, TX. The conference is a combination of three National Science Foundation (NSF) Centers. My job is to evaluate the conference for the NCTT Center for which I serve as an external evaluator (which I have done for several years.) talk to participants about their learning and observe presentations and workshops.

Google Steps into the 3D Universe

Kapp Notes

Creating an Avatar in Google's Lively. Ok, so Google did create Google 3D Earth with some pretty cool 3D features as a venture into 3D worlds but now they are jumping in with both feet and offering (for free) a product called Lively. And thanks to Andy S.

This Dummy is No Dummy

Kapp Notes

When most training and education developers think of simulations, they think of online simulations or if you talk to an airline pilot she might mention a flight simulator. Sounds like they need some practice. Enter medical mannequins also known as patient simulators. These gadgets are the medical equivalent of flight simulators. One such medical mannequin is named iStan.

SAT Prep--Just Like Playing a Video Game

Kapp Notes

Back in March, Kaplan , the huge learning company, announced that it was teaming with videogame developer and publisher Aspyr Media* to create Kaplan-branded interactive entertainment products and bring them to market. While most people think of Kaplan as a test prep company, the truth is, they are into all type of educational content and delivery.

Innovations in E-Learning Conference

Kapp Notes

As part II of my week at conferences, I am now at the Innovations in E-Learning Conference held at George Mason University in Virginia. She turns to me and says "Are you Karl Kapp?" I said "Yes" and she said "Hi I am Wendy Wickham." As I get older, I need more time to process information and so I think to my self, hey I know Wendy.but from where? Then in few seconds it hits me. It is fantastic!

University Learning = OCW + OER = FREE!

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Wiki version Printer-Friendly Version OCW/OER Search ZaidLearn's Delicious OCW Adventure 130+ Free Learning Tools 75 Free EduGames ZaidLearn is back from another non-blogging vacation (Who cares!)! Excellent point! In short, this post is about smashing all free University learning related OCW and OER resources and collections discovered into an all-in-one (sounds like shampoo!) Amazon).

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Mobile Learning Via Audio

Kapp Notes

One thing many people seem to forget when thinking about "mobile learning" is that the one universal application that runs across all mobile phones is voice. Some really inventive voice-focused training modules can be developed and delivered all with a mish-mash of mobile phones. They can be linked to an automated voice systems and sales reps or others can simply "call in" for some training.

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Pictures from the Innovations in e-learning conference

Kapp Notes

Lots of great stuff happening the last day of the Innovations in e-learning conference, check out the great notes again taken by Wendy at In the Middle of the Curve. Thanks Wendy, Great Job.killing zombies has paid off!!! Here are some photos taken the last day. Here I stand with Sid Meier, game developer guru, apparently, we are both a little blurry for the photo. Sid was great.

Innovation in e-learning Conference

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Innovation in e-learning Conference , originally uploaded by professorkapp. Having fun at the conference. Here is a list of bloggers attending the Innovation in e-Learning Conference. From left to right are Wendy Wickham , Mark Oelhert , Stephen Downes , and Karl Kapp

Are we nearing entrance to The Matrix?

Kapp Notes

The ideas and concepts of the widely popular movie The Matrix are closer than many people think. An article at MSNBC.com indicates that in many ways and with many technologies we are getting closer and closer to entering The Matrix.a world where computer generated images are indistinguishable from physical objects and computers interact with humans as if they were.human.

You ask for some online games.I give you the FBI.

Kapp Notes

Ok, so one of my favorite quotes in Die Hard is when Hans and Theo are trying to get into the vault and Theo is not sure how they are going to get past a certain lock and then, the FBI agents (Johnson and Johnson)cut the power circuits thus opening the vault and Hans says "The circuits which cannnot be cut locally are cut automatically in response to a terrorist attack.

Tell Me a Story

Kapp Notes

Karl asks Stephen Denning about the power of storytelling. Last week I had the pleasure of attending and speaking at the 5th Annual Kaplan-EduNeering Knowledge Summit (more about my speaking with Nadira Hira in another post.) I really enjoy these knowledge summits. meet some wonderful speakers and great Kaplan-EduNeering clients. He makes a compelling argument. What a great idea. Try it.

Do we really need to design differently for the so called "Digital Natives"?

Kapp Notes

This month, I worked with Tony Karrer to help create the ASTD Big Question (which always seems to be multiple questions under one big theme.) The main question is Learning design differences for Digital Natives? Of course I have strong opinions on the topic due to the fact that I've written about it many times and I spend all day with digital natives at Bloomsburg University. Let me rant first.

NASA Jumps into the Game Development Universe

Kapp Notes

Are you trying to "sell" games internally as a valid method of teaching content. Perhaps if you mention that government agencies like NASA are investing in this methodology, you might have a better chance of making your case. Also, guide them to Games Teach Life Saving Skills: Accidently as an argument as well.

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Work at Learning, Learning at Work

Kapp Notes

Manish Mohan is helping to create a Working/Learning blog carnival. think it was originally created by Dave at Dave's Whiteboard and then Manish agreed to host the April edition. You can read about the definition and thought behind a blog carnival at Dave's blog. So, here are my thoughts on "Work at Learning, Learning at Work" There is a mistake that most people make. This is simply not the case.

Yes, Ok, I Admit, I've Stayed at the Mayflower Hotel, but.

Kapp Notes

No, I am not "Client Number 10" from the infamous Eliot Spitzer scandal. My stay was perfectly above board. Last year I was a speaker at the Kaplan-EduNeering Knowledge Summit. spoke on the topic of Games and the Gamer Generation to over 100 people and had a chance to do a book signing. Unfortunately, she lost the patient. Performing virtual surgery with the Wii. technologies.

Have you ever had the URGE to play a video game while driving?

Kapp Notes

This is an older story but I still find it interesting. Nissan North America Inc.(NNA) NNA) and Microsoft Corp. have merged automobile design and gaming technology to create the first-ever fully integrated gaming system within a vehicle. Conceived by Nissan Design America Inc. œPGR® 3” is developed exclusively for Xbox 360 by Bizarre Creations Ltd. Think driver's ed. cooking game and the stove?

Using Games to Teach English as a Second Language

Kapp Notes

It can be intimidating to learn to speak another language, in fact, sometimes it can be downright boring. The memorization of words, the repetition of conjugations, it can drive you crazy. He finds free, online games that include English text and speaking and has his students play the game and try to win. He gives them guides that can help them through the game--the catch?

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