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Tool for testing and developing SCORM content

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Rustici Software’s SCORM Test Track is the ultimate tool for testing and developing SCORM content without the overhead of an LMS. Advanced diagnostic information, monitoring of sequencing rule interpretation and one-click re-import, all from a dashboard control center, provide the best environment for quickly creating SCORM 2004 content with advanced sequencing rules. Best of all, it’s free. Check it out: [link].

Corporate Learning Trends 2009

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Time: November 17, 2009 to November 19, 2009 Organized By: Jay Cross, Tony Karrer , George Siemens Check it out: [link] [link Three days of online dialog on Convergence in Corporate Learning.

e-Learning DevCon 2009

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If I had to pick one conference, I'd go to e-Learning DevCon 2009. Have limited budget for training conferences this year? Your $699 registration includes a full conference pass—and all meals are included! There are 70+ sessions on e-Learning development using a variety of software packages. Presenters for many of the sessions are end-users. Bill Horton is giving one of the keynote speeches. Check it out: [link

CES 2009: Mattel's Mind Flex Game Is Powered by Brainwaves

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The coolest gadget out of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas last week has to be a game - Mind Flex by Mattel. It will be out in the Fall and cost around $80. Read about it: [link] [link] Image credits: Engadget.

e-learning Game Templates

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Need something to spice up your training? came across these products at the recent DevCon09 conference - and purchased them all. I am using them in both Articulate Presenter and Rapid Intake FlashForm training classes. You have to have Flash to make your customizations but there are tutorials on the site that show you how to do it. Check it out: [link

smart-e-bear by Intellitoys

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but put this toy on your list for 2009. It's too late for Christmas. This soft bear will be your child’s companion during playtime and bedtime for years to come. Not only is he cuddly, he recites up to four hours of songs and stories, and plays games such as “Simon Says” – thanks to electronics tucked into his back. Check it out: [link].

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Wild and Wacky Friday: Decision Engine

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Have you checked out "Bing", the new search engine from Microsoft? Bing is a search engine that finds and organizes the answers you need so you can make faster, more informed decisions. liked the image search - typed in "Paris" and got back some pretty nice photos - including some of Ms. Hilton. Next, I selected video and got a bunch of videos that were on the same subject.

Take the Rework out of Reviews

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Use Review Spice to get detailed feedback on storyboards, graphics, narration scripts, and screen text. You no longer have to take handwritten notes, faxes, multiple emails, and reviewer edited PowerPoints and consolidate them into one cohesive set of changes. Instead, you can have one report with all feedback consolidated for each slide. Check it out: [link

Back from the DC Cherry Blossom Festival

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Took a little hiatus to view the short season of beautiful Cherry Blossom trees in DC

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Buy royalty free layered Adobe Photoshop Files

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At GraphicRiver , you can buy and sell royalty free layered Adobe Photoshop Files, Vector Graphics, Icon Sets and Add- ons for Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. You can also sell your own graphics on the site - 70% commission. Check it out: [link

Miro HD Video Player

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Miro is a free application that turns your computer into an Internet TV video player. It can play almost any video file and offers over 6,000 free Internet TV shows and video podcasts. You can put your own videos on Miro and then offer it to your students via RSS feed. Check it out: [link

Online Free Diagram Program

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Looking for a better way to create visual diagrams? Lovely Charts allows you to create sitemaps, visual diagrams and org charts. You can export the chart as a PNG file to import into your learning application. Check it out: [link

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Adobe eLearning Island on Second Life

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Adobed launched an eLearning experience for Adobe Systems in the virtual world of Second Life. The Island highlights its eLearning Suite and Captivate 4 products, which launched last week. The island features several interactive elements meant to educate and entertain audiences about Adobe's eLearning products. Adobe's eLearning Island can be reached in Second Life at the following location: [lin

"What's Your iCue?" - A reason to check out Facebook

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"What's Your iCue ?" is the only video trivia quiz in Facebook with multiple categories, thousands of questions, and videos from the NBC News archive. Test your own knowledge and advance up the ladder from Trivia Newbie to Trivia Genius!- Challenge your friends and play against them in real time.- Start your own trivia team and take the challenge to the next level.- look me up.

Train SMEs in design of rapid e-learning materials

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Do you need to train Subject Matter Experts in the design of rapid e-learning materials for use in the workplace? Check out the free 60 minute masters course. This course was developed using PowerPoint and Articulate Presenter. There are both audio and non-audio versions of the course, along with handouts, resources and an online discussion area. You can download the script and PowerPoint files.

Free Screen Capture Program. beyond Print Screen

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Just started using Jing , a free online screen capture program. It's not as full-featured as Snagit but it is simple, easy to use and does the job. This program hangs around as a "sun" image at the top of your screen. Click the image and then select the area of the screen you'd like to capture. Sharing to Screencast returns a convenient link which is copied to your clipboard.

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Live collaboration on text documents

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I've signed up to beta test Etherpad , an online application that allows real-time collaboration on documents. It does not require downloading or installation of any software packages. But, unlike many web applications, it does not require registration, either. Simply click “Create a Pad” on the homepage and you will open a new editing session. By opening the link, they join in the editing.

Use comics to spice up your learning

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In the last several years, the comics art form has flourished, generating much interest from the literary, art and educational communities. Comic Life is an award winning application for creating not just comics (obviously), but also annotated images, story books, instruction guides, and brochures. The software costs $29.95 and you can download a 30-day trial version.

Brain Games

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Yet another way to get your brain exercising. improve memory with scientifically designed brain games from Lumosity. I got sucked into Brain Age on the Nintendo DS last year so I thought I'd give this site a try. This site offers a large catalog of quick-to-play visually appealing browser-based flash games that claim to boost and sharpen your cognitive powers. It's harder than it looks!

Training Industry Statistics

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Taken from Knapp Notes Blog ( [link] ) Here are some interesting statistics from TRAINING ( [link] ) 2009 U.S. Small companies (10-999 employees) spent about 33 hours of training per employee in 2009. Midsized (1,000 to 9,999 employees) spent about 29 hours of training per employee in 2009. Large (10,000 or more employees) spent about 33 hours of training per employee in 2009. Training Expenditures (including payroll and spending on external products and services) was $52.2 Payroll was $32.9 billion, about a $1 billion dollar overall loss from 2008.

How to Implement Twitter as an eLearning Tool - Register for free webinar

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Webinar - Wednesday, September 16, 2009 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM PDT How to Implement Twitter as an eLearning Tool Presented by: Brent Schlenker September 16, 2009 10:00 am PST Topics to cover: *Why Twitter has become popular with trainers and eLearning specialist? What is new with the technology of Twitter? What are initial success experiments? How do you implement Twitter as part of your eLearning design? Check it out: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/290652225

Communication Etiquette for Professionals: Free Webinar

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Communication Etiquette for Professionals" Speaker: Anna Post, author and spokesperson for The Emily Post Institute Date: Tuesday, December 15, 2009 Time: 10:00AM Pacific / 1:00PM Eastern Having strong communication skills - written, verbal and in the use of technology - is one of the keys to business success. "Please Ignore the Message I Just Sent You!" Check it out: https://sas.elluminate.com/site/external/event/description instance_id=18391

Tweet this! Using Twitter and Social Media to Promote your Project and Yourself

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Wednesday, September 30, 2009 at 10a.m. PT / 1p.m. Visit www.studiodaily.com/store/webinars for complete details.

Embracing technology

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Interesting article that talks about taking good ideas from the academic world into business. especially liked this quote – “When technology is designed to promote adaptation, or is developed and consumed in ways that can support changes to configuration and flexible levels of personalization the opportunity for end users and employees to 'discover' new and better uses is significantly enhanced”. Check it out: [link

Wild and Wacky Friday: Online Course Helps Students Master the Rules of the Road

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The most common distractions cited by DriversEd.com students are talking, yelling, arguing, and goofing off. DriversEd.com teaches teens to become competent licensed drivers. The interactive online course allows teens to take their drivers ed at their own pace on their own schedule. Check it out: [link] Traffic school courses - [link

Free: PowerPoint to Flash in One Click

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Free PowerPoint to Flash converter promptly creates web-friendly Flash (.SWF) SWF) movies from your PowerPoint content (.PPT,PPS,PPTX,PPSX) PPT,PPS,PPTX,PPSX) keeping its visual parameters, animation effects and slide transitions, audio narrations, video and Flash objects after conversion. iSpring Free works within PowerPoint, transforming it into a fast and easy Flash authoring tool. It is compatible with any PowerPoint version 2000/XP/2003/2007 installed on a Windows machine. One interesting option is adding YouTube movies into your presentation. Check it out: [link

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Envato Marketplaces

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The Envato Marketplaces allow anyone to buy or sell digital goods like WordPress themes, stock audio, After Effects project files, Flash templates and much more. The marketplaces are home to a thriving community of over 240,000 users, authors and buyers and everyday hundreds of new files are added. Check it out: HTML templates: [link] Flash Components: [link] Music and Audio: [link] After Effects: [link] PhotoShop and Vectores: [link

Search Is A Learning Activity

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When a team of Pennsylvania State University researchers set out to discover the cognitive processes underlying search behavior, the team discovered that Google, Yahoo, Microsoft and other search engines have become part of the learning process for people who venture online. Check it out: [link] [link] [link] [link

GPS Academy

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Do you feel like you need to learn more about how a GPS works, or how to use a GPS unit on the road? Get back to school and brush up on the latest in GPS. Interactive tutorials in the form of detention, Driver's Ed and quizzes make learning fun. Check it out: [link] Short video clips offer expert tips and step-by-step instructions on how to use your gps device. Check it out: [link

Free e-Learning Additions: History

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Jeffery Goldman (MinuteBio) has added a new section to his free e-Learning category. Check it out: [link

Thanksgiving pictures

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Wild and Wacky Friday: Copper Plating and Etching Altoids Tins

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Looking for a unique holiday gift? How about Copper Plating and Etching Altoids Tins? Check out the Sreampunk site for other ideas. Steampunk is the intersection of technology and romance. It’s a genre of fiction, an aesthetic, a musical style, and a burgeoning sub-culture which delights in making things that are a blend of the modern and anachronistic. Check it out: [link

Microsoft Translator

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Check out the new Microsoft Translator - it raises the bar for translating three ways: on the Web, for Office 2007 & 2003, and a unique translation widget for your site. See the links below to get the particular tool you want. Office Casual: How you can translate better with Microsoft Translator Update any Office 2007 or Office 2003 product with Microsoft Translator, find instructions for the free download: [link] Microsoft Translator widget: [link] To drop text for translation (or a URL) via Bing: [link]. Want to dive deeper? Read the Microsoft Translator blog: [link

Microsoft Showcase

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The Microsoft Showcase website has lots of videos that you can view, email or embed in a webpage. There are over 800 videos including previews of Microsoft Office 2010. For example, Health Tech Today with Dr. Bill Crounse is a monthly online series providing cutting-edge stories at the intersection of health and information technology. The show features informative interviews with some of the world's top health leaders; compelling health-related personal stories; and the latest technology and IT innovations. link] Check it out: [link