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ASTD #TK11 – Opening Keynote Kara Swisher

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astd tk11These are my live blogged notes… Kara Swisher – All Things Digital What is happening now in Silicon Valley is a quantum leap – changing industries. issues you need to be aware of (if you’re involved in delivery of information): Social Computers have traditionally been hard to use… Google is like giant yellow pages. Information is ever-changing When you apply social tools to information, it makes it more useful Quora as an example of information with social Everybody becomes a producer of content (people make Facebook useful by posting pictures, text, links, etc.


danah boyd ASTD Tech Knowledge Key Note #astdtk13

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These are my liveblogged notes from ASTD Tech Knowledge 2013 Opening Keynote kicking off today January 29, 2013 in San Jose, California. Microsoft Research. 0. 0. 1. Kineo. 10206. Normal. 0. false. false. false. EN-US. Apologies for typos and incoherence. danah boyd. Networked Learned: How Tomorrow’s Workers Will Challenge Today’s Organizations. zephoria. link]. Technology Sector.

Review of #ASTD2014 International Conference and Expo

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should note this was the same issue at ASTD in Dallas, where your only options were “difficult to find coffee cart”, “bring your own” or “Starbucks” Guess what?  Considering that plenty of smaller shows give free coffee, how hard is it for ASTD to do the same?  WordRake   – Its an add-on for Microsoft Word and it rocks.  Who is the 2014 ASTD Product of the show? People always mention to me that I seem to gripe at such petty things when it comes to ASTD (i.e. If you attended last week’s show in Washington D.C.,

TechKnowledge 2012 – Post Assessment

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You also can purchase instructor led courses from Microsoft to Adobe to Hardware and OS, programming, etc. ASTD TK12 had a lot of nuances that offered nearly something for everyone. ASTD International is nice, but you get everyone there, not just e-learning. TechKnowledge trade shows ASTD ASTD TK12 content authoring tools e-learning e-learning vendors elearning LMS TechKnoweldgeLast week, I attended TK 2012 in Las Vegas. Nice selection of vendors – in general. Significant increase in custom development shops – the most I have seen ever at TK12.

How to Find Free PowerPoint E-Learning Templates

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Microsoft’s Online Office site is a great resource for free PowerPoint templates. Since many of you are using PowerPoint and the resources on the Microsoft site here’s a link to the Microsoft EULA. I’m no lawyer so it’s up to you to read and interpret the EULA. To save you some time, I dug through the PowerPoint templates on the Microsoft site. They have thousands.

Free Images for Your Safety Training Courses

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Fortunately Microsoft has some decent images available on their site. Microsoft’s Services Agreement: I get a lot of questions about whether or not you can use the images. October 7 & 8 : Dallas (ASTD). I was building a demo for a workshop and needed a few safety training images. Click here to get an image search box. Ignore the “no results” message. Search for “Style 401”.

8 Things we MUST do in 2013 to seize the potential of mLearning

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Not to be outdone, Samsung announced the Galaxy Note II and the Tab Tablet, and of course Microsoft announced the Surface Tablet. In 2012 tech giants like Google, Yahoo, Adobe, Microsoft, Intel and HP posted disappointing earning results. Here''s a recent Keynote Presentation I delivered for ASTD Houston: [link]. 2012 has been an amazing year for mobile! Samsung S3).

More Than 30 PowerPoint Tips from the PowerPoint Pros!

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Many don’t know it, but Microsoft has a number of really good PowerPoint resources starting with their PowerPoint Blog. Microsoft’s PowerPoint Templates. Microsoft’s PowerPoint Forum : Get specific answers to PowerPoint questions from the makers of PowerPoint. PowerPoint Online Help : Microsoft updated the Office Online site and offers all sorts of tips and tricks.

Are Your E-Learning Courses Going to Land You in Jail?

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What Does the Microsoft Services Agreement Say? To answer the Microsoft question, the best place to go is their services agreement. For more information, see the Use of Microsoft Copyrighted Content webpage ( [link] ). And if you can’t get a budget, then based on the Microsoft services agreement feel confident using the assets that come with the software you purchased.

More Answers to Your E-Learning Questions

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Question: I can’t find the Microsoft clip art, where did it go? I get this question a lot. Microsoft made some changes to their online site. Usually the local ASTD, ISPI, or STC chapters contact me about doing workshops. I’ve just finished a number of workshops and capped it off with a session at Devlearn. As always I get a bunch of questions via email when I travel. Come on!


15 Stats About Sales Training You Won’t Want to Ignore

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ASTD). This does wonders for long-term retention. 9) On-demand learning yields 50% higher net sales per employee (ASTD). 12) Microsoft saved $303 per employee on training. Microsoft Case Study). 1) There is a $1 TRILLION global spend on sales training. Bureau of labor Statistics). With that said, video is the ultimate game-changer and a global trend.  2)  1 in 8 jobs in the US are full-time sales positions. Bureau of Labor Statistics). IKO Systems). IKO Systems). Forrester Research). Here’s what goes into our long-term memory: . 80% comes from seeing and doing.

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Use This Free E-Learning Template to Inspire Your Next M-Learning Course

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If you’re looking for icons, there are plenty to be found at the Microsoft Office site. Tidbits: Here’s a list of some of my other upcoming speaking events and conferences: June 8: Philadelphia, PA (ASTD)— How to Cultivate Communities of Practice. June 9 : Langhorne, PA (ASTD)— Tips to Becoming an E-Learning Pro. like to take that time to doodle and play around with ideas.

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FAQ: How Do You Manage the Graphics in Your E-Learning Course?

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Microsoft’s Clip Organizer Does Everything You Need. Almost everyone has access to Microsoft’s Clip Organizer, but we rarely use it. One of the things I like about the Clip Organizer is that it’s not limited to Microsoft applications either. I can drag and drop the images to any other application that uses them. July 18: Knoxville, TN ( Smoky Mountain ASTD ). Tidbits.

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5 Free PowerPoint E-Learning Templates

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In a previous post, I shared a simple way to get free PowerPoint templates from Microsoft’s Office Online with links to five usable templates. Here are a few more templates that are free to use via the Microsoft site. July 25: Portland, OR (ASTD). July 31: Austin, TX (ASTD). I’ll be in town for business so the Austin ASTD is hosting a free Articulate jam session.


Adobe Captivate, TechSmith Camtasia Studio, Articulate Storyline: Production Times

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For instance, if the script has you recording a 3-minute process in Microsoft Word, it should only take 3-minutes to record the process. Use Microsoft PowerPoint. If creating a Soft Skills lesson, create the bulk of the content in Microsoft PowerPoint. We teach a one-day  class covering that tool through ASTD. by Kevin Siegel      One of the more common questions that I get from new eLearning developers is how much time it will take to produce published content. The answer I provide is dependent upon a couple of factors. Is it Adobe Captivate?

Three Top Mobile Learning Resources


And with the announcement of the Microsoft Surface it seems even Apple’s biggest competitor has been forced to acknowledge the shift in the market. Never heard of ASTD? More formally known as The American Society of Training and Development, ASTD has dedicated themselves to remaining at the forefront of the training world. For a few reasons. We all know this. Apple.

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Need Screenshots for Your E-Learning? Here Are 3 Tools That You Already Own.

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Starting with Microsoft Vista it’s available to all Windows users. Starting with PowerPoint 2010, Microsoft included a feature that allows you to quickly grab a shot of any open window or do a screen clip of anything on your desktop. August 15 & 16: Houston, TX ( ASTD Houston ). October 17 : Bloomington, IL ( CIC-ASTD ). The free ones are hit and miss. August ?

Here’s an Easy Way to Back Up Your E-Learning Project Files

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Microsoft SyncToy. SyncToy is a free application from Microsoft. Here’s a tutorial that shows how to set up and sync two folders using Microsoft SyncToy. October 17 : Bloomington, IL ( CIC-ASTD ). October 23: Milwaukee, WI ( SEWI-ASTD ). October 24 : Milwaukee, WI ( SEWI-ASTD ). Saving to a Network Drive. But who really does back up their files daily?


Camtasia Studio vs Adobe Presenter: Working with PowerPoint Presentations

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by Kevin Siegel       If you have already created a presentation in Microsoft PowerPoint, it's very easy to re-purpose the presentation as eLearning content using either TechSmith Camtasia Studio or Adobe Presenter. We've teamed up with  ASTD  and offer a  live, full-day class  on that program too. Here is how the workflow compares in both tools. TechSmith Camtasia Studio 8 and PowerPoint. Once installed, the Camtasia recording features are added to PowerPoint's Ribbon (on the Add-Ins tab).   Summary. Interested? 

Here’s Some Background Information for Your Next E-Learning Course

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Then do a search for an image using Microsoft’s site or a stock image site like istockphoto or f otolio. April 10 : Jacksonville, FL ( NEFL ASTD ). April 17 : Virginia ( SEVA ASTD ). October 17 : Bloomington, IL ( CIC-ASTD ). During the year I conduct dozens of elearning workshops. Most of the people I meet have a training background. Change Your Background Image.

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7 Secrets to Getting the Graphics You Need for Rapid E-Learning

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Microsoft Provides Free Resources. Tidbits: Here’s a list of upcoming conferences and presentations: September 15 : Lincoln, NE (ASTD)— Become a Rapid E-Learning Pro. $80 for an all day workshop is a good value and worth the trip if you’re close to Nebraska. I’m also doing a free Articulate jam session while in town. October 25: Baton Rouge, LA (ASTD)—Webinar.

You May Already Own the Tools to Create Simple E-Learning Avatars

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Use the free images you get with Microsoft Office Online or buy some from sites like istockphotos. August 16 : Atlanta, GA—ASTD: I’ll be doing two sessions, a pre-conference workshop on elearning (3 hours) and the other on elearning graphics. October 25: Baton Rouge, LA (ASTD)—Webinar. The other day I had to re-install the webcam software for my Dell laptop. Cam Avatar Creator.

4 Traditional PC Features Mobile is NOT About

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Around the same time, stories related to how Microsoft is doing thus far with their Surface tablet began to come out. Here''s a recent Keynote Presentation I delivered for ASTD Houston: [link]. I have been on vacation for three weeks taking a break visiting my parents and celebrating my son’s 7th birthday. I am back and looking forward to more great mobile conversations.


Here’s a Simple Way to Save Time When Working with Graphics in PowerPoint

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Instead, you have to click on the Windows Start icon , go to All Programs , and then locate the Microsoft Office folder. Inside the folder, you’ll find and Microsoft Office Tools folder with the clip organizer inside. March 9 : Central Missouri ASTD ( webinar ). April 21 : Nashville, TN ASTD: Rapid E-Learning 101 and Building Shared Practice Communities. Easy as that!

Three Ways to Promote Continuous Learning


Many training departments receive requests for all kind of things not specifically related to job tasks — for example training requests for Microsoft Excel, writing skills, or email etiquette. Microsoft offers scores of free  self-paced online tutorials  for all of their Office products. Image used courtesy of ASTD. Be great at your job. Continuously learn new skills.

Over 45 Free Speech Bubbles to Make Your E-Learning Courses Talk

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Use Microsoft’s clip organizer to manage all of the free assets. April 21 : Nashville, TN ASTD: Rapid E-Learning 101 and Building Shared Practice Communities. June 8 & 9 : I’ll be in doing two sessions for ASTD chapters in the New Jersey/Philadelphia region. If you add characters to your elearning courses, odds are that you’re also adding some speech bubbles. Bonus Tips.


Using Social Media for Learning: Tools & Practices #BHsocialmedia

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Used Microsoft SharePoint – blogs, wikis, messaging, polls, surveys, RSS feeds (get alerted when content is updated). They will be at ASTD ICE in Orlando. These are my live blogged notes from a webinar presented by Brandon Hall on Wednesday, April 26 2011. (I joined about 10 minutes late, so missed a bit!) Tom Werner, Chief Research Officer, Brandon Hall [link] LMSs are adding social features – including RSS feeds, peer ratings of content. In Brandon Hall’s research, haven’t talked to a single LMS vendor who is NOT adding these tools. It’s now available on demand as it’s needed.

Three Essential Tips for New Online Training Designers


Excellent books aren’t written because authors know how to use Microsoft Word; they’re written by master storytellers who just happen to use Word to capture their stories. David Kelly is the director of training at Carver Federal Savings Bank and  ember of the ASTD National Advisors for Chapters. He These are decisions of budget, not of learning and performance.

How to Be Successful at Rapid E-Learning

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Here are a few resources and ideas to help you with the assets: Microsoft Office Online. If you’re a licensed user of the Microsoft products you have free access to the many templates and media assets they make available. Tidbits: I’m at ASTD TechKnowledge in San Jose all this week. Here’s what I find typical of people who do rapid elearning. Voila! This isn’t about eye-candy.

eLearning Conferences 2013

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link] January 30-February 1, 2013 American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) TechKnowledge , San Jose, California, USA. link] February 10-14, 2013 Microsoft Tech-Ed Africa , Durban, South Africa. Clayton R. Wright has done his 28th version of his amazing list of conferences again this year. You can contact him at: crwr77 [@] " But its still a massive list.

eLearning Conferences 2012

Tony Karrer

link] January 25-27, 2012 American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) TechKnowledge , Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. link] March 3-4, 2012 Ed Tech Teacher (ETT) Winter Conference: Leading Change in Changing Times, hosted by Microsoft New England Research and Development (NERD) Center, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. Clayton R. You can contact him at: Private?

Free Stock Photos Sites for e-Learning


Microsoft Office Online Free photos and clip art from Microsoft Search Engine for Free Photos Every Stock Photo Every Stock Photo is a search engine for free photos. To take a digital camera and take my own images wasnt an option. As a result, I had to do a research and find the best FREE stock photo sites. hope that the following list will be valuable to you. just saw your website.

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Free and Open Source Text to Speech Tools for e-Learning


It can run on a wide range of operating systems, including various Unix versions, Mac and Microsoft Windows (95, 98, NT4, ME, 2000, XP, Vista). This post is a post of the series "Free e-Learning Resources" and I am going to talk about free and open source text-to-speech tools for e-Learning. As a eLearning consultant I would prefer to use a human narration professional. As of version 4.3,

Something is Going on Down there in the LMS Market

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Here are the current breakouts: Google Chrome 8 and future editions, Microsoft IE9 and Apple Safari 5 supports h.264, a proprietary format. Learn Info e-learning e-learning vendors elearning HTML5 LCMS learning portal LMS mobile learning SCORM tablet tablets Talent and Performance Management Trends Uncategorized webinars ASTD clo mlearning talent managementIn the movie Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room , one of the opening shots shows the skyline of Houston from above. Get your tablets here. your tablets. Latest data: 95% of the tablet market is owned by iPad. and HTML5.