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.

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? I 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.

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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.

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.)

Presentation Resources

Kapp Notes

Great presentation last week to a group of enthusiastic trainers. Group Three Group Two. Group One.

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.

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.

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.

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?

We have 2D Virtual Classrooms, Why 3D?

Kapp Notes

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

Presidential Thoughts on Innovation and Technology

Kapp Notes

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. I have reproduced some of it here but check out the entire post.

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!!

Connectivism and the modern learner

E-Learning Provocateur

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!

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.

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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.

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!

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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.)

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.

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.

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.

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. This is a small venue with about 250 people which makes it a great conference, small intimate and a chance to get to know and meet a lot of people.

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.

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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.

Innovation in e-learning Conference

Kapp Notes

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

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.

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

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

Kapp Notes

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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?

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.

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