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Saturday, November 28, 2015

Free complimentary webinar: Building Apps Without Coding for Use in Training

Attend this complimentary webinar below.

Building Apps Without Coding for Use in Training
Date: Wednesday, December 9, 2015 
Time: NOON Pacific / 3 PM Eastern (60-Minute Session)

The explosion of apps is undeniable. Is there any use for apps in your training? There certainly is a good case for it. And even if with a good case to use apps in your learning and training delivery, could you even create one yourself? Sophisticated app production can cost thousands of dollars and take months. There is an option to build simple apps for free and no coding knowledge required.

Neal Rowland will show you how to create an app and have it ready to publish, if you choose to, by the end of the 3 hour hands on session at the Training Magazine conference in Orlando in February. For now, in this session, see what is possible with your app and some things to consider in developing your own apps.

In this webinar, you will learn:
  • Why you may wish to build apps for your training needs  
  • Possibilities for using apps in various training situations  
  • Resources to build your own apps with no coding required
Speaker: Neal Rowland, Author, Curriculum Manager at Plex Systems, Inc. 
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About Neal Rowland

Photo: Neal Rowland
Neal Rowland is an instructor, author, instructional designer and technically an app developer too.  Even with little or no programming skill, Neal has developed in house training apps as well as apps available worldwide in the Microsoft Store.  Here is one such example Drawn Out Project Management.

Neal currently works a Plex, a manufacturing software company in the Detroit area, as well as freelancing in course development, delivery, and content creation.  Most of his work is in project management, IT service management, and agile project management.  He was a contributor to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBoK), the international standard of project management. He was exposed to the idea of building apps during his tenure at Microsoft in Redmond.

Source: Training Magazine Network

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Friday, November 27, 2015

Laura Devaney will be bringing you a news round-up each week

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Check out Laura Devaney, Director of News, K-12 and Higher Education news round-up each Friday.

Catch up on the most compelling higher-ed news stories you may have missed this week.

In this week's news, technology dominates many of higher-education's top terms and buzzwords; federal recommendations address accreditation; virtual reality claims a spot on campus; and a new college selection algorithm claims to pair students with their top school. 

Photo: eCampus News

10 higher education buzzwords and phrases

From buzzwords to phrases higher-ed speakers and leaders love to use, it seems there’s a whole new vocabulary—that some call “edubabble”—developed every couple of years. What’s interesting to note in these higher education buzzwords and phrases of 2015 is that many are either directly technology-related or are based on new technology functionalities.

4 federal recommendations to improve accreditation
In the wake of online learning, competency-based education, and a host of other alternative pathways and programs, accreditation has been in the reformation spotlight this year. And now the government is jumping in.

Science develops an algorithm for college selection—but does it work?  
A new algorithm is using data and predictive analytics to determine, with noteworthy accuracy (90 percent), which institution is the best match for students.

Colleges begin to take virtual reality seriously
Virtual reality (VR) is emerging as a powerful technology, projected to grow into a $30 billion industry in the next 5 years. But when it comes to higher education, has VR’s dramatic rise impacted colleges and universities?


Source: eCampus News

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Teaching Peace in Elementary School by Julie Scelfo

Copyright 2015 Nick Galifianakis
"FOR years, there has been a steady stream of headlines about the soaring mental health needs of college students and their struggles with anxiety and lack of resilience." according to Julie Scelfo, former staff writer for The New York Times who writes often about human behavior.

Now, a growing number of educators are trying to bolster emotional competency not on college campuses, but where they believe it will have the greatest impact: in elementary schools.

In many communities, elementary teachers, guidance counselors and administrators are embracing what is known as social and emotional learning, or S.E.L., a process through which people become more aware of their feelings and learn to relate more peacefully to others.

Photo: Sophie Lécuyer

Feeling left out? Angry at your mom? Embarrassed to speak out loud during class? Proponents of S.E.L. say these feelings aren’t insignificant issues to be ignored in favor of the three R’s. Unless emotions are properly dealt with, they believe, children won’t be able to reach their full academic potential.

“It’s not just about how you feel, but how are you going to solve a problem, whether it’s an academic problem or a peer problem or a relationship problem with a parent,” said Mark T. Greenberg, a professor of human development and psychology at Pennsylvania State University.

Echoing the concept of “emotional intelligence,” popularized in the 1990s by Daniel Goleman’s best-selling book of the same name, he added, “The ability to get along with others is really the glue of healthy human development.”...

“The neural pathways in the brain that deal with stress are the same ones that are used for learning,” said Marc Brackett, director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, a research and teaching center. “Schools are realizing that they have to help kids understand their feelings and manage them effectively.” He added, “We, as a country, want our kids to achieve more academically, but we can’t do this if our kids aren’t emotionally healthy.”...

In a recent study, researchers from Penn State and Duke looked at 753 adults who had been evaluated for social competency nearly 20 years earlier while in kindergarten: Scores for sharing, cooperating and helping other children nearly always predicted whether a person graduated from high school on time, earned a college degree, had full-time employment, lived in public housing, received public assistance or had been arrested or held in juvenile detention.
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Source: The New York Times

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FREE Tech Dossier | The New IT Acronym: KISSME (Keep IT Security Simple, Manageable and Effective)

Computing environments have evolved to enable users to be more productive and IT to be more agile. 

And yet attackers have evolved their methods too, adopting polymorphic malware to evade detection by preventive controls. Meanwhile, IT organizations continue to practice a piecemeal, reactive process of plugging holes, and it's putting companies at grave risk.

Bitdefender writes, "This is your wake-up call."
There’s no doubt about it: IT organizations have their work cut out for them when it comes to security. In 2014 the “State of the CSO” report, an annual survey conducted by  CSO  magazine, provided some perspective on the scope of the problem.
  • The most significant challenges CSOs face:Managing security of and addressing risks surrounding mobile devices and bring-your-own-device (BYOD)
  • Cyberthreats from outside the organization, including APTs and distributed denial of service (DDOS)
  • Security for technology as a service and cloud computing
Although there are commonalities among these three categories, there’s also a lot of variation within each one. Mobile device security is rarely a matter of managing a single platform across the entire enterprise.  Users want to use the device of their choice at any time, wherever they happen to be. The risk posed by cyberthreats varies from one system to another, and no two cloud-based services share the same risk profile. Risk management becomes exponentially more complex with the addition of each new technology.
Get your FREE Tech Dossier today and get ahead of the competition! 

Source: Bitdefender

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The Impact of Apple on IT in 2016 webinar

Attend this free webinar as Nick Thompson and Tad Johnson look at the new direction of Apple IT and ways to leverage it to your advantage.

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2015 has been a momentous year for Apple. With new hardware and software releases and enhancements to their deployment programs, Apple is making a conscious effort to go beyond individual consumers and reach more businesses and schools around the world.

In our webinar, The Impact of Apple on IT in 2016, we’ll take a retrospective look at the strides Apple has made and examine what the future holds for Apple.

IT. In this webinar, we'll cover:
  • Key Apple partnerships and announcements in 2015
  • Apple and industry trends for 2016
  • The significance of these trends for Apple IT and users
December 2, 2015 (Wednesday) 2:00-2:30pm GMT (London)


Nick Thompson
Solutions Architect

Tad Johnson
Solutions Architect

Join us December 2nd from 2:00 – 2:30 p.m. GMT; 3:00 – 3:30 p.m. CET.
Register today!

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Test - What is Your IQ According to Your Facebook Posts?

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

‘Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs,’ by Lisa Randall

Photo: Maria Popova. 
Photograph by Elizabeth Lippman for The New York Times
Book reviewed by Maria Popova, founder of and an M.I.T. Futures of Entertainment fellow.

Photo: Lisa Randall
"QDark matter may be responsible for the extinction of dinosaurs and the subsequent rise of mammals.", according to Lisa Randall.

A good theory is an act of the informed imagination — it reaches toward the unknown while grounded in the firmest foundations of the known. In “Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs,” the Harvard cosmologist Lisa Randall proposes that a thin disk of dark matter in the plane of the Milky Way triggered a minor perturbation in deep space that caused the major earthly catastrophe that decimated the dinosaurs. It’s an original theory that builds on a century of groundbreaking discoveries to tell the story of how the universe as we know it came to exist, how dark matter illuminates its beguiling unknowns and how the physics of elementary particles, the physics of space, and the biology of life intertwine in ways both bewildering and profound.

Photo: New York Times

If correct, Randall’s theory would require us to radically reappraise some of our most fundamental assumptions about the universe and our own existence. Sixty-­six million years ago, according to her dark-matter disk model, a tiny twitch caused by an invisible force in the far reaches of the cosmos hurled a comet three times the width of Manhattan toward Earth at least 700 times the speed of a car on a freeway. The collision produced the most powerful earthquake of all time and released energy a billion times that of an atomic bomb, heating the atmosphere into an incandescent furnace that killed three-quarters of Earthlings. No creature heavier than 55 pounds, or about the size of a Dalmatian, survived. The death of the dinosaurs made possible the subsequent rise of mammalian dominance, without which you and I would not have evolved to ponder the perplexities of the cosmos.

A necessary primer: Dark matter is the invisible cosmic stuff that, like ordinary matter — which makes up the stars and the stardust, you and me and everything we know — interacts with gravity but, unlike ordinary matter, doesn’t interact with light. Although scientists know that dark matter exists and accounts for a staggering 85 percent of the universe — billions of dark-­matter particles are passing through you this very second — they don’t yet know what it’s made of. For Randall the possibilities within that mystery are among the most thrilling frontiers of human ­knowledge.

Ordinary matter contains an entire ecosystem of particles — among them various quarks and neutrinos, the electron, and the newly discovered Higgs boson. So far, scientists have assumed that dark matter comprises only one type of particle. Randall, however, posits that dark matter might also comprise a variety of building blocks that interact through different forces. No prior theory has considered the simple yet profound possibility that while most dark matter doesn’t interact with ordinary matter, a portion of it might. Because dark matter carries five times the energy of ordinary matter, that tiny fraction could have enormous ­consequences...

As stimulating as the substance of the book is, however, Randall doesn’t quite join the ranks of such masterly science-­storytellers as Stephen Jay Gould, Diane Ackerman, Alan Lightman or James Gleick. Giants like the late Oliver Sacks — working scientists who are also enchanting writers — come about once or twice a century, if we’re lucky. Randall is first and foremost a working scientist — but while she isn’t a natural storyteller of Sacks’s caliber, she is an excellent explainer, and her affection for her subject matter is infectious...

Therein lies the book’s greatest reward — the gift of perspective. The existence of parallel truths is what gives our world its tremendous richness, and the grand scheme of things is far grander than our minds habitually imagine. “The future enters into us in this way in order to transform itself in us long before it happens,” Rilke wrote. Although it took the deadly comet an immeasurably long time to reach its earthly victims, the dinosaurs’ destiny — and, in consequence, our own — was sealed in the cosmic blink when dark matter jolted that icy body out of orbit. It’s a sobering revelation of the gestational period of consequences. As Randall peers into the universe’s 13.8-­billion-year history, she notes that in her lifetime alone, human population has more than doubled, straining Earth’s resources and undermining cosmic work billions of years in the making. Although her periodicity model projects that a major meteoroid isn’t expected to hit us for another 32 million years or so, our civilization’s impact on the planet is like that of a slow-moving comet headed for doom — but unlike the one that killed the dinosaurs, Randall reminds us, we still have a chance to avert its course.
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Additional resources

Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs:
The Astounding Interconnectedness of the Universe.
In this brilliant exploration of our cosmic environment, the renowned particle physicist and New York Times bestselling author of Warped Passages and Knocking on Heaven’s Door uses her research into dark matter to illuminate the startling connections between the furthest reaches of space and life here on Earth.
Books by Lisa Randall

Lisa Randall Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Source: New York Times     

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Augmented Reality – A Reality Today

Photo: Vishal Saxena
Vishal Saxena, partner and co-founder of eWorkz reports, "For many years, virtual reality was, and still is, a very popular method of visualising reality." 

Virtual reality is computer-simulated reality; it simulates a real environment to artificially create an experience that can address your senses, including sight, hearing, touch and smell.

But virtual reality is slowly becoming passé. Say hello to Augmented Reality!

Eworkz Demo 

What is augmented reality?
Imagine a situation where you are using a map to navigate to an unfamiliar place. You need to know what the place looks like so you can identify it when you see it. Augmented reality does this for you. Using augmented reality, you can see the map on one half of your screen and on the other half, you can not only see the place, you can also see the current situation in that place, is there a traffic jam, is the store closed, or even if any renovation is being done, provided of course, you have the requisite software and appropriate cameras have been set up at these locations.

If you were to compare virtual reality and augmented reality, virtual reality is a simulation of the world and augmented reality is closer to the real world.  The increasing speed of internet, blends the physical and the virtual world together to create augmented reality.

About eWorkz 

eWorkz is a professionally managed company that specializes in offering learning content and creative services using technology, to effectively address learning needs. Our focus is on building SCORM-compliant bespoke content for corporates.
Collectively, our leadership team has in excess of hundred person years of experience in the learning domain. We have successfully managed and delivered various learning projects across the globe. Our trained team rigorously adhere to toll-gate based development process and follow a judicious balance of efficiency and effectiveness.

Source: eWorkz: Global Learning Partners and Eworkz Channel (YouTube)

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Study analyzes NAEP, Common Core math alignment

"Panel urges addition of more math content to NAEP math framework upon next revision." summarizes eSchool News.

Photo: eSchool News

A new study of the math alignment between the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), adopted by most states, and the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), the longtime barometer of academic achievement among the nation’s students, found “reasonable agreement” overall but also some areas of 4th and 8th grade math where there was less of a match.

The study, the second in a series of three examining the relationship between NAEP and the Common Core State Standards in math, was conducted by 18 math educators, supervisors and mathematicians convened by the NAEP Validity Studies Panel (NVS), an independent panel charged with examining issues related to the validity of the NAEP assessments.

The panel found that 79 percent of NAEP items in 4th grade math assessed content included in the CCSS at grade 4 or below. However, the match rate was lower in some areas: 47 percent for data analysis, statistics, and probability, 62 percent for algebra and 68 percent for geometry.

In the 8th grade, 87 percent of NAEP items assessed math included in the CCSS at grade 8 or below—a degree of alignment the report described as “strong.” At the same time, the authors found that 42 percent of the Common Core State Standards for grades 6, 7, and 8 were not being tested by any items in the 2015 NAEP item pool.

The report’s authors suggest that the National Assessment Governing Board, the bipartisan body that sets policy for the testing program, consider adding content from these areas to NAEP’s mathematics framework when it is next revised.

The panel found that most of the differences reflect the CCSS’s intention to shift instruction in certain topics to later grades. The extent to which instruction has actually been aligned with the CCSS is beyond the scope of the study, which examines only the relationship between test items and standards. The authors note that changing standards is far simpler and faster than the arduous process of changing curriculum and instruction.

Related link 
New Study Examines Alignment Between NAEP and Common Core State Standards in 4th, 8th Grade Mathematics.

Source: eSchool News

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Social Media in 10 Steps by Lindsay Thomson

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Lindsay Thomson, marketing specialist at inform about 10 STEPS to a Small Business Social Media Plan.

Managing social media is a full-time job. Done well, it can deliver incredible return on investment (ROI). In a recent study by Social Media Examiner, 90% of all marketers indicated social media increased exposure for their businesses. Boosting traffic was the second major benefit, with 77% reporting positive results. When using social media as few as six hours per week, 66% of marketers saw lead generation benefits. Amongst respondents who had used social media for at least one year, 64% found it useful for building a loyal fan base. 

This guide describes 10 key steps to help your marketing team get started on an engaging social media plan— one that strengthens your organisation’s online resence, drives engagement and delivers growth.

Help your marketing team get started on a successful social media plan—one that strengthens your organisation’s online presence, drives engagement, and delivers growth.
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