NFC permits quick exchange of small amounts of data between mobile devices, personal computers, and smart objects. The technology allows wireless communications over a small distance (10 cm or almost 4 inches). In practice, this means that when a user brings an NFC-enabled device in proximity to an object containing an NFC-sensitive device (i.e., an NFC tag or another NFC-enabled device), the user can retrieve information about that object and in some cases, share information.
Chirpstory is a tool that allows you to tap into Twitter streams to create stories.
I wanted to share this great Slideshare presentation by Espresso. If you haven’t been convinced yet by the many voices on Twitter describing how social media can be a tool for education, training, and action (e.g., public health, health literacy, and a general health care revolution), some of the points made here may be worth noting.
Change theories are an important part of public health efforts (whether they’re explicitly referred to or not). Because change theories have significant overlap with the field of instructional design, I thought I’d discuss some of them here and call out their larger applications.
The big picture
The five theories I’ll discuss can be boiled down to three basic concepts:
In previous posts, I’ve described the basic elements of QR codes and some ways that QR codes can be used in education and in workplace training.
I always like exploring new search engines and came across Blekko, a platform founded in 2007, which is now in open beta. You do have to register to use Blekko, but it’s free.
The technology (or what are my powers?)
Blekko’s proclaimed mission is to allow you to “slash the web” to reduce the number of search results you get that you personally consider spam. It does this by allowing you to focus a search on websites that you (or others you follow) have collected and organized using slashtags.
First of all, if you’re an instructor don’t lecture! Or at least keep it short and mixed with interactivity and problem-solving exercises. But now that that’s out of the way, if you’re a learner and looking for a webcast, talk, or lecture on a subject, TalkMiner is a database you should check out.
When people talk about social learning, there’s often a tendency to act as if providing the technology to bring people together (microblogging, forums, wikis, etc) will necessarily result in knowledge sharing and that knowledge sharing will necessarily result in new, better approaches. But as we all know, the human element of that equation and the complex circumstances of most problems can make things quite a bit more messy.
Given all the attention paid lately to informal learning, you’ve probably seen pie charts like the one on the right. Formal learning’s a sliver of most workers’ lives, so it makes sense to devote time and resources to supporting informal learning opportunities.