1 - A Transparent, Live Case Study of a Company Going Social - business2community
In case you missed this story, hang on to your Tweets for it may surprise or even shock you for the experiment mandates – yes mandates, that every Domo employee get social – literally. Realizing the importance of social media, James informed his employees back in May that in order to keep their jobs (aghast!) each and every one of Domo’s employees needed to complete 20 social media and other online tasks over an eight-week period.
The TEDinator is a small application for Windows computers that have Net Framework 4 installed. The application is sized at less than 1 MB and it connects with the TED database and lets you download the videos to your hard drive. You can search videos by their title; from the search results you can download videos selectively or download all of them in one go.
3 - Personal Learning Environment (PLE) Conference 2012 - Helen Blunden
I worked for seven years with a company that designed and developed custom online learning courseware and we were affiliated with another company that sold an LMS platform. I recall the heated discussions between ‘them’ and ‘us’: the LMS vs the Content. The LMS business development managers looked down on the courseware BDMs because everything was based on the dollar value of the sale. One sale of an LMS made up to $500 000 whereas our courseware BDMs would have to work harder and more often to make a sale of up to $30 000. I used to sit and watch them argue over the board room table and I would often add my commentary and ruffle a few feathers. To me, they were both focussing on the media – not the learning content; not the pedagogy; not the client relationship. I recall saying to them one day that I thought the LMS was just like a DVD player – it’s useless until you put a DVD in it. Why are we focussing on the systems and the media and not the experience and the performance?
4 - Meme theory: Do we come up with ideas or do they, in fact, control us? - Jonnie Hughes
Mankind’s greatest inventions are all the result of individual flashes of inspiration – or are they? Jonnie Hughes argues that, instead, ideas are subject to evolutionary principles, and we humans are little more than their hosts.
5 - Ballpoint pens…the ruin of education in our country - Nick Sauers
From Federal Teachers, 1950: “Ballpoint pens will be the ruin of education in our country. Students use these devices and then throw them away. The American values of thrift and frugality are being discarded. Businesses and banks will never allow such expensive luxuries.”