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Over the last 10 years, a university installed interactive whiteboards in more than 30 classrooms. Even though instructors had access to these boards and the university provided training workshops and resources on how to use them, the client was concerned that instructors were not maximizing the technology’s interactive capabilities and suspected that some instructors did not use the boards at all. The client wanted to find out who was using them and how they were using them.
Are you curious about the impact of interfacing with digital devices? Do you want to know what researchers think about the brains of multitasking teens? What do you know about the implications of technology on attention span, and how it changed during the past decade?
In the armed forces, several departments have reduced their conference and travel budget, which has affected conference attendance. Even when a conference approves you as a speaker, obtaining approval from your department to attend is still uncertain. So, what can you do?
Keeping connected to the digital world can sometimes be more of a hassle than it is worth; my phone starts to feel less like a product for my benefit and more like a leash to the outside world. Eventually, I need to disconnect. I need to turn my iPad and iPhone off, shut the computer down, take the batteries out of the remote, and turn the Internet and cable off, sit down in a quiet corner and enjoy a book.
Technology keeps improving our performance; it gives us the tool set to advance and succeed. However, before you can improve your performance, you must build upon your foundation of education. Through education you can advance all facets of your being, as a person and professional. There are always new technologies or old technologies being repurposed to enhance the ease and ability of learning.
Temptation to keep up with all of the new technology in the world can feel overwhelming; from phones to cars, the pace at which technology advances keeps everyone on his or her toes and makes everyone crave the newest advancements, but it is nearly impossible to stay on top of every trend.
Good communication starts with understanding one another. In most instances communication is done in one of two ways–written or spoken. Communication is the key to any situation involving two or more people. If you cannot communicate with another person, there are ways to work around this handicap by drawing pictures, pointing, and hoping the message gets across. However, that takes more time and energy than necessary.
As my company merged technology groups and we began engaging across many functional teams to discuss training employees, partners, and customers, I found myself clarifying several facets of training that were otherwise tossed around during meetings as if everyone understood what they meant. It was refreshing when one of the managers new to me asked, “What is the difference between a boot camp and a roadshow, and why would you choose one format over the other?”
As the New Year has begun, and we are only a month deep into the thick of things, I find myself ensuring I will keep up with this year’s goals that I have set to make sure I am on track of things. I use the term goals and not resolutions; resolutions seem out-of-reach, distant goals that tend to fall by the wayside. I prefer to take things that I am already working on; I just want to work harder at them.
Several in our field have called for the creation of bachelor’s degrees in the field of educational technology (or whatever name our field is called). However, few programs exist within the United States. We are conducting a study of the competencies of educational technology professionals to inform the design of a bachelor’s degree program. We ask that you take about 20 to 25 minutes to complete the survey.
The ISPI China Chapter hosted the third China Performance Improvement Forum in Beijing on October 25, 2013. The forum is the premier annual event of ISPI-China and has been held successfully the past two years. Focusing on the theme of “New Technology and New Change,” the forum this year attracted nearly 300 attendees. Most of them were executives and practitioners from performance improvement and learning areas of a variety of industries. Numerous scholars and their students from local universities attended the forum as well. The guest host of the forum was Mr. Fan Deng of CCTV. The forum gained support from 10 organizational sponsors and vendors.
This month I have discovered an app that I have found beneficial to my daily functions of writing, blogging, and creating notes. In some instances, I find myself sitting at my desk trying to come up with a topic, but end up moving onto other projects because to come up with a useful application can be a bit difficult at times. However, I always think of topics and ideas when I am in the most inconvenient places and have nothing more to write with than my phone.
Another month has come and gone, and, as you know, I am always on the lookout for new and overlooked or even popular apps that can give you a leg up in staying ahead. I searched high and low, and here are a few apps that will improve the way you perform in your daily activities. Simple little actions that will improve your personal and professional lives–ranging from saving new (and old) contacts, keeping on top of writing projects, managing customer relationships, and locking up important files.
The application Evernote is a very useful app. I have been using it for a few weeks now, and the transition from smart phone to smart tablet to desktop is seamless. The usability is very simple, and I recommend it for both personal and professional use.
While working on a virtual team may be a condition of one’s employment, it is not clear what makes individuals choose virtual work options, and when they do, what keeps them in such a position.