20 Top Learning, Technology & Media Links: Weekly Digest – 13

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As people increasingly embrace social media and new technologies with open arms, social learning, informal learning and blended learning continue to gain a strong foothold in an organization’s learning palette. We have scouted the Internet to help you know how.

And, how could we possibly end this post without mentioning the iPad? Besides the latest scoop, news and stories, you can also find tips, tricks and tutorials to help you get the most out of this 9.7” wonder.

Find it all here in our Weekly Digest – a collection of our top 20 links from the week gone by, each accompanied by a quick brief.

Need to quench your thirst for the latest in learning, technology and media links further? You can dig into our previous lists here.

1. How Blended Learning Will Change the World
Online learning, cheap access devices, open content, and broadband will soon provide low cost universal access to quality high school learning and building a bridge to post secondary and job opportunities for the next billion youth. Read this article to know how blended learning will empower hundreds of millions of youth to lead healthy and more productive lives.

2. Three Trends That Will Shape the Future of Curriculum
What we as adults experienced in school, as educators and students, will bear little resemblance to what lies ahead. Here’s a look at current trends, their implications, and changes to watch for.

3. Time’s Up – Learning Will Forever Be Part Formal, Part Informal and Part Social
The magnetic vortex known as the Four Levels of Evaluation, utilized pervasively and at times blindly within the learning industry, has run its course and is in need of an update, if not a replacement. This article states why it’s time for the learning profession to evolve.

4. E-Learning Trends 2011
Learning Circuits recently polled readers on how they’re using eLearning in their organizations. Here’s what they had to say.

5. SimplyBox – The Future of Organizational Collaboration?
SimplyBox, described as ‘the only decentralized and contextual enterprise communication solution’, is an interesting tool. Besides that fact that you don’t need IT to install it, it has other cool features that can set the future for organizational collaboration. Know how.

6. Working with Visual Weight in Your Designs
In design, visual weight is a powerful concept that allows us to create visual hierarchy, symmetry, balance, and harmony in designs. This article will tell you how to work with visual weights better.

7. Learning Tools Directory 2011
Lists well over 2,000 tools that will assist you in making learning easier, faster and better.

8. 100+ Online Resources That Are Transforming Education
Most education innovation is centered around a short list of fundamental ideas. This post gives a walk through nine clusters of education tech companies.

9. Beginning Instructional Authoring: Decide What to Leave Out
Numerous authoring tools can import PowerPoint slides, including Articulate Presenter and Adobe Presenter. What you put on these slides becomes part of the eLearning content, so it’s pretty darn important. Learn what not to do when developing PowerPoint for eLearning.

10. TechKnowledge 2011: Why Learning Professionals Still Have a Lot to Learn
The hard reality is that organizations are not implementing effective eLearning as much as we think. People are talking a big game, but few are actually doing it. Read this to know why the learning road for training professionals is still a long one.

11. The Secret To eLearning
Online courses are on the rise as firms continue to cut training budgets and the newly redundant update their skill sets. This post reveals some secret formulas for effective eLearning.

12. The Complete List of iPad Tips, Tricks, and Tutorials
The Apple iPad is an amazing tablet, that goes without say. To help you get the most out of it, here’s a comprehensive list of every tip, trick, and tutorial for you.

13. Mobile Content & Collaboration: Let’s Face It, You Aren’t Ready
It’s 2011 and mobile devices are flying off the shelves faster than ever before. It’s time for the real mobile revolution! Except, let’s face it, you aren’t ready for this. Read on to know why.

14. Create iPad Stories with StoryPatch
Story Patch is a beautiful new application now available for the iPad that allows your children to tell stories in a fun and intuitive way. Story Patch includes hundreds of illustrations and an easy to use interface that makes storytelling a breeze for kids. Read more about this cool app.

15. iPad 2.0: Can Faster, Thinner, Lighter Compete with Android Tablets?
The shocking details have been unearthed. The next version of the iPad – iPad 2.0 – will be faster, lighter, thinner and with at least 100% more camera than the original. It will be all you ever imagined and hoped for and then some.

16. Has The mLearning Moment Arrived?
The field of mLearning, or learning facilitated by mobile devices, has been generating growing interest in recent years and months. But has the mLearning moment arrived? Read on to know.

17. How to Use Google Documents: Video Series?
Learn how to use Google documents to organize personal and business documents and spreadsheets in this free software demonstration from internet program expert.

18. The Mobile Web Changes Customer Expectations
If you are thinking about building a mobile website and wondering why you need one at all, you’ll want to understand why the mobile web is truly a different medium. The game has changed and your customers will demand a new style of interacting with your business. Read on to learn how to cope with it.

19. The Real Story Behind the “Facebook Phone”
This device isn’t designed to be a major smartphone competitor. It’s a simpler device that will help teens keep track of their friends. Here’s all that you wanted to know about the Facebook Phone.

20. How The iPad Time Shifts Online Reading
Here are some facts that you would find hard to swallow. The time reserved for reading is shifted all the way to the right, with the sweet spot being between 7 PM and 11 PM at night. Learn how iPad usage is competing with primetime TV for people’s attention.

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