12 Top Learning, Technology & Media Links: Weekly Digest – 26

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Digital devices are reshaping our lives and how. These devices, with their immense potential to enhance learning, are on the cusp of something profound; be it in the classrooms or the boardrooms. More on this below. Also, learn about some interesting tidbits on blended learning and content authoring. Find all this and more in our Weekly Digest – a collection of top 12 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. Mobile Learning: Are We On the Cusp of Something Big? We’re at just that point now with mobile learning. Whether it’s on an e-reader, a tablet, or a cell phone, there’s great excitement – though not a lot of research yet – around the potential of how these devices can strengthen learning.

2. Digital learning: Digital Devices To Replace Textbooks As students become more and more dependent on digital devices and digital learning becomes more popular, will textbooks become extinct? Find out in this infographic.

3. Mobile Apps: A Look At What Makes An App Popular There is no magic formula to app success; it always needs a good – if not unique – idea to make the hundreds of millions of smartphone owners take notice. And that’s just one part. Listed here are some key points that make a good app great, what differentiates one photo app from another photo app, to become a top seller on a mobile app store.

4. For Small Businesses, Work Is Increasingly Mobile (And It Pays) It’s not exactly breaking news that mobile technologies are changing the way we work and enabling employees to be productive regardless of their location. What’s interesting is the pace at which they appear to be doing so. Know how small businesses are harnessing mobile technologies for carrying out their work.

5. 10 Major Mobile Learning Trends to Watch For While the applications of mLearning are growing all the time, here are some of the major trends to help you learn more about how mobile learning is shaping the 21st century classroom – and may change how we teach, learn and interact in any educational environment.

6. Times Are Changing – Trends In The Content Authoring Tool Market As the rapid content authoring market continues to grow, new features and capabilities are equally growing. For the most part, that is a great thing, but as you are about to read, some are not.

7. 10 Reasons Teachers Love Blended Learning Blending the best of online and on-site learning can work better for students and teachers. Here are ten reasons that blended learning makes teaching a better job.

8. “There I Was”: Lessons Learned Converting Instructor-based Pilot Training to Blended Learning Know how a project of converting one-half of a 200+ hour instructor-based training curriculum (IBT) to eLearning proved to be the perfect learning laboratory from an eLearning developer’s perspective.

9. App Fusion: 30 Twitter Apps for the Learning Pro Twitter is not the answer to every learning professional’s prayer. There are limits as well as benefits that using these applications will have on learning outcomes. This article will help you get the most value out of Twitter, should you decide to include it in your personal learning strategy or that of your organization.

10. How Many Devices Can A Smartphone, Tablet Replace? Has the smartphone become the quintessential all-in-one device? And if you have both a smartphone and a tablet, where does that leave your laptop? Know more.

11. Poll Shows Generational Gap in Workplace Training Programs Millennials, who grew up in the Internet age, learn and communicate differently than baby boomers – and the results of a new national poll show current approaches to workplace training are struggling to meet the needs of this younger generation. Some staggering facts here.
12. iPad To Dominate Tablet Market Until 2015 [STUDY] The iPad will continue to dominate the growing tablet market until Android tablets take over in 2015, according to several forecasts.

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