Blogging for Art Educators -- Jessica Balsley's recent presentation



From DSC:
This brings to mind another graphic…


Steve Jobs has resigned as Apple CEO "effective immediately"


From DSC:
I want to post a thank you note to Mr. Steven P. Jobs, whom you most likely have heard has resigned as Apple’s CEO. Some articles are listed below, but I want to say thank you to Steve and to the employees of Apple who worked at Apple while he was CEO:

  • Thank you for working hard to enhance the world and to make positive impacts to our world!
  • Thank you for painstakingly pursuing perfection, usability, and excellence!
  • Thank you for getting back up on the horse again when you came out of a meeting with Steve, Tim and others and you just got reamed for an idea or implementation that wasn’t quite there yet.
  • Thanks go out to all of the families who were missing a dad or mom for long periods of time as they were still at work cranking out the next version of ____ or ____.
  • Thanks for modeling what a vocation looks like — i.e. pursuing your God-given gifts/calling/passions; and from my economics training for modeling that everyone wins when you do what you do best!

Thanks again all!



Presentations from MoodleMoot - July 2011

LinkedIn leaps (further) into the content game with SlideShare– from by E.B. Boyd


Everyone knows LinkedIn as a networking tool. But slowly, it’s becoming a media publisher too–or at least a place to find great work-related content.

Back in March, Reid Hoffman’s crew launched LinkedIn Today, a way for businesspeople to share and discover great articles. Today, it announces a tighter integration with SlideShare, so folks can share and discover presentations, videos, and documents from that site.

Smart Pens and Learning — from Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning by Thomas Luxon

From DSC:
I’m also pondering if Prezi can be used for long mathematical equations and/or problems… That is, can you zoom into a particular portion of the work being done, but then zoom out to see the entire work?

In other words, how can we capture and present several “chalkboards'” worth of material — with the end user being able to drill down where they want to?



Key tips every webinar host should know – from guest blogger Gena Taylor (Maestro eLearning), as she interviewed Lynne Bauerschmidt (HCR ManorCare)

Lynne Bauerschmidt is the Business Training Services lead at HCR ManorCare for the homecare, healthcare and hospice divisions.  She supervises five team members who are responsible for the development of all business office training programs and training on all back office functions as they relate to payroll, accounts payable, and how to utilize our computer system for patient management.

Over 20 webinar classes are offered each month and open to anyone in the office.  The team is also responsible for training all office managers with an extensive 6 week training program, developed by the team, and all done via webinar.  The business units are located across the United States in 154 locations.  Lynne has been in the healthcare field for 29 years and has a bachelor’s in Management of Health Services.

What follows is an interview between Lynne and Maestro eLearning, as a part of a new series called Trainer Talks.  This series explores the difficulties of being a trainer and how to overcome them, along with tips and advice to make your training more effective and even more engaging.

Q. What have you found to be the greatest challenges in the training profession today?
Our greatest challenge is finding ways to ensure our audience is retaining and learning the information we are presenting.  In January 2009 my team went to 100% webinar training.  Without the aid of face-to-face training, you are continuing to look for ways to ensure your audience is still engaged.

Q. Webinars have escalated in popularity. What are the most effective ways you have found to ensure you audience is still engaged?
Listed below are some of the different methods we use to try to ensure the student is engaged and learning:

  • Ask questions regarding how the process (training topic) currently works at their office.  What works/does not work for them?
  • Demonstrations/pass the mouse
  • Tests
  • Switch between PowerPoint presentations, desktop, manual information, etc.
  • ask questions to them directly and have them respond, create a dialogue

The most important thing is finding out what they hope to achieve with the class and making sure the material suits their need.

Q. Are there certain things every webinar host should keep in mind?

  1. Keep the audience engaged utilizing the tools available in the webinar software (check marks and X’s – yes/no; poling questions; pass the mouse, etc.).
  2. Keep the training interactive.  Mix up the tools/methods of training.  Don’t rely on power points only.  Share your desktop; use the white  board; ask questions; demonstrate; pass the mouse; have them practice on their own and check their work.  Don’t just read or talk to them.
  3. Give breaks every 50 minutes or so, even though they are not in a typical classroom, participants still need to take a break from the material.
  4. Know your audience.  Not everyone is comfortable using a computer; some may not be familiar with the material.
  5. Be flexible, be ready to change based on what your audience needs.

Q.  What do you like most about teaching the webinars?
What I like most about teaching via webinar is the great number of people we can reach.  We began teaching exclusively using the webinar method in January 2009.  At first we were apprehensive and not at all sure it would be successful, believing that face-to-face training was the best.  Due to financial cutbacks, we had to find a way to make it work.  My team worked together to put together more than 20 webinar presentations that we conduct and offer each month, in addition we offer customized and software upgrade trainings.  These trainings are reviewed and updated routinely.

Prior to 2009 our audience was focused on just office managers.  The office managers were then responsible for training their staff.  Since we went to the all webinar format, we have expanded the positions we train to all office positions, both clerical and clinical as it relates to back office processes and systems.  This allowed us to train 2,947 individuals in 2009 and 4,091 in 2010, compared to 420 in 2008.   Another added benefit, the students can re-take any of the courses at any time to brush up on their skills or refresh themselves on a process not used often.  Cost is reduced as there are no travel expenses when training via webinar.

Q. What other advice do you have to present and future trainers?
Be positive, make it fun!  Always be looking for new, more inventive ways to convey the information you want to present.  People attending your classes can’t see you, they need to hear your enthusiasm.  Facilitate participation and encourage feedback.

Maestro eLearning is a customer service company in the business of creating custom online training courses. They’re collaborating with industry professionals to deliver more value in their series “Trainer Talks.”  If you would like to participate in an interview, contact

John Hunter on the World Peace Game — TED March 2011 — my thanks to Mr. Joseph and Mrs. Kate Byerwalter for this great presentation


TED Talks -- John Hunter presents the World Peace Game -- March 2011

About this talk
John Hunter puts all the problems of the world on a 4’x5′ plywood board — and lets his 4th-graders solve them. At TED2011, he explains how his World Peace Game engages schoolkids, and why the complex lessons it teaches — spontaneous, and always surprising — go further than classroom lectures can.

About John Hunter
Teacher and musician John Hunter is the inventor of the World Peace Game (and the star of the new doc “World Peace and Other 4th-Grade Achievements”).



A hugely powerful vision: A potent addition to our learning ecosystems of the future


Daniel Christian:
A Vision of Our Future Learning Ecosystems

In the near future, as the computer, the television, the telephone (and more) continues to converge, we will most likely enjoy even more powerful capabilities to conveniently create and share our content as well as participate in a global learning ecosystem — whether that be from within our homes and/or from within our schools, colleges, universities and businesses throughout the world.

We will be teachers and students at the same time — even within the same hour — with online-based learning exchanges taking place all over the virtual and physical world.  Subject Matter Experts (SME’s) — in the form of online-based tutors, instructors, teachers, and professors — will be available on demand. Even more powerful/accurate/helpful learning engines will be involved behind the scenes in delivering up personalized, customized learning — available 24x7x365.  Cloud-based learner profiles may enter the equation as well.

The chances for creativity,  innovation, and entrepreneurship that are coming will be mind-blowing! What employers will be looking for — and where they can look for it — may change as well.

What we know today as the “television” will most likely play a significant role in this learning ecosystem of the future. But it won’t be like the TV we’ve come to know. It will be much more interactive and will be aware of who is using it — and what that person is interested in learning about. Technologies/applications like Apple’s AirPlay will become more standard, allowing a person to move from device to device without missing a  beat. Transmedia storytellers will thrive in this environment!

Much of the professionally done content will be created by teams of specialists, including the publishers of educational content, and the in-house teams of specialists within colleges, universities, and corporations around the globe. Perhaps consortiums of colleges/universities will each contribute some of the content — more readily accepting previous coursework that was delivered via their consortium’s membership.

An additional thought regarding higher education and K-12 and their Smart Classrooms/Spaces:
For input devices…
The “chalkboards” of the future may be transparent, or they may be on top of a drawing board-sized table or they may be tablet-based. But whatever form they take and whatever is displayed upon them, the ability to annotate will be there; with the resulting graphics saved and instantly distributed. (Eventually, we may get to voice-controlled Smart Classrooms, but we have a ways to go in that area…)

Below are some of the graphics that capture a bit of what I’m seeing in my mind…and in our futures.

Alternatively available as a PowerPoint Presentation (audio forthcoming in a future version)














— from Daniel S. Christian | April 2011

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Addendum on 4-14-11:


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Visual storytelling: Interview with Nancy Duarte — from


Why should learning experience designers care about stories? How does it relate to learning?

Stories are the oldest communication form and are proven to be easily recalled and repeated. If training material can be recalled and repeated, it’s most likely understood. Stories are a great container for memorable information. Relaying instructional content through metaphor and story helps the audience connect emotionally to the content being communicated. Instructional designers are on a steady quest to keep their audiences engaged and motivated, and storytelling is an effective strategy.


Adobe Museum of Digital Media, A lecture by John Maeda

From DSC:
If online courses could feature content done this well…wow! Incredibly well done. Engaging. Professsional. Cross-disciplinary. Multimedia-based. Creative. Innovative. Features a real craftsman at his work. The Forthcoming Walmart of Education will feature content at this level…blowing away most of the competition.


John Maeda -- Adobe Museum -- March 2011







This is also true for materials like the item below!



Doing online presentations: Some tips from the front lines — from by Tom Werner


50 tips for better presentations — from Clive Sheperd (UK)

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