Archive for August, 2007

SALT Conference Lecture – Mobile Training Multimedia Training

I will be posting my notes periodically to the lectures that I attend at the SALT conference. Please note, I do not attend conferences for a living I just happened to be presenting at this one. I will post my lecture slides to this site as well as post and ‘audio-enhanced’ version later when I get the chance. Please note: as with the Distance Learning Conference notes, I will post my initial impressions and then later edit the post with a more detailed reflection.

Mobile Training

Presenters: Tom Held and Daniel Mika Govar


Terrific presentation!

These guys did a wonderful job of presenting a few examples of training application for both podcasting and mobile hand-held devices. Essentially, they had more experienced workers share stories (on video/audio) of accidents that happened as part of safety education. This delivery method embodies two things about mobile learning which are important to me:

1.) The content has to be real/and delivered from people/peers in the industry who are explaining real-life experience

2.)The content is reviewable when I have the time to access it.

The second example they shared was of a employee customer-service training program for a hotel company they contracted with which they shared with employees using the Sony PSP. Luckily the had the budget and were able purchase 200 PSPs. Here’s the wonderful thing about this training. They were able to deliver it to employees nationwide, without requiring them to travel to a face to face training. As the presenters noted this actually can help your training budget if you’re having to train to an audience that doesn’t stay in positions too long, therefore, the ROI for having them travel to face to face training is not so good.

I didn’t get to ask them this, but I would like to know if live-mentoring from more experienced employees was actually part of this training process. It’s one thing to provide the video and training via video but how can you get actually people with experience providing feedback.

Friday Funny – What’s Happening

I suppose it’s funny only if you remember this show from the 70’s.

Remember that episode when Re-run taped a tape recorder to his chest before they went to the concert? I actually think there’s a meme about that conversation somewhere.

Original Intro


Spoof of the Intro


The world is flat.. so move your tookus

The world is flat… and now my rear grows.

NO joke.  Working in this sedentary lifestyle can really get to you and the pounds can pile on regardless of your metabolism or diet. I haven’t found a gym around here yet that I like that’s close enough to me (old neighborhood), so I have just resorted to walking the dog and playing the wii. Ah, my dear Wii.  It’s been two months since it was in it’s rightful place in the living room. My husband moved it to the bedroom so he could play Zelda and Paper Mario from bed while he was sick, but somehow he got so accustomed to it that that it stayed there for a few months.

I protested for a while…

But it’s a Wii… you’re supposed to stand up, move around, jump up and down, dance with it.

If you want to play lame games where you just sit down then play the X-box.

Somehow my persistence prevailed an now the Wii is back where it belongs.  I try to take 10-15 minute breaks in between work to stand up play few short games that allow me to use my body somewhat.

The Wii isn’t just about re-connecting with physical motion in this digital age, it’s about making connections with people and family members. Mark Milliron who gave the first Key Note address at the Distance Learning Conference noted how a grandfather was actually meeting his grandson on line three times a week to go bowling. I’m still waiting for Christy to get her Wii so we can play tennis online 🙂 Imagine that you can do team-building games with your virtual team on this technology.


 Other interesting notes:

Posting about using the wii for lunchtime teambuilding.  I actually did this at my old job and it was quite fun. Everyone had a blast and they were able to take a break from being stressed out.

Professional Jealousy Among Educators


Sometimes sniping just gets people down

At the conference we were sitting in a lecture. One part of the lecture had us break into groups and analyze four different types of SME. One of the case studies describe an SME/Faculty Member who was highly dedicated to her students. She was extremely prepared, she had her exercises and activities organized and she would often have an activity or lesson plan at her fingertips when the Instructional Designer and the team would say… we need an activity that is like this… When asked to describe the SME one of the the participants in the room described her as “kind of annoying and a show off.”

I thought – what the !@#? I like working with people like that.

Then I thought… she really is revealing how insecure she is by making a comment like that. It actually reminded me of an attitude I’d seen among teachers. There really was this feeling that spread in the faculty lounge that it was not okay to be a “Show Off.” “Show Offs” included people who used new and different teaching styles and approaches or people who “stood out” as teachers. “Show offs” were not to be trusted and often there were political struggles within the school where the “show offs” were involved. In particular, I remember this struggle at one school between teachers who wanted an extra planning period by sending their classes to ‘play educational games’ in the computer lab for one hour vs. the teachers who wanted to break up the lab and actually put the computers in their classrooms and integrate writing, math and science activities using software already installed on the computers. Being the idealistic person I was/am, I assumed that I was just imagining these bad feelings from my peers. Maybe I was channeling June Cleaver, but I really thought I could work around these people and just do things on my own. Honestly, I think this was one of the reasons why I left teaching. The hosing and the sniping could be dealt with if you could find a group of people whom you could identify with and unite with against the snipers, but otherwise it was tiresome to deal with to say the least. I liked the kids and working with kids, I liked their enthusiasm, but even after a while, that wasn’t enough to induce me to remain in the teaching field.

I did some research online and found that were discussion threads and articles and an actual study about professional jealously among educators. It’s been about eight years since I set foot in a public school classroom. I hope things might have changed since then, but I suspect that in a profession where there is no upward mobility there’s no where to snipe, but on the horizontal field of play and your peers are the easiest targets. I’m not saying that all educators are like this, only that in every group, society or culture there will always be people who engage in this kind of behavior. Maybe we should look to Bob Sutton and Slow Leadership to help us figure out how to combat this type of behavior.


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Discovering Information Literacy

As I mentioned before in my summary of the Distance Learning Conference notes… people who live and work in the world created by the internet and new technologies must learn how to effectively think, organize and be critical of the information that is placed before them.

Thanks to Judy from Hey Jude, I’ve found a great video that helps define the skills needed by this new generation of workers for the emerging creative economy.

Information Literacy Principles:

  • D – Define
  • I – Inquire
  • S – Search
  • C – Collect
  • O – Organize
  • V – Verify
  • E – Express
  • R -Reflect


Here is another video on the subject:


Nostaglia Pop Culture Playlist from the 70’s

Every now and then you need a taste from the past. Here’s a look into the music and television shows that I remember from my childhood.


The Digital World is a Messy Place

Not the kind of place for people who like well planned activities that don’t miss a heart beat. Things go wrong with technology all the time. Connections are dropped, not everyone has the same operating system or settings.

People mistype words and typed text doesn’t always lend itself to clear interpretations.

So my question is….

How do we deal with this? Or do we back away without trying?



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