Gamification, Badges and Not Learning

February 21, 2012

When people hear the word gamification, they immediately think of virtual badges, much like on Foursquare. However, gamification is a lot more than just badging, it’s about motivating a user base through different game design techniques. If you want to get a sense of the many different elements, I’d highly recommend checking out the SCVNGR game […]

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The Super Bowl and the Second Screen

February 6, 2012

In the days leading up to yesterday’s Super Bowl, there were a lot of articles and blog posts talking about how the commercials would incorporate the “second screen” and have more social media integration than ever before. Unfortunately, the results were nothing spectacular. The most common form of the “second screen” was putting a hashtag […]

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The Dark Side of Apple

January 30, 2012

Recently, there has been a lot of talk about Apple and how it’s products are manufactured. There was a This American Life episode in which storyteller Mike Daisey went to China to talk with factory workers who work on products such as the iPhone, and also the New York Times investigative reporting series on Apple’s manufacturing […]

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How to Approach Social Media Education

January 22, 2012

When people hear “social media education,” they tend to think about a guide to a particular platform, whether it’s Facebook, Google+ or even WordPress. However if we really want to teach someone about the power of social media, we need to get beyond features and functionality and vague statements like “connect with others who have […]

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Making Technology Valuable for Students and Teachers

January 4, 2012

I read an interesting article in the New York Times today called Teachers Resist High-Tech Push in Idaho Schools. It talks about how some teachers in Iowa are pushing back against a law passed by the state legislature which requires all high school students to take some online classes to graduate, and that the students and […]

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My New Year’s Resolutions

December 28, 2011

As the end of the year approaches and everyone is writing year in review, or prediction posts, I thought I would share some of my resolutions for 2012 (that are slanted towards my work/professional life). Learn to code This is something that I’ve already started on and intend to continue through 2012 and beyond. Scott […]

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Facebook’s New “Seamless Sharing”

December 19, 2011

Not long ago, Facebook launched seamless (or “frictionless”) sharing, a feature which allows other websites, such as Spotify or The Washington Post, to automatically post updates and links about what you’re reading, watching or listening to, into the news feeds of your Facebook friends. While Facebook has only a handful of apps that incorporate seamless […]

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Certified Scrum Product Owner Training with Jeff Patton

December 11, 2011

I recently had the pleasure of attending a Certified Scrum Product Owner training session run by Jeff Patton, an agile coach/whiz who focused on visioning exercises and building/maintaining a product backlog. To try and do a full summary would do the workshop an injustice. So instead, I’ll focus on a few of the key points […]

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The Importance of Unplugging

December 4, 2011

“I’m a big believer in boredom… Boredom allows one to indulge in curiosity… and out of curiosity comes everything… all the [technology] stuff is wonderful, but having nothing to do can be wonderful, too.” That quote is from the late Steve Jobs, talking about the long summers of his youth. It’s ironic that the man […]

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The Real Darkness of Black Friday

November 26, 2011

Yesterday was Black Friday, and the homepage of every news publication/organization was featuring round-ups of the crazy stuff that people did when stores opened early on Friday morning. And as it is every year, many of the incidents highlighted happened in Wal-Marts in low income areas. While we laugh at those who pepper spray others […]

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