Category Archives: digital learning

3D – The Next Wave of the future

We have just finished producing a short video (less than 7 minutes) on 3D printing; what it is, what it’s used for and the fact3D Print that we have one at our local college that industry can access (View it here). I touched on this subject once before in my December 11th blog post ‘How much is Digital Technology changing the way we live? I continue to be amazed by this stuff and according to a recent article I found on Entrepreneur.com this could just be the beginning. Apparently Skype is working on 3D Video calling. That would be like having a digital body sit in on your meetings for you while you sit at your computer at a different location anywhere in the world.
While this technology may be a few years away and right now it looks like its straight out of Hollywood, director David Cameron, who made the 3-D hit Avatar, says a takeover of 3-D displays is inevitable because “that’s how we see the world.”
I believe how we learn from the world is changing too. We are really becoming a ‘learn on demand’ society. With You Tube as we need to know something we look it up and learn the how often so we can do it right then. With that in mind we are producing a couple of other 7 minute video’s to help you learn about digital technology. When they are completed I will let you know.

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Digital Learning

classroomBecause of the availability of online courses and my love of learning I regularly take courses in whatever interests me. One of the places I go for those courses is https://www.udemy.com/. Udemy offers online courses from experts. I can take courses on absolutely anything that interests me at a very reasonable price. Topics range from web design, creating social media videos, financial modelling, and designing a logo to even health and fitness courses. Through Udemy I have finished a course on Facebook Marketing and I am currently taking Photoshop Training both of which were free. You can even take courses from famous authors such as Jack Welsh (leadership) and Eric Ries (entrepreneurship) and several University professors.

With all this wonderful training available how do employers know whether or not someone has the digital technology skills they are looking for? As this article in the Chronicles of Higher Education explains Educational upstarts across the Web are adopting systems of “badges” to certify skills and abilities. Interesting to note the biggest push for badges is coming from industry and education reformers, rather than from traditional educational institutions. Mozilla, the group that develops the popular Firefox Web browser, is designing a framework to let anyone with a Web page—colleges, companies, or even individuals—issue education badges designed to prevent forgeries and give potential employers details about the distinctions at the click of a mouse. The digital badges outline specific skills that employers might look for, such as experience with HTML or social networking. Mozilla says that more than 600 organizations are already participating in Open Badges.  Wouldn’t that be good if our local educators had a system like that?

Don’t forget to attend our Digital Technology Learning Forum. To be held at Centre 2000 tomorrow, March 20, 2013. We are hosting the experts as they use digital technology to help explain social media, SEO, social commerce, mobile applications, databases, and 3D printers. For more tips and tools on how to get more productive and how to use digital technology to do that please visit Blue Collar Consulting Inc. at http://www.bluecollarconsulting.ca/ or check out our new website at http://www.connectingindustry.ca/

Digital Learning

digital-learningWith our Digital Technology Learning Forum coming up March 20, 2013 I thought I would have a learning theme this week. One of the websites I have found helpful is Digital Learning Environments. This website has ‘Tools and Technologies for Effective Classrooms’ but as anyone connected with this digital world knows we are all students and constantly learning. The articles on this website are quite comprehensive, not only do they give good suggestions but there are links to how to do it as well. I checked out the article on ‘How to Become a Blogger’ and if you are thinking this might be something you want to do, this article is excellent. Not only are the various platforms discussed but there is even a section on how to offer comments.

Do you use Twitter? I don’t because quite frankly at this point I find it a little overwhelming and I am not alone. The stats suggest among entrepreneurs in Western Canada Facebook is far more popular than Twitter. Sooner or later though I will want to at least have a better understanding of it and a good place to start might be this article on ‘What I wish I Knew Before Using Twitter’. From there the ‘Top Secret Tips And Tricks For Getting The Most Out Of Twitter’ might be the next article I read. Look out after that as I could be tweeting as well as blogging!

Don’t forget to attend our Digital Technology Learning Forum. To be held at Centre 2000 March 20, 2013. We are hosting the experts as they use digital technology to help explain social media, SEO, social commerce, mobile applications, databases, and 3D printers. For more tips and tools on how to get more productive and how to use digital technology to do that please visit Blue Collar Consulting Inc. at http://www.bluecollarconsulting.ca/ or check out our new website at http://www.connectingindustry.ca/