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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.

Productivity is a measure of how much – work, time, effort, money, or energy – you have to put into something to get the desired outcome. For more tips and tools on how to get more productive please visit Blue Collar Consulting Inc. at http://www.bluecollarconsulting.ca/ or check out our new website at http://www.connectingindustry.ca/

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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/

It’s the Small Steps

Have you ever given thought to the most productive way to learn? According to Robert Bjork, the director of the UCLA Learning and Forgetting Lab, in a recent article I found on Geekdad, “People tend to try to learn in blocks, mastering one thing before moving on to the next, ” which really isn’t the most productive or effective way to do things. Instead Bjork suggests we should interweave the skills. Don’t just practice one thing – a tennis serve for example – but mix in a whole range of skills like backhands, volleys, overhead smashes, and footwork. What this does is it forces you to make almost unnoticeable steps forward with many skills that are seated among each other. Over the same amount of time the improvement is much greater learning this way than if you would have spent time focusing on one element at a time. In fact this approach uses our natural ability to leverage other things already in our memory to make learning more powerful. A word of caution however this does not mean multitasking (see blog post Multitasking; Good, Bad or Downright Rude?). The skills you are trying to perfect must be related in some higher-order way. Trying to perfect your synchronized swimming and your tennis game at the same time won’t give the same results.

Bjork also states that once you learn something you never actually forget it – it’s just the recall that is tricky and he has some suggestions for that too.

Do you feel overwhelmed or burned out? According to Tony Schwartz in a recent article on Harvard Business Review between 25% and 50% of people do and I would venture to say this number is higher in our area. Tony goes on to say it’s not just the number of hours we work but the number of hours we spend juggling too many things at the same time. We no longer stop to smell the roses. We take our technology with us everywhere which means we have no stopping points, finish lines or even boundaries. And because we are constantly doing something we are burning down our available reservoir of energy. According to Tony the biggest cost is to our productivity. Any time you are partially engaged in multiple activities and rarely fully engaged in one you are increasing the time it takes to finish a task by 25%. I don’t know about you but I don’t have that kind of extra time. Apart from the obvious Tony does have a few suggestions including ‘stop demanding instant responsiveness at every moment of the day’ from the people around you and most importantly from yourself. 

Productivity is a measure of how much – work, time, effort, money, or energy – you have to put into something to get the desired outcome. For more tips and tools on how to get more productive please visit Blue Collar Consulting Inc. at http://www.bluecollarconsulting.ca/.