Daniel Villegas: How language can affect the way we think

This is a fascinating article about differences in language, and shows how things can truly be “lost in translation.” My husband, a native Spanish speaker and I will have heated debates about English because he’s translating in his head, and some expressions he’ll claim he’s never heard (despite living in this country for almost 35 …

Danielle Villegas: Employma — For $50, Fire the HR Morons and Put LinkedIn and Monster Etc. Out of Business

Average job seeker completes 400 applications each taking at least one hour. Average “job” site increases work and frustration without providing any value-added. This could be a market changer! Article About Employma Kickstarter Page for Employma Phi Beta Iota: They have selected Amazon as the payment channel, instead of PayPal, BitCoin, and other more popular …

Danielle Villegas: Design of Learning

This is a great blog post by Clark Quinn, e-learning guru whom I think highly of. His post talks about whether there is a science to learning (spoiler: there is) and how e-learning professionals should frame it as learning engineers. It got me wondering how content engineers and other technical communicators beyond those in the …

Daniel Villegas: Alternative Academic Credentials

I found this article rather intriguing, as the student looked at both traditional and alternative methods of learning, and found that in some cases, alternative methods yielded the same or better results than traditional methods. As a former online grad student, I can tell you that it was a little difficult, even as recently as …

Daniel Villegas: PiPhone: A DIY Rasberry Pi Cellphone — in the OpenBTS Tradition!

This is one of those fun things that as a geek mom, I had to share. I also think it’s a cool project to do if you have the parts. This is the sort of thing I would’ve loved to have done as a kid. (I do want to get my hands on a Raspberry …

Daniel Villegas: 24 Elements of Content Strategy

Charlie Southwell (@charliesaidthat) brought this article to my attention. It’s an interesting analysis on how to bring content strategy together. As Rahel Bailie posted on Charlie’s Facebook account where he posted this, she noted that much of this article could be talked at even longer length about some of these components, and she’s right.  Take …

Danielle Villegas: Smithsonian X 3D Tool Shines

Yay for the Smithsonian! They are making available files to reproduce historical items on 3D printers for teaching purposes. Excellent use of 3D printing! Smithsonian X 3D Provides Great Resources for Teaching Using 3D Models and Artifacts Smithsonian x 3D is a platform that provides teachers and educators access to a wide variety of 3D …

Danielle Villegas: The Future of Mobile Learning

29 Slides Online: The Future of Mobile Learning – Empowering Human Memory and Literacy Highlights: “Mobile First” when designing any curriculum; e-learning (electronic) differs from s-learning (speech) and p-learning (paper); knowledge needs to be meta-datad into mobile-usable chunks; m-learning (mobile) is a far advance and distinct from e-learning; applicability and ease of access rule; important …

Danielle Villegas: Google Seeks to Fiber 34 US Cities

More availability to internet conduits and competition will help drive down prices and make access more…accessible to the masses. It’ll be interesting to see how Google Fiber works out! –techcommgeekmom Google will explore bringing Fiber to 34 new cities including Portland and Atlanta Google just announced that it’s invited cities in nine metro areas across the …

Daniel Villegas: How NASA is Launching 3D Printing Into Space

3D printing! In space! It makes a lot of sense, really, as long as they are able to make it work properly. I’ve often thought that having a 3D printer at home would be handy for the same reason. This is proof that 3D printing isn’t going anywhere, and learning the basics is going to …

Danielle Villegas: First Carbon Fiber 3D Printer

Check out this next step in 3D printing! First there were plastics, then food, now carbon fiber! What will be next? The Mark One Is World’s First Carbon Fiber 3D Printer A new 3D printer can print carbon fiber and other composite materials. Created by Boston-based startup MarkForged, it’s called the Mark One. Company founder …

Danielle Villegas: Content Strategy

Content Strategy practices are not hard! EXTRACT: Content strategy, at its core, is really easy. It’s all about organizing information in a way that it can be easily searched and retrieved. It’s about labelling files and folders so that they make sense.  Val Swisher’s analogy about content strategy being like one’s closet still stands at the …

Danielle Villegas: Defining Quality Content

Val Swisher has written yet another excellent article that gets to the heart of content. Just today, in fact, I was questioning this very topic, and not understanding why more people don’t understand these basics. Read this throughly if you write or manage any content, because this article will help to boil it all down …

Danielle Villegas: Multi-Material 3D Printer Launched

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you know that I have a slight obsession with 3D printers. I wish I had one to play with! But this article tells us that the next step in 3D printing is here with multiple materials and textures. That’s a huge step forward! Read on! –techcommgeekmom …