Important stuff about your smartphone battery
Okay, not the catchiest headline, but I promise you, this isn't boring! I realized when reading this article that I really knew nothing about that quiet little lithium-ion battery that lives in my phone, or that I had some misconceptions about how to treat it. (Link below.)
Important stuff about your smartphone battery
Are you disabling your location and background refresh for Facebook and other apps? Have you disabled notifications from apps that annoy you? After going through this list, I'm rethinking my habit of turning off apps all the time. You can access this easy, visual tip sheet right here.
It's a common expression to ask a designer to "make it pretty", but there's much more going on than just that. For instance, a well-designed layout will take information and make it easier to read and comprehend, and convey how professional an organization is.
A designer can take a photograph and help tell a story more powerfully. By cropping in closely, the attention is drawn solely to the subject matter. Blurring the background creates even more focus on the two main subjects in the picture. Reducing the color saturation, and layering a black and white photo at reduced opacity over a color image are techniques that can help convey a softer emotion of a special moment caught in time - and a strong story is told without even the use of words.
I ran across a great resource for those working in Acrobat. In fact, the tutorial layout alone is inspiring in showcasing some great interactive features. Here's a link to - 25 How-to Tutorials in Acrobat.
Using bookmarks for quick navigation through larger documents is a helpful tool for your readers. This bookmark tutorial is broken down into a number of slides so you can select specific ones or watch it in its entirety.
Good design engages us. When we’re mentally engaged, we’re more apt to remember and learn. Instructional Design engages learners with clear and meaningful content.Learning happens through our experiences and through the things we see and hear. We learn in our quiet moments as we reflect on life. And we learn in our social interactions and conversations with others. And sometimes we even learn through elearning courses. :)
A formal course intrudes on the learner’s natural learning path. This intrusion is neither good nor bad. Essentially, we’re just circumventing the natural learning process by not waiting for the learner to stumble upon what we need them to know or do. So we manufacture a learning experience. And in that sense, the role of the instructional designer is to help the learners make sense of the new information they get. Learn more about Instructional Design at the Rapid eLearning Blog. Something else worth exploring is their product site at www.articulate.com, especially the software that converts PowerPoint files to Flash videos.
This custom software could be a new website for the nonprofit organization, a small data-collection application to keep track of members, or a application for the Red Cross that automatically emails a blood donor three months after they’ve donated blood to remind them that they are now eligible to donate again. The only limitation is that the project is one that should be completed by the end of Give Camp.
John's developing a tool for the Michigan Humane Society- a kind of referral service for their web site. As for me, I didn't even realize designers were a part of this, or what it was exactly, until I communicated with one of my (micro-blogging) Twitter friends, Marty Adams from KVCC. Marty sent me a tweet and asked if I could help do some graphic design work for a drama camp for kids. Having once-upon-a-time attended a drama camp for kids near Ann Arbor, this was a perfect assignment for me. I'll let you know if any of my designs work out for the web site they're feverishly working on right now - without much air conditioning, according to John's last Twitter message. I don't know if anyone's blogging about the weekend, but I thought someone should. So I am :) Even though John had a flyer outside his cube for weeks I really had just a vague impression that it was for programmers only. Obviously there's plenty of tech skill sets that are welcome and needed there. I'm glad I can participate last minute from a remote location. Are you interested in volunteering next year? I imagine there wil be plenty of Mountain Dew and moon pies available...
I'm sure if we brainstormed together and discussed the various functions of our individual departments we'd easily come up with some very positive reasons to blog. Would you like to discuss this further? Please leave a comment with your questions or thoughts, or to continue this discussion!
Knowledge Management Blogs works in two ways. First of all, they're an easy way for the readers to find information and resources they want or need and could be used internally in many organizations. Second, blogs are a kind of "university light" for the blogger. Blogging is on-the-job learning.
Employee Relationships A business blog is an informal, easily maintained method for regularly communicating with your employees. Whether you host your internal employee blog on a commercial site, on your webpage in a password protected location or on your Intranet, you have created a strong communication tool. Multiple people may post on the blog and information can be shared daily. No more waiting for the weekly one-page update or the monthly newsletter, employees can read company news every day. The blog differs from email in that a permanent record of posts is maintained by category. The second advantage is that all employees receive the same information at the same time. I have some ideas about how blogging may specifically benefit different departments and programs at Kalamazoo RESA. Stay tuned - I'll post about those later!