Category: Technology

Download a copy of Location based Learning for a Mobile World #Adobe #DevLearn

Download a copy of my presentation at the Adobe Learning Summit on creating Location based Learning for a mobile world.

Overview: In this session, you will explore how, using Adobe Captivate and HTML5, you can design and customize mobile learning content based on where your learner is located. You will learn what works and how to get started, and explore samples, tips, and recommendations for implementation with best practices. You will also check out a tutorial and sample file you can experiment with both at the conference and when you get back to your office.

DevLearn Session: Compressing Media for Mobile and Desktop Delivery with HTML5

DevLearn14 Session | A comprehensive introduction to video and audio compression, you’ll learn the best delivery standards for optimizing content delivery to mobile and desktop devices; the session will provide an overview of everything you need to know about editing, preparing, and delivering the highest-quality video and audio to your audience. We’ll discuss techniques and interactivity that can be added, as well as the latest standards and how you can take advantage of open-source, free compression tools, as well as the latest applications for getting the smallest file sizes and the highest quality.

Join me on 6/4 for a free educational webinar on Thinking Mobile Learning First

Whether you are developing a new course, selecting a new LMS or thinking about developing a mobile app you’ll need to understand what’s involved in designing and delivering content on mobile devices from smartphones to tablets to hybrids, this webinar will provide a overview of what you need to define, how to sketch out concepts, prototyping and testing your ideas and then how to deliver. You’ll learn about apps vs web apps and understand which works best.

The webinar topics cover:

    Understanding Mobile technology and how to take advantage of it
    Analyzing your audience and how they are accessing your content
    3 Major types of Apps, how you can use them in learning and looking beyond them
    Prototyping tips and techniques from paper to functional prototypes
    Several App and Course examples under the microscope

Register:
http://www.trainingmagnetwork.com/welcome/nick_floro_jun4

Adding a AppleTV – Why you may want one, especially if you are thinking about a iPad #edhcat, #lrnchat

 

Using AirPlay Mirroring for iPad 2nd and 3rd generation and Mountain Lion

Wow your audience in the conference room, classroom, or living room. AirPlay supports video mirroring. Which means you can wirelessly — and securely — stream whatever’s on your iPad 2, 3 or on you Mountain Lion Mac  to your HDTV via Apple TV. Everyone in the room sees exactly what’s on your display up there on the big screen.


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Connecting a Mac for Mirroring or Extended Desktops
If you are using a newer Mac, purchased in the past 18 months, chances are you have what it takes (processor wise) to take advantage of mirroring via AppleTV as well. This is great, because its wireless and allows you instantly share whatever’s on your mac desktop. Whether you’re working with a team to design, working together on a presentation or just want to share something the family its easy to turn on or off and take advantage of this great feature. If you have a older Mac checkout AirParrot which will work with Lion or Snow Leopard and older macs.

You can also use your mac in extended display so you can move content and windows between your built-in screen and the big TV. Works great for wireframing, presentations and design. We replaced our conference room projector last year with a 46″ LED TV and added the Apple TV and couldn’t be happier. You can also get a direct cable connection from your laptop to the TV if you want to just take advantage of the extra screen and skip the extra peripheral.

 

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The AppleTv is a small device that easily sits next to your TV and for $99, it will extend your capabilities. You can also locate it on sale, during the year for as low as $89 via third party resellers.
Bonus: If you have a Netflix account you can easily stream content or rentals or programs you have purchased via the iTunes.
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Connections: Couldn’t be Easier
Just plug in the power cord and hdmi cable to your tv and your up and running. After it boots up, select a wireless router and your set.

 

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Lego’s Life of George interacts with the iOS platform – very cool Augmented Reality

Life of George includes both a building game mode with single and 2 player mode, as well as creation mode where you design and capture your own models. In the building game you receive challenges on your iPhone/iPod Touch that you build with real LEGO bricks. In the 2 player mode you can challenge a friend and compete on 5 different models to see who builds the fastest. There are various difficulty levels determined by the models and the time setting you choose (easy or hard).

Expecting one from Santa, will report after I, I mean the little one gets to play with it.

Learn more at:
http://george.lego.com/

Order at:
http://shop.lego.com/en-US/Life-of-George-21200?CMP=EMC-SH2011_Oct_LifeofGeorge_US&HQS=Hero_CTA&RRID=1234232&RMID=SAH_2011_10_Life_of_George_PR_US

Microsoft builds HTML5 based demo of Windows Phone 7.5 – worth a look

You can check out via a Android or iOS based product at:

 

 

If you try via the desktop you get a unsupported message: (not sure why? I guess they want you to experience the touch concept…which is silly since I would think their main target would be users who don’t already have a Android or iOS based product.

 

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I test drove it on the iPad in landscape mode and it tells you to flip it to portrait. This is done via CSS and can be tested as shown.
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Flipped into portrait mode and got started, here’s some sample. Nicely done Microsoft.

 

If you are on the road doing presentations, training, reviews or meetings this is a great portable screen to carry with you.

This is a great portable projector screen, Epson ES1000 Ultra Portable Tabletop Projector Screen, that collapses so that it’s easy to carry and take with you to your next stop. Super handy if you are heading to a meeting and if you are not sure if the conference room will have a screen this is the perfect device to help you project smoothly. Pricing runs typically around $99.

 

Amazon: http://goo.gl/7Fria

Laptop + 1 external screen = great. Laptop + 2 screens even better.

Adding a second screen to your laptop or workstation provides a great way to increase productivity. It allows you to spread out your windows and take advantage of all of the real estate. If you are using a laptop and you want to add a 3rd screen I found a nice external usb adapter from Arkview which runs about $80 and allows you to plug in a DVI monitor or VGA using one of the adapters. The screen resolution works great but the screen does refresh slower so its not idea for production but if you need a extra screen for email, browsing or other non-motion window it works great. 

Mac, Windows and Linux drivers available.

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Great app for the iPad – Apollo News, lets you keep informed with the latest news.

If you are looking for a easy way to keep up with the news, science, technology, sports, and entertainment check out the new Apollo News app for the iPad. It automatically pulls in the latest news and you can give it a thumbs up or down on an article and it will customize the content as your provide feedback.

The app is similar in design to Pulse News which is a great way to keep on RSS feeds that you enter. I prefer the interaction on Apollo News for Quick Viewing an article and navigating from the dashboard to the article and back.


Blurry video with annoying music but still a great app for $2.99 -turn volume off first (I warned you if you didn’t.

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