Information Graphic showing the steps of Rapid...

Information Graphic showing the steps of Rapid E-Learning development process (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The most obvious reason why people interact with the elearning course is to navigate from one point to the next. The “next” button is the most common form of interaction. We click it to navigate from one screen to another.

Of course, there are all sorts of others ways to navigate content. It could be an onscreen button, like a gate screen that we click to advance. Or perhaps it’s something like … a slider instead of next buttons to navigate from one screen to the next.

via 3 Reasons Why We Have Interactive E-Learning | The Rapid E-Learning Blog.

English: The windows phone 7 logo.

English: The windows phone 7 logo. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The second preview edition of Charles Petzold’s Creating Mobile Apps with Xamarin.Forms: Cross-platform C# programming for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone is now available for download! Below you’ll find the download link and the ebook’s full Introduction. Enjoy!

via Free ebook: Creating Mobile Apps with Xamarin.Forms, Preview Edition 2 – Microsoft Press – Site Home – MSDN Blogs.

WELCOME TO Microsoft®

WELCOME TO Microsoft® (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Break Into Code!

We want to give all students  the opportunity to learn coding, so why not get started today with http://www.Touchdevelop.com and have a chance of winning $3000

Microsoft Imagine introduces the Break Into Code challenge as a beginner level challenge that will get students excited about coding even if they don’t have any previous experience. We’ve teamed up with Microsoft Research’s Touch Develop to get students of all ages started with a simple, easy to follow tutorial on coding a brick breaker game. The tutorial will get them started from a blank slate to a working game which they can then personalize and reinvent to make it their own. They can use any device with a browser and internet connection to participate.

via Break into Code challenge $3000 competition for 9–18 year olds using Touchdevelop.com – Microsoft UK Faculty Connection – Site Home – MSDN Blogs.

Posted by: tonygurney | April 21, 2015

80 Free Stock Images – E-Learning Heroes #yam

English: Bar graph of U.S. viewers of Heroes

Generic stock image in case anyone was confused. English: Bar graph of U.S. viewers of Heroes (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is a curated group of images via the StartUp Stock Photo site. They are licensed under the public domain license and free to share and use for commercial work.

via 80 Free Stock Images – Downloads – E-Learning Heroes.

Vasura is a top to bottom scrolling shooter.

Vasura is a top to bottom scrolling shooter. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I have created a simple game that you can download, play with and submit to the store – both to Windows Store and Windows Phone Store – reching millions of users world wide. It contains the basic functionality of a 2d sidescrolling shooter game.

This game starts simple, then after level 3 – more enemies will come, and after level 4 there is a possibility that a harder enemy that takes two shots to kill will spawn.

The game supports input of touch, mouse, keyboard and the xbox controller just connect it to a surce or a computer and play!.

This game is pretty simple, but with your modifications to it, it can be a totally new game with much more content.

via Unity Game Starter Kit for Windows Store and Windows Phone Store games | digitalerr0r.

Posted by: tonygurney | March 12, 2015

Using Windows 8 to build Windows 8 apps #yam

Microsoft Project Siena is a Windows 8 app which allows you to develop more Windows 8 apps, no programming skills required.

The process starts by placing, moving and resizing assorted objects on your page: images, videos, buttons, lists, checkboxes, whatever they might be.

You can link your visuals to data sources: RSS feeds, an Excel file, Sharepoint, Azure services and more.

Next comes the tricky task of making sure the app works as you expect. And this isn\’t particularly easy, at all. You don\’t need programming knowledge, but there are lots of options and settings you\’ll need to learn in order to get everything working properly as well as entering Excel code for more complex logic.

Once it\’s all done then you can use the app yourself, or share it with others. See the details below for more information

via Using Windows 8 to build Windows 8 apps – Microsoft UK Faculty Connection – Site Home – MSDN Blogs.

Posted by: tonygurney | March 11, 2015

How Google Is Changing Your Memory #yam

Memorization sometimes gets a bad rap in the education world. Yes, education IS way more than just memorizing facts, dates, formulas, spellings, and pronunciations. But you do have to get information into the brain somehow, right? Technology has brought more information to our fingertips, but does it also make us forget things more easily? The handy infographic below takes a look at how Google and its tools have changed how we find and retain information. Pretty interesting stuff – and if you can’t remember it later to tell your colleagues about what you read, you can always refer back to this page!

via How Google Is Changing Your Memory – Edudemic.

English: Diagram showing overview of cloud com...

English: Diagram showing overview of cloud computing including Google, Salesforce, Amazon, Axios Systems, Microsoft, Yahoo & Zoho (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Last September, as part of our global Windows Azure for Research program, we announced our cloud training classes that we designed to show academics how Windows Azure can accelerate their research. Now that we’re almost a month into the new year, we would like to let you know what we have planned for 2014—including some new resources that you can use and share with your colleagues and contacts.

via Cloud-computing training for researchers marches on – Microsoft Research Connections Blog – Site Home – MSDN Blogs.

English: A Diagram of procrastination cycle. T...

English: A Diagram of procrastination cycle. Task features, internal factors, irrational beliefs, behavior and consequences are shown. used for a university assessment. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Now Habit is a book written by Neil Fiore, Ph.D., who is a licensed psychologist, author, and former president of the Northern California Society of Clinical Hypnosis, which explores in depth a topic that teachers are far too familiar with: procrastination. In the book, the author goes into methods that professionals and students alike can use to increase their productivity, stop putting things off, and (the cherry on top) enjoy more guilt-free leisure time.

This article goes into five ways teachers can help their students reduce stress by using the methods learned from The Now Habit to remove procrastination from their vernacular. Show your students how to combine these methods with awesome goal setting skills (the Reverse Engineering Method is a good one) to create the consummate student.

via How to Use The Now Habit to End Student Procrastination | Edudemic.

English: Infographic on how Social Media are b...

English: Infographic on how Social Media are being used, and how everything is changed by them. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If social media marketing is all about creating powerful, cost-effective method for connecting your brand or company with your customers, why are so many social media analytics platforms and tools so expensive? The price tags for some professional-level social media dashboard systems alone can add hundreds of dollars a month to even the most humble marketing campaigns. What gives?

The reality is that most individuals, small businesses and mid-size brands don’t need the high-powered, enterprise-level tools the big guys use. In fact, many of the best tools and platforms are available for free.

Take a look at the 15 best free social media dashboards and tools that can be used for free, and you just might become top banana in social media marketing.

via The 15 Best Free Social Media Dashboards and Tools – SumAll.

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