Educational Technology Twitter Feed

I am creating several RSS, social network and Twitter feeds for Achieve Kids. I thought this was a particularly interesting result.

I funneled it through Yahoo Pipes, which I am finding to be particularly useful when merging several search parameters into one feed.

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Self-Education & Mentoring in UX

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Over the past 6 years, I have been educating myself in Interaction Design, User Experience testing and User Interface design. There is a great article from UX Matters about self education in these fields for those that are trying to learn more about the field.

The key suggestions are:

  • Learn from your peers- If you are lucky enough to be working on a team, a great resource is going to be your fellow UX professionals.
  • Read books, join mailing lists and use online resources- There are good lists already of the basics as well as more advanced topics to read about. Additionally, I have a RESOURCES page and a LINKS page to get you started. I have also blogged 5 Books Every Designer Needs
  • Attend conferences- These are great places to meet other people in the industry and learn more about what is happening now and, more importantly, what is going to be happening in the future.  I have blogged about the upcoming conferences: IxDA in Vancouver, BC & UPA2009 in Portland, OR
  • Take courses- While I have somehow avoided taking formal courses so far, I do attend the workshops at the conferences, as well as the numerous webinars that are offered. In addition, there are often white papers published on the web that outline the theory and exercises that make up great courses. These can be found through the links on the RESOURCES page.
  • Get Real world experience- This has been the hardest to accomplish as a new UX professional and also is also the best way to gain knowledge. There is no substitute for actuallly doing the job. volunteer, do an internship, attend testing sessions, whatever you can to see how these things are done.

The field of usability is full of helpful professionals who can get you started and point you in the right direction. Find a mentor, read some books and come to the conferences.

Free Online Teaching Resources

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Knowledge Community (www.intel.com/pressroom)
Price: Free
Knowledge Community creates a secure school online community for students, parents, teachers and administrators.

Spanish I A (http://www.amered.com)
This new courseware is designed to help students understand Spanish through study guides, practice activities, and interactive games.

iKnow! (http://www.iknow.co.jp)
iKnow! makes it possible to create learning modules in 188 languages for study within the community-powered suite of learning applications.

Typing Adventure (www.typingadventure.com)
Price: Free
Typing Adventure uses exciting interactive games and mind-challenging puzzles to help kids and adults improve their typing skills.

The Siemens Foundation and Discovery Education recently launched a new Web site that contains a variety of free, high-quality science tools and resources for 4th-6th grade students. Siemens Science Day provides standards-based videos, tools, and hands-on activities for earth, life, and physical science that educators need to turn into aspiring scientists. Each activity on the Web site includes complete how-to information, step-by-step directions for in-class use, materials lists, at-home extensions that promote learning beyond the classroom, and related video clips.

Educators visiting Siemens Science Day also are encouraged to enter the Ultimate Cool School Science Day Sweepstakes. The winning teacher will win a spellbinding assembly for his/her school that is not only fun and interactive, but also underscores the importance of science literacy and the need for science resources in schools. Discovery Networks will present the assembly, which will consist of videos, mind benders and interactive demonstrations. Entries will be accepted through March 2, 2009. The mentors of the first 100 teams to register and ultimately complete a project for the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge will receive an award-winning Planet Earth series DVD set. Submissions from middle school students will be accepted through March 15, 2009. The initiative will expand to elementary schools in 2009 and to high schools in 2010. Visit the Siemens Science Day Web site at www.siemensscienceday.com and the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge at www.wecanchange.com.