The fundamental question we should be asking children as they grow up is no longer what they want to “be” but rather what they would like to “do.” What problems are they passionate about solving, and what are the skills that will enable them to achieve their goals.Traditional education models are at odds with this type of thinking, however, as they are still built largely around the mythology of finite goals. The concept that there are clear milestones and an eventual finishing line to learning was never ideal, but it is even more woefully inadequate in a technology-enabled world. To thrive in volatile environments, we must embrace life-long learning.One solution that educators are deploying to bridge that gap between traditional learning delivery systems and newer workflows and expectations, is the use of gamified learning platforms. Gamified learning is very helpful in cultivating a mindset where problem-solving becomes a fun activity, and failure is seen as a … [Read more...] about Is Minecraft the future of education?
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Microsoft Office once had an unquestioned stranglehold on the world of productivity suites and programs. However, the forced subscription for the latest version and high-price of the 2016 alternative have given rise to a retinue of options that fall outside Microsoft’s banner. The best alternatives to Microsoft Office allow users the freedom to create and edit — many are even compatible with files made in Word, Excel, and other Microsoft’s programs. If you’re loyal to Microsoft’s product, it’s worth trying out the Office web-based applications, which emulate a lot of the primary features of Office right in your browser for free. Outside of that, there are capable alternatives available for both Windows and MacOS, whether you’re looking for a quick means to spell check the copy on your resume or string together complex formulas prior to an important business presentation. Below are a few of our favorites. At a glance … [Read more...] about The best alternatives to Microsoft Office
It was a very public way to die. Public, that is, to the few thousand people on The Well. On March 25, 1995, Tom Mandel sat down at his computer and wrote: It's bad luck to say goodbye before it's time to do so and there's no point in embracing death before one's time, but I thought maybe I'd sneak in a topic, not too maudlin I hope, in which I could slowly say goodbye to my friends here, curse my enemies one more time and otherwise wave a bit at the rest of you until it's just not time to do so any more. Mandel might have felt he owed a heartfelt goodbye to all the people he had wrangled with for nearly a decade. Perhaps he wanted to make amends with the many who considered him arrogant and obstinate; as one of The Well's most controversial figures, he had excited a great deal of scorn as well as admiration. But in truth, Tom Mandel was only doing what he had done nearly every day, and sometimes several times a day, for years: dialing in to a community where he had found a home … [Read more...] about The Epic Saga of The Well
Today marked the kickoff of Adobe’s annual Max conference in Los Angeles, and the company wasted no time announcing updates across its product families. It took the wraps off of Project Aero, an augmented reality (AR) authoring tool; Project Gemini and full Photoshop CC for the iPad; a new version of Adobe XD with support for voice prototyping and Amazon’s Alexa Presentation Language; and more. Looking to get up to speed? Look no further. We’ve compiled a list of major announcements from this morning’s press conference. Adobe Stock Adobe Stock, Adobe’s collection of over 125 million assets and 8 million videos from providers like Reuters, Pond5, and Stocksy, is expanding. The company’s collaborating with GoPro to bring a sampling of content shot on GoPro’s 4K cameras to the library. “GoPro and Adobe have a lot in common — we both serve some of the most passionate content creators on earth,” Nicholas Woodman, CEO and founder of … [Read more...] about Premiere Pro 13, Dimension 2.0, and everything else Adobe announced at Max
I've digitally ripped this post up multiple times. Every time I think I've got it down, I have to change something. For the most part, I think I now have it under control. And don't sweat it, my Dreamforce coverage will be coming. I want to get this one out first.Also: Adobe buys Marketo: Who wins, who to watch It all began with a CNBC interview that Brent Leary alerted me to with Shantanu Narayen, Adobe CEO, on Sept. 14, just before the Microsoft Ignite conference (which began on Sept. 24). Shantanu said this: "That's where the Adobe and Microsoft partnership is so valuable, because ... we think we are actually creating a brand-new category and industry, which is all about digital engagement and customer experience management." If this is not just a CNBC sound bite, and I'm pretty sure it isn't, this is a significant comment whether it is meant to be or not -- for two reasons. Both of which I'm going to address in this post. First, because it is a further … [Read more...] about Microsoft-Adobe’s amazing partnership: Creating a new category?