Back from a year-long Sabbatical from Tech: 9 Things I’m excited about

As you may have noticed, I have been mostly inactive online for the better part of the year (on a bit of a sabbatical from Tech if you will) and now I’m slowly coming back, more excited than before, motivated, inspired and ready for the new year! Looking back, perhaps I should have done this right after […]

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iTôk It is an iPhone accessory to help speech therapists introduce letters and sounds to children with speech disorders.

4 Ways Smartphones are helping People Learn a new Language

 Being a ubiquitous device in mobile learning, a smartphone has done almost all of the unthinkable, especially in helping learners master a foreign language. A 2012 survey done by the University of Colorado, revealed that 14% of instructors and 60% of foreign students use mobile phones for language-learning purposes. However, students are taking these nifty devices for […]

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Apple iPod vs. Diamond Rio MP3 Player

Happy 12th Birthday iPod! [The Beginning of the Mobile Revolution]

Twelve years ago yesterday, Steve Jobs and Apple introduced the first iPod using the amazing tagline: 1,000 songs in your pocket. With those words, a simple little device changed the way we listen to music, revolutionized an entire industry, and in my opinion launched the modern mobile revolution. Many people may argue that it was the […]

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Product Design is about Emotional Experiences [Video]

One of the greatest outcomes from the constant use of mobile devices, apps and everything else in our lives that is slowly being connected to the internet is that for the first time, regular everyday users care about the ‘emotional experience’ of using products, apps, and everything else we come into contact throughout our days. […]

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Should Learning Designers Learn to Code? [Poll]

To code or not to code, that is the question for Learning Designers in the new multi-device world we live in. Lately, I have been reading a whole lot about the advantages and disadvantages of learning how to code. And by coding, I don’t just mean learning Objective C for developing an iOS app, or […]

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The New Articulate Studio 13

7 Microinteractions You will Love in the new Articulate Studio 13 [Review]

I just finished reading an excellent book written by Dan Saffer titled Microinteractions: Designing with Details. Dan defines microinteractions, as the smallest details that delight customers and keep them coming back to the software, or the app, or the web page, or a particular smartphone or tablet, or even the physical appliances we use every day. […]

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A Lesson in Mobile Learning Design from Yelp [#mLearning]

I love this tweet, because it epitomizes how most people view the mobile experience, often as the “light” version of the desktop: “It looks like you’re on a train. Would you like me to show you the insultingly simplified mobile site?” — Cennydd Bowles (@Cennydd) April 21, 2011 I see this happening everywhere, including in […]

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sensor superpowers

Key Mobile Milestone: Smartphone Sales Exceeded Feature Phones for the First Time [#mLearing]

We have reached another key milestone in the mobile revolution, which bodes well for everyone involved in Mobile Design and Mobile Learning. A new report by Gartner, which came out today, shows that for the first time, smartphone worldwide sales exceeded those of feature phones in the second quarter of 2013. The report shows that […]

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An email announcing the new Moto X from Motorola Mobility

The New Moto X gives us a Glimpse into the future of Mobile and Predictive Computing

This morning I received an email from Motorola with the subject Moto X. Ready when you are. I mostly ignore emails telling me about new smartphones, but the copy inside the image definitely got my attention today. Here’s what it says in case you didn’t get the email: Moto X responds to your voice – no […]

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Here’s Why I am Excited about Google Glass [Video]

When you consider that the average smartphone user checks his/her device 150 times per day, it doesn’t take much to realize that the next big thing will be wearable computing. Smartphones are incredibly smart, they help us in so many ways throughout our day (maps, reminders, status updates, etc.), but we still have to pull […]

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A slide I use in my Mobile Learning workshops to illustrate ways in which mobile is different than the traditional PC.

4 Traditional PC Features Mobile is NOT About

I have been on vacation for three weeks taking a break visiting my parents and celebrating my son’s 7th birthday. I am back and looking forward to more great mobile conversations. I hope you are doing well and thanks for staying tuned in to my writing. James Kendrick over at ZDNet wrote a nice article […]

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Is it time to Abandon Adobe Flash in eLearning Design? [Chime in]

This morning while reading the latest news, I came across a CNET news article, entitled “Flash quietly re-emerges on Amazon’s Kindle Fire.” Speaking to All Things Digital in an interview published on Tuesday, Amazon’s Kurt Kufeld confirmed that his company has been quietly testing Flash support with Kindle Fire owners since February. The effort was […]

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I’m Teaching a Articulate Storyline Course Online on September 5th [Outline & Registration]

Just a quick post to share that I will be teaching a two-day Articulate Storyline class online for a training company called Amananet, Inc. on September 5th and 6th. I have been a big fan of Articulate Storyline even before the product was introduced to the market a year ago. The day the product launched […]

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A Mobile Learning Decision Path for Instructional Designers tasked with developing #mLearning [Download]

Since leaving Adobe Systems almost two years ago, I have had the great fortune of working on a number of e-Learning and m-Learning projects for different organizations in various industries. One such project I was a part of recently, was developing a ‘Mobile Learning Decision Path,‘ which was produced by Adayana Government Group in collaboration […]

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7 Free Online Tools for CSS Optimization

If you truly want to develop learning, or any other type of content that can be viewed on multiple screens, including desktops and laptops, smartphones, tablets, as well as future devices, such as Google Glass, the only solid solution is by using Responsive Web Design principles. The real beauty of Responsive design is that it […]

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ASTD Houston Keynote Presentation by @rjacquez

The Time to Mobilize Learning is Now: ASTD Houston Keynote Presentation [Slides]

I had the great fortune of being invited to deliver the opening keynote presentation at this year’s annual ASTD Houston conference. I will always be indebted to Debbie Richards and her ASTD team for this great opportunity, and I hope there are more Keynote opportunities for me in the near feature. The title of my […]

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The New Adobe Captivate 7 Marches Backwards into the Future [Review]

A year ago I wrote a post entitled An Honest Assessment of Adobe Captivate 6 [First Impressions], which garnered 81 ReTweets and 62 comments, and to this day is the most read post here on my blog. Here’s how I concluded my review of Adobe Captivate 6 back then: Sadly I’m very disappointed with what I’ve seen […]

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