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MIMEA (Multimedia Interactive Modules for Education and Assessment) is a series of web-based video modules, interactive exercises, and assessment tools for language learners.   http://mimea.clear.msu.edu/index.php

FREE RICE This innovative web-based game from the United Nations World Food Program allows students to build English vocabulary and work to end world hunger at the same time.  http://www.freerice.com/index.php

HOOEEY Hooeey is a free web application that records web browsing and allows links to be used later in a fun and productive way. Every link that is recorded can be tagged, commented on, and retrieved at any time. http://www.hooeey.com/

REVISIONS This free Michigan State University resource allows students to collaborate on writing assignments. The tool can also be used for teacher and peer reviews.  http://clear.msu.edu/revisions/

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Do You Think We Are a Rock Band?

Companies use all kinds of metaphors to describe their business. “Like a ship”, “like a family”, “a military unit”, etc.  I think the coolest workplace metaphor is “Like a Rock Band” and here’s why:

  • We allow ourselves to be different.
  • We do work that we and our clients think is really cool.
  • We inspire people with what we do and who we are.
  • We have a great time and give our audience a great time.

Do you think our workplace is like a rock band? Do you get to feel like a rock star on the job? Does what you do create admiring fans?  Comment below.

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Show ‘Em Your Inner Rockstar

One of the most powerful things a leader can do to build a strong organizational culture is to just be himself. For us lucky Double-Take employees, we have a great example at the top of our organization.

Four or five times a year, Double-Take Software CEO Dean Goodermote makes a drastic wardrobe change to entertain his clients. His necktie is replaced with love beads. His suit is replaced with a tight, sleeveless T-shirt, capri pants and bright orange-and-blue sneakers – an homage to the company colors.

Cluster-Funk at Tech Ed from DBTK on Vimeo.

Read more about ClusterFunk’s rockstar performance last night at the Conga Room in Los Angeles for the 4th year in a row at the Microsoft TechEd event.

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Do You Know the New Rules?

We live in a world of dramatic, tumultuous, and unpredictable change—change that is wiping out time-honored businesses and long-standing institutions and ushering in unprecedented opportunities for creative individuals and entrepreneurial organizations. So pervasive is change today that it has redefined our first task: The job is no longer figuring out how to win at the game of work and life; the job is figuring out the new rules of the game.

Rules of Thumb, Alan M. Webber (co-founder of Fast Company)

Rules of Thumb, featuring 52 “rules,”is a guide for individuals in every walk of life who want to make sense out of these confusing, challenging, and compelling times. The book is practical, philosophical, and fun. And, it is ever so wise. Here is a sampling of a few of the new rules we should all be getting familiar with:

#10 A good question beats a good answer.
#14 You don’t know if you don’t go.
#16 Facts are facts; Stories are how we learn.
#26 The soft stuff is the hard stuff.
#29 Words matter.
#45 Failure isn’t failing. Failure is failing to try.
#50 On the way up, pay attention to your strengths; They’ll be your weaknesses on the way down.
#52 Stay Alert! There are teachers everywhere.

Thoughtful Thursdays: Perception

December 18, 2008 Leave a comment

I don’t remember where I found this image, but it’s true on so many levels. Communication = Perception.

Remember that everyone receives messages through their own frames of reference (culture, past experience, education, lifestyles… etc), so what you think you’re saying may not be what they’re hearing. Figure out their frames, and then alter your message to fit.