If you have a few hours to spare, you could do a lot worse than to spend them watching the three episodes that make up Triumph of the Nerds, a 1995 documentary charting the history of the microcomputer industry.
From the Altair 8800 through the Apple II to IBM’s PC and the dominance of Microsoft, there are tonnes of lessons about what it takes to make technology companies succeed.
As I say, well worth a watch. Just to be helpful, I’ve embedded them below.
I recorded this a little while ago to go alongside some other training and consulting work I was doing at the time.
I basically explain how to plan out digital engagement work to ensure it is most likely to succeed, by thinking about your own objectives, the needs of the people you want to engage with, and that sort of thing.
It refers to a template throughout – you can download a copy of that here – it’s in PowerPoint format.
Hope it’s useful!
I had a good time presenting a webinar this morning about managing online communities.
As always, I recorded the whole thing for your infotainment:
Thanks to the top people at Learning Pool, here’s a great video of Donald Clark talking about learning theory through the ages.
Nice simple video from Twitter.
Atlassian have some amusing videos on how not to run agile projects. Enjoy!
Here’s one you can all help me with. When putting together learning materials – particularly aimed at a public sector audience – what’s the best format to use?
More specifically – is there any use in using video? Problems with video in the office include:
- lack of sound cards / speakers / headphones to hear them
- lack of access to video hosting sites
- lack of bandwidth to download them
- …and so on
For a couple of projects I’m looking at putting together learning resources for people about digital “stuff”, and I am leaning towards just writing lots of blog style bits of text with screenshots, rather than going down the screencast or video route.
It makes it chunkable so people can learn in bits if they choose, and of course text and images are a pretty universal, low bandwidth means of content delivery – they will work fine on whatever screen size, and won’t take ages to download.
Plus, by adding a social element, enabling people to talk about the content and discuss it in the context of their own work and projects, that will help embed the learning a little more.
What do people thing?
Codebunk looks like a neat in the browser editor for writing and testing code. Particularly useful, I think, for those learning to program.
Here’s a video that demonstrates how it works.