I’ve been part of the UM Trends & Tech Team for several years, and have always found it to be one of my most rewarding campus groups. We had a meeting earlier today, and I participated via Google Hangout. People often ask me where I find the cool things I share with others. Well, it isn’t something anyone can do alone. I follow lots of news services, blogs, and similar online resources, but I also depend on great people and communities, like this one.
For today’s meeting, the notes were exceptionally clear, and I was able to catch almost all of the resources mentioned. We had a few main topics, and our usual round-the-table sharing session (which is the best part, in my view). The two topics were badges and project management. While these aren’t explicitly medical or library focused, both are topics of importance to the work we do. Screenshots and links are in the slideshow above. Brief overview descriptions below.
The idea of “Badges” is one of the recent innovations in education, and a subset of “gamification,” as mentioned in the new Horizon Report. You’ll understand the idea of Badges if you think of scouting, and the way kids train to win badges in specific skillsets. Here’s the official definition.
“A badge is a symbol or indicator of an accomplishment, skill, quality or interest. From the Boy and Girl Scouts, to PADI diving instruction, to the more recently popular geo-location game, Foursquare, badges have been successfully used to set goals, motivate behaviors, represent achievements and communicate success in many contexts. A “digital badge” is an online record of achievements, tracking the recipient’s communities of interaction that issued the badge and the work completed to get it. Digital badges can support connected learning environments by motivating learning and signaling achievement both within particular communities as well as across communities and institutions. (Source: Erin Knight White Paper)” From: MozillaWiki: https://wiki.mozilla.org/Badges
Here are some of the badges resources our team has found and is discussing. This highly selected set includes examples of how folk are using them, tools to support badge projects, and more.
AADL Summer Game http://play.aadl.org/
Open Badges http://openbadges.org/
Purdue Passport http://www.itap.purdue.edu/studio/passport/
Most of us have some sort of project we’re trying to manage, either at work or at home, even if it only means keeping our own lives a bit more organized. There was a subgroup of the team that has been looking at different project management tools, testing them out, and coming back sharing thoughts on what they like or don’t like. Here is a small group of the tools and add-ons mentioned in today’s meeting.
Asana + Box http://blog.asana.com/2014/02/boxintegration/
Asana + M-Box http://www.itcs.umich.edu/storage/box/
Evernote – Kustomnote https://kustomnote.com/
Evernote – Taskclone http://www.taskclone.com/
Evernote app center http://appcenter.evernote.com/
Evernote Food http://evernote.com/food/
My favorite part of the meetings is always when we go around the table. People share projects they are working on, tools they are using, challenges they are struggling to overcome, tips, tricks, tools, news, updates, and more. Sometimes everyone has already heard about something, sometimes no one has except the person talking about it. Some of the tips were about hardware (Chromecast & Google Cast, DASH, Kitkat, Mophie). Many are always about mobile apps, which our group seems to love. There are usually a few coding tools (Fluid, Codepen). Of course, the best part is hearing what people are doing with all of these (especially the CIO using Ideascale and LSA’s brilliant social media campaign #powerof5), but if I added that in for everything, this post would be way too long. You’ll just have to explore the links on your own, or come to the meetings, eh?
Day One http://dayoneapp.com
Google Cast https://developers.google.com/cast/
Ideascale for UM http://cesandbox.ideascale.com/
Paper (53) http://www.fiftythree.com/paper
Paper (Facebook) https://www.facebook.com/paper
UM Staff Stories http://hr.umich.edu/staffstories/category/stories/
Touch Room http://touchroomapp.com
TV Tag (GetGlue) http://tvtag.com/