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Five Perspectives on Technology in Learning & Events

Last week, I came across five different articles on technology that are worth your attention. In some cases these articles are directly related to meetings and events. In other cases the linkage is indirect. Regardless, I thought these perspectives would be useful to you as you think about using technology inside of your events.

Feel free to comment and share.

How Can Technology Enhances Live Meetings?

Are you looking for some innovative and forward thinking on the role that technology can play in meetings? Checkout the Webinar and White paper from the IACC (International Association of Conference Centers) on Technology. This webinar is loaded with advanced thinking in communication, collaboration and co-creation using technology and live events.  They cover everything from the brain to space utilization to technology trends – and much more.

IACC Though Leadership Summit Video (first 90 minutes had me scribbling ideas madly)

> Summary Blog Post

> IACC WhitePaper

Can Technology Make You Happy? You Betcha!

A recent survey of 35,000 people found that technology was linked to happiness. People of all ages agreed that they liked the things that technology can do for them. The statistics are counter-intuitive to those that say that technology is harming our lives – and that we need less of it. (Read More)

Helping Students Learn How to Enjoy Learning

“A classroom should be the place for students to open their minds and also express themselves”, says Travis Allen founder of the iSchool Initiative. Travis’ group is bringing the student perspective on technology use into the learning development process. (Read More)

How to Optimize Your Texting Response Rate

Speakers – Are you looking for strategies that help you improve your response rates with audience polling? PollEverywhere recently summarized several tips together in one place. This summary is super-helpful. (Read More)

Sidebar: The speaker Jim Carrol used Poll Everyhwere to solicit answers to the question – what is the biggest challenge for the meeting industry going forward?

Seth Godin Offers Sound Ideas for Developers Creating iPad Applications for Meetings

There are a lot of people that are predicting the role that the iPad will play in meetings. In fact, I have been a part of the prediction parade twice: iPad – It just works -but will it work for events? and What iPad Means to Meetings. The marketer, Seth Godin put together some sound advice for anyone developing an iPad application for meetings of all sizes. (Read More)

2 Comments Post a comment
  1. Hey Sam!
    I have a few responses for you:
    1. I’m glad you made a note of the potential for technology to make us happier. My hackles are always up when I read Douglas Rushkoff’s column on High Tech Humanity. Here’s a link to one of his columns:
    http://www.mpiweb.org/Magazine/Archive/US/February2010/TakingBackTime.aspx

    Even though I vehemently disagree with much of what he says, I still see his point and his columns are always entertaining, insightful and artistically crafted.

    2. I use polleverywhere.com for my speaking engagements. It’s affordable and universal (allowing web-based, twitter and text responses…so flexible!). Glad to see you support them too!

    3. Trevor Roald from Quickmobile replied to Seth Godin and insists they have created Seth’s dream app. Of course, as you know, I’m a huge fan of their apps for meetings.

    Looking forward to reading the IACC paper, thanks for sharing!
    Midori Connolly, Chief AVGirl
    @GreenA_V

    June 1, 2010
  2. Midori,

    Great additions! Thanks!

    I heard that the quickmobile iPad application was slick – but have not seen it. They are launching it in a meeting with over 150 participants. I will be very interested to see it when it comes out.

    The IACC paper and video are great. I took pages and pages of notes that should stimulate several future blog posts. There were a lot of great ideas in the IACC presentation.

    Thanks for your comment! I hope that you have a great week.

    – Sam

    June 1, 2010

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