Archive for the 'Weekly Observation' Category

Prediction: Nokia becomes Microsofts hardware division

This last few days has revealed very interesting developments between Microsoft and Nokia.  Here are my predictions for what the long term plans are for the companies.

Nokia’s CEO is an ex MS guy.  And surprise surprise,  he decides to partner with MS for Windows Phone 7.  Nokia had to do something,  their current strategy definitely wasn’t going anywhere.  I think there is more to this than just partnering to make Windows phones however. Continue reading ‘Prediction: Nokia becomes Microsofts hardware division’

Half a Month without Slashdot or Engadget

I posed a challenge at the end of last month on my other website (CreativityGames.net) that you give up your regular news sites for a month and use the time saved to ponder things and increase your creative potential. Of course,  if I was going to pose the challenge,  then I was bound to take it up myself.  I am now half way through the month and here are my observations,  revelations and wanderings.

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Mastermind

The classic game of Mastermind is great to play by yourself,  or against an opponent.  It is also great to play as a group.  Incorporating the game of Mastermind into your class or meetings can be rather beneficial.

I use Mastermind in my classes often as a fun way to introduce logical thinking and problem solving but also collaboration.

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A Creative New Idea for a Phone

I don’t know if this has been done before or not so if it has I would be glad if someone could point it out to me.  The following is an idea I had for a smartphone that includes more tactile interaction.

I will probably get an iPhone when my current phone dies but for now I have a Motorola Razr.  I quite like the clam shell design because of it’s tactile interaction.  I can answer a call by flipping the phone open and hang up by flipping it closed.  This to me feels more natural than pressing a button (a virtual button at that on most of todays smartphones).  In fact I prefer physical tactile interaction over buttons on all my devices.  I think it creates a stronger connection in our minds between the action we are performing and the outcome it creates. Continue reading ‘A Creative New Idea for a Phone’

Random Words, The Magical Booster for Creativity

You are a creative person.  Did you know that?  But how creative are you?  I’m willing to bet you are actually a whopping dollop more creative than you realise.  Try the proven technique below for yourself,  on your team,  for your class and see how high your talent can soar.

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Creating tools that people will use

A new tool or gizmo is purchased.  You are eagerly anticipating what it will do for you and how it will make your life better.  After a few weeks though the magic wears off and you find yourself using it less and less.  This is a common scenario.  While there is no silver bullet that can alleviate this we can understand it which will lead to better decisions.

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10 Ways to Increase the effectiveness of your Learning Management System

Learning Management Systems can add dramatic value to your classes.  Or they can be a roadblock.  It all depends on how you implement them in your class.  Use of Learning Management Systems in education has not matured yet and we are still learning how they integrate.  The following are not so much tips as attitudes and values.

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