This Week on #TalkTech: Live TED talks with Spin, Serious Games for Healthcare, and Mobile Device Management

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We’re never at a loss for new tech news, apps, and interesting blogs to explore in our weekly chats. Take a look at what we have planned for this week:

Spin enables synchronous online learning with colleagues.

Topic 1: What are the benefits of learning from media like TED talks using “Spin”?

TED talks are a wonderful source of ideas, inspiration, and informal learning… yet the ideas become even more powerful when shared with others. With Spin, a new website by Net Power & Light, you can now watch a TED talk with friends and coworkers, commenting and sharing in a virtual environment. Technology so often focuses on solo learning, and Spin offers a unique way to reconnect the community element.

Learn More About Spin

Topic 2: How can serious games and simulations benefit learners in healthcare?

We talk a whole lot about the power of games here on #TalkTech… because they are a highly effective use of technology for learning. The video below is a 3D simulation used to train nurses on treating trauma patients in the ER. It was designed by Designing Digitally to meet the requirements of SCORM, yet we think it could be even more effective delivered on a tablet with the help of Tin Can API. What type of expertise does it require to create a simulation like this?

Watch a demo of the healthcare simulation/serious game

Topic 3: Is a mobile device management system necessary to implement mobile learning inside an orgaqnizatin?

What role does the company play in monitoring and managing all of those mobile devices it deploys? It can be pretty tricky to manage a BYOD program effectively, too. For this reason, some organization are turning to a Mobile Device Management System to help oversee their mobile initiatives. The article below offers a nice summary of the MDMs out today. What role should they play… and do you think they are necessary to implement mobile learning?

10 BYOD mobile device management suites you need to know about

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