This Week on #TalkTech: Microsoft SmartGlass, mLearning and UX Design

We have been hosting our weekly #TalkTech Twitter chat for almost six months now, and the experience has taught us a whole lot about what works (and what doesn’t) when it comes to  social learning. Starting today, we are making some changes to the format of #TalkTech  will allow more users to participate and improve the quality of the learning and conversation.

We’re Changing Two Things, Starting this Week:

1. We’ll be posting a pre-chat blog post every Thursday morning, between 9 and 11 am EST. #TalkTech utilizes a “flipped” approach that allows you to prepare and read up before participating…an approach that maximizes the learning.

2. We’re getting more specific about what topics we are looking for. Each week, you can expect one topic covering a new or buzzworthy app we are excited about, one topic on mobile learning trends, and one “grab bag” topic covering what ever caught our eye the most that week. Remember, you are welcome to post your articles, topics, and blogs via the #TalkTech hashtag whenever you wish. We see them and consider them all.

3. For those of you looking forward to “Brandon’s App of the Week” post every Thursday, never fear! We are taking his app of the week and moving it to a #TalkTech topic. You’ll still get to see his pick in the weekly #TalkTech post and then join us to discuss the app in our chat.

So…what are this week’s topics?

Well, we’re glad you asked…

Topic 1: What do you think of Microsoft’s upcoming SmartGlass app and the implications for tablets being used as a “companion consumption device?” We’ll also decide once and for all if the tablet is in fact “mobile” or just another computer.

Articles: Microsoft Xbox Smart Glass: an in-Depth Preview  via Verge and Why I Disagree With Mark Zuckerberg Who Claims the iPad isn’t Mobile by RJ Jacquez (@rjacquez).

Topic 2: Brandon’s App of the Week is “Screenshot Journal”, a really helpful app for automatically importing, sorting, and archiving the screenshots that you’ve taken and have stored on your device. Not only does it automatically import them for you, but you can even delete them from your camera roll and they will stay within the Screenshot Journal app. Obviously, this is a fantastic tool for those who wish to work mobile and are busy designers and developers. What do you think?

Topic 3: Our Grab Bag topic this week is all about user interace design from a psychologist’s perspective. How should you design an interface for a mobile app or eLearning course to cater to learner preferences and maximize the experience?

Article: The Psychologist’s View of UX Design

After the chat, we’ll update this post with a transcript of the conversation. If you’re new to Twitter chats, don’t forget about awesome tools such as that automatically save the hashtag and help you focus on the conversation!