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June 2012 Newsletter: What’s Float Up To?

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June is in the books, and what a month it was. We met lots of great people on the road at mLearnCon in San Jose and Techweek in Chicago, got some fantastic feedback on our latest app, Tappestry, and had an amazing time hosting our second annual Float Mobile Learning Symposium at the 1871 startup accelerator in conjunction with Techweek.

mLearnCon: The Tin Can API Announcement

We were so happy to see the attendance at mLearnCon in San Jose triple from its first event two years ago. The eLearning Guild has done and continues to do a great job with this event all around – from the keynotes to the concurrent sessions to the side stages and the expo.

It’s no doubt that the Guild knows how to make a big splash. The first morning of the conference, Aaron Silvers formally introduced the world to the Tin Can API, most often explained as the next generation of SCORM. For those of you who haven’t heard of the Tin Can API, it is a tool that helps capture learning using easily defined statements or events. The API records statements made by interactions between people, content and more – in other words, Tin Can API helps trap social and informal learning events. Perhaps the best part is that data stored in Tin Can API systems can be shared with other tools, platforms and reporting systems that are also Tin Can API users. To learn more about this exciting new development, visit the Tin Can API website.

For more on the conference, our managing director, Chad Udell, posted his thoughts on mLearnCon 2012 to our blog.

Tappestry: The Social Network for Learning

Float is one of the first organizations to be utilizing Tin Can API, and we’ve done so very beautifully with our new app, Tappestry. Tappestry is the only app in the App Store right now built on Tin Can API, so if you’d like to get a first-hand experience of what this new standard can do, download the app for free and explore it. Tappestry is a social network that allows for storing, sharing and retrieving the social and informal learning we experience throughout our day. You’re able to share what you’ve learned to Facebook and Twitter, and others can comment on or rate what you’ve learned.

For more information about Tappestry, watch this video:

Tappestry is the first publicly available social network for learning. Download it from the App Store today, use it, then leave us your feedback via a brief survey and by rating the app in the store. We want your feedback in order to process it and include your ideas in future releases in the app.

Chad Udell’s Latest Book, Learning Everywhere, Offers Tips for Creating a Content Strategy in Your Organization

In addition to Tappestry, Chad Udell’s latest book, Learning Everywhere, came hot from the presses to mLearnCon. Float’s managing director developed a practical guide for mobile training initiatives in organizations. Because this is not an academic book, its conversational tone makes it an easy read. This was written by someone with years of real-world experience creating mobile learning for organizations.

“Whether you are just beginning to investigate mLearning or have a project or two under your belt, this will surely become your go-to book,” writes mobile learning analyst Judy Brown in the book’s forward. “This is a how-to manual for mobile learning.”

Learning Everywhere is published by RockBench Publishing along with the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD).

Copies are available now on Amazon, with digital formats including Apple’s iBooks and Kindle coming soon.

Float Mobile Symposium 2012 Caps Off a Great Techweek

Float hosted its second mobile learning symposium this year at the brand-new tech startup accelerator, 1871, in conjunction with Techweek. This event was packed, featuring an all-star roster of speakers including Kris Rockwell from Hybrid Learning, Robert Gadd from OnPoint Digital, Aaron Silvers from Problem Solutions, O’Reilly author Steven Hoober, and Shay Howe from Groupon. Each speaker offered his advice on how to improve learning within your organization, or offered tips or tricks you should be doing to create better experiences for your learners, users, or – since Aaron stated he hated those words – people.

View exclusive interviews and full sessions from Shay Howe and Steven Hoober to get a glimpse of the event. The rest of the sessions will be uploaded to YouTube soon. Follow us on Twitter or subscribe to our blog’s RSS feed to get updates when these sessions and interviews are posted.

We also wanted to say thank you to everyone who dropped by our booth on the Techweek Expo floor to hear about Float and Tappestry. The support and feedback were very welcome!

Free Webinar: How Mobile Aids Informal Learning

Float hosts the free Mobile Learning Conversations webinar every month. For July, we’ll be joined by the Johnny Appleseed of informal learning, Jay Cross. Jay authored a book on the subject in 2006. Float believes in the value of informal learning and the impact it can have in both our personal and professional lives. Discussing the topic with Jay will give everyone involved a deeper understanding of how we can transform our workplaces by implementing some of his tips and tricks.

This hour-long webinar will take place Friday, July 13, starting at 1 p.m. ET / 12 p.m. CT.

Register now for the free Mobile Learning Conversations webinar>>

Free ASTD Webinar with Chad Udell on July 12

Once a learning organization has committed to “go mobile,” it may seem as though the hardest decision has been made. Soon after this path is chosen, though, reality sets in. There are many things to consider as you work to build your initial efforts for the varieties of mobile devices. Join Learning Everywhere author Chad Udell as he offers his guidance on how your organization can begin to leverage mobile technology.

Register for this free ASTD webinar>>

Coming Soon: mAgriculture Research

Float has a rich history of producing mobile learning for the agriculture industry. Senior analyst Gary Woodill and Chad Udell have co-written three research papers looking at the impact mobile devices have on farming, how they can be used to track food from farm to table, and the future of mobile devices on farming, fishing, and forestry.

Stay tuned to our website for excerpts and summaries of this research.

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