This is the second in a weekly series focusing on user outcomes at the intersection of education, technology and productivity. If you see anything here you’d like to discuss further or want to put into practice, why not get in touch?
(thanks to those who got in touch last week pointing out the formatting issues on mobile devices – that should be sorted now!)
This website consists of user-submitted iPhone screenshots (Home button + Power button in case you’re wondering) of conversations after one party accidentally uses an autocorrected word in an amusing way. A case of user outcomes going bad.
Doug used the resources from this site a few years ago for a curriculum redesign project in a school. As with most FutureLab resources, they’re high-quality, free and very useful: a set of thinking guides that can be used with children and adults alike.
This is a great idea: sharing ‘aha!’ moments in Twitter-like ways to understand an idea. These are then curated to provide intuitive introductions to a particular topic. It’s capturing the moment when the ‘penny drops’ that’s the powerful idea here. One to watch.
Interesting stuff. It appears that improving communication within an organization usually leads to more top-down decision-making (rather than delegating responsibility and trusting people to get on with it).
This could be a marketing ploy, but what David Starkey says makes sense: apps allow for a non-linear, but feature-rich structure for content. This can be better than a ‘two-dimensional’ imposed narrative on events and ideas.
The well-known designer Frank Chimero shares how he rolls with hardware and software. It’s always fascinating to see how highly-productive and successful people organize their working lives.
This software makes it easy to ‘snap’ windows to certain parts of the screen on a Mac. This is built-into Windows 7 and is an extremely useful feature. Time and annoyance-saving.
One of the best way to get people to buy into a project is to seek their opinion. Iceland is nvolving people in decision-making and getting more civic involvement through social media. We predict success.
Obvious when you think about it: why not auto-post images from rollercoaster rides to Facebook and other social media? Not only does this improve user outcomes (they go to where users would probably post them anyway) but it drives interest in the product.
SwarmDoc lets you make notes both online or offline (using an Adobe Air application). These are then synchronised with the option to make notes public and follow other people’s notes. This seems to combine some of the functionality of Google Docs and a wiki.
Boone Gorges reminds us of the importance of digital heritage and owning our own data. Doug has begun his own Project Reclaim here.