Posted on:May 102013
Posts From: IT Training
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Posted on:Feb 282013
We all know Einstein was a great physicist and we are all sure he was a great teacher too. When asked if he had only one hour to save the world, he answered “I would spend 55 minutes defining the problem and 5 minutes finding the solution.” To paraphrase, getting the problem right is hard, finding the solution, perhaps not so hard.
Posted on:Jun 012011
As a fan of the TV show The Office, I challenged my daughter to learn the theme song on the piano. She neither takes piano lessons nor has any genetic talent from her mother or myself. But what she does have is determination (she is the third child of four). She learned it. Relate this to a recent class I took. Four days long, in the classroom 8 hours a day and the instructor read the slides. I didn’t take away much from the class. In short, determined people learn but they also learn to use the tools given. My daughter leaned the theme song from You Tube. I didn’t learn from a real live person. Could the future of IT Learning be You Tube?
Posted on:Apr 152011
The saying “The sky is limit” has taken on new meaning. When applied to IT, when we aim towards the sky, we hit “The Cloud”. There is no hotter topic right now in IT circles then cloud computing. While I had previously blogged about the cloud and how IT learners should position themselves in this new paradigm, what I wrote just 12 months ago already seems so outdated! So much has advanced in the past year; I felt it was time to revisit and encourage all of you to “Get Your Head into the Cloud”.
Posted on:Mar 222011
Used to be that if you worked in information technology or provided training for the IT field you; 1) listed Star Wars, Star Trek and any Monty Python movie as the best movies ever!; 2) Thought that calculus was somewhat easier then talking with the opposite sex; and 3) communicated only in cryptic Unix shell commands to friends and family. For most of us, it’s good that things are different now.
Posted on:Mar 112011
It doesn’t matter if you are fresh out of university or a 25 year veteran of the industry, we all seek a career roadmap for staying engaged, interested, respected and employed. Business leaders traditionally choose to add three letters to their resume (MBA) and $40k+ dollars later; these people have new ways to approach business problems. For us in the IT Training business, we must not only learn these MBA-type skills, but also understand the need to go even higher and reach the top of our field: Becoming a Learning Architect.
Posted on:Jan 142011
There are two things in life that are guaranteed: death and taxes. I will add a third – storage space. Using a computer or tablet will continue to require more storage. The longer we stay employed as an IT professional we are going to need more storage. Yesterday’s storage requirements would fit on today’s portable thumb drives and tomorrow’s storage needs are likely to be factors larger than today’s. So how are we going to acquire the knowledge we personally need to insure our requirements are met? And how are we, as IT Trainers, making sure that we have training skilled people to look after this important asset?
Posted on:Sep 282010
An old coworker of mine recently appeared as a keynote speaker at a local tech workshop. This previous coworker has done well for himself moving out of the ranks of corporate America (we were both at the time in a large corporate training organization) and moved into Academia landing himself at Duke University. Not a bad gig if it comes with free basketball tickets.