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Why corporate email is bad for your business, and how to escape it. Regardless of what you call it — email overload, email fatigue, inbox clutter, or just plain email noise — corporate email is out of control. And if email is still the primary communication and collaboration tool in your organization, then your employees aren’t being as productive or innovative as they could be. Here are 3 huge problems with email: 1.) Doing everything in email makes people dumb. Undoubtedly, your employees are already drowning in a sea of CC’s, reply-to-alls, and endless email chains. Not to mention spam. Lots and lots of spam. It’s annoying, sure, but how bad is it really? Well, the average corporate user spends more than 25% of their workday reading and responding to email. And a study showed that the distraction from email reduces worker’s IQ by 10 points (that’s 2x more than smoking marijuana). That bad enough for you? But wait, there’s more… 2.) Email actually hurts communication. When all your communications are email-based, each message you send becomes less important. Crammed into the recipient’s already over-stuffed inbox, your message won’t get the attention you want and deserve. Then, when colleagues can’t be sure that their messages are getting read (or even seen), email itself becomes less and less effective. For one-to-one and one-to-many communications, email can suffice. But consider the scenario of many-to-many communications like planning an event, collaborating around revising a document, or building consensus among a group. If you’ve ever been the recipient of a 50+ email chain from multiple parties trying to plan or agree on a project, then you know how much time is wasted tracking the conversation and identifying an outcome, if there even was one. Worst of all, when someone is fired or quits, all the information in their email client effectively disappears from the rest of the organization. Past conversations about issues or solutions are essentially unavailable to current and future employees so the issues must be revisited and solutions recreated, wasting valuable employee time and company money. Why is email so bad? 3.) Email was never intended to be a collaboration tool. Frankly, email was barely meant to be a communication tool — early email (circa 1972!!) consisted of putting a message in another user’s file directory where they could see it, like leaving a note on someone’s desk. Email advanced over the following decades, but it still retained its inherent flaws: Never-ending threads, reply-to-all buttons, address changes, response time, and a host of others.  Email’s biggest pitfall, however, is as a collaboration tool. For document sharing, editing, or other document-related activities, using email quickly grinds productivity (and your mail server) to a halt. Because email encourages wasted effort, version confusion, and task redundancy. Need the latest version of a document? Are you sure the one in your email box is the latest and not the one being updated on someone else’s computer right now? Studies suggest that having to search through email to find current information or documents leads to a 20% or more productivity loss. Then there’s the constant security concerns of corporate hacking and virus-infecting. At the end of the day, email simply isn’t as capable, functional, or intuitive as using an Enterprise Social Network. To read more click here. http://www.tibco.com/blog/2014/08/05/why-corporate-email-is-bad-for-your-business-and-how-to-escape-it/
Posted by dhurwyn  On Feb 28, 2017 at 9:52 AM
  
Today I saw another cool program, Microsoft's Office Sway at Sway.com. It allows you to Create and share interactive reports, presentations, personal stories, and more. Here is a video to sway your interest. Pun intended... Just click on the Headphones at the top by the title. Go from start to finish in minutes Sway makes it quick and easy to create and share polished, interactive reports, presentations, personal stories, and more. Add your content, and we'll do the rest. Tell your story with interactive content Bring your Sway to life with interactive content. Include a video to talk about your idea or add an interactive chart to let others dive into the details. See suggested search results based on your content Sway suggests searches to help you find relevant images, videos, tweets, and other content that you can drag and drop right in to your creation. No need to juggle apps and web pages to find what you want. Instantly transform your Sway with great designs You don't need to worry about formatting, Sway's built-in design engine takes care of it. If the first design isn't right for you, Remix! it to see others or customize it to make it your own. Easily share by sending a link It's super easy to share a Sway. Family, friends, classmates, and coworkers can see your creation on the web without signing up or downloading additional software. And you can change privacy settings for more control.
Posted by demi.hurwyn  On Apr 08, 2016 at 2:21 PM
  
There are few people who have studied teachers and the art of teaching as much as Barnett Berry has. He’s the founder and CEO of the Center for Teaching Quality, a national nonprofit that advances a high-quality public education system for all students, driven by the bold ideas and expert practices of teachers. Barnett’s two books, Teaching 2030 and Teacherpreneurs, frame his bold vision for the teaching profession’s future. But is it too bold? Perhaps downright impossible? A few weeks ago, The Center for Teaching Quality put out a new paper commissioned by the Ford Foundation, all about the concept of “deeper learning.” Barnett stopped by EdSurge to share some of the papers’ findings, but we wanted more—and sat down with him for the EdSurge podcast. Barnett and his team make the argument in the paper that if we want to achieve deeper learning in the classroom, we need to do a better job developing teacher leaders. But does that mean they have to leave the classroom to become administrators? And where does technology play a role in all of this? https://soundcloud.com/edsurge/episode-56-can-technology-save-the-teaching-profession-qa-with-barnett-berry
Posted by demi.hurwyn  On Apr 04, 2016 at 1:00 PM
  
Today was our first day of testing with AZMERIT, Arizonas Statewide Achievement Assessment for English Language Arts and Mathematics. For the first time we have 3 labs operational on each campus serving 170 computers. All computers were operational today and we noticed a maximum bandwidth usage of 50 Megabytes of throughput. We are monitoring all aspects of computer usage and the effects on the network very closely this week. Desert Oasis has 3 labs and 90 computers in operation. Nadaburg has 3 labs and 80 computers in operation.
Posted by demi.hurwyn  On Mar 29, 2016 at 1:06 PM 2 Comments