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To Stay Focused, Manage Your Emotions A leader’s most precious resource is not their time. It’s their focused attention. Time merely passes, while focused attention makes things happen. When we’re able to gather and direct our attention toward a particular task or interaction, we can have a significant impact in a minimal amount of time. But when we’re unable to bring our attention to bear on the work at hand, all the time in the world is insufficient. So what are the implications of this for leaders? Leaders must recognize that it’s essential to work at enhancing their ability to direct their attention and minimize unhelpful distractions, and one of the most important steps in this process is managing emotions. Consequently, awareness and regulation of our emotions are central to the productive use of our attention. Build Capacity. While these activities are often enjoyable in themselves, they aren’t indulgences–they’re investments in our ability to operate at peak effectiveness. Plug Leaks. Create Space.

ClassPager Lets Teachers Quiz and Remind Students Via SMS Why ban phones from the classroom when you can harness them? Bootstrapped startup ClassPager today launches its Twilio-powered SMS system that lets teachers and professors efficiently send their students quizzes and reminders, and receive answers and feedback. ClassPager can re-engage bored or shy students, and show teachers who’s falling behind. The 30-second set up provides a classroom code students can text to participate, so teachers and students don’t actually have each other’s phone numbers. Let’s say a teacher wants to check if students understood an in-class math lesson. Teachers can also send homework questions, remind students of quizzes or supplies to bring, or ask them to vote on a class decision. ClassPager is free for students, and since it works over SMS, even feature phones can use it. Raythattha was formally a teaching assistant at CalTech. Lackluster education is a huge problem.

LearnSprout - Home Interactive Classroom Projector Shootout Marc Davidson, January 18, 2013 Interactive projectors combine the capability of a standard projector plus an interactive whiteboard at a lower cost. However, not only do the various models differ in all the usual projector features, they differ in their interactive features as well, which means you can't treat the interactive part as a given. For this shootout, we gathered what are really two categories of interactive projector: four DLP projectors that use TI's interactive technology, and two LCD projectors that don't. Two Categories All four of the DLP projectors share some strengths and weaknesses that are built into TI's technology. On the minus side, all four have an interactive mode that, when activated, causes you to lose some brightness. The LCD projectors offer the exactly opposite strengths and weaknesses. Given these differences, you may want to start by choosing the interactive technology you prefer, and then focus on the projectors with that technology. What's True for All

How digitally engaged is your organisation? How can you tell your boss that your organisation is lagging behind in the adoption of internal social media? Or how do you know how well you are succeeding compared to other organisations in your sector? The SMiLE Index (Social Media in the Large Enterprise) is the most comprehensive and accurate analysis available - and it's free for all to use. Engage for Success, a movement committed to the idea that there is a better way to work has launched a Social Media and Digital Engagement Network dedicated to applying new social enterprise tools in the quest for building employee engagement. The first part of their work is to support the SMiLE Index as the diagnostics tool for you to use to benchmark your own organisation against others on the digital index. The Index helps you assess where your organisation is on its journey towards a collaborative internal social network. Are your colleagues co-creating across the silos or are they stifled by the hierarchy? How the Index works

Remind101 Is A Private Twitter For Teachers Ten companies from the Imagine K12 incubator in Palo Alto pitched their wares onstage this morning at TechCrunch Disrupt SF. In order to participate in the three-month Imagine K12 program, which runs out of the AOL offices, a startup has to have an education bent but otherwise can focus on any product. When I asked Imagine K12 participant Brett Kopf why start an incubator focused solely on education he responded,”There are a lot of problems in education, so there’s a lot of room to be solving problems.” Fair enough. Kopf’s startup, remind101, is a private “Twitter for teachers,” providing educators with a “safe” way to broadcast messages like test reminders (hence the name) and notes of encouragement to their students; With remind101 no participant has any access to any other participant’s personal and sensitive contact info like social networking profiles, phone numbers or email addresses. “It’s not that we don’t trust teachers.

Free Online Student Organizer | Schoolbinder Welcome to Boston Day and Evening Academy | Boston Day and Evening Academy How Accelerators Lead Digital Transformation More CEOs are setting bold IT innovation goals for their company. Meanwhile, CIOs are tasked to quickly build the required business technology infrastructure. What’s the primary motivation? The growing expectation that all leading organizations will achieve their key strategic business objectives via superior IT-enabled advancements. In fact, a recent study found that 55 percent of survey respondents said their environment will be changed ‘significantly’ — 20 percent actually said it will be ‘completely transformed.’ The apparent benefits extend beyond the traditional commercial enterprise. The HBR survey respondents also said that IT-enabled innovation would change the way employees do their work (48 percent significantly changed; 15 percent completely transformed), the company’s products/services (46 percent changed; 11 percent transformed), and business models (42 percent changed; 13 percent transformed). Why Some Organizations Surge Ahead of Their Peers

ASL Translator E-Learning platform - Cloud Saas LMS - Learning management system | Docebo Center for Collaborative Education The Procrastination Matrix Note: To best understand this post, you should first read Part 1 of Wait But Why’s previous post on procrastination. PDF: We made a fancy PDF of this post for printing and offline viewing. Buy it here. Back in high school, if you had asked me if I was a procrastinator, I would have said yes. Except I wasn’t. There was definitely an Instant Gratification Monkey in my head, but he was cute more than anything. One day, high school ended, and so did my life as a somewhat normal-acting person. Without deadlines to occupy him, my Panic Monster, who can’t think too far ahead, began to spend a lot of time in hibernation. The more the Panic Monster slept, the more confidence the monkey gained. The RDM would slip further into despair, and only the times when things reached their most dire would anything change. It didn’t matter how obvious a decision seemed to the RDM, it was becoming clear that he was totally unable to control the monkey without the Panic Monster’s help. 1) The Disastinators