Some say that we have Friday on our minds, whilst I say, time for another Tech Friend Friday! Here’s our lot for this week, and always send through any feedback you may have to me at luke@charlie-mac.com.

Weird and wonderful news articles.  This week, I found these things pop out on the interwebs:

  • Don’t use technology as a bargaining chip with your kids.  This article by Joanne Orlando, a  researcher of the faculty of Technology and Learning at Western Sydney University, highlights that we can inadvertently associate a good or bad behaviour with the use of technology.  Imagine if this also applied to the workplace?
  • Computers are getting closer to understanding emotion and behaviour.  In this article, the BBC talk about the Panoptic Studio, developed by Carnegie Mellon University and claimed to be one of the first systems to accurately capture motion [and subsequently emotion] without the use of markers.

My favourite item for the weekMicrosoft Planner is a great tool for collaborating the efforts of people across an organisation and comes bundled with Office 365, is easier to communicate a plan and progress than Microsoft Project, and provides an easy to use drag-and-drop interface.  Planner is one of many Kanban tools available online, but when used in conjunction with other Office 365 offerings, it can form part of a complete collaboration solution – including shared document repository (SharePoint Online and OneDrive), and shared notebook (OneNote).  We use these tools to provide a secure platform for our clients to collaborate together and with us.

Book I have read.  I really like Jane McGonigal’s book, Reality Is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World, not only because it is in a way counter intuitive (ie that the distraction of playing games can make us better), but also because it based on scientific research.  Interesting nuggets include playing a game like Tetris or Candy Crush can improve your overall performance (as long as you play them no more than 20 mins per day), and that such games have alleviated the impact of trauma.

Thought for the week.  Good relationships are so important in our lives, and some may say that they are the most important thing we have.  Forming good relationships should always be our aim – relationships that help us grow as individuals and in collective.  Criticism, contempt, defensiveness or stonewalling are usually signs of a relationship that needs help.

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