Learning Technologies Newsletter

ISSUE 101 - December 2013 - by Phil Chambers

TIME TO READ: 2 minutes (average reader) plus 3:20 minute video - less than a minute (Speed Reader) - Word Count: 517 To learn more about Speed Reading Contact us or read my book Brilliant Speed Reading.

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Welcome to a special Christmas edition of the LTL Newsletter. Please continue to forward it to friends and colleagues who you think would find it useful.

In this edition of the newsletter we have details of the World Memory Championships held earlier this month, my Mind Map Christmas Card and Quote of the Month.


December's Quote of the Month

"Three phrases that sum up Christmas are:
Peace on Earth,
Goodwill to Men,
and Batteries not Included."

~ Unknown

More quotes here


Mind Map Christmas Card 2013

As has become something of a tradition, I have created a Mind Map of a Christmas song for my 'card'. You can watch the animation and hear the song on my youtube channel here.

For those of you who are interested in how it was done. I used Photoshop to create PNG files for most of the images, iMindMap7 Ultimate to create the Mind Map and then recorded, edited and titled the presentation using Camtasia. All done on my trusty MacBook Pro.


Last Minute Stocking Filler

If you know someone who is studying Science, Mathematics, Economics, Finance or Engineering and needs to learn to study better or remember mathematical equations then my eBook, 'How to Remember Equations' is an ideal present. It is in ePub format that means it can be read on wide range of devices but looks especially good on an iPad. If you know a scientist who's asked Santa for a new iPad this is a great extra gift. As the internet never sleeps it can even be downloaded on Christmas Day.


World Memory Championships News

Congratulations to Jonas von Essen from Sweden who became the first World Memory Champion from Scandinavia in Croydon on December 3rd. Jonas defeated previous champion Germany's Johannes Mallow in a closely fought battle of brainpower. In an interview for the Sunday Times he said, "I’m still finding it hard to believe that I won the 2013 world memory championships in Croydon, south London, last week. I’m 22 and have been practising for only about 1-and-a-half years. I thought it would maybe take a couple of years more before I could fight for the title. My final score of 8,534 was the highest anyone has ever achieved at a world memory championship. It was quite an amazing event really, with 112 memory champions from 30 countries competing. There was an opening ceremony and everything, and the mayor of Croydon gave a speech and I walked in proudly carrying the Swedish flag." You can read more about the championships here and see full results here.

That’s it for this month. I’ll be back in touch with the next newsletter in January.

Best Wishes