Learning Technologies Newsletter

ISSUE 69 - March 2011 - by Phil Chambers


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Welcome to the March 2011 issue of the Learning Technologies Newsletter. Please continue to forward it to friends and colleagues who you think would find it useful.

This issue has an Oscars theme but also includes news on iMindMap5 and research that links intelligence and beauty, plus the regular quote of the month, Mind Map tip and what I’m up to.

March's Quote of the Month

"When you know better you do better."

~ Maya Angelou

More quotes here


What's Phil Up To?

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I am working hard deigning a programme to help injured soldiers to improve their communication and learning skills.


Mind Map Tip of the Month

Invest in a good set of pens – Whilst you can get by using a 4-colour ballpoint pen, you will produce much more aesthetically pleasing Mind Maps with quality pens. I like to use Stabilo Point 88 fine fibre tips. These come in packs of 10 or 20 colours.

Neuroscience News - A Beautiful Mind

New research by The London School of Economics states that beautiful women and hansom men tend to be more intelligent. The team, led by Satoshi Kanazawa, studied large nationally representative samples from both the USA and UK. In the United Kingdom, attractive children are more intelligent by 12.4 IQ points, whereas in the United States, the correlation between intelligence and physical attractiveness is somewhat smaller. The association between intelligence and physical attractiveness is stronger among men than among women in both nations. Click here to read the full paper in the journal Intelligence.


iMindMap5 Launch Date Announced

The long anticipated iMindMap5 from ThinkBuzan will be officially available form April 6th. Having had a sneak peek at the beta version, I can enthusiastically endorse the software. Expect re-designed user interfaces specific to either Mac or Windows, making finding functions more intuitive and many innovative features including: 3D view, the ability to create multiple Mind Maps in the same workspace and the combine or split them apart, branch collision detection to help you organise space and for business users, spreadsheets and flow charts incorporated within the software without the need to jump out to Excel or other applications.

Take a look at the video presentation here:

What is more, if you buy iMindMap version 4 between now and the launch date you will automatically get iMindMap5 for free as soon as it is released. Click here for more info.



March 18th is Comic Relief Day in the UK so in the spirit if this I thought I’d share a little joke especially for Scottish readers.

‘The King’s Speech’ won four Osars at the recent Academy Awards. Does this mean Colin will be known as the Firth of Forth?


The OSCARs - How to win in business and life


In the modern world the rules have changed. Just because something used to work doesn’t mean it necessarily still does. Digital services like i-tunes are spelling the end of CDs and DVD rental. The Kindle and i-Pad may also take significant business away from bookshops. Keep your mind open to the new opportunities offered by the modern age. Even more importantly be open to new experiences and embrace lifelong learning.


Determination and persistence are vital skills for success. This doesn’t mean tat you have to keep doggedly repeating the same flawed strategy. Smart persistence means trying different approaches whilst keeping the same goal in mind and never giving up.


In a changing world the successful companies and individuals will be those that continually innovate and create. It is one of the greatest fallacies that people are either born creative or not. On the contrary, creativity is a process and learnable skill. There are numerous tools that can help including Edward de Bono’s PO (Provocative Operation) and Lateral Thinking, Tony Buzan’s Mind Mapping, SCAMPER (Substitute, Combine, Adapt, Modify, Put to another use, Eliminate, Reverse) to name but a few.


You must take action to succeed. It is all too easy to put things off and creatively avoid doing tasks that seem daunting or just dull. In the words of Edward Young, “Procrastination is the thief of time”. Break up big tasks into bite sized chunks. Use Mind Maps to prioritise things and organise your time effectively.


Make sure you learn from your mistakes. Continually check progress and course-correct as needed to take you towards your goal. See setbacks as valuable lessons that will help you avoid similar pitfalls in future. As George W. Bush ineloquently tried to put it, “Fool me once – shame on you. Fool me twice – shame on me!”


That’s it for this month. Look out for the next newsletter at the beginning of April and feel free to be in touch in the meantime.

My contact details are here.

Best Wishes