Technology

Prezi Presentation On How Writing is Changing

I have constructed a prezi on the changing face of writing and literacy. This is the capstone assignment for the first module of one of my classes this semester and I’m not sure I came to a satisfying end, as all I did was posit questions and I don’t feel I provided much in the way of answers. Enjoy. 

 

http://prezi.com/p9aruac5fwcz/the-changing-shape-of-writing-on-the-net/

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Re: Social Media Tools

I am not going to lie, being enrolled in this module really opened my eyes to the many apps, widgets and devices (whatever you want to call them) that the internet now offers to us. Being your standard 23 year old girl my internet activity tends to be focused solely on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, etc. for personal and recreational reasons.

Social Media Examiner listed “29 Social Media Tools Recommended by the Pros” and it really surprised me by how many tools there are for expanding off of those popular social media apps (shareroot). I also surprised by the usefulness they serve in their own way (pocket, anyone?).

I think the only one I’d add on is hoot suite. I heard about hootsuite in a meeting for sports club presidents and how to promote their clubs. They recommended hootsuite because it lets you manage all your social media apps at once! If you are captain of the soccer team you might want to let people know when the game is and hootsuite allows you to put that on Twitter and Facebook at the same time. You can even schedule ahead of time when a post goes up, like a week before the game or 24 hours before the game.

I am glad I got to take this course that introduced me to some really useful apps for finding good resources that can help me with my education and beyond! #tfws14 for life!

This post inspired by: @TheJennAdams tweet

Is your LinkedIn profile your friend or foe?

As a newcomer in some aspects of social media myself (I just recently got a twitter account less than a year ago) some places of the internet have still been left unexplored by me.

One of those is a LinkedIn profile. I have never taken the time to do so because I did not know if my educational or work background was profound enough to start one. However, after stumbling upon this article I am glad I have never started it yet!

It seems as though many people entering the online realm of professional profile making may have been daunted, confused, or bored by the entire process and left it unfinished. With that being said your online reputation is already being judged by future employers from your “unfishined business.”

Stephanie Sammons, the author, explains that doing a Google search of your name probably results in your personal sites first such as your Facebook or Twitter site. This can hinder you if you have not yet started and completed a professional profile such as LinkedIn.

As the author says “If you don’t define your online reputation, it will define you.”

So what I learned from reading this piece it is that it’s important to sit down and put some time aside to really revamp your online image especially right before going out to search for a future career. Knowing myself personally, I know I  have not completed my educational journey yet, so that part would be left unfinished. When the time came around for me to graduate and to go out to get a job, would I have remembered to polish up my LinkedIn profile or would it have gone forgotten?

Another great quote from this article I enjoyed was: “Your online reputation precedes your offline reputation in the digital age.” 

With that being said an unfinished profile might result in a potential employer thinking you are insufficient in starting and finishing projects. As time goes on technology will be more and more included in the hiring process and it’s important to cover all your bases and know how to present yourself professionally online.

To make sure you are taking the right steps to creating an effective online profile, you can check out another post I made featuring a checklist of important things to include in your LinkedIn page.

http://blog.wiredadvisor.com/is-your-linkedin-profile-harming-your-reputation/

RE: Get Digital, not the Devices

Looking through my twitter I found that @laurenaleonard posted an article. 7 Ideas for going Digital without devices by  lists seven way you can get connected digitally without using devices. Instead of listing them here, I am rather going to try each one out.

Youtube and Youtube Channels: Personally I love youtube, I could spend hours on it watching things educational and inspiration or I could spend that same amount of time just wasting it on dumb videos. Personally this is one of my favorite videos hands down, take a moment to watch it you’ll feel better about yourself.

101Q’s:
One hundred and one questions is an interesting website, they show you a quick video

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Mystery Skype:

The concept is simple: classrooms Skype call each other and try to guess where the other classroom is located either in the United States or in the world.On the day of the call, students use their resources in trying to figure where the other class is calling from via Skype.

Connected Classroom:

Classrooms can connect via Google Hangout to go on virtual field trips, some are to aquariums, zoo’s and outerspace. Some future field trips include a virtual field trip to President Lincoln’s Cottage and a Museum field trip in honor of African American History.

Class Voice Blog:

What if you could give every one of your students in your class a voice? With a blog each student can expresses their views and opinions. Try using Kidblog to get your students involved in what is going on in the classroom, this is also perfect for the shy students in your classroom.

Twitter Tuesday:

Twitter can be used just like a blog, but a shorter, quicker way to get your students voice’s heard.

Plickers:

Plickers is a feedback system used inside of the classroom. Students do not need any sort of electronic device or even a clicker, just a piece of paper that has each students own personal barcode. To find out how to set up plickers and manage a classroom, just watch this video:

Social Media Parody Video

This parody video was made by the local Fox channel in Dallas- Fort Worth, Texas. It starts with the first 20 seconds or so seeming like your average news channel coverage on the scene of a city hall shootout. However, when it comes time to see the reporters on the scene, the first one is tweeting and the next reporter even takes a “selfie” with a dead victim found at the crime scene!

I think the spoofs in this video really highlight how we use some of the social media and how ridiculous they can honestly sound. How silly did the one reporter sound telling us about her checking into “Foursquare” at Starbucks?

The example of the reporter tweeting the shooting and not actually being involved in what was going around him hit home for me. I know there have definitely been times when I out was somewhere too busy trying to get the perfect Instagram photo or tweeting about it rather than actually just enjoying it in the moment.

It may sound silly saying all these things (skyping, tweeting, liking a page) out loud and watching others engage in them so seriously is a little cringe inducing but I think it brings something important to mind.

It is okay to be an active user in all outlets of social media. However, to immerse yourself so deeply that you lose touch with the reality of a situation is when a red flag should be raised. After watching this video, perhaps next time you go to use social media you’ll do so more consciously and with purpose. I know I will!

Social Media Task List

Since the popularity and explosion of technology and social media, many people have turned to the computer and internet for advertisement or business related purposes. Since many of these people probably started out with personal profiles before professional, it can be tricky to determine what is important when it comes to maintaining their professional electronic profile.

While browsing through Zite I came across this article that featured a graphic “checklist” one could use to determine if you are using your technology in the most effective way possible.

Having a personal profile such as Facebook, you get the satisfaction of posting about your breakfast, ranting about that episode of “The Bachelor” or sharing photos of the snow day. With a professional profile not as much. While it may be fun to incorporate some personal touches into a business or professional page, it can be distracting.

I think one of the most important things to take from this list is staying connected with others. When you interact with others through the correct way, people are drawn to your site and want to keep coming back. If you never respond or post anything of relevancy that might interest your audience, they may think you’re just a robot behind the computer screen.

Another important thing to keep in mind is relevancy. If you are a person running a twitter website for a certain company that deals with (for example) fitness, you should stick to retweeing/tweeting about other tweets that have to do with fitness. Make your professional profile stay on track.

While these little tasks may seem time consuming, they are important to utilize into your social media routine to obtain the best results. Engaging and connecting with one another the right way really ties people together and strengthens the 0nline community in the most healthy, beneficial way possible. Whether it be expanding your business or advertising, this task list is a good place to start.