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college and universities are unable to offer the right training to faculty, staff and students. IT officials’ evaluations of their own institutions’ IT infrastructure present almost a mirror image of their list of priorities. While 81.4 percent of respondents listed faculty development as their top priority, only 27.9 percent rated their existing training offerings as excellent (or a seven on a seven-point scale). At 12.8 percent, IT training for students drew the second-lowest share of respondents giving it an excellent rating.
the ability of anyone, with internet access, to communicate instantaneously to a global network
n the world of Instagram and Pinterest, brands are equal opportunity participants with consumers. Brands create stories that entice and capture consumers’ attention to leverage their influence. Users interact with the brand by commenting, liking, or ignoring. In an instant, you know if you have a hit or a dud. When something is a hit, it is popular, but more importantly, it becomes influential. The relationship between brands and consumers has become peer based.
Both platforms are B2C driven, but does Instagram win as the more effective of the two?
Instagram can be shared vertically across Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and other platforms. Pinterest is about curating and discovering information. Instagram gives you the opportunity to reveal a personal side to your brand and to interact with your audience.
Instagram creates narratives and that may be the characteristic that trumps Pinterest. Instagram defines and shapes brands while Pinterest sells brands.
Social Networks Are Driving More Online Sales And Influencing Offline Purchases
Growth is sure to accelerate and conversion rates should improve as Twitter and Facebook roll out “Buy” buttons,
time-saving social media tools
When it comes to productivity with your social media marketing, I’ve found that there are a handful of areas that are worth investigating, improving, and experimenting.
With Twibble, you can set up any RSS feed you want to publish automatically to your Twitter feed
Gumroad can sell a digital product, a subscription, or even a preorder, and your Gumroad sales page can be easily shared to Twitter and Facebook or embedded on your website (an SSL certificate is required for embedding).
IFTTT and Zapier—can help you coordinate and automate your marketing efforts
Gifmaker for creating a quick and easy GIF from existing photos on your computer.
Social Rank answers these questions with its follower reports, identifying which of your followers have the most influence and which are most engaged with you
30 Little-Known Features of the Social Media Sites You Use Every Day
5 Little-Known Facebook Features
1. Save links to read for later
2. Follow rather than friend
3. Manage Your “Posts to Page”
4. Reorder your page sections
5. Fast advanced stats for any page post
Assorted useful features
Receive email from your Facebook email address.
Download everything you’ve ever done on Facebook.
Check your “other” messages.
Pin a post to the top of your page.
Feature your page owners and liked pages.
Secret emoji. Here are fun tips for Facebook secret emoji.
- (y) = thumbs-up ‘like’ symbol
- (^^^) = a great white shark
- :|] = a robot
- :poop: = well, you know
- <(“) = a penguin
- :Putnam: = the head of former Facebook engineer, Chris Putnam who left the company in 2010
5 Little-Known Twitter Features
1. Create a collection of tweets
2. Tag people in your photos
3. Create a Twitter photo collage
4. Manage Twitter via SMS
- D [username] + message – sends that person a Direct Message that goes to their device, and saves in their web archive.
- SET LOCATION [place name] – updates the location field in your profile. Example: set location San Francisco
- GET [username] – retrieves the latest Twitter update posted by that person. You can also use g [username] to get a user’s latest Tweet. Examples: get goldman or g goldman.
- FOLLOW [username]: allows you to start following a specific user, as well as receive SMS notifications. Example:FOLLOW jerry
5. Mute Feature
5 Little-Known Google+ Features
1. Run a poll in G+
2. Save posts to empty circles for future reference
3. Share your circles with others
4. Create a photo slideshow that links to your avatar
When someone clicks on your profile picture from your profile page, they’ll see an entire photo album of pictures. You can control what appears in this photo album.
In the Photos menu, scroll or search for the Profile Photos collection. Then add, edit, and arrange the photos in this set.
5. Use a GIF as your profile pic or cover photo
This one’s super simple: Just upload it!
5 Little-Known LinkedIn Features
1. Download a list of your connections
2. Display media files on your profile
3. Message someone you’re not connected with
4. Save a job search
5. Create a tickler file with LinkedIn Relationship notes
5 Little-Known Pinterest Features
1. Set up a secret board
2. Rearrange the order of your boards
3. View all the latest pins from your website (or others)
4. Customize your cover images
5. Pin with a friend
5 Little-Known Instagram Features
1. Where to view Instagram photos online
2. Save an image
3. Add a border to your image
4. How to make a collage
5. How to repost an Instagram photo
Which of these little-known features did you know already?
Which of your favorite hidden gems would you like to share?
Emerging Social Networks
Learnist is a crowd-sourced collection of knowledge, with web, text and video content covering thousands of topics. Boards are curated by knowledge leaders, providing content from the people who know it best. Create your own expert knowledge boards on the Learnist website and browse with the iOS and Android apps. Learnist was launched in 2012.
Sulia is a subject-based social network to connect users with expert sources. Sulia seeks to help people to discover new sources and engage with their interests. If you’re an expert and would like to reach the audience Sulia has to offer, contact its staff, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Sulia also offers a Sulia Select program, which matches top experts with leading publishers and retailers.
Pheed is a free social multimedia platform, available on iOS, Android and via the web. Pheed users share voice-notes, music, photos, videos, text, and live broadcasts. Pheed channel holders can also monetize their content by charging a monthly subscription fee (between $1.99 and $34.99) or by charging for pay-per-view live broadcast events. Pheed launched with an iOS app in 2012 and an Android app in 2013.
Medium is a place where people share stories and ideas — a great place to generate expert content. Medium is designed to be collaborative, with tools to let readers offer feedback. Medium is also designed to help you find an audience, through a combination of algorithmic and editorial curation. Medium launched in 2012, and its iOS phone app launched in 2014.
Cyber Dust is a platform for temporary mobile messaging. Texts sent via Cyber Dust automatically disappear 24 seconds after being read. Users can blast messages and locations, and send disappearing promotional content, like stickers, animated GIFs, URLs and more. An alternative to Snapchat, Cyber Dust is the latest startup of maverick investor Mark Cuban, whose own legal woes motivated him to create the app.
ShareBloc is a Reddit-like link-sharing community for professionals to curate, distribute, and discuss business content. ShareBloc could also be a good resource for small businesses in the B2B sector. The site launched in 2013 as a peer-review platform for members to rate and review vendors. ShareBloc’s main obstacle will come from the competition it faces from heavyweight LinkedIn.
Thumb is a crowdsourcing platform to ask any question and quickly receive 50 to 100 responses. Easily filter by topic to get relevant responses and new content. Thumb is a resource for any small business looking for quick feedback on a new product or service. Originally launched in 2010 as a tool to give shopping feedback, Thumb has become a place to discover and give feedback on seemingly anything. The mobile app is available for Android and iOS.
Impossible is a network where people help each other out. People who need help post a request, which is shown to users most likely to fulfill it. Those with help to give can share time, skills and objects for free, as they build kindness profiles. While this network is geared toward altruism, it may be a good place for a business to put its product to work.
We Heart It is an image-based social network focused on inspiration, expression, and creativity. It’s a hipper version of Pinterest, aimed at “highly-engaged, tech-savvy, and consumption-focused millennials.” We Heart It has over 20 million monthly visitors to discover, collect, and share images on its mobile apps and website.
Chirp lets you send a message using sound — a chirp — to anyone running the app near you. Share photos, links, notes, and more, all from your built-in iPhone speaker. Chirp could be a powerful marketing tool for location-based businesses looking to entice passers-by. Chirp’s iOS app launched in 2012, and its Android app launched in 2013.
Mobli is a social application for sharing mobile photos and unlimited-length videos. It’s a feature-packed alternative to Instagram. Broadcast your live events, use photo and video filters update weekly, create looping videos, follow locations and hashtags, and more. In November of 2013, Mobil announced a capital raise of $60 million from billionaire Carlos Slim’s América Móvil.–
Vine is an application for creating and sharing six-second looping videos. Vine officially launched in 2013 (after Twitter purchased it in 2012) and quickly became the most-used video sharing application. Recently, Vine launched a new website with a variety of features to discover videos, such as channels, trending tags, and curated content. The change could deliver further gains for Vine, which according to GlobalWebIndex is used by a quarter of U.S. teens.
Please use this IMS blog, for more on digital badges in education:
Interesting opinion why badges will not work, unless adopted by the entire institution in the following webinar: http://blog.stcloudstate.edu/ims/2014/09/04/gamification-its-easier-than-you-think/
From: Zane Berge [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Thursday, September 11, 2014 10:16 AM
Subject: Call for Chapters – Digital Badges in Education: Trends, Issues, and Cases
You are invited to submit a chapter proposal for a book, Digital Badges in Education: Trends, Issues, and Cases that Lin Muilenburg and I are editing that will be published by Routledge. Please see the call for chapters at: http://bit.ly/CFC_DBiE
Feel free to pass this call along to anyone or any group you believe would be interested.
Zane L. Berge, Ph.D.
Professor of Education
Share, if you are using badges as part of the assessment process in your class and/or if you intend to start using it.
Let us know, if you would like to start discussion on this campus about adoption of badges as part of the assessment process.
Gamification: It’s Easier than You Think!
BONUS: several cool infographics on gamification of education: http://elearninginfographics.com/tag/gamification-infographic/
this is a recording of a webinar, which took place yesterday, September 3, 2014. The presenter is Canadian. Sean Isles
Gamification versus game based education
Gamification is application of typical elements of game play to unconventional areas
Game based is learning that takes place withing a game simulated environment itself
D2L offers options for gamified education
Leveling / Gating: turn off/on content modules by weekly increments.
Bosses/Challenges – simple quiz at the end of each module (training quizzes, open to take unlimited times)
Celebration of successes – emails from intelligent agents, short funny video, etc.
Intelligent agent send an email not only to student, but to an office, where top scoring students can get a gift.
simulator. used Unity to create the game
Shaun Iles: firstname.lastname@example.org and Brian Gould: email@example.com
Leaderboard – Brightspace.com – Brightspace by D2L. needs to be purchased, but allows modify and customize with HTML and CSS
Badges: meaningless if the entire institution is not on board. google and mozilla badges platforms. D2L is about to roll out badges, only if the entire institution and the business recognize them. otherwise, the badges are dead upon exit from class.
make discussion interactive through upvote: http://www.reddit.com/r/upvote/
Scavenger hunt mentioned. Bluetooth info beacons used across campus to enable scavenger hunt. Across mobile devices.
Librarians and instructional designers mentioned.
His D2L home page has twitter widget and skype widget. He says the Skype widget enormously used. When will my proposal for Adobe Connect Widget will be addressed, am asking I for years?
The Marketer’s Guide to Using Quizzes to Reach and Engage Your Audience
Part 1: How to create an intriguing quiz
- Know your audience.
- Write to one person.
Write irresistible titles
Craft the questions
- Let your personality shine.
- Follow the pub rule.
- Don’t be afraid to get personal.
Design results that get shared
- Be positive.
- Don’t lie.
- Prepare to be shared.
Part 2: Three ways to use quizzes
To drive traffic from the social web
To generate new leads
To gather valuable information about your visitors
Part 3: How to distribute your quiz
On your website or blog
- On your timeline.
- In a custom tab.