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Monthly Archives: April 2012

Social Learning Summit 2012

On April 21st, thousands of educators convened online for a completely free day of professional development. The Social Learning Summit 2012 virtual conference took place via live presentations using the Blackboard Collaborate synchronous classroom system. Most sessions were 30 minutes in length and accompanied by a great backchannel on Twitter through the #sociallearningsummit hashtag. With a theme of […]


Want a Career Crash Course in Technology? Try Tech Trip 2

  If you are looking for a new kind of adventure, one that combines learning, career exploration, and technology, Tech Trip 2 may be for you. Sponsored by Lenovo and Intel, this contest will soon award three students with an opportunity to meet and work with professionals working in these companies, as well as new partner Vuguru. […]


How to: Stop Saying “Like” and Immediately Sound Smarter

Use these methods, tips, and tricks to help you make short work of getting all those unnecessary “likes” out of your speech.


What Are Your Expectations of Online Learning?

"Taking an online class" can mean many things and vary greatly by course, program, and school. Students entering online programs often have a preconceived notion of what it will be like, which could be based on traditional courses taken years ago or assumptions about the requirements of distance learning. These impressions, when not accurate, can […]


Is eReading on the Rise?

According to the latest report on eReading from the Pew Internet and American Life Project, "the increasing availability of e-content is prompting some to read more than in the past and to prefer buying books to borrowing them." Pew describes e-content as eBooks and "other long-form content such as magazines, journals, and news articles in digital […]


10 Industries Most in Need of Skilled Workers

Read on to learn about some of America’s most in-need industries and how you may just be able to start filling their need for skilled workers.


Using Social Media in Your Next Job Search

The Internet, and the access it provides us to people and resources, can be leveraged for your career development through the use of many social media and networking sites. This growing system of tools allows job seekers to both explore employment opportunities and market themselves to potential employers. Social media and career advising are two […]


Social Networking in Education: Beyond the Big 3

In last week's #IOLchat, we asked participants to share the social networking platforms they preferred for professional and educational purposes. We were both pleased and surprised to see more than just Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn mentioned. With this post, my goal is to provide an introduction to other systems currently used by educators and students for both professional […]


The Online Student of the (Not-So-Distant) Future

When I met with high school students recently, I had the opportunity to ask them a few questions about the technologies they use as individuals, with the potential for engagement both in and out of the classroom. While I was surprised to find that many were actively using Twitter, their widespread use of Facebook and […]