Monthly Archives: May 2011

NAFSA Technology Related Sessions

If you’re attending the NAFSA annual conference in Vancouver next week make sure to add the following technology related sessions to your schedule:

Day Start End Title
Tuesday 9:30 a.m. 11:00 a.m. Member Interest Group (MIG) Open House
Tuesday 6:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m. Tweetup 
Wednesday 8:00 a.m. 9:15 a.m. Beyond Facebook: Online International Student Communities
Wednesday 1:45 p.m. 3:00 p.m. Guest Speaker: The Power of Marketing: Standing Out in the Crowded e-World and Beyond
Wednesday 1:45 p.m. 3:00 p.m. Open Meeting: Technology Forum
Wednesday 3:45 p.m. 5:00 p.m. Technology MIG
Thursday 8:00 a.m. 9:00 a.m. Innovate Your Orientation to Engage Students and Enhance Intercultural Learning
Thursday 8:00 a.m. 9:00 a.m. Virtual Recruiting: Using Social Media, the Mobile Web, Apps and Webinars
Thursday 2:00 p.m. 3:15 a.m. They Said WHAT?! Managing Social Media Risks in Education Abroad
Friday 8:15 a.m. 8:45 a.m. Tweetup 
Friday 9:00 a.m. 10:30 a.m. Technology Fair: Unique Uses of Technology and Social Media in International Education
Friday 10:30 a.m. 11:45 a.m. Branding the Study Abroad Office: How to Communicate with Your Audience
Friday 3:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. Apply the Power of Google Tools in the ESL Classroom
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Demographics of Social Media

A nice visual representation of social media demographics from Ad Age.


Prezi | Game-Changing Presentations

When you’re tasked with creating a presentation what is the go-to software you use to create the presentation?

In most cases people say PowerPoint.
While  PowerPoint has its merits, and can definitely help an audience follow a speaker’s presentation, it is time to look to more dynamic alternatives to showcasing presentation information.

Prezi is a program that allows you to create zooming presentations online. The online platform allows you to add text, photos and link to YouTube videos (no video file upload yet).
One of the great concepts of this program is that it is non-linear. For so long we have showcased presentations in a slide order that goes from left to right in chronological order, yet we know that’s not how many concepts or ideas are best presented.  With Prezi you can include mind-maps, idea boards and show causal relationships between multiple concepts.

As a user it does take awhile to move away from the concept of creating a chronological presentation so I recommend watching a few sample presentations to inspire your own ideas.

You can watch this Prezi presentation on How to Create a Great Prezi to get started.

We are currently working on re-tooling our school programs presentation using Prezi so I’ll post it here when it is finished.

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Realtime Results

I recently attended an on campus faculty-led seminar on social media.  At the beginning of the session the presenters asked the audience some general questions about their social media use. I was surprised by how many faculty and staff weren’t using Facebook in their personal or their professional life let alone Twitter or other social networking site. Only one person said they tweet on a regular basis and most said they don’t use social media in their daily life.

It is these instances which make me realize how important it is that we, as technology advocates, educate, inspire and encourage implementation of technology into the daily lives of educators.

During the seminar we talked about the concept of Twitter, micro-blogging and real time information. It was apparent that many educators in the room weren’t ready to run back to their office, open a Twitter account, and start tweeting.

Yet that doesn’t mean we can’t be aware of the conversations going on in the virtual world.

One product that allows us to do this is Google Realtime.
Google Realtime allows you to search the web for real time results as they are posted. The feature was originally released in December of 2009 but significant improvements were made to the system in 2010.

See what Google Developers have to say about the product’s features from Google’s Blog:

This product allows users to search information from multiple sources not just Twitter, Facebook, or a single news site.

And while the room may not yet be filled with Twitter lovers

The first step is to be passively involved in the subject matter, the next step is to be actively engaging in the discussion.