SPOTLIGHT: Use ClickToTweet To Enhance Website Engagement

This week’s tool is simple, but it does one thing very well.  ClickToTweet is a website that allows you to generate links that, when clicked on by a user, present a pre-written tweet.  In other words, if you want to promote something, and want the people tweeting your stuff to include a specific sample message or set of hashtags, this tool will generate links/buttons that will do just that.  Click here for an example. This could be incredibly useful if you want to try to get your word out in a specific way.  Or,… Read More

SPOTLIGHT: The TED-Ed Mini-Course Creator

TED-Ed comes from the creators of TED Talks as a means of turning any YouTube video into an interactive lesson.  Choose a video and build discussion boards, multiple choice and open-ended quizzes, and links to additional resources.  TED-Ed is a simple platform with few but straightforward features.  Because TED-Ed lessons are bite-size pieces of content, they are perfect as individual training modules.  You might consider using them in your student or professional staff training efforts.  A lesson on writing learning outcomes?  A lesson on policies and procedures?  Check out the video below for how you… Read More

SPOTLIGHT: Use Listly for Crowd-Curated Web Lists

List.ly is a social list making and content curation site.  If you’re trying to crowdsource a list on something (ex. the best photography sites?  your favorite eggplant parmigiana recipes?  best restaurants in Boston?) then Listly can help.  With Listly, you set the topic, and then add links to items you want included on your list.  You can order the list however you want (curate it) but also allow visitors to vote up or down items to create a crowd-ranked lists.  The lists are also social, so others can add to them.  Lastly can… Read More

In One Click: Follow the Newest Student Affairs Job Search & Blog Post Tweets

I’ve talked about how much I enjoy the content curation site, Paper.li.  Here are two examples of a Paper.li that I created for the higher education and student affairs masters students I teach.  These sites pull content from social media postings that contain specific hashtags and format them into a visual newspaper.  Once a week a new edition is dynamically created and emailed out to subscribers.  If you think they might also be helpful to you, check them out…

SPOTLIGHT: Use Hashtracking for Quick Tweet Analytics

If you establish a hashtag for a campaign or program at your university, you’ll want to know how it’s used and what people say, right?  Enter “Hachtracking.”  This web tool does exactly what its name suggests, track the analytics of a hashtag.  This can be tremendously useful for assessment efforts and to gauge the success of your social media efforts.  It isn’t just limited to hashtags you “create” but you can also used it to understand how students are using common hashtags around campus.  I’ve used it on a number of occasions and found… Read More