Companies Suck Up Our Digital Information. Are We Adequately Preparing Students?

Create an account!  Sign in with your Amazon account!  Connect your Facebook account…. Twitter account… Google account… Every day we encounter websites that ask us to create or connect our digital accounts.  It is through these accounts that companies are able to provide “helpful” features, such as personalized discounts, detailed suggestions, and optimized experiences.  Sometimes these new features are very helpful, but there is a trade-off being made in providing this type of data about ourselves.  We lose our privacy, we become more susceptible to identity theft, and we risk losing control over… Read More

Social Media: The Musicals!

Every wonder what your favorite social networks looked like if they were translated into musicals?  Probably not, but they exist anyways.  Here are a few fun, funny and catchy musical numbers about Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr.. and as a bonus… Google.

Culture Online: Contact Not Content is King

Is there something that can be described as the “online culture?”  I don’t think so, but I do think that technology is structuring the way we think and interact and I do think that there are cultural norms broadly perpetuated and upheld.  Online culture, although diverse, still maintains persistent themes. In describing how this first “internet generation” has grown up, Tapscott (2011) identified eight norms or “distinctive attitudinal and behavioral characteristics that differentiate this generation from their babyboom parents and other generations” (Kindle Locations 1957-1958). These themes included: freedom, customization, scrutiny, integrity,… Read More

SPOTLIGHT: Ello, The New Social Network On The Block

The new social network “Ello” has been getting a lot of press lately, so I thought this Wednesday’s spotlight might be a good time to share some of my experiences with it.  Is it going to be an EdTech tool any time in the near future?  Absolutely not.  Is the rise of interest in it fascinating?  100% yes.  If you log on to Ello, you’re treated to a relatively spartan experience.  As the creators state, the network is still in beta and new features are added every day.  The site is currently… Read More

Your Professional Network is Powered by Bacon

Last week I started an experiment called the “6 Degrees of Esther Lloyd-Jones Project,” a play on Six Degrees of Separation and the popular “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon” game.  I was motivated by the desire to see how small the student affairs profession is and discover the power of crowdsourcing on the internet.  It’s still ongoing, so please visit the page and keep contributing!  A week in, however, I wanted to share with you some of the learning I gained in starting this project.  There are far too many outcomes to… Read More