SPOTLIGHT: Nuzzel Social News Reader

Nuzzel is an amazing little app/web service that helps surface the news your friends and others in your network care about.  Log into Nuzzel and connect your Twitter and Facebook accounts.  Then, daily, or at an interval of your choice, you will receive an email containing the most shared links of the day from those in your network.  The results even appear rank-ordered  with the number of times shared, thumbnails of the sharers, and their comments about the link.  Nuzzel is a great way to make sure you don’t miss out on the news… Read More

SPOTLIGHT: LinkedIn for Higher Education

You might think of LinkedIn as just a tool that you use to create a profile, network, and search for jobs.  LinkedIn, however, is making a big push into higher education using its treasure trove of data to help institutions engage with prospective students and alumni.  Want to know how many people working for Google majored in philosophy?  LinkedIn can show you that.  LinkedIn is also developing helpful and educational tools for current students and career services offices.  You’d be surprised about the extent to which they are engaging the higher education… Read More

Year in Review: EDtech/SAtech Apps, Tools and Websites (2014)

  Semi-weekly, I try to highlight innovative and interesting uses of social media in the higher education and student affairs space.  The following is a review of all those highlighted in 2014.  Follow along in the new year with new spotlights.

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