SPOTLIGHT: Achieve Inbox Zero with UnrollMe

We all get newsletters, promotions, and list-serve emails sent to our inbox every day.  Remember that one item you bought from that one website one time?  Now you get their daily emails.  It’s information overload. Sometimes managing the email glut is as simple as going through an unsubscribe spree every few months, but other times you want to receive the email but maybe not as frequently.  Or maybe you just want a more efficient way of scanning through it all. Enter Unroll.me.  I’ve been a huge fan of Unroll.me since I stared… Read More

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 PollEverywhere To Create Instant Audience Polls

For my first Wednesday spotlight, I wanted to showcase a tool I personally use in my teaching and presentations, Poll Everywhere.  Poll Everywhere allows individuals to create quick polls, quizzes, and interactive message boards that can be integrated into presentation software for gathering feedback on the fly.  Individuals can access and answer the polls via a website on any device with a browser, or use SMS texting.  If you’re looking for a way to bring interactive elements to your classroom or next talk, give Poll Everywhere a look.  They have a number… Read More