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Slideshow on Creating a Secret Facebook Group

Thursday, June 6th, 2013
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Mashable.com – How to Create a Top Secret Facebook Group

Mashable.com published a slideshow with step-by-step instructions on creating a secret Facebook group. Since we found it to be quite useful, we couldn’t wait to share it with you! Learn how to create a Facebook Group that is private to only you and folks you invite… http://mashable.com/2013/05/26/how-to-secret-facebook-group/

Pinterest Releases Rich Pins

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013
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Hunger Games Pinterest Movie Pin

Hunger Games, Pinterest Movie Pin

Pinterest fans have already begun using a recently unleashed new feature called Rich Pins. If you are not an enthusiast, a pin is a video or image you gather from a website or upload from your computer. The pin links back to the original source and can be repinned. The new Rich Pins feature includes the following category titles: Product, Recipe and Movie. You now receive more useful information on something you like. Product Pins tells you how much something costs and if it’s available. It also points you to the retail store selling the item (clothing, furniture, toys, and more).  Recipe Pins gives you the ingredients, total hands-on and cook time, and how many it serves. If you want more step-by-step instructions, you can click on the original source. Movie Pins gives you the movie’s rating, directors and actors. View its Rotten Tomatoes score or Netflix rating.

The Pin It button is now available for some mobile apps, such as TED and Brit+Co.

You will need to activate Rich Pins on your account since it has not been fully integrated. Click on the Click It Now button on the home page.

Catch-up or learn more by visiting Pinterest’s blog post, Introducing More Useful Pins

Google Glass, Understand the Basics

Thursday, May 9th, 2013
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Google plans to release a non-developer version of Google Glass by the end of 2013. Have questions about what Google Glass can do? ReadWriteWeb recently published, Google Glass: What Do You Want To Know About Google’s Internet Eyewear, which covers fundamental questions and answers about the eyewear. Read the article…

Going Back in Time on Facebook

Monday, February 6th, 2012
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Facebook Timeline

Mark Zuckerberg, the founder and chief executor of Facebook first unveiled Timeline back in September at a conference in San Francisco. Zuckerberg described Timeline as, “an important next step to help tell the story of your life.” PCMag.com described Timeline as,

“…a new feature in Facebook that replaces the profile page. It shows the story of your life, as you choose to tell it or as Facebook has recorded it, in a visual, scrolling, ordered timeline. It’s a cross between visual blog and online scrapbook.”

After weeks of delay from the conference, the new feature was finally released to the public mid- December. The Timeline feature displays the entire history of status updates, photos, links, job history, and anything else that you have shared.

The reaction from the public was quite mixed as always. The company’s blog displayed comments where a large number of users criticized the new layout. Like in previous years, once you turn on the layout you will be unable to turn it off. Many of the comments resembled each other stating how they wanted the old layout back, a popular theme which often occurs when Facebook decides to revamp itself.  Despite the negative comments there were some users who were anxious to use the new feature and applauded Facebook’s Timeline.

“I like it. Better user experience…” – Robert Fleming.

“Looks good” – Cem Baker

“…It looks awesome and it’s a huge step forward.” – Anthony Coburn

To learn more Facebook’s Timeline visit here, or if you want to install it right away visit Facebook’s Timeline page.

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Google’s Privacy Update

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012
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Last week, Google announced upcoming changes to its Privacy Policy that will be taking effect on March 1, 2012. The company decided to condense its 70 privacy settings into one easy to read document. The updated Privacy Policy, organized and worded simply (along with including a list of key terms for the unfamiliar) outlines Google’s plans to fully integrate its products and services. The Privacy Policy is more directed toward users who hold Google Accounts to help enhance their experience with the company.

The Privacy Policy outlines:

  • The Information Google collects and why.
  • How Google uses this information.
  • How to access and update information.

 

Google is collecting this information to provide a better service to its users. So instead of seeing ads for services that don’t apply to you or your interests, Google will be able to direct ads that are relevant to your wants, interests and so on.

“By syncing your Google products, the ads you see and your search results will be customized. Google will be different for each individual.” mashable.com

So this way, you won’t be seeing ads for services that don’t apply to you, such as an ad for gym memberships — when, let’s say you aren’t a gym person. Instead, Google is able to deliver ads specific to your searches. They are able to do this through integrating its different services like Gmail, Calendar, Youtube, and Search.

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Top Homework Tools for the Tech Savvy Student

Monday, January 30th, 2012
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Try out some of the top homework tools for the tech savvy student. Receiving a seal of approval from the team over at Mashable.com these apps will surely benefit you in your academics this year.

iProcrastinate

iProcrastinate

This tool maintains all of your to-do and task lists with the ability to sync from your computer to your iPad or iPhone. You can sort tasks by priority and subject and are able to view which tasks have been completed or not.

 

Kno

Kno

With Kno you can order eTextbooks to your iPad or Computer at almost half the price of a regular textbook. There are over 100,000 textbooks to choose from also! Some of the features with Kno include text highlight and annotating with sticky notes. You can also record audio notes along with taking photo or video. 3D diagrams are available along with a “quiz me” button and a journal.

 

inClass
inClass app

This beneficial app combines everything you need into one. You’re able to keep an agenda on assignments with its monthly calendar and receive notifications based on when it is due. You’re are also able to take notes organized by class name in its notebook section along with a backup feature that allows you to sync data onto your computer.

 

Google Apps

Google Apps

Google Apps for Education includes:

  • Google Mail — Includes 25 GB of storage per user, sync with Outlook, Blackberry, and IMAP, spam filtering.
  • Google Calendar — Schedule meetings, calendar sharing, mobile device access, event publishing.
  • Google Docs — Open and edit web-based documents, spreadsheets, drawing and presentations.
  • Google Groups — Mailing lists, document, site, and calendar sharing for members of a group.
  • Google Sites — Create web pages for intranets or class projects.

 

Quizlet

Quizlet

Make or find flashcards with this helpful tool. Users are able to either create flashcard sets or browse through millions of flashcard sets created by other users. Quizlet also allows you to create a group to share flashcards with along with many other study tools such as, Flashcard Mode, Speller Mode, Learn Mode, and Test Mode. The best thing of all is Quizlet is available on the iPhone, iPad, and Android.

 

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Apple in Education

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012
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iBooks Textbooks

iBooks Textbooks

Apple announced the arrival of iBooks Textbooks  for the iPad, a new approach to experience the classroom textbook in a more engaging and interactive way. Compared to the traditional textbook that is outdated in about five years, iBooks can be updated whenever.

Leading education services companies including Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, McGraw-Hill and Pearson will deliver educational titles on the iBookstore℠ with most priced at $14.99 or less. – apple

iBooks Textbooks are a fullscreen textbook that allows user to interact with animations, diagrams, photos, and video. Interacting with the books are simple, you just tap, swipe, and pinch.

 

iBooks Author

iBooks Author

iBooks Author allows users to create a textbook with ease. The application has Apple-designed templates so you have somewhere to begin. Creating the textbook is as easy as dragging and dropping media into the Book navigator. With a single click you can adjust images and add text. With iBooks Author you can even add widgets and interactive photo galleries that will bring your textbook to life. You can include 3D images and animations that allow readers to get up close with their learning.

 

iTunes U

iTunes U

The free iTunes U app gives students access to all the materials for your course in a single place. Right in the app, they can play video or audio lectures. Read books and view presentations. See a list of all the assignments for the course and check them off as they’re completed. And when you send a message or create a new assignment, students receive a push notification with the new information. -apple

Users are also able to build a course, which is extremely easy. You just gather all the materials for your course and follow the step-by-step instructions in the iTunes U Course Manager. In iTunes U you can include a syllabus, handouts, quizzes, PDF files, presentations, iBooks, apps, etc. Your course content can be shared with anyone in the world through the iTunes U Catalog.

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Every 60 Seconds on the Internet…

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012
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It may seem that not a lot can happen every 60 seconds in the real world, but have you ever wondered what is happening every 60 seconds on the internet? Business Insider provides us with this incredible infographic that details what exactly goes on every 60 seconds on the web.

For example, there are over 695,000 status updates and 79,364 wall posts on Facebook while Google gets 694,445 search queries every minute. You didn’t read wrong, this isn’t every hour, this happens every minute. These are just two examples of the outrageous amount of internet activity that surely will wow you.

 

Every 60 seconds graphic

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Get More Out Of Google!

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011
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Recent studies show that 3 out of 4 students use Google improperly. Thankfully, HackCollege has provided us with this useful infographic that outlines specific tips and tricks to get the most out of your searches. So check it out! You may be more surprised than you think.

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Potential Employers Check Social Networks More Often Than You Think

Friday, October 28th, 2011
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We have all heard the rumors of potential employers checking social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter to aid the hiring processes, but how often do these recruiters rely on this technology? Reppler, a site aimed at building a professional reputation on social networks, conducted a study that was covered by Mashable.com. The study lays out a comprehensive infographic on Job Screening with Social Networks.

According to the infographic more than 90% of employers use social networking sites to screen prospective employees. Of the social networks checked during the hiring process, Facebook comes in first at 76%, Twitter second at 53%, and LinkedIn third at 48%. The infographic shows that upon receiving an application, 47% of employers check various social networking website profiles.

The employers check profiles for information that will help determine their decision on a future employee. While searching, they check for both positive and negative content that is posted on the profile. This content will either lead to rejection or a hire.

The most popular reasons for rejection were linked to inappropriate photos or comments, posted content with drinking, posted content with the usage of drugs, negative comments about previous employers, poor communication skills, discriminatory comments, false qualifications, and sharing confidential information from a previous employer. 69% of employers have rejected a candidate due to inappropriate content posted on a social networking site.

However, 68% of recruiters have hired candidates based off positive aspects on their social networking profiles. According to the infographic, employers have hired candidates based off positive impressions of their personality and organizational fit, profile supporting their professional qualifications, creativity, well-roundness, good references posted by others, and because of awards and accolades.

Take a look at the infographic below for more information on the study. To view the study in more detail log onto reppler.com

 

Job Screening with Social Networks

 

Image Credit: Mashable, Reppler