I’m hosting a webinar for SoftChalk‘s Innovators in Online Learning webinar series on Wednesday, June 5, 2012 at 2 PM EST.
Engaging Diverse Learning Styles with Web and Mobile Multimedia Tools that Add Pizzazz to SoftChalk Content
To accommodate diverse learning styles as well as access to mobile content it has become increasingly important to use multimedia and instructional tools that enhance lessons. The tools featured in this webinar will be either free or cheap resources that easily incorporate a variety of multimedia into your SoftChalk content. Many of the tools have both desktop and mobile based solutions that are great to utilize with online and in class engagement. Plus many of these tools are great for student created content as well.
Register today! It’s getting packed!
Check out this photo gallery from BarCamp Orlando hosted at Wall Street Plaza on May 18, 2013.
Check out this video featuring lots of other photos from the event.
Cropping an object out of an photo in an image editor can be a tricky task, even with expensive photo editing software. A new web app Clipping Magic does it for you in seconds. All you have to do is paint the foreground object one color, the background object another, and the app does the work for you.
Just drag and drop a photo onto the site, and you’ll get a green box you can use to paint the foreground image, or the area of the photo you want to select. Click the red box to paint the background, or the part of the photo you want removed. You work with a version of the photo on the left, and you can see a live preview of the changes on the right, so you can always backtrack, or zoom in for a finer touch if you want.
After you are done fine tuning the image, just download the finished product to get the edited object , now on a transparent background in PNG format. The web app lets you share a link to the finished image, so you don’t have to email a file too. Clipping Magic is ideal for logos, screenshots, and other images where there’s a sharp pixel edge to the item you’re trying to highlight or pull out of an image. This web app would be great to quickly create images ready for Prezi or PowerPoint presentations. It’s currently free right now but they may start charging for the service in the future.
Recently I presented to the Association of Fundraising Professional in Central Florida on Nonprofit Networking in the 21st Century. Talking about how networking has changed and connecting with donors, sponsors, and fellow professionals has become a world tied to social media and technology. Below are 5 quick take aways from my presentation and a copy of the full presentation with lots of great links/examples.
- Earn your social media karma. This means it’s important to give, share, and build up your social media karma with your donors and friends online. Don’t be the person who always is asking for something and not giving back. Build your social media karma for that time when you really need people to help support or share your cause.
- Don’t put all your eggs into one basket. Relying only on one type of social media or online tool is foolish because you are missing out on a group of people who don’t use it. This could mean to focus on a few key networks or tools that give you a good reach of your donor and audience. Remember social media and tools can change very quickly, so it’s important to not rely on a single one for everything.
- Learn about your audience and what mediums they prefer. I have been quoted in saying it’s important to learn about the medium someone prefers when networking. Some people want an email, other want a text, some prefer a tweet, and one might want that old fashion phone call.
- Analytics are necessary. It’s important to find out if your audience is clicking on your links, engaging with your photos, or sharing your content. Try tools such as Hootsuite, Buffer, and Bitly to test different formats, times, and postings types through a variety of social media channels. Learn about the insight on your Facebook page and how the number of followers, fans, and connections are not as important as engagement.
- Engage, engage, engage. Engage with your audience, friends, and network on a regular basis. Give back to them, reply to them, retweet them, and connect with them on a personal level. You are a real person and not a robot. Make sure people understand that in connecting with them.
Check out a full copy of the presentation on my SlideShare: http://buff.ly/15Mwu6t
BarCamp Orlando is coming back to Downtown Orlando very soon. When you think BarCamp, you might be thinking mixing drinks and juggling bottles but it’s not about that at all. BarCamp Orlando is an annual community-building event which aims to bring people from different backgrounds together for cooperative learning. Technologies such as Ruby, PHP, Java and C could be presented alongside graphic design, music, photography, and other new media.
They typically provide free T-shirts and lunch to all attendees with assistance from sponsors, since the event is totally free to attendees.
- 9:30 am - Doors open, sign up starts for giving talks
- 10:00 am - Talks begin at all venues. Each presentation will last 25 minutes (we recommend leaving 5 minutes at the end for discussion)
- 12:00 pm - Lunch is served
- 1:00 pm - Talks resume
- 6:00 pm - BarCamp ends and the after party starts
Why not come out to learn and share? I’m sure I’ll be presenting one of my fun topics too!
For more information and to register: http://barcamporlando.org/
Check out this video from BarCamp Orlando 2012 (you might even see me!)