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I’ve officially moved my blog to http://professorjosh.com from my wordpress.com site. It will allow me to utilize a variety of new feature, host ads/sponsored post, and a little more freedom to customize in the future.

I’ve enjoyed my time on wordpress.com but it’s time to move to my own hosted wordpress.org site. I’ll be posting soon on the difference for those interested in blogging.

I don’t know why it’s taken me this long to move since I’ve had the domain and hosting for awhile now.

I’ll be redirecting this blog soon, since all the archives have been moved over successful. Make sure to subscribe to my new blog! http://professorjosh.com 

Don’t forget to keep following me on Facebook: http://facebook.com/professorjosh and Twitter: http://twitter.com/professorjosh

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Did you miss my webinar “Engaging Diverse Learning Styles with Web and Mobile Multimedia Tools that Add Pizzazz to SoftChalk Content” by SoftChalk on June 5, 2013?

SoftChalk Webinar

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.

You can watch the archive by visit http://softchalk.com/learn-more/webinars/innovators

Also get all the links and information by visit my SlideShare:

I’m hosting a webinar for SoftChalk‘s Innovators in Online Learning webinar series on Wednesday, June 5, 2012 at 2 PM EST.

SoftChalk Webinar

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!

Register Now

https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/417020289

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.

  1. Nonprofit Networking SlideEarn 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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

It’s almost that time of year. Blackboard World is right around the corner and it will be hosted in Las Vegas this year. This year Blackboard is hosting a contest to become a VIP BbWorld Blogger!

BB the Robot wants to remind you why I should be a VIP Blogger for BbWorld13!


Who wouldn’t want Professor Josh to be their VIP Blogger, especially on anything EdTech related! I’ve worked in higher education for over 15 years with over 9 years experience teaching educational technology to future K12 teachers. I have a Master of Arts degree in both Educational Leadership and Instructional Technology with a graduate certificate in e-learning. I currently work at the top community college in the nation, Valencia College, as an instructional designer helping faculty navigate the world of Blackboard every day. I’m also an associate faculty member for the Educator Prep Institute teaching the technology for educators courses and IT department teaching Social Networking for Job Search.

Want to know more? Check out my awesome infographic resume! http://vizualize.me/ny6I7gBtMm?r=ny6I7gBtMm

If you are reading this, you already know my blog http://professorjosh.com, which focuses on a variety of educational and technology related topics.

I also blog for our department at Valencia – Learning Technology Services Blog, which will include coverage of BbWorld for our faculty.

Many other schools have referred to the resources and the blogs we have developed, as they make the transition to Blackboard.

I’m on the planning team for a number of technology related events in Orlando: Florida Bloggers Conference, iSummit, TechVenture,  and Startup Weekend Orlando.

I have been a speaker at numerous conferences on social media, multimedia tools, universal design, networking in the 21st century, and other topics.

BB the RobotHere are some sample of other conferences and events I have blogged about recently:

Why do I want to be a BbWorld Blogger?

I’m a blogger at heart! It would be a great experience to actually get a VIP treatment as bloggers at an event like Blackboard World. Many companies are just now understanding the influence of bloggers and social media to propel their company to new heights and be advocates. This opportunity would give me a chance to have access to a variety of keynote speakers and other privileges that would help me create a number of unique blogs on the Blackboard World experience to bring back to our faculty and staff. We have been with Blackboard since the start of Blackboard Learn 9.1, through SP1 to SP11. I’ve been through the ups and downs of a new software that is ever evolving. Blackboard always has some big announcements planned for BbWorld. It would be great to cover them in person.

Please share this post with @Blackboard #BBWorld13 on Twitter and tell them why you think Professor Josh should be a VIP BbWorld Blogger!

EdTech is a growing area of business and educational focus  in Central Florida. The first EdTech Orlando Meetup was organized by Gregg Pollack  at Envy Labs/Code School in Downtown Orlando on March 27.

Gregg talked about the future of online education to a crowd of educators, edtech entrepreneurs, and other interested in this field. The key part of his talk included:

– Why the online learning is growing exponentially.

– 10 teaching techniques which are migrating from the classroom to the Internet.

– Guided tour through 8 different startups who are innovating in the education space, each focusing on different techniques.

EdTech Orlando Meetup Sketch

The 8 startups:

Code School http://www.codeschool.com/ Code School teaches web technologies in the comfort of your browser with video lessons, coding challenges, and screencasts.

Coursera https://www.coursera.org/  Social entrepreneurship company that partners with the top universities in the world to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free. Creating MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses).

Thinkful http://www.thinkful.com/ Learn HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and jQuery online. Work one-on-one with mentors who review your work and teach best practices.

EdX https://www.edx.org/ EdX is a not-for-profit enterprise of its founding partners Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that features learning designed specifically for interactive study via the web. Creating MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses).

Craftsy http://craftsy.com A community of people who love to make things. They learn from, inspire and help each other. It one of the best education and resources for crafters.

Code Avengers http://www.codeavengers.com/ Code Avengers courses currently teach HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript, the 3 languages you must learn to create web apps and web sites. In the future we may offer other languages.

VIM Adventures http://vim-adventures.com/  An online game based on VIM’s keyboard shortcuts. It’s the “Zelda meets text editing” game. So come have some fun and learn some VIM!

Method of Action http://method.ac/ Method of Action is composed of challenges. Each time you attempt a challenge, three experienced users discuss it amongst themselves. They don’t know who you are, or your level of experience. You earn experience when they approve your attempt, giving you access to new levels.

Hack Design http://hackdesign.org/ Learn at your own pace. With articles, videos, and tutorials curated by some of the world’s best designers, there’s no easier way to learn design this year.

Future of Online Education

Ready to join us for the next EdTech Orlando Meetup? Join the meetup group http://www.edtechorlando.org/ and come out to the next EdTech Orlando Meetup on April 17th at 7pm at Envy Labs. Christine Ortiz will be talking about why EdTech is bad for Ed Reform (and why it’s the only thing that can save it).

I decided instead of spending hour typing, posting, laying out a daily blog for all the information and experiences taken in during SXSWedu 2013 in Austin, TX, I would publish a series of video blogs. Did you miss them?

Click the photos or links below to watch my video blog recaps of each day at SXSWedu:

SXSWedu Day 1 Recap

Professor Josh at SXSWedu

Professor Josh at SXSWedu – Day 1 Recap

SXSWedu Day 2 Recap

Interviews in the Blogger Lounge by Compass Learning - Day 2

Interviews in the Blogger Lounge by Compass Learning – Day 2

SXSWedu Day 3 & 4 Recap

Interviews and Keynote with MOOCs leaders - Day 3

Interviews and Keynote with MOOCs leaders – Day 3

Hope you enjoy this new video blog format (vlogs) and check out my sketches on my other blog:

SXSWedu One Sketch at a Time

SXSWedu One Sketch at a Time

A few other recap blogs on SXSWedu:

The Weirdness of SXSWedu by Audrey Watters

SXSWEdu – the Future of Education and Technology by Brian Azzarello

SXSWedu Thoughts, Reflections, and Then Some by Laura Pasquini

At South by Southwest Education Event, Tensions Divide Entrepreneurs and Educators by Jeffery Young