New, improved … ?

Now for something completely different…I’ve just signed up for the University of Mary Washington’s open course on digital storytelling, ds106. I invite you on this journey as I become a better digital story teller, and provide my blog with a much needed makeover.

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Celebrity Prom Photos: 17 Throwback Shots You Gotta See to Believe!


Oh, prom season, that annual, awkward rite of passage we all know and sort of love. One thing’s for sure: Whether you’re a movie star, a global head of state or a mere commoner like most of us, prom will live on in photos for generations. Even stars aren’t immune from hideous rented tuxedos, over-the-top up-dos, corsages, or cringe-inducing poses with dates they may not even talk to six months later. See more…


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Everything you need to know about hashtags


If you are new to Twitter you need to understand hastags.  A hashtag, which is a word with a pound sign (#) appearing right before it, with no spaces, is Twitter’s system for tagging and categorizing their network content. According to Twitter, hashtags let users define tweets according to specific keywords. If you want [social_quote duplicate=”yes” align=”default”]to drive traffic to your blog using hashtags, …. you can use hashtags with specific themes. This is good any time you are trying to promote a specific landing page, contest or blog. You can use this technique to reference specific contests or to promote your blog in its entirety.[/social_quote]  Read more…


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Keep Email Subjects Between 6-10 Words To Make Sure They Get Opened

Email is the one notification we all get, which mean that it’s easy for your message to get lost in someone else’s torrential flood. To improve your chances of getting your message read, keep the subject line between six to ten words. An analysis of email responses by marketing company Retention Science found that emails with subject lines containing six to ten words were the most effective at getting the recipient to open them up. Keep Email Subjects Between 6-10 Words To Make Sure They Get Opened

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Here’s A Handy Visual Guide To Twitter Lingo – Edudemic

Are you tweeting a RLRT that’s NSFW and a MT? Did that sentence look like total nonsense? Do you hate acronyms? Me too! Does it mean you should avoid knowing what people are talking about on Twitter? No.

I have to admit, until recently I didn’t use Twitter very often. That has started to change. If you are like me, there might be a twitter lingo barrier holding you back. I found this handy little chart to help you power through that barrier so that you can use twitter to its full potential. Pretty nifty, huh?

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5 Campus Resources Every Graduate Student Should Use | Inside Higher Ed

How many of these have you used as a grad. student? What has been most helpful to you? Admittedly I have not used all of these, but I can vouch for libraries and librarians.

University campuses can be like mini-communities unto themselves. They have recreation centers, dining halls, libraries, computer labs, and much more. But most students are unaware of the wide breadth of services financed by school-related fees. Here are the five campus resources that every graduate student should know and use.


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How Can You Get Your Student Loans Forgiven And Repayment Options You Might Not Know About

The programs are not a quick fix. Instead, they enable borrowers to erase their remaining student debt after several years of payments. Most of the programs are tied to certain low-paid professions, such as teachers or public defenders, and have other restrictions. Here’s a snapshot of several options.

We are mid way through another semester at the university. Students and parents both are worried about how they will ever pay back the student financial aid debt they racked up. Here are several repayment options and loan forgiveness programs you may not be aware of.

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Poll: Most Americans and business leaders say graduates should be well-rounded | Inside Higher Ed


A large majority of the American public and nearly three-quarters of business leaders say it is more important for job candidates to be well-rounded with a range of abilities than to have industry-specific skills, two new national surveys released Tuesday show. Still, the poll found that Americans overwhelmingly want colleges and universities to focus on integrating practical experience, such as internships, into their curriculums. In large numbers, both business leaders and the general public agreed that students with internship and other work-related experience tend to be more successful in their careers.

Once again American’s demonstrate their ignorance about what the purpose of higher education is in this latest poll. They want graduates to be “well rounded” and have “broad experience” yet at the same time they want job and career preparation. The University/College exists to educate students to be both well rounded and have broad experience. These skills transcend jobs and employment. Employers have punted in their responsibility to train their own workers to do their particular jobs. No degree will prepare any student to be a 100% perfect fit for an employer’s available job. If you want graduates that are trained for employment, then you need two things – a national system of education, and then tie the outputs of that education system to centralized labor planning. Yes, that is socialism and will never happen in America. Or employers could focus less on shareholder value, and more on training their workers. We know that will never happen either.

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Here are 11 Cutting-Edge Free Online Courses that are pretty cool

From zombies to cryptography, there are a ton of awesome free online courses you should consider taking this Fall. They’re all free, run by entertaining and educational (edutainment anyone?) teachers who will teach you a bit more than you expected. There are, of course, hundreds of other free courses you should check out.

Seriously, who wouldn’t want to take a course featuring zombies? If you poke around enough, you can find some really cool free online courses offered by some very good universities. In this day and age, there is no reason for you not to continue your education.

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Plan Your Free Online Education at Lifehacker U: Fall Semester 2013

Your education doesn’t have to stop once you leave school. ”Freedom from the classroom just means you have more control over what you learn and when you learn it. Here is a curriculum of some of the best free online classes available on the web this fall for the latest term of Lifehacker U, a regularly-updating guide to improving your life with free, online college-level classes.

What Is Lifehacker U? Whether you’re headed to college for the first time or you’re back in classes after a relaxing summer vacation, or long out of school and interested in learning something new, now’s the time to turn it on and amp up your skills with some interesting and informative classes and seminars.

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