Friday, March 29, 2013

Join My Tribe: Technology is a Learning Tool



In his book “Tribes”, Seth Godin defines a tribe as “ a group of people connected to one another, connected to a leader, and connected to an idea.”  Kumbuya.com has taken the concept and built a site that combines the ideas of tribes and making money.

When one joins Kumbuya, you can join and create tribes around an idea, a hobby or an industry. Members join tribes around topics they enjoy. If a member then has a product or service that relates to the a particular tribe, they post a link, and people with an interest in the product or service will see it. For example, if you sell hand painted wine glasses, posting a link to a wine tribe would be good for business ;)

I do not personally sell a product or service, but through my work with Computer Explorers,  I have developed a passion for all the technology that is now available for students and teachers. So I created a tribe called “Technology is a Learning Tool.” If you have a product, service or interest in Technology Education - Join me and let’s share some stuff.


Thursday, March 14, 2013

Shut Up and Kiss Me: getting back to the basics of social


Have you ever tried to guide a newbie through using social media for business? It can make you crazy. 

Blogging has been around for a long time...not Great Wall of China long time...but a long time ( I don't feel like digging through Google to find the right answer - so I am embracing vague here.) I forget that not everyone has been hearing the same things over and over for years like I have. I feel inspired to address the basics again. To quote Uptown Girls "the fun is in the fundamentals" (again, they may have been quoting someone else, but I still don't feel like Googling).

Know your audience - unless your audience is full of Ph.Ds, don't use words like "pedagogy"...because they are the only people I know who use that word - and others will have to look it up. 



Keep it Simple (KISS..and you thought I was being forward with my title of this post) – there is no rule on how long a post needs to be – there is no reason to agonize over each post like it is a novella.  If that is what you want to do, then write the novella. My favorite blog is The Burning House, it is completely crowd sourced and is made up of photos and lists, pretty simple.

Stop selling - no one is going to read your blog, watch your video, or listen to your podcast if you are just talking about how awesome you or your products/ services are. ...That is what late night infomercials are for...let the experts drone on for hours.

Let your ego take a nap - no one wants to hear you ring your own bells all the damn time. (It’s ok to talk about a class you took to give back ground discussing the alien on your face)….I mean go ahead and talk about yourself but people are going to talk about you behind your back and not in a flattering way, #JustSayin.

Over sharing – You do not have to share a link to every possible article relating to your industry, no one has time for that. Some of us need to file our nails and stuff.  Share what strikes you and listen to your audience. Actually that is the best advice I can give – listen…just listen

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

The Care and Pheeding of your Teen

Three days ago Mashable posted  Pheed: The Next Social Craze for Teens.  Then three days ago I face-palmed myself HARD.

My daughter asked me two weeks ago if I had a Pheed account. She explained it as an app that is  combination of Twitter and Pinterest. I joined (AK Stout was already there), I haven't done anything with it yet....but shoot!...If I had listed to my teen - I could have scooped Mashable..I would have been able to say - gee thanks for telling me what I already know.

But...I failed to poke around enough to really give anyone a good idea what it is.  I can tell you it launched last October and is a way to share video, pictures, audio...I think what the platform is trying to do is be the Twitter for those who communicate better through audio or visual creation.

So If you are looking to be one of the cool kids or to keep an eye on your teen's online life - give the app a look-see.