Education

A straightforward visual guide to effectively using LinkedIn

I’ve often heard LinkedIn referred to the ‘overlooked’ social network/blogging platform/engagement goldmine/career resource. LinkedIn can be a very robust professional resource if you know how to use it properly. The basics of LinkedIn, from my point of view, include letting my retired mother know she doesn’t need to connect with me (or anyone else) on the network – Facebook works best for her needs. In short: know how it can work for you. But if you want to better know what it can do for you (and how to get there), we’ve put together some of the most important things to know about LinkedIn on the handy graphic below.
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A straightforward visual guide to effectively using LinkedIn

Relationship Building

Relationship building is the No. 1 reason to use LinkedIn regardless of who you are: marketing manager, business owner, job seeker, non-job seeking professional, etc. There’s something that everyone can take away from LinkedIn.
Whether you’re connecting with old colleagues or new-to-you folks, learning how to position yourself or your company to strategically get the most out of a network like LinkedIn is extremely useful in learning how to put your best self forward.
LinkedIn highlights commonalities between you and others – groups, alma maters, connections, and more, so that you can connect with others in the most relevant ways.
Hint: Connect with those who are relevant to you. Point out what you have in common if they’re not likely to know or remember you. Keep in the forefront of your network’s mind by regularly updating via profile or blog posts.

Understand Your Industry

According to Blogs by PlacementSEO, though it may not seem like the most obvious option, LinkedIn is a great place to do some industry research. No matter what industry you’re in, there are similar professionals and groups using the site. Through groups and folks who publish relevant blog posts, you can keep abreast of industry news and happenings. Make your network work for you -you can learn from them!
Hint: Look at profiles of other individuals or businesses in your industry. Based on what you see, what is your profile missing? How can you make it stand out? What groups do they belong to?

Build Your Brand

Your profile functions as your online resume, so don’t be shy – use it to your advantage! Jobs may come and go, but the brand of you sticks with you throughout your career.
Hint: Fill in your profile completely. You’ll have a better chance of others finding you relevant if you give them more information about you.

Show off your accomplishments.

Ask for endorsements and recommendations from your colleagues and other businesses you’ve worked with. Think of it this way, getting the equivalent of a personal recommendation helps ensure others take you or your business seriously.
Be clear about what you’re looking for.
Create a great headline and summary. This will get users interested in learning more, and allow them to understand what you’re all about quickly (respectively).

Explore Business and Job Opportunities

Don’t underestimate the power of the LinkedIn network to bring both employment and business opportunities.
People who use LinkedIn tend to use it a lot. Many recruiters use LinkedIn (94% of recruiters use social media to find the right person for the job).
We sold a business after someone contacted us out of the blue on LinkedIn. I’ve connected with colleagues on the site that have led me to learn about job opportunities that I’ve passed onto others (who have gotten jobs through that connection).
Hint: Use LinkedIn to learn more about companies and individuals before you meet with them.  Use the search function on the site to find information relevant to you – like groups, companies, and jobs.

Increase Your Presence

Especially for businesses, LinkedIn can be a great way to maintain a robust online presence. Many people are on LinkedIn to help grow their businesses, so don’t be afraid to do the same. Promoting on LinkedIn is a business tactic – very different from pushing your business or product on your Facebook friends.
Hint: Create shareable content and share with your connections. This can help drive traffic to your site or business.
Engaging with others and sharing helps establish your expertise. Join groups and participate professionally as well as personally.
Request recommendations and endorsements for products, services, and as an employer (as applicable).
 
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Education

5 controversial education videos that will engage students

There are a lot of big ideas in the world of education. From ideas for businesses to ways the entire education system should change, a lot of digital ink is spilled over figuring out which of the big ideas is worth exploring. So what happens when students, teachers, and school leaders take to a medium like YouTube or a venue such as TED Talks to raise some somewhat controversial issues?
Magic. That’s what.
Below are a handful of hand-picked videos that are potentially controversial depending on where you stand on the particular issue being discussed. These videos were chosen because they raise big questions and will get anyone involved in education thinking and pondering. What more could you want out of an academic setting?

Key Questions For You To Consider

  • If you’re a teacher, you could show or share some of these videos with your class and develop some key questions students should answer. Make them broad and open-ended questions such as ‘how should the education system change according to this video? Do you agree or disagree? Why?’
  • If you’re a student, check out these videos and use the topics as source material for an upcoming paper or research effort.
  • If you’re a school leader, view these videos and think about how they affect your school, district, or other education organization.
  • If you’re involved in education as a parent, think about the message of these videos. Then ponder them as you speak with fellow parents and teachers. You just might start a grassroots revolution that improves your child’s school sooner than you think!

Whatever you do with these videos, use them to start thinking, sharing, and getting more informed. After all, that’s the goal of Daily Genius – content to make you smarter. Enjoy!

 Why I Hate School But Love Education

 Toxic culture of education: Joshua Katz at TEDxUniversityofAkron

 The Valedictorian Speech that will change your life

The Most Beautiful Way To Stop A Bully I’ve Ever Seen

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ii6L_Aux9RU

Public Education – Are We Under, Over or Just Misspending? Michelle Rhee at TEDxWallStreet

Problem with what’s taught in school

Whatever Happened to Joy in Education?: Dean Shareski at TEDxWestVancouverED

 Dying College Professor Gives Inspiring Speech

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Are you a genius? Probably, if you can answer this one question.

Are you a genius? On Daily Genius, we love to bring you a regular dose of content to make you smarter. So that’s why this fun visual is a great way to test your reading skills, smarts, and more.
Read this visual carefully and then be sure to scroll down to the bottom of the graphic to see the answer.
Want more brain teasers? We love them and hope you do too. So that’s why we’ve made a few of our own. Test your knowledge and see if you’re a genius! View ‘Can you solve these 7 brain teasers?‘ to see the fun other trivia / riddles.

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The fifth daughter is Mary! Just look at the first sentence in yellow.

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When it comes to education technology, learning must come first.

How can we use technology to transform learning outcomes for our children and young people?

What really are the main benefits in the classroom, and what approaches should be avoided?

The presence of technology in all aspects of society, from the home to the school and the office, often provides more questions than answers. It can’t be ignored, and all educators need a strong and clear understanding of how education technology can (or can’t) support their work as well as its core purpose: teaching, learning and student progress.

Collaboration and learning

Until my collaboration with David Andrews (@dmandrews15) (an ICT leader focused on whole school impact and ensuring learning comes first), I was a firm techno-sceptic and remained a big advocate of the “Toxic Childhood” work of Sue Palmer, holding the view that technology – and access to it – can be damaging and detrimental to children’s social, emotional, physical and communication development. We see it everywhere: children immersed in their tablet based games; parents not talking to or looking at their children as they live their lives on smartphones.

Language delay is a growing and significant issue ( Risley, T. R & Hart, B. (2006) for many young children and impacts their progress in reading, writing, and success in education as they grow up. David helped me open my mind to the technology (although the first time he showed me an iPad, I felt this was just another shiny waste of money that meant little to me and my pupils).

With an expert’s eye and an insistence that technology was simply a facilitation tool, David helped me channel my creative and learning-focused principles into gaining skills with a small number of applications which supported my firm belief in language and communication development. Together, we developed a small “app toolbox” which is central to our approach in the classroom. I now firmly believe now that with a clear purpose classroom technology can lead to remarkable progress, higher standards and improved life opportunities for students.

Harnessing the power of the tablet

Through collaboration with psychologists, speech therapists, school leaders and classroom teachers, I have reached a point where I am convinced that harnessing the power of tablet technology can provide genuine transformation for all teachers. I have worked extensively over the past 2 years with David and colleagues in hundreds of schools across the UK to develop a simple, whole-school accessible approach to using education technology in the classroom to achieve relevant outcomes and maintain the focus on learning.

With a background in language development and primary/special education, I have used examples of best practice in promoting learning to produce successful, high-impact approaches which firmly place the power of technology in the hands of the teacher, parent, and education professional.

We now have available to us incredibly powerful devices which can make an immediate and sustained impact on standards and progress, but it is important we put all of our efforts on learning first, and recognize that technology is simply a valuable tool which may or not be appropriate for the task in hand.

There is so much more to using technology in education than word-processing, Google, and spectacular apps – and the answers are often much more simple than expected. My primary aim when I am using technology when working with students of all ages is to ensure progress in spoken language and communication which will underpin success in reading and writing, and understanding in all subjects.

Education technology as a facilitator

Recently I have presented two full day practical training sessions for children in Scotland with a focus on progress in writing and removing barriers for students with additional needs.

Both sessions were buzzing with creativity from the educators in attendance as they quickly began to see how technology could do so much for their students in ways they hadn’t considered before. This room full of creative educators quickly put their own stamp on these ideas.

They developed instant resources matched to meet the needs of individual students, created powerful multimedia assessment opportunities, and explored a wide variety of approaches to promote spoken communication. The discussion surrounding our carefully structured audio-visual approach to producing plans for writing was driven by inspired educators realizing that they now had the tools to make real changes to the learning process. Mhaire, an educational psychologist from South Lanarkshire, summed up the impact of the sessions:

“The way we can now connect with individual students and their learning needs is incredible. There are so many ways these approaches can change make an impact on lifelong learning for students of all ages.”

The answers can be unexpected for some colleagues, and previously held ideas are sometimes challenged. The sessions are packed with countless practical, accessible and transferable approaches which map out the next steps for the forward thinking, ambitious, and truly innovative schools. Examples from the training activities include a distinct and carefully structured audio-visual planning tool for all genres of writing, powerful assessment approaches which ensure feedback is meaningful, relevant and responded to, plus a two-way approach to sharing pupil and teacher content through the quick and easy production of powerful web apps. I am looking forward to working with the exceptional EdTechTeacher team and meeting the creative and learning-focused educators at the iPad Summit in November. My workshop uses a small handful of apps which come together to produce an approach which instantly raises standards in every classroom.

Our work is not restricted to iPad devices and is relevant for all mobile devices (Android/Surface etc). Our approach to teaching writing in all subjects has been adapted and developed as a digital training product (featuring lesson plans, model texts, student examples and video demonstrations) and includes our methods for multimedia planning and assessment which can be accessed at www.chalkandboard.net.

Any* schools wishing to use the resources and approaches without cost to help provide feedback can email us at: info@mrandrewsonline.com to receive a free access code. (*10 available)

This November, I will be presenting the approach that I use at venues across the UK, and in London, on November 19th. I will also be sharing this fully transferable approach at the EdTechTeacher iPad Summit in Boston on November 13th and at UK National Literacy Trust conferences in the Spring.

 

To learn more from Chris, as well as educators from around the world, EdTechTeacher will be hosting their third annual iPad Summit in Boston. Early Bird Registration is open through Friday, October 10th. The Call for Proposals is OPEN for their February 9-11 iPad Summit in San Diego.

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9 powerful reasons for trying education technology

Why should technology being used in education? It’s a great question that many of us must consider at one point in our lives. Whether you’re a teacher, student, parent, or someone who just loves education, you should know that technology is playing a critical role in the current state of education and all future forms of learning.

This visual from the folks at Ed Tech Review outlines nine great reasons that technology should be integrated into the classroom. From detailing ideas like students loving technology, how edtech can help people collaborate, and how real-time communication is now possible, there are a lot of ways that you can see the power of education technology.

I really like the “at the very end that says “teachers will not be replaced by technology, but teachers who don’t use technology will be replaced by those who do.” While I don’t necessarily agree with the quote, I think it it is a bit controversial it’s something worth considering. Let us know your thoughts down in the comments or by joining the Daily Genius Google+ page here!

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A look at some creative 'man cave' design ideas

While I don’t really enjoy the term ‘man cave’ as it sounds like an area of the body rather than a room in a house, it’s apparently stuck. So, we’ll use it here on Daily Genius. After all, we’re all about cataloging what’s interesting and happening in the world of food, technology, and fun. The ‘man cave’ is a mashup of all THREE of these things!
So let’s check out some awesome caves from around the world. As you can see, they’re each different in their own right but worth using as inspiration if you’re looking to set up your own in the near future.
Or perhaps you just pine for an awesome room like this. Whatever works for you!

First off, how about a hidden door to your hidden man cave?

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How about a basketball-themed toilet area?

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Who wants color-coded game console storage?!

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Would you rather drive or play pool? How about both?

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Here’s a solid use for those used wine corks. A dartboard!

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A great place to hide, err, store your alcohol

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Looking for something classy to do with those used beer bottles? How about a beer bottle chandelier.

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A look at some creative ‘man cave’ design ideas

While I don’t really enjoy the term ‘man cave’ as it sounds like an area of the body rather than a room in a house, it’s apparently stuck. So, we’ll use it here on Daily Genius. After all, we’re all about cataloging what’s interesting and happening in the world of food, technology, and fun. The ‘man cave’ is a mashup of all THREE of these things!

So let’s check out some awesome caves from around the world. As you can see, they’re each different in their own right but worth using as inspiration if you’re looking to set up your own in the near future.

Or perhaps you just pine for an awesome room like this. Whatever works for you!

First off, how about a hidden door to your hidden man cave?

hidden-room-man-cave
Source:
Pinterest

How about a basketball-themed toilet area?

toilet-bball
Source:
Pinterest

Who wants color-coded game console storage?!

tvroom
Source:
Pinterest

Would you rather drive or play pool? How about both?

amazing-car
Source:
Pinterest

Here’s a solid use for those used wine corks. A dartboard!

man-cave-dart-board
Source:
Pinterest

A great place to hide, err, store your alcohol

barrel-man-cave-alcohol
Source:
Pinterest

Looking for something classy to do with those used beer bottles? How about a beer bottle chandelier.

beer-chandelier
Source:
Pinterest

 

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These two comedians made a video about clickbait – and you won't believe what happened next

… Actually, you will believe it. Those of you who have been suckered in to the click bait ‘news’ sites which followed in the wake of Buzzfeed, Upworthy et al, will be well aware of the empty feeling that follows.
The emotional blackmail, the fake titillation, the broken promises and the sheer, industrial-level cynicism are all here in this (UK) Channel 4 video from ‘Chris and Pete’ who expertly, and comically , dissect the way this dross is constructed.
Watch this video – it will change your life. Or not.
 
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Can you solve these 7 brain teasers?

We live in a world where information is at our fingertips. For the most part, if we want to know something, all we need to do is look it up. Perhaps this is why I enjoy things like these little brain teasers below more than I used to. As a kid, my dad used to offer me riddles such as these, and I would be extremely proud of myself when I solved one.
Perhaps you can try to find a little bit of that fun spirit while you look at the riddles we’ve provided below. We’ve provided the answers at the bottom of each image so that you can pass them along to your friends. Do you have any favorite riddles that will get our brains churning? We’d love to hear them – share by leaving a comment below, mention @DailyGenius on Twitter or head over to the Daily Genius Facebook page!
 
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5 Fun videos that will make you smile

Guys, it’s Monday. Again. Perhaps it is a bad combination of getting ready to move, getting ready for a big conference, and having another heat wave (or “storm” as one San Diego weather lady called it recently. Apparently if it isn’t 72 and perfectly sunny, the weather here gets classified as a “storm”) but every day has felt rather Monday-ish lately.
In an effort to make you smile – even just a little bit – I’ve compiled four of my favorite fun videos from YouTube. Watch them now, share them, or save them to watch when you’re particularly grumpy. However you slice it, they’re sure to make you smile. You’ll hear George Takei read you excerpts from 50 Shades of Grey, hear Gilbert Gottfried attempt the same, see a remixed video of the well-known movie Up, see an honest trailer for Disney’s Frozen (“adjusted for inflation with two princesses!), and watch New Yorkers make subway conductors point at silly signs in an effort to make them smile. And in case your grumpies are unusually stubborn this morning, there’s even some unlikely animal snuggling and playing together.
Do you have any favorite videos that cheer you up whenever you see them? Share them with the Daily Genius community by leaving us a comment below, mention @DailyGenius on Twitter or head over to the Daily Genius Facebook page!
 

 

 
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