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Podcast Picks: Stories on Grey Poupon, Fake News, and That Google Manifesto

Hello, Interwebz. It’s been a while. I’m terribly bad at blogging here, but I figured I’ll pick things up with a new [school] year resolution (I’ve been operating on a school timeline for my entire career, after all). I’ll be sharing short, curated lists of favorite broadcasts from the copious amounts of hours I spend listening to podcasts and streaming radio every month.

You’ll find curious stories of varying lengths for your aural enjoyment; most of which can be streamed right from this post. How handy is that?

And awaaaaaaay we go!

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Conference Survival Toolkit: 9 Tips to Make Your Exhibiting Awesome

The first few months of this year are jam-packed with conference fun (and plenty of planning). As with many phases of a company’s growth, shifting from a small 10×10 booth–where most items can be packed up into one of those nifty rolling cases–to a 10×20 or larger booth requires more planning, logistical work, and a jump in “stuff.” Last year we upped our conference game and now have an enormous wooden crate that stores eight different booth ~*~elements~*~ (locking kiosks, standing banners, etc.), and a slew of overhead lights, cords, pop-up banners, tablecloths and more.

 

I’ve always loved conferences (whether attending or presenting). Along the way I’ve learned a few lessons and tips to share with anyone who is coordinating a (larger) conference booth for the first time. While it’s safe to assume that Murphy’s Law will apply to any conference you attend or exhibit, here are nine tips to help you make your next conference planning (and execution) a success.

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A New Adventure: FSC’s Advisory Committee

To kick 2017 off on a bright note, I’m excited to share a new side project I’m taking on: I have been appointed to Farmingdale State College’s Science, Technology & Society Advisory Committee through 2019. Science, Technology & Society is FSC’s largest academic program, and in their continued effort to provide the most relevant coursework to prepare students for the realities of today’s workforce, they are reworking the curriculum and program with input from an advisory team.

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Stony Brook University Libraries’ “Open Access Symposium 2016” Recap

This past Tuesday I spoke at the Open Access Symposium 2016 at Stony Brook University. It was an honor to represent Flocabulary at my alma mater and chat about education technologies.

I participated on a panel, moderated by my wonderful librarian friend Laura Costello (whom I met during her time at Columbia, but is now at Stony Brook), with two brilliant folks in the education space: Brian Sweeting of Columbia University’s Teachers College EdLab (where I have spoken a handful of times over the years), and Claudia McGiveny of Stony Brook University Libraries.

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Talking Audio in Education on the #HouseOfEdTech Podcast

Chris Nesi and I have crossed Twitter paths for quite some time. Given my love for Twitter and proximity to New Jersey, I’ve come to get to know many wonderful NJ educators over the years, both in person and online. Chris was someone I had connected with digitally, but not much more than a few tweets. I was so grateful, then, when he asked me to join him on his awesome podcast, #HouseOfEdTech. What’s more, we got to talk about two of my favorite things: podcasts and education technology!

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Three Months of Work for Three Days of Exhibiting: An ISTE 2016 Twitter Recap

Since Day 1 of my new gig, I’ve had ISTE on the brain. It’s a behemoth conference of 16,000+ educators, and I was leading up my company’s efforts on its booth presence, programming, and parties this year. I’ve been MIA on the blog for the past month or so mostly because working on ISTE has been (happily) consuming my life. It’s a huge investment of time and money. While I wasn’t able to attend in person, my heart burst at the photos, videos, and happy tweets that from educators stopping by our booth.

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New Publication: Finding a Path for GenDIY

Like many yuppies trying to find stable ground 5 years ago upon entering the workforce in a shaky economy, I’ve had an interesting path in my short career. From entering grad school, my plan was to work in public or academic libraries, and I achieved that, albeit in a per diem or poorly-compensated capacity.

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Template: Showcasing Your Community Strategy

There are many factors to consider when building a community from the ground up, and from my experience, no two companies are the same. (Not just from my own career advancements, but from speaking with the community managers I’ve met through CMX that cover many different industries, too.)

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New Publication: Even More PD Tools from USC Rossier

After a couple months of settling into my new role, I’m happy to share a recent article I wrote for USC Rossier Online.

I have experienced the power of a PLN through my own community work in ed tech. Twitter is the head honcho, but there are other tools available to expand your network, and each has its own unique elements that make collaborating and connecting within them different. The article shares tips and tricks for Slack, Voxer, and Google+ Communities as new outlets to nurture your PLN.

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Quick & Dirty Tricks to Prepare for an Awesome Webinar

Organizing and executing a webinar is no easy task for community managers or content marketers. Considering technical logistics, quality content, an engaging presence, and all the other details that go into great webinars, there’s a lot that could seemingly go wrong.

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Here’s How to Save 15% on CMX Summit East 2016

CMX Summit East 2016 is quickly approaching, and with it comes two awesome days of workshops, speakers, networking, and all-around good times. I went to my first CMX Summit last year and learned so much (from the speakers and fellow community managers alike).

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Tips for a Smooth & Seamless Google Hangout On Air

One thing I have plenty of community experience with is webinars. I gave a quick overview in a post last month, but wanted to a drill down on Google Hangouts On Air, which I used at my previous job for the last year or so that we conducted webinars. For those looking for a free service with easy ways to share archived footage, Hangouts On Air is a good option, once you learn the ins and outs of its various features.

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Community & Content Guide: Webinars 101

I’ve had a lot of practice doing webinars over the past four years. A few months into my job, I did my first one ever to about 200 live participants. (Which is an intimidating amount for a n00b.) I stumbled over my words, did not feel comfortable with the technology, and had no idea how to communicate or engage people while staring in front of my computer.

In other words, this was me:

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I hear from friends and colleagues in the community space about exploring webinars as a way to engage existing and attract new community members and customers. No bones about it, webinars are a great and often affordable way to do this… when done well.

There can be many bumps in the webinar road, with lots of opportunities to learn, grow, and improve along the way (yay!). I’m starting to compile my thoughts and experiences with webinars, with this post as my first attempt at sharing that knowledge in a somewhat cohesive format.

Over time, I’ll share additional strategies to help you provide an awesome webinar experience.

In the meantime, read on to get a high-level overview on choosing a platform, selecting the right date/time, tracking attendance, and showing your personality during your webinars.

Let’s go!

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“I Have a Scream”

With the ever-increasing political hubbub filling our ears, news feeds, and TV networks, I wanted to share a podcast from Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight blog in the days leading up to the influx of primaries. I’ve been a fan of FiveThirtyEight for several years, and find it to be one of the few trustworthy, sensible sites during the insanity that is Election Season.

Why the Dean Scream Sounded so Different on TV is an excellent, informative, 30-minute podcast about the infamous shriek from the former Vermont governor. Can you hear it reverberating in your ears when you see this gif?

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