How Can Technology Help? Or, Can It At All?

Technology is becoming more central to our lives. We are now able to do more with fewer resources. For example, we are now able to do more things with our phones than just placing a call. We have higher availability of devices and software to maximize our time and boost our productivity as long as we know how to do it effectively, of course. But I want to focus on how technology becomes particularly interesting in two specific and traditional circumstances we may be quite familiar with: being a college student and learning to communicate. Based on these two, let’s discuss what the involvement of technology implies and whether it is helpful at all.

Why You Should Care About Privacy

It all began with a bothering setting on Dropbox that syncs all of your photos into a "Camera Uploads" folder. I used it a long time ago only to find out how inconveniently useless it was. Well, today I started my computer and realized that over a hundred files had been synced to my account. What the hell? I said. I immediately went on to the settings to disable it. This troubled made me think how intrusive certain features and services can get and why, even though I used to conform to intrusive technology by saying "I have nothing to hide," I now want to take active steps to protect what I don't want to share with others.

Educators: 5 Tools to Add to Your Tech Toolbox

I work with college students and especially those who are very new to college. While the college experience is a stage where students need to explore and learn, there are tools that can help them along the way, tools that were not handy to previous generations. Likewise for educators, there are tools that make our daily tasks more manageable and that can certainly make us more efficient. Do you think there always was a Blackboard site where to check your students' progress? Of course not.

Two Reasons Why Having Your Own Website Will Help You

I started this website many years ago, I bought my domain and was determined to making it my own space where people could find stuff about me. The first challenge I faced, however, was what information to put and how to tailor content to make it representative of who I am, the kind of work I do, and the skills I own. After months of looking at other personal sites, I finally figured out what content to showcase; it was now time to start working on it.

Technology And Traditional Learning

Recently in one of my classes, we've been talking about the introduction of technology in the classroom. In their book titled Rethinking Education in the Age of Technology: The Digital Revolution and Schooling in America (2009), Allan Collins and Richard Halverson give an insightful overview of how education is changing and also give space to arguments from both enthusiasts and skeptics about technology.

Do You Have an Online Tattoo?

I have never been a fan of tattoos, but an online one? Today, many online platforms have become online profiles we create as we move along, representations of who we are and what we do that permits us to reach people beyond our physical means. There is one personal such as Facebook, one more professional such as LinkedIn, one more informal such as Twitter, you name it. Even ePortfolio is a way to present yourself (and your academic work) to an online community of people. But in these days when people take into account whether you're on Instagram, Twitter, or any other social platform (because they take for granted that you're on Facebook already), one must stop and think what is its relevance and how they can affect us.

4 Steps to Get You Started with Blogging

I started blogging a few months ago and one of the biggest challenges I've faced is being consistent. Sometimes I wake up with a great idea in mind for a post and immediately write it up for later edit. And other times I simply wake up straight to my daily work both at my job and school and slowly forget that I have a blog. That's why I've set up a plan to get to it on a consistent way and one which will help you too if you're in the same boat as me. Here we go.

Because You're Smarter Than Google

In class, I talk to students about online behavior. What kinds of sites are reliable? What kinds are not? And how do we recognize them? This discussion is prompted by the "My Connections" page in their portfolios. This page highlights the online resources that students rely on when it comes to finding information relevant to their field of interest. Students post a wide range of sites from senior schools they may transfer to online journals to newspapers or other sources. 

You Have A New Twitter Account! What's Next

The new year is here, resolutions are made and you probably want to kick this 2014 off by starting your new twitter account. You'll be amazed at how much you'll get within a few weeks. But once you have familiarized yourself with the twitter jargon and its basics, you can take a look at these tips in order to succeed with twitter and interact with people you probably don't even face in a day to day basis. Here are basic (and best) tips to actively engage and get the most out of this growing social media atmosphere:

6 Must-Have iPhone Apps to Start Off 2014

This 2013 will be over in just a few hours, and you must start the new one recharged and fully equipped with everything you need to be more productive. As much as I have read how much phones deviate us from having actual conversations and interacting with the real world in countless circumstances, I truly believe that utilizing your phone effectively and productively can make your life easier. So, here you have some of the top apps I can't stay without and which have become essential in my day to day life. I'll assume your phone already has the social media apps such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, so leaving those aside, here we go. 

The Three Rules of Twitter

You may have heard the story of, both famous and now former PR, Justine Sacco and her unhappy tweet a few days ago. In light of everyone's sanity, I immediately started thinking about some must-follow rules on twitter, given that this social platform is quite more open and public than what your Facebook or other favorite social media tool can be. So, in hopes that we can learn from this experience, let me review some basic rules.