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Tip: Brand Yourself

By Sara Zimmerman      March 15, 2011 -- 02:38 PM

What is your Unique Selling Position (USP)? How do you stand out in a crowd or in social media so you are remarkable and different enough to get noticed by an employer or client?

 

You can do this by branding yourself. The job market is tough and sending thousands of resumés may not be the right way to get that "job" you want. This article from AARP...   more...

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October's Newsletter Tip: Projects Encourage Sharing

By Sara Zimmerman      October 19, 2010 -- 05:37 PM
Sharing ideas, websites, projects, and products helps teachers and learners alike. When you share, you get back more than you give. You can build a collaborative, learning environment by building in activities that encourage sharing.
  • Create projects that have students work in pairs or small teams.
  • Encourage students to communicate with each other while they are working on projects.

  • Have students to come up with a guiding question and support questions.
  • When you introduce new projects, have students use think/pair/share groupings whenever you can. 

  • Use mind mapping activities...   more...

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Interactive Whiteboard Basics

By Sara Zimmerman      July 21, 2010 -- 04:33 PM
Interactive whiteboards are now used on the computer as way to extend learning with your students. There are a few basics that teachers and students need to know when they can use an interactive whiteboard. These tips were adapted from Smart Board Basics:
  1. Calibrate your interactive whiteboard.
    • Turn on your interactive whiteboard and press the keyboard and right mouse click mouse button together. This will start the calibration tool.
    • Pick up one of the pens, press it against the middle of the target that appears on your board, and release. Repeat this procedure
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8 Quick My eCoach tips

By Sara Zimmerman      April 5, 2010 -- 03:19 PM
My eCoach has a lot of features that members may not be aware of, so we decided to share some quick tips with you. Some of these tips are new features for everyone while some are new features just for teams:
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Change your Landing Page

By Sara Zimmerman      January 28, 2010 -- 10:25 AM
You now can change your settings so when you login, you can land on your Profile or one of your team pages if you are on a team. Go to your settings either on the info box at the top of each page or on your profile.

When you first login, your default landing page is Home.
Click on Settings and select either Home (default), your Profile, or one of your teams. Then click Save.
Logout and login again to see your new landing page.


You can continue to keep Home your landing page if you want. Links to Home, Your Profile, and the pull-down menu to get to any teams you are on from most pages.

If you ...   more...
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Tip: Fun with photos

By Sara Zimmerman      January 28, 2010 -- 09:54 AM
I found a fun site that lets you change the way you present your photo. Think about a different way to post to your profile on My eCoach or Facebook. Photofunia is free and very easy to use. It is an online photo editing tool that gives you a fun filled experience. You upload any photo and just wait to see the magic. The technology automatically identifies the face in the photo and letís you add cool photo effects and create funny face photo montages.

You donít have to login to try it. Choose an effect.

After you choose an effect, Photofunia converts your picture with that effect. You ...   more...
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Drag and Drop on Blog Sidebar

By Sara Zimmerman      December 15, 2009 -- 12:13 PM
Now you can drag and drop any of the links or widgets up or down instead of clicking move one at a time. You can customize the sidebar of your public blogs by adding links and embedding widgets. Go to your Blog Home to the T-Shirt icon to customize your sidebar.*


This is the way we used to edit the sidebar.

You can still add links by clicking Add Links and adding the title and the URL.
The way we used to have it is clicking on the up or down arrows to move items one at a time.

Now each item is in a box where you will be able to click on a box and drag and drop an item up or down as far as you ...   more...
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