Archive for September, 2013

#SATech Tweets of the Week!

Amy Jorgensen@AmyLJorgensen 1h

How to start Google Analytics. #SAtech #SAChat

Lisa Endersby@lmendersby 3h

New issue of @LPquarterly published today! Some good #sachat, #sasssess and #satech articles – check it out!

Kristen Abell@kristendom 16h

{New Blog Post} Wild West 2.0 – Review on Kristendom Talks Tech  #satech

Ed Cabellon@EdCabellon 24 Sep

{ #SAtech } Deep Learning: Facebook Wants To Know Even More About Its Users … (via @allfacebook)

Josie Ahlquist@josieahlquist 18 Sep

What College Students Should Be Wary of Posting on Social Media … #satech #edtech



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A Blog About Blogging

In all the excitement that can come from sharing ideas, opinions and information, I find myself pausing to consider the painfully philosophical question of ‘why’ or, more accurately, ‘why, at all’. Hitting publish on a blog post is often accompanied by real or metaphorical crossed fingers, hoping that words painstakingly crafted will reach at least one set of eyes in the drink through a fire hose that is the Internet and the myriad of sites in its makeup. Writing for this blog is no exception – sharing about technology on the Internet seems like an extra layer to work through, an almost ‘meta’ fight for interest and attention when discussing the overwhelming nature of social media, for example, on the same sites that create the confusion we describe.

According to some sources, no less than 2 million blog posts are written in a single 24-hour period ( 2 million posts create 2 million thoughts, and at least 2 million people clamoring for attention, validation or answers. Why, then, are we writing? Why does this blog exist? Who do we write for and why should they read what we create?

As much as we label blogs and similar Internet activities as a means to share and connect, I would argue that, more often, we write almost exclusively for ourselves.

Is this selfish? Perhaps. Is this a terrible thing we must work to rid ourselves of? Not at all.

In fact, writing for ourselves is one of the best things we can do for others; for the colleagues we share an institution with and, most importantly, for the students we have the privilege of sharing our stories with.

Writing, like any other activity we engage in, carries with it the imperative of self-expression and exploration. More than an opportunity or assumption, blogging gives us space to process ideas and share opinions. The finished product represents an intriguing and still somewhat mysterious process – we may not see each edit or backspace, but we still see a work in progress. No blog post is truly finished; it remains a courageous act of publicly sharing an often too private process of understanding our students, our institutions and our field. In sharing our process, we, in some small yet meaningful way, encourage others to do the same.

– Lisa Endersby is the Manager, Student and Campus Life at Seneca College in Ontario, Canada. She is also working to connect and engage NASPA technology friends and fans in her role supporting Community Engagement in the NASPA Technology Community.

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#SATech Tweets of the Week!

Cindy Watkins Kane@cindykane 40m

@JohnoRodriguez Tech tools are nice, but people drive the tech tools. Learning has to happen because of the people using #satech @NASPA_TKC

Josie Ahlquist@josieahlquist 6h

Your Facebook ‘Like’ Is Now Protected by the U.S. Constitution  #higheredlaw #SoMe #satech

Lisa Endersby@lmendersby 7h

Social Media Week Toronto is coming soon! Follow @smwto for news and updates, and check out #SMWTO starting September 23. #satech #sacdn

NASPA Technology KC@NASPA_TKC 11h

Looking to get involved? We have a new position currently available on our leadership team. Contact @mcbrinton for more info. #satech

Jake Frasier@jakefrasier 16 Sep

An interesting Unconference opportunity for those interested in Social Media & Tech!  #SAtech #SAgrad

NASPA Technology KC@NASPA_TKC 16 Sep

Check out the technology section of the @chronicle‘s 2013 Almanac of Higher Education: … #satech #sachat

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What Do You Want On Your Highlight Reel?

Who are we? Who am I? Who are our students? Who do our students think they are? These and other deeply philosophical questions have coloured many recent discussions around digital identity.  Social media and other tech tools have given us unprecedented access to others and have opened up new and faster channels for sharing our own thoughts, opinions, laments and ideas. We now share more and more often, and spend more time attempting to teach out students the dangers that can arise from sharing too much, too often or too soon. In discussing digital identity, we seem to spend more time on what we share and less on who we are.

A larger discussion about identity and identity development in the aptly named digital age is a subject for another blog post (or, at the very least, a PhD dissertation). Sharing of ourselves, however, has caught my attention as a topic worth exploring as student affairs professionals continue to search for ways to teach students how to responsibility, ethically and safely use social media and other tools. Seminars on personal branding, LinkedIn tipsheets and student conduct cases of cyber bullying have created a strange culture of fear and seclusion, built by individuals that fight to embrace open and authentic sharing. Lives are measured in likes and esteem is held against a yardstick of retweets and shares.

This confused culture of tentative yet overabundant sharing can play games with a malleable identity, still developing throughout the college years. We often compare and contrast what we see on the screen to what we see around us, putting on either rose-coloured glasses when we see images that confirm what we know or darker shades when we see ideals that seem breathtakingly out of reach. Our students, like we often do ourselves, take their cues from peers and seek out success stories to model their own ideal of ‘life’ around.

Discussions around digital identity and the repercussions of both sharing and consuming information always leads me back to one of my favourite quotes. Steven Furtick offers poignant advice for those growing up and finding themselves in the digital age (read: anyone currently living on this planet):

We struggle with insecurity because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel.”

While this post offers important and eye-opening advice about living in a age where the sheer amount of information and the speed at which it Is delivered has us drinking in insecurity through a fire hose, the concept of a ‘highlight reel’ is important for teachings in creating and sharing one’s digital identity. Each post, picture, like, share and comment becomes our personal highlight reel. It is what we show to the world; what we choose as our best and brightest moments that demonstrate who we are. Perhaps, then, our discussions about the ‘dangers of social media’ and the lectures on appropriate posts should come not from a place of what others may perceive, but rather from a deeper and more thoughtful exploration of our own motives. What do we want our story to be?  As you build a life one post at a time, what do you want playing on your highlight reel?   – what will you story be? What do you want on your highlight reel?

– Lisa Endersby is the Manager, Student and Campus Life at Seneca College in Ontario, Canada. She is also working to connect and engage NASPA technology friends and fans in her role supporting Community Engagement in the NASPA Technology Community.


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#SATech Tweets of the Week

Joseph Ginese@JoeGinese 1h

#satech MT @JuddLegum: “Fluency in socialmedia is becoming less of a speciality & more of an expectation job market”

Lisa Endersby@lmendersby 1h

#satech #sachat RT @CdnStdntSuccess Employer perspectives of online degrees – A topic worth a lot more investigation

SATechTalk@SATechTalk 2h

Check out yesterday’s #satech chat archive on early adoption of technology! …

Christopher Conzen@clconzen 11 Sep

So who’s going to create the #SATech MOOC? Google and edX Create a MOOC Site for the Rest of Us

Paul Schantz@paulschantz 8 Sep

New to Google Apps? Here are some simple & useful tips for getting the most out of Google Drive … #edtech #satech

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8-Bit is coming!

Have you heard about NASPA 8-bit yet?! This is a conference unlike any other!

8 bit

“Have you ever been inspired by a session only to wonder how you could apply what you learned to your campus? At NASPA 8-Bit we don’t want you to just have cool ideas and discussions, we want you to have cool solutions! Working with other attendees you’ll address the main issues facing student affairs and work together to understand how technology can help you solve them.

In 2013, 8-Bit will be exploring these two areas:

  • How can college campuses supercharge their fundraising and development with innovative new tools and exciting online campaigns?
  • How does your campus draft a cohesive “digital identity” across its internal and external communications?

Facilitated by leading thinkers with real world experience in these areas, you’ll leave the conference with actionable ideas that you can implement on your campus the very next day.

A Unique Format

NASPA 8-Bit is employing a unique new format to the usual conference experience. To better serve your needs we’re offering the same conference in four locations on two separate days. Connecting each pair throughout the entire conference, you’ll seamlessly communicate with someone sitting next right next to you as well as hundreds of miles away!” (

For more information, and to register, go here!



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#SATech Tweets of the Week!

NASPA Technology KC@NASPA_TKC 3h

The iPad Program That Watches You As You Learn Online  #satech #sachat


Craig W. Beebe@craigbeebe 4h

The End Of Email As We Know It … via @jwherrman #satech


Anne Manning@AManningMA 4 Sep

My best way to demonstrate Twitter to dean/SSAOs. I share a list of their peers and have them observe. … #satech


Ed Cabellon@EdCabellon 3 Sep

Five Facebook Timeline Contest Ideas … (via @allfacebook) #SAchat #SAtech


Matthew Brinton@mcbrinton 29 Aug

Help me get more free space! Always have your stuff when you need it with @Dropbox. Sign up for free!  #satech #sachat

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