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#SATech Tweets of the Week!

Teri Bump@tbump 21 Aug

#NASPA tech revamped! Ck it out!  #satech #sachat

Matthew Brinton@mcbrinton 21 Aug

My annual “man I am old” reminder. Thanks @Beloit_College.  #sachat #sadoc #sagrad #sapros #satech

NASPA@NASPAtweets 20 Aug

Have you registered for #NASPA8bit yet? The early-bird deadline is Sept. 6! Don’t miss this brand new event:  #SAtech

Josh Kohnert@JoshKohnert 19 Aug

Just started reading, “The Idea of the Digital University” and all I have to say is, “WOW” #satech #ReinventEDUKristen Abell@kristendom 19 Aug

Some great thoughts on digital identity management: Controlling Your Web Destiny | Inside Higher Ed  #satech



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SpicyNodes and Flowboard: Adding Bling to Your Story

The two featured apps in this blog post allow you to tell your story with some flare.  SpicyNodes allows you to create interactive features on your website that invite visitors to interact with your content.  Flowboard allows Apple users to create, share, and present visual stories that can be shared on the web. The work from both of these apps is stored in cloud, allowing for anywhere, anytime access to the materials.


Spicynodes is a web-based tool that allows you to create an interactive concept map that can include information about your department, division, or group.  Each node on the map can include information, images, videos and links.  The visual nature of the concept map encourages website visitors to explore the content.  Spicynodes are stored in the cloud, giving you embed code to include in your website or blog.  This enables changes to the main Spicynodes map without having to change your website.  Some interesting uses of this tool within Student Affairs: a visual depiction of the division of student affairs, how to navigate the student conduct process, a presentation with links on how to apply for housing (including images of the dorms and dorm room types).


Flowboard  is an iPad app (Android users—no updates yet on when this will be available for you) that allows you to take images from Dropbox, Facebook, Google Images, Box, and Instragram and create really beautiful image galleries.  Users can add buttons, videos, and captions to create an interactive experience for website visitors.  Once created, you can share the Flowboard URL on a website or a blog.  This tool is great for creating rapid galleries around an event where you have a series of images captured on Instagram or other social media tools.  Additionally, the Flowboard published file can be accessed offline on an iPad to be utilized for presentations.  Imaging having an event where you take pictures the first hour.  The images can be quickly uploaded to Flowboard and become a rotating image gallery that can be displayed throughout the remainder of the event.  The Flowboard tools will make the presentation look polished and professional.

What tools are you using to add bling to your websites or blogs? Please share with links in the comments section below.

– Dr. Jennifer Sparrow is the Senior Director for Networked Ventures and Emerging Technologies.  She works with all departments at Virginia Tech to match emerging technologies with the learning, research, and outreach goals of the university.

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#SATech Tweets of the Week!


Using Social Media for Employee Onboarding

Lisa Endersby@lmendersby 19h

A MOOC Delusion: Why Visions to Educate the World Are Absurd (Thoughts #satech & #sachat?)

16 Jul

Toddlers with tablets will force a change in education

Jake Frasier@jakefrasier 12 Jul

Interesting implications. Emotional impact of Facebook defriending // “How Dare You Unfriend Me”  #SAtech

Christopher Conzen@clconzen 11 Jul

How 10 Savvy Colleges Are Using Social Media  #SATech

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#SATech Tweets of the Week!

Craig W. Beebe@craigbeebe 1h

Google: College Students Have the Technology, So Where Is the Change? #cdw … via @EdTech_HigherEd #highered #satech


NASPA Technology KC@NASPA_TKC 2h

We’re closing in on 300 responses to the Technology Competencies survey. Add your voice here:  #satech #sachat


Kristen Abell@kristendom 9 Jul

Crowdsourced Classroom Opens Door to Interactive Learning  #sachat #satech


Jake Frasier@jakefrasier 9 Jul

Utilizing Dropbox to provide reference materials to professional staff during training instead of binders = yes. #SAtech #FSUResLife


Eric Stoller@EricStoller 3 Jul

Are We Focusing Too Much on The Tools?  #SAchat #SAtech

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WordPress, Your Content Manager

Many of us use several different media to send messages to our various constituents, which can include students, alumni, faculty, and staff. Managing a Facebook page, a Twitter account, writing newsletters, sending mass e-mails and a number of other media can be time intensive and difficult to do well, given the wide range of interest and skill when it comes to using online media. I’m going to share an example of how a learning community in Sellery Hall at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is starting to use WordPress as a way to manage content and encourage collaboration with students.

First, let’s talk about what WordPress actually is. is a free online tool that hosts your blog and is an easy and user friendly way to both publish and consume media. For more information on how to set up a new blog and other general tips, check out this guide from the University of Michigan.  You’ll want to choose a blog theme that allows for a custom header, this will allow you to add your office or department’s branding to the top of the pages on your blog. The theme Sellery Hall is using is called Untitled by Automattic, but Twenty Twelve by WordPress is a good starter theme.

So now that you’ve got your account and you’ve chosen a theme for your blog, let’s talk about how to make this blog into a content management machine!

  • Determine what categories you want for your content. If you’re going to be writing about events, that could be a good category to have. Some other ideas might be office updates, staff of the month, highlighting a campus resource, news about your program, etc. These function as a way to easily organize your content for both archiving purposes and for people who just want to read about a certain category. Create the categories in your dashboard and enable the categories widget to make sure they appear on your main page.
  • Connect your social media accounts to your blog so that each post will automatically be pushed to your other accounts. You’ll want to be signed in to your other accounts before you start this process. You can use this feature with Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and LinkedIn.

You can do a lot more with WordPress, but this should get you started organizing all of your content for distribution in a central location that can be access anytime, anywhere.  Please feel free to contact me with questions at

Jon Tingley is a Student Affairs professional working in University Housing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His background is in Residence Life, Student Activities and LGBT Student Services. Learn more about him at

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#SAtech Tweets of the Week!

Hello everyone! Here are some of the #SAtech tweets we found most interesting/helpful/entertaining this week!

Lisa Endersby@lmendersby 2h

Important post from @mbloomingdale. You need to read this if you tweet once a month or 10 times a day.  #sachat

Jake Frasier@jakefrasier 20 Jun

{New Post} Attention to detail: On Creating an Engaging Presentation  // #SAtech #SAgrad

Rachel Luna@RachelHLuna 20 Jun

Helpful tips for #satech newsletter editors RT @writing4web: Accessibility requirements for email newsletters  #a11y

Josh Kohnert@JoshKohnert 20 Jun

{Latest Post} Teach yourself something new in Word with this tutorial! … #satech #edtech

jasonrobert@jasonrobert 20 Jun

{{New blog post}} On the topic of goodbyes  #sachat #satech

Lisa Endersby@lmendersby 20 Jun

Some interesting thoughts on digital identity & telling stories on the Internet from @sarahkpeck  #satech #sachat

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#SATech Tweets of the Week!


Linkage Love: Web Development – Student Affairs Women Talk Tech via I ❤ A List Apart

18 Jun

Want to increase traffic to your Facebook page? Take & tag pictures of students w the mascot. Huge returns for us this week!

18 Jun

34 colleges using to engage with students and alumni via

14 Jun {Lastest Post} Quick Story about Digital Literacy

14 Jun

For tips on Welcome Week social media, check out the archive from this week’s chat:

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