Linkage Love

By Brenda Bethman

Welcome to this week’s edition of “Linkage Love”!

If you’re flying for the holiday weekend and have a Foursquare account, check in to get the Baggage Handler badge. (Side note: of course, they had to use a male figure on the badge. It could have just been a suitcase. Sigh….)

On a more serious note, Jezebel points out that for many women, being groped by the TSA is business as usual.

A teen uses Facebook to post evidence of her abuse.

Shopping this Black Friday? Take Amazon’s price check app with you.

Apple released iOS 4.2 this week, unifying the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch.

Over at ProfHacker, learn how to archive your Facebook data.

A new social browser, RockMelt, hits the web. Mashable has a review.

Posting will be light (or non-existent) the rest of this week for the Thanksgiving holiday. We wish all who celebrate a happy Thanksgiving!

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Helpful Holiday Apps and Sites

By Brenda Bethman

With the holidays coming up soon, here’s a list of apps and websites that will help get you through whether you’re shopping, cooking, baking, traveling, hanging out, or just trying to survive the madness (I’ve always wondered who the evil genius was who thought having the end of the semester fall between Thanksgiving and Christmas/Hanukkah/New Year’s was a good idea. Because it’s so not), one of these links should help you out. Happy holidays!

Finally, if you’re looking for a gift for the techie in your life, check out some of these holiday gift guides:

Do you have a favorite holiday website or app? Please leave your links in the comments.

[Creative Commons licensed photo by Flickr user lordog.]

Helpful Holiday Apps and Sites

How Has Your Student Affairs Work Changed?

By Brenda Bethman

Over at ProfHacker (and no, they really aren’t paying me to promote them. I just truly love that blog), Amy Cavender has a post on how technology has changed the way she works as an academic. This was good timing for me as we had just been discussing this topic in class today — and I realized while we watched a video (Michael Wesch’s “Information R/evolution” embedded below for your viewing pleasure) that the way I currently do research is dramatically different from the way I did research as a college student. Stopping the video, I asked how many of them had ever used a microfilm/microfiche machine and only 2 out of 24 had used one. I remember when that was the “high-tech” research strategy.

Cavender’s post reinforced for me the way that my research work has changed (not to mention reminding me yet again that I really have to get busy figuring out how to use Zotero), but I’ve also recently been thinking about the ways technology has changed how we work in student affairs, particularly in regard to how we communicate with students. Here are a few examples from the UMKC Women’s Center:

  • Using technology to promote our programs and services to students. This is the basic and one just about everyone’s on board with. We have a Facebook page, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr accounts, etc. which we use to let students know what we’re doing.
  • Building community and providing “safe space” for our students. We post a TON of content to our blog and Facebook page, which provides a forum for students to learn about women’s and gender issues and to discuss them in a safe online space.
  • Teaching students how to use social media productively. At the Women’s Center, it is our student staff who are primarily responsible for updating our social media sites and producing the content for the blog. They learn a TON about how to present themselves online as professionals, which I hope will serve them well in their future careers.

What about you? How has your work changed due to technology?

How Has Your Student Affairs Work Changed?

Greetings from your past.

By Jennifer Keegin

There in my inbox  was a message entitled “Setting After Katrina”. Immediately I was confused. Why would I be getting an email regarding Hurricane Katrina and “settling after” it? Katrina was five years ago. Yes, I lived in New Orleans before, during, and after Katrina – but was someone reaching out to poll me about my experiences?

Nope. It was actually something much more meaningful. It was an email to me – FROM ME – sent five years ago.

Greetings from your past. In the fall of 2005, you agreed to receive this
message, which has been preserved in the E-Mail Time Capsule.

I don’t remember writing this email message. I don’t remember how in world I would have seen something like this and decided to write myself a note. I’m glad I did. It’s just a simple, quickly written little note – but I’ll share it with you:

Here is the text of your message:Hello. It’s been 15 days since Joe and I moved back to New Orleans. We really like our apartment and we’ve ordered thousands of dollars worth of furniture but won’t see it until December.We still don’t have a land line phone and won’t for a least another week. Meanwhile I’ve run out of run-over minutes on my cell phone and so I’m incurring a large cell phone bill.

Gobi has done so well during this Hurricane situation and so we are happy that she’s OK and happy. She finally found the window in the bedroom. Windows make her happy.Joe and I are great and are still playmates. Two years in February.

Getting this email reminded me of how losing contact with the world after Katrina was unsettling and to a certain extent frightening. Cell phone towers down, friends scattered all over the country – it took us a week to get back on-line to figure out what was going on. After that, it was a constant battle to get somewhere where we had access to the internet. I didn’t have an iPhone or a laptop with wireless connectability. We had no computer, my brother didn’t even have cable! When we stayed with Grandma – she had dial up! We stayed in TN, KY, AL, and southern LA before we were allowed back in the city two months later.

We had a ruined apartment. All electronic items that we thought would be completely safe in the bathroom were ruined because the water heater was actually right above it in the roof. The roof had been ripped off in one chunk and everything we owned was left out to the elements for two months.

My husband, cat, and I found an apartment and start to put our lives back together. At the point this email was written, we had received money from renters insurance (which I always stress to students that they should have) and were trying to purchase furniture. Its a long story from beginning to end but needless to say that we didn’t even own a bed anymore, so buying furniture sounds fun, but it was also a necessity.

I am grateful for this message today. I am grateful for my life, my family, and my health. I am grateful that this simple project on-line has probably sparked all kinds of thoughts and feelings in those who have already received their messages and have yet to receive them.

Take care all.

Link to an article regarding this project.

Greetings from your past.

Linkage Love

By Brenda Bethman

This week’s links:

Over at ProfHacker, Jason B. Jones has a post on, a new digital card service. Still in closed beta, but you can request an invite and reserve your URL. I signed up for mine and urge anyone with an out-of-control email signature file to do the same.

Eric Stoller writes today about #sagrow, the new mentoring program (started by Ed Cabellon) between the #sachat and #sagrad communities. Check it out and sign up to get or be a mentor!

Just in time for the holiday flying season, you can now report abusive screening behavior via the MyTSA app. Since it’s an official app, the reporting function is a bit buried, but there. You can also use the app to get other travel tips.

A fascinating piece on digital humanities over at the New York Times.

Our our Kristen Abell has a piece responding to Chris Brogan on how he’s able to write so much. I agree with her point that reading other blogs is part of the point and also take some issue with the unacknowledged privilege in his “I don’t do phone calls or meetings” point. It sure would be nice to be able to do that, but it’s just not true for vast majority of working folks who do not get to decide how to spend their time. What do you all think?

Oh, and Facebook made a little announcement this week. Mashable walks you through their new messaging system as well as the security implications of that system.

Do you have links to share? Please feel free to share some more linkage love in the comments below!

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The Evolution of the Student Affairs App

By Colleen Riggle

I sit on our Student Affairs Technology committee; it’s a great group of folks who coordinate the advancement of technology as it relates to Student Affairs.  Recently, we’ve been charged with conducting a Student Affairs iPhone app contest with our current students.

We’re slowly moving forward with access to institution functions via a mobile app.  Recently our institution introduced the first campus-wide app.  It’s got some kinks to work out like any other app, but overall serves the purpose and is functional.

Some schools with decent app are Duke, as does Penn State.

Within Student Affairs and the Women’s Center specifically we have an app that contains calendar information, program updates, important phone numbers and can also like you directly via email, phone to the office.  However, this contest is to see what students would like as far as an app within any office or department in student affairs.

Now lies the question, iPhone, Android or web-based apps? I’ll argue that a web-based app is just as functional as a specific platform app, but it’s all in what you want to get out of it.

Does your institution have any apps within your Student Affairs? Does your institution even have an app?  What do you want to see as far as an app goes? It’s challenging to think of, but as we move full speed ahead into what’s becoming a mobile world we’ll need to start thinking in this way.

The Evolution of the Student Affairs App

Linkage Love

By Kristen Abell

Here’s this week’s edition of Wednesday Linkage Love…enjoy!

Loving all the new research coming out from Reynol Junco about tweeting and engagement in class. For a couple of different reads, check out the coverage in Inside Higher Ed and Spotlight on Digital and Media Learning. (Here’s a spoiler – tweeting actually leads to greater engagement in class!).

I have to admit, I’m pretty impressed with NASPA’s idea to use scholarships to promote social media use by their members – check it out if you’re interested in attending!

You can now use open networks safely with the new Firefox add-on, BlackSheep. Specifically, this new add-on addresses the recent rise of a new hacking tool called Firesheep that allows users access to your web accounts when you’re on an open network. Surf safely again!

The National Labor Relations Board has declared that posts on Facebook about an employer should be considered as free speech, and therefore you should not be fired for them. (In other news, can Mashable PLEASE find a different creepy Facebook photo to use with their Facebook posts?)

Mockingbird, a pretty sweet wireframe tool for designing websites, has recently added real time collaboration – web designers rejoice! Seriously, though, I can already think of one or ten uses for this that would be helpful in my current position, and I’m not even a web designer.

Do you have links to share? Please feel free to share some more linkage love in the comments below!

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