This week I wanted to focus on what has most likely become something most of us enjoy on a daily basis – pinning things on Pinterest. As I was thinking of “Links” to share, I thought back to all my pins and decided to share some links to tech Pinterest boards you may enjoy.
Some of our bloggers have Pinterest pages. Kristen Abell, Jess Faulk, and I all regularly pin tech related items as I’m sure other of our bloggers do as well.
Then there’s CNET – “We’re pinning all the tech that makes your life awesome. Photography to gadgets to DIY touchscreen gloves–we’ve got you covered. Happy pinning!”
And Mashable: “Mashable is the largest independent website dedicated to news, information and resources for the connected generation. We pin the latest technology, social media tips, gadgets for your home and more.”
And TechCrunch: “Breaking Technology News And Opinions From TechCrunch.”
Think that the geek in your life has everything they ever wanted? Think again! Check out this geek gift pinterest for ideas on what to buy. Thought about purchasing a USB wall plate? How about an R2D2 lunch bag? Computer jewelry is always a hit. The trick while searching is not to buy too many things for yourself along the way. But is a good time to start a pinterest board for a holiday or birthday wishlist! Check out many more gift ideas at GeekSugar and ThinkGeek. My favorites are posted on a Geek Gift Guide pinterest board.
Have you already been searching high and low for geek gifts this holiday season? Join our pinterest boardand share your favorites! (message me at @jessfaulk and I will add you as a contributor)
If you’ve read any of my other blogs or follow me on social media, you might know I have a son who fancies himself an artist. I sorta love this about my kid. He’s got his own unique personality, and it works for him.
But the art. What the heck am I supposed to do with all the art? Papers and papers and more papers – they could fill a room if I kept them all. And I am most definitely not an artist, so when he asks me for “projects” to do, what am I gonna come up with? (If he wants blog posts to write, fine – I’ve got a ton of prompts I can come up with on a dime, but I’m thinking he’s still a little young for that. And definitely not interested.) Then there’s the art supplies – dang those things take up a lot of room.
Well, it turns out there are a few things to help me out in this area. For the last two, of course, there’s the almighty Pinterest. Check out any DIY or kids’ boards, and you’ll find plenty of projects. This weekend we’ll be doing eraser-stamp art, as a matter of fact. He also frequently modifies whatever I come up with to his own interests. So one weekend we were decorating mason jars with beads and a hot glue gun, and he came up with a “worry jar” – “You just tell it your worries, Mom, and it drinks them up!” Pretty creative if I do say so myself.
And of course, there are always organization ideas on Pinterest, as well – thank goodness for me. My favorite project on there has been the art bucket I made for him awhile back now. We put everything in it. It gets a little heavy to lug around at times, but once we get it where he needs it, he’s good to go. Easiest project ever. Unfortunately, this doesn’t quite encompass his art supplies, as he also has an aunt and a friend-aunt who are artists and feel the need to constantly replenish his art projects (popsicle sticks, clay, paint, wood letters, sand art, etc. – you name it, they’ve gotten it for him. Thanks so much). We’ll be looking for more organization projects to do soon. The good news is, he’ll probably love to help me. The bad news is that his idea of “help” isn’t always the same as mine.
Finally, there is all the art. All the tons and tons of art. And what to do with all these masterpieces? I can’t just throw them away, right? But I can’t keep them. So here is my favorite part – a new app called ArtKive that helps you archive whatever masterpiece your kid brings home – paper or otherwise. You can also set up a contact list to email out the little master’s works to his grandparents, aunts, uncles, whoever. Finally, once you’ve amassed enough, you’ll be able to order a photo book of your favorite pieces (they’re still working on this last feature, but it’s on the way!). I can’t tell you how awesome this is. I have already managed to ge
t rid of a huge stack of art that we’ve been holding onto since preschool in one night, and I have another one to go. I’m loving the ability to get rid of some of his stuff without the guilt, and I know he’s going to love the little book he’ll get when it’s done – and so will I!
Technology – making the life of my little master oh so much better.
What is the future for technology in student affairs?
When I saw the prompt for today, my brain started to go into overdrive with possibilities. In my experience, student affairs as a whole has been largely slow to embrace technology. However, when social media started to gain popularity, student affairs practitioners started to shift their opinions on technology. Many of us have found ways to utilize technology to engage with students via social media, and I see this trend continuing in the future.
We have talked about Pinterest in this blog before, and I believe many student affairs units are still trying to figure out how to use Pinterest to compliment programs and services we provide. I’ve heard some student affairs administrators talk about having design and recipe contests on Pinterest, as well as Admissions and Orientation staff discuss ways to use Pinterest to help students make their decision to attend the university. I look forward to seeing how colleagues across the country find innovative ways to use this new social media outlet to serve students.
As we continue to look for ways to integrate with the academic side of the house, I think technology and social media could help bridge the gap. Whether it be through “smart” classrooms in residence halls, or flat screen TVs used for advertising purposes in student unions, there are many ways we can work with technology to reach out to our students.
Speaking as someone who works on the customer service side of the house, I can tell you that students and their families expect fast responses to their questions. As student affairs practitioners, this means that we need to find ways to use technology to better our services and responses to inquiries. This may mean having intentional redesigns of our websites and even integrating online chat technology during business hours. It may also mean having some online office hours scheduled after regular business hours if it is more convenient for students.
Clearly I cannot predict the future (but how awesome would it be if I COULD??), but I want to encourage my colleagues in student affairs to continue down the path of embracing technology. In my opinion, technology enhances our ability to serve the ever-changing needs of our students.
So now you tell me, what do you think the future of technology in student affairs will be?
Alright, alright, so I’m obsessed with Pinterest – but I’m not the only one these days. It’s being used for marketing, blogging, and career searching. I recently stumbled across Bob Vila’s profile on there, which makes for some interesting pins. Plus, a friend of mine even got to have a conversation with him because of a pin.
So, with that, here’s today’s open thread question: What are your favorite boards on Pinterest if you’re on there? Or what boards would you like to see if you’re not? Who are you following? What has the best pins? Tell us all about your favorite boards, and let us know if you need an invite – we’ll get you on there!
With given the task of highlighting apps, my choices actually were fairly easy. As I suspect many of you can relate, I have downloaded more apps for my smartphone/tablet than I can count, but I find myself only going back to about 10 on a regular basis. Below are some of the winners, the applications that make my life easier in some way, or feed my hobbies.
Pinterest It (ios)
I am a newbie to this social networking phenomenon, however, after one session at a conference called “Pinterest for organizers” I was hooked. I’ll post more about how we can use this cool new platform very soon, but in the meantime, consider jumping on board one of the fastest growing social network around. Read Kristen Abell’s post on Pinterest or watch the helpful video I found about how Pinterest works (great if you are a visual learner like me). If after learning more, you will want an invite, so feel free to email Kristen or I at jess.faulk [at] gmail.com!
I am a causal user of instagram, but everytime I stumble upon the app I am reminded how much I enjoy using it. It is a fun way to share moments or cool shots of random things with friends and family, and it can result in some pretty awesome art for your apartment. If you are interested in getting into the instagram craze, you can download the ios app.
For ios (iphone, ipad, ipod touch)
Apparently there are some rumors of it coming to android soon too!
My #1 app of choice is for content consumption on my ipad. I love Flipboard because it is an awesome content curator (like an RSS feed) and gives me easy access to articles from all over the web. It exposes me to more material than if I was just clicking around on the web, and it is easy to tweet or link to FB directly from the app. Zite (ios) and Google Currents (ios/android) are two alternatives to Flipboard that do basically the same thing. Below is a video of google current so you can get a sense of the type of app (and because I am feeling guilty about all of the ios apps I am promoting 😉
If you haven’t seen the website I’m going to write about today pop up somewhere in your newsfeeds/streams/reader, I’m guessing you’ve been under a rock somewhere in a remote location – like the moon. Or maybe you just have better things to do with your time than surf the Internets. I, however, have had plenty of mentions of Pinterest.com hitting me from all directions, so I thought I’d take a few minutes to discuss what it was, as well as the pros and cons of the site, if you haven’t already checked it out for yourself.
Pinterest works somewhat like an online bulletin board/scrapbook for images – I’d say it’s fairly similar to how Delicious works for reading material – with a smidge of social networking thrown into the mix. When you log in, you see a page of what everyone else in your network is pinning – you can comment, like, and/or “repin” items, hence the social networking piece. Because there is no better authority on anything than Wikipedia, I’m going to provide you with a link to the Pinterest entry if you want to read more.
So what’s so great about all of this you ask? Well, here are some of my favorite parts of Pinterest:
Finding creative solutions to clutter/organizational problems or other home/office improvement projects. If you know me and have asked me a question about a project like this lately, you have likely heard me answer with, “Ooh, let’s check out Pinterest and see if we can find some suggestions.” And what happens? We always do. Because it’s awesome. And then my partner curses me because I have just figured out how we absolutely must rearrange our entire house to organize our pots and pans.
Gift ideas – Ever wonder what to get that hard-to-buy-for person in your life? Just get them on Pinterest, and you will have no lack of suggestions! Seriously, I almost wish I bought gifts for all of my friends on Pinterest, as I have tons of great ideas just based on all the stuff they’ve been pinning.
Connecting – There are people that I’m now following and who are following me with whom I’ve probably exchanged less than five words in person or online before Pinterest, but now seeing that we are both huge fans of black nail polish, we’ve found other common interests. Random, I know, but it’s actually been a pretty spectacular conversation-starter and relationship-builder.
Randomness – Because I now have a mix of men and women with whom I’ve connected on Pinterest, when I open up the site, I have an incredibly random assortment of pins – everything from wedding dresses to funny sayings to architecture to bizarre dentistry items (yeah, I follow a dentist, and who knew there was so much out there in the way of odd dentist paraphernalia?). Oh, and the geekery – there is a whole category for geek stuff, and I have found that these items tend to be the most often repinned. Oh sure, a good organization solution gets three or four repins, but just post something about Buffy the Vampire Slayer or Wonder Woman, and that sucker will be repinned at least 25 times.
So with all these benefits, why wouldn’t you use Pinterest? Oh fine, I have a couple of downsides to the site, too, just to be fair.
It’s horribly glitchy – I’m sure it’s come a long way from its beginnings, but when posting pictures and all the memory required, it’s still a far cry from a smooth experience. Sometimes you have to follow or unfollow people/boards multiple times to get it to work. It may take a day or two for a follow or unfollow to actually hit across the site and the mobile app. These are things that drive me crazy as a tech person. But I’ve managed to overlook them for the time being.
It’s wedding-heavy – Although I’ve managed to unfollow most of the wedding planning boards (and there are a lot of them out there), the occasional wedding pin still makes its way into my feed. Don’t get me wrong – I’m not anti-wedding or anything, but mine’s over and done with, and I hope to never plan another, so I’m just not interested.
It is a MAJOR time suck. I cannot even begin to tell you how many times I’ve opened up the computer to do one thing, and an hour later I’m still looking at Pinterest.
It’s still set up as an invite-only site. But not to worry, I’m happy to send invites if you’re interested. Just send me your email! (No, seriously, I’m happy to send them out as long as the site will let me – firstname.lastname@example.org).
Apparently someone has decided that Pinterest is too much woman for them, so you can now find a men’s forum called “Gentlemint,” but I’m happy with the mix of people I’m following on Pinterest these days.