Extending Your Brand via Twitter with Twitter Cards

Yesterday while playing around in the twitter developer area, I came across twitter cards. I’ve seen summary cards appear in postings from major news outlets but I never knew that I could also produce them through my own self-hosted blog.

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Braeden the Maker Meets Wendell the Wizard

A few weeks ago, we started reading Wendell the World’s Worst Wizard. At the time, Braeden was dead set on building a robot so when he heard of Wendell’s interest in the same, he was stoked to know Wendell a bit better. Then, something happened that I did not expect. He connected with Wendell “the maker”. Yes…an artistic robot making storybook character told my nephew that it was okay to be a maker. He hasn’t stopped “making” since. Every time we met a scenario that correlated to his own life, he’d stop and insist on it being read again. I …

The Truth About Tweeting in Class

This post is absolutely NOT about tweeting with students. That is an entirely different ballgame and one that works beautifully as modeled by @MsSandersTHS. If you haven’t followed her stream of classroom tweets, you should. Today, I woke up thinking about the teacher that taught next to me who made facebook connecting via gaming more of a priority than the students in her class. That was years ago and twitter wasn’t yet the “drink of choice” for educators connecting socially. We’ve heard many arguments about why tweeting in school is necessary with many of them being, “that’s how I learn …

Why Personal Branding Should Matter

Prior to yesterday, the marketing genius that helped me to complete the style transformation of my blog did not have a web presence beyond Facebook or Instagram which was odd considering his line of work…social marketing. He does amazingly brilliant work but his reach was limited to those that he was connected to through those two platforms only. We had a long conversation about what his intentions were for his business. We talked about the impact that he could have on others just by sharing what he did and maybe even blogging which would provide unique insight into social marketing …

Sharing the Process: Rebuilding the Blog

Rebuilding my blog from the ground up was as simple as imagining what I wanted it to be and then doing it. I have a self-hosted wordpress blog which means that I have the power to customize my blog any way that I choose. Self hosting can be just as empowering as clicking publish and if you’re hesitant to start, here is how I did it along with a few handy tips. 1. Find a reliable and FRIENDLY host! I was hosting with bluehost and we have had a bit of a love/hate relationship as of late…mostly hate. I manage …

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The Often Misleading Path of Numbers in Social Media

The ongoing joke within my circles is that I seem to tweet all night. There is some truth to that. However, I’m not always up tweeting on my own timeline. The fact is that I have a secret life that I rarely, if ever, discuss as a social media manager for a few “high profile” accounts. For over two years, I’ve posted tweets, blogs, responded to fans and even purchased followers. Yes, this practice most certainly does happen. I even have a weekly report that I submit to their managers that itemizes “the data”. They want to know about crowd …

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A MUST See Video: Children from Medical City Dallas Lipdub Katy Perry’s Roar

Good Morning America held a contest for high schools that enabled them to create a lip-dub video to Katy Perry’s Roar. The winners will get to have a visit from Katy Perry at their school. Here in Dallas, the kids of Children’s Medical center created a video as well. Unfortunately, since they are not a traditional high school, they were not allowed to enter the contest. Due to their medical conditions, they attend various schools via skype. Personally, I think that the lyrics to this song could not have been dubbed by a more fitting group and I think that …

Your Ideas Are Worth Sharing

You just had an amazing idea and you hesitantly tried it in your classroom. Your kids were amazed and you ended the day feeling great. You log on to twitter, crack open Zite or Flipboard and start thumbing through the ideas of others. You read or sometimes based on “the source”, you share anyway knowing that it HAS to be great. The next few minutes or hours are spent reading blogs, favoriting tweets and lurking through conversations praising the “eduheroes” that inspire your work. Your mind flashes back to the amazing learning experiences that happened in your classroom. With those …

Today is A Brand New Day

Yesterday I woke up to a sea of issues. My blog was hijacked with links from twitter forwarding to some strange site. I was speaking on a webinar and lost network connection entirely. To make matters worse, amidst dealing with drama related to the financial strains of putting a kid through college, I completely forgot that I had a session to teach at school. At the moment, every problem seemed bigger than the the one before it. I even tweeted that the day could not get any worse. The reality was that it most certainly could have and it did …

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Why I Share My Nephew’s Stories

Everyday we have the same routine. Spelling/vocabulary words, 26 of them, are written 5 times each. An excel math sheet is completed A homework chapter reader is read On Wednesday’s , 10 sentences are written as well Practice multiplication facts As soon as the kid gets home by 3pm, the homework cycle begins…day after day…after day. Like so many of our children, my nephew is such a dreamer. He creates some of the most fantastic art that I have ever seen. He makes random “things” using odd finds from around the house. He absolutely loves every thing about lions and …