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Technology Tidbits: Thoughts of a Cyber Hero: Top 100 Sites/Apps of 2013

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"Well, here it is my favorite and most popular post of the year, my Top 100 Sites/Apps of the year!!!  Continuing w/ the trend from last year, readers are going to find more and more apps on the list and less sites, as the flux in mobile learning and BYOD (bring your own devices) continues to rise.  Also, you'll notice that there are a lot of learning tools for Digital Storytelling & Math.  I believe the reason for this is because storytelling is a learning tool that can be used by a wide range of educators for any subject, and Math is a very popular subject w/ lots of diverse ways to go about teaching it.  W/ that I hope you enjoy this list and as always thanks again for reading!!!"


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"YEAR END LIST OF BEST APPS FOR THE YEAR!"

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Ann Ewel's curator insight, December 4, 2013 11:16 AM

I am looking for new online tools to share with our teachers -- and this list looks like it has many that are easy to use -- and that enhance learning.  Like Geddit  -- where the students can give the teacher feedback on how well they understand -- sounds very cool.

Linda Jones's curator insight, December 4, 2013 12:15 PM

Excellent resources for educators to integrate technology into the classroom.

Michail Darley's curator insight, August 27, 8:47 PM

If you have an hour to browse this site is a large and easy to follow summary of as many digital tools for learning as you will ever want to see.

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What Your Graphic Design Style Says About Your Personality - DesignTAXI.com

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The Minimalist

Web strategist Sherice Jacob recently wrote an article for the blog of Canva, an online graphic design tool, that talks about...
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Know thy design self!

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Sparkol - create whiteboard videos with VideoScribe

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Sparkol makes video software to get your message across. Make your own whiteboard video animations with VideoScribe. Free trial available.

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Cool way to make video presentations for conceptual ideas!

 

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Ludmila Smirnova's curator insight, May 9, 2:34 PM

A great App for creating animated presentations and videos.

Alfredo Corell's curator insight, June 3, 6:31 PM
An updated Sparkol version with considerable changes
There is a free trial (and some plans)
Also with and iPad app
Agora Abierta's curator insight, June 10, 4:40 AM

Un papel en blanco para compartir ideas vía pizarra

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Graphic Designer Milton Glaser Critiques Craft Beer Art

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The New York Times has graphic designer Milton Glaser, the man behind the classic I Love New York logo, critique the art of a series of craft beers from breweries like Sixpoint Brewery and Dogfish Head Craft Brewery.
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Interesting take on design for product labels!

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Creativity More Valuable Than Passion: An Entrepreneur's Rules of Creativity

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After @Hannah Kramershared a great post about Creativity being more important for startup entrepreneurs than passion I wanted to weigh in and share related experience growing up with the right side of the brain being my dominant hemisphere (lol).

I share 5 ideas from the daughter of Gatorade's inventor:

* Creativity Bigger Predictor Than Intelligence.
* Creativity Can Be A Hard Row To Hoe.
* Creativity & Structure.
* Creativity can be learned and taught.
* Creativity happens at intersection of disciplines.

Great post hope my hard won experience contributes something helpful.

 


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Make cREATIVITY the foundation of your actions

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Eirini Kotsona's curator insight, February 3, 12:41 PM

challenge accepted

 

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Creativity can guide your business growth!

Ali Anani's curator insight, March 7, 4:08 AM

Make the right brain and left brain intersect 

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#marketing What’s Your ‘Leader-Print’?

#marketing What’s Your ‘Leader-Print’? | Print still a design force | Scoop.it
Ever wonder why there are more than 350,000 leadership titles on amazon.com? The plethora of models, seminars, speakers, authors, and books on the topic confirms something I’ve been thinking for a ...
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Another channel to get your message out!

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Print Marketing Material Checklist for Trade Shows | Smartpress.com ...

Print Marketing Material Checklist for Trade Shows | Smartpress.com ... | Print still a design force | Scoop.it
Printing, Graphic Design, Photography & People | Smartpress.com … That can take some time and effort to decide what you need, design it, print it, and receive it before you have to catch a plane to that trade show.
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Stay organized at conferences and trade shows!

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5 Easy Steps To Drive More Facebook Traffic To Your Website

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Excerpt from the article published by Social Media Examiner:
"Getting Facebook fans to your website is even more critical with Facebook’s recent announcement of decreased organic reach for pages.
Use these five steps to help you get more traffic Facebook to your website.

#1: Make Sure You Have a Steady Stream of Shareable Content on Your Website
These days, the name of the game is content marketing and you had better figure out how your business can participate.
Posting something new and helpful once a week or even once a month can benefit your website traffic.
Here are some ideas that can help you brainstorm how you can add new content to your website:
- Post a weekly tip about your niche;
- Post a weekly news bite with a photo;
- Curate a list of top 10 helpful articles;
- Interview someone in your office or in your industry.

#2: Make it Easy to Share Your Content to Facebook on Your Website
Once you have fresh content, you need to make it shareable. Your first step is to add a social share plugin and/or Facebook Share buttons.
I like using the Digg Digg plugin because it has all of the buttons I want to display and it floats along the side of the post as the reader scrolls through the article.
Also consider asking for a Facebook share if you feel you have a particularly helpful blog post.

#3: Optimize Your Facebook Posts
here are basically three different ways you can post a link to your website:
- The traditional way to post a link is just to cut and paste the link into the status section and allow the link to pull in the photo and metadata.
- Another way to post a link is to post a photo and then add the link into the status update with a little blurb about the link.
- One technique that has been popular in the past to get greater reach is to post your link in the status section and then “X-out” the link data that is pulled in to change the post to “text only,” even though it has a link in it.

#4: Optimize Other Places on Facebook to Add Links to Your Website
To drive more traffic to your website, make sure you have links in other parts of your Facebook page that people may be visiting.
- Use your About page
- Add links to your milestones
- Add links in your photo descriptions
- Use custom tabs with links to your website
- Optimize your personal profile

#5: Advertise
With Facebook’s recent announcements about decreased organic reach, advertising is going to be even more critical for marketers.
To drive traffic to your website, you can either create an ad from scratch with a link to your website, or boost content that you’ve already posted. When you boost content, remember to post something that doesn’t have a photo that has more than 20% text in it or it won’t get approved by Facebook..."

Each step and tips are analyzed with more information. Read full original article here:
http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/drive-more-facebook-traffic/

 


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Insight to driving more traffic to your pages!

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BSN's curator insight, February 25, 11:23 AM

5 Easy Steps To Drive More Facebook Traffic To Your Website. #business #facebook #websitetraffic

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#facebooktraffic

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Marketing With Print Is Greener Than You Think - MarketingProfs.com (subscription)

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MarketingProfs.com (subscription)
Marketing With Print Is Greener Than You Think
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But the print industry is much greener than you think—and it is helping to prevent deforestation.
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Ideas for using print to reach your markets!

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Increase Referrals to Increase Success - RisMedia.com (press release)

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RisMedia.com (press release) Increase Referrals to Increase Success RisMedia.com (press release) Because you can't shake every potential client's hand in person at first (as is the case with faraway buyers), it's important to brand yourself both...
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Good way to increase business in 2014!

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10 Rules To Build A Wildly Successful Business

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iNSIGHT INTO BUSINESS SUCCESS!

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Tooliers's curator insight, January 23, 11:10 AM

Well, it sounds wild to start a business.  Imagine how wild it is to build a truly successful one!

 

Tooliers will surely use each one of these 10 rules!

Special thanks @forbes.com

Patrick Soto's curator insight, March 6, 9:00 AM

This article gives you 10 steps on how to have a successful business.

POS Maven's curator insight, June 19, 11:25 AM

Build a "Wildly" Successful Business!

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How to launch a startup without knowing a line of code

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Tal Raviv is the co-founder of Ecquire. This post was originally published on OnStartups.



There is an unspoken rule: to launch a startup, you need to build a product, and to ...

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Knowing how to get your project coded is as important as knowing how to code!

 

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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, November 17, 2013 5:03 PM

It's become fashionable to create Startups and use Developers. But anyone can start a business online, there are too many good tools around, and not only WordPress as the article suggests.

I built my site with SBI/Sitesell, and am very happy to see hundreds of visitors every day checking on funding information. SBI has many, many tools, all integrated in one package at $29.90/month or $299.00/year, less than a dollar a day. Take a look:http://www.sitesell.com/welcome23.html


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Graphic Icons: Jan Tschichold | David Airey, graphic designer

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Graphic Icons is an introduction to the most iconic designers of our time.
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Solid survey of design stars!

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100 Creative holiday gifts for freelancers | Graphic Design Blender ...

100 Creative holiday gifts for freelancers | Graphic Design Blender ... | Print still a design force | Scoop.it
As freelancers we are busy, picky, and at times eccentric. What a nightmare to buy for! So, if you're shopping for fellow freelancers, a designer friend.
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Gift ideas for your favorite freelance creative!

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10 Essential Books for Graphic Designers

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Are your RSS and Twitter feeds cutting it for your Graphic Design inspiration? Trying to look for a way to resolve things with a messy client? YouTheDesigner list what we feel are 10 essential reads if you're a Graphic Design practitioner.
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Good reading list for your design library!

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Print marketing is not dead but instead is growing alongside digital ...

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Print marketing is not dead but instead is growing alongside digital marketing! Print is not dead, far from it actually, with its pulse still firmly beating. In fact, many marketing experts believe 2014 and beyond has never been a ...
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Graphic Design – Does it Matter? | Abstrakt Marketing Group

Graphic Design – Does it Matter? | Abstrakt Marketing Group | Print still a design force | Scoop.it
Art as a form of creative expression has been around centuries. While the mediums artists use to create have changed, their work has remained important. Through advertisement, graphic design has been making its way into our lives since we were born.
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Graphic design shapes your marketing message!

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What Kind of Product Label Should You Print?

What Kind of Product Label Should You Print? | Print still a design force | Scoop.it
There are three main types of product labels, more product label paper stocks, you should consider before going to print. Find out which is best for you. (What kind of product label should you print?
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Good production points for your label graphics

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Twitter Tips Every Small Business Owner Should Know

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Twitter has been around since 2006 and many companies still struggle with how best to use the platform. When done well, twitter can be a powerful part of the integrated marketing mix. Whether you'r...

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Make the most of twitter!

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Quick video conferencing

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appear.in is an easy to use video meeting system in your browser

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An alternative to SKYPE try it out!

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Wilko Dijkhuis's curator insight, March 4, 2:43 AM

alternative  for hangouts

Patty Ball's curator insight, March 10, 12:26 PM

another video conferencing option

John O'Connor's curator insight, March 20, 7:15 AM

FaceTime on the iPad is great but this could be better in that its multiplatform.

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Creativity More Valuable Than Passion: An Entrepreneur's Rules of Creativity

Creativity More Valuable Than Passion: An Entrepreneur's Rules of Creativity | Print still a design force | Scoop.it

After @Hannah Kramershared a great post about Creativity being more important for startup entrepreneurs than passion I wanted to weigh in and share related experience growing up with the right side of the brain being my dominant hemisphere (lol).

I share 5 ideas from the daughter of Gatorade's inventor:

* Creativity Bigger Predictor Than Intelligence.
* Creativity Can Be A Hard Row To Hoe.
* Creativity & Structure.
* Creativity can be learned and taught.
* Creativity happens at intersection of disciplines.

Great post hope my hard won experience contributes something helpful.

 


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Creativity can guide your business growth!

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Eirini Kotsona's curator insight, February 3, 12:41 PM

challenge accepted

 

Ali Anani's curator insight, March 7, 4:08 AM

Make the right brain and left brain intersect 

Dennis Staples's curator insight, April 2, 5:30 PM

Make cREATIVITY the foundation of your actions

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And finally, make your print ad interactive (no, not with QR codes)

And finally, make your print ad interactive (no, not with QR codes) | Print still a design force | Scoop.it
[embed]http://youtu.be/iMrZmSPpIRw[/embed]

Wired's January 2014 issue has a surprise for you inside.
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Get more from your ad print campaigns!

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7 Ways To Reignite Your Passion For Success

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It may be cold but your passion is what fuels your career!

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Alain Theriault MBA's curator insight, January 21, 1:07 PM

And let's put in place what it takes to make sure you don't hit that "wall" again...

Success Freaks's curator insight, January 25, 7:34 PM

Some pretty good tips to get you back on track....

Paul Dixon's curator insight, February 5, 12:27 PM

Follow your passion and success will follow you. We all hear this gem over and over but what happens when your passion starts to fade? This shows you ways to reignite that passion.

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State of Graphic Design

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Current state of design in the current economy!

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How to be Successful in Business

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Back to basics for 2014!

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En Gooder's curator insight, December 18, 2013 6:14 AM

Do you want to be successful in business or another business casualty?

Tenika Wentworth's curator insight, January 12, 3:39 PM

There are many people out in the world who strive to be successful. This article includes different aspects on how to do so. One that really caught my eye was that in order to be successful, you must do what you love and what you are truly passionate about and to have fun. If you don't love what you do as a career, how will you ever feel truly successful? Another one is tto be successful you have to be able to come up with an idea. An idea that not only serves to you but to others around you benefitting everyone. 

Kira Saini's curator insight, March 6, 9:28 AM

This article is describing how to be successful in the right way. The key factor in order to be successful is to persevere, don't be held back by something, have high expectations, your goal should be to do your best, LEARN  from your experiences, and use the knowledge to do better in the future. According to this article, success is more about learning than proving how smart you are

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13 Signs You're a Design Slacker (And How to Step Up Your Game ...

13 Signs You're a Design Slacker (And How to Step Up Your Game ... | Print still a design force | Scoop.it
I've read plenty of designer blogs that disagree with me on this and that's totally okay, but in my business we're so obsessed with 100% client satisfaction that we're always looking for little ways add personal touch points throughout .....
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Design and productivity for the motivationally challenged!

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