Digital Resources for a New Year

So, I was talking with a few undergrad students and #SAGrads from Michigan State the other day about digital resources and suggestions I had for them. So, after that conversation, with the start of the semester, and the plethora of helpful info from other #SATech/#SAPros, I thought I’d share out what resources that I found to help me immensely during my Grad Days that could serve to help undergrads, grads and even professionals. 🙂

TweetDeck-icon

Courtesy of tweetdeck.com

TweetDeck, tweetdeck.com TweetDeck is a great platform to utilize if you are following multiple hashtags. (Especially if you want to stay up-to-date with #sachat, #sagrad, @acpa and @naspatweets.) It is very similar to Hootsuite, but to me, it’s much more user friendly. It has the same features, following you notifications, hashtags, and even scheduling future tweets. I have found it easier partly due to its simple and clean layout. The site rarely, if ever, crashes, which was a frequent problem I encountered with Hootsuite. Also a great perk, you can display up to 4 columns on a typical PC monitor, and up to 7 on an Apple Mac.

Courtesy of wix.com

Courtesy of wix.com

Wix, wix.com
Wix is an online service where you can create websites easily and for free. There are  packages you can purchase for additional perks. I found this website a HUGE help when I wanted to stand out in my class projects. Also, if you are not a blogger, but want an easy, simple and very inexpensive website to help brand yourself as an #SAGrad/#SAPro, this is a great place to start. It does take a few practice site to get the handle of creating websites and how they work, but once you grasp the concepts you’ll be able create a great project or awesome site to help brand yourself.

Prezi, prezi.com

Courtesy of prezi.com

Courtesy of prezi.com

Prezi is an awesome platform where you can create great visually appealing and motion-filled presentations. It takes Powerpoint to the next step. It does take a few practice presentations to learn some of the quirks, however, once you are fluent in Prezi, you will wow your classmates and faculty. The great hing about prezi is that is can make the presentation look attractive, interesting and the transitions really create an attention getter to keep your audience on the edge of their seats. You are also able to embed audio and video (YouTub,e etc.) right into the presentation so you don’t have to switch between tabs in order to play the video.

wordpress-icon

Courtesy of wordpress.com

 Wordpress, wordpress.com
If you want to start blogging, I found that wordpress was the best platform to test the waters on creating your own blog. It’s relatively simple and once you really become a pro, it has the ability to cater the blog image and branding to your own branding that you have for yourself, be it as a student or professional. There are packages you can purchase for additional perks. You can also purchase the domain and create a .com for yourself if you so choose. I would suggest not purchasing the domain etc. unless you really feel wordpress is a good resource for you and that you utilize it often and will be able to keep it up to date often.

So there you have it. Some of the resources I was mentored towards and I now pass them onto you all. 🙂 Hope some of serve you as well as they did me in my Grad Days!

Until next time!

Peace, Love and Pandas!

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About bdproffer

I am currently the Assistant Manager for the University Activities Board at Michigan State University. After earning my B.A. from the University of Michigan-Flint, I entered the Student Affairs profession. After a few years in the field, I returned to school and earned my M.A. in Educational Leadership-Higher Education Student Affairs from Eastern Michigan University. In my spare time I blog about my thoughts and musings on current issues in higher education, student affairs, web 2.0, LGBT issues and general life inspirations and observations. I also volunteer for Kappa Sigma Fraternity.
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