OTR Links 07/29/2014


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Social Media Personality


Yesterday, I read this article from The Next Web “What type of sharer are you? Understanding your social media personality“.  It was pretty deep; I never have really thought that deeply about it.  Personally, I always thought that I was using social media to grow professionally by writing, reading and sharing, and learning from the wisdom of others.

Perhaps it was getting involved with computers so early in life but I’ve always had the healthy understanding that I can never stay on top of things.  It brings a smile when I read the profiles of others who self-classify themselves as “experts”.  They’re far more dedicated and educated than me. 

I have a reading/learning routine and all that I need to do is spend a bit of time working at it daily.  In the article, they make reference to a University of Winchester study that identifies 12 social personality types.  (Along with an interesting infographic)  I can see pieces of myself in most of the profiles!

I did read the article through a few times to really digest it.  I did find it fascinating and could see the descriptors fitting many of the folks that I interact with online.

The article includes a link to a survey that lets you respond to a number of scenarios and then summarizes your social personality.

It was fun.  I took it and totally agreed with the results.  I took it again, got different results and totally agreed with the new results.  As I wondered why, I took a step back from the survey and realized that I wasn’t consistent across the platforms that I use regularly.  I use Twitter differently than I use Facebook which is different from how I use Google +.  Is it sophisticated in the types of audience or can I just not get my act together?

I know the answer that I’d like to think best describes things.  Regardless, it is interesting and I found the original article and survey pretty insightful.  Give it a read and a try.  The results will get you thinking.

OTR Links 07/28/2014


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Pexels Images


You can’t have enough sources for Creative Commons or free images/pictures.  To the list, I’d like to suggest that you add Pexels.

Their claim is that they host “Free high quality photos you can use everywhere”. All without attribution to the creator.  This is a refreshing approach.  After poking around, there are some very good images to use.  I did my usual search for “house”.

All photos on Pexels are under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license. This means you can copy, modify, distribute and perform the photos. The pictures are free for personal and even for commercial use. All without asking for permission or setting a link to the source. So attribution is not required. All in all the photos are completely free to be used for any legal purpose.

For student purposes, I still think that the first choice should be pictures, images, drawings, screen captures, … that they’ve created themselves but there are times when that’s just not possible.

There isn’t a huge collection – they claim to add 30 every week.  But, the ones that are there are really well done and I would suggest well worth the time to bookmark and search when you don’t have an image of your own to use.

OTR Links 07/27/2014


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A Tecumseh Trip


Last weekend, we returned from up north and a class reunion.  We’ve made this trip so many times and it doesn’t make any difference what route we take; it always seems to take the same length of time.  Usually, it’s a race to get home but this Sunday was different.  The dog was boarded and we couldn’t pick him up from the Hound Dog Hilton until Monday so there was no real rush.

As we entered Kent County, we saw the familiar signage for the Tecumseh Parkway.  It didn’t take long to say forget the 401; let’s run the Parkway and see the sights.  We’ve stopped at the Tecumseh Monument and the Fairfield Museum in the past but it was a quick stop en route to our destination.

The Parkway follows the Thames River which is absolutely not a straight river.  Throughout the drive, there were “pull offs” where you could stop and read information about the history that happened at/near the spot.  It was fascinating.

When I got home, I decided to do some research and found the wonderful site linked above. 

But there was another incredible resource.  I think that we’ve all seen the use of Google Maps on websites to document locations.  But, I’ll bet that you’ve never seen anything this detailed and inclusive.

Notice all the pin drops.  What a monumental task!

I could kick myself for not having this preloaded on my phone to help with our drive.  This really is a great example of history meeting modern technology.

I’m also thinking that his is a perfect exemplar in the classroom.  Certainly, it’s a great resource for the War of 1812.  But I know that many people use Google maps to document their community or to show historical events. 

Why not use this as a model and an inspiration for inclusion and detail?

OTR Links 07/26/2014


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