SPARK Career Placement Success with Web 2.0 Tools

Presented by Dr. Eileen Dittmar, Faculty Chair, Capella University


Topic hashtag #School2Careers  Follow Eileen on Twitter @dreileendittmar

Presented at Michigan Career Placement Association Conference

June 17, 2014 Henry Center, MSU, Lansing MI


websites to be added for my next presentation



Virtual Places for Website URLs

Want to get to often visited, or seldom visited websites fast? If you have a social bookmarking site you like and are not interested in another, skip to the fourth item below (LiveBinders) and focus on that first. If you do not have a social bookmarking site or if you want to be able to guide students who don’t, perhaps start small with one social bookmarking site, such as, Delicious or Diigo or Xmarks. Most educators who find out about LiveBinders want to dig in and use them. Some of you today already are “into” them. In case some want to explore more, item #4 offers a few examples and a link to a tutorial.



Description: Store your URLs, organize by tags and stacks; follow tags and stacks. See Eileen’s public URLs at www.delicious.com/edittmar



Collect, highlight, then remember.  Diigo offers a link for converting from Delicious to Diigo. See Kathy Schrock’s Diigo of Web tools: https://www.diigo.com/list/Kathyschrock/web20tools



Description: Sync bookmarks and favorites into cloud-based Xmarks so websites can be opened on any computer.



Description: Amazing way to create a collection of websites. Users can create livebinders for personal use and for sharing. Students can get organized by creating them by subject or for sharing their skills with potential employers.

Binders for you

http://www.livebinders.com/play/play?id=269484 Dr. Dittmar’s School2Careers Binder (Career Development & Planning Resources)

OPTIONAL: Review and copy any of these that you may want to have.

http://livebinders.com/play/play/224967  Dr. Dittmar’s Integrating Mobile Technology with Learning.

http://www.livebinders.com/play/play?id=750791 Dr. Dittmar’s Web 2.0 Resources for Writing Skill Development.

http://www.livebinders.com/play/play?id=779595 Dr. Dittmar’s Softskills Resources

http://www.livebinders.com/play/play?id=269550 Dr. Dittmar’s Virtual Presenter Guide; tips for creating powerful presentations.

http://www.livebinders.com/play/play?id=391027 Dr. Dittmar’s Business Communications Resources

Virtual Places for Resumes

Many employees seeking job advancement utilize a blog for their resume. The URL of it can be placed on the application as well as on the document. Oftentimes, more information about the candidate can be available via a blog, such as, awards or recommendations.

WordPress Blog


Description: WordPress.com is brought to the public for free by some of the same folks who work on the open source blogging software available at WordPress.org.

For Career Use: blog a specialization with About me page that contains digital resume.

Tutorials: http://learn.wordpress.com/

View “freshly pressed” for ideas http://wordpress.com/#!/read/fresh/

or search by topic

Other blog providers:

Blogger http://www.blogger.com

Tumblr https://www.tumblr.com

Places for Files in the Cloud

A virtual storage place for files provides the opportunity to get them from any computer. Further the most recent file is there and eliminates emailing updated documents causing version control which can be troublesome. Many Internet provides offer free space and below are two that offer enough for free that can benefit most students.



Description: Organized online workspace for managing and sharing files. A variety of file types open in usable view and collaborators can comment or discuss or edit. Has a feel of a wiki but integrated with an operating system and blog. For more info https://www.box.com/about-us/



Description: Similar to Box; but for Windows users it offers directory style view that is familiar Windows operating system. For more info https://www.dropbox.com/help

Virtual Places for Presentations “in the Cloud”

Similar to having a virtual digital resume, many educators and students find presentations in the cloud useful and productive. Two popular free services to choose from. SlideShare is easier to use at first but both offer some terrific bells and whistles to brighten up most presentations.



Description: Slideshare is an excellent way to share presentations, documents and professional videos. Easy to get a free account to upload and share. For ideas and examples: (1) on home page, review the featured presentations, (2) click “popular” in the top menu or (3) search by topics of interest.

http://www.slideshare.net/about has two examples; first without audio, second with audio.

Alison Topper (2011) created this presentation without audio http://www.slideshare.net/alisontopper/a-comparison-of-2-social-bookmarking-sites which compares Delicious (http://delicious.com) and Diigo (http:/diigo.com). The presentation also provides basic information about social bookmarking.

SlideShare’s Help page: http://help.slideshare.com/home

SlideShare Instructions for audio using Slidecast to insert mp3 file with Slideshare: http://help.slideshare.com/entries/57609-can-you-describe-how-to-create-a-slidecast-step-by-step



Prezi Description Educators praise Prezi; it is among the hottest tools to gain educator attention. The site is easy yet effective for creating and sharing presentations. Many call it the PowerPoint Alternative, but much better than PowerPoint. View “What is Prezi” video and tour of its features on the Prezi home page.

Prezi for Education: Come on, you know your students are tired of PowerPoint – get on the Prezi bandwagon quick and easy. Prezi Learn http://prezi.com/learn/

Prezi’s manual: http://prezi.com/learn/manual/

Examples: click the video on the home page

Virtual Tools to Look Tech Savvy

Let’s discuss what these offer and perhaps one or two may emerge as must use with your work or with your students.



Description: Tired of document file types that won’t open at school or at home? Zamzar to the rescue. A quick submit of the file will get you a return of the file type you want. Amazing must have for students and teachers.

For more file convertor info see http://mobilelearningtips.wordpress.com/converters/



Description: Perfect for group work when participants are at different locations. Free calls, video calls, and screen sharing.



Description: Free screen capture software to “capture your computer screen” and create tutorials.  Excellent if you want students to be able to show you what they did on the computer.



Description: Amazingly easy to create audio podcasts saved as mp3 file to share in email, messages, and websites. Brainshark offers other features usable in education. The advanced features for a fee are not needed. BrainShark for Education: Use to practice sharpening your voice. Guide students to use it as a way to develop their voice and speeches.



Description: Voki is an educational tool that allows users to create their very own talking character. Voki is created by Oddcast and is located in New York City. Voki characters can be customized to look like historical figures, cartoons, animals, and even yourself! Give your Voki a voice by recording with a microphone, using our dial-in number, or uploading an audio file. Voki characters can be emailed, shared on social media, and embedded on websites.



Description: Free QR Code Generator. Enhance your student’s employability skills with an online resume and QR code directing employers to the digital resume

QRCode Generator


Description: Free QR Code Generator. Enhance your student’s employability skills with an online resume and QR code directing employers to the digital resume

Social Networks

Okay, the buzz about Social Networks are never ending. One could argue pros and cons for a long, long time. Bottom line is that today’s employers WANT new employees to know them and help the company advantage with them. In addition, employers are looking at prospective employees in social networks (such as Facebook). Select one to peruse on a personal level and then expand to two. It is good to know what they are and how they can help or hinder your students.



Description: Large social network offers opportunities for learning century 21st skills including concise compositions, asking for information, and data mining resources. Hashtags make it easy for people with a common interest to bring their voices together in an organic way w/o needing to “follow” the others.

follow @dreileendittmar

Twitter resources

Twitter Cheat Sheet: http://edudemic.com/2013/04/a-useful-twitter-cheat-sheet/

Check your stats: Use Klout http://klout.com and/or PeerIndex http://www.peerindex.com/ rate your influence



Description: Powerful professional social network quickly becoming essential for job seekers and career placement companies seeking employees.

Other social network providers:



Description: Large social network offers opportunities for learning century 21st skills including concise compositions, asking for information, and data mining resources.



Description: Pinterest is a virtual pinboard that allows you to organize and share all things you find on the web. You can browse pinboards created by other people to discover new things and get inspiration from people who share your interests. Easy to create a board and add pins. Eileen’s home page http://pinterest.com/dreileendittmar/

Eileen’s business & technology board http://pinterest.com/dreileendittmar/business-technology/

Tutorials:  http://about.pinterest.com/basics/



Description: Google+ is a social networking service operated by Google Inc. The service launched on June 28, 2011, in an invite-only testing phase. Utilizing circles instead of friends, Google + gained ten million users by November 2011 (FaceBook had 750 million at that time).

Social Influence Services

Klout Description

(from Wikipedia): Klout is a San Francisco based company that provides social media analytics to measure a user’s influence across their social network. The analysis is done on data taken from sites such as Twitter and Facebook and measures the size of a person’s network, the content created, and how other people interact with that content. The company has been subject to substantial criticism, both for its business model and its operating principle.

PeerIndex Description

By weighing the data you provide, Peer Index attempts to provide the most accurate score of your social capital. PeerIndex measures three elements: Authority, Audience and Activity. Authority – built up of resonance scores in a range of benchmark topics. This is weighed by other measures, including your conversation in topics but essentially it builds a topic specific pagerank. Audience – built up of an estimate of your engaged audience. (PeerIndex uses several features to figure this out, and more features are regularly added).  Activity – a measure of how active you are relative to the rest of the population. Each of these dimensions reflects some measure of good social behavior: authority means the extent to which other people like what you say (and in particular share); audience is about whether you are able to engage your audience; and activity measures the regularity with which you contribute to the commons.

Virtual Places to Learn

Okay, sometimes a student needs to brush up on something before an interview; or needs to gain skills to lessen the cost of college; or? Let’s briefly discuss what these types of sites offer you and your students.



Description: CalcMoolator offers over 50 free financial calculators for the web, iPhone, iPad, and Android devices. Some of our most popular calculators are: Tip Calculator, House Rent vs. Buy, Auto Loan Estimate, Auto Lease vs. Buy, Mortgage Payment Estimate, and Pay Off My Credit Card Debt Sooner (and much more!).

List of calculators




Description: Record and analyze financial information (can be helpful for student projects). Over 5 million people use Mint. Has app for mobile devices.

Are you my hero


Description: Are you my hero is a place where you can get help, or give someone in need of assistance help. Be it a simple thing as helping someone choose a name for their dog, or help a person find their relatives after a natural disaster.



Description: Free online access to the Wolfram|Alpha computational knowledge engine: answer questions; do math; instantly get facts, calculators, unit conversions, and real-time quantitative data and statistics; create plots and visualizations; and access vast scientific, technical, chemical, medical, health, business, financial, weather, geographic, dictionary, calendar, reference, and general knowledge—and much more.



Description: IFixit is like Wikipedia but for technology. The site claims that it is the free repair manual that you can edit. Includes: diagnostics, tips, links, and oodles of tech information.



Description: Social learning network of free tutorials, lectures, and multimedia for common subject matter relevant to college studies, lifelong learning, and more.

Capella’s Free Trial Course


Description: Professional Communications and Development. Choosing to complete an online degree program can present questions about its value and fit within your life. This course provides an introduction to Capella’s engaging learning environment allowing participants an opportunity to understand the elements of career advancement and professional communications goals. Through a unique series of interactive studies and activities, participants develop a personalized academic and career plan. In addition, participants will expand their career potential through developing advanced professional skills in communication, technology, and leadership.

Course Competencies:

To successfully complete this course, you will be expected to:

1. Identify appropriate online communications.

2. Identify personal attributes, recognizing and exploring their relationships to professional opportunities.

3. Synthesize research findings to formulate a plan for career growth and development across the lifespan.

4. Apply effective communications in career-related compositions and documents.

Next class starts August 18; offered every three months. Contact Capella www.capella.edu  for link to register. NOTE: Class designed for adults who do not have a BS degree who are deciding a career plan. Capella learners minimum age is 23.



Description: Huge collection of lectures; filter for business topics. Venerable open source institution TED makes its impressive suite of video lectures on every subject imaginable (available on the iPad for maximum infotainment).

Kahn Academy


Description: Khan Academy features some incredible videos by experts hoping to educate viewers about anything and everything they might find interesting.

MORE HOT Resources

WANT more? Check out one of these sites.

Top Ten Lists Wiki


Description: Ed Tech guru created this wiki with top ten lists of various tech sites.

2014 Web 2.0 Tools


Description: Discovery Ed’s web 2.0 tools.



Description: A huge repository of web tools and applications.

Internet Archive


Description: Institutional sponsors include Sloan, National Science Foundation, and more.

World Factbook


Description: Amazing resources for economics, general business, math, finance, business administration, and many other classes!

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4 thoughts on “#School2Careers

  1. Just participated in your NBEA workshop and I must say that I have learned a great deal about web tools for employability skills. My knowledge has been greatly expanded and I now have new and valuable information to pass on to the teachers. Thank you.

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  4. Les quiero contar un lance cercano (opción que no
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