Posts Tagged ‘tips’

Student Leader Approved: Little-known Productivity Apps

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

Guest blogger Elena Hernandez is a sophomore at Boston University, majoring in Political Science.  She is a member of PRSSA and is also involved with the BU television station and the community service group on campus.

Elena has shared three of her favorite apps for busy student leaders. These apps are free and help student leaders stay organized and prepared – tested and approved by a busy college student herself. Once you start using them, Elena says, “you’ll wonder how you ever lived without them!”

I sent the wrong attachment! What do I do?

Monday, July 16th, 2012

In case you missed it, a woman who attached a hilarious photo of Nicolas Cage instead of her resume was featured in Huffington Post.  For most of us, this is an all too familiar scene.

Wiggio users can simply go into their Folder and delete the file – piece of cake.

However, if you’re sending attachments via email – like the woman in our case study – the damage is done after clicking “Send.”  If you find yourself in this position, keep in mind the following tips to manage the situation:

  • Don’t freak out.  Realize that this happens to the best of us.  The more attention you draw to yourself and to the mistake, the more interested people will become in the incorrect file.
  • Own up to it. The quicker to fix your mistake, the better.  We all know that no one is perfect – so most people will evaluate the way you handle a crisis situation as a judge of character – rather than quickly judging you for a simple mistake.
  • Email – don’t call.  You might think that explaining yourself by speaking to the recipient will help alleviate the problem, but it’s not necessary.  Just send the correct file, reference that the new file is the correct one, and a short apology for the confusion.
  • Learn from your mistake.  Sending the wrong attachment is a mistake that can be excused sparingly. These tips will help you for the occasional hiccup, but not if this becomes a habit.  It’s important to check your emails every time before sending.  Also if you have gmail, make sure you add the “undo send” feature!
And for those of you who haven’t seen this amazing email, here it is in all its glory:

Nic Cage Oops
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Text Messaging in the Classroom

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

Author:  Kevin Schuchmann, teacher at West Delaware High School, as part of A Teacher Life Guest Blog Series

My love for PDA’s goes way back to when Dick Tracy used his wristwatch to communicate with the rest of his squad in the comic strips. As a kid I’d always think how cool would be if that stuff actually worked. Today it doesand I can, too. Personal devices seem to have turned into a hobby for me. Currently I’ve got a couple of iPads, a smartphone, and an Archos Tablet in addition to all the laptops I’ve got laying around.

My love for PDA’s probably gave me the incentive to quickly take advantage of Wiggio’s fantastic texting feature. Over 95 percent of the students in my classes have cell phones. That number may actually be low.

Wiggio allows me to instantly connect with my students in a very short time.  Just the other day I was away from school and was checking my email. I received an email that confirmed that our high school softball team was recognized as having the second highest non-weighted GPA for a high school in the country by the National Fastpitch Coaches’ Association. I quickly moved to the browser on my smart phone, logged into Wiggio, and within a few minutes 95 people on my softball list found out that same news. I’ve also been able to let that same group of 95 know within a few minutes that a softball game was cancelled or that bad weather was on its way and that practices were cancelled.

Wiggio text messaging is a standard Web 2.0 tool in my class. It’s simple to use and also provides a “paper trail” of what was sent, who it was sent to, and when it was sent.  As a teacher, I really like the security that Wiggio has to offer. I also like the option that allows individuals to block their cell phone and email information. Even though I contact students on a regular basis through texting, I still have no idea what their cell phone numbers are.

Anytime I update grades, I’ll send out a mass text message to make sure students log in online to check out their current scores to see if I messed up on anything. I’ve also used the texting feature for trivia games or reviews.  Send out a question and see who responds back.

One of my favorite stories I have to share about the Wiggio texting feature is that one Friday afternoon I found the billfold of a student who was long gone. It contained his driver’s license and some cash. Knowing I had his name in a Wiggio account, I simply texted him where his lost billfold would be and that a janitor would let him in my classroom. He returned to school and picked up his billfold later on that afternoon.

Take that Dick Tracy.