LinkedIn & Twitter – your secret weapons to landing an internship

19 Feb

Finding a job or internship after graduation is hard to do, especially in this economy. Because of this, Paperless Education proposes that you not only take to the streets to find one, but also hit the social media sites as well! LinkedIn and Twitter are two very powerful social media outlets that allow you to connect with and find possible employers. We have outlined how to use both to jumpstart your career after college.

LinkedIn is a site used specifically for networking in a more professional setting. You can connect with old friends, make inside connections with people working in your industry, and get answers to your questions about specific careers, businesses, and organizations from experts in that field. (Check out this article from CNN Money about Reid Hoffman, the founder of LinkedIn, for a brief history.)

Searching for an internship can seem like a daunting task. And it is, but there are aspects of LinkedIn that make it easier than ever before. Here is a list of suggestions for you to maximize your success finding the perfect internship for you!

  1. Take Your Coat Off, Stay A While. Once you are signed up on LinkedIn, have created a killer list of your skills and expertise, and chosen the most dashing photo of you for your profile picture, take a look around! “Connecting” is the first step.  Find people you know, companies you are interested in, and careers you could see yourself pursuing. You can also join group conversations about specific topics that interest you. By connecting with people in the same fields, you are setting yourself up to meet
  2. Learn Something, Why Don’t You? Doing some research about certain industries or even specific companies can get your foot in the door. LinkedIn has specific Companies tab that is perfect for this sort of thing. You can even message companies you are interested in working with or your past employers to generate a good recommendation for you in the future.
  3. Don’t You…Forget About Me. Don’t forget about it! Check it often and update it regularly. Make sure your skill sets are thorough and your resume is current. By continually updating and editing your profile, LinkedIn will recommend different opportunities to you than it has in the past.

Internships won’t come knocking at your front door just because you’ve signed up for LinkedIn, but they will give you opportunities to connect with them!

Twitter is a micro blogging site that can be used for much more than just posting your feelings. According to Mashable there are several steps you must take to be seen as a serious job candidate.

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Be a thought-leader not a thought-reader: get out there and create content that other people want to read.
  2. Promote yourself and others: don’t be too professional. Twitter is a place to show your personality, interests and share what you think is cool. Link your twitter profile to a personal blog or other more detailed online profile (like LinkedIn) if you want viewers to see your professional side.
  3. Follow the industry you are interested in: add people to lists and join chats get engaged with those who you want to work with. It will pay off.
  4. Companies post job and internship listings on twitter: Follow the company you want to work for!

Below is a list of twitter accounts that post entry-level jobs and internships. Follow them!

@InternMatch

@nyinternships

@MarketjobsUSA

@enternships

@internships

Twitter is a great asset to have while searching for an internship. Remember these tips and you may even land one using social media.

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Wikipedia: A Very Credible Source

9 Feb

Wikipedia

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If you ask any college student where they go to find information, most will say that they use Wikipedia. If you also ask any college student which website they will not site in a professional school paper, most will once again say Wikipedia.

Why is this though?
 
Some would say that it is the stigma that comes with Wikipedia or Wiki. When Wiki first came out in 2001, it was open to anyone for editing all of the blogs and pages on the site. This brought up a lot of troubles with people trusting the accuracy of the information.

There were always people out there that wanted to change every page on Wiki to have inaccurate information just to be “funny.” In the past 10 plus years the administrators of Wikipedia have done a lot of editing and put in a lot of fail-safes to make sure that things like this don’t happen.

Fail-safes

There are almost 15,000 administrators that are constantly editing all of the pages on Wiki. These administrators are also able to block/ban user accounts or IP addresses from editing pages. How can a company that has more than 15,000 people editing their pages not be a credible source?

Another fail-safe that Wikipedia had is a robot named ClueBot NG. ClueBot NG has a few different jobs, one of these jobs is to search for and delete vandalism off of the pages. ClueBot can also keep track of which users are making these remarks, and if the untrue remarks continue, he (or she, or it) will ban these users.

Wiki also has a page now where they show all of the hoaxes that have occurred on their website.

So what I am telling you is that teachers in schools and professionals in universities are not allowing information attained from pages corrected by thousands of people and a highly sophisticated robot. Some professors are looking to prove the critics wrong.

Joan Strassmann

Joan Strassmann is a professor of biology in Arts & Sciences at Washington University St. Louis. Professor Strassmann decided that for her behavioral ecology course she was going to try something different then just having her students write a paper. Strassmann was going to have them write an article on Wikipedia.

There were a few main goals to this course.

  • First: Joan wanted to make the hassle of writing a paper more exciting: every college student and even most high school students have had to sit down and write a paper. It’s boring, but when you know that thousands of people could be reading this paper… that can make it a little more exciting.
  • Second: Provide useful information for many people. With a normal paper the information is seen by the teacher, the student that wrote it, and sometimes other students in class. If you post this paper on Wiki, thousands of people could potentially read and even site this same paper.
  • Finally:  Prove how difficult it is to bring an article up to Good Article status on Wikipedia.

I bring this question to you, with all of the things that Wikipedia has gone through in the last 10 plus years, will it ever be viewed as a credible source?

(and yes, most of the embedded links are Wikipedia, so there is our opinion)

Social Media & The Classroom

2 Feb
While most of us, as college students, are used to primarily in class classroom environments, with the advances in technology that we’ve seen in the last two decades, we are now able to communicate in numerous ways. Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Skype are only a few of the possible sources available (literally) at our fingertips to help us learn and create! ‘The Dream Team’ has put together some information about some of our favorite social media sources. We chose the ones we did either because of its increasing popularity, or because it was just plain interesting.


Minecraft

A Mindless Computer Game or Unique Classroom?

There are many different ways that teachers can conduct classes. When tragedy strikes and forces students and teachers to evacuate classes, some teachers become very creative in the methods they use for conducting classes.

After a tornado left students unable to study on campus at Bond University in Australia, a professor came up with a plan to keep the students in his computer games studies program working on their class projects. Professor Jeffrey Brand is currently in charge of Minecraft Uni Project, which allows students to continue studying through a Minecraft Server. Minecraft is a computer game that allows people to create their own towns in an 8-bit looking format; this means everything is made of cubes.

Due to the fact that Minecraft has so many multi-player capabilities, the students and professors were able to log on together and shatter material and ask each other questions. According to the project’s blog, the current students are able to work as if they are in an actual classroom environment. Brand and 11 of his students were able to recreate the entirety of their campus in about a week and proved once again, that my mom was wrong when she told me that gaming would never help with my school work.

Facebook

Social Media King and Classroom BlogSpot!

Facebook

Facebook is an amazing tool that allows millions of people to connect via internet and continue to build their relationships. This unique experience allows old friends to stay in touch from back in High School or college that haven’t talked to each other in years. Our generation also uses it to network and potentially get into our professional careers using its technology.

Classes also benefit from Facebook’s user friendliness by having the ability to connect a class together like we are for this blog. In our Digital Media and Society class (The one this blog was created in!) we use Facebook as a means to turn in a class assignment called the Class Archives. Both students and staff are complaining about programs such as blackboard being too complicated. The mutual understanding of how efficient Facebook is for events and grouping people makes it the perfect tool to connect with your students both now and in the future.

Twitter

Classroom discussions are so boring, why not just tweet about it?

Twitter

Our world is revolving around less face-to-face communication and more online, computer mediated communication. People are communicating through social media now, more than ever. Several social media sites are out there and extremely popular. One social media site that is growing more popular as more people realize its benefits is Twitter. Twitter is an online social media site that allows users to speak their mind using less than 160 characters.

We at PaperlessEducation wondered if Twitter could be used as a medium to connect students and classrooms together. It turns out that we weren’t alone, and there’s boatloads of information on the subject..

study done at the University of North Carolina found that one in every 40 professors are on Twitter, but instead of tweeting about academics they are engaging with their students. Engaging with students over Twitter is pretty awesome, and the next logical step in utilizing Twitter with education is to communicate with whole classes via Twitter.

It turns out OnlineCollege.org published an article citing TweetChat as the solution to communicating with everyone in the class. TweetChat is an application that funnels all tweets with a specific hashtag into a chatroom that is lead by a moderator.

Is this the future of class discussion boards? We at PaperlessEducation think that it very well could be.

Skype

Get Connected Across the World.

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With technology nowadays it seems almost anything is possible; and more and more of it is getting integrated into education. Teachers and students all across the globe are using Skype In The Classroom to connect and collaborate with one another. For example a class of fifth graders from a Johnson County Elementary school recently partnered with a school half way across the globe in Kenya, East Africa. The students got to interact and ask questions of one another.
Another way Skype is being utilized is to connect students to famous authors like the middle school from Santa Monica, California that got to Skype with young adult author, Annabel Monaghan. The students, who were in the middle of reading Monaghan’s book, got the opportunity to ask the author herself a series of questions.
Skype is being used more and more in the classroom and it seems that the possibilities seem to be endless.

Whether it be through Facebook, Twitter, Skype or even Mincraft connecting with the classroom using social media can have both benefits and drawbacks. Leave us a comment or ask us a question if you feel the need.

Thanks for reading

– #TheDreamTeam

Is Getting an Online Degree Worth it?

26 Jan

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We hear about them all of the time on the radio, television commercials, and ads plastered all over the internet: Online Higher Education Degrees. While they sound pretty fool-proof, we wanted to answer some questions you may have about them. We’ve put together a list of pros and cons that will help you decide which form of education, in class or online, would work better for you, your lifestyle, and your preferred learning environment!
 
 

Cons

Little interaction

With an online degree you are limited in interactions in many ways. The first way is that there is no face-to-face communication with the teachers. The students and the teachers do not have many opportunities to meet in person and talk about classes. Also, people who get online degrees do not get to meet as many people. Socializing is a large part of education. Being able to work in groups, large and small, is not available for those people earning online degrees. Both of these are cons because personal relations are a large part of a lot of people’s college careers.

The stigma of it not being a big accomplishment

In 2011 vault.com did a survey of human resource professionals. This survey revealed that a lot of people are skeptical of online bachelor degrees. 61 percent of people surveyed believed that online degrees are acceptable but not as credible, and 13 percent of people believed that online degrees are unacceptable.

Limitations on class types

A lot of classes can be taken online and taught very easily online, but there are some classes that would be close to impossible to take in an online environment. An example of this would be a science lab. It would be very expensive and very dangerous for people to be purchasing and using chemicals in their own homes with out the direct supervision of professors. This example relates back to our previous con regarding “little interaction.”

Pros

Complete it on your own time

Getting your degree online can take away a lot of the stresses and pressures faced by normal university students. You are able to work on your own time. You get to choose when and where you will do your studies whether that is at home in your pajamas or on the go on your smart phone.

They are cost effective (in some cases)

The costs of getting an online degree are going to be overall cheaper. Tuition at some online schools are generally cheaper, however this is not true for all. But the costs of commuting and school supplies are usually non-existent because you don’t have to go anywhere to attend school and most textbooks are made available online.

They are more accessible

One of the biggest and most obvious benefits of online degrees is its accessibility. No matter where you are, as long as you have an internet, you have the ability to get just about any degree that you want.

There are multiple degree options

You’re not limited to what degrees your local university offers. Not to mention, if a certain online degree program does not offer your study field of choice, you have the option of looking to other online programs of study. You have the opportunity to pursue any degree of your choosing online if you search for one containing your program. All you need is a computer and an internet connection.

Hello, World

14 Jan

big-smile-1966Welcome!

We are 4 students blogging for our Digital Media and Society class. We study at North Dakota State University and have a variety of communication majors. If you would like to get to know us a little better please click here.

We will be blogging on a variety of topics, mainly focusing on Education in a Digital world. Some specific topics may include:

  • Online College Degrees
  • How to connect with your peers using social media
  • How schools are gaining the interest of students using social media
  • Internships and the digital world

We hope to focus on reaching out to college students interested in digital media, just like we are!