Category Archives: end-user

How to make your web presence design portray what you want

Original Design

After adding quite a bit of information to my blog, the original theme just didn’t work anymore. It wasn’t really portraying the image that I wanted convey. So I basically changed everything except the blog name and existing text within the blog posts themselves.

I still wanted to use a black and white theme, but I needed to introduce some more elements to it (as well as a bit of colour that wasn’t just orange). This makes the blog look more attractive which in turn, will attract people to it. That’s what I’m hoping anyway.

Interactivity is a large factor in what I wanted to achieve. By adding pop up elements in the header bar (RSS, Twitter and Facebook icons), I feel that this had been achieved. The rollover elements below my profile image also make it feel a bit more ‘with it’ considering my blog is meant to be about technology, the look should reflect this.

I also changed my theme as the new theme allows a mobile version made specifically for iPads (yayyy!). It’s quite slick with a ‘Swipe Me’ line on the right hand side. Once you’ve done this you will see all posts in a jumbled up fashion on the one page. Once you click on one, you’re taken to the full blog post. Of course, you have the option of viewing the Standard Site (located at the bottom of the page).

The original design was definitely a very static page. I now feel that it is The new awesome-ness...

definitely more dynamic with the colours, form and interactivity that I’ve added. It’s a bit more Web 2.0 than Web 1.0.

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Another University heads down the road of the iPad

Freed-Hardeman University is now going down the same path that a few other Universities have already started down by providing iPads to staff and students. I’ve read a couple of other articles about Universities providing similar programs, but it has generally been seen as a research project, not a student/staff orientated learning experience.

One of the differences I can see in the iKnow 2.0 program at FHE is the incentive for students to use textbooks via the iPad as well. The fact that Mark Scott at FHE stated, “We are not the most popular people with the bookstore staff right now”, shows that this program isn’t about money or research capability, but about learning.

It would be interesting to know how much of the students textbook requirements are going to be met by the University Library? Are they going to purchase multiple copies of the digitized texts for more than one student to access at any one time? If not, that could be a pitfall of the system.

The provision of conduit systems that will also ease hesitant staff into the iKnow 2.0 program will change the way that staff interact with their students in the classroom and the way that they ALL teach and learn.

Would be great to see what the outcome is after a couple of years.

 

Stephens, M. (2011). Freed-Hardeman University to Introduce Apple ipads, Inkling Digital Textbooks and Faculty Training as Part of Innovative iKnow 2.0. Tame the Web. Retrieved 30th October 2011 from http://tametheweb.com/2011/08/20/freed-hardeman-university-to-introduce-apple-ipads-inkling-digital-textbooks-and-faculty-training-as-part-of-innovative-iknow-2-0/

Why this blog might interest YOU…

Well I’ve already told you why the iPad interests me, but what about you? What are YOU going to get out of this?

Well hopefully, information. Information from an end-user perspective about great apps, updates to the software that are cool (and not just the ‘norm’), and hopefully how to utilize the iPad in all areas of your life, as well as how other people do the same in their lives.

You may be thinking, “well, I can find THAT out on the Apple site”. But can you? Sure, you can go to the Using iPad section of the Apple Support Communities and ask a question or perform a search. If you like the idea of searching through just over 58,000 discussions within the site, then please, feel free to go right ahead. It IS a great option if something is not going the way you thought it should. BUT, if you just want to know what’s the best app from an end-user perspective for making your budget? Ask me… I may have already added the information…

By the way, it’s Account Tracker

Happy iPadding!

References

Using iPad (2011). Retrieved September 24th, 2011 from https://discussions.apple.com/community/ipad/using_ipad

Account Tracker (2010). Retrieved September 24th, 2011 from http://grahamhaley.co.uk/accounts/

the universal ipad – Why?

I went to a conference in February armed with a laptop, only to find that the majority of people there had an iPad or iPad 2. I was astounded. It made me think, why do all these people want an iPad? Is it a fad? Are they playing games and checking their email instead of listening to the speakers? What IS the pull?

After a couple of days, I started to understand more. There I was trying to find a power supply, booting up the laptop, logging in, etc; whilst the “ipadders” flipped open the cover and away they went.

I HAD to have one…

So, approximately six weeks later mine arrived. I’ve never looked back.

There is always something new to download that is interesting; be it an ebook, app, music, video or podcast. It supports me in just about every facet of my life. I have recipe books, fictional books, games for my children, TV series that I like, email, internet, my favourite tunes, educational material, all rolled into one neat little 24cm x 18cm package.

I find something new every day and I learn something new every day; either by myself, or in discussions with other people. Hence the Universal iPad.

To what degree do you see yourself playing different ‘roles’ on the Internet?

Employee, Administrator, Student, Social Convener, Friend, Family member, Mother. These are all the roles that I play on the Internet. Some of these overlap and some of them don’t. I feel that this is based around rules that we make for ourselves and must self govern. I myself will allow co-workers to add me as a Facebook friend, but they are restricted to only see certain areas of my Facebook profile. To me, this is acceptable, but to someone else it might not be. Everyone has to decide this for themselves.

This is really the only blurred line I have. My twitter account is a variation of my maiden name; so only those people that I have given my twitter name too, know that the account is mine. I have a variety of blogs; some of which have been created for professional purposes and some for personal. Again, none of these overlap in regards to content or profile information. There is nothing within them that could provide insight as to who I am in these two different worlds.

My professional name in real life has also been different up until this year. I finally (after nine years of marriage) decided to change my surname to my married name at work. Yet, outside of my professional life, I have used my married name since the date of my wedding.

We will see how this will affect my professional/personal divide over time. I’m sure it will; but what I’m not sure of, is whether or not it will happen willingly.