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You’re Invited: Digital 411 IRL (In Real Life) Event

You’re Invited: Digital 411 IRL (In Real Life) Event

About a month ago, some Twitter friends picked up on the current national discussion about whether there’s a higher education bubble and if we are on the verge of seeing it burst. Peter Thiel has written about this topic, “We’re in a Bubble and It’s Not the Internet. It’s Higher Education,” as well as Glenn Reynolds, “Higher Education’s Bubble is About to Burst.”

With the Twitter conversation heating up, we decided it might be interesting to take the conversation offline and include entrepreneurship to hear more about what people think. As a previous college professor and constant advocate of higher education, — of course — I got excited about the prospect. All of this has manifested into the first Digital 411 IRL (In Real Life) Event, and you’re invited to be part of the fun.

The Digital 411 IRL Event will be a live, interactive debate with a panel and live audience discussing the potential (or pending) higher education bubble bursting. We will address the question: Do you need a college education to be successful? And given the number of technology companies that are started by college drop outs, we ask: How might the higher education bubble affect technology companies and start ups?

I’m excited to moderate the panel which includes the following participants:

For those in central Ohio, you can attend the event live on location at the Ohio State University’s new, College Commons space located in Ramseyer Hall. And given the topic and location, we will be collecting school supplies to donate to St. Vincent Family Center to ensure every child is prepared to start the 2011-2012 school year!

For others, you can participate in the live broadcast by tuning into Thursday, August 4 at 5pm. We will be taking questions and comments by Twitter, so send them along with the hashtag #Digital411IRL. Register for the Digital 411 IRL (In Real Life) 

I’m obviously as excited as can be and I hope you will join us IRL or virtually. It’s sure to be an interesting and engaging discussion! I’m looking forward to seeing you at this live event!

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Posted by on July 25, 2011 in Digital 411, education


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Technology Education: How Prepared is the Next Generation?

The latest statistics from Mashable indicate that 80% of children under 5 years old are using the internet at least once a week. That’s staggering! With the growth in the ways technology is creeping into our lives in every way possible the demand is growing from qualified technology professionals. My question, like yours is: What’s happening to prepare the next generation of technology professionals to meet this demand? In 5, 10, 15 years will we find our selves without the people to fill the need? I’m not sure, but that’s what we plan to find out on the next episode of Digital 411.

I’m confident that this is a don’t miss conversation on Digital 411 live 10am on, Saturday March 26, 2011 (Bookmark the page!) If you’ve got questions about what’s happening in technology education, give us a call at: 1 (877) 932-9766, Tweet us @Digital411 or email us

Lisa Chambers, TECH CORPS National Director and State Director (OH) (@lisachambers and @techcorps_org)

Lisa Chambers has served as the State Director of the TECH CORPS Ohio chapter since 1999. Under her

leadership, the Ohio chapter has experienced significant growth and success and her work has been recognized and

honored at the local, state and national levels.

Chambers was recently named a “Modern-day Technology Leader” by US Black Engineer & Information Technology magazine and in 2008 the chapter received the Technology Innovation Award in Nonprofit Service Delivery from TechColumbus. In her new role as National Director, Chambers will focus on building a national infrastructure to support the delivery of innovative technology programs to students throughout the United States.

Follow her on Twitter at: @lisachambers and @techcorps_org

Shane Haggerty, Marketing & Communication Coordinator, Hi-Point Career Center (@shanehaggerty)

Shane Haggerty is the marketing and communications coordinator for the Ohio Hi-Point Career Center in Bellefontaine, Ohio. Shane spent three years as a middle school and high school English and journalism teacher at Crestview Local Schools in Convoy, Ohio, before working as an assistant principal and athletic director for three additional years within the same district.

He earned degrees in English education from Huntington University and in educational leadership from the University of Dayton. He returned to school full-time in 2004 and earned his master’s degree in sports marketing and PR from Xavier University, completing professional internships for Xavier University’s Athletic Media Relations Department and at Game Day Communications, a top sports and entertainment communications agency in Cincinnati, Ohio. Shane is currently the president-elect of the Ohio School Public Relations Association (OHSPRA).

Follow him on Twitter @shanehaggerty

Listen to Digital 411 live 10am on If you’ve got questions about what’s happening in technology education, give us a call at: 1 (877) 932-9766, Tweet us @Digital411 or email us

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Posted by on March 20, 2011 in communication, Digital 411, education


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Getting Down and Dirty with Your Social Media Questions…Again

This piece is a companion to Getting Down and Dirty with Your Social Media Questions. On LinkedIn I asked people to reveal the following: What questions do you have about social media but were afraid to ask? I hope I’ve complimented the insightful questions, with equally insightful answers.

Jeremy Fitch, a Junior Copywriter from Columbus, Ohio writes: What are some good strategies to get fans on Facebook without spending money or offering promotional deals? I’m a young professional trying to get deeper into the social media world, but have a hard time answering this question. I know you can include your Facebook page in e-mails and engage your audience once you get some people who like your page. But I have difficulty in suggesting strategies to obtain initial fans without promotional deals, etc. which some small businesses aren’t always willing to roll out for social media, which in their eyes is an unproven market.

Jeremy, an important aspect of social media practice that is unlike traditional marketing and advertising and sometimes difficult for small business owners to wrap their minds around is giving a little something away for free. That doesn’t always have to be products and services, it can also be advice, information, as well as pointing followers to relevant industry resources. Consider following the 80/20 Rule: Talk about what yourself (or company) 20% of the time, and everything else that’s relevant 80% of the time.

Another important aspect to consider: Quantity should not trump quality. Consider Jon Myers, a mobile media entrepreneur and co-creator of the Cornhole All Stars iPhone app. He is the first to live by this rule. His Twitter following hovers around a couple thousand — small in comparison to some — but what he has carved out is a select group of engaged fans. I think for businesses and individuals just starting out, the numbers mean a lot, but what is really important for you as your develop your (or your client’s) digital presence is to aim for high levels of engagement. This comes most easily by developing engaging content. The numbers will come.

Jon Myers Twitter Page

Gianluigi Cuccureddu, Marketing technologist from the Netherlands writes: What metrics and such are used for ROI?

Gianluigi — When it comes to ROI the question I ask myself and my clients is: What investment are you really willing to make? As an aside, I recently asked a question on LI regarding biggest obstacles to blogging. What do you think the most popular answer was? Time — of course. Well, I believe to “do” social media well or “use” SoMe effectively (as in the cases sited above), the execution has to be absolutely guided by a strategic approach with a “flexible” idea about returns.

Think of it this way, if the investment is only defined by the time you believe you’re actually wasting by blogging — it seems only logical that you have not defined what return you would like to achieve for the investment you will only reluctantly make. In short, to get a return on your investment, you have to be willing to invest something, whether that’s your time, human resources, or funding to outsource to others potentially.

Associate director of human resources from Columbus, Ohio Barbara Lay writes: I would like to know how (if any) HR departments are doing using social media and which tools they are utilizing as well? Any pros/cons using it?

Jason Shinn

Jason Shinn, a licensed attorney and owner of Spider Web Designers from Detroit, Michigan wants to says: I am an attorney licensed in Michigan. I am often asked about social media and incorporating it into normal business operations. Before I even address minimizing the risks or offering any other advice, my first question is always “What business purpose is going to be served?” I agree with some of the comments to this question in that there seems to be a bandwagon effect without analyzing whether it makes sense to join.

Jason and Barbara — you both make a really great point: Social media is not an option for every organization or industry. Another way to approach the need for protection/security is to take the best features of one or multiple social media sites and develop (or upgrade) an intranet network. One that comes to mind is Blackboard.

Educational institutions have been using some version of Blackboard for years. From my own experience, I had a love–hate relationship with it. I loved some of the features — closed network, discussion boards, and chat–  but I hated navigating it because it always seemed “clunky” to me. Importantly, the consideration has to be given to the audiences you seek to communicate and connect with, internal or external. That distinction can play an important role as well.

Ultimately, every business, industry and person is not benefited by social media. For some reason everyone’s afraid to say it, so, I will.

So, what’s your perspective on any of these question? Have a burning social media question you’ve wanted to ask? Leave below in the comments section.

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Posted by on August 2, 2010 in education, media, social media


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Friends and Colleagues: We Need Them Both

Theresa Daniel

By: Theresa Daniel, Guest Contributor

Many complaints about law school arise from the competition between the students.  This competitiveness can lead to students cutting computer cords during finals to students erasing notes from the entire semester from your computer while you are in the bathroom.  Have I personally experienced any of this foolishness while at Ohio Northern? No and most law students won’t because these things like many other things you hear about is just another rumor.

Yes law school is hard.  It is a difficult place to learn and yes people are competitive.  But the true competition is not when you leave your computer in the library to go use the bathroom, the true competition walks past you everyday and looks at you and smiles, but secretly want to tear you down. That’s right! Your biggest competition is to your left and your right when you sit in class and they are you colleagues.

Friends are people you can depend on, people that send you notes when you miss class, and/or listen to you vent when you didn’t get the grade you thought you deserved.  Friends are the people who actually care about you; however, colleagues are people you go to class with that may help you if it is beneficial to them.  Colleagues talk about you and spin the rumor mill all because they do not know you or do not understand you.

But do not get it wrong; as much as you need friends, you definitely need colleagues. When you graduate law school, colleagues are the people that are going to refer clients to you when a client comes to them, but your firm does not handle that type of litigation.  Colleagues are beneficial to you; so the question in your mind should be how do I handle the competition instead of how do I beat the competition.

Reality Check: Law school is not for everyone!  Just because you like to argue and that people tell you, “You should go to law school” does not mean that you should.  If you come to law school and do your absolute best and it turns out that you didn’t do well at all, then leave.

First, the ONLY competition you need to be worried about is yourself. There have been many days when I have to look in the mirror and say to myself that I am the only competitor that I am battling at law school.  Other people’s grades do not matter.  This allows you to help your colleagues instead of beating them down or doing the same actions that they do to you.

Second, do your best and then have zero regrets. That age-old saying that your mom used to tell you before you went to school, “do your best”, really does play a large role in law school.  You can only do your personal best and even if you fail there is nobody to blame because you may just find out that law school is not for you.

Third, get over yourself. Law school is not undergraduate school.  You cannot wait until the last minute to write that paper and expect a good grade.  You cannot b.s. your way through a final exam.  You cannot start the party on Wednesday and continue until Monday and expect to pass that class.  It is time for a serious reality check, and sometimes the main person standing in your way between a B and C or a C and a D is you!  Get over those bad habits and learn how to study and how to become more efficient.

Fourth, don’t mistake colleagues for friends. You cannot tell all your business to everyone! Some people will take that information and use it against you.  The best idea is before you start spilling out all your private business, learn about that person first and be able to distinguish between a friend who wants you to succeed and a colleague who doesn’t care if you are here today or gone tomorrow.

Theresa Daniel is a first year law school student at Ohio Northern University and anticipates graduating the spring of 2012.  She completed her  undergraduate degree at Denison University in Granville, OH.  One of Theresa’s favorite quotes is: “If you want to know, just ask!” That being said, feel free to contact the author directly with your comments and questions at:


Posted by on April 27, 2010 in business, education, self empowerment


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Public Speaking in a Digital World: Interest Is Piqued

Like most professionals passionate about what they do, I was excited about the opportunity to share with my colleagues how I had incorporated social media technologies in my public speaking course. This opportunity presented itself in late February when I presented “Teaching Social Media vs. Using Social Media To Teach” Teaching Social Media vs. Using Social Media to Teach I was excited to share with my colleagues, and others from around the University, what I found to be an engaging, student-centered educationally enriching way to teach Public Speaking.

Whenever you present a new area of research there is always some trepidation in regards to reception. My anxiety was quelled by the warm reception of the audience. Unexpectedly, Paul Peghar Creative Director of University Communications decided to attend my talk — to my surprise! Paul like the other attendees seemed enthusiastic about how I had encouraged students to use their own experiences to teach others communication principles. Well, that presentation piqued the interest of Paul.

Soon after he contact me to inquire about doing a short promotional video for the University on this innovative teaching practice of using social media to enrich the educational experience of students enrolled in public speaking. I admit that at first I was a bit apprehensive about the invitation. I’m not the most comfortable in front of the camera, and I felt as though my role at the University is not that of a spokesperson. However, after speaking with the students enrolled in the class and seeing their excitement about the opportunity to share with others what they believed to be an engaging educational experience — I soon changed my mind.

As of now, I have been interviewed by someone in University Communications. This interview included questions about my teaching practices and how I came to the decision to teach Public Speaking in a Digital World. The second — and more dominant — component of the video features the students and their work. I admit, I am excited to see how the video turns out. I promise to share it with my readers here. Stay tuned!


Posted by on April 1, 2010 in education, social media


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Being a Financially Savvy Student

By Courtney Herring, Guest Contributor

The devastating effects of the deepening recession have caused many people both young and old to think critically about how they spend their money and, more importantly, how they borrow money. As a student sometimes it’s hard to negotiate the fact that your occupation doesn’t quite give you the financial freedom to do all the things you want or even need to do. So, in order to cover everything, most people take out student loans and get credit cards not fully knowing what they’re getting themselves into. Important indicators like “credit scores” seem like things we should worry about in a distant future, but all of these things – loans and various lines of credit – have the potential to dramatically affect your financial present and future. I have never been more aware of my financial decisions until recently. Times are tough for everyone, and hopefully these tips (or reminders) can help prevent you from getting into debt or sinking further in it. Additionally, I highlight some web-based media sources that help make your financial life easier.

It’s probably more feasible to get a Federal student loan than a private bank loan When considering where to take out a student loan from, consider all your options carefully. While researching about the smartest way to go about getting a student loan, I found this to be among one of the most frequent suggestions. The reason is simple: interest rates on Federal loans tend to remain fixed and are likely lower, while private banks have the discretion to have higher rates and raise them.

Check your credit score often Even if you consider yourself broke, it’s important to do a periodical check of your credit report and credit score. With the onslaught of identity theft, one of the foremost things to get effected is your credit. Monitoring this every few months could prevent you from paying the price (literally) later. I use when I want to check the status of my credit profile. Only one catch…if you forget to call and cancel the account you set up within 9 days, you incur a $15 charge every month. But, the solution is easy: as soon as you see your report and if all is well, cancel the the subscription immediately

BUDGET and Stick to it. Age-old information, right? Whether you’re making $100,000 a year or $1,000 a year, it’s important to know – at all times – what you’re spending your money on. Some people may argue that making a budget and sticking to it cramps your style or makes you look super cheap, but the peace of mind that you gain from having control over (the little) money you may be making is priceless. Media and technological advancements have made this task much easier. I use to help me keep track of my budget. It’s free, easy to use, and it’s a great resource for keeping track of your weekly, monthly, and/or yearly spending trends through colorful pie charts and bar graphs.

Even in the midst of a deep recession, you can still be financially empowered!


Posted by on February 27, 2010 in education


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So You Want to Go to Law School


Theresa Daniel


By Theresa Daniel, Guest Contributor  


 I truly believe that many people want to attend law school, but quite frankly this can be one of the hardest arenas of graduate school to enter and complete.  Every student must be competitive to enter law school and I personally know a few people who would do wonderful at law school, but never made it in…ever!  So here is some of my advice to those of us who are in law school and to those trying to make it.   

Before Law School   

Your grade point average, your LSAT scores, community service and leadership skills all matter when applying for law school.  I would challenge people that are looking to go to law school to not only look at the rankings in US News and World Report, and look at the school you are going to.  I hate to be blunt, not really, but do you want to go to a school where you are a number they are looking to get rid of or are you trying to go to a school that actually wants to see you graduate.  The truth is at many schools they will enter a large number of first year students, only to drop many of them after the first year and only about half, give or take, will move on to their second year.  If you want to see if your potential school is one of them look at the amount of students enrolled in the first year, then look at how many matriculated.  That’s the truth, the truth is in the numbers.     

So do your research before you choose that school.  And please, please, please VISIT the school.  I honestly believe you can feel the right school for you when you go visit.  You should talk to the students, talk to the professors, and sit in on a class.  Try to get pass the people who admissions sends to you because they always send the bubbly, “I’m so happy to be here” person, and not the average student.  Try to find the average student and ask them what they think about the school. Was it their first choice? Or their ONLY choice?     

Reality Check: Law school is hard to get into and the truth is you may get into many schools, you may get into two schools, or one school, or NO school.  I was blessed enough to choose, some people don’t get that opportunity.  If you don’t get in, try again! If this is your dream keep trying…but that’s for another time.     

In law school   

So now you have made it into law school.  Now you ask: What is it like?  The biggest complaint from law students is stress. But where does this stress come from? Is the Socratic method used in class where a professor will call on any student and bombard you with questions until you are blue in the face? Or is it all the reading that is required for each class? Maybe it’s the fact that people in law school are not your “friends” but your “colleagues”? Perhaps it’s the competitiveness of the students that leads to such immaturity as people cutting folks computer power cords before finals? Or maybe just maybe it is the fact that your ENTIRE grade is based on ONE test at the end of the semester?     

Yes it could any one of these, or all of these that make up the stress of law school.  I will be talking about this and more in my contributions on the Erika Pryor Lifestyle.  In short, law school is hard! It requires much reading, writing, and prayer.  But most of all it requires confidence that you may not have, but hey as the old adage goes, Fake It ‘Till You Make It.  Hopefully some of the advice that I am able to provide will you give you some confidence that a) you are not crazy and b) yep we all can make it through law school.     

About: Theresa Daniel is currently a law student at Ohio Northern University School of Law in Ada, Ohio where she serves as the First Year Representative for the Black Law Students Association.  In May of 2009, she matriculated from Denison University with a bachelor’s degree in Communication and a minor in Music.  At Denison University she held several positions including Vice Chief Minister of the Black Student Union for two years, Sustained Dialogue, The Community Rights and Standards Board, the Appeals Board, Lamda Pi Eta, and the co-chair of Winter Formal for two years.  Theresa also conducted summer research advised by Dr. David Oh, funded by the Young Scholars Program, that continued through her senior year. Her research “Understanding Uplift Films: The Link between Black Adolescents Ethnic Identity and Class”.   

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Posted by on February 18, 2010 in education


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