July 30, 2015

How to Test if Views of Your Embedded YouTube Videos Are Being Tallied

I got suspicious when the views on my blog post How to Embed a Facebook Post Into Your Blog kept rising 


and the YouTube video views remained the same. The video, after all, is the post.

So I decided to conduct a test, using incognito windows.

And sure enough, the embedded post views did not register. 

Check out how I conducted the test, which you can try yourself:

How to Test if Views of Your Embedded YouTube Videos Are Being Tallied

Sadly, I won't know if you viewed the demo :/ unless you view it on YouTube from here.

Did I miss something? Is this a Blogger anomaly? 

If you decide to conduct this test yourself, please let me know what you find! For example, does this happen for WordPress posts?

If this is indeed how embedded video views of YouTube videos work, the statistics lie! I hope it gets fixed soon.



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July 28, 2015

How to Embed a Facebook Post Into Your Blog


Here's a quick demo (<1min.) for embedding that Facebook post too good not to share on your blog.



Check out the original Facebook post here and the final blog post here

Have fun blogging! 


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July 24, 2015

Pinterest URLs



You can keep track in real time of who's pinning your content on Pinterest. Nice!

This is a neat feature I didn't know about until +Nicole Nguyen of +BuzzFeed filled me in.

Here's the URL: 


http://www.pinterest.com/source/www.[yourfavoritesite].com

I traced my blog here. So cool!

Nicole gives us 20 other great Pinterest tips in 21 Tips to Make the Most of Pinterest.

Thanks, Nicole! 


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July 22, 2015

Bookmark This URL to Get Full-Screen Google Plus Notifications (And Don't Forget Shortcuts J and K!)




Here's the URL to get your Google+ Notifications Full Screen.




Be sure to bookmark it!

As far as I can tell, there is no other way to get the full screen version of Google+ notifications.

It used to be that Google Notifications at the top of the Notifications box was a live link to a full screen of notifications.



But no more ... (or am I missing something?)

I much prefer the full screen option for notifications when I'm browsing on my Chromebook, laptop, and desktop. And using J and K  to maneuver up and down from post to post, makes the Google+ experience even more luxurious.




You can use J and K to navigate through posts in the Notification box as well, which is nice for those who prefer the compact view.

And J and K works beautifully in other apps too, including:

       • GMail (enable keyboard shortcuts)
       • Twitter (click on tweet to start)
       • Facebook (click on a post to start)

Yes, I love the large screen experience and shortcuts J and K!

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July 13, 2015

ISTE 2015 and #NOTATISTE15 -- A Hangout, Shared Show Notes, and Slides


'Twas FUN to be a guest on EdTech Mixed Plate's ISTE 2015 Edition!



I learned a lot! Be sure to take a look at the Show Notes, with everything mentioned in the show and more, here

I represented the #NOTATISTE15 crowd and did a Google slide presentation (overkill, I know, but I wanted to make sure I put everything in there -- I tend to ramble).

The #NOTATISTE Google slide presentation I used on the show (view, starting at 24:44) is here, and I uploaded a slightly different version to Slideshare.net to take into account that clickable links aren't allowed on the first three slides of Slideshare. Feel free to share it far and wide! 




Who knows what the future will bring? If I'm not able to attend ISTE next year, I'll definitely be participating in #NOTATISTE16!

Mahalo to +Michael Fricano II+Michelle Carlson Colte+Peggy George, and +Shane Asselstine for a very informative show, and to +Jennifer Wagner for building a terrific #NOTATISTE G+ community!

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P. S. Check out my two other #NOTATISTE15 blog posts:

Accepting the Challenge! 5 #NOTATISTE Ignite Talks and 3 Reflections

22, no, 28 COOL (and FREE) Ways to Enjoy #ISTE2015 Without Being There [#NOTATISTE]



July 03, 2015

Accepting the Challenge! 5 #NOTATISTE Ignite Talks and 3 Reflections


Encouraged by +Jennifer Wagner in the Notatiste and Not At ......EdTechConference Google Plus communities she created (thank you, Jen!), +Shelly Sanchez Terrell+Katie Ann Wilson, and I accepted the challenge to present #Notatiste Ignites via Google+ hangout.

I think we did fine! Hopefully more people will present next year.

I'm sharing the presentations and reflection posts below, using Storify. See my mini-reflection at the end of this post.




What did I learn? 

(1) Practice, practice, PRACTICE! just like +Laura Foley advises in her helpful article Create an awesome Ignite in 6 steps here.

(2) Don't procrastinate (ha!). +Jennifer Scheffer told me not to in 4 Tips for Future Ignite Speakers here. Be sure to check out Jenn's amazing Ignite at #ISTE2015 “Creating A Student Tech Team to Support Your 1:1 Environment,” in the article. 


+Jennifer Wagner thinks maybe more people will present #NOTATISTE Ignites during next year's 2016 ISTE Conference, or -- why not during the year, Jen remarks. Anyone interested?






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