Did you hear? SlideShare and YouTube had a baby!

Present.me is SlideShare meets YouTube for online presentations.  What a beautiful baby!  http://thenextweb.com/apps/2012/05/05/present-me-is-slideshare-meets-youtube-for-creating-on-demand-online-presentations/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+TheNextWeb+%28The+Next+Web+All+Stories%29


4 Globally Oriented Tips on Using Social Media

Here’s a great article from writer David Wheeler with Chronical of Higher Education.  It provides folks with 4 wise and easy to follow tips on using social media in international education.  Thank you to @rmsylte for sharing david wheeler’s article at: http://rmsylte.visibli.com/share/q3rae0

NAFSA12 first-timers – tips

Saddle up pardners for NAFSA12 tech rodeo!

Questions? Try social media options below!

Hi NAFSA12 annual first-timers! Isn’t this exciting!?

Need some tips for how to saddle-up and then giddy-up once you hit Houston?






See NAFSA staff’s first-timers blog at: http://blog.nafsa.org/2012/05/04/first-conference-no-problem/

Here are my comments that I posted there!Image

Hey, if you are in ISSS office and you would like to meet-up with other ISSS folks and learn and discuss ways to increase productivity and efficiency, have I got just the kit and kaboodle for you!! There is still room left for ISSS Technology dinner meet-ups. Sign up here.

questions? contact barnhill@illinois.edu . also, to keep up with happenings and latest news now and at the conference, join twitter. It’s EASY. Takes about 2 minutes. Then, once you are there, follow @barnhillJodi @greenstrom and @KaanTrayc (yes I spelled that right!). We are the three lone ISSS cowgirls out there on twitter representing our ISSS peeps. Join us! We are lonely little tweet birds without you. And, you can follow hashtags: #nafsa12 , #nafsaTechMig , #ISSSdinMU , #nafsa12rodeo .

#nafsa12rodeo hashtag provides updates for my nafsa technology session with Kristalina Karsen from Houston Community College and Louise Baldwin from University of Michigan Ann Arbor. It’s Friday, June 1st at 3:15. Make it your last NAFSA12 session and I promise you, you will not be disappointed. #nafsa12rodeo also will keep you apprised of when it is time to tweet live during our session and tweet your response to live poll everywhere surveys. :0) Get a jump and get started now on twitter if you really want to meet fellow ISSS-ians and make most of your NAFSA12 experience.

Finally, giddy up on out to my ISSS technology blog at https://issstechnology.wordpress.com or join us cowgirls and cowboys at ISSS technology group on facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/groups/IsssTechnology/

“Courage is being scared to death… and saddling up anyway”

Be ready to ride in the technology rodeo in Houston NAFSA12!

NAFSA12 – be prepared to maximize your experience!

In order to be the social media baby that everyone wants to play with, you will need to befriend Twitter.  Here’s a great Twitter help page with step by step instructions on how to connect to twitter with your favorite gadgets!  https://support.twitter.com/groups/34-apps-sms-and-mobile/topics/153-twitter-via-sms/articles/14589-getting-started-with-twitter-via-sms#  Special thanks to #NAFSA colleague Becky Greenstrom for sharing.

File sharing and storage – dropbox

Most of us have a serious need for file storage and sharing.  Sometimes, we also need assured security.  I love DropBox for my files, photos and videos.  However, I am not ready to store sensitive data at DropBox.  There is a great article regarding DropBox and security that may help you identify important questions that you need to ask prior to plopping your sensitive files into DropBox.


Tech Tip 9 (8..7..6 coming soon) – Network with IT professionals

Only 9 weeks left until we NAFSAns saddle up and head to NAFSA annual.  Watch out Houston, 9,000 eclectic folks are headed your way!  To celebrate, this week I am continuing the countdown by sharing tech tip 9.  If you’ve ridden in the tech rodeo for many years, then, likely you know about this one.  If not, get ready pardners because this tip will keep you from gettin’ techy as a teased snake.

Tech Tip 9: Network with information technology (IT) professionals

The best way to get up-to-speed on how to improve your office’s technology is to network with some IT folks.  My decision to network with IT folks has transformed my professional life.  Knowledge is power.

“The new source of power is not more money into the hands of the few, but more information into the hands of many.”
— John Naisbitt

IT magic - photo credit curious photos blogspot

IT folks are magic.  You probably already know this.  But do you network with them?  What?!  At this point, I know you are saying to yourself: “Are you crazy?  I don’t have time to do my job, let alone network with IT people.”  Exactly!  You don’t have time because you are spending countless hours working inefficiently by participating in the use technology for evil.

I am a big believer that you become like the books you read and the people you spend time with.    Want to be more tech savvy and, in turn, productive?  In order to understand how technology can be used to make your work and personal life easier, expand your professional network and technological horizons.

Be brave like John Wayne

Here comes the hard part for most of us.  We say to ourselves: “IT people won’t like me because I don’t know my tech ditties.”  This is simply not true.  In fact, all human beings love to talk about their passions.  IT folks are not as fascinated by an IT professional like those of us who roll around in the computer muck.  Even if you are scared of talking to IT professionals,  go for it.  As John Wayne said:

“Courage is being scared to death – and saddling up anyway.“

So saddle up pardner, burn the breeze and go meet some IT folks!  The following are 4 bits to build your IT network byte.

Linus van Pelt with his security blanket

Bit1:  Join relevant tech-savvy listserves.  Your campus likely has special interest listserves.  Ask your international education (IE) colleagues which listserves they find useful.  IE staff responsible for SEVIS Coordinator-like duties often serve as “middle men and women” between IE staff and IT staff.  For this reason, they can be a great resource.  Also, I have found that NAFSA’s knowledge community team is au courant and quick to respond.  For International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) folks, you can find a contact at: http://www.nafsa.org/knowledge_community_network.sec/international_student_3/

What type of software do you want to learn more about?  Find the listserve for your software.  The two listserves that I follow religiously are Sungard Higher Ed Commons http://www.edu1world.org/CommonsIntStSclrMgmt for my immigration software fsaAtlas/eScholar, and my university’s IT professionals listserve.  These listserves have saved me countless hours of recreating a wheel that has already been built!  They are my security blanket (think Linus of the Peanuts.)

Leaders (actually these are gluten free cowboy pops...but you get the picture)

Bit2: Find and follow technology leaders (blogs, micro-blogs, and wikis).  If you have been reading my blog, then you know that I highly recommend following Ruth Sylte’s blog http://www.manitouheights.com/  Another great blog is ReadWrite Enterprise http://www.readwriteweb.com/enterprise/  Recently posted is a fabulous article on Social Media Security  http://www.readwriteweb.com/enterprise/2012/03/infographic-social-media-secur.php

Don’t have time?  Tech Tip 1 is going to help you with this.  That’s several weeks away though…  So, until then, I highly recommend the following New York Times article: “When Office Technology Overwhelms, Get Organized http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/18/business/when-office-technology-overwhelms-get-organized.html?pagewanted=all

Lyena Solomon, long time friend and Web Optimization Analyst at Yo! Yo!

Bit3: Find and embrace an IT mentor.  In case it is helpful, here are a few stories about how mentors have helped me.  My long-time friend Lyena Solomon @lyena is an awesome mentor to me.  I don’t think she’ll ever know how much she helped me jump off of the 21st century technology cliff.  Her IT savvy has made me want to be a super ITwoman like her!  She gave me her old Blackberry several years ago and walked me through the fine art of using a smart phone.  One day she took me out to see the baby seals on California’s coast while she played with her personal wireless network that contained her five baby gadgets.  Many years ago, she introduced me to Roku.  Every time I talk to her she has fascinating new technology tales for me that expand my horizons.

At University of Illinois, I have learned the most amazing skills from IT wizards.   Carol Livingstone, Chris Lehman and Dan Horlander have devoted time weekly to helping me.  They teach and mentor me while I climb technology mountains.  These folks are computer programmers extraordinaire at University of Illinois’ institutional research unit, Division of Management Information.  Their guidance has encouraged me and helped me build my database and data security skills.  I honestly do not know how I would have survived my first three years as a SEVIS coordinator without them.  Network administrators Jon Gillen and Tom Dawson have contributed significantly to my network admin skills.  Jon and Tom hail from our campus academic computing unit, CITES.  Kathryn Majewski, my colleague at International Student and Scholar Services, has taught me some awesome MS excel tricks.  And, she recommended a computer science class at University of Illinois, Dr, Thomas Gambill’s CS105, that enabled me to turbo charge my interactions with MS Excel and MS Access.

Do you know someone at your university who has IT savvy?  Why not contact them and ask them to tell you about their skills.  Do you have some skills that you can share with others?  I guarantee you there are people out there suffering at their job due to lack of computer skills.  Be one of the people who ameliorates suffering.  Also, there are computer programmers out there who desperately need your functional business analyst knowledge.  They can’t build good software if they don’t understand your field and associated software requirements.

“To the world you might be one person, but to one person you might just be the world.”
Author Unknown

Bit4: Attend technology conferences, classes and seminars.  Watch technology podcasts.  Exhibit 1: Spend some time with the latest Technology in International Education http://intledtech.com  Exhibit 2: Watch Jose Vazquez’ “Use Powerpoint for Good, Not for Evil” series at YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cVyRCZiDqwY  Exhibit 3: For a fun look at one techie’s contribution to our world, check out “jedi kittens strike back” youtube video by the finalcutking.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Z3r9X8OahA

Now back to you.  I’m 4 bits short of a byte.  Or a nibble short of a byte.  An astute friend let me know that 4 bits is also referred to as a nibble (this made me laugh.)  Anyhoo, let me hear from y’all.  What is your preferred method of networking with IT folks?  Gotta saddle up now and ride off into the sunset. See ya’ again soon pardner.


NAFSA 2012 Local Area Team in Houston courtesy of Pat Willer's nafsa blog

preparing for nafsa 2012  nafsa folks are blogging their hearts out to help us get more out of nafsa annual.  thank you to all of the hard working #nafsa12 folks on local area team (lat).

nafsa 2012 conference – you are invited to technology session

Hello International Education Colleagues:

Would you like to get some fresh tech ideas and tips so you can join 21st century before 22nd century arrives?  Join me, Louise Baldwin from University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and Kristalina Karsen from Houston Community College System at NAFSA 2012 technology session.  Details below:

Use Technology to Enhance ISSS* Efficiencies & SEVIS Reporting
*ISSS – International Student & Scholar Services
Friday, June 1, 2012 at 3:15

photo credit renjith krishnan

Ms Louise Baldwin, Associate Director, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
Ms Jodi Barnhill, International Data Coordinator (SEVIS Coordinator), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Ms Kristalina Karsen, Manager, OISS, Houston Community College System Offices of International Student Services
Ms Amanda Majure or delegate from University of Houston

NAFSA12, Houston, Texas
I look forward to seeing you in Houston!

photo credit ted hermann
anderson japanese gardens, rockford, illinois