4 New Findings About Millennial Students: An Infographic

The Millennial Generation is shaping our world. They range in age from 18 to 33. They are different from their parents and grandparents in many ways.

4 New Findings About Millennial Students.

1. Fewer millennials commit to marriage.

2. Millennials reject political parties, but most vote Democratic.

3. Millennials graduate with record levels of student debt.

4. More millennials than any other generation are not associated with religious denominations.

The Infographic below sums up these 4 findings. For more new findings about millennials, check out key takeaways from the Pew Research survey on Millennials.

Millennial Generation: New Findings

Millennial Generation: New Findings



You may also be interested in reading:

Boomers’ Love/Loathe Relationship With Millennials (Richard Eisenberg)
Millennials Struggle with Financial Literacy (Hadley Malcolm)
Millennials Hit Thirty (Allison Lin)
Deck is Staked Against Millennials (Matthew Segal)
Sex, Millennials, and the Church: Five Implications (Thomas Rainer)
Dave Ramsey Weighs in on Millennials (Mandi Woodruff)

7 Best Infographics Tools for Educators

average-paycheck-spendWhat is an infographic? Simply put, an infographic is a visual device used to communicate complex information quickly and clearly. Infographic tools allow you to change boring data into engaging images.

Why use Infographics in education? Infographics require an active response from students. Students use critical thinking skills to interpret the infographic by asking, “What are the relationships?” and “What does it mean?”

Best infographics tools help you illustrate data in many ways.

  • lines
  • boxes
  • arrows
  • various symbols
  • pictograms
  • horizontal bar charts
  • vertical column charts
  • round or oval pie charts
  • tables
  • lists
  • interactive maps
  • diagrams
  • flow charts
  • bulleted numbers

Information graphics present large amounts of information in a way that is easy to understand. Infographics sum up key findings and explain complex information visually. What might take paragraphs or pages of text to explain can be summarized in a page and may be more effective than reading an entire book.

7  Best Infographics Tools for Educators

So if you want to make infographics – or even better have students make infographics – what tools are available?

The good news is there are many web-based tools and most of these tools are free. Here are my top picks.

1. Pictochart – My favorite. Pictochart makes it easy to hit the ground running with over 100 categorized themes. A variety of icons are available with the theme you choose. Pictochart has an intuitive user interface. Pictochart provides a special discount for educators.You can try it out for free without giving your credit card.

2. Visual.ly. Create infographics using visual.ly for free. This site has a collection of over 2,000 infographics providing you and your students with plenty of examples.

3. Creately. Creately has an impressive collection of charts and maps. With Creately you can easily add images to your infographic and create interactive infographics. You can try it out free. If you decide to buy, educators receive a discount.

4. Easel.ly. Easel.ly is free. And it is easy to use. Just drag and drop. As with the other infographic tools, you can use your own photos to personalize your infographic.

5. Infogr.am. Infogr.am has the ability to create interactive infographics. You can add a Vimeo or YouTube video. It is free and easy to use.

6. Venngage. Venngage is another great tool for creating and publishing infographics. It is very easy to use. It has many templates and themes to choose from and hundreds of charts and icons. You can download your own images as well. You also have the ability to animate your images.

7. PowerPoint. Yep. Don’t overlook PowerPoint. Check out my step-by-step instructions on how to create an infographic with PowerPoint. Since you probably already have PowerPoint and know how to use PowerPoint this is an option that you do not want to overlook.

Infographics: More than Words Can Say (Jane Krauss)
Infographic Designs: Overview, Examples, and Best Practices (Anders Ross)
46 Tools To Make Infographics in the Classroom (Tech Thought Staff)
40+ Tools to Create Infographics with your students (Educational Technology and Mobile Learning).
TeachersFirst Review – Venngage.
How to Create an Infographic with PowerPoint (carolhbates)

7 Social Media Trends in 2014

It’s 2014. The world is changing. Some of the trends we saw in 2013 will continue, but others will fall by the wayside.

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Content Will Continue to be King

This is blog about seven social media trends to expect in 2014. The trends are in no particular order.

1. Content will continue to be king.

Just as we have seen in 2013, content will continue to rule in 2014. Businesses will be built on content. Content plays a huge role in search engine optimization, which gets people to your site to learn about your business and your products. In 2014, content marketing will change the way we communicate with customers.

Potential customers are looking at your blog, your website, and your customer reviews.

It is not about just putting out any content. In 2014, content will become more personalized to  the customer’s taste and interests.

Images and infographics will continue to be important  visual content especially with the rising popularity of Pinterest, SlideShare, Google+, and  Instagram. The key is to find a topic that connects with your readers.

2. Video marketing will continue to boom.

Customers look to videos to learn about products and businesses.

The popularity of mini-videos like Vine and Instagram’s video sharing feature will rise. Instagram allows
3-15 seconds per video and Vine allows 6 seconds making it super easy to share videos in real time from your smartphone.

The world will continue to shift their television viewing habits online. Customers will be drawn to good video advertising.

3. Mobile will move to the forefront.

While mobile continues to press forward, the strategy will be to get your content easily readable on any screen. According to Forbes, more than half of us have smart phones.

4. Niche sites will grow.

Niche sites created around common interests will thrive. Businesses will continue to choose different platforms to build their businesses. Building online influence within your niche increases business success.

With so much activity going on in and around the web, people will look to niche sites to help them find information that is interesting to them and to filter out the irrelevant noise.

5. Spammy content will be eliminated.

Google will continue to develop sophisticated algorithms to measure link quality and identify spam. As a result, building links will be more difficult. Link-building will continue to move toward a relation-based process.

6. Google+ will become a major player.

Google+ uses verified profiles. Verified profiles are made up of all the sites a person creates content for via their Google+ profile. Traditional SEO is evolving. Instead of relying on inbound links, keywords, etc., Google will rank results based on people who are established content creators – people that have written articles and blogs for people rather than algorithms. To learn more, read Social Media Trends 2014 Part III by Kamber.

7. LinkedIn will become a major player for business growth.

LinkedIn is already the number one social media networking site for professionals. But LinkedIn will become the largest source of content for business professionals. To learn more about LinkedIn, see my article 7 Extremely Useful LinkedIn Optimization Tips.

What have I missed? What social media trends do you expect in 2014?

You may also be interested in reading

Top Digital Marketing Trends in 2014 (Anita Loomba)
The Top Social Media Marketing Trends That Will Dominate 2014 (Jason DeMers)
2014: The Year Content Marketing Finally Grows Up? (Andrew Davies)
Taking Content Marketing to the Next Level: 2014 Predictions (Brent Gleeson)
9 Big Trends for 2014 (You Won’t Believe #9) (Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry)

How to Create a Presentation from a Microsoft Word Outline

Don't reinvent the wheel

Don’t Reinvent the Wheel – Photo by Riley_Brooklands

If you already have text in a Word outline or another word-processing program, there is no reason to reinvent the wheel.

Learn How to Create a Presentation from a Microsoft Word Outline

You can start with your Word outline and open this data in PowerPoint to create your presentation.

Even if you do not already have your outline created in Word, you may choose to create the text for your slides in a Word outline and then open the outline in PowerPoint (import your outline to PowerPoint). Then add photos and other visual elements to your slide to create an impressive presentation.

PowerPoint can create slides based on an outline created in Word, another word-processing program, or even a web page as long as the text is saved in a format that PowerPoint can recognize.

Let’s briefly discuss file types.

Microsoft Word 2010 and 2007 uses the .docx file extension. When you use an outline created in other programs, save the file  as a Rich Text Format (.rtf) file or plain text (.txt). Web pages that use the .htm or .html extensions can also be imported.

How Does IT Work?

When you open a Word outline or a Rich Text Format document in a presentation, PowerPoint creates an outline and slides based on the structure or heading styles of your outline.

  • Heading 1 of the word-processing document becomes a slide title in PowerPoint.
  • Heading 2 of the word-processing document becomes the first level bulleted text on the PowerPoint slide.
  • Heading 3 of the word-processing document becomes the second level bulleted  text on the PowerPoint slide and so on.

If your word-processing document does not have heading styles, PowerPoint creates an outline and slide titles for each new paragraph.

Let’s get started. Follow the written instructions below or view the video.

How to Create a Presentation from a Microsoft Word Outline

1. Open PowerPoint and Click File on the Ribbon to open Backstage View.

Open PPT and click File on the Ribbon to open Backstage View

Open PPT and click File on the Ribbon to open Backstage View.

2. Click the Open Command to display the Open dialog box. Navigate to find your outline file so that you can open the file. Click the File Type arrow and choose All Outlines.

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Change the file type to All Outlines

3. Click Open to Create the slides and outline in PowerPoint. To see the outline click the Outline tab in the Tabs pane.

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Click the Outline tab to view the outline in PowerPoint

Format Your Slides

Now that you have imported you outline into PowerPoint and have the basic structure of your presentation, you are ready to make it look great. Change your theme, layout,  and add beautiful photos.

Check out these tips for great presentations.

How to Create a Presentation from a Microsoft Word Outline | Video Tutorial

Were you able to follow the steps to create your presentation? What questions or comments do you have? Do you prefer the written instructions or the video format? Add to the Comment Section.

How to Make a Selection with The Magic Wand Using Pixelmator

Do you have a Mac? If so, you will love Pixelmator.

Pixelmator is a full-featured image editing app for the Mac.

And it is very affordable! Only $29.99. Isn’t that amazing?

You can download a 30-day trial and get started right away.

I plan to deliver a series of tutorials on how to use Pixelmator.

In this tutorial, you will learn a few basic editing skills.

How to Make a Selection with The Magic Wand Using Pixelmator.

You will also learn how to add cool special effects using Favorites from the Effects Menu.

Watch the video or read the written instructions.

OK, dear hearts, let’s get started.

This is the image we want to edit.

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This is what the finished product will look like

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Edited Image in Pixelmator

Step 1: Open an image in Pixelmator

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Open an Image in Pixelmator


Step 2: Select the Magic Wand

From the Tools Menu, select the Magic Wand. Click on your image and drag slightly in the area you wish to select. Make sure the Add to Selection button is selected. If you mess up, use Command Z to unselect your last selection.

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Magic Wand Tool in Pixelmator

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Add to Selection

To deselect part of an image, choose the Subtract from selection radio button.

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Subtract from Selection button

Step 3: Choose an Effect

  • Choose an effect from the Favorite menu. If you don’t see the menu bar choose View, Show Effects. Only the selected part of your image will be changed. Change All Effects in the Effects Browser to Favorites. You can double click on the effect or drag and drop the effect icon on to the image. Click OK when you get the effect you want.
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    Change All Effects to Favorites

  • Choose Zoom Blur. Experiment with the amount of blur by dragging the slider. When you are satisfied with the effect, click OK.
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    Zoom Blur Effect

  • Under Color Adjustments, Choose Brightness. Drag the slider down just a tad bit. Increase the contrast. Click OK.
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    Under Color Adjustments, Choose Brightness

    When complete, choose File, Export, and export your image to a .jpeg or other type file of your choice.