Special thanks to Christina Kalafsky, University of Maryland Dietetic Intern, for this post. (Originally posted to SNEB Communications Division blog – communicate nutrition

This task management tool is the easiest way to manage and share your daily to-do lists. Whether working on projects, planning a conference trip or remembering to pick up something from the grocery store, this app can help you stay organized both  in your professional and personal life.

Wunderlist stands out among the endless productivity and task management apps.

  • Wunderlist can be accessed virtually anywhere! This app automatically syncs across your desktop, smartphone, and tablet.
  • Wunderlist was named Apple’s “2013 App of the Year” and has over 6 million users.
  • Wunderlist is so simple to use and it’s free!

To use Wunderlist, you first start by making your specific lists. You can have a list dedicated to strictly internship-related tasks, another list exclusively for personal tasks, and a separate list for managing your nutrition blog. Once you’ve created your lists, you fill them up with related to-dos. Simply click on a list and start typing the name of the task into the input field at the top. When you’re done, just press Enter and the new item is added to your list.

You can also add additional details to each task within a list. Just double-click on the task and Wunderlist gives you the ability to add a due-date, set a reminder, add sub-tasks, and attach files to the task. You can then prioritize the to-dos within a list by dragging them into the order that you want or you can let Wunderlist alphabetize them by name or sort your tasks by due-date. You can also share lists with your coworkers or with clients in order to collaborate. Once you have completed a task, simply click on the checkbox next to its name and the task will get crossed off and dim in appearance. This task will then move to the “Completed Items” list.

You can upgrade Wunderlist to the Pro version for $4.99/month or $49.99/year. This package allows you to add comments to individual tasks, assign tasks to other people, and create unlimited sub-tasks.

Wunderlist is a great way for dietetic interns, RDs, and other nutrition professionals to get things done and stay organized!

 

By Jennifer Vargas, UMCP Dietetic InternOriginally published at Communicate Nutrition, the blog of the SNEB Communications Division

Have you ever looked at your pictures and wondered if you could make them really speak to your clients??  If you have, Fotobabble is here to save the day!  Fotobabble is a speech recording program that allows you to “speak” a caption.  With Fotobabble, you can use any picture, whether it is one from your own camera or one you have the rights to use, and record a message that can be heard by anyone who views this new, enhanced Fotobabble-d photo.  The type of information provided may depend on the nature of the photos, and can include anything from nutrition guidelines to recipes.  These “fotobabbles” can then be included in blogs or on clinic websites as additional sources of information.

This tool can be very beneficial for the dietetics community, allowing us to reach a broader audience.  In fact, the audience that may benefit the most is a lower-literacy population.  We give many types of print information to our clients, but what good is it if a person can’t understand it?

For example, Fotobabble could be used to post a step-by-step recipe on a clinic website for use with clients.  Clients could visit this website at home or on a smart phone and carry out the steps of the recipe in real-time.  This is great especially for lower-literacy clients who may find the steps to a recipe overwhelming if they are all listed together.  Separating the steps makes following a recipe much more manageable and less intimidating.   An example of following a recipe using Fotobabble is included at the end of this post.

Fotobabble makes it easy to get started and set up an account.  All their tools are hosted right on their website.  And it’s free!  What could be better than that?  Just go to fotobabble.com and follow their instructions to sign up.  So have fun and happy “babbling!”

Picture 1 (Ingredients)

Picture 2 (tortilla cut into ¼’s):

Picture 3 (uncooked and on baking sheet):

Picture 4 (Baked tortillas):

 

Special thanks to Margery Swan, Dietetic Intern at the University of Maryland, for the following blog post! Originally published at Communicate Nutrition, the blog of the SNEB Communications Division

Mendeley offers professionals a free, new way to organize and store research articles. Mendeley works by creating a desktop and online research library for users, where they can save and organize important articles.  Mendeley also allows users to add notes, highlights, and tags to individual articles and will automatically cite information in various formats.

Another great feature of Mendeley is that it is user-friendly.  Although it may take time to explore and understand all the features Mendeley has to offer, listed below are the three basic steps to Mendeley success.

1)      Install the web importer:

After creating an account with Mendeley, install the web importer.  The importer will appear as a bookmark on your web browser, and can be clicked on whenever you come across a journal or magazine article to save.  The importer will automatically collect all the important information from the article (title, author, journal, URL, etc.) and save it directly into your Mendeley library.  The importer will also download PDF files to your library or save the article as a snapshot that can be viewed online at any time.

2) Organize your articles:

Once the information is sent to your library, you can then organize it by creating new folders and categorizing different articles.  Within your library, you have the option to add notes, highlights, and share articles with colleagues or clients.

3) Cite articles:

Mendeley can generate citations for articles in a variety of styles, including that used by the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior.  In addition, you can download a plug-in for Microsoft Word, which will enable you to directly import citations into your Word document.

Due to the many useful features available from Mendeley, it is becoming an increasingly popular tool among professionals and currently has over two million users.  For dietitians specifically, Mendeley can provide a space to store and organize articles about various nutrition related topics.  Having access to a personalized library has the potential to save time for dietitians in every field.  For example, Mendeley is not only helpful when performing a literature review, but also when referencing an article or looking up information for clients or patients.

Let’s face it, as dietitians, we love to save time – and what better way than to organize your favorite research articles in an easy to understand and convenient library?  Try it out at www.mendeley.com today!

 

Special thanks to Erika Wincheski, UMD Dietetic Intern for the following blog post originally published by Communicate Nutrition, the SNEB Communications Division blog

Looking for a way to establish yourself as a reliable source of topic-specific information with the latest news?  You can create a professional online magazine using information you trust and is relevant to your area of interest, then distribute it to your clients or on your website with Scoop.it.  Scoop.it is classified as a “content curation” platform, which means that you, as the content expert, find relevant content, “scoop it,” and then add your spin on the post with your thoughts and opinions.  As an article in the Silicon Valley Watcher states: “…curation online also has to demonstrate: mastery, passion, knowledge, and expertise.  Without such additional layers, a curated collection of links is just a collection of links.”

Content curation refers to making sense of the immense amount of information available on the internet by grouping it, adding thought, and then sharing relevant content on a specific topic or issue – different from simply aggregating content as in an RSS feed.  Curators lead a conversation by bringing insight to the post, as well as spending a great deal of time sorting through information on a topic to pick the best information to share with their readers or followers.  Because curators are constantly monitoring and evaluating new information on a topic, keeping up with curation can be a very time and energy consuming process.  However, curating platforms, like Scoop.it, can make it easier to keep up with and add value to your topic of interest.  (If you are looking to create a simple news feed, an RSS feed aggregator might be more appropriate for your needs.)

To start scooping, visit www.scoop.it , where you can sign up by using your username and password from a Facebook or Twitter account.  The basic version of Scoop.it is free; however, there are two other versions available based on your needs that range from $12.99 to $79.99 a month.  These allow the user to curate more than 5 topics, and offer analytics, exporting features, and customized branding.  You can also scoop on the go with the Scoop.it app available for smartphones and tablets.

Scoop.it can be a great tool for Registered Dietitian’s and health professionals because it allows you to create topic “magazines” based on things you are passionate about that relate to you or your business, and could be of interest to others, including clients, fellow professionals, Twitter followers, friends, family, and anyone searching the internet for information.  With so much nutrition information available on the internet, Scoop.it allows you to pull together that which is relevant and reliable for your followers or clients.  This is another great way to add to your online presence and extend your professional reach across the Internet as a reliable source.

 

Special thanks to Betanya Alemu, Dietetic Intern at The University of Maryland –College Park for the following blog post first published on the Communications Division blog Communicate Nutrition

One way to take full advantage of information on the Web is to have a convenient way to retrieve and store all of the useful resources you find. LiveBinders is an online bookmarking tool that facilitates the organization of information found on the Web. It allows you to organize web-based content such as web pages, links (URLs), pictures, videos, PowerPoint presentations, PDF files, and Word documents into tabs that are accessible by an instant click of the mouse. You can create your own personalized binder, or you also have the opportunity to search through binders that others have created.

Adding content to your LiveBinder can be done by manually by typing the URL of a webpage, or by uploading files from your computer to your LiveBinder. Another exciting option for adding content to your LiveBinder is to use the Google auto-fill feature. This feature offers the ability to type in a couple of key words and Google will bring up websites that are relevant to your topic to fill your binder. And, you can create binders for as many topics as you like. If you are concerned about privacy, you have the option of making your online binder private (only you can see it) or public (open for the public to view/ search for on the internet). If you want to create a private binder but you still want to let friends access the content, LiveBinders has a share tool so you can share the link to any specific binder with your friends or colleagues.

Creating a LiveBinders account is simple and free. In order to sign up, simply go to www.LiveBinders.com, and create a username and a password. While there is no paid subscription currently available, there is a voluntary questionnaire that users can fill out to let the LiveBinders team know what paid subscription features would be useful. There are also a variety of tutorial videos and a blog available on the website to help new users to get started.

LiveBinders can be a great tool for Registered Dietitians and health care professionals because it allows you to organize resources, store information, images and videos relevant to a particular area of practice on the web.

 

Special thanks to Marion Viglietta, UMD Dietetic Intern, for the following blog post originally published on the SNEB Communications Division blog “Communicate Nutrition”

Do you ever wish you could store all of your documents, presentations, and spreadsheets online and give up using a flash drive?  Ever collaborate on a project with co-workers and think all of the emailing back and forth tends to be cumbersome?  Well,Zoho Cloud Office Suite could be your answer!  A “cloud” server allows users to upload documents online, and access them on any computer with an internet connection.  Zoho is compatible with Microsoft Office Suite, making it easy to upload and convert Word, Excel, and PowerPoint into Writer, Sheet, and Show documents.  Or, if you’d rather create a document online, it’s just as easy in Zoho as it is using the office suite on your home computer.  Zoho allows users to share and collaborate on files with anyone in their Zoho “group,” (people with a shared account), or even with the public.

Not only does Zoho allow for online storage, it also provides apps like Chat, Calendar, and Mail to promote productivity and efficiency among your work group.  Zoho can be used for personal use, or can be used by small businesses to manage finances, create reports, or even track Human Resources needs online.  (Zoho is free for personal use, but pricing for business needs varies depending on the number of users on an account or the applications desired.)  Zoho offers a clean and simple interface, and it even has a compatibility mode with Google, which allows you to sync all of your apps, contacts, and documents with their service.

Zoho offers a new platform to collaborate with coworkers and group members in the field of dietetics.  RDs or nutrition educators could create Zoho accounts and work together towards a common goal, whether it’s creating a new handout for National Nutrition Month or starting a new private practice.  The applications and services Zoho offers are well worth the time needed to create an account and get started!  (Sifting through the choices to determine which applications best suit your needs may take some time, but the benefits outweigh the effort!)  In such a dynamic field of practice, isn’t it time to be as efficient as possible in your work?  Zoho could set the stage as a new form of communication and collaboration within businesses and organizations.

 

Special thanks to Sasha B. Bard, MS, University of Maryland-College Park Dietetic Intern for the following blog post originally published at “communicate nutrition,” the SNEB Communication Division blog

Glogster, a social network based on the creation and sharing of glogs, has been around since 2007.  It is free to use and easy to sign up for.

But what are glogs you ask?  Glogs are interactive online posters that contain text and graphics, as well as videos, music, graphs, animation, and embedded website links – pretty much anything your creative mind can think up!  Once you create a glog you can share it on the Glogster website with other gloggers or it can be shared via email or on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.  Glogs can also be printed, though printed glogs do not allow for interactive use.  For example, you cannot play a video off of a printed glog.  The print feature does, however, automatically generate a QR code (quick response code) that links to the online version of your glog.  The personalized QR code is automatically inserted into the bottom corner of your printed glog. This allows others to scan the printed glog with a QR code reader to quickly access the interactive, online version.

Glogster is a wonderful tool for the creative expression of ideas.  For professional use, I see Glogster being most suitable for nutritionists and dietitians working with children and teenagers.  For example, nutrition educators who work in school or clinical settings could use this tool as a way to promote digital literacy within a nutrition lesson.  In fact, Glogster offers an educational version called Glogster EDU that provides private settings for teacher-student use.  With Glogster EDU, which is subscription-based, teachers and students are connected as ‘friends’ and can collaborate on and share projects within a secure platform.

Glogs are a great way for students to demonstrate knowledge on a topic.  One idea for a nutrition lesson would be to have students create a glog on healthy eating.  They could choose images, music, videos, and text to show what healthy eating means to them.  Glogs can also be used for click-through learning.  Educators can create glogs on a topic and ask students to explore the glog – read the text, look at the images and diagrams, and watch videos in the glog – to learn about and answer questions on a topic.

 

Check out Glogster today and take your poster to the next level!

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