My First Skillshare Class is Now Live!

From the first time I found out about Skillshare while I was reading articles in my Google Reader feed, I knew I wanted to be a part of it.

Skillshare is an online marketplace that allows people to create and teach public classes without the hassle and high costs of a university experience. Check out this video made by Skillshare explaining the need for this new learning experience.

They encourage anyone to become a Skillshare teacher and share their knowledge and experience with others. Whether you’re teaching particle physics or scrapbooking 101, everyone has something to share and teach to their community.

So as I thought about what I could teach for my classes, the first thing that came to my mind was social media. I’ve spent the past three-plus years in the marketing field and have extensive experience with all of the popular social media platforms. From using social media in marketing campaigns to optimizing profiles for personal and professional use, I think that learning how to use social media effectively and responsibly is an important skill to have.

Over the past few years, sites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have become an important tool in how we consume media. We now have access to an endless stream of news and entertainment and this new medium is revolutionizing the way we communicate. These sites are gaining new users everyday and their popularity is only getting stronger.

Whether it’s a grandmother looking at photos of her grandkids school play on Facebook, or a local restaurant offering discounts to their followers on Twitter, social media is becoming an important part of our everyday lives. Because of my job, I’ve been approached by friends and family members numerous times to help them set-up Facebook profiles and Twitter feeds.

Every time I help someone with social media and show them all of the cool stuff you can do with it, it’s awesome to see them light up and get excited about participating in this great online community. So when I saw Skillshare, I knew this would be a great way to share my knowledge and passion of social media  with the community.

My first class will be Digital Citizenship 101 - Managing Your Online Identity. In this class students will be introduced to the popular social media networks and learn how to utilize these platforms for personal and professional use. The class will be held on August 9, 2012 from 4:30-6pm at the Co+Hoots Coworking Spaces. Those interested in attending can register online at the Skillshare class page and enrollment is only $20.

If you can’t make it to this session, I will be offering more dates in the future, as well as other social media themed classes. Be sure to subscribe to my Skillshare profile or follow me on Twitter and Facebook for updates on my classes.

Help Me Raise Money for Phoenix Children's Hospital

I'm a founding member of this great philanthropy group at Phoenix Children's Hospital. The Patient and family Alumni Leadership (PALs) group is philanthropic team of former patients (or family members of former patients) who give back to the Hospital, with the goal of enriching the environment and experience for patients and families.

One of the ways we are helping PCH is by creating a grant that will help fund deserving programs at the hospital. The grant is fully-funded by funds raised by PALs members. I've pledged to raise $500 for our grant process. Help me reach my goal by making an online donation. Any bit helps and is greatly appreciated!

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Robotic Exoskeleton Helps Paraplegics Walk

Exoskeleton are full of science-fiction coolness. But an exoskeleton that enables paraplegics to walk? That is a whole lot of double rainbow epicness! The Rex Robotic Exoskeleton is designed to give paraplegics the ability to perform daily tasks while standing. Pros: Gives you the chance to walk again, you look like a you're Ripley driving a loader. Cons: Costs $150,000, you look like a you're Ripley driving a loader. 

Note to self: If you become paralyzed, make sure you have Bruce Wayne money.

Check out the video below to see the suit in action.

 

Algae and Light Help Injured Mice Walk Again

In a recent article by Wired Magazine, it was revealed that a team of Stanford graduate students used a plant algae and blue lights to help injured mice walk. The entire process is a little far-fetched, by the possibilities are very encouraging. If this has any implications on helping quadriplegics, sign me up. Who knows, maybe I'll turn into a neon glowing Swamp Thing! 

Hey, at least I'll still have my engaging personality and be able to walk again!

 

Scientists make paralyzed rats walk again after spinal-cord injury

Some pretty compelling stuff. Maybe there is still hope for me yet.

Published Nov. 20 in the online edition of , the findings suggest that the regeneration of severed nerve fibers is not required for paraplegic  to learn to walk again. The finding may hold implications for human rehabilitation after spinal cord injuries.

"The spinal cord contains nerve circuits that can generate rhythmic activity without input from the brain to drive the hind leg muscles in a way that resembles walking called 'stepping,'" explained principal investigator Reggie Edgerton, a professor of neurobiology and physiological sciences at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

"Previous studies have tried to tap into this circuitry to help victims of spinal cord injury," he added. "While other researchers have elicited similar leg movements in people with complete spinal injuries, they have not achieved full weight-bearing and sustained stepping as we have in our study."

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