Sunday, March 17, 2013

MentorMob & the Secrets of the Remix Mash-Up YouTube Generation

as seen through the eyes of a curated MentorMob playlist!

Create your own Playlist on MentorMob!
What is MentoMob
Mentor Mob Features
You can easily  add steps to your Playlist. A curated & vetted web link, including a YouTube video (make sure to grab the "share" link not the "watch" link) a file, you can write an article card with a preset headline, subhead, & you can add extra text or a graphic. You can also add a Pop Quiz! (I haven't tried this yet!) Pretty cool, huh?
Anatomy of a Playlist
Once you have your steps you can drag & drop to change their order. You can easily add more steps inserting them before or after other steps. You can share by embedding or sharing the direct link with your usual social networks.  
Embed It, Baby!
Did you see way above how you can embed a playlist on a blog? Neato, right?! Love me some widgets to add to my Wikispaces page or blog!  I also like how you can get a custom embed size. Read more about adding widgets!
Questions
Things I wish MentorMob could do or I couldn't figure out HOW to do --So, if you have the answer or know how to do it - please share in the comments! Thank you!

I like a thumbnail pic for each card- seems that the software creates a thumbnail for the Web Link type of card and the video but for the article card even though I have a graphic on each one - somehow it defaults to this less than pretty article icon.
Speaking of the Article card...is there a way to change the colour of the background? Or are we stuck with white? If you are reading this blog you'll see I love me a black background! It's also on my Electronic Portfolio --I think it looks DRAMATIC! I hope that's an option at some point - or the grey that is the default for the embedded YouTube step, I could love that, too! But srsly,  I LOVE love this mini-blog feature - it's a great transition between steps! Also, it seems as if I can't help myself but to add steps but when I browse through the Academnic MentorMob Playlists it seems as if I'm the only one with ...ummm 35 steps [cough verbose cough obsessed]  
Is that so wrong!? LOL

Here's Steve's Amazing Playlist!

Create your own Playlist on MentorMob!
---> UPDATE!
OK, I gotta say I love companies that actually care about what educators think or want and communicate with us!!! Can you believe it? Eric the super cool "Marketing Hitman" from MentorMob is very approachable on the Twitters! I follow him and @MentorMob and he left a comment! I'll paste it below, doesn't hurt that he's hot, too! amiright?

Eric PittBuzz the MentorMob Marketing Hitman
"Great questions! - Adding a custom thumbnail for article steps is on our development roadmap. I will keep you updated when we add that feature - Right now white is the only background color for steps. Any other colors you would like? I'd be happy to pass any suggestions onto our team. - We have found that the most engaging playlists are between 5-10 steps. But pleassssse don't let that deter you from making a playlist that is 3 steps or 33 steps if it suits you. I hope my answers post properly this time!"

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My answer to that would be either the green that matches their interface, black, or the grey they have for the embedded YouTube or vid step. And ummm I guess I went a bit overboard on steps. Maybe I should break my playlist down into parts? Hmmmm

4 comments:

  1. Great questions!

    - Adding a custom thumbnail for article steps is on our development roadmap. I will keep you updated when we add that feature

    - Right now white is the only background color for steps. Any other colors you would like? I'd be happy to pass any suggestions onto our team.

    - We have found that the most engaging playlists are between 5-10 steps. But pleassssse don't let that deter you from making a playlist that is 3 steps or 33 steps if it suits you.

    I hope my answers post properly this time!

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    1. Thanks for the comment Eric! I actually re-published it above (hope you don't mind) Thanks again for being so responsive to us educators!
      ~Gwyneth

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  2. I guess Eric is KIND of handsome, if you squint the right way.

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    1. Heck, you're quite squintworthy yourself, hon! But seriously, everyone at MentorMob is ridiculously good looking!

      But even better, ya'll are smart, funny, responsive, & kind to teachers! OMG, I think I've fallen into MentorMob fangrrl status. Nooo! LOL

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