Managing your digital footprint…

“Everything you say and do online can have an impact on your reputation. The Internet is a vast collection of details, and you might be surprised at just how much information on you can impact how you look and how you are perceived as a person and a professional.”

The infographic is split into 4 sections:

  1. What is an e-reputation?
  2. Why online reputations matter
  3. What potential employers are watching for
  4. What can you do about it?

I’ve included the final section below, but please please look at the previous ones too (click the image for the full infographic) as the information is well presented and well worth a couple of minutes of your time – if for nothing else so you can be sure you’re doing it right.



























































































“Protect your e-reputation and boost your digital presence by staying on top of what’s being said about you online and developing a real digital strategy. Do it for yourself, for your professional life, for your friends and family – and your sanity.”

US Drops in Global Innovation Rankings

The United States may be home to Facebook, Google, Apple, and taco shells made of Doritos, but according to a recent international study, our nation is becoming less innovative, at least compared to last year. After ranking 7th in 2011, the U.S. is ranked 10th in this year’s Global Innovation Index, a massive report published by Insead, an international business school, and the World Intellectual Property Organization, an agency of the United Nations.

The report ranks 141 nations on nearly 100 factors related to innovation, in areas like “Business sophistication,” “Human capital & research,” and “Knowledge & technology outputs.” Switzerland and Sweden are ranked Nos. 1 and 2, respectively, for the second straight year. Rounding out the top five are Singapore, Finland, and the United Kingdom.

The survey is divided into 21 sub-groups which contain related metrics. In only “Creative intangibles” (No. 84), “Ecological sustainability” (No. 73), and “Trade & competition” (No. 69), does the U.S. rank worse than it does in two education sub-groups.

In a category related to K-12 education, the U.S. is ranked 31st, owing to low rankings in education expenditures. Our pupil-to-teacher ratio in secondary education, at 13.8:1, is ranked 61st. In higher education, the U.S. ranks second in enrollment, but 74th in students graduating with science and engineering degrees. Elsewhere, the U.S. ranks No. 1 in the amount of students taking the GMATs, the entry exam for business school, but 53rd on GMAT mean score.

Take these numbers with a grain of salt; the top three ranked countries for K-12 education are Ireland, Uzbekistan, and Lesotho. You can read the full ratings in each category for the U.S. below.

Many of these rankings are things we already know, but it’s interesting to see the statistics put into a bigger picture as it relates to innovation. It’s also strange to have a word as nebulous—and, at times, meaningless, as has been speculated on this blog before—as innovation quantified and treated as a metric.

But it’s also tough to give the rankings a lot of weight. Does teacher-to-pupil ratio truly spark innovation? Some would define virtual learning, with its teacher-to-pupil ratio in the hundreds, as a leading example of innovation in education. Similarly, America’s top rankings in the category of “Market sophistication,” including the amount of stocks traded (No. 1), the value of venture capital deals (No. 5), and the ease of getting credit (No. 2), could be construed as vibrant business development for some and a sign of reckless spending, or even a bubble, to others.

As The Economist points out, some factors are simply more important than others, and some factors—like spawning profitable, globally leading technology companies like those aforementioned—cannot be quantified.

“The crux of the issue is two fold,” says a post on The Economist‘s “Graphic Detail” blog. “First, the index is misnamed. It is meant to measure the ‘enabling environment’ for innovation, rather than the product itself.”

For instance, South Korea and Japan, two of the most internet-connected nations with among the most robust technology economies, are ranked 21st and 25th respectively (for what it’s worth, both of those countries also finished in the top 8 on the most recent PISA survey in 2009).

Some of America’s drop can probably be chalked up to the recession; the report itself suggests a lack of growth compared to other top nations is the likely cause for the fall.

So, if we didn’t know already, in order to create innovators through education we need to increase rigor in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math instruction; teach students business acumen and entrepreneurship; and lower class sizes. Get to it!

Oh, and there’s another factor we should watch out for: We are No. 2 in the world in video uploads to YouTube. According to the Global Innovation Index, this is a good thing, but I can’t see the harm in dropping a few spots before next year.

Jul 2012



Presentation at Alaska Society of Technology Education–Using Web 2.0 Tools to Meet the Needs of the 21st Century Learner

Presentation Details:
Title: Venturing into the Clouds: Using Web 2.0 Tools to Meet the Needs of the 21st Century Learner
Time: 8:30 AM AST
Duration: 00:58:53
Description: The Future of Cloud Computing: Innovation, Service, Sustainability, Performance and how it Affects Educational Outcomes for our Students. Economic uncertainty and competetive pressures are fundamentally raising performance demands n all aspects of education. From students and teachers to parents and administrators, the pressure to succeed has never been greater.

Success hinges on developing talent to focus on innovation and growth n the global economy. Businesses are now basing their trust and focus on cloud technologies because they offer freedom, reduced cost, and sustainability, whereas education has not. This keynote intends to show advantages of simplification and standardization to support utilizing the cloud to its fullest potential in an educational setting.


Presentation at the Australian Society of Digital Librarians

Jeff Piontek, Hawaii Technology Academy

Abstract: Today’s world is constantly on the move and changing at such a profound speed that it’s hard to believe that what the eyes see as reality is already history. This keynote will introduce and closely examine the significance of several global exponential trends and challenge your assumptions about the world we live in and its future. Current technology trends are affecting our personal and professional lives, our youth and elderly, our learning institutions, the nature of teaching and learning and our definition of intelligence itself. This keynote will be a compelling glimpse into the bold, exciting and dynamic future that awaits us all!

Jeff Piontek is an author, keynote speaker and teacher (most importantly). He has worked with many at-risk school districts nationally as a consultant on affecting educational change and reform. Jeff started out as a Science teacher in the South Bronx, NYC and worked his way up to the Director of Instructional and Informational Technology in NYC.

Jeff’s book; “Blogs Wikis and Podcasts, Oh My! Electronic Media in the Classroom” has been well received by the education community and is in its second printing.

He has received many accolades including the latest from Governor Linda Lingle for Innovation in the economy for his STEM education work nationally. Jeff sits on the National Governor’s Association STEM committee as well as the State of Hawaii Economic Development Workforce Committee, which he was appointed to by the Governor.

Jeff has embarked on a new venture at Hawaii Technology Academy and the school has performed at the top of the public schools in Hawaii in its first year and doubled to 500 students in its second year. The school now has 1,000 students and over 2,000 applicants this past year.

The school was just designated as one of the 40 more innovative schools in the US in a recent study published by Innosight Institute (Michael Horn, author of Disrupting Class —

Jeff’s most recent presentations can be found on slideshare at


Over 100 Incredible Infographic Tools and Resources (Categorized)

The Best Blogs and Websites About Infographics

  1. – Awesome community for creating and sharing infographics.
  2. Information Aesthetics – The relationship between design and information.
  3. – Making sense of complex issues through data and design.
  4. Visual Complexity – A resource for the visualization of complex networks.
  5. Daily Infographic – A new infographic every day.
  6. GOOD Infographics – GOOD Magazine’s excellent infographics section.
  7. Information Is Beautiful – Ideas, issues, knowledge, data – visualized.
  8. Infographic of the Day – Fast Company’s excellent and long running series.
  9. FlowingData – Exploring how designers, scientists visualize data.
  10. Infographics Archive – A visual library offering infographics.
  11. Visual Loop – There’s an infographic for it… even if it didn’t happen!
  12. Infographr – All about infographics.
  13. Newsilike – An infographics blog from India.
  14. Video Infographics – Motion infographics that explain, educate or inform.
  15. – A news and knowledge resource for data visualization.
  16. VisualJournalism – 80% of the news in infographics.
  17. Eagereyes – Reflections on the visual communication of data.
  18. Amazing Infographics – Cool information graphics.
  19. Submit Infographics – Share and rate infographics.
  20. The Infographics Showcase – Collecting infographics.
  21. I Love Charts – A Tumblr blog about charts.
  22. Well Formed Data – An infographics blog by a freelance data visualizer.
  23. Best Infographics – Pointing you toward great infographics.
  24. Infographic List – For those who love info graphics.

Data Visualization Tools and Software

  1. Piktochart – Transforms your information into memorable presentations.
  2. – Create interactive charts and infographics.
  3. Gephi – Like Photoshop for data. Graph visualization and manipulation software.
  4. Tableau Public – Free data visualization software.
  5. Free Vector Infographic Kit – Vector infographic elements from MediaLoot.
  6. Weave – Web-based analysis and visualization environment.
  7. iCharts – Charts made easy.
  8. ChartsBin – A web-based data visualization tool.
  9. GeoCommons – See your data on a map.
  10. VIDI – A suite of powerful Drupal visualization modules.
  11. Prefuse – Information visualization software.
  12. StatSilk – Desktop and online software for mapping and visualization.
  13. Gliffy – Online diagram and flowchart software.
  14. Hohli – Online charts builder.
  15. Many Eyes – Lets you upload data and create visualizations.
  16. Google Chart Wizard – Generate image charts.

Data Sources

  1. DataMarket – Find and understand data.
  2. WorldMap – Explore, visualize and publish geographic information.
  3. Influence Explorer – Provides overviews of political influence data for politicians.
  4. US Census Bureau – Measures America (people, places, economy).
  5. Freebase – An entity graph of people, places and things from Google.
  6. World Bank Data – The world at a glance (key development indicators).
  7. Data360 – Telling compelling and data-driven stories.
  8. Number Of – You ask, they count.
  9. Gallup – Public opinion polls.
  10. EveryBlock – Uncovers info on large cities contained in government databases.
  11. Daytum – Helps you collect, organize and communicate your everyday data.
  12. Google Public Data – Filter and animate data sets from around the world.
  13. Gapminder – Displays time series of development statistics for all countries.
  14. Munterbund – Graphical visualization of text similarities in essays.

Create Personal Infographics

  1. Biogrify – Create a fun visual snapshot of your life.
  2. Vizify TweetSheet – Your Twitter activity as an instant infographic.
  3. Photo Stats – App for creating iPhone infographics out of your photo data.
  4. – A visual resume tool.
  5. – Visualize your resume in one click.
  6. Kinzaa – Build your infographic resume.

JavaScript / Flash Infographic Tools

  1. KeyLines – A JavaScript toolkit for visualizing networks.
  2. d3.js – Free JavaScript library for manipulating documents based on data.
  3. InfoVis Toolkit – A JavaScript tool for creating interactive data visualizations.
  4. Flare – Makes it easy to create interactive data visualizations (ActionScript).
  5. JS Charts – Free JavaScript charts.
  6. FusionCharts – JavaScript (HTML5) and Flash charts.
  7. amCharts – JavaScript and HTML charts.
  8. Highcharts – Interactive JavaScript charts.

Great Infographic Studios and Designers

  1. Column Five – Creating visual content that brings people to your site.
  2. FFunction – Data visualization consulting.
  3. Interactive Things – A user experience and data visualization studio.
  4. Periscopic – An agency whose tagline is “do good with data”.
  5. Fathom – Helps clients understand and express complex data.
  6. JESS3 – Creative agency specializing in data visualization.
  7. Visual Evolution – London-based infographic design.
  8. – Create understanding through visuals.
  9. Prime Infographics – Creates custom infographics for businesses.

Infographic Articles and Tutorials

  1. How to Create Outstanding Modern Infographics – Vectortuts+
  2. Infographic: Do-It-Yourself Guide to Infographics – Marketing Tech Blog
  3. A Few Rules for Making Homemade Infographics – The Atlantic Wire
  4. The Do’s and Don’ts of Infographic Design – Smashing Magazine
  5. How to Create a Great Infographics (Slideshow) – The Content Lab
  6. Design a Magazine Infographic – Digital Arts
  7. Create an Infographic Typography Animation – aetuts+
  8. How to Create Great Infographics – .net magazine
  9. The Anatomy of an Infographic – SpyreStudios
  10. How to Strike a Balance Between Data and Visualization – The Daily Egg
  11. 7 Steps to Make Your Infographic a Success – SEOmoz

Other / Miscellaneous / Overflow

  1. Wolfram CDF – Create “infoapps” using always-current data.
  2. KISSmetrics Infographics – Useful infographics by KISSmetrics.
  3. Better World Flux – A beautiful interactive visualization of what matters in life.
  4. Data Wrangler – Interactive tool for data cleaning and transformation.
  5. Lyza – Analyze, socialize, decide.
  6. A World of Tweets – Twitter visualization.
  7. We Feel Fine – An exploration of human emotion.
  8. Visual Economics – Unraveling complexities in financial data.
  9. ComponentArt DV – Present, navigate and visualize your data like never before.
  10. DOMO – Business intelligence platform.
  11. Infochimps – Big data infrastructure made clear.
  12. Evaluat3 – The best way to know your professional strengths (graphs).
  13. Webpages As Graphics – An HTML DOM visualizer app.
  14. Creately – Draw diagrams online using a collaborative approach.
  15. Wordle – Create beautiful word clouds.
  16. Tagxedo – Word clouds with style.