Reify Media was thrilled to participate as a swag sponsor in last Thursday’s Peach Dreams Fall Fashion Show. What a phenomenal night "working" and hanging with friends and family at the Peachy Keen annual fall fashion show. #ReifyMedia #Sponsor #peachdreams #peachykeen #fashion #ILoveMyJob A photo posted by C O U R T N E Y (@courtneymckone) on Nov 5, 2015 at 8:07pm PST Peachy Keen’s annual fall fashion show, this year themed Peach Dreams, has become a yearly, sold-out tradition for many Triangle fashionistas. Members of Reify Media’s executive team were on hand to enjoy a fun-filled evening of swag bags, live music, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a runway fashion show, and a silent auction —all benefiting InterAct of Wake County. “This classic, one-of-a-kind event was a way for us to support local business, a women-owned business, and a charity that supports survivors of domestic and sexual assault. I hope we can make the event an annual team-building tradition.” – Sarah Glova, President of Reify Media. Our swag sponsorship included a Reify Media pocket mirror and a card for FREE Website Consultation. (“Does your website REFLECT you?” it asked.) Thank you, Peachy Keen, for giving us the opportunity to provide a swag item for the lovely fashionistas who attended on Thursday! Interested in revamping your current site or creating a website or blog from scratch? Contact us—we’d love to meet for coffee and exchange ideas! Looking for a great place to get some holiday shopping done? Visit Peachy Keen Boutique at Grande Heights Drive in Cary, North Carolina or online at Peachy Keen...read more
All Things Open Raleigh 2015 explored open source, open tech, and the open web in enterprise. The two-day conference schedule was packed with keynotes, tutorials, workshops, networking opportunities, and creative human sign holding choreography…read more
Couldn’t attend WordCamp? Our recap will fix that!
Reify Media team members Vanessa Smith and Courtney McKone captured their major takeaways just to share with you. Their highlights of best practices and new tricks—from their different developer and marketing perspectives—will make you feel like you were there!read more
Reify Media is honored to be the new Web Development Sponsor for InStepp, Inc. President Sarah Glova shared this announcement with over 50 supporters of the organization on Saturday, September 26th at the 2015 Professional Women’s Brunch, hosted by InStepp, Inc.read more
When deciding what technology to integrate into their higher education courses, instructors have to consider what works best for their students, for their content, and—perhaps most important—for them! When speaking with the six campuses that make up The Cooperating Raleigh Colleges Consortium, Reify Media President Sarah Glova focused on technology integration that supports easier, more successful integration for students and teachers.read more
It’s a reality of instructional design: when it comes to video, learners have a short attention span.
This means we designers have a small window of opportunity to draw the learner in, convey important information, and set up the next task. Check out 5 ways you can seize that moment and make your instructional videos matter–no matter the length.
There’s a reason Twitter, Yammer, and TED Talks are powerful forces on the web: these bite-sized platforms are engaging, digestible, and memorable.
You can harness this same power in your e-classroom by incorporating micro-learning, a new trend in education and training that’s spiked over the last few months.read more
Welcome to the Web, certusrentalproperties.com! Certus Rental Properties offers property management services to lake home owners on and around Lake Gaston. Melody Hughes, Owner of Certus Rental Properties, is a licensed realtor who focuses on providing a high level of service to both homeowners and renters. After successfully managing her own home on Lake Gaston and working with friends and family members to maintain their properties, Melody knew she wanted to expand her reach by offering her high-quality property management services to others Reify Media built Certus Rental Properties a website that shares details service details, highlights the communities served, and advertises the properties they’ll soon be managing. Highlights of the Certus Rental Properties Website Development Project The Certus Rental Properties website features a clean design, warm earth tones, high-quality images, and intuitive navigation. Clean Website Design with Warm Colors Custom Graphic Development Website Design that Makes Information Easy to Find A WordPress Website is Easy to Maintain A Responsive WordPress Design The site responds to devices; whether users are viewing the site on a computer, laptop, tablet, or phone, they’ll be able to interact with the site seamlessly. What the Client Had to Say Melody Hughes, licensed real estate agent and Owner of Certus Rental Properties, kindly shared the following testimonial with us about the project: When you start a business you have to do everything yourself and starting a website was not one project I was looking forward to doing. Reify Media took all the worries away creating just what I asked for and imagined for my site. Thank you Reify Media! They were able to take my ideas and put them in a website that I love. They really listen, offering great suggestions and examples that helped me establish the image and functionality that I needed. Very responsive to any quires and ideas while being conscientious about the cost and time frame for the work. They even help you learn to make your own changes and additions so you can adjust the site as your business evolves. Learn More Learn more about Certus Rental Properties at certusrentalproperties.com. Congratulations on your new web space, Certus Rental...read more
Before leading a recent workshop series, I armed myself carefully: not with detailed PowerPoint slides or Prezi paths… but with handouts. This past May, I was invited to facilitate five different workshops for faculty at South Dakota State University, starting with an introduction to the FLIP model and then moving into effective pedagogy for enhanced student engagement within active learning classroom spaces. What was different about these workshops? Typically, presenters spend a lot of time talking. The good ones will pause for questions. The great ones will stop for discussion or interaction. But it’s the facilitators who really get things moving — facilitators focus less on presenting and more on supporting. Since much of the workshop content was focused on flipped strategies and active learning, I wanted to practice what we were preaching — I wanted everything to be “flipped.” I had to move from a presenter to a facilitator (or a “sage on the stage” to a “guide on the side.”) It’s an interesting move — instead of presenting, you ask the participants questions. Instead of sharing what you know, you ask the participants what they know or what they want to know more about. Instead of sharing your thoughts, you ask participants for their ideas, working to make connections that will help participants connect with content in an interactive way. In my post on the Flip It Consulting blog, I talked about some of the nervousness associated with this active learning workshop strategy; when I work to focus the attention on my participants, I fear losing that “expert” status. My BIGGEST fear is that participants will leave an active workshop feeling as though they had talked a lot but not learned a lot. So, the Reify Media team came together to prevent this by creating some really beautiful handouts. Why handouts? It was a great strategy. During the workshops, I was leading discussion and providing direction for group activity, but I wasn’t lecturing. Then, at the end of the sessions, I was able to share our handout content with faculty, so that they left the session with all the research, tips, and extra resources that a normal presentation would have gone through slide by slide. So during the session, we were able to work together, challenge one another, and share ideas, because I didn’t have to worry about “getting through my slides.” But then faculty still left with all the research, tips, and resources I wanted to share with them, and they were able to take that content with them along with their experiences from our hands-on session. How were the handouts designed? For the handout design, we focused on a clean layout, warm classroom images, and an inviting color scheme. The fonts were academic but also clean, the column text was organized and easy to read, and the spot color and gray-scaled tone changes helped the content feel linear and categorized. How did it go? The sessions went really well. The faculty at SD State were, in a word, fantastic, and thanks to faculty participation, the sessions were engaging, informative, and practical. Look at us go! #activelearning #SDStateFlips cc @FlipItConsult pic.twitter.com/RrLo6vJFSl — Reify Media (@ReifyMedia) May 13, 2015 You can learn more about the workshops and my takeaways on the Flip It Consulting blog. And of course, if you’d like to learn more about our design services, check our our services page or contact...read more
Responding to the WordPress “Critical Security Release” We’ve been doing some spring cleaning! In response to WordPress’ proactive approach to a potential security conflict, we’ve taken the initiative to update and strengthen our login passwords to all our WordPress sites. Why Change Your WordPress Password? It’s a good idea to change your password at least once a year, and spring cleaning is a great time to do that! Remember, no matter how secure your site is, if your WordPress password isn’t secure, your WordPress site is vulnerable. What’s a Good WordPress Password? Hackers sometimes use brute force techniques to attempt millions of password combinations—quickly. So to keep hackers from guessing your WordPress site’s password, follow these guidelines: Keep your password unique; do not use passwords that you have for other accounts Don’t use any of the most common passwords like “123456789” or “superman” Avoid real words and phrases (Hackers use tools like dictionaries, Wikipedia, the Gutenberg Project, and even YouTube to collect common phrases, quotes, and slang that have become common passwords.) Use eight or more characters, since shorter passwords are easier to guess/hack Use weird ch@r@c+er$ to help spice up your passwords (like !, &, and ^) If you get password writing block, delegate the work to Norton’s free password generating tool Don’t use the general “admin” username (which most our clients don’t!) If you suffer from password fatigue (like we do), consider using a service like LastPass or Dashlane, that way you can generate secure passwords without having to keep track of them. WordPress Security is Important Quality passwords are only one part of site security. This week, our team also performed all outstanding updates to the website software and to the plugins within our sites, ensuring that the WordPress sites we manage are up to date and protected. If you have any questions about website security, WordPress updates, website backups, or general maintenance processes, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Happy Spring! We used Critical Update notices from #WordPress as a reminder to spring clean our #passwords – http://t.co/FmHoZ6nGAe pic.twitter.com/uFhW4N3zHR — Reify Media (@ReifyMedia) April 28,...read more