InforMedia Services (IMS)

Technology Instruction for St. Cloud State University

Math, Science, History: Games Break Boundaries Between Subjects

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on September 1, 2014

Math, Science, History: Games Break Boundaries Between Subjects

http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2014/05/math-science-history-games-break-boundaries-between-subjects-interdisciplinary-learning/

possibilities for a formal Renaissance-Man-Liberal-Arts education remain limited to the elite. The average, or common, student is encouraged to choose majors and institutions that track into a specialized vocation.

MincraftEDU and SimCityEDU provide flexible options for integrating familiar games with traditional classroom curriculum.

The ability to apply knowledge across disciplines is important, but it is not enough. It is important to combine that knowledge with strong social and emotional skills that serve as the foundation for good citizenship in the 21st Century.

The MindShift Guide to Games and Learning

more on gaming in this blog: http://blog.stcloudstate.edu/ims/?s=gaming

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Two Ways to Explore the News Through Maps

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on September 1, 2014

Two Ways to Explore the News Through Maps

http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2014/08/two-ways-to-explore-news-through-maps.html

Newspaper Map is a neat tool for locating and reading newspapers from locations all around the world.

Breaking News presents a constant stream of headlines from around the world.

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Your digital footprint: friendly reminder

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on August 31, 2014

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5 Twitter Hashtag Rules You Must Follow to Avoid Annoying Your Followers

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on August 31, 2014

5 Twitter Hashtag Rules You Must Follow to Avoid Annoying Your Followers

http://blog.red-website-design.co.uk/2014/08/18/5-twitter-hashtag-rules-you-must-follow-to-avoid-annoying-your-followers/
5 Twitter Hashtag Rules You Must Follow to Avoid Annoying Your Followers

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Socia Media: Marketing and Experts

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on August 29, 2014

Two recent articles can help you understand better and select apps to boost your institutional social media activities:

How Do You Identify a Social Media Expert?

http://www.socialmediatoday.com/content/how-do-you-identify-social-media-expert

7 Must-Have Networking Apps to Boost Your Social Media Marketing

http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/networking-apps/

 

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Drone wars:

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on August 29, 2014

Google Inc (GOOGL) and Amazon.com, Inc. (AMZN)’s Forthcoming Drone Wars

http://www.techinsider.net/google-inc-googl-and-amazon-com-inc-amzns-forthcoming-drone-wars/1114967.html

Please consider other IMS postings on drones:

http://blog.stcloudstate.edu/ims/2014/08/27/faa-has-commercial-drone-regulations-backwards/

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Of Mice and Men: iPads, smartboards and how we acquire technology for education

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on August 28, 2014

in the latest news about scandals regarding technology acquisition for schools, it is only fair to ask ourselves:
how much involved do we WANT/NEED to be in the decision making process regarding such timely issue.
How much do we need to educate ourselves on 1. technology? 2. application of technology in education? compatible choices of technology, including performance, prices and brands? Do we discuss such issues or just let people above us and/or elected by us make the choices? What is your opinion?

What is your opinion about open source and alternative mobile devices?

The LA School iPad Scandal: What You Need To Know

http://www.npr.org/blogs/ed/2014/08/27/343549939/the-l-a-school-ipad-scandal-what-you-need-to-know

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26 Creative Ways to Publish Social Media Updates

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on August 28, 2014

26 Creative Ways to Publish Social Media Updates

http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/26-ideas-social-media-updates/

#1: Attention-Grabbing Quotes

#2: Book Recommendations

#3: Celebrate Company Milestones

#4: Dates That Are Fun Celebrations

#5: Evergreen Content

#6: Feature Hashtagged Events

#7: Giveaways and Contests

#8: Help Out by Answering Questions

#9: Interview Staff Members

#10: Jokes and Lighthearted Posts

#11: Kids’ Photos

#12: Link to Useful Content

#13: Mention Others in Your Industry

#14: Negative Posts (Generally Avoid!)

#15: Outtakes and Mistakes

#17: Questions for Your Audience

#18: Reply to Messages

#19: Share Other People’s Updates

#20: Thank Someone Who Helped Out

#21: Ultimate Lists of Resources

#22: Visual Content

#23: Weekly Themed Posts

#24: X vs. Y

#25: “You” (Your Audience)

#26: Zen-Like Calm When Responding

Creative Ways to Publish Social Media Update

 

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The Art of Creating Perfect Social Media Posts – infographic

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on August 27, 2014

Creating Perfect Social Media Posts – infographic

Creating Perfect Social Media Posts

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FAA Has Commercial Drone Regulations Backwards

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on August 27, 2014

Drone entrepreneurs frustrated as FAA regulation remains up in the air

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/drones-unmanned-aircraft-pushing-limits-of-the-law/

FAA Has Commercial Drone Regulations Backwards

http://www.forbes.com/sites/gregorymcneal/2014/07/01/faa-struggling-to-deal-with-drones-now-going-after-realtors-and-farmers/

The FAA’s position is as simple as it is inane.  If a realtor films buildings for fun using a remote controlled quadcopter that’s legal.  But if she takes that same quadcopter and films buildings as part of her job, that is illegal.  If a farmer flies a model aircraft over his cornfield doing barrel rolls and loops, that’s legal.  But if he uses the same model airplane to determine how to conserve water or use less fertilizer that’s illegal.  This is government regulation at its worst.

The FAA decision is a reversal from the initiatives entertained at different universities:

Drone Technology Advancements Yield New Education Opportunities

http://www.govtech.com/education/Drone-Technology-Advancements-Yield-New-Education-Opportunities-.html

Two universities operate drones and teach journalism students how to use them

http://www.chicagoreader.com/Bleader/archives/2013/02/26/two-universities-operate-drones-and-teach-journalism-students-how-to-use-them

read more:

U.S. Lags As Commercial Drones Take Off Around Globe

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/17/us-drones-_n_4978768.html

Please Don’t Be the One to Get Drones Banned

http://petapixel.com/2014/08/27/take-get-drones-banned/

 

 

 

 

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