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Minecraft for Math

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on December 15, 2014

6 Minecraft lesson ideas for your Common Core math class

Minecraft EDU – Part 3: Mathematics on the Farm

Engage NY Module 3 Area and Perimeter Minecraft Math activity

Mathematica Minecraft


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Social Media improvements

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on December 14, 2014

Facebook Media Publishing Tools: This Week in Social Media

Facebook Introduces New Tools for Media Publishers: These new Facebook media publishing tools allow you “to target posts, remove posts that are no longer relevant and identify popular links that you haven’t shared.”

Facebook Makes Improvements to Insights: These include improvements “to Domain Insights to show how pages and social plugins drive traffic to websites.”

Facebook Updates Search: Now it’s “easier to find the posts that have been shared with you.”

Facebook Brings Trending to Mobile: Now “making it easy for people to explore stories from different sources.”

Twitter Introduces Tailored Audiences From Mobile Apps: “A new way for advertisers to create targetable audience segments based on mobile app actions such as an install, purchase or sign-up.”

SlideShare Releases Analytics to all Users: As a SlideShare user, you can get “deeper insight into the effectiveness of your content through the release of SlideShare Analytics.”

Google Updates Hangouts App for Android: To “make it easier to express yourself, and have more fun along the way.”

YouTube Adds New Feature to Help When Choosing a Track: “You can search the YouTube Audio Library to determine how using a particular track in your video will affect it on YouTube; specifically if it will stay live on YouTube or if any restrictions apply.”

Tumblr Introduces New Explore Button: “It’s kind of like search, but for when you can’t think of anything.”

Google+ Supports a Number of Ways to Express Gender Identity: “Now, the gender field on your profile will contain four entries, ‘Male,’ ‘Female,’ ‘Decline to state’ and ‘Custom.’”

Facebook Revamps Slingshot: “A simpler, cleaner, more fun Slingshot.”

Foursquare Unveils the All-New Foursquare for Windows Desktop/Tablet: “It’s got an all-new look and feel to help lead you to places you’ll love.”

Here are some interesting studies to note:

The Top 14 Social Media Metrics Tracked by Marketers

40% of Facebook Accounts That Represent Fortune 100 Brands Are Unauthorized

PlayBuzz Tops Publishers on Facebook in Shares for November

Here’s a cool social media tool worth checking out:

Workflow: “Your personal automation tool, enabling you to drag and drop any combination of actions to create powerful workflows.”


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Metrics for Social Media Marketing

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on December 14, 2014

Metrics to Improve Your Social Media Marketing

optimize for sharing, click-throughs, signups or even just visits.

arketing strategy is the editorial calendar,” explains Ben Harper in his article, How to Use Data to Improve Your Content Marketing Strategy


related articles in this blog:

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Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on December 14, 2014

YouTube Growth: How to Grow Your YouTube Channel

A video is easier to follow than a blog, it’s more engaging than a podcast and you can bring all of the media types together

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Google+ Hashtags

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on December 14, 2014

How to Use Google+ Hashtags for More Exposure

Google+ uses hashtags to explore a topic rather than curate it. When you search for a hashtag within Google+, the network auto-selects related hashtags and trending topics and returns those along with the hashtag you typed in.

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Instagram Contest

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on December 14, 2014

How to Run a Successful Instagram Contest

1. Like to Win Contests

2. Hashtag User-Generated Content Contests

3. Email-Gated Contests


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password manager

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on December 14, 2014

How and why to set up and use a password manager

Commit to a password manager to make your online life easier and more secure.

A password manager stores the passwords for your various online accounts and profiles and saves you from having to remember and enter each one each time you visit a password-protected site. Instead, your passwords are encrypted and held by your password manager, which you then protect with a master password. Since you are saved from having to remember all of your passwords, you will be less tempted by the dangerously poor idea of using the same password for all of your accounts. With a password manager, you can create strong passwords for all of your accounts and keep all of those passwords saved behind a stronger master password, leaving you to remember but a single password.

With PasswordBox, you can sign up for an account via its mobile app or the PasswordBox website on a computer. I chose the latter and downloaded PasswordBox from its website, which turned out to be a browser extension.

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brain and virtual reality

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on December 14, 2014

How does the brain react to virtual reality? Completely different pattern of activity in brain

UCLA neurophysicists have found that space-mapping neurons in the brain react differently to virtual reality than they do to real-world environments. Their findings could be significant for people who use virtual reality for gaming, military, commercial, scientific or other purposes

Virtual Reality Affects Brain’s ‘GPS Cells’
a new study in rats shows that the virtual world affects the brain differently than real-world environments, which could offer clues for how the technology could be used to restore navigating ability and memory in humans.

Per Google Scholar:

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Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on December 14, 2014

Three Mind Mapping Tools That Save to Google Drive


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Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on December 14, 2014

Shelfies: A Holiday Gift That Will Last a Lifetime

My note:

LRS can have the same initiative of students’ selfies with the LRS book, which served them best during the semester and post their selfies @SCSU_Library.

If it picks up, it can be taken further with tweeting the class and the instructor and then, respectively work with the instructor on further involvement.

To encourage participation, the entire initiative can be put on competitive ground (e.g., the 100th participant gets a reward or something of that sort)

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