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Archive for March, 2014

How Social Media & Game Mechanics Can Motivate Students

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 31st March 2014

How Social Media & Game Mechanics Can Motivate Students http://mashable.com/2011/05/26/social-media-games-education/ Social media and online games have the potential to convey 21st century skills that aren’t necessarily part of school curricula — things like time management, leadership, teamwork and creative problem solving that will prepare teens for success in college and beyond.  

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Technology Week: March 31-April 4, “Microsoft Apps and alternatives”

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 30th March 2014

“Microsoft Apps and alternatives” week Monday Microsoft Outlook email and OWA: what, when and why… Tuesday Microsoft Word and alternatives Wednesday Microsoft PowerPoint and alternatives Thursday Microsoft Excel and alternatives Friday Microsoft Access, OneNote and SharePoint: basics and ideas for use please email informedia@stcloudstate.edu for assistance Contact us via social media: Twitter: https://twitter.com/SCSUtechinstruc Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/InforMediaServices?ref=hl [...]

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11 Things You Didn’t Know You Were Doing Wrong on Twitter

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 29th March 2014

http://blog.hubspot.com/marketing/things-you-didnt-know-you-were-doing-wrong-on-twitter 11 Things You Didn’t Know You Were Doing Wrong on Twitter

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The Finland Phenomenon: infographic

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 29th March 2014

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Digital Badges Gain Traction in Higher Education

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 29th March 2014

Digital Badges Gain Traction in Higher Education http://edtechtimes.com/2014/03/28/digital-badges-gain-traction-higher-education/ Universities are beginning to look into digital badges for their students to show the many varied skills students learn that cannot be shown on a diploma. Badges use free software, which according to Mozilla, means “any organization can create, issue and verify digital badges, and any user [...]

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LMS: how can I search its content

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 27th March 2014

Q: Hi all, Please excuse duplication but I’m trying to get this to as many people as possible. There are two courses in the M1/M2 years in our medical college that are extraordinarily large. In many schools it’s called the “Doctoring” course. Our university uses Blackboard as our LMS, but as there is no real [...]

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engaging Web 2.0 skills to bridge cultures and classrooms

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 27th March 2014

Stephen Noonoo in his THE JOURNAL article: Global Collaboration Projects that Go Way Beyond Skype http://thejournal.com/Articles/2014/03/26/Global-Collaboration-Projects-that-Go-Way-Beyond-Skype.aspx?Page=1#QtGjrl5J4swVCRoI.99 describes the “flattening” of the high school classroom, where students use communication technologies well beyond Skype (Edmodo) to works with peers in real time around the world. The idea of flattening involves peer-to-peer mentoring (Vygotsky’s “zone”) besides high school [...]

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Who is coming to college after the Millennials?

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 27th March 2014

How did you figure out the Millennials? I found the following book Howe, N., & Strauss, W. (2000). Millennials rising : the next great generation /by Neil Howe and Bill Strauss ; cartoons by R.J. Matson. New York : Vintage Books, 2000. http://smallbiztrends.com/2009/09/33-useful-presentation-tools.html#! very helpful. Here is more about their “generational theory” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strauss%E2%80%93Howe_generational_theory The Millennials [...]

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instructional sessions avaialble on the Adobe Creative Cloud Master Collection

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 26th March 2014

With the announcement of the site license for the Adobe Creative Suite (Acrobat, Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, After Effects, Premier Pro, Fireworks, Flash, Lightroom, and more) InforMedia Services will be offering instruction, consulting, and support for faculty, staff, and students who want to learn and use these tools. We expect to schedule specific workshops in [...]

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D2L: drop the lowest of several quizzes for final grade

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 26th March 2014

Q: I have assigned six quizzes, but would like the one with the lowest grade to be dropped for the final grading of the quizzes. How do I do that? A: Make sure that the quizzes are under a grade category and condition the grade category to exclude the quizz with the lowest score.

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