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LITA social media webinar

Social Media For My Institution; from “mine” to “ours”
Instructor: Plamen Miltenoff
Starting Wednesday October 19, 2016, running for 4 weeks
Register Online, page arranged by session date (login required)

A course for librarians who want to explore the institutional application of social media. Based on an established academic course at St. Cloud State University “Social Media in Global Context” (more information at http://web.stcloudstate.edu/pmiltenoff/lib290/ ).
Critically examine the institutional need of social media and juxtapose it to its private use. Discussion about the mechanics of choice for recent and future SM tools. Theoretical introduction to the subculture of social media. How to streamline library SM policies with the goals and mission of the institution. Hands-on exercises on creation and dissemination of textual and multimedia content and patrons’ engagement. Brainstorming on suitable for the institution strategies regarding resources, human and technological, workload share, storytelling, and branding.

This is a blended format web course:

The course will be delivered as 4 separate live webinar lectures, one per week on:

Wednesdays, September 21, 28, October 5 and 12
2:00 – 3:00 pm Central
You do not have to attend the live lectures in order to participate. The webinars will be recorded and distributed through the web course platform, Moodle for asynchronous participation. The web course space will also contain the exercises and discussions for the course.

Social media for my institution week one from Plamen Miltenoff

Internet pioneer

Internet pioneer dies at 102

https://fcw.com/blogs/fcw-insider/2016/10/beranek-dies-102-darpanet.aspx

Leo Berane, native of Solon, Iowa, passed away Oct. 10 at the age of 10.

The same year that Neil Armstrong first walked on the moon and the Beatles gave their last live performance, the ARPANET was born.

“I never dreamed the internet would come into such widespread use, because the first users of the Arpanet were large mainframe computer owners,” said Beranek in the New York Times interview.

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more on Internet history in this IMS blog:
http://blog.stcloudstate.edu/ims?s=internet+history

private versus government

Hayden calls Russian email hack ‘honorable state espionage’

By Matt Leonard Oct 18, 2016

https://fcw.com/articles/2016/10/18/hayden-email-espionage.aspx?

The Department of Homeland Security and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence issued a joint statement earlier this month that condemned Russia for the attacks.

“Do not drop this in the cyber problem box, drop this in the Russia problem box,” Hayden suggested, saying the focus should be on the actor, not the means. “And by the way, that Russian problem box needs a bigger box, there’s a lot of stuff going on.”

Though there are aspects of cybersecurity that only government can handle, most of it will be driven by the private industry, Hayden said. Government can help the private sector by getting out of the way — removing liability, enabling legal protections, sharing information and redoing the classification system.

And since the government too depends on the private sector for security innovation, Hayden said he sides with Apple regarding whether the company should have to create a back door for the FBI to bypass iPhone encryption.

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more on surveillance, government in this IMS blog:

http://blog.stcloudstate.edu/ims?s=surveillance

interactive tools for the classroom

interactive tools for the classroom https://getkahoot.com/

https://padlet.com/

https://www.tes.com/

http://flippity.net/

https://edpuzzle.com/

 

examples:
my Kahoot example:
https://play.kahoot.it/#/k/aeaf057c-36eb-4b93-bed5-69e9e6d48d07
please share yours; here some guides and directions to create it:
http://www.weareteachers.com/blogs/post/2015/12/01/best-of-teacher-helpline!-12-ways-to-use-kahoot!-in-your-classroom
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFFv6_6was4

my Padlet example:  https://padlet.com/pmiltenoff/2l0s9cn9yghw
pls share yours; here some guides and directions:
http://www.coolcatteacher.com/how-to-use-padlet-fantastic-tool-teaching/
https://padlet.com/fbush/howtousepadlet101

my Blendspace example:
https://www.tes.com/lessons/ERYobfAgoi1kYg/
pls share yours; here some guides and directions:
https://www.tes.com/lessons/B2zzqDAF-gvk1Q/intro-to-blendspace

my Flippity.net example (Google account needed):
http://www.flippity.net/qs.asp?k=1T385tFq_wyGivbxGeoflLquePd2qghpmaPWhJiCTLp4
pls share yours; here some guides and directions:
http://flippity.net/
http://www.flippity.net/QuizShow.asp
Flippity.net: Flashcards Instructions
Flippity.net: Random Name Picker Instructions
How to Create a Quiz Show With Flippity.net – YouTube

my Edpuzzle example (Google classroom compliant) :
https://edpuzzle.com/assignments/580687fe959b16ae749e321e/watch
pls share yours; here some guides and directions

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more on interactivity in education in this IMS blog:

http://blog.stcloudstate.edu/ims?s=interactivity

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working with a toxic colleague

Three tips for working with a toxic colleague

https://fcw.com/blogs/lectern/2016/10/kelman-working-with-toxic-colleagues.aspx

long-time squabbles over promotions, resources and power create embittered workplace foes who would rather walk across the street than share a sidewalk with each other.” This is probably even more the case in government organizations than private ones, since in the private sector it is easier to get rid of problems by firing or reassigning people in dysfunctional relationships.

The first has the enormous virtue of being straightforward rather than devious or wily, tactics that always run the risk of backfiring, but even more so when relationships are already hostile. “Attempt to reconcile,” Perry urges. Try “the old-fashioned approach and sit down and propose a fresh restart,” he writes. “Bring your humility and focus on describing why a thaw is best for the team and firm. Once a détente is agreed upon, make certain to find ample opportunities to display good faith.”

seek to “partner with the adversary to navigate a crisis” as a way to repair a bad relationship.

overcoming this hostility was to put the boys in a situation where they could not deal with a problem with only the people in one group, but work by both groups was necessary. (so it is a management’s failure, what we have here, since the management does not even want to recognize that there is a problem)

The third piece of advice is to engage a broker. “Particularly for situations involving warring… senior executives,” Perry notes, “the temporary use of a broker or intermediary can facilitate progress on issues.”

social media for institutions

In this Business Insider video:

https://www.facebook.com/businessinsider/videos/10154001218189071/

Shark Tank‘ investor Robert Herjavec reveals the biggest mistakes small businesses make:

  • know your numbers. If you don’t know your accounting, problem
  • branding and marketing. Most people think branding is your logo. Branding is your whole package. Everything that your customer sees, feels, touches and interacts with.
  • success is in failure. if you cannot absorb failure, you will die

the difference between small business and academic institution, being that the library or the entire university, is that small business is reliant on itself; if it does not well, it perishes. The library and the university are reliant on external funds and can fester for a long time. But eventually it dies. In that sense, learning from the lessons for small business can help:

  • Branding is not mimicking someone else (another library[s)). It is not a superficial activity. It is not slapping pictures on social media. “Interact” is the key word. “Likes” in FB does not reflect complete interaction
  • know your numbers. Analytics is not about “likes” and “visits.” it deeper datamining, which can explain behavior and predict behavior
  • if success is failure, why safeguarding the social media in particular and the entire behavior of the library from “failure.” Isolating students or staff from acting with the excuse to safeguard from failure is practically isolating innovation.

benefits of mobile technology

How Teachers Leverage Mobile Technology

https://thejournal.com/Articles/2016/10/11/How-Teachers-Leverage-Mobile-Technology.aspx

“Teachers and administrators continue to see the No. 1 benefit of any digital tool, content or resource as enhancing student engagement. While that is interesting, it has limited value. Lots of thing can engage kids — that does not necessarily point to an academic benefit or value proposition on its own. So, I always acknowledge the engagement benefit but look deeper at other benefits that can shed new insights into how the teachers are leveraging these powerful devices to transform education — or to change the trajectory of the learning process for their students.

among the more interesting or meaningful benefits were:

  • Improvement of communications between stakeholders, such as the ability for students to ask question via e-mail. “Stronger communications between students and teachers is a huge benefit
  • Extending learning beyond regular school hours: “Teachers giving that high marks as a real or perceived benefit means that they are also looking for ways to extend learning time beyond the school day but realize that kids need a device to make that a reality.”
  • Student ownership of the learning process: “Students who are using mobile devices in class are empowered/enabled to be in the driver’s seat of their own learning

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more on mobile technology in this blog
http://blog.stcloudstate.edu/ims?s=mobile+technology

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