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Former Obama Spokesmen Join Attack on Teacher Tenure and Seniority

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 27th June 2014

Former Obama Spokesmen Join Attack on Teacher Tenure and Seniority

http://dianeravitch.net/2014/06/24/former-obama-spokesmen-join-attack-on-teacher-tenure-and-seniority/

Campbell Brown, a former CNN anchor who is highly antagonistic to teachers’ unions, is creating an organization to pursue a Vergara-style lawsuit in New York against teachers’ job protections. Her campaign will have the public relations support of an agency led by Robert Gibbs, former Obama Press Secretary, and Ben LaBolt, former Obama campaign spokesman.

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Thanks To Startup “Whistle,” A Woman Saved Her Dog From A Rattlesnake

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 25th June 2014

Thanks To Startup Whistle, A Woman Saved Her Dog From A Rattlesnake

http://www.businessinsider.com/whistle-rattlesnake-2014-6#ixzz35gWzwoHd

Whistle, a wearable activity tracker for dogs, lets you know when your dog is at his or her most active times.
Read more….

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Free Course – Copyright for Educators & Librarians

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 21st June 2014

Free Course – Copyright for Educators & Librarians

http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2014/06/free-course-copyright-for-educators.html?m=1

Copyright can be one heck of a confusing topic. There seems to be an endless number of nuances and exceptions to copyright rules. To help educators gain a better understanding of copyright as it relates to schools, instructors from Duke, Emory, and UNC Chapel Hill have created a Coursera course titled Copyright for Educators & Librarians.

Copyright for Educators & Librarians is a four week course beginning on July 21st. It is free to register and participate in this online professional development course. Attendees who desire a “verified certificate” can register for that option for a $49 fee.

The course will feature four units of study:

  • A framework for thinking about copyright.
  • Authorship and rights.
  • Specific exceptions for teachers and librarians.
  • Understanding and using fair use.
If you’re looking for a primer on copyright issues, take a look at this collection of resources for learning about and teaching about copyright.

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eBook Builder from Softchalk

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 21st June 2014

Coming this summer, SoftChalk will debut these amazing, educator-friendly features in both SoftChalk Create 9 (desktop version) and in SoftChalk Cloud…

SoftChalk eBook Builderbeta gives YOU the power to create and distribute your own interactive eBooks for use on both iPads and Chromebooks.
Major accessibility enhancements including frame-free lessons and fully HTML5-compliant content.
Add Google Analytics to your SoftChalk lessons, allowing you to measure and report student use of your learning content.
Access to thousands of new resources through SoftChalk’s integration with new media libraries including the Khan Academy, Getty Images and more!
SoftChalk’s new fluid layout will automatically adjust your lesson display on any screen size for any device.
Chrome browser support will be available for student viewing of all SoftChalk content.

 

Register for one of our Sneak Peek webinars today and be the first to see SoftChalk Create 9 in action!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 2:00 PM EDT
Thursday, June 26, 2014 12:00 PM EDT

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Social Media Management Tools, Channel Dashboards, Crowdfunding / Crowdspeaking platforms

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 16th June 2014

Social Media Management Tools, Channel Dashboards, Crowdfunding / Crowdspeaking platforms

(report to social media committee)

June 17, 2014

  1. With a myriad of social channels to manage and monitor, you either need to have several staff members devoted to social media or software to take care of your social media management needs. All the better if you have both.

So how do you decide which dashboard is right for your business? Look for these five key features.

http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/social-media-dashboard/

  1. Social Media Management Tools, Channel Dashboards, Crowdfunding / Crowdspeaking platforms, Social Media Marketing software, social media marketing automation,
  2. Social Media Dashboard benefits to look for:
    http://blog.stcloudstate.edu/ims/2013/11/17/top-10-social-media-management-tools-beyond-hootsuite-and-tweetdeck/#comment-152

Top 10 Social Media Management Tools: beyond Hootsuite and TweetDeck

http://blog.stcloudstate.edu/ims/2013/11/17/top-10-social-media-management-tools-beyond-hootsuite-and-tweetdeck/
or
http://blog.stcloudstate.edu/ims/?p=1073

Products to consider (per IMS blog entry):

  1. Hi-end
    1. HootSuite
    2. Buffer
    3. SproutSocial

     

  2. Low end
    1. GrabinBox

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LRS and mobile devices: meeting of May 27

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 29th May 2014

Good afternoon,

Tom Hergert, Chris Stanley, Plamen Miltenoff and Marian Rengel discussed various aspects on mobile devices.
It was a great conversation, since we barely touched on technological aspects, but rather brainstormed on how to structure these meetings so most can benefit.
Questions/Issues/Ideas addressed:

how to choose a devices and what to use it for
do/can tablets help you work from home. Similarly to taking a laptop to work at home: how does this reflect on the social stigma of co-workers (“you are not at your office”)
can we expand the conversation beyond LRS and attract more participants by moving the monthly meeting from LRS to any of the coffee shops on campus (iSelf, LRS, Atwood)?
is there a “timer/timing” app, which can help me easily calculate the time was really “busy” with work-related tasks?
the structure of this group: who the we cater to and how
clickers were mentioned

Please feel most welcome to enter your responses to the billeted list above and any other ideas under the following IMS blog entry:

http://blog.stcloudstate.edu/ims/2014/05/29/lrs-and-mobile-devices-meeting-of-may-27/

Here are the links to the blog entries from the previous meetings:

http://blog.stcloudstate.edu/ims/2014/05/22/lrs-and-mobile-devices-please-join-us-in-exploring-2/

http://blog.stcloudstate.edu/ims/2014/04/22/lrs-and-mobile-devices-please-join-us-in-exploring/

http://blog.stcloudstate.edu/ims/2013/02/21/mobile-devices-for-teaching-and-learning-a-discussion/

http://blog.stcloudstate.edu/ims/2014/04/03/smug-smart-mobile-users-group/

Contact us and contribute via social media:

IMS blog: http://blog.stcloudstate.edu/ims/ (keyword: mobile devices)

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SCSUtechinstruc

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/InforMediaServices?ref=hl

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/scsutechnology/

Instagram: http://instagram.com/scsutechinstruct

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_UMIE5r6YB8KzTF5nZJFyA

Google +: https://plus.google.com/u/0/115966710162153290760/posts/p/pub

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/scsuinstructionaltechnology

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D2L Course Purge of Spring 2012 ISRS courses begins July 1, 2014

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 27th May 2014

Per MnSCU System Office:

 

D2L COURSE PURGE– Next D2L course purge begins July 1, 2014.

Spring 2012 (ISRS YRTR 20125) D2L courses* will be purged starting July 1, 2014.

D2L campus trainers and campus site administrators (d2L@stcloudstate.edu ) can provide assistance to faculty who would like to export D2L course materials and grade books. As a best practice, it is advisable to export gradebooks and any other pertinent course materials or course data at the end of each semester.

* Courses that are not assigned to an ISRS YRTR semester (developmental courses, ongoing courses) will not be purged.

PURGE SCHEDULE:

July 1, 2014 purging will begin on these semester courses:   Spring 2012 (ISRS YRTR 20125)

October 1, 2014 purging will begin on these semester courses:   Summer 2012 (ISRS YRTR 20131)

February 1, 2015 purging will begin on these semester courses:   Fall 2012  (ISRS YRTR 20133)

This purge schedule is based on the recommendation of the former IMS Advisory Council to retain two years of courses.
These are the approximate purge dates.  If a purge date falls on a weekend, the purge will begin on the first business day following the purge date.

For questions and issues, please contact d2L@stcloudstate.edu
Please keep in mind that contacting directly Greg Jorgensen, Tom Hergert, Sara Grachek and/or Plamen Miltenoff might slow you down: the fastest way to receive a response is to use d2L@stcloudstate.edu

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The upgrade of Desire2Learn from version 10.1 to 10.3 will occur on May 30, 2014 beginning at 10:00 PM.

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 2nd May 2014

An upgrade of Desire2Learn from version 10.1 to 10.3 was completed on May 30, 2014 beginning at 10:00 PM.

If you would like a PDF version of this update, you can find it at: Spring D2L Update

For questions and issues, please contact d2L@stcloudstate.edu

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Technology Week: Social Media in Teaching and Learning

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 26th April 2014

http://blog.stcloudstate.edu/ims/2013/12/04/social-media-explained/
http://blog.stcloudstate.edu/ims/2013/11/17/connectivism-and-traditional-learning-theories/
Top 10 Social Media Management Tools: beyond Hootsuite and TweetDeck

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Online Communities of Practice

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 25th April 2014

UND symposium, April 25, 2014.

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1TSHBku-rDiCvU_eHPKeYR0TI_AxUNMhDN_yRaYQO9gY/edit#slide=id.g273309807_085

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