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Instructional sessions for Adobe Creative Suite and other technologies available

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 26th August 2014

Instructional sessions for Adobe Creative Suite and other technologies available

Good morning all,

Please consider one-on-one and/or team sessions regarding the use of the Adobe Creative Suite as well as the use of other technologies in the educational process.

Please contact InforMedia Services (IMS), ims@stcloudstate.edu, for any questions, scheduling etc.

IMS (http://lrts.stcloudstate.edu/library/general/ims/default.asp) consists of faculty, who are willing and able to help faculty, staff and students with their academic endeavors in technology. We offer one-on-one sessions, workshops, instructional sessions and in-class technology instructions.

Follow us:

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

Since IMS does not have access to the FacultyStaffAll listserv and cannot reach all campus as the message below, please feel welcome and encouraged to forward this email to your colleagues across unions.

Have a successful new academic year.

 

 

From: SCSU Information Technology
Sent: Tuesday, August 26, 2014 8:26 AM
To: FacultyStaffAll
Subject: Adobe Creative Cloud Site License

 

We are pleased to announce that we have renewed the Adobe site license for university-owned computers on campus.  This means that the Adobe Creative Cloud Master Collection (includes Acrobat, Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, After Effects, Premier Pro, Fireworks, Flash, Lightroom, and more) is able to be installed on any university-owned computer at no additional cost to you.

 

Campus Use

If you would like the use of these applications, please email huskytech@stcloudstate.edu with the details of which applications you would like installed on your university-owned computer.  Because it is the first week of the semester and technicians are quite busy right now, we ask for your patience with these installations.
NOTE: Not all campus computers are capable of running these programs. A technician will work with you to make sure your computer is capable of running this software before installing.

 

Personal Use

In addition, this campus site license includes a copy of Adobe Master Collection that can be installed on a faculty or staff person’s home computer for a yearly fee of $9.75.
Link to purchase personal version:  http://stcloudstate.onthehub.com/WebStore/OfferingDetails.aspx?o=c7e8f835-08b1-e311-93fb-b8ca3a5db7a1
NOTE: Students are NOT eligible for this at-home use.  Students can purchase Adobe Creative Cloud for a monthly fee of $19.99.

 

Please contact HuskyTech at 320-308-7000 or huskytech@stcloudstate.edu with any questions!

 

Thank you,

Casey Gordon
Technology Support Services Director
Information Technology Services
MC 112C | 320-308-4711 | cjgordon@stcloudstate.edu
St. Cloud State University

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Welcome to a new academic year!

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 25th August 2014

 

first day of school

welcome to the new academic year

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MN e-learning Summit – July 30-31, 2014

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 29th July 2014

MN e-learning Summit – July 30-31, 2014

Summit Schedule and Session

University of Northwestern – St. Paul 3003 Snelling Avenue North St. Paul, MN 5

Plamen Miltenoff will be presenting
“Social Media in Education: Best Practices for Learning/Teaching, Communication and Administration” http://sched.co/1rQpi0z

#mnsummit2014

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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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