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K12 with Higher Potential: free tools to communicate

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 6th September 2014

3 Free Communication Tools to Communicate with Students’ Parents.

http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2014/09/3-excellent-free-tools-to-communicate.html

ClassDojo = Check out this guide to learn more about ClassDojo.

SchoolCircle – Learn more about SchoolCirlce from this review.

Remind – Check out this guide to learn more about Remind.

 

 

Posted in Digital literacy, distance learning, distributive learning, educational technology, hybrid learning, information technology, mobile apps, mobile learning, technology literacy | No Comments »

MediaSpace Error while uploading: XPath expression exception evaluating result”

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 5th September 2014

getting an error message when uploading a recording on MediaSpace that says “Error while uploading: XPath expression exception evaluating result” and then gives you a choice to “Retry” or “Exit”. 

From: “Timothy P. VanLoon” <tvanloon@SOUTHEASTMN.EDU>
Date: September 5, 2014 at 9:29:59 AM CDT
To: Desire2Learn Campus Trainers <d2lcampustrainers@lists.mnscu.edu>
Subject: RE: MediaSpace error meaning
Reply-To: “Timothy P. VanLoon” <tvanloon@SOUTHEASTMN.EDU>

Thanks Kathy.  I agree it is a great system and seems to be very reliable and I like working with it as it is very user friendly.  However, in this last week now I have seen this error message come up twice for faculty and I would like answers and I haven’t gotten any so that is why I sent it out on the listserve today to see if anybody else has seen the error and find out what they know.

 

We have been using Tegrity for the last 6-8 years and it can be a real pain to work with (as well as very expensive) so I am trying to wean the faculty off of Tegrity on onto MediaSpace, but if word gets out that MediaSpace is throwing them error messages it just make the hill that much steeper for me in this uphill battle to get faculty to try something new.

 

Thanks,

Tim

Timothy VanLoonInstructional Technologist/D2L System Administrator

Southeast Technical

507.453.2722 phone

507.453.1422 fax

tvanloon@southeastmn.edu
www.southeastmn.edu

 

From: Kathy Grady [mailto:KGrady@nhcc.edu]
Sent: Friday, September 05, 2014 8:24 AM
To: Timothy P. VanLoon; Desire2Learn Campus Trainers
Subject: RE: MediaSpace error meaning

Hi Tim – I have not seen this error – I just tried a couple videos, one an mp4 and the other an mov file and they uploaded and processed just fine. We have several people using MediaSpace with very little issues so I guess when you run into these issues – is to email Todd Digby and turn in a HD ticket as soon as you get notice of the issue.

 

Even with these strange things that periodically happen – I am thankful for this system, it has been a long time in coming. Please take it from me, who managed media streaming servers locally for five years, it was a royal pain and not an easy service to keep functioning at all times.

 

Kathy

 

Kathy Grady
Learning Systems & Services Manager

North Hennepin Community College
7411 85th Ave N
Brooklyn Park, Mn 55445

763-424-0743
kathy.grady@nhcc.edu

 

 

 

From: Timothy P. VanLoon [mailto:tvanloon@SOUTHEASTMN.EDU]
Sent: Friday, September 5, 2014 7:57 AM
To: Desire2Learn Campus Trainers
Subject: MediaSpace error meaning

 

Has anyone else experienced getting an error message when uploading a recording on MediaSpace that says “Error while uploading: XPath expression exception evaluating result” and then gives you a choice to “Retry” or “Exit”.  Hitting “Retry” seems to do nothing and I have not selected “Exit”.  The recording does finish uploading and the message comes up saying it finished uploading and then the recording seems to play normally but the message box does not go away unless you close it out.  I would like to know what this message is about and what I am supposed to tell faculty when this happens and will the recording continue to upload properly and playback properly every time.  I any pushing hard to get faculty moved over to using MediaSpace and this is a little unsettling when I tell them it is a reliable recording/playback tool and then they get this message and I don’t know what to tell them except wait and it should end up fine.

 

Thanks,

Tim

 

 

Timothy VanLoonInstructional Technologist/D2L System Administrator

Southeast Technical

507.453.2722 phone

507.453.1422 fax

tvanloon@southeastmn.edu
www.southeastmn.edu

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted in announcement, embed video, instructional technology, media literacy, MediaSpace, video, video editing | 1 Comment »

How To Start Integrating Coding Into Project Based Learning

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 4th September 2014

How To Start Integrating Coding Into Project Based Learning

http://www.edudemic.com/coding-into-project-based-learning/

PBL Tenet #1: Create Real World Connections

Coding Application: Find a solution to a problem by creating an App or Website

PBL Tenet #2: Foster Critical Thinking

Coding application: Coding requires a series of logical steps

PBL Tenet #3: Structured Collaboration

Coding application: Coding creates learning communities

PBL Tenet #4: Student Driven

Coding application: Perseverance and self teaching are important skills learned through coding

PBL Tenet #5: Multifaceted approach

Coding application: A programming language is only one part of an app or website

Posted in collaboration and creativity, Digital literacy, HTML, technology literacy, web editing | 1 Comment »

50 Shades of Mobile

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 4th September 2014

50 Shades of Mobile

http://www.themobilenative.org/2012/09/50-shades-of-mobile.html

Smart phones (MLDs)
iPads
Blogs
BYOD/BYOT
Videos

Posted in Blog, Digital literacy, distance learning, distributive learning, e-learning, educational technology, hybrid learning, information literacy, information technology, instructional technology, iPAD, media literacy, mobile apps, mobile apps, mobile devices, online learning, social media, technology literacy | No Comments »

Video Creation and Editing 101

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 4th September 2014

Video Creation and Editing 101

http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2014/08/video-creation-and-editing-101.htm



more resources from our IMS blog on video editing:

http://blog.stcloudstate.edu/ims/2014/06/24/social-media-how-to-create-awesome-online-videos-tools-and-software-to-make-it-easy/

http://blog.stcloudstate.edu/ims/2014/06/19/how-to-use-the-free-youtube-video-editor/

http://blog.stcloudstate.edu/ims/2014/03/15/free-technology-for-teachers-5-video-projects-to-try-with-your-students/

http://blog.stcloudstate.edu/ims/2014/02/07/videonotes-free-web-tool-that-allows-students-to-take-notes-on-a-video-they-are-watching/

 

 

Posted in video editing, visual basics | 1 Comment »

Making Social Video Work for You

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 3rd September 2014

Making Social Video Work for Your Brand [INFOGRAPHIC]

http://www.socialmediatoday.com/content/making-social-video-work-your-brand-infographic

  1. Understand your audience
  2. Create the content
  3. Manage the distribution
  4. Measure and attribute success

Making Social Video Work for You

Posted in social media, video editing | No Comments »

Reading Your Mind: IBM’s New Computer Chip Copies Brain Function

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 3rd September 2014

Reading Your Mind: IBM’s New Computer Chip Copies Brain Function

http://www.igi-global.com/newsroom/archive/reading-your-mind-ibm-new/1912/

Relying on densely connected webs of transistors similar to the brain’s neural networks, the chip, called TrueNorth, uses the power of an average hearing aid. According to the article, the invention is on a path to excel at calculations that stump today’s supercomputers. “It is a remarkable achievement in terms of scalability and low power consumption

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Of Mice and Men: iPads, smartboards and how we acquire technology for education

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 28th August 2014

in the latest news about scandals regarding technology acquisition for schools, it is only fair to ask ourselves:
how much involved do we WANT/NEED to be in the decision making process regarding such timely issue.
How much do we need to educate ourselves on 1. technology? 2. application of technology in education? compatible choices of technology, including performance, prices and brands? Do we discuss such issues or just let people above us and/or elected by us make the choices? What is your opinion?

What is your opinion about open source and alternative mobile devices?

The LA School iPad Scandal: What You Need To Know

http://www.npr.org/blogs/ed/2014/08/27/343549939/the-l-a-school-ipad-scandal-what-you-need-to-know

Posted in e-learning, ebook, educational technology, iPAD, mobile learning, open learning, smartboard, technology literacy | No Comments »

Of Space and Clouds: how do we manage our data and apps

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 26th August 2014

Jessica C., One of my favourite things about Portable Apps is that I don’t have to pester the IT folk at work, get approvals, and wait to use the program I want to at work. It’s the best.”

While FSW (http://fcw.com/home.aspx) looks beyond BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) and coins a new abbreviation BYOA (Bring Your Own App) to acknowledge and deal with the mobility of apps as part of data (http://fcw.com/articles/2014/08/25/exec-tech-byoa.aspx), we also would like to join the trending effort to make apps portable:

How Portable Apps Can Make Your Life Easier & Save Resources

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/portable-apps-can-make-life-easier-save-resources/

Go Beyond Syncing Data

Require No Admin Rights

Leave No Trace & Create No Junk

Carry Your Digital Life In Your Pocket

Run Software From Shared Cloud Storage

Where To Find Portable Apps?

Are Portable Apps All You Need?

Resources:

PortableApps.com

portablefreeware.com

Liberkey.com

PenDriveApps.com

PortableFreeware.com

Please consider this IMS blog related entry on

Single Dashboard for All of Your Cloud Storage Accounts

http://blog.stcloudstate.edu/ims/2014/08/21/single-dashboard-for-all-of-your-cloud-storage-accounts/

Posted in Digital literacy, media literacy, technology, technology literacy | No Comments »

Teaching Is Not a Business

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 17th August 2014

Teaching Is Not a Business

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2014/08/17/opinion/sunday/teaching-is-not-a-business.html

Business does have something to teach educators, but it’s neither the saving power of competition nor flashy ideas like disruptive innovation.

While technology can be put to good use by talented teachers, they, and not the futurists, must take the lead. The process of teaching and learning is an intimate act that neither computers nor markets can hope to replicate. Small wonder, then, that the business model hasn’t worked in reforming the schools — there is simply no substitute for the personal element.

 

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