InforMedia Services (IMS)

Technology Instruction for St. Cloud State University

Archive for the 'Uncategorized' Category

BYOD toolchest: 51 teaching and learning tools for mobile devices

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 22nd June 2014

The Epic BYOD Toolchest (51 Tools You Can Use Now)

Formative Assessment

Screencasting and Capturing What Happens in Class

Content-Sharing Platforms

  • Sophia: Nudged along by my friend Todd Nesloney, I use Sophia for my computer applications instruction and am very pleased with the results.
  • Haiku Learning: This is the full content management system that I’m trying to get our school to adopt. It’s multiplatform and robust, which makes it a great fit for our BYOD environment.

There are many other apps like MoodleCanvas, and Coursesites. The point is that you should have one in a BYOD environment.

Assessment Aids

All three of these apps – Quick KeyGrade Ninja, and WISE – are available on iTunes and Google Play, but there are more.

Electronic Note Taking


Students need multiple ways to share and express themselves, particularly verbally and with pictures. This is part of transliteracy.

Cloud Syncing

Graphic Design and Infographics

Color Selection



Written Expression

Link Sharing

More  (from the blog section)

If you’re working with multiple apps like Google Drive, Dropbox, One Drive, Evernote and need to search across them in one shot, take a look at Xendo ( - gives you a personal, private Google-like search across all your apps.

8 Interactive Video Tools for Engaging Learners

Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

best storage devices… locally and in the “cloud”

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 21st June 2014

The advent of the CLOUD and the industry and our personal orientation to save pictures, videos and other data “out” in the “cloud” makes us think less of hard drives and other storage devices. However…

Best storage devices

Updated June 6, 2014 1:51 PM PDT

If you still think storage devices are passe and are looking firmly for “cloud” solution, here are the ten best, according to PC Magazine:

The Best Cloud Storage Solutions

By Jill DuffyApril 2, 2014,2817,2413556,00.asp

Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

Copyright Flowshart

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 12th June 2014

Copyright Flowshart:
Smiley face

Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

Open Source: why are we not allowed to use it?

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 10th June 2014

Why Aren’t More Schools Using Free, Open Tools?

Teachers were complaining that they wanted a simple way to share files and links within the classroom, like a private Twitter app. Rather than having IT professionals respond to the request, Reisinger’s students programmed a solution that they call Paper Plane. ”Those kids have code up on GitHub [a site for open-source code] right now that they’re sharing out,” Reisinger said. Students also designed the help ticketing software that their peers use to request IT support.

oh, my, what a blasphemy; what do we do about SECURITY?…

A lot of people are scared away from open-source software or operating systems like Linux because of the belief that they are harder for teachers and students to use, and are more challenging to support.

a bigger reason people don’t go open-source is that the devices and software aren’t as shiny and exciting as iPads or Chromebooks.

recent concerns regarding third party providers and privacy are less of an issue


Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

Best Free Antivirus for 2014

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 9th June 2014

The Best Free Antivirus for 2014,2817,2388652,00.asp

Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition (2014),

AVG AntiVirus FREE 2014

Panda Cloud Cleaner.

Comodo Cleaning Essentials 6

Avira Free AntiVirus (2014)

Some information available also at:

Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

Social Media: Thunderclap and Instagram

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 6th June 2014

Marketing Instagram Style: What Marketers Need to Know

Excellent article


Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

For Social Media and Presentations: Free Image Sources

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 1st June 2014

53+ Free Image Sources For Your Blog and Social Media Posts

As cited in our blog entry of May 29, 2014, one of the most important steps to secure success of your social media presence is the use of images:
In this blog entry, we share with you a large (53+) sites with free images. Do you know/have you used successfully a site with free images not listed here? Please DO share…

Please have an excellent outline of what “free” means, what is Creative Commons, what is Public Domain + stock sites with images:


Free Digital Photos

Free Images

Free Range Stock

Free Photos Bank


IM Free



Public Domain Pictures

and many more at

Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

SCSU IT: is it really service oriented?

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 22nd May 2014

I am offering a new workshop: Infographics
The workshop is promoted through the electronic signage, but I would like to use also the old fashioned hard-copy posters and reach students in the dorms.
The student consultant on the second floor of Miller Center tells me that he does not live in the dorms, but the IT student workers on the first floor might.
So I head down the first floor. About 10 student workers are behind the c0unter. After I ask, one of them, apparently in charge asks “Why.” Although this is against the “culture of service,” I do not argue and explain why. One student jumps up and says, “I can help posting them,” but the same person, who is in charge says “No.” I wait for a while and since there is no explanation why, I ask. The person in charge responds: “Wait until Sam [Barhorst] is back from a meeting and he can decide.”

After all promises for “breaking silos” and “restructuring IT to become more friendly and service-oriented,” I am stunned to see the stagnation and ridiculous hierarchy (Friedman’s world is flat, but apparently SCSU’ IT department is not part of it) proliferating instead of diminishing.

I cannot imagine what would it take to collaborate with the IT department, if a SIMPLE question like distributing workshop flyers to student dorms turns into such a bureaucratic nightmare. I also am curious to see how creativity is fostered in an environment where student workers are sanctioning themselves, as the student worker in charge cut the student who volunteered to help.

I do NOT feel that the IT department has become any service oriented, but only keep deteriorating during my 15-years tenure at SCSU.

Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

Social Media. Crisis Management: What to Do When Your Business Makes a Public Mistake

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 17th May 2014

Crisis Management: What to Do When Your Business Makes a Public Mistake

respond within 24 hours when a crisis happens. Don’t ever let it go all day.

When it happens outside of work hours, make sure you respond within the next work day. Let people know that you are aware of the situation and you’ll get back to them once you have investigated the matter.

On weekends, you need to have someone monitoring your social media channels, and they need to be aware of whom to contact when a crisis arises.

If it’s a case of one blogger who has written something bad, but other people aren’t aware of it, then you need to approach the blogger privately. You’ll hear what you need to look out for in this situation and how to handle it.

When you do have a crisis on your hands, you should always remain honest throughout the communication and make the effort to keep people up to date with what’s happening. People are pretty understanding when you continue to keep them in the loop.


Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

The World If There Were Only 100 People

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 16th May 2014

The World If There Were Only 100 People

Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »