InforMedia Services (IMS)

Technology Instruction for St. Cloud State University

10 Twitter Tactics to Increase Your Engagement

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on August 9, 2014

10 Twitter Tactics to Increase Your Engagement

http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/twitter-tactics-to-increase-engagement/

#1: Keep Tweets Under 110 Characters 

#2: Tweet During Daytime Hours 

#3: Tweet on Saturday and Sunday

#4: Share Images 

#5: Ask for Retweets 

#6: Use Hashtags 

#7: Include Links 

#8: Stay Away From Lifestyle Tweets

#9: Use Strong Calls to Action 

#10: Send One to Four Tweets a Day 

What do you think? What Twitter techniques do you use to create engagement? Do you have additional advice for others? Please leave your comments below.

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For Storytelling Projects, Cool New Multimedia Tools

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on August 9, 2014

For Storytelling Projects, Cool New Multimedia Tools

http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2013/04/for-storytelling-projects-cool-new-multimedia-tools/

Meograph

Zeega

WeVideo

Please check our other blog entries regarding digital storytelling:

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

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TED-Ed’s super summer reading list: 40+ books

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on August 9, 2014

TED-Ed’s super summer reading list: 40+ books recommended by our educators

http://blog.ed.ted.com/2014/06/27/ted-eds-super-summer-reading-list-40-books-recommended-by-our-educators/

Do you recognize any of the titles? Have you read any of the books? Would you like to share you impressions and opinions?

Do you have more titles to add?

your library wants you

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Main Learning Theories: concept map

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on August 6, 2014

Main Learning Theories: concept map

http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2014/08/excellent-visual-summarizing-main.html

Main Learning Theories: concept map

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Social Media Trivia in infographics

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on August 4, 2014

Time spent on social media

http://www.pinterest.com/pin/349169777330059067/
time spent

A brand’s story online is best framed online with photos and videos

http://www.pinterest.com/pin/349169777330065257/

A brand's story online is best framed online with photos and videos

Which content works on Facebook

http://www.pinterest.com/pin/400538960580457531/
Which content works on Facebook

What do you say on social media?

http://www.pinterest.com/pin/169588742193146407/
What do you say on social media?

Re-purpose content for social media

http://www.pinterest.com/pin/460563499366503849/

Re-purpose content for social media

Best time to be active on social media

http://www.pinterest.com/pin/258394097345660686/

Best time to be active on social media
Best time to be active on social media

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Opinions: The Un-Fallacy of Balanced Literacy

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on August 1, 2014

The Un-Fallacy of Balanced Literacy

http://www.edutopia.org/discussion/un-fallacy-balanced-literacy

is a respond to

The Fallacy of ‘Balanced Literacy’

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/07/opinion/the-fallacy-of-balanced-literacy.html

The dispute focus on the administration and its execution in public education.

I think, the dispute is important for educational institutions, libraries in particular, because it reveals the complexity of “traditional” literacy. The same complexity applies no less for other literacies, digital and information ones included.

 

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The Top 10 Worst College Majors, Definitively Ranked

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on August 1, 2014

The Top 10 Worst College Majors, Definitively Ranked

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/05/worst-college-majors-hr-block_n_5455291.html

The Top 10 Worst College Majors, Definitively Ranked

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U.S. Education and Standarized Testing

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on August 1, 2014

Another interesting debate on Diane Ravitch’s blog concerning the heated debate about the reliance of US education on testing:

http://dianeravitch.net/2014/07/20/nyc-public-advocate-letitia-james-chastises-commissioner-joun-king/

“Rather than administering field tests, schools should focus on spending more time in the classroom to improve performance and encourage students to reach their potential.”

What is your take on the issue? Are pro-test or anti-test?

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

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on July 29, 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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MOOC Copyright for Educators & Librarians Kevin Smith, M.L.S., J.D., Lisa A. Macklin, J.D.,M.L.S., Anne Gilliland, JD, MLS

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on July 24, 2014

Copyright for Educators & Librarians

by Kevin Smith, M.L.S., J.D., Lisa A. Macklin, J.D.,M.L.S., Anne Gilliland, JD, MLS

thread Wk 1 – T2: Copyright: Shortened or Lengthened? – PART 1

Follow the money” was mentioned as a way to understand the concept of copyright and copyright law

Copyright lengths should be shortened.  Term lengths like these rarely benefit actual people.  They benefit corporations, be it publishers or things like Disney.

Karen Lightner: I can see the usefulness of bringing the US into line with the Berne Convention, so that we are in line with other nations’ laws. But the additional 20 years we have added for individuals and the incredibly long period for corporations goes against, I believe, what the founding fathers intended when they specified for a limited time.

Edwin A Quist: There are collections of so-called production music issued with licenses to be used for educational videos.  We have at least two sets of these in our music library (in various styles: rock ,classical, world, electronic, etc.) — but don’t expect great art!  Also WikiMedia Commons has some CC licensed music.

Brad Whitehead: I have no quarrel with protecting corporate trademarks — Disney characters or Nike swooshes, etc. — but maintaining monopolies on creative works for such extended periods primarily  enriches publishers with no benefit to the creators.

Nicholas Theo: There are definitely works created where it can be next to impossible to find the owner, or their descendant 20 years after the creation of the work. I have also witnessed when you do track these people down that they want an exorbitant sum of money for permission to use their creation even when there has been absolutely no interest in it. In the end no deal is made. On the other hand I work with two small non profit organizations whose body of work is of value. The material is actively used, and the body of work is a core asset for the organization. What happens to each organization once the copyrights expire? One organization faces this reality in 2015. The Internet permits an environment where decades of work may be used, and in some instances in ways the original material was never intended to be used. For instance, written passages can be misquoted and there will no longer be a legal mechanism to halt this practice.

Karen Case: I would be curious to know if the Youtube video with Mozart would have been removed if the link was made private.

Susan Martel: I think about The Hobbit which was published in 1937.  The author, Tolkien, died in 1973, and I remember his books being popular in the seventies and the eighties.  It was fairly recently that movies were made based on his books.  It seems fair (and I hope that it is the case) that he left a great legacy behind to his family so that they could continue to receive income from his work.  If Tolkien’s works were in the public domain by the time the movies were made, it is just an easy way for those working in the movie industry to become even wealthier without having to pay anything to the author or his beneficiaries.  Not all works have the kind of potential that Tolkien’s did, but without a crystal ball to predict the future it may be difficult to predict accurately what works will have continued success for generations and which will just be a flash in the pan.

Charles N. Norton: There is something called “Good Faith” effort that many archives hold to that tends to be the “standard” when trying to use copyrighted material for educational use, but it really only applies when you know who the copyright holder is and for whatever reason they simply do not respond to your requests. It does not remove the authors rights and, in fact, many times one does end up having to remove shared material after the fact because the copyright holders finally does get around to denying permission.

Lesli Moore: I’m glad to see some discussion about Open Access to works.  Perhaps instead of shortening the term, creators can circumvent the terms by offering open access using Creative Commons.

Jef Gielen: There are pros and cons. Do we find it reasonable that heirs take benefit from a work they did not contribute to at all ? To me, this is not evident. On the other hand, the copyright can be in hand of foundations trying to continue the work of an author – e.g. by means of scholarships. That’s another story ..

Resources:
Here is a complete list of all the suggested readings for the Copyright for Educations and Librarians Course. Click here for a downloadable PDF version of the Suggested Readings that contains the full URL links.

Week 1

 

Week 2

Week 3

Samples:

OPTIONAL – Resources on music copyright:

Sources for examples:

For the history behind the controversy over “The Lion Sleeps Tonight,” listen to these three YouTube videos:

  • Linda’s “Mbube” – 1939 (start at 0:21)
  • The Weavers with Pete Seeger “Wimoweh” – 1952 (start at 1:13)
  • Tokens “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” – 1961 (start at 0:15)

Week 4

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