InforMedia Services (IMS)

Technology Instruction for St. Cloud State University

Generation Z – the time of emojis approaching

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on June 26, 2014

Millennials Are Old News — Here’s Everything You Should Know About Generation Z

http://www.businessinsider.com/generation-z-spending-habits-2014-6#ixzz35n9ubTYy

GenZ

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Social Media: excellent mashup for video + Web form

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on June 26, 2014

A new start up just released a “free” option to add drawings, multiple-choice and open questions to videos published on YouTube, Vimeo etc. It is an excellent opportunity to add interactivity and combine in one your video material with feedback from your end users. It is specifically targeting the educational world.

Here is an example of having an YouTube video created by MassComm student Collette Jackson for the Library about the use of social media with added interactivity by Zaption:

http://zapt.io/tudfv84t

The company is targeting mobile devices for creation of their product.

Please let us know, if you need more information and/or support: ims@stcloudstate.edu

 

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

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on June 25, 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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Social Media: How to Create Awesome Online Videos: Tools and Software to Make it Easy

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on June 24, 2014

How to Create Awesome Online Videos: Tools and Software to Make it Easy

http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/tools-to-create-online-videos/

the tripod for iPAD is a compelling idea, but my personal choice is the wireless mics.

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Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on June 24, 2014

Employers’ Challenge to Educators: Make School Relevant to Students’ Lives

http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2014/06/employers-challenge-to-educators-make-school-relevant-to-students-lives

while critical thinking and communication are important, Wagner said schools are in danger if they stop there. “Above all, they need to be creative problem solvers,”

a bottom-up and top-down strategy should be implemented
the bottom-up strategy will only work, if it’s accompanied by business leaders clearly articulating the outcomes they’d like to see and helping align accountability to those outcomes.

Recently elite liberal arts colleges like Hampshire and Bard have announced they won’t consider SAT or ACT scores if they’re submitted with an application, because admissions officers don’t believe the tests are a good measure of students’ potential.

The survey found that student who felt supported — that their professors cared about them as individuals, that professors made them want to learn, that they had a mentor — were three times more likely to thrive as those who did not feel supported. Only 14 percent of college graduates answered that all three of those qualities were present in their college experience.

Even fewer college graduates found their higher education experience to be relevant to life and work after college. Only six percent reported with strong affirmatives that they worked on a long term project (at least a semester), had an internship where they could apply skills, and were very engaged in an extracurricular.

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6 Library of Congress Recommended Format Specifications

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on June 24, 2014

These six categories are:

  • Textual Works and Musical Compositions
  • Still Image Works
  • Audio Works
  • Moving Image Works
  • Software and Electronic Gaming and Learning
  • Datasets/Databases

From: Scanlon, Donna [mailto:dscanlon@loc.gov]
Sent: Tuesday, June 24, 2014 6:34 AM
To: ‘lita-l@ala.org’
Subject: [lita-l] Library of Congress Recommended Format Specifications

The Library of Congress announces the availability of its Recommended Format Specifications, a document describing the hierarchies of the physical and technical characteristics of creative formats, both analog and digital, which will best maximize the chances for preservation and continued accessibility of creative content.  Creators and publishers have also begun to employ a wide array of intangible digital formats, as well as continuing to change and adapt the physical formats in which they work.  The Library needs to be able to identify the formats which are suitable for large-scale acquisition and preservation for long-term access if it is to continue to build its collection and ensure that it lasts into the future.

The Library was able to identify six basic categories of creative output, which represent significant parts of the publishing, information, and media industries, especially those that are rapidly adopting digital production and are central to building the Library’s collections:  Textual Works and Musical Compositions; Still Image Works; Audio Works; Moving Image Works; Software and Electronic Gaming and Learning; and Datasets/Databases.  Technical teams, made up of experts came from across the institution bringing specialized knowledge in technical aspects of preservation, ongoing access needs and developments in the marketplace and in the publishing world, were established to identify recommended formats for each of these categories and to establish hierarchies of preference among the formats within them.

The Library will be revisiting these specifications on an annual basis.  The creation and publication of these recommended format specifications is not intended to serve as an answer to all the questions raised in preserving and providing long-term access to creative content.  They do not provide instructions for receiving this material into repositories, managing that content or undertaking the many ongoing tasks which will be necessary to maintain this content so that it may be used well into the future.

The Recommended Format Specifications are available at http://www.loc.gov/preservation/resources/rfs/.  For more information, please contact Ted Westervelt [thwe@loc.gov].

Donna Scanlon

Electronic Resources Coordinator

Library of Congress

101 Independence Ave., SE

Washington, DC 20540

eMail: dscanlon@loc.gov

Phone: (202) 707-6235

http://eresources.loc.gov

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BYOD toolchest: 51 teaching and learning tools for mobile devices

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on June 22, 2014

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

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/the-epic-byod-toolchest-vicki-davis

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

Expression

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

Presentations

Blogging

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 (http://xen.do) - gives you a personal, private Google-like search across all your apps.

8 Interactive Video Tools for Engaging Learners

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/film-festival-interactive-video-tools-resources

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best storage devices… locally and in the “cloud”

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on June 21, 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

http://www.cnet.com/topics/storage/best-hard-drives-and-storage/

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

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2413556,00.asp

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Social Media: do you use it and how?…

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on June 21, 2014

Please watch a great video inquiry by SCSU MassComm student Colette Jackson

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLNWWZN8BAA

  1. What social media tools do you use?
  2. How do you use them?
    1. privately?
    2. for educational purposes?
    3. both?
  3. How do you see social media being used for learning and teaching purposes?
  4. Do you use social media in your classes?
  5. How do you think social media can be used successfully in your classes?

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Free Course – Copyright for Educators & Librarians

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on June 21, 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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