Have a public meeting, marketing display, professional meeting or other event coming up? Ag Communication can design and create large-format color banners in retractable stands, posters, paper and vinyl banners, vinyl logo table runners and full-size figure cut-outs, as well as tabletop displays. We can print from your file or create your poster or display. Call or email for details.
John Grindahl, Graphic Designer, (701) 231-7898
Have you thought about sharing photos with your colleagues? We would like you to try Flickr and use our NDSU Ag Communication Group to share with more than one colleague at a time.
Recently our site was able to share an image with someone outside of the country who was working on educational information to teach kids in a foreign country. We have great information to disseminate, and that includes photos.
Just go to the Flick Your Photos onto Flickr training on the Ag Comm Training and Tutorials page. If you already have a Flickr account and you want to join, search for the NDSU Ag Communication Group and click the "Join This Group" button. When request to join, be sure to give your full name in the message you add to the request.
Since entries in the Gamma Sigma Delta photo contest are due Nov. 16, consider sharing some of your photos both in the contest and on the Flickr site. Check out the Oct. 15 email from Char Kuss for contest details.
David Haasser, Graphic Designer, (701) 231-8620
With all of the many legitimate software updates we have on our computers, there are many opportunities for unwanted software to install itself with these updates. Whether it’s a Java, Adobe Reader or Adobe Flash update, there can be options during the install that need attention.
Here is an example of the McAfee Security Scan Plus option that comes with the Java update. By default the box is checked and this program will be installed with the update. By itself, this could be a useful program, but having it installed with our Microsoft Forefront anti-virus program can cause performance and stability problems. Before finishing an update by clicking on the Install or Next button, just make sure there isn’t some unwanted program that needs to have an option box unchecked. It just may save you from some unwanted computer issues.
A number of people will be using Twitter to share information from the 2012 Extension/REC Fall Conference, Nov. 5 - 8.
The conference hashtag is #ndsuconf2012.
If you'd like to start using Twitter to find and share information about Fall Conference or anything else you're interested in, checkout our "Tweeting Fall Conference" video. It will show you how to create a Twitter account and start using it.
If you just want to keep up on the tweets from Fall Conference, visit http://twitter.com/search/realtime?q=%23ndsuconf2012
Avoid the urge to insert “both” in sentences that don’t need it.
These are examples in which it’s not necessary: “Both Tom and Dick attended the play.” Or this: “Prices for both wheat and corn were much higher this year.”
Just remember that “both” refers to two people or things. It’s not necessary in these examples because the two people (Tom and Dick) or things (wheat and corn) are specified. “Both” is needed only when those people or things are not identified and you want the reader to know you are referring to two individuals or items.
Here are some examples of its correct usage: “We met Lisa and Susan, who are sisters.” or “We met both sisters.” “Researchers planted switchgrass in trial plots 12 and 14.” or “Researchers planted switchgrass in both trial plots.”
Ellen Crawford, information specialist, (701) 231-5391
(applies to Facebook Pages only, not personal Facebook pages)
- Choose the type of post you want to add to your Page (Status or Photo/Video upload)
- Click on the type of post and add text and/or photo or video
- In the lower left, click on the clock icon
- Add year, month, day, time and minute you want the post to be published
- All times correspond to the current time zone you're in
- You can schedule a post up to 6 months in advance in 15-minute intervals
- Click Schedule. Your scheduled post will be saved in the Activity Log
To view scheduled posts, go to Edit Page, then Use Activity Log
You can change the date, publish immediately or cancel the post. Unfortunately, the content itself cannot be edited.
Try not to use brand names unless they are essential to your message because we don’t want to appear to be endorsing a particular product or company.
Brand name is a nonlegal term for a service mark or trademark.
Use a generic version when possible. For example: “Camp activities will include swimming, canoeing and in-line skating (not Rollerblading).” “Put all of the ingredients into a slow cooker (not Crock Pot) and cook on high for six hours.”
However, using a brand name is unavoidable sometimes. For example, “Baythroid XL is one insecticide registered for use in barley.” In this case, a generic term would not be specific enough.
If we use brand names in an Extension publication, this is what the university attorney suggested we put at the end of the publication: The NDSU Extension Service does not endorse commercial products or companies even though reference may be made to trade names, trademarks or service names.
Ellen Crawford, information specialist, (701) 231-5391
In September 2012, Ag Comm Web Services offered 3 webinars to help people take control of their own learning through the use of a personal learning network. If you are interested in building a personal learning network, check out the recordings below to help you get started.
They are archives of Wimba webconferences. If prompted for a "room" when accessing the archive, enter "NDSU_Ag".
Start Managing Your Own Learning - If you are not actively keeping up with your own learning and professional development, you are falling behind. A Personal Learning Network (PLN) can provide you with learning from leaders, experts and colleagues around the world, bringing together communities, resources and information impossible to access from within your office walls. Learn how you can get started on your own PLN and contribute to your professional development.
- Getting Online Information to Come to You - One key to effective learning in the digital age is to get information to come to you. Learn how you can use online tools to get the information you need to come to you.
- Finding People To Learn From - If you want to discover relevant online information that you can trust, connect with smart people who share your interests. People should be a big part of your online network. Learn how use social media to find and follow people who can really enhance your learning and professional development.
Ag Communication has a new CD and DVD duplicator available in the Distribution Center. The machine can make copies of your CDs or DVDs quickly, printing on a full-color "label" in the same step. CDs are $2, and DVDs are $3. Remember, only CDs and DVDs that you own the copyright to legally can be copied. Also, only VHS tapes that aren't available as DVDs may be transferred. To learn more, contact me.
Terri Nelson, Distribution Center Manager Administrative Clerk, (701) 231-7882
This fall NDSU is switching to a new web conferencing tool called Blackboard Collaborate. Wimba Live Classroom still will be available and supported through Spring 2013. The reason for the switch is Blackboard purchased both Wimba and a similar company called Ellluminate and combined them to create Bb Collaborate. Archives will be accessible for a year or two after the transition, but if you have a Wimba archive that you will continue to use, contact me to discuss the options.
If you would like access to start playing around with Bb Collaborate, contact me. See the Bb Collaborate website to learn more.
Some changes also are coming for Live Meeting and Office Communicator. With the Microsoft Office 365 transition, these soon will be changed to Microsoft Lync.
Scott Swanson, Electronic Media Specialist, (701) 231-7086