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More Organized Collaboration with Google Team Drives

Most of the collaboration and sharing happening on Google Drive or Microsoft OneDrive is file or folder based. Someone creates a folder or file, then they share it with specific people or create a shareable link.

This "file first" approach creates a file ownership challenge. The person who creates the folder or file is the owner, and if they leave NDSU things can get complicated. In OneDrive file ownership cannot be transferred, so when the file owner no longer has an account, collaborators may lose access to that file.In Google Drive, file ownership can be transferred, but it could be burdensome for an outgoing employee to transfer ownership of all their shared folders and files.

To get around the file ownership challenge, teams have created SharePoint sites in Office 365. Files shared in a SharePoint site belong to the site, not to an individual owner, so they can survive any one team member leaving the organization or team.

Google Team Drives

Now there is a similar solution in Google Drive. Team Drives allow you to create a team first, then share folders and files with them. As in SharePoint, the files belong to the Team Drive, not to any one team member. Team Drives also help with the organization of Google Drive folders and files. Team Drives appear in a distinct section of Google Drive.

To learn more about Team Drives, check out this helpful article in the GSuite Learning Center.

Bob Bertsch, Web Technology Specialist, 701-231-7381

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New Login for Google Apps for Education at NDSU

Google DriveYou no longer need to remember a separate username and password to access Google Apps for Education at NDSU (Google Drive, Docs, Sites and YouTube).

When you access the Google login page and enter your email address, you will be redirected to NDSU's login page and prompted for your electronic ID and password (aka Central Authentication System username and password).

Your NDSU Username and password are the same credentials that you use to log into Qualtrics, Blackboard, NDSU computer labs, and the on-campus WiFi. If you forgot your username or password you can recover it at Accounts or contact the IT Help Desk by phone or in person for assistance.

Bob Bertsch, Web Technology Specialist, 701-231-7381

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Options for Sharing Your Skype for Business Recording

So you've recorded your Skype for Business meeting or webinar, but what do you do with it now?

In the video below, I share how to find your recording, and how to use your NDSU Google Drive or YouTube account to share your Skype for Business recordings with others.

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Write the Right Word: Among and Between

Are you confused about whether to use “among” or “between”? You aren’t alone.

“Between” generally refers to a relationship involving two people, animals or things. For example: “Let’s keep this news between you and me.” Or: “I have to choose between going to the movie and going to the mall.”

“Among” refers to a relationship involving three or more people, animals or things. For example, “Researchers found no differences in yield among the three wheat varieties they studied.”

Following those same rules, “between” is correct when three or more people, animals or things are considered one group. For instance: “Salary negotiations are underway between the company and its janitorial, secretarial and mailroom staff.” The three types of staff are considered a single unit.

One other note: Avoid using “amongst” for “among” in the writing we do. “Amongst” is considered archaic and overly formal.

, Information Specialist, 701-231-5391

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Email Management Tips and Tricks

This video offers simple tips and tricks that can help you become more organized and productive with your email management.

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Sharing Images With Just a Link

Check out this how-to video on sharing a folder full of image with people inside or outside NDSU using Google Drive or OneDrive. Let me know if you have questions or need assistance. Happy sharing!

Bob Bertsch, Web Technology Specialist, 701-231-7381

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Movie Maker No Longer Available for Windows 10

MovieMakerOur fingers were not crossed long enough as Microsoft has removed the Windows Movie Maker installer from its website and has deleted all references to a potential new version for Windows 10. If you downloaded Movie Maker to your Windows 10 computer, you are OK to continue using it, though Microsoft will not provide support.  

Movie Maker has long been one of the best free video editors, but others are easy to use as well and most importantly FREE.  Read about the best free alternatives.

But our finger crossing was good for one thing. Later this year Microsoft plans to launch what some have said is Movie Maker on steroids. It’s called Story Remix, and it looks pretty neat. Check out this website to read more and watch a video about it.

, Electronic Media Specialist, 701-231-7086

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Get Around the Web Faster

Tips and tricks to getting to your intended website more quickly (3.5 minute video).

, Web Technology Specialist, 231-6403

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Technology in Extension Delivery

Back in May, we were asked to provide some information on how NDSU Extension was using technology to deliver information and programming for the Extension Comprehensive Review Committee.

We thought you might be interested in what we shared.


  • # of County sites – 52
  • # of REC sites – 13
  • # of Topic sites - 123
  • 2016 analytics
    • 1,288,964 sessions
    • 901,132 users
    • 3,106,933 pageviews


  • The NDSU Extension Service has about 645 peer-reviewed publications now available. Of those, about 300 are web-only. Just a handful are for-sale-only.
  • The publications website is in the process of being updated with a more graphic look with plans to market specific publications.
  • Most popular hard-copy publications: weed control, insect management and fungicide guides; variety trials results of various crops
  • 2016 analytics
    • 90,731 sessions
    • 74,647 users
    • 367,746 pageviews


  • 11 channels
  • Videos on the NDSU Extension channel – 647
  • Subscribers on NDSU Extension channel – 2,059
  • 2016 number of views on NDSU Extension channel – 236,831


  • Sound Ag Advice is a weekly 4-minute podcast that features NDSU Extension specialists and staff talking about current crop and livestock issues.
    • 2,714 web pageviews in 2016
  • Sugar Beet Report is a weekly 4-minute podcast NDSU sugar beet specialists and researchers available during the growing season
    • 1,478 web pageviews in 2016

Webinars, IVN, Blackboard Collaborate, Skype

  • Skype for Business is part of the NDUS Office 365 package that is used extensively primarily for internal meetings and in-service training – for example, Tech Coffee Breaks, Ag Communication webinars, Community Vitality and FCS program updates
  • Blackboard Collaborate, also provided by NDUS, is used more for training with the public – for example, Spring Fever Forums, Field to Fork series, and Master Gardener training. Counties provide local viewing sites with augmented training.
  • NDSU has access to the Moodle learning management system from eXtension for both taking professional development courses created by other institutions and creating courses for staff or the public
  • Professional development webinars for Extension staff and the public are coordinated by eXtension at Learn

News releases and columns

  • Number of news releases and columns per year
    • 2014: 199 news releases; 152 columns
    • 2015: 196 news releases; 164 columns
    • 2016: 183 news releases; 163 columns


  • Crop and Pest Report (PDF emailed to list, articles posted on web)
    • 4,565 subscribers
    • 189,039 pageviews in 2016
  • Parenting Posts (distributed through schools)
    • Kindergarten – 8,841 copies per issue
    • 2nd grade – 8,843 copies per issue
    • 4th grade – 8,671 copies per issue
    • 6th grade – 8,119 copies per issue
  • Kids & Money (distributed through schools)
    • 5th grade – 8,454 copies per issue
  • Nourishing Boomers & Beyond (Mailchimp e-newsletter)
    • 737 subscribers
  • The Family Table (Mailchimp e-newsletter)
    • 256 subscribers
  • Field to Fork (Mailchimp e-newsletter)
    • 215 subscribers
  • Farm & Ranch Succession Planning (Mailchimp e-newsletter)
    • 184 subscribers
  • Water Spouts (printed and mailed)
    • 525 copies per issue

Social media

  • NDSU Extension-related Facebook Pages - 81
    • Total Facebook Page likes - 22,505
    • NDSU Extension Service Facebook Page likes - 1,375
  • NDSU Extension Twitter followers - 3,337
  • 3 Snapchat geofilters: 4,000 views, 771 impressions

 Ask an Expert - 2016

  • 55 experts answered 234 questions
  • 36 In-State experts answered 214 questions
  • 19 Out-of-State experts answered 21 questions

We are doing a lot, but we could do even more. If you would like to learn more about some of the platforms mentioned above, let us know.

Bob Bertsch, Web Technology Specialist, 701-231-7381
, Ag Communication Director, 701-231-7875

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Write the Right Word: Question Marks Not Always Necessary

Just because you use the word “ask” in a sentence doesn’t mean the sentence should end with a question mark.

For example, you don’t need a question mark at the end of this sentence: Ask your friend who went to the movie with him. You shouldn’t use a question mark because you aren’t asking the question; you are requesting that someone else ask the question.

However, if you include a direct question as part of a sentence, then the question would end with a question mark. For example: I asked her, “Are you going to the movie tonight?” Or this: “Where are you going?” she asked.

Note that the question mark is inside the quotation marks. That’s because the question mark only applies to the question being asked, not the entire sentence.

The question mark goes outside of quotation marks when it applies to the whole sentence. For example: Who wrote “Gone With the Wind”?

, Information Specialist, 701-231-5391

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