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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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Ag Comm Webinar - Shooting High Quality Video

How can paying attention to fairly simple things as lighting, faces, background clutter, shot variability and the like improve videos? Bruce Sundeen and Scott Swanson share tips for shooting high-quality video in the latest Ag Comm webinar.

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Three Bullet Thursday

EdTechLNIf you're looking for a really easy way to stay up-to-date with innovation in Extension and education, subscribe to Three Bullet Thursday.

Each Thursday, the Ed Tech Learning Network sends out this short digest of articles, links, blogs, quotes and more for Extension innovators.When you subscribe it comes directly to your email each Thursday.

Recent issues have highlighted articles on artificial intelligence, how to avoid burnout and the 25 most innovative ag-tech startups. Every issue contains 3 short suggestions that can get you thinking differently about your work.

Check out the latest issue and consider subscribing.

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Write the Right Word: Semiannual or Biennial

Writers often confuse “semiannual” with “biennial.” They’re not the same, though.

I don’t know of an easy trick to remember which is which. “Semiannual” means twice a year. For example, “The producer holds his semiannual sheep sales in May and September.”

“Biennial” means every two years. For instance, “The organization will hold its biennial convention in June.”

Another word for “semiannual” is “biannual.” Unfortunately, its spelling is so close to “biennial” that it could lead to further confusion.

Note that semi and bi aren't hyphenated. They generally shouldn't be unless the letter that follows is the same letter - for example, semi-invalid.

, Information Specialist, 701-231-5391  

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Ag Comm Webinar: PowerPoint Pizzazz

I presented "PowerPoint Pizzazz in this 17:08 video. Watch it to learn some graphic design tips that can make your PowerPoints more interesting and engaging.

Get the PPT presentation here.

You can find other Ag Comm videos on our YouTube channel.

, Graphic Design Specialist, 701-231-7891

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Upload a File from Google Forms

I’ve worked on two projects that needed to be able to have people upload a file in a Google test form. A couple of years ago, Esther McGinnis, Assistant Professor and Horticulturist, held a contest for the Master Gardeners to submit a new logo for their newsletter. At that time, the upload file wasn’t available. I’ve been working with the Drought team and Adnan was looking for a way for staff to not only send in their county observations in through the form, but a way to upload picture of the drought impact in their county.

I was excited to see there is now the functionality to do this - to upload a file such as an image or a word doc, etc. right from a Google form. Unfortunately through testing the Drought form, I found only people with an email can submit the form and they must log in to their NDSU Google Apps account. The Drought leadership team (Carl Dahlen, Adnan Akyuz and Miranda Meehan) thought that the mandatory login would be a barrier for people filling out the form and they wanted as much response as they could get so we ended up scrapping the feature.

It’s good to know you can use this question type in Google forms, as long as your respondents have an login and are able to login (instructions here from NDSU ITS Helpdesk).

Here’s a 5 minute overview of the feature.

upload file

If you think this would be a handy feature to collection data and need help testing, please let me know.

Sonja Fuchs, Web Technology Specialist, 701-231-6403

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Access N.D. Government Email Addresses in Outlook

Need to find the email address of someone from the Bank of North Dakota, Dept. of Agriculture or another state agency quicker than going to their website? At the N.D. University System Public Affairs Council retreat, Jerry Rostad, NDUS assistant CIO (and former Ag Comm videographer), shared how we can access the state government address book in Outlook. To set it up:

  • Open Outlook and click the File tab.
  • Click the Account Settings button and select Account Settings.
  • Switch to the Address Books tab.
  • Click New and ensure Internet Directory Services (LDAP) is selected.
  • Click Next.
  • For Server Name, type:
  • Click More Settings…
  • You will see a popup about restarting Outlook for the changes to take effect. Click OK.
  • Either leave Display Name as or create a name of your choosing (e.g., ND State Agencies).
  • Port should be 389.Address Book for ND State Agencies
  • Switch to the Search tab.
  • Under Search Base, select Custom and type DC=Addressbook
  • To finish, click:
    • OK
    • Next
    • Finish
    • Close

Restart Outlook for this setting to take effect.

To use the directory in Outlook, in a New Email, click on To then the Address Book. Under Address Book, select or whatever you called this. In the Search box, enter the first name or last name of the person that you are looking for.

This will only work when you are on or VPNed into one of the NDUS campuses, NDUS data center or ITD data center.

, Ag Communication Director, 701-231-7875

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