The Open Computer Center will be closed during the spring break from March 10th to March 16th.
We will be open on Saturday the 8th and resume regular hours on Monday the 17th.
Got a smart phone or tablet for school. Make the most use of it with some of these cool apps.
Always on the go and need to access some stored files, but don’t have the space or time to get them loaded onto your tablet or phone? No worries, use one of these free apps to move files between devices. These apps also allow sharing with others for collaborative projects.
Google Drive is the extension of what Google Docs used to be. It has added a lot of new features but the most interesting feature is the use of Google Drive folder. This addon can be installed on your main PC or Mac. Once installed, anything you save in your Google Drive folder on your machine can be accessed online through drive.google.com or even through the Google Drive app on Tablets and Phones. You can even arrange items in folders and be able to access them anywhere you have an internet connection. You get about 15 GB free and can upgrade if more space is needed.
Another option is Dropbox which gives 2 gigs of free space to use and access anywhere. It has a similar app that can be installed on your PC or Mac or Linux device and can also be accessed on Tablets and Phones. Anything beyond 2 GB requires a monthly fee.
Evernote is a note taking app that also has cloud storage options for your notes and can also be accessed on multiple devices. The cool thing about evernote is that it syncs your notes on all devices. So I often use it to quickly jot down something on my phone or use it in conjunction with an extension for chrome on my computer, to save interesting sites or research I am working on.
Pocket is another app I use to save interesting articles from blogs or sites, to read later. I use an extension available on chrome to save it for later. I can then read it online or using the pocket app, I can read it on my phone or tablet.
Welcome back to Northern Virginia Community College as we begin the 2013-14 academic year! I hope that your summer was filled with wonderful adventures and relaxing times with friends and family.
We look forward to a great year! I wish the best of success to all of you and remind you that the Open Computer Center staff is here to help you in whatever way we are able to. Please let us know how we may better assist you!
Links and Sources
Article about MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses)
Learn more about Gamifying Education http://www.gamifyingeducation.org/
Article about http://getinstinct.com/ Guitar Learning Site
Article on Community College Week about MOOCs
This year I am going to test some online education resources to see which ones are better, while also learning something new.
The first of these free online services that I am going to work with is Codecademy. It is a free educational platform that focuses on teaching users programming. It is a community based website that teaches programing in an entertaining, almost game-like way. There are several programs designed that teach everything from Java Script, CSS, HTML and other programing languages. The exercises are simple and easy to follow.
The next one I am working on is a free only course that is provided by Stanford University on their Class2Go system. This is designed more like an online college course and is free for anyone to use. The free classes vary with the newest one being “Introduction to Databases”.
The last free online class service I am trying is edX. This one is interesting as it is supported by many schools but was first started by MIT and Harvard. Like Stanfords system the courses are University level, but because many schools are involved with edX, they offer many classes. The class I am most interested in is the Artificial Intelligence class offered by Berkley.