Welcome to Fall Semester

Due to the new college rule of on-time registration, Open Computer Labs has been open during the semester break assisting students with registration and enrollment. We have also been directing students to the correct offices as needed. We also assist with any online payment issues and parking permit purchases.

This semester also introduces a new printer system. Open Computer Labs has two printers available in room 155 and 156, as well as on the fourth floor by the vending machines.  Lab Instructors have been trained to assist students with any issues. I will post a more detailed post on how to use the new system in the future.

Smart Phone, Tablet Apps for School

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

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!

Open Sources for Education

Link to presentation https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1dTCqqOBwm5j3nY6WurxJfTd1BeyV017i-oAjP07yeLg/edit?usp=sharing

Links and Sources

Article about MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses)


Some MOOCs










Learn more about Gamifying Education http://www.gamifyingeducation.org/






Article about http://getinstinct.com/ Guitar Learning Site



Article on Community College Week about MOOCs