Fall 2015 Academic Success Conference!

Hope you are able to join us this week for our first Academic Success Conference!  Funded by Student Life and Powered by the Collaboration of Learning Technology Resources, this 3-day conference will allow you to:

  • Meet Fellow NOVA Students
  •  Meet your Partners in Success
  • Explore NOVA Alexandria
  • Find beneficial resources

There are a number of workshops offered throughout the day accross the campus.  None will exceed 30 minutes.  For every workshop attended, you will get a chance to win prizes (book scholarships, books, and an iPad!)



Here is the schedule:




We hope to see you there!

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App of the Week: PixiClip



Have you shied away from creating a screencast to use in your classroom because you think it’s too difficult or time consuming? Well, I have a tool that makes creating a screencast as easy and 1, 2, 3.
It’s called PixiClip. It is an interactive whiteboard that allows you draw, type, upload images and narrate your screen with just a click of a button. You can even insert a video of yourself right into the project.
PixiClip has a very simplistic interface. The tools are limited to a pen, a text box, a marker and only 5 colors to choose from. This helps keep you and your students from getting overwhelmed with too many buttons and gadgets.
Here are some key features:
• PixiClip is compatibility with all browsers
• PixiClip is available for Chromebook users. (not all screencast tools are)
• PixiClip allows you to upload images and annotate them.
• PixiClip recordings can be shared on Facebook, twitter, and email.
• PixiClip is a web 2.0 tool and an app.
• PixiClip is Free.

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App of the Week: Padlet

Before you go crazy and say “Padlet is not an app, it’s a web tool,” I am here to tell you that YES, in fact Padlet has finally (for those users like myself and others who use it often) developed an iPad app.

For those of you who have never used Padlet, let me tell you why the app should be the next download you make: Padlet is a virtual “tabula rosa”, where users can put whatever they want on it. From images, to links, to embedded YouTube clips, to documents, to simple posts, Padlet is an all around collaborative experience.  Use Padlet in the classroom to brainstorm, to bookmark and share resources, as a platform for student portfolios, or even as a backchannel during in class activities and discussions.

Padlet is versatile, flexible, and easy to use (for teachers, students, and parents.) Imagine Padlet being a virtual bulletin board that you can share with parents during a ‘back to school night’ showcasing student work.  Whether in the same place, or in different areas, users on Padlet can connect and use it from just about anywhere, anytime.  Padlet also offers educators security features such as limiting who can view or post onto the ‘wall’, even allowing the instructor to view posts prior to them being uploaded to the wall.

Padlet is a great learning tool that is now both a web tool and an iPad app.  Get started using this FREE app and change the way you and your students collaborate and connect!

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App of the Week: 3D Camera

1This app allows you to create your own 3D photos and easily share them on social media including Facebook and Twitter. First, you take left and right photos with the built-in camera, second, view your 3D photo as a grey or color anaglyph (using common red/cyan 3D glasses), a stereogram (no glasses required), or as a wigglegram for a simulated 3D effect. It’s as simple as that!

Price: $1.99

Link: {Apple}

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Go(ing) Pro

Check out our last post from student contributor, Annie Birge.  We wish her the best on her next endeavor at University of Virginia.  A Pathways  graduate and student leader, Annie has left an indelible mark on this campus and Team TILT especially.  In this post, she contemplates the benefits of Go(ing) Pro.


I have a special place in my heart dedicated to photography. Not like I’m really good or anything but I have always loved taking pictures. I love art in general but I have always gravitated toward photography because I feel like my fingers are incapable of painting or drawing what my brain wants to produce. Yeah I know what you’re thinking… Art has no boundaries, no rigid rules or expectations but that mantra doesn’t offer me any solace when I look at my doodles and realize they look like the work of a kindergartner. I guess my self-conscious mindset will always in some ways prevent me from feeling totally satisfied with whatever I produce, especially by pen, pencil, or brush.

But cameras, on the other hand, have been able to provide a necessary artistic outlet for me- free from the pressures of wobbly lines and bad shading. Instead of forcing my hands to follow my imagination and create a picture, a photograph takes only a click of a button. With that very click comes a snapshot of time, a capturing of emotion, that offers your mind a conversation they say is worthy of a thousand words. Cameras are so rampant in today’s society and culture, we photograph nearly every moment of our lives and I mean every moment. Including all of our special occasions, be them weddings, proms, or (of course) all of our gains at the gym. We photograph our nights out with friends, birthdays, and vacations. We post pictures of ourselves, definitely some more than others (come on, admit it, we all have that one friend on IG who will #selfie back to back to back). And don’t forget about the “foodgasms” we undeniably have from all of the #foodporn we scroll through in a day. Read more

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App of the Week: Talkboard

Photo Source: http://blogs.citrix.com/2013/09/12/introducing-talkboard-drawing-your-way-to-group-collaboration/

Photo Source: http://blogs.citrix.com/2013/09/12/introducing-talkboard-drawing-your-way-to-group-collaboration/

Looking for a quick way to provide remote assistance to students who need homework support? Talkboard, created by Citrix, may be the app for you.  Talkboard allows users to sketch and talk at the same time in a live virtual collaborative setting. Sharing a Talkboard with your fellow collaborators takes place by copying and pasting the link or emailing the link directly from the app.

Talkboard may prove beneficial to students who brainstorm, storyboard, demonstrate learning in real time, take notes with audio, create review guides,  or collaborate with one another on projects.

The interface is quite simple and one can annotate imported images too.  When finished, you can export and share the final project.



Learn more about Talkboard here:



This app is currently free and only available for iPad/iPhone users. To download go to:





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App of the Week: Green Screen Movie FX

The Green Screen Movie FX app


Greenscreen FX


Do you want to take your video projects to another level, say by, adding a marching T-Rex in the background? You can do that with the Green Screen Movie FX app.



This app has some really cool special effects. For example, there are explosions, fireworks, and different weather scenes just to name a few. Or you can create your own FX special effects and upload them into your movie file.

This app will be a wonderful companion to use with our state of the art multimedia/green screen room located in room 337 in the Bisdorf building.

Green Screen lets you create special movie effects and instantly share and show off your video creations on Facebook, Dropbox, Twitter, email and others.

If you are ready to make a “Hollywood” style movie clip for your next class project, grab your iPad or iPhone and start creating.

Cost: $2.99

This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad




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App of the Week: Daqri

Classroom learning opportunities used to be restricted to pictures and books.  We study the solar system through images and videos, attempting to place our students ‘in the environment.’  We study elements on the periodic chart in lab experiments, through chemical reactions.  In both cases, there are opportunities for the student to be engaged in their learning because they are experiencing it, but it still can leave the student looking for another learning experience . Daqri is that other learning experience.

Daqri is an augmented reality app for Apple and Android devices.  Augmented reality is a 4D experience, and in short, it scans flat images and makes them come alive revealing interactive 4D content and experiences for the user.

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Imagine students using the Daqri app to scan elements from the periodic chart and combining them (into a compound) like sodium (Na) and chloride (Cl) making table salt; but the students get to SEE that result when they connect the elements together.  Imagine students being able to explore strands of DNA, develop interactive floor plans, take a closer look at the human body, or even learn about dinosaurs through the Daqri app.

Simply put, Daqri takes what used to be field trips, videos, pictures, or in-class readings, and turns them into an experience.  And Daqri is not stopping there; separate from the app, they also have 4D studio software and are experimenting with a 4D helmet.  Take a look at this video below and experience Daqri for yourself.

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App of the Week: Screencastify

Every now and then, one person or one company does one thing that ‘upsets the apple cart’ or changes the ‘status quo.’  Google is that company, and Screencastify is the next thing that will change the ‘status quo.’

Screencastify is not a traditional ‘app’ that you would find on Android or iTunes. However, it is an application that is a FREE extension on your Google Chrome Web Browser.

So, what is ScreenCastify and why does it change the ‘status quo’?

Screencastify allows users to record video directly from their Chrome web browser.  Imagine to easily create screencasts from your Chrome web browser that can turn into video tutorials, recorded presentations, etc.  Screencastify does not depend on any plugins and runs on all platforms that are able to run a Chrome web browser.  And because it is a Google product, it is a seamless transition to upload it to YouTube, or even save it to your Google Drive; you can also save your videos to the device you are using when screencasting.

But as I said, Screencastify changes the ‘status quo’ and here is why:  The ‘status quo’ is this conversation is the archaic, one-dimensional version of instruction, which is an instructor simply talking to (or lecturing) their students. Screencastify now makes it easier than ever to begin ‘flipping’ your classroom and transform your classroom environment in to a 21st century learning space.  With its easy integration into both your Chrome web browser and YouTube, it has never been easier to screencast from your computer.  Need more convincing? Then check out this quick tutorial on how to use Screencastify:

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Guide for iCloud

1Guide for iCloud will teach you how to make the most out of iCloud on your iPhone and iPad.

* Backup data safely
* Set up iCloud correctly
* Sync Photos, Contacts, Videos, Calendars, Reminders, Bookmarks, Notes, Mails and more on every device
* Protect your iPhone & iPad from theft with Find my iPhone
* Keep passwords safe with iCloud Keychain for FREE
* Edit Microsoft Office & iWork documents on iPhone

Price: FREE

Link: [Apple]

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