Microsoft Day of Learning

Please join us for the Microsoft Day of Learning. Walk-ins are welcome! If you would like to register, please use this link: http://bit.ly/SpringForward2017

Contact:
For more information please contact Kirstin Riddick | kriddick@nvcc.edu

Alexandria Campus Quick Byte Workshops and Webinars (Faculty and Staff Only)

Hello NOVA Alexandria Campus Faculty and Staff,

Our faculty and staff workshops this semester have a Google focus.  This month, we will discuss and share the advantages of using Google Slides.  Our “Quick Byte” workshops are only 30 minutes long, and are a hands-on experience.

We are also offering WordPress workshops.  If you would like to learn from the convenience of your personal space, we are offering a Google Slides webinar also. To register for any of these workshops, visit us or go to http://bit.ly/Going4TheGold.

Alexandria Campus Bisdorf Building | AA-343
Google Slides Face-to-Face:
November 2nd – 11AM and 2 PM
November 8th – 11AM and 2 PM

Google Slides Webinar:
November 11th – 10 AM

WordPress Face-to-Face:
November 10th   – 2 PM
November 23rd – 2PM

CONTACT:
For more information, contact TILT al-isd@nvcc.edu

App of the Week: Symbaloo

1Symbaloo – a visual bookmarking tool that lets users add all their favorite links and websites in a format that is easy to use, by displaying them as icons or logos.

Symbaloo stores the user’s bookmarks “in the cloud” so that the user can access the favorite sites from any device in any place with an internet connection.

The user needs to enter a name, an email address, and a password to register and then click on a verification email to use all site features and change their preferences.

Symbaloo uses colorful tiles that the user can easily arrange and organize to create a visually appealing “webmix” (or layout).

The user can drag and drop items to organize them in a way that is convenient and practical.

The favorite items can be searched so users can find those that are most relevant to the items they are adding.

The user can connect Facebook and Twitter to a Symbaloo account to facilitate sharing pages or individual links.

Price: FREE

Links: {Apple} {Android}

Google Extension of the Week: Clearly- by Evernote

For the next few Apps of the Week (when it is my turn to post), I will focus on Google Apps and Extensions for Education, GAFE for short.  I know, one question that comes to mind, for me anyway, is what is the difference between a Google app and a Google extension?  One presenter made it abundantly clear to me last weekend at the Northern Virginia GAFE Summit.  A Google app serves as a map to an actual website that can be used as a tool. A Google extension enhances the functionality of the Chrome browser.

The Google Extension I would like to share with you is Clearly.  Created by Evernote, this app removes web distractions from your websites to keep content free and clear from ads and pop-ups.

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Once you download the extension on your Chrome browser, a small icon will appear next to your address box, also know as an omni box.  The icon we are looking for is the mini table lamp. See the image below:

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Here is website before Clearly:

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Here is the same website after using Clearly:

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All ads and distractions are removed.  In addition to a distraction-free site, one can change the font for reading ease. One can even highlight text.  Saving a “clear” website in Evernote for future reference also and seamless reading is a matter of logging into your Evernote Account and selecting the Evernote elephant icon.

Clearly is a free extension that will prove beneficial to you if you don’t like to navigate through noise and clutter on your websites.

Learn more about Clearly here:
https://help.evernote.com/hc/en-us/articles/208430758

Download the Clearly extension here:
https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/clearly/iooicodkiihhpojmmeghjclgihfjdjhj?utm_source=gmail

 

App of the Week: eduClipper

EduClipper
Clip anything. Share everything!

by Patricia Cooper

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Educlipper is a tool that allows teachers and students to collect, organize and share content all in one location. It’s been referred to the “Pinterest of Education” because you can create digital bulletin boards of useful links, articles, and images. You can even upload and share original documents and files. You can follow other eduClips and people can follow you. The eduClipper app is designed for the iPhone and iPad but it’s also web-based. However, the app version has some neat features like allowing you to annotate your clips.
This awesome organizational tool will help you cut down cut down on the amount of time your spend searching for great content. All you have to do is type in the subject and see what other educators and students have shared. Another great feature of this tool is the ability to clip parts of an article or webpage. You don’t have to save the entire page. For example, if you just want a particular info graphic that is part of an article, you could just use the scissor tool and clip the image and save it to your board. It’s as simple as that.
You can cross-post your educlips to Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest
It’s real easy to use and best of all it’s free.
Be careful. Just like their tag line says. You can spend hours upon hours clipping anything and sharing everything!

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.

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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

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.

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Learn more about Talkboard here:

https://talkboard.com/

 

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

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/talkboard-by-citrix/id691766202?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D8

 

 

 

App of the Week: Green Screen Movie FX

The Green Screen Movie FX app

 

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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.

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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

 

 

 

App of the Week: Google Keep

Google never ceases to amaze us!  If you are on the go and looking for a space to keep notes, curate resources, create to-do lists in an organized way, you may want to consider using Google Keep.  Keep is a FREE chrome/android app and web-based tool you can use on any web-enabled device.  With Keep, you can upload images, audio files, type or dictate notes/to-do lists with reminders.  Google Keep notes can be uploaded onto Google Docs.  One can also color-code, tag, and share notes with colleagues with ease.   Upon completion, one can archive or delete notes.  Evernote and Trello have some pretty strong competition with Google Keep.  A Google account is required to use Keep and the notes sync quickly with all of your web-enabled devices and wearable technologies.

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