Virtual Student Success Conference 2020


Today begins NOVA’s First Virtual Student Success Conference. For three days, you will enjoy plenary speakers, panel discussions and engaging experiences that will help you navigate NOVA, engage with the surrounding community and reach your success goals. You can attend as many sessions as you wish.  Wednesday, there will be a virtual networking lunch. The virtual conference begins at 10 a.m. each day. Evening sessions are also available. Attached, you will find the complete conference schedule.

The theme for Day 1 is: College 101

Please take a look at tomorrow’s breakout sessions and panel discussions. Join us via Zoom as your schedule will allow!  Here are the offerings:

10:00 am – 11:15 am
Breakout #1
Canvas + Navigate: Making the Most of Your Tech Tools


Tutoring 101


11:30 am – 12:20 pm
Welcome Session
Student Panel: The NOVA Experience & What I Wish I Knew

Opening Remarks
Dr. Annette Haggray – Provost (AL)
Michael Turner – Dean of Students (WO)


12:30 pm – 1:20 pm
Breakout #2
Navigating Community College: Real Conversations for International Students


Library Resources: Remote and Face to Face


1:30 pm – 2:20 pm
Breakout #3
The VSU and You! NOVA’s Virtual Student Union 


Testing While Remote


2:30 pm – 3:20 pm
Plenary Panel
Faculty Panel: How to Succeed in Your Classes


4:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Welcome Remarks
Dr. Frances Villagran-Glover – Vice President of Student Services

Followed by Prize Raffle


5:00 pm – 5:50 pm
How to Succeed in Online Classes 


6:00 pm – 6:50 pm
Meet the Alexandria Student Government Association (SGA)


10 Photo Apps

1. Snapseed
A powerful photo editing app with adjustment tools and filters:
Comprehensive set of editing tools to adjust exposure, color and sharpness
Customizable filters to quickly change the look and feel of your image
Ability to edit selected areas of an image
Intuitive interface makes it easy to use

A stylish editing app with built-in camera and photo sharing community:
Beautiful photo filter presets that mimic the look of classic film
Integrated adjustment tools for exposure, color and other enhancements
Built-in camera with manual controls

3. Camera+
An incredibly powerful camera app with built-in filters and editing tools:
Precise control over manual camera functions, including ISO, shutter speed, white balance and focus
30-second timer option (3 times longer than the usual 10-second timer)
Full set of editing tools for improving exposure, color and clarity
Free filter sets, plus the ability to purchase additional filters
A handy “layers” feature allowing you to stack multiple filters for unique effects

4. Cortex Camera
A camera app with amazing ability to capture sharp night-time photos without a tripod:
Allows you to shoot in very low light and at night
Captures multiple photos and then blends them together to get rid of noise
Electronic image stabilization means that no tripod is necessary

5. Enlight
A versatile photo editing app, allowing for simple edits as well as complex artistic blends:
Wide range of photo editing tools
Built-in filter options with conventional and unique looks
Artistic tools for creating painterly, sketch and other creative effects
Mixer tool allows you to blend two photos together to create double-exposures
Powerful Mask tool allows you to limit effects to just certain areas of the photo

6. TouchRetouch
Remove unwanted parts of your photos quickly and easily:
A single tap automatically replaces unwanted areas with surrounding pixels
Clone tool allows you to remove things manually
Ideal for removing dust spots, wires, sun spots or flares

Correct distortion problems and make your lines straight and true:
Corrects perspective distortion commonly seen in architectural photos
Fixes lens distortion for iPhones, GoPros and other cameras
Ability to change aspect ratio of photo by squishing or pulling the photo
Easy to straighten, rotate and crop
Several built-in grids make it easy to align your photo

8. Superimpose
Combine two images into one for realistic or fantasy-inspired composites:
Easily combine two photos to create imaginative blended images
Make realistic-looking composites, adding planes, birds, people or other objects into your photo
Combine two different edits of the same photo using gradient masks

9. Mextures
Add textures, grains and light leaks for a unique and creative look:
Easily add color treatments and textures to your photos
Many light leak, emulsion and grain options
Layer multiple effects for a unique look
Use pre-made formulas to quickly edit your photo
Create your own formulas and save them for later use

10. Instagram
The premier platform for photo sharing, with a great set of photo editing tools:
Largest photo sharing platform with over 500 million monthly users
Connect with people across the world who have similar photography interests
Build your own online brand
Edit photos and videos within the app
Share “Stories” with your followers
Direct messaging facility for private conversations

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:

For more information please contact Kirstin Riddick |

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

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

For more information, contact TILT

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:

Download the Clearly extension here:


App of the Week: eduClipper

Clip anything. Share everything!

by Patricia Cooper



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.


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

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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: