NOVA T.E.A. Publishes its First Online Newsletter Using Sway

In our first edition of NOVA T.E.A. Lights, Dr. Emblom-Callahan, Professor of Biology at the Alexandria Campus, speaks to us about how she uses student video projects to engage students and enhance learning. In this edition, you can:

  • Watch a short interview with Dr. Emblom-Callahan about the project
  • See clips from some of the finished student projects
  • Learn how to do this project yourself

NOVA T.E.A. is an informal group of Alexandria Campus colleagues who discuss ways to actively engage students within the classroom and beyond. We are seeking ways to improve our instructional practices.  Please join us for our informal meet-ups to share and receive.

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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

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Alexandria Campus Quick Byte Workshops for NOVA Students

Hello NOVA Students,

Our NOVA student 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 FREE to any NOVA student, are only 30 minutes long, and are a hands-on experience.

To register, visit us or go to http://bit.ly/Fall2016QuickBytes

Alexandria Campus Bisdorf Building | AA-343

Date:                    Tuesday, 1 November 2016
Time:                   11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Date:                    Wednesday, 9 November 2016
Time:                   11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

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

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The Human Library

The Human Library aims to establish a safe conversational space in which a “library” of people share their experiences with stigma, prejudice, and/or discrimination in an effort to challenge societal prejudices.

Perseverance, finding your passion and making global connections are prevalent themes you will encounter during this unique experience.

“Readers” can check out a book for up to 30 minutes at a time.

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TILT: Recycle Repurpose Redesign

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Final Exam

The video, “Final Exam” was a collaboration between students who are a part of the Film Collaborative International on the Alexandria Campus and the New Wave Film International, a group of students from Ethiopia. The connection between them is Alexandria Campus’ own Lucy Gebre-Egziabher, a filmmaker & faculty member of the Alexandria campus, who is also a Fulbright Scholar. To everyone who worked on this excellent movie, we say thank you for your hard work, dedication, creativity, and drive. TILT’s own Patricia Cooper, is a member of the FCI. Enjoy “Final Exam”

 

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App of the Week: Draw Something Free

1Draw Something Free, a popular social drawing and guessing game. It includes
– 3000+ Words to Draw
– 5 FREE Bombs

FEATURES:

-User does not need drawing skills to draw when using this tool

-Color Craze – there are over 50 Vibrant Colors. It is easy to turn simple doodles into rich pieces with color packs.

-Turn-based Gameplay. It is good for gamers-on-the-go.

– Guess Something. Join the fun of playing guess drawings with others in any place around the world, competing with friends & checking whose guessing skills are better.

 

PRICE: Free

 

LINK: {Apple}

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App of the Week: Treev

If you are anything like us, then you have multiple cloud storage accounts; anything from Google Drive, DropBox, Box, to OneDrive (and there may be more.) You may even be using Trello or Slack to keep track of things you are working on. Having any of those accounts can make it hard to remember where you have stored digital copies of things.  You probably find yourself with multiple tabs open, searching each cloud storage account for whatever it is you are looking for.  What if there was a way to connect those tools and search all of them at once?

Meet Treev, the app that will change how we save, search, and share digital content.  Treev is currently available on the App Store for FREE.

Why Treev?  Simple.  It allows you to organize your digital content and share it with anyone with a few clicks from your mobile device. Whether you have multiple tabs open in a browser or are feverishly checking your mobile apps for that one file you need to share, use Treev to search across all of your cloud storage accounts and share it easily.

Interested in knowing when the file you shared was seen?  Treev allows you to receive push notifications to your device as well as the ability to see statistics of when it was viewed, or how many times someone looked at your shared file.  Treev is the fastest way to search, save, and share, on all of your cloud storage accounts.

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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}

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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

 

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