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

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.

For more information, contact TILT

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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


-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.




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:

Download the Clearly extension here:


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App of the Week: Snapseed

1Do you like to customize your snaps before uploading them to your blog, facebook or sending to your friends? Do you like to edit the clicked images with your own ideas? Snapsee – a photo editing tool for retouching, adjusting perspective, re-editing, and more, a good app for those who love to work on photos.

• Tune image – It can uniquely adapt to colors and fine tune brightness, saturation, contrast, and more by using auto adjust for instant fixes, and Ambience to create depth and vibrancy
• Details -It can help to make a photo’s subject pop by enhancing details with traditional sharpening or the unique Structure control
• Crop – it can crop images to standard aspect ratios or free crop
• Rotate – It can easily rotate 90°, straighten or free rotate
• Transform – It can adjust perspective across vertical and horizontal axes, then fill in empty areas after rotation
• Brush – It can selectively apply effects to regions of an image
• Healing – It can remove dust and dirt from the image without leaving a trace


Link: {Apple} {Android}

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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!

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