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Evernote: 5 Tips and Tricks

05.13.2014
There are lots of new productivity tools out there and new ones pop up daily, but there is one that sticks out called Evernote. I may be basis, but I love everything that Evernote has to offer. If you are like me and have multiple devices, Evernote synchronizes beautifully. I can type a note on […]
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Project Management Tools: Asana and Trello

04.24.2014
Since this week will be busy with grading and finals, I thought I would create a lightweight post about some basic project management tools, inspired by an ACRL TechConnect blog post.  Hopefully many of you know about note taking services such as Evernote and using Google Drive for collaboration, but there are also tools to […]
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Creating Infographics: easel.ly

04.16.2014
Infographics are great educational tools to use for assignments, student presentations, and more.  Information graphics or infographics are graphic visual representations of information, data or knowledge intended to present complex information quickly and clearly (taken from infographic wikipedia page). Here is an example of an infographic, made by HPU Office of Career Services: Though infographics are great, they are time consuming to create. […]
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Recording a Voice-Over Narration in PowerPoint

04.8.2014
I have had a lot of requests from students for help with voice over narration through a PowerPoint presentation. These instructions below will provide your students with step by step instructions on how to do so.  Keep in mind that voice over narration in PowerPoint does not provide any editing features. 1. Preparation Create your […]
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Google Forms for Teachers

03.27.2014
Google has many tools and apps that are valuable for teachers, and one of these is Google Forms.  If you have not used Google Forms yet, it is a powerful tool for student surveys, quizzes, and more.  These forms are free to use, and can be created through your Google Drive account.  Simply go to […]
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Free Speech to Text and Text to Speech In Your Web Browser

03.20.2014
Teacher Richard Byrne writes a technology blog for teachers called “Free Technology for Teachers.”  One of his more recent posts is about free speech to text and text to speech tools in your web browser.  These tools can be helpful for students or professors who might need help reading articles on the web, transcribing projects, […]
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Copyright and Academia

03.13.2014
Copyright is a complicated subject – and it’s unfortunately a subject many people tune out.  There are also unfortunately many misconceptions of copyright, some of them being: Anything without a copyright notice is not protected. It is okay to use copyrighted work or publish other peoples work if I don’t make any money out of it. […]
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Top 4 Google Chrome Extensions

03.11.2014
Below is a list of my favorite 4 Google Chrome extensions that can benefit you in and out of the classroom. Check them out! Explain and Send Screenshots extension allows you to take a full or partial snapshot of any website that you’d like to share or send to someone. You can draw arrows, lines, […]
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Quizlet: Online Flashcards

02.27.2014
Quizlet  is a free online tool that students and educators can use for studying and course organization that simulates flashcards.  You can download the Quizlet app for iOS or Android.  Quizlet is an interactive, online tool that allows you to create and look at flashcards in sets, even allowing for you to digitally flip the cards to the front […]
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Smore: Digital Flyers

02.25.2014
Smore is an easy to use website where users can create unique digital flyers. These flyers are single-paged websites that can be used for multiple reasons, for example sharing information with students or students can share their research. Digital flyers can be shared via email or social media. Students need to register for a Smore […]
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