Tech Time Management Monday: RescueTime App

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RescueTime

Tracks time spent on applications and websites, giving you an accurate picture of your day. RescueTime  is an app/website that gives you an accurate picture of how you spend your time to help you become more productive every day. It monitors how you use your computer, specifically on your web habits and time spent working within documents.

You can set goals to help keep you on track and improve your productivity. View your progress on your dashboard, in the weekly email report, and in the goals report.  A weekly email report summarizing your activities and productivity score, you can use your report to help better plan your new week.

Black Inventors in Technology: Inventor of the Electret Microphone

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After graduating from Temple University in 1957 with a degree in physics West hired with a full-time position as an acoustical scientist at Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, New Jersey.  In 1960 West teamed up with scientist Gerhard M. Sessler at Bell to develop an inexpensive compact microphone. In 1962 they finished the product and had successfully developed the foil electret microphone, an inexpensive, compact device. West’s and Sessler’s invention became the industry standard, and  now 90% of all contemporary microphones like the ones found in  telephones, tape recorders, cameras, baby monitors and hearing aids use their technology.

Meet Your Instructional Technologist: Nick Mattos

LMU ITS has a great Instructional Technology department ready to help faculty use technology in teaching. An Instructional Technologist is embedded in each college and school on campus, and you can also find them in the Faculty Innovation Center on Level 3 of the Library. In order to help you get to know this department, we created our new video series, Meet Your Instructional Technologist. For the next few weeks, you’ll meet the helpful people in this department and get to know them a bit better.

This week meet Nick Mattos, Instructional Technologist for the School of Film & Television!
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Tech Training Tuesday: Google Calendar Essential Training

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Manage your personal and professional schedules better with Google Calendar. This course shows you how to get started scheduling events, keeping track of your to-dos, and accessing it all on the go. Author Jess Stratton first shows you how to change the way the calendar looks and acts to make it better suit your needs, and then moves straight into creating single or repeating events, inviting guests, and adding rooms and resources to an event. Then learn how to respond to invitations and the ins and outs of pop-up reminders and email notifications. You’ll learn how to create an additional calendar and share your calendar with others, as well as create a task list where you can assign tasks to others. The last chapter of this course covers Google Labs as well as accessing your Google Calendar on your phone or tablet.

Topics include:

  • Navigating Google Calendar
  • Setting calendar preferences
  • Creating an event
  • Setting up repeating events
  • Inviting guests
  • Responding to invites
  • Setting up reminders
  • Working with tasks
  • Sharing calendars
  • Searching for events
  • Accessing your calendar on a mobile device

HOW TO LOGIN:

  1. Go to mylmu.edu and log in using your LMU credentials.
  2. Click on the “Systems Login” menu.
  3. Scroll down and click on “lynda.com (online training library)”
  4. Click on the “Start Now” button and you will be redirected to lynda.com.
  5. Once you are logged in to lynda.com, click the screenshot at the    top of this post and you will be redirected to the Google Calendar Essential Training course!

Tech Time Management Monday: Apps to Help Increase Focus

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Focus Booster

This app is based on the principles of the pomodoro technique, which is all about using bursts of focus, boosted by the removal of distractions to complete work in timed sessions. for individuals who procrastinate or feel overwhelmed by tasks. Focus booster allows you to track your sessions and view reports on your productivity.

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Mind42

Mind42 allows you to manage all your ideas, whether alone or working together with the whole world. Mindmapping is a great productivity tool, and Mind42 helps you to get more organized by focusing your thoughts.

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Focus@Will

focus@will technology has “Attention Amplifying” music channels scientifically designed to engage with your brain’s limbic system. This helps boost productivity, and can possibly your attention span by up to 400%.

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Black Inventors in Technology: Inventor of the Gas Mask & Traffic Light

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After witnessing a collision between an automobile and a horse-drawn carriage, Garrett Morgan created a new kind of traffic signal, one with a warning light to alert drivers that they would need to stop.  Morgan applied for a  patent on his traffic signal in the United States, that was granted on November 20, 1923. He also had his invention patented in Britain and Canada. Screen Shot 2015-01-08 at 11.58.18 AM

Morgan also made national news  in 1916 when he used his gas mask to rescue men trapped in a tunnel below Lake Erie. He was granted a patent in 1914 for a Safety Hood & Smoke Protector, and after the rescue his company received requests from fire departments around the country who wanted to purchase the masks. A cool fun fact about his gas mask is that it was later refined for use by the U.S. Army during World War 1.

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Meet Your Instructional Technologist: David Scozzaro

LMU ITS has a great Instructional Technology department ready to help faculty use technology in teaching. An Instructional Technologist is embedded in each college and school on campus, and you can also find them in the Faculty Innovation Center on Level 3 of the Library. In order to help you get to know this department, we created our new video series, Meet Your Instructional Technologist. For the next few weeks, you’ll meet the helpful people in this department and get to know them a bit better.

First up we have the Manager of Instructional Technology, David Scozzaro.

Tech Training Tuesday: iPad Classroom Fundamentals

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The iPad is a valuable learning tool that brings 21st century instruction techniques into the classroom. In this course, Laurie Burruss shows how to deploy iPads devices in your classroom, whether students bring the devices or the school provides them. Learn how to sync multiple iPad devices to a master with Apple Configurator; download apps; create a classroom calendar; and print and project lessons from the iPad. Laurie also includes her top tips and tricks for getting the most from the your iPad setup.

Topics include:

  • Exploring common device ownership models
  • Using iPads with a learning management system (LMS)
  • Downloading apps
  • Setting up the master sync
  • Projecting from an iPad
  • Printing with AirPrint
  • Sharing content with Dropbox
  • Creating an iPad photo gallery
  • Browsing the web
  • Exploring the world with Maps

HOW TO LOGIN:

  1. Go to mylmu.edu and log in using your LMU credentials.
  2. Click on the “Systems Login” menu.
  3. Scroll down and click on “lynda.com (online training library)”
  4. Click on the “Start Now” button and you will be redirected to lynda.com.
  5. Once you are logged in to lynda.com, click the screenshot at the    top of this post and you will be redirected to the iPad Classroom Fundamentals course!