Tech Training Tuesday: Mentoring Others

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When it’s done right, mentoring helps people take positive steps forward in their careers—which also helps develop the talent pool in an organization. In this short course, author Todd Dewett shows you simple steps to become a mentor who works with others to achieve more in their professional lives. He explains the difference between coaching and mentoring, and provides simple techniques for becoming an effective mentor. Learn how to agree on a mentoring schedule and goals, ask smart questions, provide straightforward advice, and more.

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 Mentoring Others course!

Tech Training Tuesday: iPad Apps for Educators

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iPads are becoming a common sight in the classroom, in the hands of both teachers and students, and the number of educational apps is growing everyday. Learn how to get the most from the iPad as a classroom teaching tool in this course with author and educator Aaron Quigley—and enhance student achievement, save time, and be more productive. Aaron shares his favorite apps for students of all levels, from categories like science, math, English, and others designed specifically to help teachers. Use this course to decide if these apps are right for you before you purchase them for the classroom.

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 Apps for Educators course!

Tech Training Tuesday: Google Apps for Students

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Discover how to use Google Apps to become more productive in class and after school. In this course, author and educator Aaron Quigley shows students how to work with Gmail, Google Calendar, and Drive to communicate and collaborate with classmates, become more organized, and save time. Learn how to manage school and personal email, back up your assignments, create a class website, and connect with others on Google+. Teachers can also use this course to get tips to help their students succeed inside and outside the classroom.

Topics include:

  • Searching for scholarly articles on Google
  • Switching between school and personal Gmail
  • Sending large file attachments
  • Composing papers in Google Docs
  • Creating a class calendar
  • Setting up your student profile on Google+
  • Using Google Hangout

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 Apps for Students course!

Tech Training Tuesday: iBooks Author

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Want to design your own ebook? There’s a Lynda.com course for that. In this course, author and educator Chris Mattia demonstrates how to use the Apple iBooks Author application to create and publish your own ebook, without extensive design or publishing experience. The course demonstrates the process of adding all of the components of a dynamic ebook, including engaging text, images, audio, video, 3D models, and dynamic web content. It also shows how to customize the iBooks Author interface and leverage built-in templates to produce a beautifully designed and polished ebook. The course wraps up with a review of the iBookstore publishing process.

Topics include:

  • Installing iBooks Author
  • Creating a book cover
  • Creating pages, chapters, and sections
  • Adding visual interest
  • Creating a table of contents and a glossary
  • Working with templates and placeholders
  • Importing text from Pages or Microsoft Word
  • Formatting text
  • Adding objects such as titles, labels, and captions
  • Inserting images
  • Adding tables and charts
  • Working with widgets such as movies, 3D objects, and interactive images
  • Creating review sections with multiple choice and matching questions
  • Exporting a book as an iBook, PDF, or text document
  • Publishing to the iBookstore

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 iBooks Author course!

IT Blog Feature: Univ of Wyoming

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Every now and then LMU ITS will feature another active IT blog/site! This week we’d like to spotlight:

University of Wyoming’s The IT Blog

They were recognized as one of the top 50 must read I.T. blogs in higher education by EDtech magazine in 2012.  The IT Blog has a personality of it’s own and can be a cool thing to check out  by any audience.
Check out The IT Blog & their Twitter account.

Box: New Cloud Storage for LMU Faculty and Staff

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Feedback from the ITS annual survey and focus groups conducted this past spring with faculty and staff, revealed that users campus-wide want and need: an easy-to-use, cross-platform, file sharing and storage solution that can be accessed from anywhere in the world, on multiple devices (including smartphones and tablets).

Today ITS introduces Box,  a secure, cloud-based document management, collaboration, and storage service. ITS selected Box as an ideal way for faculty and staff to store and share their personal work and departmental files.

What can Box do?

Document Management: Keep all your files in one place that you can access anywhere from any device.

Replace Email Attachments: Use Box Shared Links to send large files and replace email attachments.

Create Group Work Spaces: Use Box Collaboration to create group work spaces.

Group Projects: Use Box to centralize files in a single online workspace.

Check out the video below to learn 5 Skills to Get Started Fast

Cyber Monday Safety Tips

cyber mondayCyber Monday is tomorrow and that means people will be surfing the web with their debt and credit cards ready to buy stuff for cheap. Although Cyber Monday is a great and happy day for the consumer, it’s also a great and happy day for hackers!

We’ve compiled a list of tips to help you stay safe when shopping online:

1. Secure your wireless network
Make sure you have a password on your WiFi and that others can’t access your personal information without your knowledge.

2. Use an anti-phishing software
It has alerts that help detect phishing scams. Also, watch for cyber scammers sending phishing emails. If you get an e-mail touting a great sale, it is better to copy the web address from the email and key into your browser rather than clicking the link.

3. Don’t Trust all those emails
When your inbox floods with those “great Cyber Monday deals” emails be aware that some of them aren’t safe. Those deals that seem too-good-to-be-true can be scams. Cyberattacks take but a split second to occur sometimes all that’s required is clicking on a link in an email. Look for clues to malicious links, such as an extra “.cc” at the end of what would otherwise be a trusted domain name. Take the time to make sure you’re on the correct website.

4. Look for the https://
The “s” stands foe secure. Along with the https in the web address also make sure you see the small lock icon in the address bar when you get to the payment steps.

5. Use a different password for every site
Never use the same password across your accounts or sites. Your passwords  should contain a combination of upper and lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters.

6. Use trusted vendors.
Limiting your shopping to established and trusted vendors limits your chances of being accessible to hackers. Bookmark the most trusted online retail sites to make sure you don’t get redirected to fake sites. Consider using a payment system such as PayPal. If the company you purchased from gets compromised, your information will be safe because you used PayPal and hackers won’t have access to your personal information.

7. Be even more mindful when shopping on your phone or tablet. 
Mobile shoppers need to be even more vigilant about security. The number one thing you should do when shopping on a mobile device is to password-protect the phone or tablet.  If you’re shopping from a tablet or smartphone on Cyber Monday, use a trusted vendor’s app, not a Web browser. Vendors have more control over their own apps than they do over mobile browsers.

6. Take action immediately if you suspect identity theft. 
Review credit-card and bank statements regularly during the shopping season.If you find a transaction that doesn’t match your purchases, your account may have been compromised. Contact your credit card company, your bank, and the police.