Tech Training Tuesday: Organizing Outlook Email

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In this series, author and Office pro David Rivers walks you through an Office project every week—from showing you the top five shortcuts to use on your spreadsheets to helping you organize Outlook email, create envelopes and labels, or perform a mail merge. You’ll unleash the full power of Office as you follow along with this series. Check back each week for another invaluable tip. Have a topic you want covered? Log in and let us know by clicking the Feedback button.

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 Organizing Outlook Email course!

Tech Training Tuesday: Editing and organizing logins with LastPass

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LastPass Password Management Fundamentals shows how best to use this popular password-management and -retrieval platform. Author Suzanna Kaye helps viewers save time, increase security, and reduce stress by learning how to store and retrieve password and identity information securely with LastPass.

First, learn how to set up and use LastPass on desktops, phones, and tablets; upload existing passwords and generate new ones; organize data; and work with identities and Secure Notes. Then discover how to share logins and folders with others, sync data, use the LastPass Tab and LastPass Wallet apps, and understand best practices for adjusting LastPass security settings and alerts.

Topics include:

  • Creating a complex master password
  • Creating a LastPass account
  • Installing LastPass
  • Uploading logins
  • Using form fill profiles and secure notes
  • Sharing logins
  • Adjusting security settings
  • Auditing your security with LastPass
  • Backing up and syncing LastPass data

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 Editing and Organizing Logins course!

Tech Training Tuesday: Organizing and filtering with the Todoist app

Managing To-Do Lists

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Discover top techniques for tracking to-dos on paper as well as apps for effectively managing your digital to-do lists. Organization expert Suzanna Kaye explains how to approach to-do lists and prioritize items using various proven techniques. She then explores the top five apps for digital to-do list management, exploring their strengths, weaknesses, and functionality.

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 Managing To-Do Lists course!

LMU Life Sciences Building: Learning Spaces

Just weeks away from the first day of the 2015-16 academic year, here’s the last video in the LMU Life Sciences Building series. This video is all about how the new LMU Life Sciences Building puts science on display, and encourages students to learn by doing. The main way they’ll do that? By attending classes in state-of-the-art labs and classrooms designed for hands-on, active learning. These classrooms and labs are almost ready to welcome Seaver College of Science and Engineering students, but the video is a great way to sneak in before the school year starts—and hear how Seaver professors Jeremy McCallum, Hawley Almstedt, and Victor Carmona will use some of the spaces for their teaching. Plus, you’ll get to meet Information Technology Services’ very own Matt Frank, the manager of Classroom & Creative Services, who worked tirelessly to help equip the new classrooms and labs.

LMU Life Sciences Building: Learning Spaces from LMU ITS on Vimeo.

Work with Creative Services

ITS’ Creative Services department is dedicated to the creation of multimedia-based resources to improve student learning and faculty outreach. We offer filming, editing, podcasting, web, and innovative pedagogical consultation services to LMU faculty and staff. If you’re interested in having Creative Services create a video for you, visit the ITS website.

Tech Training Tuesday: Time Management Fundamentals

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Effective time management is an indispensable skill. In Time Management Fundamentals, Dave Crenshaw explains how to sensibly allocate time in order to achieve greater productivity. Dave details a set of principles for staying organized, consolidating the workspace, keeping a clear mind, and developing a time budget. Also covered are techniques for managing a full inbox, processing email, and reserving time for the most important activities.

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!

LMU Life Sciences Building – A Video Sneak Peek

The new fall semester is rapidly approaching, and with it comes a brand new building on campus, the LMU Life Sciences Building. Take a sneak peek at this video about the building—the sixth LEED-certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) building on campus.

ITS’ Creative Services department worked with Seaver College of Science and Engineering to create this series, so the community can watch the LMU Life Sciences Building take shape. This video talks about the importance of sustainability in the Life Sciences Building’s design and construction. Learn more about what makes this building a model of environmental stewardship. Seaver College Professor and Associate Dean Nazmul Ula also discusses the new learning opportunities the building will provide for engineers.

Life Sciences Building: Sustainability from LMU ITS on Vimeo.

Work with Creative Services

ITS’ Creative Services department is dedicated to the creation of multimedia-based resources to improve student learning and faculty outreach. We offer filming, editing, podcasting, web, and innovative pedagogical consultation services to LMU faculty and staff. If you’re interested in having Creative Services create a video for you, visit the ITS website.

Tech Training Tuesday: WordPress Training

WordPress Training Essentials
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WordPress powers millions of blogs and websites. Learn how to create your own with this powerful publishing platform. Staff author Morten Rand-Hendriksen will help you get the most out of the self-hosted version of WordPress and create feature-rich blogs and websites. Morten explains how to create and publish posts and pages; customize your site with themes, widgets, and custom menus; and extend WordPress even further with plugins. Even more, Morten will show how to get more readers with social media sharing and comments, and adjust the settings that keep your site safe and secure.

Topics include:

  • What is WordPress?
  • Installing and running WordPress
  • Publishing posts and pages
  • Using page templates
  • Inserting images, video, and other media
  • Editing posts
  • Changing themes
  • Installing plugins
  • Adding other users
  • Securing your WordPress site

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 WordPress Training Essentials course!

Tech Training Tuesday: Learning to Code

Writing Source Code

This course provides the core knowledge to begin programming in any language. Simon Allardice uses JavaScript to explore the core syntax of a programming language, and shows how to write and execute your first application and understand what’s going on under the hood. The course covers creating small programs to explore conditions, loops, variables, and expressions; working with different kinds of data and seeing how they affect memory; writing modular code; and how to debug, all using different approaches to constructing software applications.

Finally, the course compares how code is written in several different languages, the libraries and frameworks that have grown around them, and the reasons to choose each one.

Topics include:

  • Writing source code
  • Understanding compiled and interpreted languages
  • Requesting input
  • Working with numbers, characters, strings, and operators
  • Writing conditional code
  • Making the code modular
  • Writing loops
  • Finding patterns in strings
  • Working with arrays and collections
  • Adopting a programming style
  • Reading and writing to various locations
  • Debugging
  • Managing memory usage
  • Learning about other languages

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 Writing Source Code video!

Tech Training Tuesday: Dealing with a Difficult Boss

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Author and professional coach Todd Dewett helps you address the challenge of working with a difficult boss by helping you identify, understand, and manage the triggers that contribute to your problematic relationship. He also outlines actions you can take, such as correctly documenting events, knowing when to speak up, and—sometimes—not taking any action at all.

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 Dealing with a Difficult Boss course!

Instructional Technologist Lit Review: A Framework for Classifying Educational Apps

Citation: Cherner, T., Dix, J., & Lee, C. (2014). Cleaning up that mess: A framework for classifying educational apps. Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education, 14(2). Retrieved from http://www.citejournal.org/vol14/iss2/general/article1.cfm

Reviewed by: Michelle Yeung

Cleaning Up That Mess: A Framework for Classifying Educational Apps
Currently, educators must rely on online lists to find academic apps on mobile devices appropriate for their classrooms. The authors propose a framework for choosing educational apps based on purpose, content, and value.

Method
The researchers began by reviewing educational taxonomies, software and frameworks from 1988 to present. 92 free apps were qualitatively and selectively reviewed out of 20,000 available pre K-12 educational apps from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. These included apps centered on English language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies, though some were found to be multi-subject matter, or teacher resources. In categorizing apps, three questions were essential to the authors, and a Pearson correlation coefficient was also calculated during analysis:

  • What is the primary purpose of this app?
  • What does this app require users to do?
  • How could teachers use this app in their classrooms?

Results
The resulting classification framework resulted from the authors’ analysis of the 92 apps:

  • Skill-based
    • Description:  Apps that use recall, rote memorization, and skill-and-drill instructional strategies to build students’ literacy abilities, numeracy skills, standardized test readiness, and subject area knowledge.
    • Bloom’s Taxonomy Implications: Remembering and Understanding
  • Content-based
    • Description:  Apps that give students access to vast amounts of information, data, or knowledge by conducting searches or through exploring pre-programmed content.
    • Bloom’s Taxonomy Implications: Applying and Analyzing
  • Function-based
    • Description:  Apps that assist students in transforming learned information into usable forms.
    • Bloom’s Taxonomy Ranking: Evaluating and Creating

Educators are encouraged to create subcategories for each of the areas within the framework. An example given for a Literacy Skill-Based App are subcategories of: Fluency, Grammar, Handwriting, Language Acquisition, Spelling, and Vocabulary.

Implications
The proposed framework can advance and inform teachers and teacher candidates how to select appropriate apps for the classroom, even as new apps are released onto the market. In addition to TPACK (Koehler & Mishra, 2005, 2009), these tools can save time, school budgets, align the app to a planned lesson in the classroom.