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.

Tech Training Tuesday: Manage Your Stress

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Finals are approaching and it’s easy to allow yourself to fall into a stressful state. A little stress can be motivational; a lot of stress can damage your health and your relationships. The good news is that with the right management techniques, you can reduce the amount of stress in your life. In this short course, author and retired MBA professor Dr. Todd Dewett shares his tips for managing stress, including identifying your triggers, managing responses, and making positive personal choices.

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 Manage Your Stress videos!

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