Tech Training Tuesday: Improving Your Memory

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Memory is not a finite resource, and with techniques like repetition, association, and visualization, you can improve your memory before it starts to fade. This fascinating course shows viewers of all ages how to improve their recall. It explains how and when to employ tricks such as mnemonic devices, rhymes, stories, and alliteration. And it explains the best methods for different situations, like remembering names, important dates, passwords, to-do lists, quotes, and more. These techniques will prove invaluable, whether you’re memorizing facts for a test at school, points for a work presentation, or trivia to impress your friends.

Topics include:

  • Memory principles that work
  • Taking notes
  • Using songs and rhyming techniques to remember details
  • Building a “memory palace”
  • Remembering names and passwords
  • Memorizing long texts and speeches

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 Improving Your Memory course!

Conquering Finals: Lynda.com

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It’s finals season and that means college students everywhere are preparing for exams, presentations, or writing papers!

If you’re one of the students working on a presentation or portfolio for finals you’re in luck. LMU offers access to a website called Lynda.com for all students, faculty and staff! You may have heard about Lynda.com through our Tech Training Tuesday or maybe you’ve used it in the past. If you’re unfamiliar, Lynda.com is a website with free tutorial videos.

So, for this finals season why not refresh your brain on how to make the most of the software you use for your final projects. You can get training on how to most efficiently use programs such as Prezi, powerpoint, or even video editing software like AVID, or the whole Adobe creative suite.

To all the LMU students, from ITS we wish you the best during finals. Study hard, work hard, then enjoy the summer!

Women in Technology: Roberta Williams

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Roberta Williams is one of the most influential PC game designers of the 80’s & 90’s and has been credited with creating the graphic adventure genre. Sierra On-Line, later known as Sierra Entertainment was the name of the company Roberta & her husband Ken WIlliams  founded.

Williams’ games taught logic and problem-solving skills, but made it seem like an adventure the entire time, in much the same way that gamification transforms ordinary things like, location check-ins, into an exciting quest to collect digital badges.

You can see  Roberta’s ideas and concepts in other gaming genres, like fighting games that almost always include a “quest” mode where the fighter must battle his way through to seal his victory.

Women in Technology: Susan Kare

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Susan Kare was the designer who helped bring the Apple computer to life with her typography and iconic graphic design skills. She shaped many of the now-common interface elements of the Mac, like the command icon. She also created the Happy Mac icon, which greeted Apple users when they booted their machines, and the trash can icon. Susan’s efforts to make the computer feel more like a friend, and less like a machine.Kare’s design work didn’t stop with Apple, her designs can be seen in many of Facebook’s “digital gifts,” including the friendly rubber ducky.

Women in Technology: Barbara Askins

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Barbara Askins was a NASA chemist at the famed Marshall Space Flight Center. There she was challeneged with the task of inventing a way to improve astronomical and geological photos taken from space. The current photos  were often fuzzy and lacked definition.

Barbara’s invention involved the use of radioactive materials to enhance negatives. It turned out that these radioactive materials could also be used to enhance images even after the pictures had been developed. Barbara received a patent for her invention in 1978 and her method was used by NASA with great success.

Her invention was also adopted outside of NASA for a variety of other uses, including improving the clarity of x-rays and restoring old photographs. Barbara was honored as the National Inventor of the Year in 1978.

Women in Technology: Hedy Lamarr

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Hedy Lamarr played a key role in the invention of spread-spectrum technology. She conceptualizing the idea of frequency hopping, which is sending radio signals from different frequency channels.

Lamarr and her co-inventor, George Antheil, developed the technology to help the Navy remotely control torpedoes. The randomized channel switching made of frequency hopping made it difficult for outside agents to understand what was being communicated.

Her work on spread-spectrum has played a part in many modern wireless technologies, such as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, and led to her being inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2014.

Women in Technology: Dr. Grace Hopper

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Dr. Gace Hopper was a U.S. Navy Admiral that helped invent some the the early programming languages. She is most famously associated with the Common Business-Oriented Language (COBOL), which was based on the FLOW-MATIC language that she designed back in 1958. Hopper was convinced that if programming were produced in a form that anyone could read, then there would be more programmers. It turns out that she was right.

She is also known for being the firdt to use the term “debugging” for fixing computer problems/glitches.

LMU Faculty and Staff: Have You Checked Out Box?

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Box is a secure, cloud-based document management, collaboration, and storage service. After meeting with focus groups this spring, ITS selected Box as an ideal way for faculty and staff to store and share their personal work and departmental files.

Check out some FAQs and the video below:

Who gets Box?
All current LMU faculty and staff.

What is Box?
Box is a secure file sharing and storage service that enables you to store your work documents and files in the cloud, and access those documents anywhere you can connect to the Internet. You can also share your documents with colleagues, students, external vendors, and more.

How do I get a Box account?
As of December 1, 2014, your Box account will be created as soon as you login to http://box.lmu.edu using your LMU credentials. You can access your Box account as long as you are an active LMU faculty or staff member.

How do I log in to Box?
Just go to http://lmu.box.com, click the “Continue” button, and then enter your MYLMU username and password on the LMU Authentication page and click the “Login” button.

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How much storage space do I get?
LMU Box users get 150GB of storage, which is 15 times more storage than on the network (F:\ and G:\) drives.

I have over 150GB of files, can I get a larger quota?
Although Box can technically support larger quotas, its primary purpose is to support smaller collections of “active” files. In most cases, users with over 50GB of files are actually looking to archive files, or they have a few very large files that won’t perform well in Box. Please contact the Help Desk to arrange a discussion of your needs – often we find other solutions are more appropriate than a larger Box quota.

Why Box?
After a thorough evaluation of 10 different products, Box was selected as the appropriate tool to address LMU’s need for cloud based file storage. Box provides larger quotas, data security (with complete data encryption) and has an easy-to-use interface. You can also view, upload, and share documents from any location or device, as long as you have an Internet connection.

Any restrictions on what I can/should keep in Box?
Departmental and individual files (documents, spreadsheets, presentations, Microsoft Outlook data files (.pst), that relate to your work should be kept in Box.

• For storage of departmental video and audio, use Kaltura via MYLMU Connect.
• To store your course-specific documents, use MYLMU Connect.
• Keep your short-term communications and attachments in your email. Though, once you get started with Box, it will be very easy to share a link to a file you’d typically attach to an email, and have all of the people on the email be able to access it, anywhere on any device.