Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Student Tech Buzz 11/4-11/8

Student Tech Buzz 11/4-11/8

Blackboard Heads to Northern Virginia Campus
NVC, get ready to have a day of Blackboard supportUsability Labs, and a Blackboard Roadmap
presentation in your computer lab starting at 9:00AM on 11/7!   

Blackboard will be the focus all day so start creating notes, Evernotes, Rolodex entries, and Sticky-notes with all the Blackboard related questions that you can possibly think of!

Don't be shy!  

We will be there to serve you, and to make sure that all NVC Bb users are 100% up to date with all current Blackboard knowledge.

No user turned away, and no questions are too difficult!
Try Blackboard Spaces
Blackboard Spaces is one more fantastic feature that is offered by Blackboard.  To get to the Spaces page, navigate from the "My Bb" page, down the left side to the Spaces Link

Spaces will provide all SU users with a place to gather, post, and organize themselves to plan meetings, events, study-groups, clubs, and special-interest groups in a user friendly and safe environment.

If you have a reason to meet with multiple SU students, staff or faculty, then you should create an online environment where everybody can be organized in a system that all SU user already user.  

Once created, make sure to set the privacy level of your Spaces by setting your Space's visibility (Public, Protected, Private), and then invite the users that are going to participate.

For additional information on Spaces please visit the following link from Help.Blackboard.Com.
Google Tasks:
Time Management Made Simple

Within your Gmail and Google Calendar, there is a built in feature that many of you may not know about, Google Tasks.  If you have struggled to find a task management system that fits your busy lifestyle, this Google feature could be the best bit of simple technology you have ever used.

To Access Google Tasks:
  • Gmail go to the top left corner and expand the button that says "Mail" then drop down to "Tasks." 
  • Google Calendar under the "My Calendars" area on the left, click on "Tasks."

The big advantage of Google Tasks are:
  • Free
  • Simple to use
  • Easily Accessible
  • Tasks with due dates populate automatically into the Google Calendar that you already use
  • You can, with one mouse click, add emails to tasks through Gmail
  • Create multiple lists so that you can separate business tasks from grocery lists
If you would like to learn more about Google Tasks, read this awesome article by CNET about Google Tasks.

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