Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Student Tech Buzz 2/10-2/14

Student Tech Buzz 2/10-2/14
An Entire Box of Girl Scout Cookies for a Simple Survey!

The concept is simple, you give us the quality information that we need to continue to improve your SU Bb environment, and we will give you delicious Girl Scout cookies.

Keep in mind, we are looking for the most insightful information you can possibly give us!

To get the cookies, all you have to do is visit Technology Support Liaison, Tristan Plummer, at Traveling Bb Support, and fill out his survey. He will then give you a box of tasty Girl Scout cookies (if he has not already run out of them).

Feel free to fill out the survey provided below; however, cookies can only be distributed if you fill out the survey at Traveling Bb Support and cookies are still available
Making the Most Out of the Content Editor With Mashups!

Did you know that you can embed different types of media within the Bb Content Editor?

For instance, if you are referencing a particular YouTube video in a discussion board, why not just embed that video so that everybody can see it directly below your response?

The process for using the Bb Content Editor Mashup is extremely easy, and something that every SU Bb user should learn to use!

For example to embed a YouTube video with the Content Editor follow these steps:
  1. Expand the Content Editor
  2. Locate the Mashups Button
  3. Select "YouTube Video" from the drop down list that appears
  4. Search for the particular YouTube video you are looking to share and click "Select"
  5. Pay close attention to the options and then click "Submit"
I hope you enjoy this extremely intuitive and simple feature.
Do You Receive SMS Notifications from Bb?

Bb can actually notify you about important course information via SMS; however, it does not do this by default.  You will need to go in and enable SMS notifications.

To enable SMS notifications follow these directions:
  1. Go into your settings
  2. Edit your personal information to include your cell phone number
  3. Edit your notification settings to enable SMS notifications. 
Sounds complicated, huh?  Don't worry, it's not! 
IC Updates Servers, Friday 2/14, Starting At 9p
Institutional Computing is installing Windows updates on university servers , Feb. 14, starting at 9 p.m. IC expects to be finished with all updates by midnight. Other network services will not be disrupted during this period. If you have problems logging onto the network, or if you get disconnected, simply wait 10 to 15 minutes and try again. If you must work tonight between 9 p.m. and midnight, save your work often, and be prepared for the servers to be rebooted. This update also includes the Blackboard Learn servers.

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