Category Archive: Tech Tips

Sep 21

#TechTipThursday: Using the Canvas App

As we are settling into the fall semester the Digital Education Collaborative wants to offer students a reminder of the free and handy way to manage academic deadlines and communicate with professors. Taking Canvas on-the-go with the Canvas app, by Instructure, can be easy and convenient! Students are able to receive notifications, reply to messages, and participate …

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Sep 14

#TechTipThursday: PodBean

Podcasts have been available for several years but are becoming increasingly popular in educational settings. Instead of listening to the same few songs on the radio you can enjoy a podcast for entertainment or to gain new knowledge on a plethora of topics. PodBean not only provides a platform for you to listen to your …

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Aug 31

#TechTipThursday: If This Then That

If This Then That (IFTTT) is a free service which allows users to create “applets” that automatically complete certain tasks. These applets work together with many different services including Google Drive, YouTube, Slack, and even smartphones. A full list of services which work with IFTTT can be found here. IFTTT is available for download on …

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Aug 24

#TechTipThursday: What is Canvas?

Welcome to the start of a new academic year! As you enjoy all we have to offer in support of an individualized Longwood experience, do not forget that the Digital Education Collaborative partners with you to support use of learning technologies. We provide the support and structure behind the University’s commitment to academic success and pedagogical …

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Apr 21

*Videos* from 2nd Semi-Annual Student Tech Showcase

We held our second, semi-annual, Student Tech Showcase earlier this week. Four (4) members of the Instructional Technology Collaborator team spent approximately 15 minutes, each, connecting a DEC-supported technology to the teaching and/or learning experience. These presentations were part of the 4th tier of the ITC Badging Program and serve as the implementation component of a 3rd tier …

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Apr 13

#TechTipThursday: Learning Immersion with Google Cardboard

Google Cardboard is an easily accessible form of virtual reality. There is a growing trend around the intersection of virtual reality (VR) and educational technological pedagogy. VR technology assists with traveling the world and having experiences that are normally out of reach due to variables such as cost and time. Google Cardboard can be used to experience sites …

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Apr 06

#TechTipThursday: GitHub as a Collaborative Tool

GitHub is a tool fairly new to the Instructional Technology Collaborators although some of us have used GitHub in support of academic requirements. Today’s #TechTipThursday will introduce users to the set up and initial use of GitHub as a collaborative tool for coding projects.  This post focuses on the tool’s web interface but there are other options for …

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Mar 23

#TechTipThursday: Introduction to Task Labels

Task Labels is an app that allows you to organize just about every aspect of your life into ‘labels’. You can separate different extracurricular activities, courses, occupations, and even tasks for your everyday life. Within each ‘label’, you can insert various tasks. This app helps you keep your busy life in order; you can access the web version …

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Mar 02

#TechTipThursday: Staying Connected with Canvas

Recently, the Canvas servers experienced a widespread outage that reached far beyond Longwood University. While we are hopeful that these situations will continue to be minimal, there are ways in which you can stay connected with Canvas. The Digital Education Collaborative is always a resource; know we utilize resources from Canvas directly as we monitor …

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Feb 23

#TechTipThursday: Overview of Bear

Bear is a flexible writing app for composing anything from notes to prose to blogs. It works on all OS devices so you can write whenever, wherever. You can link notes to each other to build one comprehensive body of text. Its functionality is beyond Apple’s built-in Notes application and offers a, free, simple white theme. Users …

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