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Create a Shared Google Calendar

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

1X1Not only can Google Calendar help you manage your own schedule, you can also create a calendar to share with your students, co-workers or an organization.  This is a useful tool because there are several options for sharing your calendar.  Some of the sharing features in Google Calendar include:

*  Share only available/busy times on your schedule (no details). This is helpful if you need to schedule a lot of meetings but do not want to share the details with everyone.

*  Show all event details but you are the only person able to edit. This way you can continually keep your course schedule and assignments up to date.

*  Show all details and also allow users to add or change the events. If you want to share the calendar with a T.A. or even let students add events, this is a helpful option.

Getting Started

If you don’t have one already, you’ll need to create a Google account. From your Google account, you will see a calendar tab at the top of the screen.  This brings you to the main calendar page where you can add events, create multiple calendars and adjust your settings. Follow these steps to create and share your new calendar:

Create

  1. On the left-hand side of the screen, under My Calendars, click Create.

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2.  Add relevant information such as a title, description
and location.
3.  Click Save at the bottom of the page.

Share your Calendar

  1. Back on the main calendar page, click on the drop-down arrow next to the calendar you would like to share.
  2. Click on Share this Calendar.

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3.  Enter the email address of each person you would
like to share your calendar with.
4.  Adjust permission settings for each calendar user.
5.  Once you save your settings, an email will be sent
inviting each person to view the calendar.

Rid Distractions with Freedom Software

Friday, October 4th, 2013

If you constantly find yourself checking your email, updating your Facebook, reading blogs, shopping online or watching YouTube videos (when you are trying to get important work done) there is hope yet!  With Freedom, a  program available for Mac and PC users, you can set parameters to disable your internet access from 60 seconds up to eight hours.  You can circumvent the time limit you specify by rebooting; though if you have to go through the trouble of rebooting, the idea is that you would wait until your Freedom minutes are up and not cheat.  Freedom software is available for purchase for $10 with a 90 day money-back guarantee.

If you do think that your internet habits could use a little policing but maybe not by completely removing internet access, you might want to check out a free browser plug-in from Firefox called LeechBlock.   With LeechBlock you can choose specific Web sites to block and set times to make the sites unavailable.   Since it might be too difficult for some to part with all digital distractions initially, LeechBlock might be a good entry point into the world of productivity software.

Create Interactive Presentations with VoiceThread

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

VoiceThread is a collaborative online application that enables users to share a multimedia slideshow and make comments, as part of a group conversation. Once a thread is created, contributing users can comment using text, a webcam, a microphone or even by telephone. With VoiceThread, a group discussion can be securely captured and stored in one place. This tool could be used a part of a class or even just to share photographs with friends and family.

After registering with VoiceThread, as a free member, you are able to create up to three threads at a time. If you would like to be able to create additional threads or need more space, there are purchase options available on the site.

Back up your Files Online with DropBox.com

Friday, October 21st, 2011

If you are constantly emailing yourself documents or always carrying around your USB drive for backup, you may want to try an online service for file storage.  Drop Box is an easy backup system that enables users to share files between their computers and mobile devices. With a free account you get 2GB of space to store your files; you can also upgrade to a 100GB, 200GB, or 500GB account with a monthly paid plan.

Save Colors from the Web with Instant Eyedropper

Friday, August 26th, 2011

1X1Instant Eyedropper is a free software program that allows you to easily copy and save any color you see on the Web. With Instant Eyedropper, you can identify and save the HTML color code so that you can use the color on your Web page or in an image editing program, such as Adobe PhotoShop. The best part is that you can do this with just one click and without opening any graphics editing software!

How it Works

Once you install the software, the Instant Eyedropper icon will appear in your system tray.

When you click on the icon, you will see your mouse arrow turn into cross-hairs. Continuing to hold the mouse button down, you can guide the cross-hairs across your screen; you will see a zoom of the pixels under the cross-hairs so that you can select the exact pixel you would like to identify and copy. You will also see the HTML code for that specific color.

Releasing the mouse button immediately pastes the information onto your clipboard.  Additionally, you can change what format the color code is saved as. For example, rather than HTML, you can save the information in Hex or RGB notation. Simply right click over the Instant Eyedropper icon in your system tray to choose from a list of formats.

Wolfram Alpha: A Different Way to Search

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Wolfram Alpha is an online service that distinguishes itself from typical search engines by providing answers to factual queries, rather than answering a question with a listing of Web pages.  Wolfram Alpha functions as an answer engine by retrieving answers from its own internal knowledge base.   To see how Wolfram Alpha works, try entering a city name, date or math formula. You can also check out the Example by Topic page or watch an overview video to learn more.  To add Wolfram Alpha functionality to your Web browser, visit the Downloads page to find plug-ins and toolbars.

Get Organized with Google Bookmark Lists

Friday, May 6th, 2011

1X1If you are working on a project or planning a trip, Google’s Bookmark Lists offer an easy way to organize and share the links you find. To use Google Bookmarks, you must have a Google account or create one. Once you log into Google, start searching through Google and click on the star next to any links, maps or videos that you find interesting.

To access your starred links, go to your Google Bookmarks homepage. To organize your bookmarks into a list, just click on the Create New List button.

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From here, you can select bookmarks to add to lists and share them with friends. The lists are defaulted to the private setting but if you want to share, here are your options:

Private – Nobody can see it
Public – Anybody can find it and view it
Share with select people – Those people can now add links and comments to your list

Create Word Clouds with Wordle

Friday, March 25th, 2011

1X1If you are interested in creating an easy and fun visual aid for a project or presentation, Wordle is a free online tool that allows you to create word clouds from the text you input. The more frequently used words will appear larger and there are also options to change the layout, colors and fonts.  Here is an example:

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Read about how to print, share and save your Wordle images in the Wordle FAQ.

Manage Your Web Feeds With Alesti

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

1X1If you have favorite news websites or blogs that you like to visit everyday, it’s possible to automatically receive the latest articles on one page, almost like getting the morning paper delivered to your doorstep.  With Alesti, you can easily subscribe to blogs and RSS feeds and access them from any computer or mobile device.

How it Works

A feed subscription functions much like a magazine subscription; once you subscribe you will automatically receive the latest updates.  The presence of a feed icon indicates that feeds are available on a website. clip_image002.gif In order to subscribe to a feed, you can either click on the Add10-21-2010-2-12-05-pm button from the Alesti Web site,  then add the URL of the website that offers a feed – or add the Subscribe with Alesti bookmarklet alestibutton to your Web browser.

How to Sign Up

Signing up for Alesti is easy – and free!  In order to register, you’ll need to provide your email address and create a password .  Once you sign up,  remember to subscribe to the ITS Technology Tips Blog!

Remove Clutter when Reading on the Web

Thursday, October 7th, 2010
1X1Readability is an online tool that allows you to read articles and online literature without all the clutter and advertisements. Follow these simple steps to enable this tool:
  1. Visit:  http://lab.arc90.com/experiments/readability/
  2. Choose your preferences:

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  3. Drag the Readability icon into your bookmarks bar

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  4. Whenever you find a worthy online article, just click on the readability button and enjoy the clutter free story

    Here is a video to learn more (Recommend viewing the video in Firefox): http://vimeo.com/8798529