Went to a session sponsored by the College of Business about Microsoft Teams and found out how it might work well in your classes, departments and inter-departments. Here are some of the highlights –
- Can embed google drive, dropbox and has better integration with office 365
- You can create teams, invite members both ECU and guests as well as students.
- Within a team you can set up channels for students and their assignments.
- Conversations are easy to start and files can be added and edited directly in the team area
- Want to see more? Ask to join my team or go to the Microsoft Community for information and training.
I am often asked how to convert a PDF to Word if you don’t have Acrobat Pro (which I do). I found a very easy way to accomplish this task and it works quite well.
Open Word, click File, Open and locate the pdf file, acknowledge the pop up message and the file gets converted!
Full instructions can be found here, go to the Word conversion Method 2 section. Try it out!
Email Evolves – From Information Technology and Computing Services –
Over the next few months, ECU is modernizing faculty and staff email. There are four steps to this remodel:
- Enable the new cloud-based Online Archive folder
- Switch to Office 365 Exchange Online Protection
- Move Enterprise Vault items back to your mailbox
- Migrate staff mailboxes to Office 365
Using your OneDrive – Alyssa De Santis Figiel our University Program Associate recently share the photos from the Scholarship Ceremony another way to share files with colleagues without having to set up special permissions, find out more about using Office 365 and what it can do here.
At a recent meeting with the Instructional Technology Consultant’s (ITC’s) of the university we were introduced to Microsoft Teams. Before I tell you what Teams can do think about this scenario you are involved in multiple projects with multiple people within and outside of ECU wouldn’t it be nice to have all correspondence, files etc in one spot which also allows you to quick chat/comment on something rather than sending emails? Well . . .
Microsoft Teams is a messaging app for teams where all conversations, meetings, files, and notes can be accessed by everyone, all in one place. It’s a place for collaboration and work to happen in the open.
Here’s why you should use it:
- It makes communicating one-on-one and with groups a snap.
- Collaboration happens in real time.
- Everything your team cares about (all your files, docs, contact info, and more) is in one place.
One college has been using it and here is a quote from their ITC “Now that the planner can be integrated into Teams, it is a great way to use both tools at once. I have also integrated a notebook into the team, which also helps keep everything in one place. I haven’t gotten everyone into the chat feature, but the organization part seems to be a nice way to at least get people started in the right direction, at least for us.”
Here are some tips for organizing your computer and Blackboard sites.
Remember to Update your Computer Windows and Mac
Hiding courses from previous semesters (they are not gone, just hidden)
Being a good steward of student information (make sure no grade files etc are on your hard drive, they should be saved to pirate drive)
While you are checking My Documents for student information perhaps sort by date modified and clean out those files that are over 5 years old!
Clean up your gradebook.
Organization of content.
Need help with course organization or development contact OET!
Check out this video about creating PowerPoint slides at least the first few minutes! Fast forward to 22 minutes, this is really worth the time! And some good ideas too and not just for lecture capture!
Click here to view the video!
This is a question I get asked frequently how can I use Presenter View in PowerPoint to read my notes in the classroom. It’s easy if you bring your Mac just connect with the Ring of Power connectors and use presenter view. But it doesn’t work that way if you are using the classroom desktop, as the screen is not considered a 2nd monitor!
Here’s a tip that may work for those who have IPads. Try Microsoft Office across Devices.
Want to see how it works? Contact OET!
Try Lynda.com as a resource
SLIDESHARK! Per their website “SlideShark is the leading app for viewing and sharing PowerPoint® content on the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. With SlideShark, mobile users can easily view and present PowerPoint slides the way they were meant to be seen—with animations, fonts, colors, graphics, hyperlinks and videos intact.”
By using the broadcast feature to the computer in the classroom you can control your presentation via your IPad – see your slide notes, timers, animation counter and next/previous slides. Go to the app store to download and stop by me office for a demo!
Kudos to Christine Lysaght from PT for bringing this neat feature to my attention!
Android users I have not found a similar app, any suggestions?