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Managing your account passwords

Earlier this month, Instructional & Campus Technologies upgraded the Self-Service Password Maintenance site that allows faculty, staff, and students the ability to manage their account passwords. The upgraded site makes it easier than ever for users to change their account passwords without contacting the Technology Service Desk. Continue reading »

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Exploring Keynote

This article is a part of the Writing with Thumbs project – a year-long look at iPad apps and accessories that support writing. Read more about the project here.  

We've all been there.

We’ve all been there.

For most of us, a professor’s instruction to “make a presentation” is basically synonymous with “make a PowerPoint.” Everyone and their mother knows how to make a PowerPoint presentation, which may be why this software has joined the ranks of “Xerox” and “Kleenex” among trademark names that are used generically. There are a few competing presentation softwares that have gained college students’ attention over the last few years—most notably Prezi (famous for its sometimes vertigo-inducing “infinite canvas” concept) and Google Presentations (essentially a stripped-down version of PowerPoint). But one of the most underused presentation programs seems to be Apple’s Keynote, which allows students to produce more polished, professional presentations.

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Adobe Voice: Presentations with personality

This article is a part of the Writing with Thumbs project – a year-long look at iPad apps and accessories that support writing. Read more about the project here

I’ve been abroad for a litScreen Shot 2014-10-23 at 1.28.40 PMtle over a month and a half now, and it’s been quite the adventure. As a good student/daughter/friend, I’ve been trying to document my time through pictures and videos that I can share or send to friends and family. To be honest, sharing photos through Facebook and Instagram is all fine and dandy…but only up until a point. I can’t lie when I say that I’m pretty bored with those apps. So over the last month I’ve been trying to figure out creative ways to share my time abroad. I wanted to find something different, something unique, and most importantly something easy. That’s when I found Adobe Voice.

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Take better notes with OneNote

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If you’re anything like me, you understand how important it is to take good notes. I prefer taking notes the old fashioned way by actually taking a pen a writing words down on real paper (yes, people do still do that). I must admit that using an app for note taking made me a little nervous. After using OneNote for a month, however, I have changed my mind. Read on to see why!

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Be careful with spam emails

Over the lastspammsg few weeks, Elon University has experienced an influx in spam emails being sent to students, faculty, and staff. The emails that have been reported to the Technology Service Desk have become as chameleon-like as ever, coming in different shapes and forms that somehow do an excellent job of mimicking an official Elon University look. Here are some things to keep in mind when checking your email and wondering whether or not a message is spam. Continue reading »

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Tell your story with Haiku Deck

This article is a part of the Writing with Thumbs project – a year-long look at iPad apps and accessories that support writing. Read more about the project here

Haiku Deck is an app for iPads that creates quick slide decks (fancy word for presentations) that are simple, beautiful and fun. It’s available for free on the iTunes store or can be used on any web browser. Each slide has a simple background visual and short text, and it’s also possible to import your own photos, insert charts and lists, and export and share your decks.

Quick presentations? Free? Simple and fun? So far, so good!

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Creative storytelling with Storehouse

This article is a part of the Writing with Thumbs project- a year-long look at iPad apps and accessories that support writing. Read more about the project here 

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Popular visual apps such as Instagram and Vine enable users to share our lives with friends and family instantly. Sure these apps let us share moments but what about telling our whole story of the eventsleading up to that moment? Storehouse is a free app where we can compile all of those moments into a story in a visually appealing way.

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2 premium apps available for free to Elon faculty and students

2006-02-05 - United Kingdom - England - London - British Library - The Modern Couple - Apple - Laptop - iPodLast time we spoke to library staff members Lynne Bisko and Vicky Siler, they recommended Zotero as a way to organize and collaborate with your research. Now, they suggesting to other tools to benefit Elon students: BrowZine for find the newest and most relevant research articles and Mango for modernizing the way to learn languages.

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New Apple OS tips and warnings

When Apple released the new iOS 8 platform on September 17, many users took immediate advantage of the new update. However, while iOS 8 offers new and exciting features, many have experienced a variety of problems with their devices. Here are some tips on how to take advantage of the new operating system (OS), as well as a few warnings about flaws that have been identified with the system. Continue reading »

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Cyber security: our shared responsibility

October is National Cyncsam_facebook_cover_photo_2014ber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM).  All month consumers, businesses, colleges and universities, corporations, and the government will be working together to promote awareness and share online safety tips.  Continue reading »

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