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Scholarship search made easy with Scholly

scholly-logo1Many college students are under the impression that once they’ve begun their undergraduate careers, the window for scholarship applications has closed. On the contrary, there are thousands of scholarship opportunities open to undergrads; it’s just a matter of finding them. But sometimes, this is the hardest part. You could spend a lot of time Googling some variance of the word “scholarship” plus your major, grade level, or other relevant experience, but how do you know you’re not missing some great opportunities that could earn you thousands of dollars to apply toward your college expenses?

Enter Scholly, an application that helps high school seniors, college undergraduates, and graduate students find scholarships that align with their personal and educational backgrounds.
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Fitbit Charge HR Review: Overhyped and Underwhelming

Fitbit Charge HRHere’s the dirty secret about fitness tracker reviews: Most of them aren’t accurate. A reviewer will get a fancy new fitness tracker from the manufacturer, toy around with it for a day or so, then write up a review based on that limited use. I suspect that’s one of the reasons Fitbit’s new Charge HR has received such positive hype. Heck, even I was endorsing it in an interview after using it for only three days. But having spent nearly three weeks using the Charge HR, the shine has tarnished considerably. The heart rate and sleep tracking is inconsistent, the app is underwhelming, and the device has stopped working entirely.

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Lenovo owners should be aware of Superfish

It was September 2014 when 16438398988_f2553e7d7f_oLenovo, a Chinese-based computer technology company, revealed that they had sold an unknown number of computers containing preloaded adware known as Superfish. The reveal shocked many who criticized Lenovo for not doing more to vet the component before allowing it to be installed on an untold number of computers. But what is Superfish? What should an owner of a Lenovo computer do to correct the problem? These questions are important, as the Technology Service Desk has repeatedly assisted with configuration issues for a large portion of the Elon community who purchased a Lenovo computer for their personal use. Continue reading »

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Use Explain Everything to explain… everything

Teacher Using iPadExplain Everything is an app with the purpose of doing just that: explaining everything. Described by its creators as an interactive white board, there really isn’t much that you can’t do with Explain Everything. With the ability to type, draw or insert videos, pictures, documents, clip art, and webpages, you can customize your presentations however you would like. Explain Everything also gives you the ability to record everything you do and play it back as a way to explain (everything) that you need to show.

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3D app helps students learn anatomy from the outside in

14445634744_816f9db8b2_zDr. Janet Cope and Dr. Cindy Bennett were looking for a way to incorporate a 3D application into anatomy classes in the Doctor of Physical Therapy and Master of Physician Assistant Studies programs. When Dr. Cope heard about the grants from the Academic Technology and Computing Committee (ATACC), she jumped on the opportunity to give a 3D anatomy app a try. With the help of ATACC, they purchased 3D4Medical, which they believed would help their students learn anatomy from the outside in.

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Students share experiences with quadcopters, circuitry at February’s Maker Meetup

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Jake Smith (left) and Alex Simoneaux (right) share their experiences with making at February’s Maker Meetup.

Makerspaces, quadcopters and circuitry that syncs lighting to music: it sounds very futuristic. But this is exactly what engineering professor Dr. Scott Wolter and two of his students, juniors Jake Smith and Alex Simoneaux, have been working on here at Elon. Through Teaching and Learning Technologies’ first Maker Meetup, the team presented their work in these areas and what they’ve learned through making as well as opened the conversation for other maker projects. 

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Goodbye, messy planners; hello, Homework App Sync

The view of the app, when using an iPhone.

The view of the app, when using an iPhone.

Since the spring semester has started, I figured that it’s time to buckle down and focus on the work at hand. This semester, I have been adamantly against the idea of purchasing a planner partly because I’ve had a personal New Year’s goal of becoming more technology-focused, and partly because I am trying to be more “green.” In all of this explanation, I ended up deciding upon “The HW App Sync,” a class assignment planner listed under the Educational apps in the iTunes store. So far, (when I remember to actually put my assignments in), I have found that the app is very clean and simple to use.

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OSX Yosemite users can now use print stations

Pharos, the vendor responsible for PMS PicPrint Management Stations (PMS) across campus, finally released a print driver compatible with Apple users operating OSX Yosemite. This means that print stations around campus are now fully accessible for all laptop users (Windows 7, Windows 8, and Mac OS X systems). If you utilize OSX Yosemite, or have yet to take advantage of print stations around campus, here’s what you need to know. Continue reading »

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Get trusted medication info with Davis’s Drug Guide

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As a physician assistant student, I hear so many different pharmaceutical drug names thrown around all the time. Whether it be generic or brand names, the list of FDA approved medications is never ending and continues to grow each day. No medical provider or student can possibly memorize every single drug out there, each containing a long list of side effects, different doses and drug interactions. To help with this information overload I present to you Davis’s Drug Guide 2015 app. This app is free to download but there is an in app purchase of $39.99 in order to receive full access.

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Graphic design: Say goodbye to Paint, say hello to Canva

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Have you ever wondered where that inspiring quote on Instagram,  that catchy Facebook event banner, or the pretty Pinterest post came from? There’s a chance these designs might have been created using Canva, a graphic design app for iPads.

Experimenting with Canva was my first journey into the wide, wide world of graphic design. I wasn’t certain what the two words “graphic design” meant until I opened Canva for the first time. Little did I know that Canva would give me the power to create images and pictures for all of my digital needs – all at the edge of my fingertips! I initially decided to give this app a chance because I’m an avid user of social media, and hoped to spice up my posts by learning the basics of design. Yet, as I learned, Canva can also be useful for academic projects.

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