Excel – Zoom In and Out of Worksheet View

ExcelAre you having trouble seeing the data in your Excel worksheet? There’s an easy solution. If you’d rather see as much of the worksheet as possible on one screen, there’s a solution for that too. Zooming in and out can not only be easier on the eyes, it can also give you a bird’s eye view of all your data at once.

Find out multiple ways using a PC or Mac to adjust the zoom in Excel’s worksheet view by reading the instructions and watching the Atomic learning video in the Knowledgebase article.

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Sympodium Workshop

The Sympodium workshop, held in Esbenshade 163, will help faculty and staff learn how to utilize  Sympodiums in classrooms. Sympodiums, or “Smart Podiums”, are located in multiple classrooms across campus and have special features which allow instructors to “write” on the monitor with a stylus. Using these annotations, you can highlight, write, or draw in order to liven a presentation and take note of important information. This can be especially beneficial when reviewing homework, preparing for an exam, or giving helpful notes.

The workshop will go over the basics of using a Sympodium and how using it can bring more interactivity to a course. Attendees are asked to bring a file of their choice (PowerPoints are suggested) to use for practice annotating during the session. To sign up for the workshop on Sept. 3 from 11 AM to 12 PM, visit the EventBrite link here.

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Word 2013 – Edit PDFs in Word

WordDid you know that with Word 2013 you can edit unprotected PDFs? No longer do you have to use an outside program like Adobe Acrobat. Now you can fill out PDF forms and create your own PDFs from Word. Useful especially for primarily text heavy PDFs, this new feature is available in Word 2013 only.

For step-by-step instructions and a video on how to edit a PDF in word, visit the Knowledgebase article.

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Hide Courses in Blackboard

blackboardDid you know that you can hide previous or cluttered course listings from your list on Blackboard? This doesn’t delete the courses; it only hides them from view. This can unclutter your landing page and make it easier to navigate your current courses.

Find out how by reading the Hide Courses Knowledgebase article.

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Word 2013 – Missing Ruler Features

Word

While working on a Word document, you discover that your indent markers are missing! Now that you look at it, so is the tab selector. What’s going on? How can you fix it?

In a recent Office update, Microsoft caused Word’s ruler to lose the tab selector and indent markers. Microsoft knows about this error and will likely release a fix with the next update. If you’re concerned about what to do to return those features in the meantime, have no fear! A temporary fix is available.

Find out what this temporary fix is by visiting the Knowledgebase article.

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Wireless Connection Assistance Schedule

Link to Schedule

Prior to requesting assistance, follow the steps for connecting your computer or other devices.

The Elizabethtown College ITS student staff will be available for assisting students in connecting their computers to the college’s wireless network. Monday, August 18, Wednesday, August 20, Thursday, August 21 and Saturday, August 22, assistance will be available in Nicarry 133.  Monday, August 25 and Wednesday, August 27, from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, assistance will be available in the High Library’s Winter’s Alcove.

 

 

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Word 2013 – Read Mode

word read modeWord 2013 has several useful new features including the brand new Read Mode. This viewing mode is useful for reading long documents and is comparable to reading a magazine online. Read Mode features two pages of a document side by side and allows you to ‘flip’ to the next two. This handy tool also allows for text resizing to make reading easier. If you have trouble reading smaller texts or scrolling through page after page, Read Mode is the viewing mode for you.

For step-by-step instructions and videos on how to use Read Mode, visit the Knowledgebase article.

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ITS Resources and Services

Helpdesk Door

ITS Helpdesk

Did you know that Etown ITS has many resources and services available to faculty, staff, and students? From online 24/7 tech support to equipment available for all your academic needs, ITS has it all!

For more information on what’s available and how to access resources, click on this PDF Handout or watch this video about what ITS can do for you here at Elizabethtown.

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Password Change (For Students)

It’s that time of year again! Before heading back to school make sure to change your password, not only on your email but on your mobile devices as well. One of the most common reasons students get locked out of their accounts is because they recently changed their password but didn’t change it on their mobile devices as well. If your smartphone or tablet keeps trying to connect to the internet on campus with the wrong password, you get locked out. You must be sure to change your password in email and for wifi on every device you own.

When creating a new password, remember that it needs to contain at least three of these four elements:

  • Uppercase letter
  • Lowercase letter
  • Number
  • Special character (i.e. # $ ! * ^)

In addition, your password must be a minimum of eight characters, cannot be your username or email address, and cannot be the same as your last five passwords.

You can change your password when logging on to a campus computer or through the Outlook Web App when checking your email.

For more information on how to change your password and an instructional video, visit the Password Change  Knowledgebase article.

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Printing Options

Web Printing 

Students can now send printing jobs to the printer across campus from the comfort of their own dorm room. Using PaperCut, students can easily send a print job to a printer and pick it up from a print station on their way to class. To find out how to use PaperCut for web printing, visit the Knowledgebase article.

 Print Stations 

Speaking of print stations, did you know there are four locations around campus available for you to use?  Each express printing station is equipped with a windows computer and high speed laser printer. All you have to do is swipe your ID and you can print your papers. Visit the Knowledgebase article to see the locations and find out more.

 Free Printing (and its limits) 

Each semester students are allotted 500 pages which they can print on campus for free! This means you can print from your dorm room using web printing, in a computer lab, or by using the express print stations. Just make sure to keep an eye on your page limit counter (viewable on the PaperCut app) to keep track of how many pages you have left for a semester. Once you go over 500 pages, each additional page will be billed to your student account. Visit the Printing Tips article in the Knowledgebase to find out how to cut back on your printing.

Below is a chart of the printing charges once you go over your allotment.

Type of Printing

Printing Charge

Single-sided page

$0.05 per page

Double-sided page

$0.07 per page

This free printing limit follows a previous guideline which asked students to limit their printing, if possible, to below 500 pages each semester. Most students do not print more than the allotment and some professors allow you to turn in assignments electronically.

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Computer and Mobile Device Assistance

From August 18 – 27, student workers from the ITS Helpdesk will be offering computer assistance sessions to help with computer and mobile device problems. These sessions will be held in Nicarry 133 and the Winters Alcove of the High Library.

To receive help, drop by during your assigned time.  If you are an honors student or first-year, your peer group has already been scheduled for a session during your time. The schedule is posted below.

Students

Day of Visit

Location & Times

Early Arrivals and Athletes

Monday, August 18th

Nicarry 133
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Early Arrivals and Athletes

Wednesday, August 20th

Nicarry 133
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Honors Students (by peer group)

Thursday, August 21st

Nicarry 133
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

First Year Students (by peer group)

Saturday, August 23rd

Nicarry 133
4:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Upperclassmen

Monday, August 25th

High Library Winters Alcove
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Upperclassmen

Wednesday, August 27th

High Library Winters Alcove
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

 

 

 

Momentum Students

Assisted by Kinesis Students

N/A

 

During the week of computer assistance sessions, the Helpdesk will NOT be open for wireless problems. If you’re still having trouble after the week of August 18 – 27, you can stop by the Helpdesk in Nicarry 108.

The Student Helpdesk hours during the school year are below.

Day of the Week

Student Worker Hours

Monday – Thursday

8:00 am – 9:00 pm

Friday

8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Saturday

12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Sunday

5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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Office 2013 Downloads (For Students)

In the summer of 2014, the Etown ITS department announced a Student Advantage partnership between Microsoft and Elizabethtown College. This means that Etown ITS now provides Office 2013 to currently enrolled students for free during their years here at Etown. Students are able to download Office 2013 online to their personal laptops and mobile devices.

Licensing for Office 2013 is only available to students while they are enrolled at Elizabethtown College. This means you only have a limited time to use Office 2013. Download it before this school year starts so you’re ready for the new semester.

Instructions on how to download and install Office 2013 on PCs, Macs, and Mobile Devices can be found in the Knowledgebase.

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Password Change Requirements

When creating a new password, remember that it needs to contain at least three of these four elements:

  • Uppercase letter
  • Lowercase letter
  • Number
  • Special character (i.e. # $ ! * ^)

In addition, your password must be a minimum of eight characters, cannot be your username or email address, and cannot be the same as your last five passwords.

You can change your password when logging on to a campus computer or through the Outlook Web App when checking your email.

For more information on how to change your password and an instructional video, visit the Password Change Knowledgebase article.

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Faculty Technology Institute – Sessions Open to All Faculty

August 18, 20, 21  

Click on the workshop title to register for the session.

Monday, August 18

10:00-11:00

Some topics that will be included:
•    Using clickers to assess student understanding and learning (and adjusting teaching on the fly based on class results)
•    Tracking individual student participation (attendance and accuracy)
•    Clickers are for more than multiple choice

•    Engaging the introvert who doesn’t like to speak in class
•    Self-Paced Polling (multi question quizzes and surveys using clickers)

– Facilitated by James MacKay, Chemistry Department

11:00-12:00

PollEverywhere, Google Forms, EverySlide

12:00-1:00

LUNCH – Provided

1:00-3:30

Time to work on individual projects with support from ITS staff (Open to faculty members who have previously submitted a proposal.)

 

Wednesday, August 20

9:00-10:30

Learn more about free tools available that allow students to show what they know other than PPT such as Prezi, Haiku Deck, Animoto, Powtoon.

10:30-12:00

Jing, Screencast-O-Matic, Audacity, Vocaroo

 

12:00-1:00

LUNCH – Provided

1:00-3:30

Time to work on individual projects with support from ITS staff. (Open to faculty members who have previously submitted a proposal.)

 

Thursday, August 21

9:00-10:00

Learn more about how to be proactive about plagiarism through education and assignment creation and how the library can help.

10:00-11:00

This tool provides a way for faculty and students to check for plagiarism in written work and presentations.  Learn about the features and how to use it in Bb.

11:00-12:00

Learn how blogs can be used for student assignments so that their work is visible to a wider audience. Adding content to a Wordpress blog (that is available to all faculty via Marketing and Communications) will be covered.

12:00-1:00

LUNCH – Provided

1:00-3:30

Time to work on individual projects with support from ITS staff. (Open to faculty members who have previously submitted a proposal.)

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Improve Your Presentation Skills

laptopLooking to improve your presentation skills? Look no further! Prezi has compiled a list of the top resources for presenters. The article, “The #PreziTop100 Online Resources Every Presenter Should See” includes articles and blogs, videos and podcasts, presentations, and books.

With everything from tips for PowerPoint to speech mastery, this list of resources has anything you’d need.

To see the list and find out more, visit http://bit.ly/top100prezi228.

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