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Predictions for 2013!

We’ve checked out Campus Technology’s predictions for 2013 in technology in higher education, and check out a few of our favorite predictions!

  • Social Media’s importance in higher ed: Year by year, the social media tools that we use continue to grow. From the booming of Google Apps and Google Plus to Facebook, Twitter and more, as we predicted, apps have already made their way into the higher education learning environment. Not only does integrating social media into the classroom make it a great way to communicate outside the classroom and share news, but having skills using social media is a great asset to have when seeking employment!
  • Schools with their own mobile apps: Mobile apps are a great way to keep in touch with the events on campus and follow campus news! Here at UIS, we have our own mobile app. Check it out and follow us!

To read the entire article, click here!


3 Things you didn’t know about…Google Drive and Docs!

Did you know that recently Google Docs integrated with Google Drive? These two apps teamed up to create an incredible resource for all users of Google apps. When you download Google Drive, you get a cloud-based storage system providing you with 5GB of free storage space. In addition, Google Docs automatically becomes fully integrated in Google Drive, providing you with the benefits of both. Check out some of our favorite tips!

1:  Take Advantage of OCR! (Optical Character Recognition)

Google Drive has a seriously great talent; it allows you to search your documents and can recognize just about anything. Aside from regular text in documents, this feature will recognize text in PDFs and scanned papers (even newspapers!), and sometimes even recognizable parts of pictures (like famous monuments).

2: Use the Send To shortcut!

  1. Open up Windows Explorer and in the browser, enter %APPDATA%/Microsoft/Windows/SendTo
  2. A new window will appear with the contents of your Send To folder. Along the left side of the screen, you will see Google Drive. Right click Goolge Drive, and drag it into the folder. Release it, and choose Copy Here.
  3. Now Google Drive will be added to your Send To folder! Whenever you want to add a document to your Google Drive, simply right click on the document, choose Send To, and then choose Google Drive! Such a simple shortcut!

3: Access all your Previous Revisions!

Ever save a document and wish you had the previous version? With Google Docs, you will no longer have that problem! Google Docs automatically saves every version of your document without requiring any action on your end. From Google Drive, select the file you want. From the toolbar, click More, and manage Revisions. A list of previous version is displayed. Clicking one saves it to the browser’s default download folder. It can then be opened or moved to wherever you want, even back to Google Drive.

Need a scholarly article? Google it.

When we have a question about absolutely anything, we always know where to turn, Google. “Google” has actually become a verb. There are some situations, however, where we don’t know exactly how to search for specific information. Does searching for scholarly articles ring a bell for anyone? This can sometimes be a daunting task for students, especially those unfamiliar with what a journal database is, or how to access it. But behold, Google Scholar can help. Yes, again, Google can help us solve a problem.

Google Scholar is great for college students because most of them are so familiar with Google, and so unfamiliar with searching through scholarly databases. Google Scholar looks like Google, it searches like Google, and it produces and abundance of results. Simply enter a subject into the search bar and Google will search through sources all over the web; journals, articles, books, abstracts, court documents, and more. The results provided will be displayed exactly like they are with Google, and will be simple to thumb through and find an appropriate resource.

Check out the Google Apps workshop on February 28 to learn more about using Google Scholar!