Recently, Peter Ermey of UITS IT Training and Tomas Gregg of IU’s Assistive Technology and Accessibility Center (or ATAC) teamed up to demonstrate and explain how to use YouTube to generate caption files that will help to make your videos be more accessible. YouTube’s auto-captioning capability can create a great starting point, from which you can perfect and export a caption file to use with videos.
Earning a certificate from IT Training is a great way to enhance your skills in areas like Microsoft Office, web development, and creating graphics. You’ll take a series of related IT Training workshops designed to build your skills in applications or topics in a comprehensive way! After you’ve attended all of the workshops in a series (within a one-year period), you’ll earn your certificate.
We offer certificates in six different areas, so you’re bound to find something to meet your needs.
We’ll introduce you to a variety of Microsoft Office applications and demonstrate ways make them work together. You’ll learn the basic skills for day-to-day office activities from creating a spreadsheet in Excel to creating a PowerPoint presentation. The required workshops are:
1. Outlook 2013: Calendar Essentials
2. Outlook 2013: Managing Your Email
3. Word 2013: The Essentials
4. PowerPoint 2013: The Basics
5. Excel 2013: The Basics
6. Access 2013: The Basics
Students walk in front of University Library as they go to classes Tuesday, January 8, 2013.
Photoshop, in my opinion, is one of the greatest things since sliced bread. It’s a powerful piece of software, but you can’t fully realize that power until you learn how to use it. To help you along, I’ve put together a list of Adobe Photoshop related books you can get from an IU Library. Remember, you can use Interlibrary Loan to get books that are not housed on your campus. I found the books by doing a simple search on the term “Photoshop’ in IUCAT.
I limited the results to books falling under the Subject “Adobe Photoshop” that were published within the last three years. I got 15 books, but this list includes only the titles I found to be most relevant to the IU community.
IT Training will host a variety of webinars on special topics of interest this Spring. These quick demos and discussions are designed to get you up to speed quickly on technologies you use or want to learn more about.
See a topic you’re interested in? Join us! Register today.
Our Adobe representative sent this information to me yesterday, and since it is such an exciting opportunity, I wanted to share it with you. If I was a student, I would be posting my most creative videos and photos in Instagram and tagging them with #MadeThis and #PassportToCreativity right now!
When the wind chill goes below zero, getting from one end of campus to another can be downright brutal. You might think of taking an on-campus shuttle bus, but sometimes standing still and waiting in the cold is worse than walking. Ah, but you don’t have to stand in the cold – at both IUPUI and IU Bloomington, there’s a bus tracking service run by DoubleMap that can be found at One.IU; just search (“bus” is enough!), click on the tile for your campus, choose your desired bus line, and see where the bus is – in real time! You can wait inside a nice warm building, out of the wind, until the bus is almost at your nearest stop.
Not near a computer? There’s an app for that, of course. Just download DoubleMap (available for iOS and for Android devices) onto your mobile device, and choose the appropriate campus (you’ll be surprised to see all the places DoubleMap serves).
Whether you’re taking notes on a computer or on a mobile device, there are tons of applications out there to help you find a process that works for you. Taking notes should be smooth, simple, and should work well with your learning style. Applications are a great way to take notes, and here are a few I think that you need to be aware of! Read the rest of “The Best Apps for Taking Notes” »
We live in an almost entirely tech dependent world–like seriously! I can almost guarantee you that 90% of the people in your dorm won’t even go to the bathroom without bringing their phone along, and it’s just down the hall! But with more technology comes more problems and more issues to fix. Even though you have six different devices that you love and cherish, you don’t have to be super tech savvy. You might not know how to fix every issue on your devices, so where can you find help?
Do you like to write or do you hate it? When your instructor assigns a paper do you cheer or do you groan? Well, probably very few students cheer at the thought of writing an academic paper. If you’re one of those few, you have my respect and admiration. This post is for the less enthusiastic among us.
Writing comes easily to some people. I’ve always felt I had a knack for it, but I’ve come to realize that my grammar skills are a bit lacking. I was okay with the basics, but there were some rules that I just didn’t know or fully understand. If I wanted to be a better writer, I had to get better at grammar. Naturally, I turned to the Internet for help.
Of course, there is more to writing than grammar. When you write, you have to consider your: topic, audience, medium, etc. For now, I’ll focus on Internet resources for getting help with the mechanics of writing.
Paste your text into the Grammarly web app and get a run-down of your wiring mistakes. You can also download the Grammarly plugin for MS Word to get better grammar and spell check results than you would with Word’s native checker. Grammarly has a free plan, but serious users will want to pay for the full product. There are other checkers out there, but I haven’t found anything better than this. Here’s a video demo of Grammarly in Word