Collaborate Anytime, Anywhere

A series of 15-minute demonstrations April 8-12 in the Smart Zone, main floor of Leyburn Library. No sign-up necessary.

People want to create and access data on all of their devices, and also collaborate and share data, sometimes in spontaneous and complex ways. The week of April 8 in the Smart Zone, Information Technology Services will briefly demonstrate a variety of tools for this purpose. We’ll discuss the opportunities and risks associated with free, third-party tools and help you choose the right tool for your work and teaching.  The series of 15-minute, informal demonstrations in the Smart Zone will include  Evernote, Dropbox, Google Docs/Drive, and Sakai, with an additional session on how to use these tools from your mobile devices.

Evernote: the Elephant Never Forgets
Monday, April 8 (10 a.m. and repeated at 2 p.m.):
Evernote offers a convenient way to record, store and organize multimedia-enabled notes, from almost any kind of device. Evernote interfaces with many apps you may already use for drawing, handwriting, document-scanning and other uses. Materials created in Evernote are available from any Internet-connected device, and can be easily shared with others.

Dropbox: Simplify Your Life
Tuesday, April 9 (10 a.m. and repeated at 2 p.m.):
Dropbox offers cloud storage and file synchronization from computers and mobile devices.  Any kind of file can be uploaded and stored in your Dropbox, and service creates a special folder on your computer desktop which seamlessly links with the upload service.  Dropbox lets you share all kinds of files with others simply by sending recipients an email link, and for collaboration entire folders can be shared and updated with other Dropbox users.  If you’ve ever wanted to share large amounts of data with colleagues, or send big files to others without needing a USB drive, look no further than Dropbox!

Google Docs/Drive: Keep Everything. Share Anything.
Wednesday, April 10 (10 a.m. and repeated at 2 p.m.):
With Google Drive, you can store all your files in one place, so you can access them from anywhere and share them with others.  Google Drive makes creating stuff easy and collaborative, no matter where you are or what device you’re working from. See collaborators make changes in real-time. Sit back while your edits get automatically saved in Google Drive, along with an entire revision history. Upload documents created in Microsoft Office, or create documents, spreadsheets, and presentations natively with Google Docs.  Build professional forms for evaluations, surveys, feedback, and registrations, and watch as data automatically appears in a spreadsheet as your audience submits their responses.

Sakai for Cloud Collaboration
Thursday, April 11 (10 a.m. and repeated at 2 p.m.):
Sakai contains many useful file storing, sharing, and collaboration features, all of which can be used either in classes or in your own personal project sites.  Learn how to create a network folder on your desktop that links seamlessly with your Sakai resources online.  Create shared folders that can be accessed by student groups and used as an online collaboration space for writing an article.  Add external users to your project site and share large files via email with web links.  Sign up to receive email alerts when collaborators upload a new version of a document.  Many features of Sakai are also directly accessible from mobile devices.

Cloud Collaboration on Mobile Devices
Friday, April 12 (10 a.m. and repeated at 2 p.m.):
Evernote, Dropbox, Google Drive and Sakai can interface directly with many mobile apps on your iPad, iPhone, or Android device.  Learn how to activate these services on your mobile devices, and see how easy it can be to create, access, collaborate, and share natively from your smartphone or tablet.  Cloud services open up new vistas for mobile grading, document creation, and photo and video sharing.  Enable these services and turbocharge your mobile productivity.

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