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Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring all your photos, docs, and videos anywhere. This means that any file you save to your Dropbox will automatically save to all your computers, phones and even the Dropbox website. Dropbox works hard to make sure that all your files are the same no matter where you're working from. This means that you can start working on a computer at school or the office, and finish from your home computer. Never email yourself a file again! Download Dropbox for your phone or iPad to simplify your life even more — flip through all your photos or review that spreadsheet even while on the road. Dropbox lets you work from any computer or phone with the confidence that you'll always have everything you need. Dropbox also makes it super easy to share with others. Invite your friends, family and co-workers to any folder in your Dropbox, and it'll be as if you saved that folder straight to their computers. You can send people links to specific files in your Dropbox too. This makes Dropbox perfect for group projects, sharing photos with friends, or whatever else you want to use it for.

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Dropbox – page 2 Some easy ways to use Dropbox: File-sharing for writing groups — Dropbox makes it easy to share the same set of files with several people, without the hassle of email. If you have a writing group, for example, you can easily share original documents, marked-up ones, and reader comments. Collaborative writing — you can keep documents in a shared Dropbox folder that all the members of that folder can edit. If you use MS Word with track changes turned on for a particular document you can also have a record of other people’s revisions, without the hassle of several versions of the same document. Use it like a thumb drive — use it to avoid emailing documents to yourself. You can use Dropbox like a thumb drive, and keep files in your Dropbox server where you can access them from any computer with an internet connection. Sharing large documents — Gmail has a maximum file size of 25 MB, and other email providers have different file size limits, so you can use Dropbox for files larger than around 2 MB, to prevent jamming up someone’s inbox. Audio and video files, which tend to be quite large, can easily be shared with others via Dropbox. Keep a backup — keep a folder of all of your most important documents in a folder on your computer’s hard drive that automatically syncs with Dropbox. This means that any time you edit one of those documents on your computer, that document syncs with the document on the Dropbox folder. If anything should happen to your computer, you can still get to those documents through Dropbox.

What is iTunes U? iTunes U is an app where faculty and staff can post course content for free. Anything from recorded lectures, podcasts, video clips, homework assignments, readings, etc. can be listed on iTunes U. The best part is that these materials become available to anyone with the app- not just the students taking the class. How can RHD’s use iTunes U? The better question is how can’t we use it! There are SO MANY “courses” available. It’s a great way to get materials for a staff enrichment, a door to door program, socials, newsletter articles and more. You could also create a course on the app and list materials for your staff or students to access.

Here are some favorite courses for RHD use: •The University of Arizona- Social Justice Programs •University of New England- Diversity Lecture Series •University of Virginia- I Am Diversity •UCL- Accommodating Religious Diversity in a Secular Society •UNH Health Services- Reflections Meditation CD •UNH Health Services- Video (overview of services available) •UNH Housing- several videos •WSBE- several courses have materials posted •NCPDI Social Studies- Personal Finance Literacy •Texas A&M- Wired Study Tips •Stanford- Election 2012 (outdated now, but good to keep in mind for future elections) More information: or watch this video –

Tech Tips: Evals/Closing Week Part One – Michelle has cleverly used the iPad program Notability to open up her evaluations, checks off the boxes, types in the notes then meets with her staff member, has them sign the eval and emails it off to the RA and her supervisor. Boom! Paperless evaluation stream.

Tech Tips: Evals/Closing Week Part two § FAMIS- take your iPad to checkouts and record damages § If you have questions about something you can take photos of anything odd and send off to Dwain or Bill § - Don’t forget your Odyssey lists accessible with iPads (vacated vs. not vacated, cleaned, not cleaned, etc.) § - Combo changes/key lists are in excel sheet in shared files

Looking for a cool way to present information to your students? Make any document into a flippable online magazine using Issuu book! This would be great for posting newsletters to your hall’s social media accounts! In fact, that is how we made this edition of Tech Tip Tuesday! The free version is sufficient for most things, and you can post to social media sites too!

Looking for things to post to your hall’s social media accounts? Try these sites! Washington Post Higher Ed Section: Campus Overload (Wash. Post Blog): Jenna Johnson on FB: Jenna writes for Campus Overload (above). She posts tons of great stuff that you can just repost on your page! You can subscribe to her here:!/jenna.r.johnson Inside Higher Ed: The blogs are particularly good College News: webstories written by college students across the country. Has some great campus-living stories, as well as info about job searching, life skills, and more. College Tips:

Do you find yourself constantly switching between your Inbox and your calendar? Did you know that you could put your cursor on the calendar box – right click – and open up another window with your calendar or your task list. This way you can both or all three open at one time.

Are you short on time but you have to buy food for an event?? Did you know that Hannafords on route 108 has an online ordering system? It is free for orders over $125 or a $5.00 charge for less but it could be just want you needed on certain busy days. Go to—they need 4 hours notice and you must pick up between 10am and 8pm.

Want a search window on any document or website— Control+F (or Command+F on the Mac)

Control+F, or Command+F on a Mac, is the keyboard shortcut for the Find command. If you're in a web browser and want to search text on a web page, pressing Control+F will bring up a search box. Just type in that search box and it'll locate the text you're typing on the page. Control+F may work in other applications, too, when you need to find something. For example, Microsoft Word and other word processing applications use this keyboard shortcut.

iPad Tips: Simple On Screen Keyboard Short Cuts: § Instead of having to switch back and forth between the number keyboard and the letter keyboard simply hold down on the number keyboard button, slide your finger to the number you want and release § By double tapping on the shift key (the upwards facing arrow) you go to caps lock § Press and hold a letter to get additional symbols over letters (like a tilde, for example) § To quickly add an apostrophe- flick up on comma key, or tap and hold the comma key § To quickly add quotations- flick up on period key, or tap and hold period key § Double tap space bar to get a period § In emails and web applications, the keyboard changes- @ key appears, .com button appears, button appears

Other Time Saving iPad Tips: When you are typing an email and are in the address field: ยง If you press and hold the period button you will see .edu, .com, .org, and .net appear. Slide to the appropriate one for quicker email address typing! ยง If you press and hold the dash button, several quick options appear as well ยง When you are typing in a web address bar in a browser: Tap and hold the period key to get an ellipses

What is predictive typing? That little bubble that pops up with suggested words in it is called predictive typing. Using it can help save you time, as well as check your spelling. Here are some quick tips for using it: § Keep going when you make mistakes- the iPad will correct typing mistakes § If you don't like the suggestion, you can reject it by tapping the bubble. If you press the space bar, the suggestion will automatically insert § If you don’t like Predictive Typing, you can turn it off by going to Settings -> General -> Keyboard -> then switching off auto-correction.

Copying and Pasting using the iPad: § Tap and hold on word. A bubble will pop up that says “select/select all/replace”- choose which you prefer. To copy, choose select or select all § You will then see the word get highlighted in blue with two handle bars on either endyou can drag these handle bars to encompass the appropriate amount of text. Tap again, select “copy” § Tap where you want to paste the text, press “paste” Other hints: § Replace command gives other word options that are close to the word selected § Can copy and paste into multiple applications (ex. From a web browser to a document) § Can copy graphics and images as well § You can also save an image by tapping and holding. It gets saved under photos -> albums -> camera roll.

The Snipping Tool (“Grab” on a Mac): Go to the Start Menu Search for “snipping tool” It has scissors and a red circle – select it from the menu (you can also pin it to the start menu if you plan on using it a lot) Then simply drag the cursor around the area you want to snip It will pop up in a new window where you can save it as a pictures You can also choose different shapes for snipping, as well as free form

Quick Parts: § To create the initial Quick Part, open up a new mail window and type out the message you’d like to save. § Highlight the message and select “Insert” from the tabs at the top of the window. § Click on “Quick Parts” and “Save Selection to Quick Part Gallery” § When you want to use these saved Quick Parts, simply select the “Insert” tab when you have a new mail window open, click on “Quick Parts,” and select the part you’d like to insert.

Washout in Publisher: Want to use a picture in the background of a newsletter page or an advertisement? Simply right-click the image, select Format Picture, select the pull-down menu next to Color, and select Washout. You can place text on top of the image to create dynamic advertisements or other publications!

Using Picasa to Make a Facebook Cover Photo: Interested in making a custom collage for your Facebook cover photo? Check out this tutorial that explains how to use Picasa to make one:

Publisher and PowerPoint Templates: Both Publisher and PowerPoint come with templates, but you can also download templates from and use them for newsletters, other publications, and presentations. There is a Quiz Show template you can use for trivia and many other helpful templates you can choose from!

Fun with Clickers! § Download TurningPoint from Simply click the Downloads Tap and get the latest version of TurningPoint for Free. § Open TurningPoint and click on PowerPoint Polling and a new PowerPoint presentation will open. § Notice the new tab at the top of the screen that says “TurningPoint.” This will be were all the tools are for you to add clicker questions. § Explore the toolbars in the TurningPoint Tab as they are where most of the options are. § Finally, if you have any questions call Shane and he will walk you through the process.

Also, there are some very helpful TurningPoint videos on YouTube.

Making a movie with iMovie Step 1: Click on the iMovie icon in the dock and wait, while it bounces, for the application to open. Select "Create Project." Step 2: In the "Save as:" field, enter the name of the movie. Step 3: Next to the "Where:" dropdown, click on the downward pointing arrow on the end for more options. Choose the appropriate location. Click save. Step 4: Import content Photos: Select photo icon on right. Choose appropriate folders and drag photos to top left of screen. Video: Connect camera to computer. Click “import”, drag imported video into iMovie frame. Can also select from file. Step 6: Edit clips (optional) Hover over photo, click on blue icon. Crop tool Step 7: Add music (optional) Click on music notes, choose file - Make sure to show audio waveforms (squiggly icon) Step 8: Add text (optional) – T icon Step 9: Voice over (optional)- microphone icon Step 10: Finalize project- From File menu, select Finalize Project Other tools: Precision editor- Under Window menu Inspector tools- blue icon over clips, “i” icon, under Window menu; can use to adjust transitions, video effects, duration of clips, coloring, etc.

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