App of the Week: Remind 101

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Remind 101 allows instructors to send out bulk SMS messages (one way text messages) to students.  Great for sending out exam reminders, test reviews, or notifications for any upcoming events.

  • Easy to sign up for instructor and students
  • All phone numbers are kept private
  • Messages are sent one-way, so students can’t see your number or reply
  • Schedule texts to be sent out at a later date
  • Free

Download Android and IOS

 

Backspace versus Delete

Believe it or not, there is a difference between these two keys on your keyboard. Who knew?  When you hit the ‘Backspace‘ key it removes the character to the left.  The ‘Delete‘ key (AKA: forward delete) does just the opposite, it removes the character to the right.

*Apple Users – The ‘Delete‘ key on your keyboard is in the same place and serves the same function as the ‘Backspace‘ key on a PC keyboard. If you wanted to delete text to the right like a delete key on a PC press Fn + Delete.

backspace versus delete

Sync Multiple Google Calendars to your iPhone/iPad

**NOTE** Your Gmail account must already be synced to your phone before you can sync multiple calendars.

 Directions for setting up your CFCC Gmail to your iPhone or iPad.

After the myCFCC gmail account has been synced to the iPhone or iPad, use a computer or  your mobile device to setup syncing multiple calendars to the iPhone/iPad.

Computer Instructions

Using a desktop or laptop computer, login into myCFCC at my.cfcc.edu

Select the Mail icon to access the myCFCC gmail account

The mail account will open in a separate tab.

Open an new tab in the web browser and visit the calendar select page

https://www.google.com/calendar/iphoneselect

Select from calendars owned or shared with the user to sync to the iDevice’s native calendar app. Click Save to finish.

Mobile Device Instructions


Use the iPhone’s web browser to login into myCFCC at my.cfcc.edu

Select the Mail icon to access the myCFCC gmail account. The mail account will open in a separate tab.

Open an new tab in the web browser and visit the calendar select page

https://www.google.com/calendar/iphoneselect

Select from calendars owned or shared with the user to sync to the iDevice’s native calendar app. Click Save to finish.

Take A Princeton Course – For Free

Would you like to take Cryptography, Introduction to Sustainability, Modern and Contemporary American Poetry, or Algorithms Part I?  These are just a few of the currently available MOOC’s.

MOOC stands for Massive Open Online Course; meaning, free and open enrollment to anyone, anywhere.  The traditional MOOC typically touts student enrollment from hundreds to thousands of students for one class.  Yes–thousands.

Courses are developed and delivered by faculty at prominent institutions like Duke, MIT, Harvard, Princeton, etc.  These institutions are partnering together with organizations like Courseraedx and Udacity to create a unified course delivery system for the MOOCs.

While MOOC courses don’t offer the same level of credit that traditional university courses offer, some provide certificates upon successful completion of the course.  There are rumors of MOOC certificates earning street cred, particularly for hiring purposes in large technology corporations around the globe.  If you have certificates in Computer Architecture and Computing for Data Analysis then you will be a more desirable hire than the guy with none.

I am currently enrolled in my second MOOC, Gamification, taught by Kevin Warbach from the University of Pennsylvania.  The course is designed with a series of video lectures, quizzes, and discussion forums.  I enjoy the open format. People from all other the world are enrolled and right away you get a sense of community with the other participants.  It’s easy to enroll in a course and if you don’t have time to finish it, you didn’t waste your money! New courses are starting all the time, there are no traditional semesters.

Check out available MOOC’s at:

  • Coursera – a company who has partnered with 16 of the world’s top universities to offer a wide range of free courses across disciplines. (Stanford, Princeton, Michigan…)
  •  edX – originally developed by MIT.  They have recently partnered with Harvard and Berkeley.  Most of their courses are technical.
  • Udacity – courses from a range of universities.  Most of their courses focus on the technical.

 More on MOOC’s

Good MOOC’s, Bad MOOC’s @ Chronicle of Higher Edcuation

Instruction for Masses Knocks Down Campus Walls @ NYTimes

What It’s Like to Teach a MOOC (and What The Heck’s a MOOC?) @ The Atlantic