CCC makes Gartner Research available to Students, Faculty, and Staff

Gartner Research, “the world’s leading information technology research and advisory company”, is now available to CCC students, faculty, and staff. This new resource has been added to the list of CCC Library Databases. Users will be prompted to enter their CCC user name and password. Or, you can access it at: https://apps.ccc.edu/Gartner/.

If you have any questions or problems with access, please contact cohelpdesk@ccc.edu.

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Google Drive

Courtesy - Google.com

First of all I must I admit that I am a big Google fan.  Yes, I know they spy on you and you are absolutely correct that are growing very big and have their tentacles in a number of things and true like sky net in Terminator they will take over this planet and enslave the human race but while this goes on in the background I just wanted to tell you about a new cloud based service called the Google Drive…

A little history, before Google actually came up with the G-drive many applications were created that used your Gmail account space as an online storage but not to much success.  Actually it was a pitiful attempt but nonetheless a worthy cause.

Google’s entire business is based on offering the best cloud services around, so the fact that the company didn’t offer a true cloud-based storage service up until now is downright odd. Certainly, you could store files in Google docs or Gmail, but without a proper desktop component to sync with them, neither was especially efficient. But with the introduction of Google Drive, the search giant has managed to give its users a place to keep their files and more, turning Drive into one of the top cloud-based storage solutions virtually overnight.

The setup is super simple and pretty much functions like the popular cloud based services like Dropbox and Sugarsync.  Google actually gives you 5 GB of space and from what I hear your Google docs do not count against that space.  Currently G-drive is available for PC’s, Mac’s, Android and iPhone are soon to follow.  The cool deal with G-drive is that you can share files and have multiple people edit them.  Truly a collaborative tool!!  Ofcourse you can buy more space by upgrading to 25GB where you mat 2.49 a month or $30/year.  Not too bad right.  Exactly and Google is trying to get you from being a free user to a paid subscriber.  As an incentive it will bump your email account with 25GB of space.

Courtesy - Computer World

The interface is pretty simple and well integrated with your online Google docs account.  One of the service’s biggest advantages is its ability to recognize and open more than 30 file types, including HD video files of up to 10GB in size and Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop (PSD) files. Don’t have either program installed on your desktop? No problem, Google Drive’s preview mode allows you to open and preview those files without issue.  One of Google Drive’s more useful features is its ability to interface with apps from the Chrome Web Store.

Google Drive has what it takes to take on Dropbox, Box, Skydrive and other cloud services.  For users and businesses heavily tied to Google Docs, Google Drive will likely make more sense.  So go ahead and give it a try.  You know you already use gmail so chances are that this may be something you may actually like.

Jing

Jing is powerful little desktop application that copies and pastes parts of screen into image or video. I use it to provide swift, specific support.

It is often said  ‘A picture is worth a thousand words.’  Using Jing, I can use less text if I use pictures.  Pictures can offer reassurance that everyone is looking at the same thing.  It is easier to help remotely if we are at the same place.

Jing is the Chinese word for ‘essence.’ Being allowed to capture a portion of the screens and the five minute video limitation, it captures the essence of the solution provided.   Instead of showing a generic video that offers some support and a lot of extraneous information, Jing allows me to capture portions of the screen for quick, explicit directions.  The Jing sunburst sits on desktop ready to use with the click of my mouse.

Try Jing! http://www.techsmith.com/download/jing/

by keningilbert on May 14, 2010

Twitter for Development

Hearing about Twitter for the first time less than six years ago, I thought, ”How dumb.  140-characters to text something pithy like-Had a latte at Starbucks-How pretentious and who cares?”  But now I’m a Twitter lurker.  It is one of my go-to-tools for professional development. I use Twitter to follow leaders in Instructional Technology/Support and Blended Librarianship, for general academic news, and for the occasional inspirational quote. It provides a snapshot for ideas and topics that the academic community is actively discussing. It is yet another way to keep current.

By shortening urls and adding images, you can circumvent the character restrictions.  A teaser message is tweeted and you can choose to investigate further by following the link and #hashtags.  This teaser message is effective for me.  Being able to quickly switch focus at a moment’s notice coupled with my short attention span make Twitter an ideal tool. My mother-in-law describes this phenomenon as behaving like ‘a fart in a lantern.’ I believe she may mean ‘a firefly in a lantern.’  Regardless often I feel as though I am caught in the lantern.  I find myself flitting around and losing myself in the ripples of information, culling it, repackaging, and sending to hopefully interested parties.

Twitter is like a treasure hunt for information. Finding the right guides to follow is key to finding treasures quickly. I have chosen to follow people who are prominent and prolific tweeters and then add the people they follow.

I don’t use a twitter manager like TweetDeck or HootSuite. I don’t use my phone to text my twitters. I go directly to http://Twitter.com on a computer.

There some exciting uses of Twitter in your classrooms like running commentaries for in class movies, field trip tweets, real time reactions, etc.  Look at http://storify.com to collect feeds into a cohesive group.

Try Twitter!

25 Ways To Use Twitter In The Classroom, By Degree Of Difficulty
Edudemic (28 March 2012)by Jeff Dunn
20 Terrific Twitter Tips
Laptop (28 January 2011)by Anna Attkisson
Twitter Theory and the Public Scholar |
Scholarship | HYBRID PEDAGOGY (22 March 2012) by Pete Rorabaugh
6 Reasons Twitter is Becoming My New E-mail – Forbes
By Steve Cooper (10 April 2012)

My not-so earth shattering  lurker Twitter account is @mo_boland

Credit registration enhancements for Summer and Fall 2012

OIT is pleased to have been able to work with student services to deliver the following enhancements to the registration process, which will go into affect for students registering for Summer and Fall 2012.

  • Priority Registration. Allows students to register for classes early, based on number of credits accumulated. Priority registration begins April 9.
  • Prerequisite Registration. Allows students in good standing to register for the next course in an academic program sequence while enrolled in and actively pursuing the prerequisite to that course.
  • Wait List. Students sign up to a wait list for courses that are full and are automatically registered when a seat becomes available.
  • Flexible Payment Options. $60 tuition down payment locks in classes for Summer and Fall.

Get more information on the registration changes here.