Thursday, June 23, 2016

Aviary Photo Editor

Aviary is a photo editing platform, available as a free web application, as well as a downloadable app (with in-app purchase options) for both IOS and Android. The photo editor provides dozens of ways to enhance, accessorize, and apply unique effects to pictures. When your photo is ready, download and save it as a .png, or share it instantly through the mobile app!

Variety of Editing Options:
  • Adjust lighting, focus, and color.
  • Erase blemishes and brighten whites.
  • Personalize pictures with playful stickers, frames, and overlays.
  • Experiment with dozens of filters to create artful effects.
  • Sharpen, soften, or saturate photos.
  • Draw your own captions and doodles. 

Prepare to let your creativity soar! If you’d like to learn more about Aviary, please visit their website at Additional information is available on their Support page at

Come visit the eLearning team in TLC 427 for assistance getting started! If you are unable to visit in person, please contact us by email at, or by phone at (517) 483-1839.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

EDpuzzle - Create Customized Video Clips

Instructional Strategies: Concept formation, Compare/Contrast,
                                           Reflection,Digital Storytelling
Lecture Bloom's Level: 3, 4, 5, 6 (Application, Analyze, Evaluate, Create)

EDpuzzle is a free, web-based tool that allows users to select and customize video by editing, cropping, recording audio, and adding questions to make an engaging presentation or lesson. Simply search for a video using the video channels provided, including YouTube, Kahn Academy, and National Geographic, or upload a personal video.

Create a free account to begin customizing videos for both face-to-face and online classes! Instructors can choose to share videos within their EDpuzzle classroom, via email, or use the embed code to post the video into their D2L course, or other websites and blogs.

  • Crop and customize video length
  • Track views and monitor student progress
  • Eliminate existing audio and add personal narrations to better match your personal teaching style
  • Add audio notes throughout the video
  • Add quiz questions throughout the video 
Click the video below to view a video customized using EDpuzzle versus the original length video from YouTube. 

If you’d like to learn more about EDpuzzle please visit their website at, or visit the Getting Started page at

Come visit the eLearning team in TLC 427 for assistance getting started or to gain ideas for integrating this tool into your online, hybrid and face-to-face courses. If you are unable to visit in person, please contact us by email at, or by phone at (517) 483-1839.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Stay informed and on-task across devices with Evernote

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Access and update across all your devices.
Many of us use multiple devices in our daily lives, such as a laptop at home, a tablet at school, and a smartphone everywhere else in between. Staying organized and up-to-date on tasks across multiple devices can be a difficult task and often we resort to sending ourselves emails and texts just to keep up and remember what we were supposed to do. If you have ever found yourself doing this, then we recommend that you try Evernote!

Evernote is a free app that allows users to create notes on one device and then access and update those notes across other devices. Users can create multiple notebooks and stay organized on tasks no matter where they are or what device they are using. Evernote helps users stay informed and organized through notes, checklists, reminder alerts, and audio & photo notes. Some tasks that are well suited to Evernote could include:

  • Creating an online notebook for a course that can be accessed on any device.
  • Taking notes in class on your tablet or phone, and then adding them to a document you are creating on your computer.
  • Utilizing and updating checklists on the device you are using at that moment.
  • Setting reminders and being notified across multiple devices 
The basic version or Evernote is free and requires a user to create an account with a valid email address. This account can then be used across multiple devices. 

Evernote is available for PC, Mac, iOS, and Android devices as well as through the web, so it can be used anywhere, anytime. Visit or search for Evernote in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store for more information, download options, and account setup information. 

Come visit the eLearning team in TLC 427 for assistance getting started! If you are unable to
visit in person, please contact us by email at, or by phone at
(517) 483-1839.  

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Remind: Communicate with students via text, email, and web

is a free communication tool that helps instructors instantly connect with students by sending quick, simple messages to any device. Send a one-way message or elect to allow for 2-way communication by utilizing the chat feature. Messages can be sent via text (standard messaging rates will apply), email, or smartphone notifications!

Key Features and Uses :
  • Send messages directly to mobile devices (email, text, or mobile app).
  • Create announcements in advance and schedule them to auto-send later.
  • Receive student replies (optional).
  • Attach and send photos, links, documents, presentations, PDFs.
  • Record and send voice messages to students (available only on the mobile app).
  • Send assignment information to help students stay organized.
  • Send reminders or schedule changes about upcoming exams, due dates, meetings, events, and activities.
  • Reach out to absent students to keep them in the loop.
  • Send messages that highlight topics to focus on before the next class.
Set up is easy! Begin by creating an account, followed by setting up your Remind class(es); for example, History 101- 8AM Class. Each class created in Remind will generate a unique class code (ie. @453ghj). Invite students to join your class using one of the following methods:

  1. While in-class, provide students with your unique class code, then have them text the code to 81010.
    Standard text message rates will apply.
  2. Send an invitation to students by entering student phone numbers and/or email addresses into the Phone or email Invites area of your Remind classroom.
  3. Share your personal website link via email, or copy and paste the website link to a blog, website or D2L course site.
  4. Generate a PDF that contains step-by-step directions for joining your class to share with students.

Students interested in joining your class will need to begin by creating a student account where they will be prompted to enter the unique class code (ie. @453ghj) you have provided. Once logged in, students will be able to select their preferred contact method- email, text, etc.

Students can sign up using one of the following ways:

  1. Text the instructor’s unique class code to 81010, and then follow the steps to create an account. (Note: Standard text messaging rates will apply.)
  2. Download the free Remind app (available for IOS and Android), create an account, and enter the instructor’s unique class code.
  3. Go to, create an account, and then enter your instructor’s unique class code.

Tips for Success:

  • Provide clear instructions on registering.
  • Explain why you are using Remind.
  • Use the service as promised.
Start communicating with your students today! If you’d like to learn more about Remind, please visit their website at, or visit the Help Center page to view step-by-step directions at

Come visit the eLearning team in TLC 427 for assistance getting started! If you are unable to
visit in person, please contact us by email at, or by phone at
(517) 483-1839.