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. 

Thursday, April 21, 2016 Brainstorming and Mind Mapping Tool 

Instructional Strategy: Concept Formation, Concept Mapping, Compare/Contrast
Blooms Levels: 1-4 (knowledge, comprehension, analysis, evaluation) is a free web-based tool that allows users to create, save and share mind maps. A mind map is a visual representation of ideas and concepts that includes central ideas surrounded by connected branches of associated topics. aims to assist with the brainstorming process and encourages creative thinking. In addition, mind maps provide structure and organization to allow for better comprehension and recall.  

Mind Mapping Uses: 
  • Organize ideas and concepts Develop new and expanded meanings as information is organized and manipulated 
  • Communicate ideas and thought processes 
  • Categorize learning by grouping content 
  • Classify objects, events, or ideas for a deeper level of comprehension 
  • Brainstorm and explore ideas, concepts or problems 
  • Facilitate better understanding of relationships and connections between ideas and concepts 
  • Develop and refine the ability to recall and discriminate among key ideas to see commonalities and identify relationships 
  • Form personalized understanding of concepts and connections 
Create a free account, saving up to three mind maps at a time! If you’d like to learn more about please visit their website at Additional helpful resources can be accessed at

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