Although it may seem like the beginning of the 2017-2018 year is a long way off, we’ve already been hard at work planning sessions for the Swarthmore College community. Whether it’s getting acquainted with your new Windows 10 machine (if … Continue reading Back To School Sessions
As we are all now using Google Drive to store and collect content from students and each other, we’d like to bring to your attention a sometimes overlooked inconvenience… If you have asked students to submit content to you by sharing files from their own Google accounts, or by placing them into folders you provide in your personal Google Drive space, then you may be in danger of losing access to that material once the student’s account is removed from the College’s systems after they graduate! You can tell by looking at the “Owner” listing of any files you’re worried … Continue reading Disappearing student work (how to avoid)!
AODocs, which we use here at Swarthmore on top of Google Drive to provide some needed functionality, has been improving their product. Late yesterday they released Version 42 of AODocs, which brings some nice new features for both ITS Systems Administrators and many users. For those that connect directly through the AODocs interface (log into https://www.aodocs.com/, not just using the AODocs Smart Bar in Chrome with Google Drive), you can now prevent viewers of your shared content from downloading, copying or printing your shared files. There are also improvements to the Folder picker interface, allowing you to have more options for … Continue reading AODocs Improvements
Media Services has new Chromebooks for students to checkout! They now have a limited number of Chromebooks designated for student use on a short term basis. This may be really helpful for someone whose laptop is under repair or needs a laptop on the fly. Continue reading “Media Services Has New Chromebooks for Student Checkout!”
Starting today and continuing over the next 11 months, we will be transitioning away from Swatfiles (our document repository) and Zimbra (our email application) to Google Apps. The Google Apps suite includes mail, calendar, docs, spreadsheet and presentation applications and allows us to better support collaboration within our community, provides a common platform and works in multiple operating environments (e.g. Apple, Windows, and mobile devices). Feel free to visit http://www.swarthmore.edu/going-google/google-apps-frequently-asked-questions to find out more. Continue reading Swarthmore is Going Google!
We are only a few weeks away from the start of the summer research season. Are you trying to accomplish more with your projects this summer? Do you find that documenting summer projects has been difficult, time consuming, or ineffective? If you are looking for ways to improve how you document, publicize, or carry out your research projects, ITS is here to help. Wikis – Wikis are ideal for documenting group projects because they make it easy to create and update web pages that link to one another and keep a history of all the contributions of each member. Instead … Continue reading Ideas for Summer Projects and Research