New Features of Microsoft Publisher 2013 (Windows)

By Corey James, Instructional Development Services Graduate Assistant

Microsoft Publisher 2013 offers some new features when working with pictures and effects.

Publisher has made it more convenient to work with groups of pictures. You can add the pictures to your project all at once and they will be placed in a scratch area allowing you to add and take away pictures more easily. You will be able to swap pictures by clicking and dragging your image on top of the other one.

You will also be able to add your picture as a background image by filling the page with your selected image or creating a tiled background with your image repeating itself.

You can now apply effects to your images and text that will allow you to add shadows, reflections, glow, soft edges, bevels, and 3D rotations.

Lastly, the photo printing options are much more convenient. You can now save your project pages as JPEG pictures and upload them to a photo center website to be printed.

TechTip: Picture Swapping in Publisher 2013

By Paul Schouten, Instructional Development Services Lab Assistant

Picture Swapping

When working with multiple pictures, organization can become difficult. Microsoft has implanted a simple and effective tool for swapping pictures on the page. This way, image placements will not become jumbled or disorganized. Select a picture and place the cursor over the image in the scratch area (section outside the page) you wish to swap. The swap icon will appear in the center of the image:

Then drag the selected image over the image on the page you would like to swap. A pink rectangle will outline the swapped picture and display the change of images on your page. Release the cursor and the images will be exchanged from the scratch area to the page.

Picture Effects

Microsoft Publisher 2013 for Windows has also incorporated several new effects for images. They are located under the picture tools format tab on the ribbon.  To access the available picture effects, simply select your desired image and hover your cursor over the desired effect. The picture you have selected will preview the effect and allow you to apply it or browse through other effects.

New Features of Microsoft Excel 2013 (Windows)

By Brittany Aguirre, Instructional Development Services Lab Assistant

The new Excel 2013 for Windows contains many new features including the greatest one of all, its functionality. Complicated tasks are now simpler for new and experienced Excel users to perform. Some of the most exciting features include the Flash Fill Tool, being able to quickly analyze data, and the convenience of sharing work over social networks.  In this edition of Tech Insights, we will share our top ten favorite features in Excel 2013.

The New and Improved Start Screen

With the new Start Screen, Excel users are able to work quicker. Also, the organization of the start screen is visually appealing, and gives users easy access to their documents. Users will appreciate the quick access to their existing files located under the Computer tab.

The Improved Backstage View

New to Office 2010, The Backstage View demonstrates what you are doing so you can select the suitable task. One exciting feature is you can pin worksheets to the recent tab list, or select computer to newly opened locations.

Flash Fill

Our favorite feature is the new Flash Fill tool.  The new feature can actually predict data entry based on if it can recognize a pattern. Flash Fill is helpful for those time consuming problems.

Recommended Charts

If you are not an expert with Excel, this new feature is perfect for you.  The new Excel with recommends different charts that are most suiting for your data. Another great feature is you can get a quick view on how the data looks with the different charts.

Chart Tools And Quick Analysis

When selecting a chart, the Chart tools ribbon will appear on the screen.  This feature gives you access to all the tools quicker. The tools include formatting, charts, totals, tables, and sparklines. This is a great improvement made from the previous Excel 2010.

The new Quick Analysis tool also does this feature and can be enabled and disabled when desired.

Pivot Tables

A new and exciting edition to Excel 2013 is being able to make a PivotTable with the click of a mouse. All that is needed is the data and headings and a number of PivotTables will appear with a description of what they display. Then, select the table desired and the table is automatically made for you.

Sharing Files

This feature is great for college students and will be useful when working on a project together. In the new Excel, users can work together on documents at the same time using the Excel WebApp. Users will get permission to view and download the Excel document, but will not have the authority to change that document until the user working on the document completes it. Another great feature is the user can share any spreadsheet to their desired social network. There is a Post to Social Network option, making it more convenient for Excel users.

TechTip – Excel Flash Fill

By Dane Severinsen, Instructional Development Services Graduate Assistant

Flash Fill

Flash Fill is a tool that allows you to easily enter repeating content quickly and easily.

If you have a table like the in Figure 1 you can easily add a persons full name in an adjacent cell.

Figure 1

When you format a name the way you want it flash fill will give you a drop down box that indicates how the information will be filled. In this example I want the name to be formatted Last, First M. however you notice that in Figure 2 it shows the middle name instead of the middle initial.  We will fix this in the next step.

Figure 2

Once you have the first name formatted the way you want it make any necessary changes to the different ways to format the name based on the original information of the name.

Figure 3

Flash fill will adapt to your style and make the necessary changes.

Figure 4

Now the full name formatting will be consistent, as you notice below some people don’t have a middle name listed, some have just an initial, while others have their full middle name.  Any additional names added to this list will keep this formatting.

Figure 5

This same concept can be applied to other information such as phone numbers. Selected the cell you want to fill, click the Home tab and select Number this will designate that cell for numbers. Type the number in how you want it to look.

Figure 6

Select the cells you want to fill and click Flash Fill in the Data tab.

Figure 7

The phone numbers will then be formatted in the same way.

Figure 8

New Features of Microsoft PowerPoint 2013 (Windows)

By Paul Schouten, Instructional Development Services Lab Assistant

Microsoft PowerPoint 2013 for Windows has several new notable features. These new features have made presenting information much more convenient, stylish, and interesting. Just to name a few, Smart Guides, new shape tools, new layouts, and Presenter View will be highlighted in this edition of Tech Insights.

Smart Guides

Previously, lining up objects like pictures and shapes on a slide was a hassle. In older versions of PowerPoint, the user was forced to eyeball the alignment of these objects, hoping they were neatly aligned. Now, PowerPoint has put a new feature called Smart Guides to use. When arranging different elements of a slide in the PowerPoint, gridlines will appear that display when the objects are evenly spaced or lined up with each other perfectly. This is especially useful for keeping presentations neat and orderly.

Themes, Designs, and Shapes

Upon opening previous versions of PowerPoint, a blank slide and plain white presentation would pop up and would offer little variation for layout or design. PowerPoint 2013 has incorporated several new themes that are available to choose from as soon as the program is opened. Beyond that, the user can search for different themes and templates online. There is even an option to use a past presentation as the default theme for the PowerPoint about to be created.

Microsoft has also implemented a new slide size. PowerPoint 2013 has made adjustments to fit most of the world’s TV and video sizes. This size is widescreen or a 16:9 aspect ratio, and suits most HD devices. However, the user can change the slide size back to the original 4:3 aspect ratio or any other custom slide size.

The new PowerPoint has also enhanced its ability to edit graphics. Common shapes can now be “merged”. When shapes or graphics are selected, they can be merged using several different methods. They can be joined together, fragmented, combined, or even intersected. With these possibilities, there are countless new ways to design graphics for a particular slide.

Presenter View

This next feature is especially beneficial to those who are using PowerPoint as a visual aid for an in-depth speech or presentation. The new Presenter View makes slideshows much easier to present and has added tools which can make the information being presented explained more clearly.

Presenter View allows the teacher/presenter of the slideshow to view a completely different window than what the class or audience would see. On the presenter’s monitor, notes and teaching points for each slide have a separate space on the monitor and are easily accessible. There is also a new dock for various tools used to illustrate slides.

The presenter can zoom in on certain parts of a particular slide, or black out the slide entirely for the class/audience. If the presenter wanted to see all the slides in the presentation, there is option to lay out all of the slides at once. The pen tool is an excellent new way to illustrate the presentation. It includes a pen/marker tool that allows the user to draw on the slides being presented as well as a highlighter to embolden certain points. Both of these options can be used with various colors. The user may also erase any markings made on the slide at any time with the eraser tool.

Once presenter view is initiated, a timer starts to show the presenter how long the slideshow has been presented. All of these tools and helpful features are used by the presenter and seen only on the presenter’s monitor. The class or audience only sees the slides and any of the tools the presenter uses.

Tech Tip:  How to merge shapes

By Corey James, Instructional Development Services Graduate Assistant

Within the Home tab at the top left side of the screen, add a couple of shapes to your page and make sure that they overlap.

Select each shape by holding down the shift key and clicking on each shape, or click and drag your cursor over both shapes to select them.

Once both shapes are selected you should see a new tab at the top of the screen that reads Drawing Tools Format. Select that tab.

In the upper left side of the screen you should see an option called Merge Shapes. Click on that button to pull down the drop down menu, allowing you to choose how you would like to merge the shapes selected.

To have a clear idea of what each of the merging options do, look at the picture provided below.

New Features of Microsoft Word 2013 (Windows)

By Dane Severinsen, Instructional Development Services Graduate Assistant

Whats New With Microsoft Word

Word 2013 has a host of new and exciting features, from how you open files to presenting your work. There is surly a new feature that will help you be more productive in Word 2013. Lets take a look at some of the new and exciting features in Word 2013

Designing documents

The new design tab

Make themes, colors and fonts default for all Word documents. Stylizing features are consolidated into one tab. There are new document format designs to choose from.

Editing documents

Alignment with Alignment Guides

With text wrapping set the alignment guides will also show when the object is aligned with the top of a paragraph or heading. Alignment guides will automatically appear to make lining up images, other objects, and key page locations such as the edge of the page and the left and right margins a cinch.

Open and edit PDFs inside Word

Word 2013 can not only open a PDF document but you will also be able to edit it, without a third-party application, the then edited PDF file can be saved to a PDF or Word file.

New table border tools

The Border Painter tool makes it very easy to select a Line Weight, Line Style, Pen Color, or even choose a preset from the Border Styles list and paint the borders onto the table. An existing border may be sampled using the Border Sampler tool located in the Border Styles panel, and then use the Border Painter to paint this everywhere else in the table.

More new table features

New rows can be added easily by hovering your mouse just outside the left edge of the table at the point where you would like the row to be inserted. Then a small (+) icon will appear click it and you are done. This same thing can be done to add a column, but instead hover top of the table.

Collapse and expand a document

In Word 2013 you can now collapse and expand documents so you only see the portion you are working on, this is especially helpful for those really long documents.

Reading and Sharing documents

Read documents comfortably in Read Mode

If you’re the one who reads Word documents often then you will enjoy the new read mode. The read mode will automatically resize the document to the full window; you can then easily click the onscreen arrows or swipe if you are using a touch screen display to navigate through the pages. Additionally you may also right click on any word and get a definition to display onscreen without exiting the read mode. Images, charts, and tables can be enlarged by clicking on them for easier viewing or reading.

Collaborate Smarter

In Word 2013 you can reply to comments within that comment box, simply by clicking the reply button. Additionally the Simple Markup option will allow you to hide complex markups and view the final version of the document. The Sample Markup option allows you to hide complex markups and view the final version of the document. 

Present a document online

Users will receive an invitation with a link so they can view the presentation via a web browser then they will be able to follow along as a document is presented, attendees will not be able to hear any audio. The Microsoft Word online presenter also supports an interface that will allow the party to make comments during the presentation, as well as create a printable and downloadable PDF document. The online presenter also works with PowerPoint and Excel.

Conclusion

Microsoft Word has new features that have definitely opened the door to some possible new features to come.  There are still many more new features in Word, Word is truly a powerful word processing tool that has set the industry standard and is second to none.

Source:

via PCWorld

http://www.pcworld.com/article/2026567/10-killer-new-features-in-word-2013.html

TechTip

By Brittany Aguirre, Instructional Development Services Lab Assistant

  1. First, Open Word 2013.
  2. Once the document is open, go under the file tab and browse to the PDF file you wish to use.
  3. Select the PDF and click Open.

4. The message below will appear on your screen.

5. Select OK and the PDF will convert to a Word Document (This may take a few minutes).

6. If by chance this message below appears, select Enable Editing.

7. Your screen should look similar to the one below.

NOTE: The new document created may not look exactly like the original PDF. Some of the formatting may have changed during the conversion, and you will have to manually adjust it the way you like it.

Social Work iOS Apps

By Paul Schouten, Instructional Development Services Lab Assistant

iXpenseIt Lite

This week we will be highlighting a few apps for those involved in Social Work. The first app we will discuss is call iXpenseIt Lite. This is the free version of a financial app that can be very useful to social workers. This app can be helpful while doing financial evaluations for families looking for financial assistance. iXpenseIt is a great tool for creating and monitoring a budget that allows you to track various expenses and income. It is also capable of generating monthly reports depicted by lists and charts using the given financial information.

For more info or to download the app go to:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ixpenseit-lite-expense-+-income/id296426075?mt=8

Social Work Social Media

This app explores the relationship between social work and the impact of social media. The ethical issues surrounding social media are analyzed in a game-style format. While using the app, the user is presented with certain ethical dilemmas regarding using social media in coordination with social work. The app then allows the user to make different choices about the dilemmas and in the process, learn about the proper ways to deal with issues involving social media. Social Work Social Media currently costs $0.99 on the App Store.

For more info or to download the app go to:  https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/social-work-social-media/id656114442?mt=8

ReliefLink

ReliefLink is a free app specifically geared towards suicide prevention. It includes different sections that track mood, allow you to set up reminders, safety planning, and warning signs, offer relaxing resources, and set up emergency contacts. This app can be of great use for clients of social workers. It is a great tool for tracking and managing daily mental health.

For more info or to download the app go to:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/relieflink/id721474553?mt=8

PsychDrugs

This app is essentially an encyclopedia for the numerous different psychotropic medications. This massive list of drugs contains valuable information regarding proper dosing, side effects, generic and brand names, class, and indication. PsychDrugs is useful for social workers that have clients who use certain drugs like antidepressants, antipsychotics, mood stabilizers, or anti-anxiety medications. The app is very easy to use. The user can simply scroll through the list of medications and tap of the drug of interest to learn more about it.

For more info or to download the app go to:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/psych-drugs/id330545327?mt=8

Twitter

Twitter can be used to connect students to important issues regarding their chosen fields. @SWSCmedia on Twitter is used by Social Work students and practitioners to discuss relevant information in the field. The account discusses topics of interest regarding debates, challenges to practitioners, or recent developments in the field of Social Work. It can greatly help students stay informed, interested, and up to date on their chosen field of study.

Read more about how @SWSCmedia is using Twitter at http://swscmedia.wordpress.com/about/

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Social Work Tech Tip on ReliefLink

By Corey James, Instructional Development Services Graduate Assistant

How To Find Health Centers In Your Area

Once you open the app, you should see a screen that looks similar to the one below:

Tap On “Help Near You” that has a red circle around it.

You should then come to a page that will have a few red pins, showing the location of different health centers in your area.

By tapping on one of the pins you will receive a pop up message that will tell you the name of the health center and give you the phone number of that place.

KIN iOS Apps

By Brittani Carter, Instructional Development Services Lab Assistant

The Athletic Trainer App- has made filling out injury reports and recording SOAP Notes easier than ever. This FREE iPad and iPhone app allows you to fill out, keep track and manage all of your reports and securely stores it. You can email reports or notes for printing and filing and even view them on your iPhone or iTouch.  For FREE you get to enter up to 5 patients and 10 SOAP notes. For an additional fee you can load up to 1000 patients and have an unlimited amount of SOAP notes recorded.

Download for FREE in iTunes:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/athletic-trainer/id302571078?mt=8

Human Kinetics Now – is the latest way to stay current in sport and exercises sciences, sports, physical education, and fitness. Human Kinetics Now is the best place for news and excerpts from the worlds leading experts that will help you apply to your daily life and work. The application allows you to see published books, journals, online courses, video products, and software for fitness enthusiasts and professionals, sport participants and coaches, sport and exercise scientists, physical educators, and many others involved with some area of physical activity. The application has a continuous feed that updates content that ensures you’ll be able to find tips and different examples in all 13-featured categories: Fitness, Strength and Conditioning, Nutrition, Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Dance, Sports, Coaching, Exercise Science, Social Science, Rehab and Therapy and Sport Management.

Download for FREE in iTunes:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/human-kinetics-now/id405570036?mt=8

Team Snap- is the number one application to help manage both groups and teams. It focuses on team development and coaching. This management app helps with the day-to-day organization and communication of a team or group. This app helps keep track of your teams schedule, roster, payments, messages, photos and many more features. In an instant you can make changes and update your team in a matter of seconds.

Download for FREE in iTunes:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/teamsnap/id393048976?mt=8

Inside Sports Business- This application allows you to stay on top of the latest sport management with updates from Rick Horrow, which is America’s top expert on sport business and Human Kinetics. Inside Sport application grants you to access the sport management community, designed to keep you informed on the world of sport business. This app is perfect for both sport junkies and professionals. Mr. Horrow offers his ongoing personal insights and analysis with stories, leader profiles and a weekly rundown covering events that has unfolded since the release of his newest book.

Download for FREE in iTunes:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/inside-sports/id462973252?mt=8

Visual Anatomy Lite- is a free interactive anatomy reference application with 3D rotational model, Gray’s anatomy images add-on, a muscle highlighting tool with full description. It features over 120 high resolution and more than 300 featured point that can interactively selected. It includes 6 chapter from Gray’s anatomy that can be used as a quick reference. These chapters include bones, muscles and the circulatory system. In addition to the chapters for reference it offers a 23 multiple choice question quiz for practice.

Download for FREE in iTunes:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/visual-anatomy-lite/id523422151?mt=8

Coach’s Eye- is an application for those serious competitors in the world. Coach’s eye is a video performance enhancing app. This app allows you to evaluate performance either on field or on the go. It has the ability to record HD videos where you can instantly replay and review in slow motion. This app can help you train faster, smarter, and see results faster.

Download for FREE in iTunes:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/coachs-eye/id472006138?mt=8

GymGoal Free- is an application for the pro or seasonal gym goer. Gym Goal is the most powerful professional workout tracker. This app can be used by both professionals and trainer. If you’re just beginning this app will organize your workouts and teach you how to become stronger, gain muscle, and weight loss. The application features 280 exercises with animations and step by step instructions. 52 workout routines, workout logging screens and much more.

Download for FREE in iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/gymgoal-free/id319635831?mt=8

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TechTip – Visual Anatomy Lite

By Allie Muur, Instructional Development Services Graduate Assistant

Visual Anatomy is a fairly easy application to use. Once the app is properly downloaded to your deceive it will show on your home screen along with your other purchased or downloaded apps.

Once you open the app, you then select whichever part of the body you would like to learn about. That part of the body will come up and then you can begin to click on the different parts so they can be identified. The specific picture below will help someone learn about the different muscle groups of the body. When you click on the different parts, they will turn green like shown below.

Some of the bigger body parts will show a description about each smaller part like shown below. This will not only allow the person to identify the part, but learn different facts about it.

There is also an option to take a quiz that will test one’s knowledge about the different parts. To get to the quiz section, go to the main screen of the app and click on the option that says, “quiz” like shown below.

When one clicks an answer, if it is correct it will show up green and if it is not correct it will show up red and the correct answer will show.

DFMH iOS Apps

By Corey James, Instructional Development Services Graduate Assistant

Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker by MyFitnessPal is an iOS diet app that allows you to keep track of how many calories you are intaking throughout the day. It also keeps track of your daily exercises and computes the amount of calories burned from that exercise. After eating each food/meal it will tell you how many calories you still have left to consume to reach the recommended daily amount.

Download for FREE in iTunes:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/calorie-counter-diet-tracker/id341232718?mt=8

Pocket Dietitian is another iOS diet app that is mainly designed for anyone with Diabetes, Chronic Kidney Disease, End-Stage Renal Disease, Hypertension, High Cholesterol, and Obesity. It offers a dietary prescription based on a registered dietitian and a nephrologist.

Download for FREE in iTunes:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pocket-dietitian/id548055109?mt=8

Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising is an iOS fashion app that helps you to keep track of daily updates on careers, the next generation of tastemakers, and a look at some of the most important garments in fashion history. Within the app you will find news blogs, fashion trends and FIDM events that the California private college keeps you informed on.

Download for FREE in iTunes:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/fidm-fashion-institute-design/id436694362?mt=8

Snapette is an iOS shopping app that helps you find designer fashion, shoes, and accessories from all over the world. This app will alert you about new stores opening up, special discounts and exclusive giveaways from over 750 designer brands and stores.

Download for FREE in iTunes:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/snapette-shopping-fashion/id447989461?mt=8

Hospitality iCoach is an iOS app that gives you several tips about on-the job tasks and guest service within the hospitality industry. This app offers hundreds of tips by selecting a category from the hospitality area and shaking your device to receive a new tip.

Download for FREE in iTunes:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/hospitality-icoach/id366676012?mt=8

Restaurant Hospitality is an iOS app that brings you news, ideas and trends for local and regional restaurant chains. With this app restaurateurs can improve their business with the latest news, trends and ideas in restaurant hospitality.

Download for FREE in iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/restaurant-hospitality/id627641937

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TechTip:  MyFitnessPal

By Paul Schouten, Instructional Development Services Lab Assistant

MyFitnessPal is an excellent way to track food intake as well as exercise. You have the ability to track how many calories you have taken in throughout the day, but another very helpful aspect of the mobile app is tracking daily macronutrients.

While viewing your food diary for the day, there is a place to view your detailed macronutrient intake of carbohydrates, protein, and fat for the day near the bottom right of the diary.

The icon looks like a small pie chart and upon opening this icon, you will be presented with a detailed view of your ratio of carbohydrates to protein to fats for the day. You can use this tool to track the percentages for each macronutrient per day.

While viewing the calorie breakdown for the day, you have the option to go further in depth to see exactly how much of each macronutrient, vitamins, and minerals you have had throughout the day. This is found near the top right of the calorie breakdown screen to the left of the pie chart icon.

This screen breaks down your nutrition for the day. From here, you can view how much of each part of your daily nutrition you have had throughout the day. It also breaks it down in terms of the goals you have set up and how much of each substance you need for the day to complete your goals.

RPTA iOS Apps

By Allison Muur, Instructional Development Services Graduate Assistant

This issue of TechInsights will focus on different applications available to RPTA majors. These apps can be used to teach outdoor activities and adventures, to locate beautiful parks all over the world, plan easy and fun trips to see different attractions and visit multiple destinations, and apps that can help people who cannot communicate very well communicate to their provider or therapist what they want or need.

Project Noah- Project Noah is a tool to explore and document wildlife and a platform to harness the power of citizen scientists everywhere. With this app, you can discover thousands of organisms around the world, document nature with your mobile device, and help scientists with ongoing research. This app will help student reconnect with nature and provides them with real opportunities to make a difference. Available for iPhones only.

Download for FREE in iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/project-noah/id417339475?mt=8

TouristEye- Available for iPhones only. There are over 500,00 people experiencing the benefits of this app due to its usefulness and its ability to simplify trip planning. This app helps you get ideas to do on your weekends, easily plan your trips to multiple destinations, view maps of the places and attractions you want to visit, read tips from other travelers, and everything works offline, maps and GPS included!

Download for FREE in iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/touristeye-travel-guide-trip/id363369132?mt=8

Recreation.gov- Recreation.gov helps campers and RV’ers browse and locate campgrounds at national parks, forests and other federal recreation facilities.  Best of all, the Recreation.gov iPhone app displays current availability information for federal campsites, cabins, day-use areas and other sites. Your smart phone’s GPS allows you to browse campsites nearest to your current location, which is great for the spontaneous—or lost—traveler looking for a place to rest their head for the evening. Flexible search options on the Recreation.gov mobile app also enable you to filter and find a campsite based on city, state or zip, specific arrival and departure dates, type of campsite and by specific amenities like hook-ups, restrooms, pet allowance, etc. Available for iPhones only.

Download for FREE in iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/recreation.gov-camping-find/id490668237?mt=8

Event Farm- As an event planner, registering participants and clients for events can be a hassle and very time consuming, but not anymore! The Event Farm iPad/iPhone application is used for check-in and guest registration at events. The application can be used in conjunction with the web-based Event Farm Ticketing and Guest Registration System or can be used on its own for users that simply want to upload a guest list. The application allows users to check-in guests leave behind tickets for others, view notes about individual guests (i.e seating assignments, etc.) as well as trigger “Arrival Alerts” that email and/or text users when specific guest(s) have checked in.

Download for FREE in iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/event-check-in/id586714344?mt=8

Therapeutic Recreation Apps

iComm-The iComm (short for I Communicate) is an app providing an affordable, custom built and easy to use communication system using pictures and words – both written and spoken. It is ideal for children under three until they are able to express their needs through well-formed speech. The iComm is also very useful for children with a broad range of disabilities who have trouble communicating such as cerebral palsy or autism. Available for iPhones only.

Download for FREE in iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/icomm/id351726761?mt=8

ArtikPix- ArtikPix is an engaging articulation app with flashcard and matching activities for children with speech sound delays. Among the many features in ArtikPIx, group scoring is available for collecting scores in flashcards on up to 4 children at a time. A group of students can collect data as they practice sounds in words and sentences.

Download fro FREE in iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/artikpix/id383022107?mt=8

Model Me Going Places 2- Model me going places is a great visual teaching tool for helping your child learn to navigate challenging locations in the community. Each location contains a photo slideshow of children modeling appropriate behavior. This app was designed for children and teenagers with Autism and Asperger Syndrome, however this app will help anyone who has difficulties with their social skills. Available for iPads only.

Download for FREE in iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/model-me-going-places-2/id375669988?mt=8

Memory block- Memory block is a game that will challenge children all the way up to the geriatric population with their memory and visual learning skills. This is a great game to have one play to train their brains and have fun while doing it!

Download for FREE in iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/memoryblock/id351705979?mt=8

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TechTip – Model Me Going Places 2

By Brittani Carter, Instructional Development Services Lab Assistant

Model Me Going Places 2 is a fairly easy application to use. Once the app is properly downloaded to your deceive it will show on your home screen along with your other purchased or downloaded apps.

Once you have noticed that the app has completed its download you simply select the app and it opens to the home page.

Once the app is open you will have a choice of 6 different places to follow along with the: Hairdresser, Mall, Doctor, Playground, Grocery Store, and Restaurant.  For example, I chose to go to the Hairdresser. Once I selected the hairdresser the story will begin and take you to the first page.

On this page you will have a few different options to choose from, you will have the home button located at the top left, a next arrow at the bottom right to continue on to the next page, and a auto play button at the top right where you can sit, listen and follow along with the story.

Once you have turned past the first page, down at the bottom located on the left you will find a back arrow that will allow you to go back to the previous page.

LEJA iOS Apps

By Paul Schouten, Instructional Development Services Lab Assistant

This issue of TechInsights will focus on different applications available to LEJA majors. These apps can be used as study tools, real life law enforcement insight, or simply sources of interest.

The Law Guide- The Law Guide is a free app made by TheLaw.com, which is used for reference for the very many legal terms used in various legal systems. The app contains a dictionary of over 8,500 definitions of legal terms as well as several guides for different fields of law. The Law Guide can serve as a great study tool for LEJA majors and is great way to quickly reference terms used in our complex legal system. This app is also entirely advertisement free which is a nice added bonus!

Download in iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/the-law-guide/id382017848?mt=8

5-0 Radio Police Scanner Lite- Of the many available police scanner apps present on the app store, the 5-0 Radio Police Scanner may be the easiest and most functional of them all. This app is the free version that contains advertisements, but otherwise works similarly to the paid version. The app lists police scanner feeds by counties all across the country that you can connect to. Once connected, you have to ability to listen to the scanner in the background while running different applications. Another very helpful tool contained in the app in the built in police codes. This allows for easy interpretation while listening to the scanner.

Download in iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/5-0-radio-police-scanner-lite/id356336433?mt=8

DUI Warning and Test Instructions- This app is useful for real life policing. It explains Field Sobriety Test instructions used by different police departments from several different states across the country. Once you choose a state, it will list out step-by-step instructions for the specific field sobriety test. This can also be a helpful preparation tool for LEJA majors or actually be used by police in the field. Another added bonus of the app is the .08 chart. This chart allows people to see how different drinks affect their blood alcohol levels. It also explains how many drinks in a certain amount of time will affect the blood alcohol level. DUI Warning and Test Instructions can be found on the App Store for $0.99.

Download in iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/dui-warning-test-instructions/id351993228?mt=8

CrimeReports- This is a free app on the app store and gives access to updates on neighborhood level crimes and sex offender information in real time. There are 1200 law enforcement agencies that provide the information. They cover most of North America and all 50 states. You also have the option to sign up for email alerts for specific areas. This option is also free. This app is useful for staying up to date on how much crime is taking place in the user’s areas of interest.

Download in iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/crimereports/id343636598?mt=8

Other Resources for additional App suggestions:

Top 10 iPhone Apps for Criminal Justice Majors or Professionals
http://www.top-criminal-justice-schools.net/top-10-iphone-apps-for-criminal-justice-majors-or-professionals

10 Great iPad Apps for Criminal Justice Majors or Professionals
http://www.top-criminal-justice-schools.net/10-great-ipad-apps-for-criminal-justice-majors-and-professionals

33 Police Apps for Law Enforcement Officers and Future Crime Fighters
http://www.rasmussen.edu/degrees/justice-studies/blog/police-apps-law-enforcement-officers-criminal-justice-students/

Tech Tip – 5-0 Radio Police Scanner: Listen to Stations Near You

By Corey James, Instructional Development Services Graduate Assistant

In order to listen to stations around your local area, open up the 5-0 Radio Police Scanner. Once the app is open, touch the area that says Local Scanner Feeds.

Now it will search for local stations. Once it is done scanning, you should see a list of the stations near your location.

Touch the station that you would like to listen to. Once your screen looks like the image below, you will automatically be listening to your station. Keep in mind that you may not hear anything right away.

2013 Holiday Tech Gift Guide

By IDS staff members Corey James, Allie Muur, Brittani Carter, Paul Schouten, and Ronald Smith

In this years holiday tech gift blog we will highlight several popular and cool tech gadgets that are under $100 as well as those that are over $100.  IDS staff hopes you all have a wonderful holiday season and ring in a very happy new year!  Please remember to come visit us in Horrabin Hall 104 next semester for all of your technology needs!

Under $100

Google Chromecast

~$35-50

Google Chromecast is the newest and easiest way to enjoy online music and videos on your television. Chromecast will allow you to enjoy music, YouTube, Netflix and Chrome (The Internet).  You can view all of these different programs and app without having to huddle around a small screen.  Chromecast works with any devices that you might already have such as smartphones, tablets, and even apple products.  It allows you to control playback and even the volume from any smart device as a remote.  You can plug it into any HDTV and connect to WIFI. This will allow you to send videos and much more with a press of a button.  For only $35 you can own a Chromecast that will keep you and all your apps up-to-date.

Logitech Washable Keyboard K310

~$19.99-40

Have you ever spilled coffee, food, even water on your Computers keyboard? Well I the perfect the solution for when those accidents occur.  From a price range of $19.99-$40, you can be worry free with a Logitech Washable Keyboard.  This keyboard is washable by hand it has ultra-durable keys with laser printing and UV coating for long life of the keys. It can be full submerged into water that’s up to 11’ feet deep.  It is a contemporary slim modern design that looks great with any MAC or PC. It has east USB connectivity for installation.

iPad Styli

An iPad Stylus is a computer accessory that is used to provide precision and help with navigation on touchscreens. Using a stylus avoids marking up your iPad with fingerprints and makes it much easier to write notes. There are many types of styli and below are some of the best rated.

Wacom Bamboo Stylus

~$21.96

One of the main features of the Wacom Bamboo Stylus is the small tip, which is replaceable if it needs to be replaced. Having a small tip on the stylus makes it easier to write on the touchscreen and also gives you a more precise selection.

Adonit Jot Pro

~$29.99

The Adonit Jot Pro is made out of aluminum and steel and has a rubber grip. One of the nice features about this stylus is the magnetic insides that allow it to stick to the top of the iPad so that it doesn’t get misplaced. This is also one of the most precise iPad styli you can find.

Applydea Maglus

~$34

Like the Adonit Jot Pro, the Maglus is magnetic and will stick to the side of your iPad. The Maglus is flat, so you won’t need to worry about it rolling back and forth on your iPad.  The magus may be a little heavier, but that allows for less exertion to make a mark on your screen. Some styli require you to press down on the iPad in order to make a selection or mark.

Griffin Technology: Crayola over-ear headphones

~$29.99

These stylish headphones also come in green and blue. They are very comfortable to use for extended listening sessions because of the polyurethane ear cushions. Also, the volume-limiting circuitry helps keep sound pressure at a safe level.

InstaWatch

~$44

The InstaWatch is a unique holiday gift idea for those who use Instagram or would enjoy a highly customizable wristwatch. The InstaWatch allows you to upload a photo from Instagram and use it as the background of a wristwatch. Also, there are several preloaded images to pick from if you choose not to use a photo from Instagram. The customization does not stop there. After you choose an image, you can alter the color of the top and bottom bands of the watch itself. You can also change the finish of the watch, as well as the colors of the buckle and keeper, even the arms of the watch!

Roku

~$50-100

The Roku is a small device that allows you to stream movies, TV, and even music to your television. With this little box, you can use your TV to watch shows and movies from Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, HBO Go, Hulu Plus, Crackle and many more different options. You just plug it in to the TV using an HDMI cable and your WiFi or Ethernet cable streams the different channels to your TV. It’s that simple.

Porkfolio

~$49.99-79.99

Do you ever have loose change just lying around, but you never know what to do with it because it’s not enough to buy essential items? Well the Porkfolio Smart Piggy Bank is just for you.  This piggy bank is special because you can actually keep up with your balance via your smartphone or tablet. Every time you enter a coin (it only takes U.S coins) the piggy bank nose will light up, indicating that it recognizes the coin, and the coin will be added to your balance.

The Porkfolio mobile app is what makes this piggy bank different than the traditional piggy bank. Not only can you keep up with your balance, but you can also set saving goals for yourself. Therefore, if you want to save up for the new iPad Air, just enter the amount you want to save, and when you reach that amount, the Porkfolio will alert you.

This smart piggy bank is very much affordable, with a price range of $49.99-$79.99 depending on color and the department store. This makes the perfect gift for adults and children alike. You can teach a child the fundamentals of saving and banking in a cool and modern way. This is one thing I am definitely putting on my Christmas list.

Spotter – Multipurpose Sensor

~$49.99

Who knew that a little sphere could do so much? You can use this portable motion sensor for a baby monitor to being notified when dinner is ready. You can monitor motion, sound, light, temperature, and humidity. The cool thing about this is you can monitor things from your smartphone! With the Wink app, you can set up alerts for anything you want. You want to know if your bedroom door opened while you were at work or class? The spotter will let you know guaranteed. The spotter is magnetic, therefore you can stick it somewhere and people wouldn’t even know its there. With the appealing price of $49.99, this makes a perfect gift for moms and college students alike.

Over $100

Playstation 4

~$399

Playstation 4 sales reached the 1 million mark on the first day it was released. The Playstation 4 is Sony’s next video game consoles that competes with Microsoft’s Xbox One and Nintendo’s Wii U as one of the 8th generations of video game consoles. With the PS4, Sony focuses on social gameplay allowing players to share their in-game play experience streaming it live to their friends. They can do this using the “Share” button on the DualShock 4 Controller. The DualShock 4 has several new features including a point capacitative touch pad on the front of the controller. The controller also supports motion detection and has an improved vibration. Although the PS4 does not play PS3 games, most of Sony’s new Playstation games will be released for both consoles for a while.

Xbox One

~$499

Xbox one is a video game console developed by Microsoft and is the third console in the Xbox family. It competes with Sony’s Playstation 4 and Nintendo’s Wii U as one of the 8th generations of video game consoles. Microsoft has classified their new console as an “all-in-one entertainment system”, making it a competitor to home media devices such as Apple TV and Google TV platforms. Xbox One also has a blue-ray player allowing you to play your games and movies in HD.

Kindle Fire HDX

~$229-309

With the holiday season upon us it means Amazon should be releasing a new Kindle Tablet. The past few holiday seasons Amazon has released a number of different tablets built for both work and play. This year Amazon has released the new and improved Kindle Fire HDX.  This Kindle has a faster quad-core processor, HDX display, improved battery life, hundreds of new apps and features, a “MAYDAY” button that allows automatic customer/technical support, and much more. It has photo-sharing option and also has ultra-fast wireless. This device is portable and powerful.

Samsung Gear

~$299

The Iconic Innovation is here, the all-new Samsung Galaxy Gear available in six stylish colors.  The Galaxy Gear is a phone on your wrist, it can be used to locate your lost phone, it is a more intelligent way to interact, and it also offers a lock down method that allows you to keep all of your important information private. You can place and answer calls, voice record memos, you can even receive app notifications; it automatically sync with your phone and opens the one upon request. If you walk five feet away from your phone it automatically locks your phone when your return it unlocks it with no password or pin needed. This is one of the coolest and newest smart technologies around. It’s a perfect holiday gift!

Galaxy Note 3

~$699 (varies with 2-year contracts with phone companies)

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last couple of years, you know that there are two teams in the cellphone universe: You’re either team iPhone or team Android.  I myself am team iPhone, but after reading about the new Samsung Galaxy Note 3, I just might reconsider switching teams.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is the latest edition in the Galaxy Note series.  It has tons of features that make it one of the best phones to date. Did I mention that the Note 3 display is 1080p! The phone is basically a portable HD TV.  With the use of a SD card, you can save more music and photos; many modern phones abandoned this feature so it’s refreshing to see that it’s still available. It will fill up the page if I talk about what this entire phone can do; but one thing for sure, I am using the Porkfolio smart piggy bank to save up for this.

iPhone 5c

~$99-199 depending on model

I could not leave team iPhone hanging. One of the latest editions to the iPhone family, the iPhone 5c gives buyers the option of choosing between 5 different colors for the phone. With the recent launch of ios7, the phone pops and stands out with ultra bright, and beautiful colors. It’s also the biggest iPhone to date, with a width of 2.33 inches, height of 4.90 inches, and weigh 4.65 ounces. With most companies starting the buying price at $99.99 with a 2-year contract for a 16gb, it is affordable, modern, and the perfect option if you want a cheap, but good, smartphone.

Beats by Dr. Dre: Clip on earbud headphones

~$149.99

Try these clip on ear bud headphones that feature adjustable ear hooks and 3 pairs of ear tips to ensure a sure fit. They are perfect to use while working out and they produce smooth vocals and directs sound into the ear for crisp, clear audio. They have a remote that allows you to easily make and receive hands-free phone calls, skip songs and adjust volume without having to locate your music player or mobile phone.

Livescribe 3 SmartPen Pro Edition

~$199.99

This Livescribe3 Smartpen Pro Edition allows you to simply write on paper and then it pairs it with your tablet or smartphone and your notes instantly appear in the Livescribe3 mobile app. Your notes become more useful when they are converted to text, tagged, searchable, and shared with friends and colleagues. With a few quick taps of your finger, your notes can be used in your favorite apps to create contacts, appointments and reminders. Record and play back audio that’s synced to your handwriting.¹

The Livescribe3 smartpen Pro Edition gives you a smart deal on an elegant collection that includes a premium 100-sheet hardbound journal, a leather smartpen portfolio, a one-year subscription to Evernote premium and an extra ink cartridge.

iPad Air

~$500+

The new iPad Air is much more sleek and light compared to previous iPads. Weighing just one pound and at a 20% thinner design, the iPad Air has twice the battery life as well as twice the graphics performance of previous iPads. It also boasts an increase in WiFi speed.

Wireless Smartphone Photo Printer

~$220

The name is fairly self-explanatory. This photo printer connects wirelessly to iPhones or Android powered phones to print photos. Using a free app, you can send the pictures you want to the photo printer using home WiFi. It prints 4” by 6” 300dpi resolution borderless photos.