Posts about: IT and Digital Skills

Introducing the University of Salford App Store

19 April 2017
Nicola Sales

Nicola links you to information about the new University App Store

We’re excited to announce the launch of a brand new University of Salford app store.  There are many apps which can help you with your studies from accessing and organising the information your need, managing your time, preparing for exams, participating in online activities during classes, creating content for your assignments or improving your health and well being to help you with your studies.

There are so many available that the University has brought the most popular apps used at the University of Salford by staff and students into one place so you can quickly and easily search for, and download, the apps that you want.

Check out the app store today to find useful apps to support you with your learning .

You can visit the app store here.

 

Presentations – techniques and tools for success

13 March 2017
Amy Pearson

Amy shares a few techniques and tools for presentations.

Have you been asked to deliver a presentation?

Help is available from Skills for Learning. We have:

  • eLearning
  • Study Guides
  • Workshops
  • Presentation tools

Read on to learn more.

 

eLearning

This short course will help you to learn how to deliver a presentation well and show you some of the things you should try to avoid doing.

Format: eLearning | Duration: 15 minutes | Contains audio

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Study Guides

Poster Presentations [MS Word]

This guide will help you to develop the skills needed to produce a poster presentation that documents the research that you have undertaken including poster design, the selection of appropriate font and colour, and the ability to give a clear and concise oral presentation within a limited time.

Presentation Skills [MS Word]

You will probably have to give at least one presentation during your time at University. It’s also a skill you might need in your chosen career, or you could be asked to give a presentation at a future job interview. Many people find this a daunting prospect, but there are some things you can do to make the experience a little less painful. This guide will run through some tips to help you do your best in presentations.

 

Workshops

Confidence Building for Public Speaking

Starts: 16 Mar 2017 2:00 PM
Finishes: 16 Mar 2017 4:00 PM
Venue: Peel 330
Remaining places: 24
A practical session to help take some of the nerves out of public speaking and improve your delivery.

Book now…

 

Tools

Fancy doing something a bit different? Try out one of these presentation tools. (Note: we do not provide support in the use of the these tools.)

Microsoft Sway

Sway logo

Microsoft Sway can be used to create interactive presentations and websites to share your reports, personal stories, projects and much more. There are also some good video tutorials. Go to the Sway website to get started.

 

ThingLink

With ThingLink you can make your images come alive with video, text, images, links and music. You can download the app or access it online. Simply go to the ThingLink website to get started.

 

Padlet

You use Padlet to post text, video, images or links onto a virtual wall. It is such a versitle tool that it could be used to present and create, communicate and share or collect and organise! Simply go to the Padlet website to get started.

 

Prezi

Make visually engaging presentations that zoom in and out; and show how ideas are related to each other. Go to the Prezi website to have a go.

 

 

 

 

Create. Imagine the possibilities.

20 January 2017

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Welcome to the final day of national Bring Your Own Device for Learning Week. Here at Salford we are offering a short online course to help you make the most of your mobile device, as well as on campus activities all week.

Day five

Today’s theme is creating – in particular how to use quizzes and surveys in your teaching and learning. Feel free to pop along to Mary Seacole, room 136, between 12:00 and 13:00 to join in.

A great way to explore learning is through ‘making’ – meaning how you can use devices and applications to develop original and meaningful outputs as an individual or within groups. There are so many ways you can do this; here are some we’ve come across:

Creating presentations
HaikuDeck
Prezi

Word clouds
Wordle
Tagul
worditout

Creating stories
Story Jumper
Storify

Films
Vimeo
Vine

 

For more apps, check out this creating shelf.

 

Thanks for participating this week. Don’t forget the twitter chat this evening, between 20:00 and 21:00 (UK time) to share what you’ve learned. Check out: #byod4lchat

 

 

Want to get your device set up for learning? Try our online guide

Need some human help? Turn up with your device at Clifford Whitworth library, first floor, between 12 and 2, Monday to Friday. No need to book, pop along with your device and we’ll help you get started.

 

Collaborate. Share the load.

19 January 2017

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Welcome to day 4 of national Bring Your Own Device for Learning Week. Here at Salford we are offering a short online course to help you make the most of your mobile device, as well as on campus activities all week. There’s no need to book, just follow the link below and participate as much or as little as you like.

Day four

Today’s theme is collaborating – how to work more effectively and crowdsourcing content using online collaborative tools. Come along to Maxwell, room 819, between 13:00 and 14:00 to find out more.

These apps can help you to work with others in a number of ways:

Video conferencing
Skype
Google+
Blackboard collaborate

File sharing
Evernote
Onedrive
Dropbox

Group work
Trello

Idea generating
Padlet
lino

 

For more apps, check out this collaborating shelf.

Don’t forget the twitter chat this evening, between 20:00 and 21:00 (UK time) to share your experiences so far. Check out: #byod4lchat

Can’t join in but want to get your device set up for learning? Try our online guide

Need some human help? Turn up with your device at Clifford Whitworth library, first floor, between 12 and 2, Monday to Friday. No need to book, pop along with your device and we’ll help you get started.

 

 

Curate. Don’t drown in a sea of information. Organize.

18 January 2017

curate

Welcome to day 3 of national Bring Your Own Device for Learning Week. Here at Salford we are offering a short online course to help you make the most of your mobile device, as well as on campus activities all week. There’s no need to book, just follow the link below and participate as much or as little as you like.

Day three

Today’s theme is curating – how to stay on top of the latest developments in your area, and how you can organise your documents, ideas and notes. Drop in to Mary Seacole, room 187, between 12:00 and 13:00 today to find out more.

There’s so much information, it can become overwhelming. Why not explore ways of using your devices and applications to filter, store, organise and manage information effectively?

Note taking
Evernote
One Note

Document reader
Feedly (helps you keep on top of news and literature in your field)

Bookmarking
Pocket (save webpages to view later, even without an internet connection)

Referencing
RefMe
Mendleley

For more apps, check out this curating shelf.

Don’t forget the twitter chat this evening, between 20:00 and 21:00 (UK time) to share your experiences so far. Check out: #byod4lchat

Can’t join in but want to get your device set up for learning? Try our online guide

Need some human help? Turn up with your device at Clifford Whitworth library, first floor, between 12 and 2, Monday to Friday. No need to book, pop along with your device and we’ll help you get started.

Communicate. It’s good to talk.

17 January 2017

communicate

Welcome to day 2 of national Bring Your Own Device for Learning week. Here at Salford we’re offering students and staff the chance to participate in a free, online course to learn about how to get the most out of your mobile device, backed up with activities on campus. There’s no need to book, just follow the link below.

Day two

Today’s theme is communicating – in particular, we’re looking at how we can find opportunities to stimulate discussion and encourage active engagement in your teaching/learning/research. Feel free to join us in Newton, room 240 from, 14:00 to 15:00

Wondering about how to develop useful communication channels? How could your mobile device help you to record and capture any exchanges for later review? Thinking about how best to communicate with large groups?

Interactive quizzes
Socrative
Kahoot

Online discussions and activities
Google hangouts
Skype
Blackboard discussion boards

Make notes
One Note
Evernote

Video creating products
Jing
Powtoon
Vine

Share
Twitter
Facebook

For more apps to help you communicate better, check out this Edshelf.

For more help and advice on how to set up your device, have a look at our Set up your device for Learning pages.

Connect with your Communities

16 January 2017

connect

Welcome to the first day of national Bring Your Own Device for Learning week. Here at Salford we’re offering students and staff the chance to participate in a free, online course to get the most out of your mobile device. There’s no need to book, just follow the link below and participate as much or as little as you like.

Day One

Today’s theme is connect so we’re exploring how to use social media tools more effectively to connect with your learning community.

To start, why not get on Twitter and follow Skills for Learning @skillupUS and the library @TheLibraryUoS?
Then join the Skills for Learning Facebook group to keep up-to-date.

There’s a whole host of apps and sites you can use to connect with others – have a look at some of them.

Every evening this week there’s a twitter chat  between 20:00 and 21:00 (UK time) for everyone participating in this course to share your experiences. Check out: #byod4lchat

  • Want to set up your device for learning?  Our online guide will help.
  • Need some human help? Take your device to Clifford Whitworth library, first floor, between 12 and 2, Monday to Friday. No need to book, pop along with your device and we’ll help you get started.

 

 

 

Bring Your Own Device for Learning

13 January 2017

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Want to get more out of your mobile technology? Perhaps you got a shiny new device for Christmas but aren’t sure how to use it? Or maybe you’d like to use it better in your studies or teaching?

Next week is national Bring Your Own Device for Learning Week and here at Salford we are offering a short online course to help you make the most of your mobile device. Starting on 16 January 2017, this short course looks at how you can make the most of your smart phone, tablet or laptop. The course, for all students and staff, runs for 5 consecutive days with opportunities to engage as much or as little as you are able to, both within the University and the wider community.  The topics for each day are:

Monday 16 : Connecting: check out online activities to help you use social media tools more effectively to connect with your learning community

Tuesday 17: Communicating: opportunities to stimulate discussion and encourage active engagement in your teaching/learning/research. Join us in Newton, room 240 from 1400 to 1500.

Wednesday 18: Curating: stay on top of the latest developments in your area, and to look at how you can organise your documents, ideas and notes. Drop in to Mary Seacole, room 187, between 1200 and 1300 to find out more

Thursday 19: Collaborating: how to work more effectively and crowdsource content using online collaborative tools. Come along to Maxwell, room 819, between 1300 and 1400 to find out more.

Friday 20: Creating: how to use quizzes and surveys in your teaching and learning. Pop along to Mary Seacole, room 136, between 1200 and 1300 to join in.

Every evening there will be a twitter chat focusing on the theme of the day. The chats are between 2000 and 2100 and everyone is welcome. If you are new to twitter this is an opportunity to see how twitter chats work, and to connect with a much wider network of people. Check out: #byod4lchat

Can’t join in but want to get your device set up for learning? Try our online guide

Need some human help? Turn up with your device at Clifford Whitworth library, first floor, between 12 and 2, Monday to Friday. No need to book, pop along with your device and we’ll help you get started.

Congratulations David! Our first MOS Master 2016

16 December 2016

Congratulations to David E Sanchez Espinoza on becoming the University’s first person to qualify as a Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) – Master 2016, since it was introduced in September. Yes, last week was an eventful one for David, as he also graduated with an MSc in Petroleum and Gas Engineering.

Determined to achieve Master status before he left Salford, achieving this certification felt like an early Christmas present to himself!

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David Sanchez Espinoza – MOS 2016 Master

David recommends the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) programme to all, and not just to enhance a CV.

“I think that many of us are familiar with Microsoft Office applications, but only to a limited level. I wanted to use this opportunity to develop my skills and broaden my knowledge in the applications that are really relevant to my career field. Going through the MOS programme has allowed me to do that.

I now have much more confidence in producing professional documents, spreadsheets and presentations in the workplace. And getting a certificate that validates my knowledge is definitely worth it.”

Want to know more about MOS?

It’s a globally recognised certification programme, and is freely available to all current students and staff at the University.

The training software is aimed at candidates who have an existing knowledge of their chosen application/s, but perhaps need to strengthen or widen that knowledge to become ‘exam ready’.

How many exams you take is entirely up to you – the choices are Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and/or Access. Expert level certification is also available in Word and Excel. Or you can aim even higher with the MOS Master certification, as David did, by passing a combination of four exams.

Don’t put it off ’til tomorrow – join the MOS programme today

Some great tools for presenting and sharing

13 December 2016

At some point during your studies you may be asked to create a presentation or a video about a topic to share with your classmates. PowerPoint is a great starting point (did you know you can turn a PowerPoint presentation into a video? File > Export > Create Video)

But, if you fancy trying something a bit different to wow your audience or just want to learn about some fun, versatile tools then read on.

Book Creator

Book Creator LogoFirst up is Book Creator.

This is an app that allows you to make your own media rich eBooks on a mobile device.  You can add images, text, sound and links. Your finished eBook can be shared as an iBook for viewing or for more flexibility you can and publish it as a PDF or an MP4. The drag and drop interface makes this a really simple tool to use. You can download it for Apple, Android and Windows devices. Learn more about his app on the Book Creator website

Microsoft Sway

Sway logoMicrosoft Sway can be used to create interactive presentations and websites to  share your reports, personal stories, projects and much more. You can combine text, images, video and social media and then share your Sway with others via a link. There are loads of templates to choose from and once again the drag and drop interface makes this an easy tool to learn to use. There are also some good video tutorials. Go to the Sway website to get started.

 

Stop Motion Studio

Stop Motion StudioIf you are feeling really creative then have a look at Stop Motion Studio. This app is a really simple tool for creating stop motion animations. You wouldn’t want to use it for a long presentation but it could work really well if you need to capture and share something shorter – ideas from groups work for example. You don’t need to model your own plastersine figures – a bit of lego, a few stuffed toys, some paper and pens along with a bit of creative thinking will do just fine. Have a look at this example of stop motion animation ‘Twitter in Plain English’ for some inspiration. Learn more about this fun tool on the Stop Motion Studio website.

What’s your tool of choice?

Share your favourite apps and presentation tools on this blog or via @skillupUS

[Thanks #12AoC for the inspiration!]