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Social media is not only a part of our social lives but professional as well. LinkedIn is a website and company that takes this idea of social media, but allows users to boast and explain their professional background and aspirations. Students should be getting connected to this online professional website to look for opportunities that they might not possibly get anywhere else. However, this website also has an app that is available in the Google Play, Apple, and Microsoft store for smart phones and tablets.

The reason why this app is innovative is because you can take your professionalism and opportunities on-the-go. The app allows you to message, view profiles, edit your own profile, and request/deny connections with other professionals. LinkedIn is the type of website that students rarely log into, however with the app you can have the same capability as using the website on your phone. You can opt to receive notifications when people view your profile, messages that you receive from other professionals, and when people request to connect with you.

Opportunities for professional growth are always available from a multitude of resources. LinkedIn is one of those resources that can help kick-start your career. Most internship applications will request your LinkedIn profile URL in order to scope out information that they might not have gotten from your resume or cover letter. Not only can people see your professional history and bio, LinkedIn allows other users to endorse other users on skills that they might have seen you use. Having a lot of endorsements can help you get an opportunity that professionals are looking for in an employee.

Library from the Future

With the technology that is already accessible and the technology that is soon to come it is no doubt that it will have a substantial effect on higher education. In an article on the Campus Technology website they examine the exploratory trip of two secondary education students who determine the the academic potential of different tech seen today. This assignment was given to them by their university professor Erica Hamilton who claims that the goal of this assignment is for the students to explore new technology and to start thinking like teachers on how they can be used for educational purposes.

Grand Valley State University’s Technology Showcase provides an immersive environment to interact with an array of emerging technologies.


Hamilton sends her students to a technology showcase room in the new library at Grand Valley State University in Missouri. Libraries across the country are redefining themselves as learning commons and many are adding maker spaces. But Grand Valley has gone a step further, because its showcase provides an immersive environment to interact with an array of emerging technologies ranging from Oculus Rift to Double Robotics’ telepresence robots to 3D printers. By continuously researching and monitoring trends, the showcase focuses on identifying emerging technologies that have potential applications across campus. The article discusses how this space makes a great addition to a library where students can be exposed to a vast amount of knowledge from many different apsects.

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Evernote is an app is specially designed to help you with your organization skills with more than just notebooks. Users are able to add their own text, images, audio, scanned documents, files, and much more all on to Evernote. The files you enter are synchronized with all other devices you have Evernote on as well. It also provides its users with a powerful search engine that is able to recognize and locate text inside your files and images.

Users are saying that Evernote acts as their second brain, an “external brain” to be exact. Mainly because its capability of storing everything the user wants, into one easy accessible location. When using this app in groups you can share your work as well as comment on your own or another member’s work.

If you are worried that others cant find your work, you can simply use Evernote’s tagging feature. Tagging makes it easier for you to categorize your notes and simplifies the search for you as well as others who may be viewing.  Making it easier for you to stay organized and be able to locate your work at faster and more convenient pace. There is truly a lot that Evernote offers, to find out more about this app, download it today or click on the link above for more information.


Making Campuses Safer With Smartphones

Many campuses are developing apps to better improve the security of the students so that they wouldn’t have to rely solely on the blue light phones in fixed locations on campus, and will be able to use the communication and geo location features their smartphones have.

In response to a survey done by students at the Rochester Institute of Technology it was being said that they weren’t using technology to its fullest potential. Tony Yazback, a public safety investigator at RIT, met with Eric Irish who developed an app which was “user friendly” for students and staff. The app is known as TigerSafe.


There are three main functions to the app:

  • Inform: Displays tips and safety phone numbers
  • Report: Share GPS location through Google Maps and lets user call for help with noise complaints, escorts, lockouts, jump-starts, etc.
  • Assist: Communicate user’s location and contact details and dials into public safety personnel to continue conversation via phone or text

A student who had a seizure as well as a blind student who got lost were both able to use TigerSafe to get back to safety with the help of public safety personnel. Yazback is making sure that this app is advertised well throughout the campus by putting posters everywhere.

The University of Florida have has also been using a campus safety app called TapShield developed by a former student. The app has not yet been used for real emergency situations but has worked well in tests. The app also has a feature called “Yank” where it will send an alert when it senses that headphones have been pulled away forcibly from the smartphone. Unfortunately TapShield didn’t receive enough contracts with other campuses to keep the business going.

Northwest Missouri State University uses an app called CrisisManager that features information for what to do in the case of a fire, severe weather, evacuation or workplace violence. Emergency management coordinator Lt. Mike Ceperly stressed, however, that it was important that users familiarize themselves with the information of the app before an actual emergency occurs. Users would not want have to deal with navigating and finding info from the app in the middle of a crisis.

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Learn More with Hands-On Experience

With most courses in college the one thing that usually enhances learning of a particular subject is getting your hands dirty. Meaning, getting hands on experience. For most science courses this not a problem but when students want to examine something that may be too fragile, too valuable, too small, or inaccessible, there wasn’t much of a solution until now. In an article on the website Campus Technology they discuss how St. Cloud State University’s Visualization Lab has added high-precision 3D scanners to its technology portfolio, allowing students and faculty to examine objects that previously were inaccessible.

hands on learning

The Minnesota university chose Artec 3D to provide the 3D scanner hardware and its Studio 10 software, along with a dedicated server, touch-enabled computers, stand-up touchscreen displays, projectors and virtual reality headsets. The technology, which became available at the beginning of the fall 2015 semester, allows St. Cloud to expand its collection of 3D models that can be studied in virtual environments.

Through the Visualization Lab’s Interactive Skull Museum portfolio, biology students now can examine the department’s wide collection of cow, deer, fox, bobcat and even human skulls — specimens that often are quite delicate and cannot be handled easily. Using the 3D scanners, students have been able to create virtual objects that can be turned, shared and explored without concerns about damaging them. The tools will also allow students to create 3D models of microscopic organisms like algae that can be viewed using virtual reality tools.

St. Cloud’s Visualization Lab, located in the school’s Integrated Science and Engineering Laboratory Facility, allows faculty and students access to technology that can be used in a wide variety of cross-disciplinary projects that give students hands-on experience.

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