Student Technology Help
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Welcome to the Technology Help Guide for students. If you find that you require 1 on 1 or small group training with a technology specialist, please fill out the Technology Training Request Form.
Please click on the tabs to find training information for each technology topic available.
If you are looking for the IT Helpdesk, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Helpful Canvas Links
Student Canvas Training-This is a self-paced Canvas course for students to learn how to use Canvas.
Specific Popular Topics:
Your Profile-Update your profile picture and your user settings
Notifications-These are very important. If your professor or classmates send you a message or any other type of course interaction, you can tell Canvas how you would like to be notified.
Global Navigation-It is important to know how to navigate the Canvas system.
Calendar-Your professors are able to add assignments, quizzes, etc. to your Canvas calendar.
Communication/Inbox-You need to have the ability to communicate with your professors and classmates.
Rich Content Editor-This is what you will use to type, add pictures and videos, etc.
Submitting Assignments-You need to know how to submit assignments.
Quizzes-Taking quizzes is certainly important as a student.
Grades-This video shows you how to check your grades.
Collaborations-You and your classmates can use Canvas to create Google Docs to work on together.
Conferences-This is not only for your professor to make presentations. You can also use Conferences to have group study sessions.
Student Panopto Use
Panopto is a video recording, hosting, and streaming platform that Wilson College has integrated into Canvas. You and your professors will be able to record lectures, activities, field experiences, etc. for viewing at your leisure. Most of what you do as a student with Panopto will be just viewing videos. If your professor assigns an assignment where you need to record or upload a video, you will need to know what you're doing. Please email email@example.com or fill out the Technology Training Request Form if you need help. Please be sure to read these 2 pages and watch the associated videos on the pages.
Prezi is an interesting online presentation tool because it is truly a wide open canvas allowing you to place content wherever you want. It is somewhat overwhelming if you don't take the time to practice before truly needing to use Prezi. Here are some resources that will help you use Prezi if you'd like to give it a try. One thing to keep in mind is that when you make a Prezi account you get a free upgrade to an educational license if you use your Wilson.edu email. It is also worth noting that Prezi just underwent a large upgrade. Some of the resources on this page are for Prezi Classic. The upgraded version is called Prezi Next.
- Prezi Next Workshops
- Prezi has training materials and workshops you can join to learn Prezi Next.
- Prezi Next Youtube Tutorials
- This is a Youtube Playlist made by Prezi to show you how to use Prezi Next.
- How to Make a Prezi (Classic)
- This is a Prezi that shows how to use Prezi Classic. I will no longer be updating this because most new users will be using Prezi Next.
Canva (like Canvas without the s) is a tool that was originally designed for making infographics and other documents but also makes for a pretty slick presentation system.
- Canva.com Youtube Tutorials
- This is a playlist of videos showing you how to use Canva.
- Sample Canva Presentation
- This is a sample presentation I presented to students to teach them how to give effective presenations.
- Sample Canva Presenation Webpage
- This is the same presentation but presented as a webpage rather than a slideshow.
- Sample Canva Resume
- Sample Resume in Webpage view. This link could be placed on your business card.
Google Services Help
- Upload Your Own YouTube Video-This is a Google Document that will show how to upload your own YouTube videos.
- Using Google Drive for School Work-Playlist for students who wish to learn to use Google Drive for individual or collaborative use.
- Google Drive Basics-This video will show you how to access Google Drive, navigate within your drive, create new documents, and save as a different file type. The video transcript is available here.
- Collaborating with Google Drive-This video will show you how to use Google Drive to collaborate with your classmates. The video transcript is available here.
- Google Docs With Canvas Collaborations-This a Canvas-Created video showing how to use Collaborations in Canvas to create a Google Document.
Google Drive Video Tutorials
Web-Conferencing with Canvas
The Conferences tool in Canvas is a web-conferencing solution that can be used by everyone in Canvas, assuming your professor has enabled access to it. This tool can be used by professors to hold online lectures, office hours, etc. This guide focuses on student use of Conferences.
Students can use Conferences for group meetings and study groups. It is not always convenient to figure out a time to meet physically so you can use Conferences to meet digitally. You can share your webcam and your screen with anyone invited to the Conference.
Keep in mind that some professors may require you to hold your own Conferences but provide them with a recording of the meeting. If you are instructed to do this, make sure you enable recording and remember to click record/stop recording during the meeting.
Here are 2 videos. One was created by a librarian at Wilson College and the other was created by Canvas. We're including both so you can choose your preference.
**One thing to know that the video doesn't cover: If you are recording a conference with no time limit you will need to click "End" on the Conferences page to end the conference and tell Canvas to begin processing the recording.**