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  • lsharrington 8:16 am on April 26, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    heads up re email 

    After a long weekend away, like everyone else, I returned to a ton of email — not usually a surprise when I haven’t checked it for a day or two. BUT – I was using my ipad to check email over the weekend and thought I’d taken care of everything that came in.

    I use rules to sort email as it comes in and send it to appropriate files – for classes, committees, advisees and such. The problem is that the ipad email program evidently does not recognize new messages in any folder but the inbox. All those pre-sorted new messages got missed until I signed on to my workstation here at Briar Cliff.

    So – if you use rules to sort incoming mail, don’t rely on the count of new messages, and remember to check all your folders (for me that’s a lot – at least 2 dozen).

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  • lsharrington 12:33 pm on April 12, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    DUH!!!
    I just tried to grade papers in PDF expert – and discovered one little detail that I had missed in all the conversation about using it. It seems that you can add comments ONLY if the student paper is in .pdf format – you can read .rtf and .doc papers just fine, but no amount of screen tapping will allow me to do anything but select text to copy.
    So – I presume that Sam has students submit their papers as PDF files.
    Or am I missing something here????

     
    • Tom 5:43 pm on April 12, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I’m pretty sure Sam said they were PDFs. In Word 2010 you can save as a PDF without having to jump through any hoops like you had to with earlier versions of Word.

      One caution: You can SAVE as a PDF, but you CANNOT go back and edit the PDF file. This means that students always need to save the file as a Word (DOCX) file FIRST, and save it as a PDF only when they are done editing it. If they need to do any further editing, they will have to re-open the DOCX file because they can’t re-open the PDF.

  • lsharrington 8:51 am on April 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Has anyone else noticed a marked slow-down of your workstation after installing dropbox? My system is always slow (I can often watch it draw the screens bit by bit) – but it seems as if since I’ve been using drop box, things are much slower no matter what I’m doing. This seems to be the case with my workstation at home as well, but I haven’t been on enough at home to really say.
    Are there some parameters for dropbox that I should be setting?

     
    • Nancy McGuire 10:51 am on April 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Have not noticed a slow-down.

    • Todd Knealing 4:04 pm on April 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I am not aware of any special settings. I haven’t noticed a change in performance on either of the computers I use that have dropbox installed.

  • lsharrington 8:35 am on April 5, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    How do I know whether I’m connected to the wi-fi/internet? It seems as if my email gets updated immediately – but when I try to access something “out there” on the internet, I get ‘can’t connect’ errors.

    There is a small icon in the upper left of the ipad screen — is that an indicator for the strength of the connection? It seems to alternate btwn just the dot being lit and the smallest of the half circle marks being lit

    How is it that email gets updated when I can’t connect to the internet? (I hear beeps from my ipad even before I see new mail in Outlook).

    Could the wi-fi signal in my office be that sporadic? What would make it fluctuate like that?

     
    • Tom Kleen 9:05 am on April 5, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I know that Heelan’s thick walls cause problems with wi-fi, but I wouldn’t think it would change. You can see if you are connected by going to Settings, General, Network.

    • Sara 10:56 am on April 5, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Linda — yep, the little slice of pie in the upper left corner next to “iPad” indicates the strength of your wifi signal. Since email is usually just tiny little text files, they can slip in with even low bandwidth. Websites, on the other hand, usually require a better signal because there is more involved, especially with image-heavy websites.
      As Tom said, Heelan isn’t really designed to be conducive to wifi and such. The other thing that can affect the signal strength is even small little power surges, which – in a really old building with old wiring – are happening all the time.
      For a really beautiful illustration of wifi signals (nerd alert!) see this awesome video: http://www.nearfield.org/2011/02/wifi-light-painting

  • lsharrington 10:12 am on March 31, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    more issues – I’ve just tried to access ANGEL on my ipad in my office:

    using Safari:
    I get a screen that will not scroll up/down or left/right even tho not all the courses on my ANGEL menu are visible.
    There are lots of ? marks – I presume this means that the screen is not displayed correctly.
    There are no navigation tabs or buttons visible – e.g. ‘logout’, ‘home’, ‘help’
    Touching the links that do show up results only in the display “jumping” a bit – nothing else – no new pages, no error messages, no nothing.

    Using Atomic Web –
    I get a menu that has nothing other than a box with “home” and “logout” buttons, a public announcements box, a public information box, and a search and help box.
    the little identity icon in the upper right of the main section of the screen says “guest” even tho the box with the home and logout buttons has ‘harringtonl1’ in its title bar
    Nothing happens when I touch either the home or logout button –
    The navigation buttons down the left side of the screen appear to work – got a help screen, and I think it would log me off, but i’ve lost the wi-fi connection – a hazard of my office location???

     
    • Sara 11:11 am on March 31, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Angel and the iPad definitely have some issues playing together, so I don’t think it’s just your office.
      The wi-fi connection will hopefully get much better this summer. IT has a big project planned to get the campus completely covered in time for Fall. I have a few other browser apps installed on my iPad and I will try out Angel on those to see if it works any better. This is one of the factors we’ll be looking at when evaluating course management systems over the next year.
      Thank you for these details!

  • lsharrington 5:46 pm on March 29, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    And where did that goofy icon that is associated with my posts come from????
    It’s not bad – but probably not what I would have chosen!

     
    • Theresa Engle 5:59 pm on March 29, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I think they are random, as I have a different one each time I post something!

  • lsharrington 5:45 pm on March 29, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Frustrations and questions:
    Apple navigation is not “intuitively obvious to the most casual observer,” at least not for someone like me who has used Microsoft products since the days of DOS – and other operating systems such as Unix and IBM’s mainframe OS. Is there a tutorial/cheat sheet for navigation in the Apple world?

    My “touch” seldom hits the option that I want (could be an eye-hand coordination issue, I know – I’ve ordered a stylus to see if that will help). Is there a secret to the touch?

    Do apps close when you hit the “home” button so you see the main screen? If not, how do you close them?

    How do you go back to a previous display when there is no arrow at the top of the screen? The double tap on that ‘home’ button (is that what it’s called – the round indented botton on the short side of the ipad) will get a row of icons across the bottom – are they all open? or are they just what you’ve got on your main screen? If they’re open, how did they get that way when I haven’t accessed them in the current “session” with the ipad? Do things close automatically if they’re not accessed for a while?

     
    • Theresa Engle 5:58 pm on March 29, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      If you find that “cheat sheet”, please share!
      I often hit the wrong thing with my fingers, also. I usually “pinch out” the area first to make it larger. I may need to get a stylus, too, because there are some things that will not enlarge.
      In the Monday morning session, Sara showed us how to close the apps, but I forgot what she said 😦 Just hitting the home button doesn’t do it.
      When I am on the internet, I can go back to other screens by touching the small square with the number in it in the upper left hand corner.
      I am sure there are others who can do a better job of answering your questions 🙂 Good luck!
      Theresa

    • toddknealing 6:49 pm on March 29, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      They don’t close when you hit the home button. Double-click the home button, that brings up all the open apps at the bottom of your screen. Then, press one and hold until they all start to vibrate. At that point, you’ll see a red circle with a minus sign in the upper corner of each app icon. Tapping that little red circle will close the app.

      For your gravatar, if you go into your my account – profile, you’ll have the option to upload a new image to use, but the site says it could take an hour or more to show up. I changed mine, but it likely won’t show up on this post.

      • Theresa 11:23 pm on March 29, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Todd, where is the “my account — profile” you’re talking about for changing the image?

    • Tom Kleen 8:00 am on March 30, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      • Theresa 9:13 am on March 30, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Tom! I’ll check that out. 🙂

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