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Adobe Acrobat X's text recognition tools makes life easier

https://download.uky.edu now has Adobe Acrobat X (Windows or Mac) available to students and faculty for free. For those of you who want to transition from reading paper copies of articles and book chapters, Acrobat X's text recognition tools will allow you to go completely digital. This suite of tools will even work for scanned images of documents and will transform a pdf full of images of pages to a pdf with searchable text that can be annotated (highlight, write notes, underline, etc.) and allows copying and pasting of text.

Using Attempt Statistics and Download Results in Grade Center

Curious about which questions students missed most often on a blackboard assessment? Or the answers a specific student made for each question on a test? Well blackboard can provide answers to these inquiries by using the Attempt Statistics and Download Results from the drop down menu on the columns found in the Grade Center. These tools are helpful by allowing instructors to see which questions students had more difficulty with, leading to either rewriting the question for future examinations or perhaps not counting it towards the end grade for the assignment.

Tech Tips Week #3: VirtualDen Introduction

This week's Tech Tips video, brought to you by the ATG Scholars, showcases the VirtualDen application available to UK students, faculty and staff. Use VirtualDen to gain access to programs on campus that you may not have at home, such as some Microsoft Office and Adobe Software. This video highlights which programs are available for use, and how to navigate the application for unexperienced users. VirtualDen is available for use at apps.uky.edu with a valid Link Blue ID and password.

Resetting your Link Blue password. (Video)

The video below is a tutorial of how to reset your link blue password using the UK Account manager, which can be found at ukam.uky.edu. This portal contains the options for self-reset questions, password reset and expiration notifications, as well as managing the passwords of your live@edu and @g.uky.edu accounts. Simply follow the steps included in this video to understand how to navigate and correctly use the account manager to reset your password.

The Challenges of Using e-Textbooks

The Chronicle for Higher Education hosts a series of blogs ranging from administrative issues to athletics. Two of these blogs, Wired Campus and ProfHacker, are regular stops for me. Wired Campus has recently published an article detailing the results of a recent study on how students use (or rather do not use) e-textbooks. You can read the article here: http://chronicle.com/blogs/wiredcampus/students-find-e-textbooks-clumsy-...

Tech Tips Week #2: Introduction to the Prezi Website (Video in Full Post)

This week's Tech Tips video, brought to you by the ATG Scholars, serves as an introduction to the Prezi website. Prezi is a presentation tool used to create slideshows with pizzazz. The website allows users to effortlessly creating stunning presentations inclusive of sleek transitions, tons of options for media and content placement, and a path tool to organize everything exactly as the user desires.

Tech Tips Week #1: Getting to Know the UK Downloads Website (Video in Full Post)

This week's tech tips video, brought to you by the ATG Scholars, showcases the UK Downloads website. From navigation to availability of programs, this short clip will help you familiarize yourself with the ins and outs of using download.uky.edu. By using your link blue ID and password, you'll gain access to several programs that you'll find helpful on a regular basis.

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