Blackboard and Google Apps for Education Upgrade
There will be a scheduled Blackboard outage May 17 - 18. During the outage, Blackboard Learn will be upgraded to Service Pack 11 and will include new features like a survey tool and the on-the-fly embedded video tool, Video Everywhere. At the same time Google Apps for Education will also be expanded from its current set of core apps—Gmail, Docs, Calendar, etc., -- to a broad selection of new consumer apps: YouTube, Google+, Maps, Books, Picasa, etc. These new apps will provide VCCS students, faculty, and staff with access to an even more powerful suite of teaching, learning, social, and communication tools that can be used both inside and outside of the classroom.
However, there are some crucial steps that all students, faculty, and staff need to take to successfully access any Google Apps, including Gmail, after the upgrade. These steps are easy to accomplish and will only be required once.
- First, after the scheduled outage (May 17th-18th) everyone must click through and agree to a new consumer Terms of Service (TOS) when you next login. No Google Apps can be accessed until users agree to these new TOS. To see these TOS, click here: http://www.email.vccs.edu/terms-of-service.
- Second, when setting up a profile in Google Plus (G+), a Facebook-like social networking service included in the upgrade, it is especially important that you enter a correct date of birth (or at least a date of birth that will make you 13 years old or older). If you enter a date of birth indicating you are younger than 13, you will be permanently locked out of all Google services. This cannot be undone without significant effort and additional costs.
More information about VCCS Google Apps for Education can be found at http://www.email.vccs.edu/extra-apps (a Google Site, by the way).
Virginia Western to hold iPad classes for the public this fall
Virginia Western Community College announces an all-in-one iPad class that will teach attendees how to get the most out of their new technology. The latest Apple news, most revolutionary apps and most innovative iCloud features will be explored.
The Fall iPad Event will be held twice: from 6-9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 7 in Virginia Western’s Natural Science Center in Roanoke; and from 6-9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 11 in the Greenfield Center Auditorium in Daleville. The cost to attend 11/11/11 event is $20 if registration is completed by Nov. 4, or $30 at the door (checks or money orders only). All attendees will be entered to win an Apple Airport Express, provided by Audiotronics. Attendees are asked to bring along their iPads, iPhones or other Apple products.
The Fall iPad Event will focus on features such as FaceTime, Airplay and iCloud that are changing the ways in which people are working, learning and playing. School districts such as Roanoke County and Franklin County are quickly seeing the benefits of this technology, and teachers and administrators are encouraged to attend this class to explore what is possible.
For more information or to sign up for the Fall iPad Event, visit http://www.virginiawestern.edu/workforce/classes/ipad.php or contact Paulette Parkhill at (540) 857-6514 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Horticulture Spring Plant Sale
Make plans to visit the VWCC greeenhouse this week. A great selection of annual and vegetable plants are available and ready for planting in your garden.
You will find bedding plant annuals, Proven Winner annuals, hanging basket combos, 10" planter combos, Caladium and perennials. We also have a good selection of herbs, peppers and tomatoes for your vegetable garden.
Wednesday, April 27 : 12:00 – 2:00 PM
Thursday, April 28: 12:00 – 2:00 PM
Friday, April 29: 12:00 – 2:00 PM
Saturday, April 30: 9:00 – 11:00 AM
Thank you for supporting the VWCC Horticulture Club and the Community Arboretum. Hope to see you at the sales!
Posted on April 26, 2011
Congratulations to the 2011-2012 Ambassadors!
- Travis Austin
- Hilarie Baber
- Brianna Barrow
- Irene Bethel
- Daniel Chandler
- Renee Grivois
- Megan Hostetter
- Josh Roepke
- Evan Smith
- Vikki Walker
The Ambassadors will serve our campus in many ways, and will develop their leadership skills in the process. They will represent VWCC at on and off-campus events, staff the upcoming Discover sessions, provide campus tours to visiting groups, and attend the VCCS Student Leadership Conference, among various other responsibilities.
Please congratulate these exceptional student leaders!