Thursday, June 23, 2016

Aviary Photo Editor

Aviary is a photo editing platform, available as a free web application, as well as a downloadable app (with in-app purchase options) for both IOS and Android. The photo editor provides dozens of ways to enhance, accessorize, and apply unique effects to pictures. When your photo is ready, download and save it as a .png, or share it instantly through the mobile app!

Variety of Editing Options:
  • Adjust lighting, focus, and color.
  • Erase blemishes and brighten whites.
  • Personalize pictures with playful stickers, frames, and overlays.
  • Experiment with dozens of filters to create artful effects.
  • Sharpen, soften, or saturate photos.
  • Draw your own captions and doodles. 

Prepare to let your creativity soar! If you’d like to learn more about Aviary, please visit their website at Additional information is available on their Support page at

Come visit the eLearning team in TLC 427 for assistance getting started! If you are unable to visit in person, please contact us by email at, or by phone at (517) 483-1839.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Hemingway App - The Proofreading Tool for Your Writing!

The Hemingway App is a free, web-based tool that allows users to input text (sentences, paragraphs, or even an entire paper) into the Hemingway text editor to receive on-demand feedback! With the simple click of a button, users receive instant feedback about the quality of their writing. The tool uses a color coding system to highlight areas of possible concern throughout the writing.

Use the Hemingway Editor tool to identify common writing problems, including:
  • Complex words or phrases
  • Extra-long sentences
  • Too many adverbs
  • Passive voice

While not as advanced as NoRedInk,the Hemingway App has a short learning curve and offers a nice visual appearance that is helpful for those in need of quick and easy writing assistance.

If you’d like to learn more about the Hemingway Editor please visit their website at or visit the Help page for additional information at 

Please note that a paid, downloadable version is available for Mac OSX and Windows. The Hemingway Editor 2($9.99) offers additional features including access to HTML exports, and importing/exporting Microsoft Word files.For more information on Hemingway Editor 2 visit

Stop by the eLearning Department in TLC 427 for assistance getting started with this tool! If you are unable to visit in person, please contact us by email at, or by phone at (517) 483-1839.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Install Microsoft Office - Free for Students!!!

Install Microsoft Office, including Word, PowerPoint, and Excel, for free using your LCC student email address!

The free software is available for desktop and laptop computers for Microsoft Windows and Apple MAC operating systems.  

Note: The software installation does not work on phones or tablets. 

Once installed, you will have access to a fully functional copy of Microsoft Office on your computer, which will remain active as long as you are an active student at Lansing Community College.

To get started, follow the step-by-step directions here:

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Stay informed and on-task across devices with Evernote

Green background with the silohuette of an elephant-click image to go to the evernote website.

Access and update across all your devices.
Many of us use multiple devices in our daily lives, such as a laptop at home, a tablet at school, and a smartphone everywhere else in between. Staying organized and up-to-date on tasks across multiple devices can be a difficult task and often we resort to sending ourselves emails and texts just to keep up and remember what we were supposed to do. If you have ever found yourself doing this, then we recommend that you try Evernote!

Evernote is a free app that allows users to create notes on one device and then access and update those notes across other devices. Users can create multiple notebooks and stay organized on tasks no matter where they are or what device they are using. Evernote helps users stay informed and organized through notes, checklists, reminder alerts, and audio & photo notes. Some tasks that are well suited to Evernote could include:

  • Creating an online notebook for a course that can be accessed on any device.
  • Taking notes in class on your tablet or phone, and then adding them to a document you are creating on your computer.
  • Utilizing and updating checklists on the device you are using at that moment.
  • Setting reminders and being notified across multiple devices 
The basic version or Evernote is free and requires a user to create an account with a valid email address. This account can then be used across multiple devices. 

Evernote is available for PC, Mac, iOS, and Android devices as well as through the web, so it can be used anywhere, anytime. Visit or search for Evernote in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store for more information, download options, and account setup information. 

Come visit the eLearning team in TLC 427 for assistance getting started! If you are unable to
visit in person, please contact us by email at, or by phone at
(517) 483-1839.