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.  

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Noisli - Improve Focus and Boost Productivity!

Noisli is a free background noise generator that allows you to select sounds and tailor sound combinations to match your personal taste and current mood. Create your ideal learning environment to improve focus and boost productivity by drowning out distracting noises! Or, create a peaceful, calming environment for times of relaxation and sleeping! 


  • Combine any number of sounds
    (waves, coffee house, etc.) to create
    a personalized environment. 
  • Control the volume level of each sound layer.
  • Save and share your favorite sound combinations. 
  • Promote time management methods by setting up timed sessions (ie. 25 minutes) using the Timer function. 
  •  Activate the “Fade out” function to have the sound gently stop and fade out, without distraction. 
  • Use the Text Editor function to access a distraction free writing area. 
  • Sounds featured: Rain, Thunderstorm, Wind, Forest, Leaves, Water stream, Seaside, Water, Bonfire, Summer night, Fan, Train, Coffee Shop, White Noise, Pink Noise, Brown Noise.

Noisli is currently available as a web application , Google Chrome Extension, or via mobile app for IOS. The Android app is currently under construction.

If you’d like to learn more about Noisli, please visit their website at Create an account to gain access to the key features such as saving sound combinations, using the Timer function, and accessing the Text Editor, or simply start using Noisli by selecting your sound preferences- no log in necessary!

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, April 21, 2016 Brainstorming and Mind Mapping Tool is a free, web-based tool that allows users to create, save, and share mind maps. 

A mind map is a visual representation of ideas and concepts that includes central ideas surrounded by connected branches of associated topics. 

Mind mapping is a great method to assist with the organization and development of group projects, presentations, and outlines. aims to assist with the brainstorming process and encourages creative thinking.

Mind Map Benefits & Uses

  • Summarize books, articles, and essays
  • Communicate ideas and thought processes
  • Create outlines
  • Encourage creative thinking
  • Brainstorm and explore ideas, concepts, and problems
  • Group project organization
  • Rearrange and manipulate topics, ideas, and key words
  • Note taking 
  • Develop visual aids for presentations and reports
Create a free account, saving up to three mind maps at a time! If you’d like to learn more about please visit their website at Additional helpful resources can be accessed 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, April 7, 2016

NoRedInk: Improve Grammar and Writing Skills

Improve Grammar and Writing Skills

NoRedInk is a free, web-based application that allows students to practice and improve grammar and writing skills. Student accounts are personalized by selecting specific topics of interest, such as the NFL, Presidents, specific TV shows or TV characters, etc. Once your account has been personalized, the grammar lessons and practice exercises will reflect the specific topics you have selected. Lesson topics include adjectives vs. adverbs, active and passive voice, commonly confused words, and punctuation use, to name a few.




Use NoRedInk as a resource for additional practice opportunities that focus on strengthening grammar and writing skills. Students are able to see what they did wrong, have multiple attempts, and receive helpful hints along the way. 

Students can create a free account and access the lessons and exercises using
one of two following methods:

1.  If using NoRedInk as part of a course, students can use the instructor provided class code (ie. HTZ356) to access the assigned exercises
or quizzes.
2.  If using NoRedInk on your own, students can access the lessons and exercises without an instructor class code by selecting the Lessons and
Practice tabs.

If you’d like to learn more about NoRedInk please visit their website at or come visit us in the eLearning Department
in TLC 427. If you are unable to visit in person, please contact us by email
at, or by phone at (517) 483-1839.