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NICC Student Technology Resources

NICC TECHNOLOGY TOOLS 2020 

Tech Tool 

Description 

 Office 365 Pro Plus for Faculty and Students

 

Nebraska Indian Community College is providing Microsoft Office to every student free of charge. This means the latest version of the full Office productivity suite, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and more available for offline and online use to best prepare you for class. As long as you’re a student here and the program continues, you’ll be able to use this software for free.
  • Install on up to 5 compatible PCs and Macs, plus 5 tablets (including iPad!)
  • Use with OneDrive for automatic device syncing
  • Gain valuable skills on the world’s most popular productivity software
  • Use the same programs as your professors to ensure full file fidelity

To get your Office follow these simple steps:

For PC and Mac:

  1. Visit Office.com/GetOffice365
  2. Click through to sign in with school-provided credentials & download
  3. On the installation page select your language and click install

For iOS and Android:

Download from your app store

You will need your e-mail address ex: JDoe@thenicc.edu (student e-mail begin with your location - Mac for Macy, San for Santee and SSC for South Sioux City) to sign in. If you have trouble installing Office, this guide may resolve your issue: http://aka.ms/office365help.

Office 365 FAQs

Office Training Center

NICC Classes  

 

Canvas by Instructure 

(web/app) 

 

Canvas is NICC’s Online Learning System. Here you can access class materials, submit assignments, use the gradebook, view the online syllabus AND MORE from any mobile device. Check out the NICC Student Orientation page to meet your NICC family and learn about more resources we have on all three campuses 

Instructions- 

  1. Download the app most appropriate for your device (see above).  

  1. Select Nebraska Indian Community College as your institution.  

  1. Login with your NICC email and the password you chose. 

NICC Communication  

Skype for Business

(web/app) 

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Skype for Business is how NICC communicates screen-to-screen. Calls made from one Skype account to another Skype account are free*. You can talk face to face with a video call, share your screen, use the chat feature, and more. Installation details can be found on NICC Student Orientation’s Skype for Business  page.  

 

* We recommend using an unlimited data plan or Wi-Fi connection, otherwise operator data charges may apply. 

Zoom (depending on instructor) 

(web/app) 

 

Zoom is an alternate method for screen-to-screen communication. Zoom will not need to be downloaded unless specified by instructor. You can talk face-to-face with a video call, share your screen, use chat, and more.  

 

For more info. Check out Zoom’s websitehttps://zoom.us/  

Email  (app)     

Outlook 2016

(web/app) 

 

iCloud Mail  Outlook.com  

Your mobile device may already have a default email app that you can use for your NICC email, or you can use the Outlook 2016 app. This app is available on mobile devices as well as on employee’s computers.  

Settings you may need to add your NICC e-mail: 

  • *Note* Student email address will begin with the campus code (e.g., san for Santee, ssc for South Sioux City and mac for Macy).  

  • Username:  sanjdoeDomain:  theniccServer Address:  mail.thenicc.eduUse secure connection:  SSL 

Saving Your Documents  

OneDrive  

(web/app) 

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OneDrive is a file hosting service that allows users to sync files and later access them from a web browser or mobile device. Within OneDrive, users can upload, create, edit and share files in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote. In addition, Office Online tools allow multiple users to simultaneously collaborate.  

 

For more information: https://login.microsoftonline.com/ 

  • Use work or school account 

  • Username:  JDoe@thenicc.edu 

  • Password:  Same as your e-mail password. 

Google Drive

(web/app) 

 

Similar to OneDrive, Google Drive is a place to save all of your files and access them from multiple devices using your Gmail login information. Within Google Drive you can use several tools: Google Docs (similar to Word), Google Sheets (similar to Excel), Google Slides (similar to PowerPoint), etc. You can also collaborate with others across the web. An added feature is the accessibility to work offline. Your file then syncs/updates once you are reconnected to wi-fi. 

 

*Note* You will need to create a Gmail username and password if you don’t have one already. 

Financial Aid  

myStudentAid

(web/app) 


“The 2020–21 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form is available to students and parents to complete through the myStudentAid mobile app and the fafsa.gov website” (StudentAid.gov, 2020)Students can complete their FAFSA, attach taxes, and save their account information. NICC’s FAFSA School ID is 015339 

Learn more at StudentAid.gov. 

The apps are available here: 

Study and Organize 

Tiny Scanner OR Cam Scanner 

(apps) 

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Both Tiny Scanner and Cam Scanner turns your mobile device into a portable document scanner and you can scan everything as images or PDFs. These pdf document scanner apps are accessible on a variety of mobile devices (phone and tablet). 

 

*Tiny Scanner may allow you to scan several pages and still save it as one cohesive PDF document. 

NaturalReader

(website) 

 

NaturalReader is a site that allows you to turn your PDFs into audio. NaturalReader reads the text to the user, and it also features fonts accessible to dyslexic users. Can be downloaded from the website, the Apple Store, as well as connected via Chrome and other interfaces. Free version is available on the web, and an updated version is available on your device’s app store.  

Learn more here: NaturalReader's website 

Mendeley OR Zotero  

(web and/or app) 

 

 

Both Mendeley and Zotero are dedicated to helping make researching and writing easier. These sites help with citations and references and can also help you organize all your research articles into one place.  

 

 

Learn more about Zotero: https://www.zotero.org/ 

Prezi/Prezi Viewer

(web/app) 

 

Prezi is great for making presentations more visually appealing. It feels more interactive than traditional slides/power points and is very user-friendly. You can chose between a wide variety of styles and layouts and allows you to see presentations as a concept map or bigger picture.  

 

For more details, check out: https://prezi.com/ 

 

 

 

 

SoundCloud

(app/web) 

 

Soundcloud is a platform that allows for users to upload audio for free. This application is used for music, podcasts, or even recordings for class. SoundCloud is especially helpful for its wide accessibility to listen to and upload new content.  

 

Learn more at: https://soundcloud.com/  

NebraskAccess

(website) 

 

NebraskAccess is an online database that’s free to all Nebraskans. A driver’s license or school code will allow you to do a personalized search by category. You can access journal articles, magazines, books, and even find books available for inter-library loan. 

 

Talk to your librarian for more information, as well as check out NebraskAccess at: http://nebraskaccess.nebraska.gov/index.asp 

 

Google Scholar

(website) 


Google Scholar helps connect students to online resources. Google Scholar can help students find journal articles, books, or other online periodicals. It can also help with citations  

 

For more information check out:https://scholar.google.com/  

 

Google Books

(website) 


Google Books helps connect students to books through PDFs, online copies, or physical copies for sale. Google Books also helps with citations as well as giving students previews of books before checking them out or purchasing.  

 

EMPLOYEE RESOURCES 

Survey Monkey

(web/app) 

 

Survey Monkey is a great tool to gauge opinions of your students, coworkers, or community members. You can organize preferences for meeting times and locations, voting items, and even to engage students in the classroom. It also can be a great tool to explain surveys and research for educational purposes. Users create their own surveys and design it to fit their specific need.  

 

Learn more about it on the Survey Monkey Website. 

Canva

(web/app) 

 

Design flyers, social media posts, resumes, and so much more. Canva uses fresh, modern templates that are already created and lets you update the color, photos, text, etc. The finished design can be downloaded as a PDF, JPEG, and other formats. You can also collaborate with others to co-create designs.  

 

Check out more at Canva's Website. 

Doodle

(web/app) 

 

Scheduling meetings made easy- Doodle Poll allows you to create a poll with multiple dates/times to arrange meetings with individuals and groups.  

 

Find out more here: Doodle's Website 

 

In case you are interested in exploring tools beyond this list, please check out the compilation from Times Higher Education. It features a list of A-Z tools others in academia are using to succeed: https://www.timeshighereducation.com/a-z-social-media