Category: Online Tools

Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams

Tool Summary

Microsoft Teams is a communication platform created by Microsoft. It allows users to join teams where they can video chat, message people in channels, store files, and more.

UMW students, faculty, and staff can access the entire Microsoft 360 Suite, including Teams, for free by logging in with a UMW email address and password at login.microsoftonline.com.

Quick Facts

  • Price: Free to UMW students, faculty, and staff
  • Platforms: Windows, Linux, macOS, iOS, Android
  • Recommended for: Beginners – it is organized like many other popular chat based programs, like Slack and Discord.

Things to Know

You can access Teams through your browser as well as a desktop or mobile app. You can join more than one team, and within those teams you can access different channels. Some channels are private, oftentimes this is for a group who is completing a specific task. While in your teams you can share images, gifs, send messages, start video calls, share files in Microsoft OneDrive, and more. Teams is also connected to your Outlook calendar, allowing you to create Teams video meetings directly from your calendar.

Getting Started Guides

Getting Started

Microsoft Teams Support

Microsoft Teams Online Forum

Additional Resources

Canva – a graphic design platform to make infographics, social media posts, posters, and more

Cloudconvert – lets you convert almost any file type into an audio, video, or image file

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Have questions about this tool? Book an appointment with a DKC consultant!

WordPress

WordPress

Tool Summary

WordPress is a free, open-source, website building tool, or content management system. With an abundance of themes and the ability to add plug-ins, the possibilities for your website are endless.

Quick Facts

  • Price: Free from wordpress.org, paid plans with extra features available at wordpress.com
  • Platforms: Any reliable web browser 
  • Open source
  • Recommended for: Beginners and Advanced users – WordPress sites can be as simple or as complicated as you want to make them.

Things to Know

WordPress is highly customizable, with thousands of different themes and plug-ins that can change the way your site looks and functions, but the basic building blocks of any site are posts and pages. Posts show up in chronological order on your site (like a Twitter or Instagram feed), whereas pages are static.

When writing blog posts, you can adds tags to your posts, or group them in categories to help them be more organized on your site. You can also use categories as menu items on the front page of your website for easier navigation.

When editing a post or a page with WordPress’s block-based editor, Gutenberg, it is easy to add headings, paragraphs, galleries for images, links to other sites, and much more.

Getting Started Guides

WordPress Support

WordPress Learning 

DKC: Building Your First WordPress Site

Additional Resources

Pexels – free stock photos and videos

Pixabay – Photo/Video – free stock photos and videos

Unsplash – free stock photos

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Microsoft Word

Microsoft Word

Tool Summary

Microsoft Word is a word-processor that can create a variety of documents, including resumes, business contracts, instructional documents, and letters.

UMW students, faculty, and staff can access the entire Microsoft 360 Suite, including Word, for free by logging in with a UMW email address and password at login.microsoftonline.com.

Quick Facts

  • Price: free with UMW school email
  • Platforms: Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS
  • Recommended for: Beginners – the program is fairly intuitive, but finding specific features can be challenging with the abundance of options.

Things to Know

Word is great for text based media, but it also offers many features to help you do more than just write. Within the 9 tabs there are a plethora of options, such as making tables, inserting images, sending emails, adding direct edits with a virtual pen or highlighter, and changing the layout and design of your document. The majority of features people will use are under the “home” tab. It is worth looking through every tab, especially the “review” tab. This is where you can check your spelling and grammar, have Word read your document aloud to you, and check the accessibility – something we highly recommend making a regular habit.

Getting Started Guides

Training Guides

Word Help & Learning

Additional Resources

Dafont: free fonts for download

Font Squirrel: font identifier and downloadable fonts

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Canvas

Canvas

Tool Summary

Canvas is a learning management platform developed by the company Instructure. It provides a digital work area for course instructors and for students. It offers many features which aid in course building and participating in a class, with file hosting, discussion boards, and automated grading being a few examples.

Quick Facts

  • Price: Free
  • Platforms: Mac, Windows, Linux, Mobile app
  • Opensource: Yes
  • Recommended For: Students and Professors

Things to Know

Canvas is a tool for both professors and students. Professors can upload files, create and grade assignments, make course announcements, and more. Canvas can also be used to integrate other digital software (such as Zoom or Google drive) into a course. For students, it provides an interface to digitally view course material, take quizzes, look at grades, and receive guidelines from instructors. Students can also personalize how courses appear on Canvas, as well as view past courses they’ve taken.

Getting Started Guides

General Canvas Guide

Canvas Student Guide

Canvas Instructor Guide

Selecting user account pronouns

Additional Resources

Vimeo: For video submission of assignments

Screencast-o-matic: User friendly screen recording

OneDrive: Personal online storage for documents and other files

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Have questions about this tool? Book an appointment with a DKC consultant!

Zoom

Zoom

Tool Summary

Zoom is a video communication software. It has many features, such as a chat function, screen sharing, virtual reactions, recording and more.

Quick Facts

  • Price: 
    • Free
    • Pro, Business, & Enterprise
  • Platforms: MacOS, iOS, Windows, Android, Chrome OS, and Linux
  • Recommended for: Beginners – This tool is fairly intuitive for participants but being a host can be slightly more complicated.

Things to Know

Zoom is a great resource but there are some things you’ll want to know to make your next meeting go smoothly. When sharing your screen, you have to click a specific button in the bottom left corner to share the audio on your computer, or else it will be silent. Also, if you’re sharing your screen make sure to keep your microphone on, muting yourself will mute all of the audio coming from your device. If you go by a different name you can change the screen name to reflect that, either through your account settings or during the meeting. When you host a meeting there are settings that automatically come turned off, like letting participants share their screens, so make sure you check settings before you start your meeting. We also recommend setting a profile picture, this is helpful for other people to be able to see you even if your video is turned off.

Getting Started Guides

Quick start guides for new users

Getting started with Zoom

Additional Resources

Recording Yourself on Zoom

How to Host a Meeting

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