Friday, March 15, 2019

Accessibility Extensions

Read & Write
Emporia State University recently acquired updated versions of 'Read & Write' and 'EquatIO' software. Both of these are accessibility extensions compatible with Google Chrome that can help you with everyday tasks. 'Read & Write' can help you understand web pages better as it reads it aloud to you. This gives you an opportunity to actively listen and take notes if you'd like. 'EquatIO' is a tool that will help you convert your own handwriting to math equations on your computer. This is extremely helpful when writing out math equations on your computer. Faculty and students can download this extension, free, by selecting this link and following the instructions on the page. All-in-all, we hope that these two new tools will help everyone with your learning process!

Link to download.

Sam Derksen
Web Developer
Web and Digital Strategies

Friday, March 8, 2019

Office 365: Planner

A great service that Office 365 offers to Emporia State's employees is Planner. Planner is a service that allows you, and others, to stay organized on projects. You can have projects for yourself and also projects with a group of people. Planner allows you to sync your projects to your Outlook calendar so you are always aware of your progress and the project’s deadline. Planner will also give you detailed statistics on how your projects have been going, how many you have completed, and how many you have not started. This application is a great way to stay on top of your ongoing projects and is offered to you through Hornet 365.

Sam Derksen
Web Developer
Web and Digital Strategies

Thursday, February 21, 2019

myIT Tip of the Week

Using Grammarly to Get it 'Write' 

Grammarly is an extension that will automatically warn you of any grammar or spelling errors when typing in a supported browser window. There is also a Grammarly mobile app that you can download from the App or Play Store. The app adds its own keyboard to your phone and will check grammar, spelling, and even offer up improved vocabulary. The keyboard and add-on can help prevent sending out errors in an important text or email. These basic versions are free, but be aware that they do offer some additional features at a cost. Visit to find out more.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

myIT Tip of the Week

Bluetooth Trackers

With a busy life, it is easy to misplace those things that are important to us, such as our cell phones, keys, luggage, etc. Luckily, there are tools to help combat this; Bluetooth trackers. Brands such as Tile, TrackR, and Chipolo, have been on the market for a few years now, but have just recently become smaller, thinner, and more accessible. These trackers are used to find your lost items through the app you install on your smartphone. They are similar in style and features.

Tile’s current version of the app has a five-star rating with over 6000 reviews. Its features include:

  • Call from the app to the Tile to make it ring
  • Call from the Tile to your phone to find your phone
  • A map showing the last known location of your Tile
  • Other users that have their Bluetooth on could help find your device

The Tile can be placed virtually anywhere; in your wallet, keys, purse, luggage or even your car parked in a large parking lot or garage. The only downside of the Bluetooth Trackers is the batteries do die, and the tracker becomes less usable until it is replaced.

Find the Bluetooth Tracker that works best for you and you will never have to worry about losing your keys again!

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Ready for a new, simple yet more powerful Outlook web experience?

Toggle blog.pngUsers will soon have an opt-in toggle, that will give them the ability to try a new faster, smarter, and more personalized Outlook on the web experience.

When you click the toggle, you’ll see the all-new Outlook on the web modules for Mail, Calendar, and People. Users can opt-in/out as often as they want, meaning you can try it out, then revert back to the classic interface.

Here are some of the features you can expect:

1- Search with smarter, intelligence-driven results based on your recent contacts and activity
2- Files - Browse through a list of the files you've sent or received in a single view
3- Suggested replies allows you to respond to a message with a few clicks
4- Simplified event creation
5- Smart room suggestions
6- Simplified add-in experience
7- More ways to use and manage Groups in Outlook

Try it out soon and look for the exciting new features and design to apply to ESU Outlook users later this year!

Saandhyarag Sasidhar
Student Operations Manager
Web and Digital Strategies

Friday, January 18, 2019

Got a new PC for Christmas?

Join the cool cats this year with Intel's #UpdateMeow campaign and keep your new devices secure!

A couple simple steps will go a long way for security and increased functionality:
  • Download a trusted antivirus software on your device as soon as you receive it! ESU offers Symantec for Windows and Mac for free to current students and employees. Visit and get your copy!
  • Stay up-to-date: ensure you always download the newest version of apps and programs and update them regularly. Need instructions? Visit the Lock Down Your Login campaign!
  •  Keep a clean machine: run scans at least once a week and periodically review apps to delete the once you no longer need.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

myIT Tip of the Week

SkyPrint Multifunction Printer now in Richel Learning Space

A new machine has taken the place of the color and black and white SkyPrint stations in Cremer Hall 193.

Multifunction Features:
  • Print or copy in color or black and white
  • Scan paper documents to your email, One Drive or Google Drive 
  • Plug in a USB Drive and print files directly from the copier
  •  Black and white prints or copies 8 cents a page
  •  Color prints or copies 32 cents a page
  •  Scanning 2 cents per page
  •  To save money use duplex (2 sided) for printing and copying and you will only be charged for one page 

To print send your jobs to SkyPrint the way you always have. When you arrive at the station, you will sign in to release your print jobs. One new option is that you can now sign in with your ESU ID card. Once you have your card set up, you can walk up and tap your card to sign in and release your print jobs.