Follow us over to ETS blog

August 17th, 2010 by

When Technology Update 2.0 was started WAAAAY back in the dark ages of 2007, we had no idea where blogging would take us. Now that we are entering our second year with WordPress as a multi-user configuration and ETS has its own blog, it is time to put Technology Update 2.0 to bed.

This blog has served us well with update on Banner, Luminis, myPellissippi, AskYODA, Web Wednesday and so much more.

We will continue the same thing on the ETS blog and we have also imported all of the posts from this blog over there as well just to keep things together.

Join us at the ETS blog to continue the fun!

Image: ‘Here we are.

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Web Wednesday: The Summer Series

June 24th, 2010 by and tagged ,

It is SO hot out there, that it is clearly summertime.

This means that it is time for Web Wednesday: The Summer Series. This triumphant (and short) return of our lunchtime brownbag series will be on four Wednesdays this summer in the NEXT Classroom (GN 232).

Check out the schedule below and mark your calendars for those of interest. Bring your lunch and let’s learn together.

Each session is at noon in GN 232:

July 7 Facebook 101 (understanding the privacy settings and controlling your account)

July 14 Timesaving Tricks (software, browser tricks and more to save you time at work)

July 28 Stay Cool with Texting Tips/Tricks/Tools (even if your cell phone doesn’t “do” text, we have ideas for you!)

August 4 Blogging for Everybody (blogs are a great way to share writing, photos, stories, links and more. We will show you the blogging platform we have here at Pellissippi as well as other easy to use option)

Image: ‘Real Joy

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Creating PowerPoint slides

June 24th, 2010 by and tagged , ,

A fun way to get the basic points across for creating PowerPoint slides that are more useful.

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Mobile blogging

May 11th, 2010 by and tagged

Tap, tap,tap. Can you hear me? This is coming for the wordpress app on an iPad. Same app as on phone so I hope a larger one will come along soon!

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Major Electrical Work – Scheduled for October 17-19, 2009

October 5th, 2009 by

A major upgrade to the College electrical system is scheduled for Fall Break.  Many computer services will be down from Saturday, October 17th at 5:00 p.m. through Tuesday, October 20th at midnight.  If the contractor completes the project ahead of schedule, services may be available earlier in the day on Tuesday, October 20th .  Please review the information below concerning the availability of computer services at each campus during this upgrade.


  • Active Directory (login to desktop but some icons may not work)  Note: Due to Login scripts trying to map drives to servers that are down, initial login will be slow)
  • internet service
  • wireless service
  • telephones local and long distance
  • E911
  • D2L access (Note: login to D2L from the homepage as myPellissippi will be down)
  • official College website (pstcc15)


  • College email, including webmail
  • Banner services
  • Off-campus access to library databases
  • Network drives (H drives, shared, etc.) Note: If you need to work on something that is located on your H drive during fall break, please move a copy to your C drive prior to the system going down.
  • Voicemail
  • Auto dialer
  • Rightfax
  • myPellissippi
  • Other – any other data services not listed explicitly as “available” will be down  (THIS INCLUDES THIS BLOG SITE!!)

For your convenience, we will provide the project status on Pellissippi’s homepage during Fall Break.

If you have questions, please contact the Information Technology Support Center by sending e-mail to or by calling 694-6537.

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2009 President’s Convocation Slideshow

September 11th, 2009 by

BannersThe 4th Annual President’s Convocation was held earlier today. ETS broadcast the event to the distance learning classrooms as well as streamed it live. If you want to check out more about the Common Book and the corresponding events, you will want to visit the Common Book site.

Here is a slideshow of images from the day’s events. Enjoy!

Or, if you want to just see the images individually…
ets.pstcc - View my '2009 Convocation' set on Flickriver

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How do you use your cell phone camera?

August 14th, 2009 by

Cell CatIn most “all-in-one” devices, the owner finds that they do “all” things okay but not all of them are that great.

Cell phones are fast becoming “all-in-ones” as well. And the cameras in most cell phones leave a lot to be desired. However, short of glamour photography, there are lots of uses for a camera that is in your pocket with images ready to be seen again. Some ideas for using camera phones:

  • Snapping a photo of a label of some food/drink you want to try again when you don’t have a way to write it down. Using a service like Evernote also can work with that to grab those labels and turn them into text.
  • Grabbing an image of the location of your car in a huge parking lot (like at an airport) so you can locate it upon return
  • Taking a picture of the hardware/plumbing/electrical problem or broken part before you head out to the hardware or supply store to get that part or solve that problem. Showing the photo to the staff often helps speed things up and save return trips.
  • Snapping a pic of a whiteboard, chalkboard or other screen after a productive work session or even of notes after a lecture
  • Grabbing a photo and sending it to someone of an item in a store to get an opinion or ask if they would like it for a gift
  • Just taking photos of your pets, kids, spouse, etc to have a virtual photo gallery always handy when you want the comfort of family around you.

What other uses for a cell phone camera do you have??

Image: ‘Filemu giving me a bath after my+shower+(Cellphone)

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Pellissippi State is on Twitter!

July 10th, 2009 by

If you are using Twitter, be sure to follow our new account to get announcements, campus news and other information.

If you want to know more about Twitter, you can read what we said about it way back in the Fall of 2007 during our Web Wednesday talk on Microblogging.

Need something more current? Probably! Twitter has changed a lot. Check out these resources:
Why Everyone’s Talking about Twitter – TIME

tweeternet – What is Twitter?

7 Things You Should Know About Twitter | EDUCAUSE

Or, just watch this “Twitter in Common English” video to get things rolling. See you on Twitter!

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EduCOMM 2009 – George Gilder Keynote

June 16th, 2009 by

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Site Seeing Tour 5: Personal Productivity Sites

April 14th, 2009 by and tagged

With the end of the semester in view, we know it can be a mad dash to the finish. With so many things to remember, seemed like a good idea to take a quick tour through some personal organizer sites. This week, we visit:

  • Tada List: A very simple todo list creator.
  • FutureMe: Send yourself an email in the future. The future is 90 days or more, we learn in the video! 🙂
  • Remember the Milk: Create lists and events and organize them by categories, priority, due date or tags. Send in items via email and send them out via email, SMS, twitter and other ways.
  • DIYPlanner: If you are just paper-oriented (and it sure does have its advantages!), visit the templates at DIY planner to print out just the kind of organizer you have been looking for all these years.

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