Student Tech Tip: Installing and Using Grammarly

 This week’s Student Tech Tip demonstrates how to install and use Grammarly. Grammarly is a writing assistant app that can help you and your students to eliminate grammar errors and make written text clear and engaging. You can choose to use Grammarly on the web, or install one of the Grammarly apps to use from your device. The video below demonstrates both options. 

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Student Tech Tip: How to Access LinkedIn Learning

Our second Student Tech Tip demonstrates how to access LinkedIn Learning, an online learning platform that offers courses in creative subjects such as architecture, graphic design, photography, and video editing. The courses are created by industry experts. LinkedIn Learning is available to both students and staff.

If you’d like to share this video with students on your course, please visit How to Access LinkedIn Learning on Planet eStream and select Share>Share by Embedding. If you need more information on how to embed a video into Canvas, please have a look at Embedding media content into Canvas.

Student Tech Tip: Apply for a Miro Education Account

This Student Tech Tip shows GSA students (and staff) how to apply for a free Miro Education account. 
This procedure has recently changed, so GSA students and staff no longer need to supply evidence of their status with their application. Simply fill in the form on using your GSA email address and wait for Miro to activate your account. 
Stay tuned for more Miro tips, but in the meantime, visit the LT Help for Students Miro page, or to boost your Miro skills with interactive Miro workshops, check out the Miro Academy offerings.
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Library Student Survey 2021

Our 2021 Library Services Student Survey is now live and can be accessed here!

Your feedback helps us to plan and improve our services and facilities. If you give us your GSA email address at the end of the survey you’ll to be entered into our prize draw for a £100 Cass Arts voucher. We don’t connect this email address to your other answers so they remain anonymous and we delete all the email addresses as soon as the prize draw is complete.

Two Minute Tech Tip No. 20: Adding Live Automatic Captions to your Zoom Meetings

 This week’s Two Minute Tech Tip demonstrates how to add automatic, live captions to your Zoom meetings in real-time. That means your participants will be able to turn closed captions on and off during your meeting. 

There are two different methods for providing automatic, live captions in Zoom. You can use Zoom’s live transcription service or’s live transcription service. There may be errors in the captions provided by either service as they are both provided by an AI program.

Choosing between Zoom Automatic Live Transcription and Live Notes Transcription

Whether you choose to use Zoom’s live transcription service or’s live transcription service will depend on whether you are recording your Zoom meeting in order to upload it to Planet eStream or Canvas. 

Zoom Automatic Live Transcription provides automatic, live captions in-meeting. Live Notes Transcription provides live, automatic captions in-meeting. Live Notes Transcription can also be downloaded as an .srt file to upload alongside a recording of your meeting to provide closed captions.

If you’re recording your event, you’ll need to provide a closed caption file (.SRT) to upload alongside your video, as captions will not be captured in your Zoom recording. You can do this by using’s live transcription service. 

If you have used Zoom’s live transcription to provide your captions, you’ll need to upload your video to to get captions. 

Setting up closed captions with Zoom Automatic Live Transcription

Setting up closed captions with Live Notes Transcription Live Notes transcription is slightly more tricky to set up, but the benefit is that you can download closed captions to upload alongside a recording of your meeting.
Our Canvas page on Uploading content to Planet eStream provides more information about how to upload and share recordings of your Zoom meetings. For further information about using Zoom’s transcriptions options, please see the Zoom Support pages
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Two Minute Tech Tip No.19: Adding extensions to Assignments


In this Two Minute Tech Tip we show you how to add student extensions to Assignments in Canvas.
Canvas takes care of the admin, making adding new dates easy. Extensions can be added for any number of individuals, groups and sections, each with their own unique dates. 
For further information on setting up assignments, please see this step-by-step guide on the Using Canvas for Staff course
If you are managing many assignment dates, Canvas also has a useful bulk update function. Details of this can be found on the Canvas Guides. 
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2 Minute Tech Tip No. 18: How to set up an Assignment so that Students can Submit Padlets

 This week’s tech tip demonstrates how to set up a Canvas assignment so that students will be able to submit both an embedded version of their Padlet, as well as a PDF version of their Padlet. By submitting the PDF version of their Padlet alongside the embedded one, you’ll be able to check that the Padlet has not changed since the due date of your assignment. 

Students will need guidance on how to embed their Padlet into a Canvas assignment, and how to export their Padlet as a PDF. To help with this, we’ve created a Student Tech Tip video that you can embed in your assignment instructions, which demonstrates how to embed a Padlet into an assignment, and how to export their Padlet as a PDF:
You can grab the embed code for this video in Planet eStream.
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2 Minute Tech Tips No. 15 : How to Set Up a Rubric

In this week’s 2 Minute Tech Tip video you can find out how to set up a rubric and add it to your assignment to Canvas. Rubrics make your grading criteria clear to students, and can be used to provide feedback in Speedgrader.

For more information about setting up assignments and using Speedgrader in Canvas, please take a look at our guidance on Canvas.

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