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Information Technology Services produces technology news items called TECH Bits geared primarily to Temple University faculty and staff. TECH Bits are distributed via e-mail on a weekly basis during the semester. An archive of these messages appears below. For more information about Temple resources, visit the Faculty or Staff websites.

Format: 2020
Format: 2020-10

Tech Bits: Zoom Lets You Create Breakout Rooms! (Students)

Want to make your Zoom meeting even more productive and engaging? Give your participants the chance to break into groups to discuss and collaborate on topics during the meeting. Zoom Breakout Rooms are perfect for large meetings with multiple teams.

To get started, you first need to Enable Breakout Rooms in your Zoom account. To do this:


Protect Against Zoom Bombing Part 2

Zoom offers a number of ways to protect against Zoom bombing. In addition to the waiting room option, you can set up your meetings so that only participants with an address and AccessNet login can join. This authentication method is highly recommended when you want only Temple participants to join your meeting.

To enable the authentication option for your next meeting:


Tech Bits: Protect Against Zoom Bombing Part 1

When you're hosting a Zoom meeting, the last thing you want is to have an uninvited person crash it and cause disruption. This has been happening more frequently now and it's known as as Zoom bombing.

Fortunately, there are a number of things that you can do to prevent this or handle uninvited guests. Here are two tips:

Enable Waiting Room

You can control who comes into your meeting by enabling the waiting room feature. To enable this feature for all meetings:*


Tech Bits: Continue Collaborating Online with Teams

Wondering how to continue communicating and collaborating effectively with your co-workers while you work at home?

Microsoft Teams allows you to create a collaborative workspace where all the members of your work group can communicate and share files in one central location.

To get started setting up your team:


Tech Bits: Reduce Blue Light to Give Your Eyes a Rest

Do you often suffer from eyestrain or eye-fatigue? Do you have trouble sleeping at night after you shut off your computer? You may be exposed to too much blue light through your computer screen. Some blue light is fine during the day to help keep you alert, but being exposed to too much of it can cause issues.

To help decrease the amount of blue light you see, try enabling your computer to emit warmer colors through Windows’ Night light or Mac’s Night Shift settings.

Windows 10 (Night light)


Tech Bits: Two Apps to Help You Get Organized: Part 2 - Share Tasks & Collaborate with Others

As we enter the second week of the semester, you may find that you want to work with others on those tasks you created last week in Google Keep and Microsoft Planner. (See last week's Tech Bit for getting started.) Wondering how you all can stay up-to-date on the latest details of a task, without having to send emails or make phone calls back and forth? Share the task with other team members through the two apps, so you all can collaborate.


Tech Bits: Two Apps to Help You Get Organized: Part 1 - Visualize Your Small and Large Tasks

Looking for a better way to get yourself organized with the new semester starting? Want to successfully keep track of all your upcoming projects, tasks and meetings? Consider using one, or both, of these apps to help you get organized.

Microsoft Planner
Are you a big picture type of person who likes to lay out all the components of a large project or visually manage multiple projects? Consider using Microsoft Planner to help you create a dashboard to see all of your projects components and statuses in one place. To get started:


Tech Bits: Tips to Kick Start Spring 2020 (Students)

We hope you are having a nice winter break, Owls. As the new semester approaches, check out these tips to guide you through the beginning of the spring 2020 semester and help you get started with ease.