Students

Students by now are familiar with the Blackboard Learning System. Google offers desktop publishing options for homework assignments. This is a no cost option every student has. Google Drive is our unlimited storage provider, and is where you should save all your files. It has an added bonus of versioning those files so you can see what you saved before and revert your file to previous versions. Detailed instructions on Google Drive are provided. Group meetings can be accomplished with Google Meet. Access Google Drive.  Make certain you log in with your ACNetID and Password, and that you switch to that account if you are logged in with a personal Gmail Account. Here is a link to a video that provides a student overview of how to access all of these tools.

Be sure to work with your faculty member as to how your class will be conducted. They will instruct you which way they will communicate and access the class if it chnage to a tech supported learning method. 

Students with disabilities

Accommodations will continue to be available and disAbility Services will continue to assist you in learning remotely.  If you need additional support or information, contact disAbility Services at (806) 345-5639 or (806) 557-0195. You may also contact Sherri O’Daniel, Coordinator at sherri.odaniel@actx.edu; Pam Jackson, Advisor at pdjackson@actx.edu; or Danette White, Administrative Assistant at dlwhite@actx.edu.

Wifi Service

Amarillo College in conjunction with Amarillo Wireless Broadband have created a wifi "hotspot" in the parking lots to the north of the Music Building and Concert Hall/Theater. On the AC Campus Map this is labeled Parking Lot 4 and Parking Lot 5. It is an open wifi with no password required. Students can come to campus, stay in their cars and have access to the internet to do assignments, take tests or just study. For a complete list of AW Broadband complimentary wifi spots visit: https://awbroadband.net/free-wi-fi-hotspots/

Additionally, AISD is providing wifi access via school busses. Their schedule is located here: http://www.amaisd.org/news/archived_news/what_s_new/a_i_s_d_c_o_v_i_d-19_update_march_27

Library Resources

The library has an open chat feature on our website https://actx.edu/library as well is in the Library tab of Blackboard. Librarians can help you find sources, create citations, and other research needs.  AC Librarians will be manning the chat box during normal Library business hours, but the chat is staffed with research professionals outside of normal business hours as well.  It is available until 2AM Sunday – Thursday and until Midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. While the Library is open, you can contact us by calling (806) 371-5468 or emailing library-help@actx.edu. Our normal hours are Monday – Thursday 7A – 7P, Friday 7A – 5p.  Our hours during Spring Break are 8A-5P Mon- Wed.

  • The library has an open chat feature on our website http://actx.edu/library as well is in the Library tab of Blackboard. Librarians can help you find sources, create citations, and other research needs.  AC Librarians will be manning the chat box during normal Library business hours, but the chat is staffed with research professionals outside of normal business hours as well.  It is available until 2AM Sunday – Thursday and until Midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.
  • While the Library is open, you can contact us by calling (806) 371-5468 or emailing library-help@actx.edu. Our normal hours are Monday – Thursday 7A – 7P, Friday 7A – 5p.  Our hours during Spring Break are 8A-5P Mon- Wed.
  • We could also provide one-on-one reference assistance through Collaborate if a student prefers face-to-face instruction.  We will provide the student the link though email. 

  • We have tutorials! We have tutorials on how to research, information on Google Drive Apps, as well as how to research and use our databases. Check them out in the Library tab of Blackboard.

  • We have eBook collections through Harrington Consortium and EBSCO. You can find links to our electronic books here: https://www.actx.edu/library/books.

  • Last, but definitely not least, the databases are online collections of information.  Use of these resources can continue as usual.

 

Google

Gmail, Google Drive, Docs, Meet, Sheets, and Presentations Leverage the power of Google! Your ACNetID@amarillocollege.com account is a Google account. With access to an Office like suite for documents, spreadsheets and PowerPoint presentations. It isn't an exact copy, some functionality you are used to in MS Office is different in the Google G Suite of tools. Explore the apps Google offer and the possibilities they bring to your Technology Assisted Learning environment.

 

 

Microsoft 

Amarillo College provides free home access to Office 365. The Office 365 Suite contains multiple applications. Learn how to request Office 365 here.

For most of you the big three are Word, Excel and PowerPoint. You can use the online versions or you can install Office. This suite can help you when working remotely on your Technology Assisted Learning classes. In addition to a word processing and presentation tools, Teams allows for collaborative online meeting places. OneDrive is online storage that allows for file sharing.

 

Adobe CC

Temporary student access for the Adobe Creative Cloud is working. 

To gain access, students/staff will need to send an email to tic@actx.edu to get them added to the admin console. In the email send your full name, @amarillocollege.com email, and ACNET ID to help expedite the requests.

Adobe CC Suite  Instructions

 

Software  

 Links provided below are currently free and not associated with Amarillo College. Please be aware of any potential cost, that might be added after the free period has ended.

General Use:

CIS Classes

Graphic Design

  • Blender
    Blender is the free open source 3D creation suite

Audio Classes

  • Audacity
    Audacity is an easy-to-use, multi-track audio editor and recorder for Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux and other operating systems.

Engineering Classes

  • GNU Octave
    Powerful mathematics-oriented syntax with built-in plotting and visualization tools. Free software, runs on GNU/Linux, macOS, BSD, and Windows.