Social Networks: How to Keep Up Like a Pro. Editor’s note: This post is contributed by Tom Chu.
Tom is the SEO manager at PsPrint, an online printing company specializing in brochure and poster printing among other popular services. Follow PsPrint on Twitter. Before we begin, I should really mention one thing: the three major social network platforms I am referring to here are Google+, Facebook and Twitter. Inevitably, there will be comments on this kind of article that will begin naming off the many other sites categorized under the big social media umbrella, be it Tumblr or YouTube or some obscure open-source social networking platform that only one in every 10 hipster has heard of. I am aware that others exist, and some might be preferred.
(Image source: rafiqelmansy) With that out of the way, welcome! Recommended Reading: Powerful Branding Techniques Through Social Media. SMART Notebook 11 now available! Digital Study Skills - Gist Reading. Studying and researching online is becoming an ever more important element of our digital skill set.
I spend a lot of time reading online and skimming through numerous articles from journals and blogs, so I'm always keen to find useful tools which can assist me or my students in this and make the process more efficient. One tool which I have just discovered and which I hope will help with this process is Cruxbot. It's a very simple to use 'bookmarklet' tool (a bookmarklet is a button that you drag onto your browser bookmarks bar). To get the bookmarklet go to: click on the 'Cruxbot' image. Hold your mouse down while you drag it to the bookmarks bar on your browser. Once the bookmarklet is installed just find an article that you want to read and then click on the bookmarklet (You can try this one on connectivism or this article from the BBC).
When you click on the bookmarklet it will analyse the text and provide you with a summary of the main points. Connect your iPhone to Microsoft Office 365. Office 365, the cloud-based collaboration platform from Microsoft, can actually be iPhone-friendly.
Will Kelly shows you how to connect your iPhone to Office 365. Microsoft Office 365, a cloud-based collaboration platform, is starting to get a lot of attention from Small to Medium Businesses (SMBs) and enterprises wanting to outsource their Microsoft SharePoint, Exchange email, and Unified Communications (UC). While some critics cite Office 365 as not being "mobile enough," the iPhone setup is quite friendly and certainly a time-saver for organizations that are used to managing more complicated smartphone/email server setups in house.
The five best ways to switch between Google accounts. Examine the pros and cons of the five best ways to switch between Google accounts.
Which way works the best for you? It’s an odd thing to have a gripe about all the cheap or free tools Google has given us, spread across multiple accounts, but here it is: It is nobody’s favorite thing to figure out how to keep your personal Gmail open, your work-related Docs, and maybe even a third account’s Calendar running. On a desktop, this is no big deal; on the web, because of the way authentication and cookies work, we have to be a bit more clever. So let’s look at all the clever, obvious, and hey-it-works ways of managing multiple Google accounts on one system. Teaching Parents and Others About Passwords. In 2010 Google launched Teach Parents Tech to help people teach their parents (and others) some basic computer and web browsing skills.
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You can do so manually or by using the easy macro. When you create a chart, Excel adjusts the chart's size, depending on space, labels, number of data points, and so on. So, you might want to adjust the size of each chart so they're all the same. There's not much work to forcing a chart's size after the fact, but the task might become redundant if you have several charts or if you have to resize a few charts often. Fortunately, you can create a multiple selection and enter the appropriate size dimensions for all of the charts, at once.
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If a presentation needs to end suddenly, you can click through the remaining slides, without stopping to comment on them, but there's a smoother and quicker alternative to get to the last slide - a technique that's so effortless that your audience will never know that they've missed part of the presentation. To illustrate this shortcut technique, we'll add a custom action button that links to the final slide in a presentation. By adding this action button to the Slide Master, the button is available on all slides so you can click it at any time. Intro to Google Docs Drawing. Add a pie chart to a Word document without opening Excel. You can bypass Excel and insert a pie chart into a Word document, from inside Word.
Susan Harkins explains. You can easily add a chart to a Word document, without first creating the chart in Excel. That's right, you don't have to be familiar with Excel to display a decent chart in a Word document-and it's easy! First, position the cursor where you want to insert the chart. Most likely, that will be before or after a paragraph that discusses the information expressed by the chart. Click the Insert tab and then click the Chart option in the Illustrations group. 10 Ways To Quickly Use the iPad. 10 Principles of Successful E-Learning. In 2005, Professors Anderson and McCormick wrote A Common Framework for E-learning Quality and Ten Pedagogic Principles of E-Learning, describing an approach to the development of effective e-learning programs.
According to Professors Anderson and McCormick, the Ten Principles may help designers to construct pedagogically sound e-learning materials and related activities. The principles may also help teachers to choose resources; design teaching and learning activities based on those resources; and support such activities while they take place. Explore the Ten Pedagogic Principles of E-Learning as defined by Anderson and McCormick and see how they are applied through the itslearning platform. Anderson and McCormick state that there is an implicit assumption in their approach that the more of the ten principles are embodied, the better the quality of the pedagogy; and the fewer embodied principles, the lower the quality.
The pedagogy should engage and motivate learners. 10 Tech Tools for Teacher Training Courses. Over the summer I was running a number of two week ICT in language teaching courses for teachers from around the world. The courses were part of the Bell summer campus at Homerton College Cambridge. This was the first time in a while I had been asked to teach such long courses and i thought it was a great opportunity to see if I could fundamentally change the way the teachers related to technology, not just in the classroom as a tool for teaching learners, but as a tool within their everyday working practice. As sub goals I set out to run the course with absolutely no paper. That meant no photocopied handouts and no paper based note taking from trainees. 10 most important things to teach your Word users. Sharing these tips and precautions with your Word users will help them become more confident and proficient -- which is a win for everyone (including you).
Most people can use Word right out of the box, which has its pros and cons. The pros are obvious, but Word has some complex features and tools that can quickly land a user in hot water. The following tips will help your users avoid troublesome issues and adapt to the environment quickly. Writing Tips & Practice With Dragon Dictation Mobile Apps [iOS] Nuance’s iPhone apps, Dragon and Dragon Search have been available for free download for over a year now. Since then, the company has added a few other similar voice to text apps to its line of desktop and mobile applications. It’s even rumored that Nuance has partnered with Apple to infuse voice commands within the next iPhone.
On top of all that, PC users have enjoyed the power and effectiveness of Nuance’s Dragon Naturally Speaking for writing dictation for several years. Word 2010: Use both Portrait and Landscape orientation in one document. When creating a document, you may need to use both portrait and landscape orientation since document content does not always fit in one orientation. Here is how to use both of them in your document in Word 2010.
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When you use a computer, software makes it easy to write letters, edit photos, and watch a video. The same is true when you connect a computer to the Web. What should we do if we come across email communications that clearly break the law? Any monitoring of systems, even if it is minimal, must be done only after consent has been sought from the persons who are subject to monitoring. This is mostly done by institutions through their Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) or interception and monitoring policy document. Virtual Training Suite to have an ‘appy’ ending « Virtual Training Suite. Posted June 24th, 2011 by admin. Using Subtotal function Google spreadsheets.
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It prevents the cashier from having to look up each item. Well, these days new kinds of codes are appearing that are scanable with camera phones. And like a cashier scanner, they create shortcuts to all kinds of information. In our online world, everything is linked together. On the other hand, our physical world is what you see walking down the street. You may have seen codes like these. Home. Publishing Your eBook on Amazon’s Kindle Platform. Now on Posterous Spaces: Embeddable Tweets. Obvious to you amazing to others. Kind of Digital. Julian Treasure: 5 ways to listen better. In 30 seconds. How To Write A Visual Style Guide for eLearning. Sharebar. Kindle Fire: How to display .mobi files as books and not documents.
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