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Lots of classrooms around the world have Smartboards installed and SMART provide a free program called ‘ Smart Notebook ‘ that is a wonderful tool for teaching and learning. The latest version was released last week with lots of new features, including: An activity builder that lets you make your own activity objects that react to actions. An embedded web browser so you can browse the internet from within the program. An updated toolbar, giving you easier access to the range of tools available.
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: http://www.cruxbot.com/howToUse.html click on the 'Cruxbot' image.
Takeaway: 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.
Takeaway: 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.
In 2010 Google launched Teach Parents Tech to help people teach their parents (and others) some basic computer and web browsing skills. Teach Parents Tech is a handy site that I have used with my own parents. But last night, I played the role of in-person tech support as I tried to explain computer viruses to my step-father. He wasn't accepting my explanations so I went to my Common Craft library and pulled up Computer Viruses and Threats Explained by Common Craft. After watching the video we talked about creating strong passwords to reduce the risk of having an account compromised.
If you belong to a group or organization which still collects contact information during an event or meeting using the traditional pen and paper method, it’s time to get into the digital age.You don’t have to go far for the solution. Using Google Forms , you can collect names, emails, and other contact information on your computer or mobile device that supports mobile browsing. All the data is saved to a spread sheet which can be used for various purposes. Creating a Form To create a Google form, sign into your Google account and click on Documents in the menu bar.
June 4, 2012, 11:03 AM PDT Takeaway: After adding several charts to a sheet, you might want to adjust their sizes so they’re all the same. 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.
April 13, 2012, 10:41 AM PDT Takeaway: If rushed for time, you can use this technique to quickly end a presentation, without looking like you’ve shortchanged the audience. 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.
The easiest way to change colors in an Excel chart is to change the Theme colors. In Excel, with the chart displayed in the middle or far right side of a worksheet, select the Page Layout tab. Select... Read Whole Comment +
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.
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.
Just as there are platform wars, browser wars, and programming language wars, there are text manipulation tool wars. We've seen another skirmish here. My first "word processing" experience was in... Read Whole Comment + Just as there are platform wars, browser wars, and programming language wars, there are text manipulation tool wars.
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.
The app is pretty good on ipad - as long as you speak slowly and spell out any conflicting words for example: 'FOR' or 'FOUR' by Oct 3
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. We’ll demonstrate this using a blank document. 1. Launch Microsoft Word and create a new document. 2.