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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. Digital Study Skills - Gist Reading Digital Study Skills - Gist Reading
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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. Use Google Forms To Collect Contact Info On A Mobile Device Use Google Forms To Collect Contact Info On A Mobile Device
Quick Tip: Apply a uniform size to all charts on an Excel sheet Quick Tip: Apply a uniform size to all charts on an Excel sheet 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. 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.
Insert a shortcut that will quickly end your PowerPoint presentation 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. 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. Insert a shortcut that will quickly end your PowerPoint presentation
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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. Add a pie chart to a Word document without opening Excel Add a pie chart to a Word document without opening Excel
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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. 10 Principles of Successful E-Learning | OEB Newsportal 10 Principles of Successful E-Learning | OEB Newsportal
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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. 1: Don't be afraid to call support
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.

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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. Word 2010: Use both Portrait and Landscape orientation in one document - Tech-Recipes
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You can read & learn our step by step diagram for how to troubleshoot a wireless connection by yourself. If it is hard to remember, you can even print it and have it available when needed. Some smaller Learning Providers, without IT Support, will at times experience Wi-Fi network problems. The 7Tutorials tutorial website provides a set of handy flowcharts to help walk users through their wireless networking problems; guiding them towards Wi-Fi solutions. The charts cover everything from the basics (is the router on?) to the more complex (does your device support the wireless mode in use by the router?). Wireless Network Connection Troubleshooting
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