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Windows HOWTO: Powerpoint advanced

Posted by Bill in HOWTO ,  office on Friday, June 23, 2006 (8 years ago) Permalink



This pdf covers:

Inserting clip art into your presentation
Inserting pictures and other graphics files into Powerpoint
Slide Transitions
Inserting Videos
Animations (basic)

Here are some movies to help you better understand this:

Inserting clip art: part 1
Inserting clip art: part 2
Inserting pictures
Adding transitions
Custom animations



Windows HOWTO: inserting clipart in word

Posted by Bill in HOWTO ,  office on Friday, June 23, 2006 (8 years ago) Permalink



This PDF is a simple guide for inserting clip art and pictures into Word. It is targeted for novice users.

This is a short movie explaining the same idea



Windows HOWTO: getting clipart

Posted by Bill in HOWTO on Friday, June 23, 2006 (8 years ago) Permalink



This PDF is a simple guide grabbing clip art and free stock photography from the internet.  It is targeted for novice users.



Windows HOWTO: Introduction to powerpoint

Posted by Bill in HOWTO ,  office on Thursday, June 22, 2006 (8 years ago) Permalink



This small PDF is a simple guide for getting started with Powerpoint. It is targeted for novice users with little to no experience using Windows.

Here’s a movie illustrating the same idea



Windows HOWTO: introduction to Windows

Posted by Bill in HOWTO ,  general computing on Wednesday, June 21, 2006 (8 years ago) Permalink



This small PDF is an extraordinarily simple guide for getting started with Windows. It is targeted for novice users with little to no experience using Windows.



Online Learning

Posted by Bill in Educational Tech on Tuesday, June 20, 2006 (8 years ago) Permalink



First day on the job here at Hunter, and I’ve encountered my first question!

A student had failed a course during the school year, and wanted to take an online course during the summer.  After some googling, we came up with an impressive list of online resources and sites.  After filtering through available sites, we found James Madison Online.  It looks like the best possible site for our particular needs.

- cheap, at $195.00 per course
- accredited
- completely web-based
- certified teachers cover the course
- online grading and instant results

I suggested she first grab a detailed syllabus and clear the course with the guidance department, but it looks like a good match.

Incidentally, I stumbled across MIT’s open courseware project. Remarkable resource, but not technically “online learning”.  I also found Stanford University’s podcasting page.

Anyone out there know of other great online courses?



Last day of school

Posted by Bill in News ,  Personal on Friday, June 16, 2006 (8 years ago) Permalink



It goes so quickly.

This is the last day of school for me.  I’ll be moving to New York City tomorrow, and I can’t wait to start at Hunter College!

As it stands, I’ll be without internet access at home for a while so it may take some time before I post again.



Blacklists and you: some information

Posted by Bill in News on Tuesday, June 13, 2006 (8 years ago) Permalink



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Here’s the thing.  This blog has been getting an increasing amount of trackback and comment spam.  Everytime I get some I simply add their IP to my blacklist.

However, these spammers are wiley folks, and I’m a bit nervous I may block some friends and interested guests. 

If you find you cannot leave a comment or a trackback, please use the handy contact form. I will be more than happy to un-block you.  You might want to put unblock me in the subject line.

The problem has not reached crisis proportions.  I suppose if it continues I’ll add the blocked IP’s to my .htaccess list.

Thanks and warmly,

Bill



Wiki help

Posted by Bill in Games in education ,  News on Friday, June 09, 2006 (8 years ago) Permalink



Hey folks!

A new COTS games in education wiki is coming soon.  I’m just putting this up to create a page where I’ll add wiki help files.  If you are very curious to see what an empty wiki looks like, go ahead and take a peek.

I’m using textile formatting for the wiki.  Basically, instead of using HTML (which isn’t very friendly), we are using a way of formatting text.

The best way to learn how to wiki, is to simply register, and then edit a page. You can see the editing I’ve used to make the wiki. Very straight-forward stuff. If you have many more questions, please let me know.

Here’s a list, taken from textile’s site:


Quick block modifiers:
Header: hn.
Blockquote: bq.
Footnote: fnn.
Numeric list: #
Bulleted list: *

Quick phrase modifiers:
_emphasis_
*strong*
??citation??
-deleted text-
+inserted text+
^superscript^
~subscript~
%span%

To apply attributes:
(class)
(#id)
{style}
[language]

To align blocks:

< right
>

left
= center
<> justify

To insert a table:
|a|table|row|
|a|table|row|

To insert a link:
"linktext":url

To insert an image:
!imageurl!

To define an acronym:
ABC(Always Be Closing)

To reference a footnote:
[n]

So, if you wanted something to be strong, you would type it like this:  *I want this to be strong*

Pretty easy, huh?



OS X HOWTO: introduction to Word

Posted by Bill in HOWTO ,  office ,  os x on Monday, June 05, 2006 (8 years ago) Permalink



This short guide will help new users understand Microsoft Word.  This HOWTO is targetted towards new and novice users.



OS X HOWTO: Using iCal

Posted by Bill in HOWTO ,  os x on Monday, June 05, 2006 (8 years ago) Permalink



ICal is a really neat calendar / appointment application that comes with OS X.  This how to use iCal PDF will heelp new users manage appointments, alarms, and print calendars.



OS X HOWTO: Introduction to OS X

Posted by Bill in HOWTO ,  os x on Monday, June 05, 2006 (8 years ago) Permalink



This introduction to OS X will help new users familiarize themselves with OS X (version 10.4).



OS X HOWTO: backing up using a USB thumb drive

Posted by Bill in HOWTO ,  os x on Monday, June 05, 2006 (8 years ago) Permalink



Backing up on USB drive is easy and everyone should be doing it daily.  This small PDF will help OS X users quickly back up their important files onto a usb disk.



OS X HOWTO: use a usb thumb drive

Posted by Bill in HOWTO ,  os x on Monday, June 05, 2006 (8 years ago) Permalink



This is a small PDF which provides very basic instruction for using a USB thumb drive.  These instructions are for OS X.

I will be uploading / adding several professional development documents I’ve made over the past few years.  You can find them in the ed-tech section, which has better organization.



USA Today quoted WHO?!

Posted by Bill in Games in education on Wednesday, May 31, 2006 (8 years ago) Permalink



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Great story in USA Today about Serious Games! 

I’d invite readers from USA Today to check out an introduction for teachers, and as always, please feel free to post a question on our forums (which are totally RSS’ed now, thank you very much).

Thanks to the ever-vigilant David McDivitt for the link.



Jenkins talks about myspace and the future of learning and teaching.

Posted by Bill in Educational Tech on Tuesday, May 30, 2006 (8 years ago) Permalink



http://web.mit.edu/cms/People/henry3/myspaceissues.htm
pdf here (192 KB PDF)

From the article:

Q: What suggestions do you have for parents or other adults eager to learn more about MySpace and to understand what’s going on with it, kids and political reactions?

...

1. Communication with your daughter or son is key. Build a trusting relationship through dialogue. It is important to talk with them about your concerns; it is even more important to listen to what they have to say about their online experiences and why these sites are such an important part of their interactions with their peers. You need to recognize that some unfamiliar experiences look scarier from the outside than they are. Take time to understand what you are seeing and what it means to participants.

2. Create an account to understand how the site works, but not to stalk your kids. They need room to explore, but if you are familiar with the media and technology that they consume, you can provide valuable guidance and suggestions. Surveillance, while possible, damages a trusting parent/child relationship.

3. Ask your kids how they choose to represent themselves and why. Use MySpace as a resource to start a conversation about contemporary fashion, ideals, and media images.

4. Talk about private/ public issues with your kids. Help them to understand the consequences of making certain information publicly accessible. Get them to think through all of the possible audiences who might come into contact with their online information. Teens often imagine MySpace as a youth-only world. It isn’t and they need to consider what the consequences would be if their grandparents, their teachers, admissions officers or a future employer read what they said about themselves. Helping your children learn how to negotiate such public environments is a great educational opportunity.

5. Talk through what kids should do if they receive unwanted attention online or if they find themselves the victims of cyberbullying. A growing number of sites provide useful information about how to confront such problems, including Net Family News , NetSmartz and SafeTeens. The Safety Tips section of MySpace also provides information for both parents and teens, including MySpace policies.



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