- Log in at docs.google.com/a/yourdomain (e.g. docs.google.com/a/eipstech.com), or just docs.google.com if your school doesn't have Google Apps set up and you have your own Gmail account.
- Click the upload button, click Select files to upload, and find the presentation file(s) that you want to upload. Unfortunately they need to be 10 MB or smaller each, but that shouldn't be too much of a problem.
- Click Start Upload.
- Once the file has uploaded, click on it to view it. Click the Share button at the top right and choose Get the link to share.
- Click the box for Allow anyone with the link to view and you'll see the link in the box below that. This is the link you put on your website, copy it and click Save & Close.
- Paste the link into the appropriate place on your website/page.
Monday, November 30, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
Click OK or Apply and you're done.
It may give you an error, but it should still work.
Thursday, November 26, 2009
To access your calendar, either go to http://calendar.yourdomin (e.g. http://calendar.salcomp.ca) or go to your gmail account (mail.yourdomain) and click on the calendar link at the top left.
Adding events can be done either by clicking Create Event or Quick Add at the top left of the calendar, or by clicking on the place on the calendar where you would like to have the event.
The “edit event details” link takes you to the page where you can add reminders for that event. The reminders can be email, pop-up (in the calendar itself, if you have it open at the time), or SMS*.
Make sure you click the Save button when you are done, and the calendar will remind you the specified time before that event.
You can also set the default event reminders for all new events by clicking Settings at the top right of the calendar, then clicking on the Calendars tab. You’ll see a Notifications link for each calendar that you’ve got set up, click that to add a default reminder. This can, of course, be changed for individual events as well.
*text message; set that up by clicking Settings at the top right and then clicking the tab for Mobile Setup
To use the format painter, select the part that has the desired formatting and click the button on the toolbar that looks like a paint brush (or you can press the c key while holding down the Shift and Ctrl keys). Then select the part that you want formatted (if you used Shift-Ctrl-c, you then need to use Shift-Ctrl-v). You've now applied the desired formatting.
So we'll assume that you have downloaded the video in Flash format. I started to write out the steps, but then decided that the wheel had been invented. So here are instructions fromhttp://support.microsoft.com/kb/291875.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
- Open or compose the document (letter, exam, etc.) that you want to use
- In Word 2007 click on the Mailings tab, click Start Mail Merge then click Step by Step Mail Merge Wizard... the Mail Merge wizard pops up on the right
- You'll likely want to choose Letters as the document type, then click Next: Starting document at the bottom right
- Choose Use the current document unless you skipped step 1. above. Click Next: Select recipients
- You are now given the option to Use an existing list or Type a new list . If you have the list of names and/or other inf0rmation in an Excel spreadsheet then you'll choose the first.
- Hopefully you have a data file that is a list of students' names and/or other data that you want to put into your letter or test title page. This will likely be an Excel spreadsheet. The first line in each column should be the label for that column (e.g. firstname, lastname, ID#).
- Click the Browse... link on the Mail Merge Wizard that you've been using and then find your data file from the previous step. If you don't have a data file, select Type a new list .
- If everything worked out, the Mail Merge Wizard should read something like "Currently, your recipients are selected from:" and you can click Next: Write your letter at the bottom.
- It's now time to add the fields to your main document.
- In the appropriate places you can now add fields from your data file (firstname, lastname, etc.) by clicking More items... and selecting fields from your data file. You can also try out the preset Address block... or Greeting line... options and/or use the buttons in the ribbon bar at the top to insert the fields you want to merge.
- Once you have the fields in the appropriate places, click Next: Preview your letters (or the Preview Results button on the ribbon bar). You can use the forward and back buttons to go through the individual copies of your resulting mail merge to make sure everything looks like it should.
- When you click Next: Complete the merge you are given the option to Print... your mail merged documents or Edit individual letters... which creates a new document with each mail merge result starting on a new page.
Monday, November 2, 2009
Creating a podcast.
To make your podcast sound more professional, you can add some intro and outtro music. Some sites that have podsafe music and sound effects that you can use include: jamendo.com, audiofarm.org, and musicalley.com
Speaking of podsafe, when using or creating content it is good to become familiar with Creative Commons, how it is different from Copyright.
Librivox - volunteer-read public domain works
Spoken Alexandria Project - creating audio books of creative commons works
Podiobooks - free serialized audio books
Lit2Go - a free online collection of audio stories and poems
Project Gutenberg - human read public domain audio books
X Minus One - a series of science fiction radio plays, not technically audio books
Cory Doctorow - an author who creative commons licenses his works, a number of them have been recorded as audio books by him or by fans
Basically you give it the image that you want to create, then a lot of other images to use as tiles. There are a few settings to tweak if you'd like, and the images it creates are very cool.
Of course a Ning or even a Moodle would probably be a better idea for online social network-style interactions with students, but that would mean another login for them and for you. These are also less likely to be blocked by your school district's network policies. This is still relatively uncharted territory, though, so it is recommended that you proceed with caution.
Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist - Michael J. Fox
The Four Hour Work Week: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich - Timothy Ferriss
The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference - Malcolm Gladwell
Free: The Future of a Radical Price - Chris Anderson
Content: Selected Essays on Technology, Creativity, Copyright, and the Future of the Future - Cory Doctorow
The Closing of the American Mind / How Higher Education Has Failed Democracy and Impoverished the Souls of Today's Students- Allan Bloom
Star Trek Movie Tie-In - Alan Dean Foster
Ask a Ninja Presents The Ninja Handbook: This Book Looks Forward to Killing You Soon - Douglas Sarine and Kent Nichols
All Creatures Great and Small - James Herriot
The links on the left are audio versions, on the right are dead tree editions. Enjoy.
For users unfamiliar with the "ribbon interface" of Office 2007, Microsoft has a great resource:
Guides to the Ribbon: Use Office 2003 menus to learn the Office 2007 user interface
The word count now includes some readability information.
It is now possible to insert an equation using an equation editor (LaTeX syntax, just like Wikipedia).