Thursday, March 31, 2011

Windows 7 and Office 2010 Tips and Tricks (Part 2) [LNL]

Last week we had a Lunch 'N Learn (LNL) session at EHOVE discussing Windows 7 and Office 2010 tips and tricks.  Dustin Hindel and I presented just a few common and helpful hints to be aware of when dealing with these updated software products.  Take a look below for a list of the items discussed for Office 2010:

Office 2010 Tips and Tricks:

  • Embed online videos much more easily into PowerPoint
    • You can do this by clicking "Insert" but then click "Video from Website."  All that is required then is the copy/paste in the embed code from an online video.  Your video is now inserted into the PowerPoint!
  • New Ribbon Menu
    • Much like Office 2007 the menu is grouped very intuitively.  You will notice though that the "orb" has been replaced once again with the "File" menu.  
  • Print
    • All of the print functions have been grouped in one location.  You can find print functions like print preview and the printer list under the "File>Print" menu.  It's much easier have all of those commands in one location!

  • PDFs
    • PDFs are even easier to work with with Office 2010.  You can now save any open Office document as a PDF just by going to "File>Save As" and selecting PDF in the drop down menu.
  • Image/Video Editing
    • Video and photo editing within Office 2010 applications has been greatly enhanced and has been made easier than ever.  If you click on a photo or video a tools menu for formatting appears with all of the different options available.
  • Save/Send Video
    • PowerPoint 2010 now allows you to package a presentation as a video.  You can set the time between slides as well as optimize the quality for how you want to display the video.  

Enjoy :)

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Windows 7 and Office 2010 Tips and Tricks (Part 1) [LNL]

Last week we had a Lunch 'N Learn (LNL) session at EHOVE discussing Windows 7 and Office 2010 tips and tricks.  Dustin Hindel and I presented just a few common and helpful hints to be aware of when dealing with these updated software products.  Take a look below for a list of the items discussed for Windows 7:

Windows 7 Tips/Tricks
  • Snap Feature
    • Drag a window to the left side of your screen and the window will "snap" to fill half of the screen.  This allows for a good comparison view if you do this with two different windows.
    • Drag a window to the top-left side of your screen and the window will "snap" to fill the whole screen.  This is just another way to maximize your window.

  • Window Shake 
    • If you have multiple windows open and would like to remove "clutter," simply click and hold on the title bar of your window and shake it left and right.  This will minimize all windows except for the one you have clicked on.  
    • Shake it again and the other windows will re-appear.
  • Show Desktop (Peek)
    • If you look in the bottom-right corner of your screen (to the right of the clock) you'll see a vertical, transparent rectangle.  If clicked, all windows on your desktop will be minimized.  If clicked again, all windows that were previously minimized will re-appear.
    • Also, if you simply mouse-over it, it will give you a preview of your desktop
  • Preview Open Windows (Peek)
    • If you have multiple instances of the same program open, such as a few different Internet Explorer tabs, you'll see them in the task bar.  If you mouse over the IE icon, it will show you a preview of each open tab that you can easily click on to switch back and forth.
  • Calculator
    • The calculator has been expanded.  It not only allows you to have a Scientific, Programmer, and Statistics calculator but is also allows unit conversion, mortgage calculations, gas mileage, and vehicle lease calculations.  
  • Sticky Notes
    • A great small little app that allows for sticky notes on your desktop!
  • Snipping Tool
    • Think of this as Print Screen on steroids.  This handy little app allows you to capture portions of you screen and easily save them in a picture format.  It even has some drawing functions built in that you can use to point things out in your snapshot! 

    Look for Part 2 coming shortly with some Office 2010 Tips and Tricks!

    Enjoy :)

    Wednesday, March 23, 2011

    Teaching with Web 2.0 (Round 2) [LNL]

    Recently the EHOVE Adult Education department attended their March Lunch 'N Learn session.  This session discussed a few web 2.0 sites that they could use in there classroom, office, or even personally.  Check out the Prezi presentation below to view the information that was discussed.  Enjoy :)

    Monday, March 21, 2011

    Free Books Online

    Lately, e-books, audio books, and online reading have become extremely popular thanks to all of the new electronic devices such as the iPad, Android devices, smartphones, and eBook readers like the Kindle.  If you are like me, you want to pay for as little as possible.  Well, guess what?  There are some awesome sites out there that allow you to do just that!  Whether you are looking for online reading, eBooks for your favorite e-reader or even audio books, these sites are for you.  Check out the sites below and if you know of other sites that are similar, please share them in the comments area!

    BooksShouldBeFree - - All Free/Audio Books
    Google Books - - Some Books are Free/Can Purchase
    ReadPrint - - Read Online for Free
    Project Gutenberg - - Read Online/Digital Device Free
    Lit2Go - - Free Audio Book Downloads/Online Reading

    Enjoy :)

    Friday, March 18, 2011

    YouTube Video Conversion

    If you ever have the need to download a YouTube video from the internet to use in a place where you may not have internet access, you know that it generally isn't an easy task.  There are a few resources out there that make this task much easier!  One of those is called BenderConverter.  This site allows you to paste a YouTube video URL into a blank and then choose the type of file to which you would like it converted and downloaded.  That's it!  Now you have a YouTube file that you can then put onto a form of removable media and take with you anywhere!

    Another great resource that allows you to do pretty much the same thing as BenderConverter, is called SaveYouTube.  In order to use this resource, simply type the word "save" in front of the word "youtube" in a YouTube video's URL.  (EX.  YouTube URL:; YouTube video ready to be saved:

    Enjoy! :)

    Other great YouTube related posts by EHOVEWire:

    How to Upload Video to YouTube
    YouTube Videos via SchoolTube
    The EHOVE Educational Video Library [EHOVE Staff]
    Educational Video Library Update [EHOVE Staff]

    Royalty Free Music

    You as an educator can use the resources of for free!  This music is free for your use in anything from podcasts to videos.  If you are looking for more royalty free music resources check out our previous post, Music, Sounds, and Audio Clips...Oh My!

    Another good musical resource is Jamendo.  Check it out!

    Enjoy :)

    Thursday, March 17, 2011

    Teaching with Moodle

    Have you wanted to get started with a Moodle site but you're concerned about how to teach with it? Or maybe you do teach with Moodle and might be looking for ways to enhance your site or do it better.  Well, here are a couple of great resources just for that!
    If you have more ideas or resources please share them in the comment area and we'll be sure to get them posted!  Enjoy :)

    Wednesday, March 16, 2011

    Text to Speech - Do it the easy way!

    There are many great resources out there that can easily convert text from multiple file types to .mp3 format!  This means that you can upload, for example, a word document and it will be converted to an .mp3 file so that you can play it via computer, iPod, or other .mp3 capable device!  You can also use most of these types of services to convert files with these extensions:  .doc, .docx, .pub, .pdf, .wpd, wps, .odt, and .txt.  Some even allow you to convert actual webpages, emails, and even RSS feeds! Here are just a couple of those types of services that you can use for free:

    Also, did you know that Adobe Reader will read any PDF document to you?  Simply go the the "View" menu and select "Read Out Loud."  

    We hope these resources are helpful.  Please let us know if you have other resources such as these so we can spread the word!  Enjoy!

    Tuesday, March 15, 2011

    Cell Biology Teaching Resource

    For all you science teachers out there... Check out this link here for some great teaching resources and videos dealing with cell biology from Davidson College.  Enjoy!


    Tuesday, March 8, 2011

    Create An Online List

    There are many websites out there that let you create lists for yourself.  Weblist, however, kicks the online list concept up another notch or maybe two.  Weblist still allows you to create a general text list but you can also add images, video, files, documents, and even web pages to your list!  After your list is created, you can easily share it with anyone! Weblist allows you to use a web address to share your list or any number of social medias sites.  So, check out Weblist and list away!

    Tuesday, March 1, 2011

    Are you a Convert?

    We've all been there at one time or another.  A file type pops up on a document, video or photo that our computer doesn't recognize, yet it is a must to use the file.  Now what? How about trying to convert it? Format Factory and online-convert are the perfect resources to do just that!  So let's start with Format Factory.  Format Factory is a program that is available for free that you can download and install on your computer.  It's very quick and easy to use.  Simply click which file format you want file to be converted to, browse to your file, and click OK.  Your file will convert and then your done!  online-convert is just as easy but in website form.  Select your target format and click Go!  Choose your file and click Convert file.  After converting a download link appears so that you can download your newly converted file.  Now that you have the proper file format, you can get back to work!  Enjoy!