Tuesday, February 26, 2013

ItsLearning: New Features for February 2013

Check out some of ItsLearning's new features including additions for Hangman and Crosswords!

When you go to the ItsLearning log in page, click the "See what's new!" green button under the log in section to check out more details!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Mac Tips - Getting Started With OS X

This video is for getting started using Mac OS X covering basic layout, Spotlight, Dock, System Preferences, and Finder. This is for beginners or people just switching over to Mac.  10.7.5 is shown.

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Jump Share: No hassle file sharing

There are a lot of file sharing services out there, but Jumpshare offers several advantages that make it a worthwhile choice.  No accounts are required, it works via drag-and-drop, and most any thing you upload can be viewed right from the browser.

Jumpshare supports over 150 file types. This doesn't refer to what you can upload—you can upload pretty much anything—but rather what Jumpshare will understand and display in the browser. For example, if you upload a word document or movie or song and share it with someone, they'll be able to view it right in their browser without downloading it to their computer. This is really useful if you're sharing a file that the recipient may not be able to open on their end. Additionally, Jumpshare allows you to send links to your uploaded files before they've finished uploading.

The lack of accounts and wait time, plus extremely comprehensive file viewing support, make Jumpshare a really compelling choice when you need to send files online. The only disadvantage is that your files disappear after two weeks, but so long as you don't need an infinite link there's a lot to like.

Uses in the classroom
If you need a quick way to share or send files to your students then Jumpshare might just be your solution.  Drag your file once and then email the link to your students, post it to your online classroom, or share on the Smartboard.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Google Drive Necessities [Part 2]

Continuing the Google Drive discussion, there are a couple more items that are important to know.

Organization, Filtering and Searching
If you are like me, you need to have your files organized.  Luckily Google Drive allows you to do that any way you want with folders and color codes.  Drive also gives you a lot of options to find and filter your files.  See the video for more details:

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Google Drive Necessities [Part 1]

There are a few essential things that ever Google Drive user should know. Google Drive can do so much for you and with these small steps you will be well on your way to cracking into Drive's potential.  For those that don't know Google Drive allows a user to create Documents, Spreadsheets, Slides (Presentations), Forms, and Drawings. You can do this all from the web without ever needing to worry about what version of Microsoft Office you have or whether or not your computer can support it.  The only thing you need to get started is a Google account!

Uploading Files

If you are new to Google Drive you may be thinking "Oh man! I guess I'll have to recreate all of my files in order to be able to use them in Drive."  Well, never fear!  Google Drive allows you to upload just about any type of file!  During the upload process, if Drive allows, you can covert the file to a usable Drive format.

So for example, if you normally use Microsoft Word for all of your document needs, Drive will allow you to upload all of your documents and convert them into a format that you can use on the web.

Watch the following video to see how it's done!

Downloading Files and Folders

If for some reason you need to download your documents to use elsewhere, Drive also gives you the capability to download files in their original format, PDF and a few others.

Check out the video to learn more!

Friday, February 8, 2013

7 Reasons to Use Google Drive Instead of Microsoft Office

As Google continues to refine and build on their already established line of Google Drive apps, it is increasingly becoming a more viable replacement for Microsoft Office.  Now, before you raise your hand in disagreement with me (or before sending me a fuming email about how Microsoft Word is far superior to Google's apps) hear me out.  I know that you can't do everything in Google Drive that you can do in Microsoft Office.  But how often do we need those features Google still doesn't quite have yet?  Here are 7 reasons why you should use Google Drive instead of Microsoft Office.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

YouTube in the Classroom

Yes, it is filled with millions of cat videos...but...YouTube can also be a very valuable resource for teachers.  Throughout the next few months, EHOVEwire will be highlighting YouTube channels that we believe can assist you in the classroom.  We are going to start it all off with the channel named "AsapSCIENCE."  This unique channel uses a dry erase board and stop motion techniques to give an interesting take on science.  

Here is an example video:

To find more videos, here is the link to their channel.  AsapSCIENCE channel page

Silk Slides - An Easy Way to Share & Discuss Slides

Are you looking for an easy way to share presentations with your students? Or perhaps generate discussions on the presentation?  If so then you may want to check out Silk Slides.

Silk Slides takes a slide how and turns it into a more collaborative experience online. With Silk Slides, you upload a slide show (PowerPoint or a PDF) and it gives you a URL that you can then send to whoever you wish to share your presentation with.  Those viewing the shared presentation do not need an account in order to view the shared presentation.  A great feature of Silk Slides is the ability for comments to be made on each slide.  You can embed questions that students can comment on with each other and as well as read each others responses.

Uses in the classroom
Silk Slides could be a great platform for students to ask questions about slides as your present the slides or act as a method to generate classroom discussions.  You could also use Silk Slides to offer feedback to your students about the design and content of their presentations.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Your Technology Department [EHOVE]

Hey EHOVE Staff!

Did you know the technology department has their own site?  It's full of resources that you can use to troubleshoot issues, view the training schedule, get informed about system outages and maintenance, download forms, put in work orders, find out how to get connected to the wireless network, view FAQ's and find out more about the members of the Tech Department.

Check it out and please give us your feedback! What are we missing? What do you want to know more about?

Access the site here: tech.ehove.net or select "Tech. Dept." under the "Quick Links" section of EHOVE's website.