Monday, March 29, 2010

Web 2.0 Tool of the Week: Screenr

Screenr is a web-based tool that provides creation of screencasts without installing any software. Screen activity is recorded along with narration from a microphone.

Account Information:
  • A Twitter (free) ID is needed to log in to Screenr to record screen casts or comment on them

Features of Screenr:
  • Screenr publishes screen casts in high-definition Flash format
  • Screenr recordings can be shared on Twitter, YouTube or anywhere else on the web
  • iPhone users can view a screen cast
  • The number of screen cast recordings is unlimited

Considerations for using Screenr:
  • All screen casts are public
  • Screenr records only your primary display

Why use Screenr?
  • Capture information from the internet to share with students
  • Demonstrate how to use software
  • Use clips as part of a presentation

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Microsoft Office Tip of the Week: Recent Document List

Applications: Word, Excel, PowerPoint

Many Microsoft Office programs display the last few files opened in that program. The list of recently documents can be customized to adjust the number of files or specific files that it displays.

Change the number of files that appear in the list of recent documents

  1. Click the Microsoft Office Button Button image, and then click (Excel, PowerPoint, or Word) Options.

  2. Click Advanced.

  3. Under Display, in the Show this number of Recent Documents list, click the number of files that you want to display.

To keep documents on the Recent Documents List:
  1. Click the Microsoft Office Button Button image.

  2. Click Pin this document to the Recent Documents list Button image.

Note: When a document is pinned to the Recent Documents list, the pin button looks like a push pin viewed from the top: Button image.

To undo this feature, push the Button image again, and it will appear as Button image.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Web 2.0 Tool of the Week: Digg

Digg is a social bookmarking site place for people to discover and share web content. Digg is organized into categories based on topics. All content is submitted by Digg users. Once something is submitted, other people see it and “Digg” (rate) the sites they feel are most relevant. If your submission receives enough Diggs, it is promoted to the front page for visitors to see.

Account Information:
  • Digg accounts are free
  • Accounts can be connected to other social networking sites

Why use Digg?:
  • Discover popular news
  • Submit your favorite web content
  • Check the homepage for popular stories
  • Use Digg to promote sites you find relevant and important
  • Subscribe to RSS feeds of particular topics, popular/upcoming sections, individual users
  • Search with terms of your choice
  • Build a network of friends or find them on Digg and add them to your friends list
  • Share popular articles with friends
  • Share your opinions by commenting on stories, images, and videos

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