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LOST: A New Series (on powerpoint)

In my travels around the world, I’ve noticed the peculiar habits and idiosyncrasies of various teachers, schools sites, and districts and have come to a startling realization about one of our uses of the technology known as PowerPoint: there are, as by some magical force like the Bermuda Triangle, a series of LOST PowerPoint slides that escape our PowerPoint presentations.

In Indiana Jones-style, I have searched the world, found, and collected these mysterious PowerPoint slides, which I now bring to you in, Lost: A New Series (on PowerPoint).

Here is Missing PPT Slide #1: LOST-the-missing-powerpoint-slides

Keyboard Shortcuts

I had a wonderful discussion this morning with a teacher who commented that she couldn’t view an entire video on the Fallbrook Tech Coach website, that her screen cut off part of the video.  I visited her classroom and found that the problem was an adjustment of her monitor view that could be altered with a keyboard shortcut.  The problem: her monitor was “zoomed in” and she often had to scroll over to see the entire screen, for example, to log out of ABI.  The solution?  The Control key and the Minus key.  CTRL – is a shortcut that works when you are not typing in a text area to zoom out.  The Control key and the Plus key work to zoom in (when you are not typing in a text area).  We “zoomed out” by holding the Control key and pressing minus (each time you press minus, you’ll zoom out incrementally).

This got me to thinking about the value of keyboard shortcuts.  Here are a few of the efficiency-boosting keyboard shortcuts that work in Windows programs like Word, PowerPoint and Excel.  The picture below is a link to the Microsoft article on more keyboard shortcuts.  Two that are worth mentioning here because they are so useful are the CTRL-Z (undo) and CTRL-A (select all) keyboard shortcuts.  Practice with these a few times and you’ll be getting more work done in a shorter time.

Is There a Doctor in the House? Yes, Google Docs!

I’ve discussed quite a bit of usefulness around Google docs with a few teachers this week, and it deserves a post all by itself. Benefits of Google docs!

1) Free
2) Serves as free online storage
3) Can create documents while you’re online (don’t have to have another program open)
4) Converts documents from one format to another (Powerpoint 2007 to Google Presentation format, which will save and open Powerpoint 2003)

How to:
1) Sign up for a Google account (free).
2) Visit www.docs.google.com and sign in with your Google account info.
3) Start creating, uploading, and downloading documents.

Example use:
– I start at home on Google Docs by uploading a letter to a parent I’m working on.
– I save it and drive to work.
– At work, I go to Google Docs and open the letter and finish it. I save it and download it.
– I open it with Microsoft Word and print.

Below are some screenshots of the Google Docs initial tour.  Click on them to expand and explore.