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Useful Tech Info from David Pogue

David Pogue: 10 top time-saving tech tips

I’ve summarized the tips outlined in this helpful video.  I hope you find something of value.  Thanks to the helpful instructor who passed this on.

  1. Use the space bar to scroll down a page on the web.

Shift + Space to scroll up.

  1. Use the Tab key to go to between boxes on forms to fill in online.

When there’s a pop-up menu for your state or country, type the first initial repeatedly to get to the right letter.

  1. For viewing bigger text on your screen: press + with the Control  (or command) key or minus for smaller text.
  2. Smartphones

Press Space bar twice to end a sentence (iPhone, Android, Windows phone, BlackBerry)

Adds a period, inserts one space, and capitalizes the

  1. All Cellphones

Tap the Call or Dial key to call up the last number dialed.

(On a non-smartphone, opens a list of all recent numbers)

  1. Interrupt the voicemail message by pressing the carrier’s interrupt key:
  • Verizon: *
  • AT&T-Mobile: #
  • Sprint: l
  1. Google Stunts

“Define”  to find the meaning of any word.

  1. Flight tracking.  Type the name of the airline and the flight for details.
  2. Unit conversion. Type in eg: inches in 32cm.

10. Four Text Basics

  • Double-click to highlight a word.
  • Don’t delete!  Just type over it.
  • Double-click/drag to select in one-word chunks.
  • Triple-click to highlight a paragraph.

11. Cameras

How to eliminate shutter lag completely: half-press the shutter button to pre-focus.

12. Presentations

Press the B key to black out the slide.  Press again to return to slide.

(W key for whiteout)

 

InterSection: Harmony in ESP Practice with Computers, Video and Digital Media. Saturday, March 23, 3:00-4:45 in the Tech Showcase.

I was honored to be part of this exciting forum at TESOL in Dallas, Texas.  You can listen to the presentations and view them by following the link.

http://callis2013.pbworks.com/w/page/64353625/ESP-CALL-VDM-IS-InterSection-Harmony-in-ESP-Practice-with-Computers-Video-and-Digital-Media#view=page%3E?

Pecha Kucha is a wonderful way to share many ideas in a short space of time and as this session demonstrated, it can lead to rich and exciting discussion on a variety of topics.

Many thanks to Dr. Najma Janjua

ESP-IS Immediate Past Chair  and Professor of Graduate School of Research

Kagawa Prefectural University of Health Sciences in Japan.

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How to Post Starboard Lessons on Blackboard

Starboard to Blackboard

If you would like to have students view all of the content of your Starboard lessons, you can easily upload these as pdfs by following the directions in this Jing.  Saving Starboard files in this way also includes all of the additional documents or Powerpoint slides that you may have shown in class – a great way to make available any incidental vocabulary or photographs from lessons!  Why not give it a try…

Minutes from Tech lunch

February 1st, 2013

Thanks to all who attended our tech lunch on Friday, February 1st.  The purpose of the gathering was to solicit some feedback from instructors on their technology use and preferences in the center.   Following pizza, attendees shared their thoughts on answers to questions such as “What are the benefits of using Starboard?” or “What do you think that students expect in terms of your technology use?”.  This generated some great suggestions – here are some points that were raised:

  1. Having a rubric on the iPads for scoring presentations easily.
  2. Having the calendar of events available for students on Blackboard to connect to the wider OSU community and ability to post additional events.
  3. The size of the Starboard is perceived to be a drawback for some instructors.
  4. In some classrooms the Starboards need to be calibrated regularly.
  5. The majority of those present would like to check out iPads for a month.
  6. All instructors present had a tech-savy person in their office to help with quick questions.
  7. The majority of those present allow students to use phone dictionaries in the classroom.
  8. One instructor uses Polleverywhere in class for student feedback.
  9. The general feeling was that students expect instructors to post assignments and information on Blackboard.
  10. Katie and Michelle will make sure that instructors can post a link to the Student Tech survey on Blackboard and remind them to do it.
  11. A demo class using Starboard was suggested and the idea of peer coaching for Starboard use was discussed.
  12. The legality of posting student presentations on YouTube unlisted was discussed and mention made of the task force in place who are looking into this problem of video sharing.
  13. A question was asked about students posting in-class work related to INTO classes on YouTube.  Is there a branding problem?
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More Blackboard tips and tricks

Using the Test Student

Users and Groups > Users > Down chevron Change User’s Password > type your new password and confirm.

The username for this student is represented by bb_xyy_nnnnn.

  • x is either f(fall), w(winter), s(spring) or u(summer) term.
  • yy is the last two digits of the calendar year.
  • nnnnn is the course CRN.
  • Example: bb_f01_14771 is the test student id for the course MTH_111_010_F2001.

Log in to see the student’s view of your Bb site.

Setting up Weighted Columns in Grade Center

You will first need to create categories that you will select for weighting your total column.  For example, Presentations, reading assignments, tests etc.

Grade Center > Full Grade Center > Manage Categories > Create category > Fill in name and Description and then click Submit.

To make a weighted total column (or running total), use the categories outlined in your syllabus.

Grade Center > Full Grade Center > Create Calculated Column Weighted Column.

Fill in the column details and select the categories that you wish to include on the left and move these to the right hand side by clicking the “>”  in the center.

Add the percentage in the * box on the right hand side.  Click on the blue circle to weight the contents proportionally rather than equally.

You can decide if you want students to view this column or not and whether to include it in the grade calculations (obviously not for a running total column).

Click the blue Submit button.

Get the link to the tutorial here and the video link here.

Making an Attendance Sheet

Grade Center > Full Grade Center > Work Offline  Download > Full Grade Center > Download

This will generate an Excel Spreadsheet that you can use to cut and paste names.

You can also see a list of names by choosing Tools > Roster  Not Blank

The latter is not as easy to manipulate as cutting and pasting results in two very wide columns (you will need to go to Table > Convert > Convert table to text).

There is a huge amount of information and tutorials on making wikis, tests etc. to be found at this site.

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