Technology Tip
What's so Suite about Office?
What is the Microsoft Office Suite:

Microsoft Office is by far the most widely recognized software in the world. In many schools and businesses it is the software that is used every day. Here is a quick rundown of the common programs that make up the Microsoft Office Suite:

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Microsoft Word:- Word processing software.
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Microsoft Excel:- Spreadsheet Software
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Microsoft PowerPoint:- Presentation Software
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Microsoft Access:-Database Software
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Microsoft Publisher:- Graphic Design Software
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Microsoft FrontPage- Webpage Editing Software

Teachers might need a much more in-depth version of this list. Try going to this site for various links to Microsoft Tutorials:
Or check out the official __Microsoft Office Online Website__.

As you may or may not know Microsoft is the really big software company that Bill Gates started. If you’d like to read about the brief though extremely successful history of Microsoft try this link: The Microsoft Timeline.

: Check to see which of these programs you have available on your computer today. See if you can figure out which version of the software you have.
TO KEEP ON LEARNING: If you'd like to learn more about the Microsoft Office Suite of programs try searching the internet for:
Microsoft Office Tutorials
Word, Excel, FrontPage, PowerPoint, Publisher, Access
Office Suite

Technology Tip
Type it, Speak it, Listen to it

There has to be at least one creative teacher out there that can make use of these online text to speech websites:
First off, __try this site__. You can use it to hear typed text spoken with any one of 14 different accents using 14 different voices. It's amazing!
There's some online programs you can on the internet that do more complex things. Some of the software has free trial versions you can download and try:

And here's the website that was used to create the message from Jerry:

PRACTICE ACTIVITY: Check out some of these text readers sometime today.
TO KEEP ON LEARNING: To learn more about text readers try searching the internet for:

Technology Tip Changing Your Window View

Did you know that you can easily change the way files are displayed in a Microsoft Window?

Follow this link for more information:

You learned to share at a young age.
You remember how.
So why not share today?

Technology Tip:Is it a TV or a Computer?

You might be familiar with internet video already. Sites like United Streaming make it possible for you to show streaming video in any classroom that has a high speed internet connection. But did you know about sites like Google Video ( and (Watch a 4 minute history of Since these websites might be blocked in some schools you might want to check out these sites instead:, (UK),, and

Technology Tip
Making a Photo Story
Here's a free download from Microsoft that can help you make some real professional looking slideshows on your computer. Do you have a lot of digital photos on your computer? Would you like to turn them into a nice slideshow with movements, transitions and background music? You could do it all in PowerPoint but this free software from Microsoft is much easier to use.

To get this free software check out Photo Story 3 here: photostory/default.mspx

Please note that this software runs best on computers that have Windows XP as they're operating system. For more specific system requirements go here.
If you'd like to see some sample Photo Stories try checking out this website from the Greece Area School District in New York:

Technology Tip
Discounts for Educators

Today’s technology tip will give you access to a few of the discount opportunities that are available to educators:

__Barnes & Noble__
20% off purchases by teachers
__Ann Taylor Loft__
15% Discount for Teachers
__Cruise Deals for Teachers__
Special deals for EMT's Police Officers & Teachers
__FedEx Kinkos__
15% Discount for Educators
Freebies for Teachers
__Apple Computers__
Discounts for Educators on Computer Products
__Discounts for Canadian Teachers__
Newfoundland and Labrador Teacher's Association
Educators Discounts Information
__Lots of Free Printable Coupons__
This unique website has lots of discounts

Technology Tip Just the Basics Please

Today's tip will provide you with three great resources for help with basic computer skills. Hopefully you've developed enough confidence with the computer that you don't need these sites, but you might know someone else who does.
Three Websites for really basic computer knowledge:
Really Easy:
New User Tutorial
This really easy tutorial is intended for people who have never used a computer before. It is run by The Library Network in Michigan. It was adapted in part from tutorials at Washoe County Nevada Library System and Central Kansas Library System and Palm Beach County Library System.

Beginner Level:

Computer Operations from the AECT Project
The Association for Educational Communications and Technology created this site to help teachers learn more about computer technology. A more complex site than the previous two. It is a great resource for adult professionals with limited computer skills.
Basic Computer Tutorial

This more in depth tutorial is from the Computer Technology Documentation Project. Lots of information and a large table of contents to explore. A much more extensive tutorial compared to the others.

PRACTICE ACTIVITY: Promote computer technology by sharing these websites with someone you know who needs help with real basic computer skills.
TO KEEP ON LEARNING: For more help with basic computer skills try searching the internet for:

Teaching basic computer skills
Basic computer skills
Starting with computers

Technology TipTeaching with Computers

Given the choice, many classroom teachers would prefer visiting the dentist over taking their students to a computer lab. Today's technology tip consists of some common sense classroom (or computer lab) management techniques that can make class time in the computer lab more productive.
Some Computer Lab Management Techniques:

Have students turn off their monitors while the teacher gives directions. Ever try talking to a teenager while they’re watching TV? You should know that the computer is just as distracting for our students as a TV set so have them turn off their monitors so they can hear the directions.
Try everything before you have the students in front of you. Preparation in the computer age means testing everything (the CD's, internet access, the online activities and the digital projector) before trying anything with the students.
If your lab has management software learn to use it. Lab management software can make it possible for you to monitor all the computers from one place, do a demonstration on everyone's screen at once and take over computers to help students individually. Here a link to more information:
Be familiar with the policies of your school concerning computer use. Are students allowed to access their email? Can they instant message each other? Are inappropriate websites blocked? What printers can they use? These are just some examples of the kinds of things you should research in advance.
Don't forget to check the Taskbar on student monitors as you wander around the computer lab. Students can easily wander off task when using a computer and many of them are experts at hiding what they're doing. They'll quickly minimize the windows they don't want you to see. Just remember to check the Taskbar at the bottom of their screen:
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Here’s a link to even more tips from Education World:
PRACTICE ACTIVITY: Try some of the tips above the next time you're working with students in a computer lab setting.
TO KEEP ON LEARNING: For more technology techniques for teachers try searching the internet for:

Teaching with computers
Computer Lab Management
Students and computers

Technology Tip
Making a Comment in Word
Did you ever want to mark up a Word document without having to print it out? This tip will show you how to insert a comment into a Word document.
  1. Highlight the text that you'd like to make a comment about.
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  3. A red box will appear where you can type in your comment:
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  4. When you are done typing your comment just click somewhere else in the document to get out of the red box.
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PRACTICE ACTIVITY: Try adding a comment to a Word document sometime today.
TO KEEP ON LEARNING: To learn more about inserting comments in a Word document try searching the internet for:
Inserting a Comment in Word
Commenting in student projects in Word

Technology Tip
Double Space That

Today's tip will help you set the line spacing in Microsoft Word. Here's how to set some text in Word to be double spaced.
  1. Highlight the text you want to double space
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  3. In the window that appears look for "Line Spacing" and change it to "Double" then click "OK"
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Another paragraph setting that you might want to experiment with is "Indentation" where you can set your text for "Hanging Indent" which is used for bibliographies.

PRACTICE ACTIVITY: Try experimenting with some paragraph settings in Word sometime today.
TO KEEP ON LEARNING: To find information about paragraph and line spacing settings in Word try searching the internet for:
Line spacing in Word
Double spacing in Word
Paragraph settings in Word

Technology Tip
Puzzle Me This...?

Here are some great websites that will help you make some puzzles online, for free. That's right, there are web pages out there that will automatically make word searches, crossword puzzles and other worksheets using information that you provide. Check a few of them out:
__Discovery School Puzzle Maker__
Great for all kinds of puzzles: Fallen Phrases, Word Searches, Cryptograms, Letter Tiles, Hidden Messages, Mazes and many more. All are free and easy to make and they can be printed out.
__Armoured Penguin Make a Word Search__
This site is a little harder to use but it has a collection of "Collected Puzzles" that were made by other teachers that you can select from.
__Work Sheet Library__
They advertise 500 free worksheets and offer thousands more for all grade levels.
__Teach-nology Worksheets__
Over 6,000 free printable worksheets at this website. Any K-12 teacher should be able to find something here. Some country specific worksheets for Canada, China, and Japan.

PRACTICE ACTIVITY: Try experimenting with one of these sites by making a simple puzzle sometime today.
TO KEEP ON LEARNING: To find more online puzzle generators try searching the internet for:
Puzzle generators
Free word search creator
Online puzzle maker

Technology Tip
Take Me to My Home Page?
Your home page is the first web page that you see whenever you open the internet. Did you know that you can change it? Here's how:
These directions are for Microsoft Internet Explorer and might not work for other browsers. Also, if you are in a network environment you might not be able to change your home page.
  1. Open up the internet.
  2. Go to a webpage that you'd like to set as your new homepage. Copy the address of that webpage by right clicking on the address and selecting copy from the menu that appears.
  3. Go to the "Tools" menu and select "Internet Options"
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  4. In the "Internet Options" window look for "Home Page." Highlight and delete the address of the current home page and then right click on that area and paste in the new web page you'd like to have as your home page.
  5. Close the "Internet Options" window by selecting "OK" at the bottom.
The next time you open the internet you should immediately go to the web page you selected as your new home page.

PRACTICE ACTIVITY: If you haven't done it already, try changing your home page.
TO KEEP ON LEARNING: Find out more about setting your home page by searching the internet for:
Setting a home page
Internet Options in Internet Explorer

Technology Tip
Who's Default Printer?

If you're working in a network environment you may have noticed that you can print to any one of a number of printers in your building. You may have also noticed that your default printer isn’t always the one you’d like. Here’s how to set your default printer to the one you want. (Please note that this might not be possible in all network environments. In some cases you might have to contact your network administrator to access these windows and settings.)
Go to the START menu and select SETTINGS and then select PRINTERS AND FAXES
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A list of all the printers you could possibly use is then displayed. The one with the black and white check mark next to it is your current “Default Printer.”
If you’d like to change it RIGHT CLICK on the printer you would like to set as your new default printer and select “SET AS DEFAULT PRINTER” from the list.

PRACTICE ACTIVITY: Try checking your default printer sometime today. If you're feeling daring you could by changing it.
TO KEEP ON LEARNING: Find out more about setting your default printer try searching online for:
Default printer
Network Printers
Setting Printers in XP

Technology Tip
Combine My Slides
If you ever have students or coworkers do a group project where the final product is a PowerPoint Slide Show you’ll be faced with the problem of how to combine multiple slide shows together. In theory each person in a group could be making slides for the show independently and then they could combine them together into one show using a network drive or other means. Here's an example of how to do it.

First, we have to get all the slide shows together on one computer. If you're in a network environment this might mean saving all the shows together at the same network location. If you're not in a network environment you could have everyone email their show to the same person who could then open them all on the same computer. If these two options aren't feasible you could save all the shows to the same USB drive or CD.
1) Open up all the slide shows on one computer.
2) Change the view of the slide show to the “Slide Sorter View” by clicking this button in the lower left hand corner:
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3) Once in the slide sorter view highlight or select the slides you want to copy to another show. Then copy them by either using CTRL + C or “Edit” and “Copy” or right clicking on them and selecting “Copy” from the menu
5) Then go to the slide show you want to paste the slides into. Switch that show to “Slide Sorter View” and click on the location where you want to paste the slides. Use CTRL + V or “Edit” and “Paste” or right click and “Paste” from the menu.
It's a quirk in PowerPoint that the only way you can copy and paste slides from one show to another is in the Slide Sorter View but once you know that combining slide shows can be a breeze.

PRACTICE ACTIVITY: Try combining the slides from two slide shows using the slide sorter view sometime today.
TO KEEP ON LEARNING: To learn more about combining slide shows try searching the internet for:
Slide sorter view
Combining Slide Shows
PowerPoint Tricks

Technology Tip
To Manipulate a Picture
Did you know that you can make adjustments to pictures right in Microsoft Word? That's right, you can make simple changes to pictures right in Word, no special picture software is required. All you need is the Picture Toolbar:
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It should appear automatically whenever you click on a picture but if it doesn't you can bring it up by going to the "View" menu and then selecting "Toolbars" and then selecting "Picture" from the list.
Here is an illustration of what each toolbar button does:

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Here are some samples of the effects you can get using the picture toolbar:
Original Picture:
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external image 97picture4.JPGPRACTICE ACTIVITY: Copy and paste this picture into a blank Word Document multiple times. See if you can use the buttons on the picture toolbar to duplicate some of the effects that are displayed above.

TO KEEP ON LEARNING: To learn more about manipulating pictures try searching the internet for:
Manipulating pictures
Picture Contrast
Picture Brightness
Picture Toolbar

Technology Tip
More Map Resources

The availability of satellite and aerial photos online has made it possible for the students of today to get an unprecedented view of their world with the assistance of the internet. You may have heard of sites like __MapQuest.com__ and you might have even used them to find driving directions. Here's a list of other websites you might want to check out:
__Google Maps__ & __Yahoo Maps__ - Both of these sites were mentioned in a previous technology tip (#30) but they are great examples of what online mapping systems look like.
__Google Earth__ - This dynamic mapping system requires you to download some free software. Google Earth was also mentioned in a previous technology tip (#31).

__FlashEarth.com__ - If you are having trouble accessing or downloading any of the above resources try this link to a dynamic collection of satellite photos of the earth.
__Ask Maps__ - offers an online mapping system that has many of the same features of Google and Yahoo Maps. Geography teachers will appreciate that they also offer a Physical Features map that looks just like the pull down one in their classrooms.
__Microsoft Virtual Earth__ - Not to be outdone, Microsoft has produced what it calls the Virtual Earth. This site requires you to download some software to experience all of its features.
__NASA Terra__ - If you'd just like to view some really neat satellite images try this site out. It provides you with links to all kinds of historic and amazing images of the earth that are free for non-private use (terms of use here).
Still haven't had enough? As this technology continues to proliferate you will find more and more online maps becoming available. For example, here's a SCUBA DIVING AND SPEAR FISHING MAP OF AUSTRALIA that's power by Google Maps. There's definitely more to come from this technology.

PRACTICE ACTIVITY: Check out two or three of the links above sometime today and compare them. Try selecting one that you'd like to go back to later.
TO KEEP ON LEARNING: If you'd like to learn more about online mapping services try searching the internet for:
Google Maps Hacks
Virtual Earth
Mapping software

You may have seen other people with them, you might even have one of your own. They’re the newest and most convenient way to store data and they look like these:

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They also go by various names: USB Drives, Flash Memory, Flash Drives or even Thumb Drives:
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Here's a link to the top 10 weirdest looking USB drives:
What you need to know about USB Drives:
  1. They go by several names: Thumb drives, flash drives, flash memory, SanDisk drives. The most official name would be just “USB Drive”
  2. They have much greater storage capacity than old fashioned floppy disks and are easier to carry than CD’s.
  3. They plug into the USB ports of any computer here at school
  4. There are two “speeds”: USB 1.0 and USB 2.0 (2.0 is faster and all new USB drives are 2.0)

  1. They come in these standard sizes: 128MB, 256MB, 512MB, 1GB, 2GB. For reference a 3.5” floppy disk holds 1.44MB and a CD holds 700MB. That means it would take 355 floppy disks to equal one 512MB USB drive.
  2. Prices for USB drives range from $29-$129. If a 512MB USB drive costs about $40 that equals about $.08 per MB. For those of you on a tight technology budget you might want to compare that to the price of an old fashioned 3.5” floppy diskette which holds 1.44 MB's and could cost you about $.30 per MB.
For additional information about how Flash Drives work check out this site:

PRACTICE ACTIVITY: Look around for someone else who has a flash drive. Chances are someone around you might be using one.
TO KEEP ON LEARNING: To find more about flash drives try searching the internet for:
How Flash Drives Work
Computer memory
Thumb drives

Spell Checking in Word

Today's technology tips is just a quick reminder about how to spell check your documents in Microsoft Word. In this example we'll be using the XP version of Word but it works similarly in other versions and in other word processing programs.
First, make sure the spell checking options are turned on in Word. Go to "Tools" and select "Options"

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On the menu that appears you can select the features you would like. For example, Word can check your spelling and grammar as you type and underline errors with a red line. Word can also suggest corrections to your spelling. In the example below you can see corrected spellings by right clicking on the word with the red underline:
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You can also spellcheck an entire document by either pressing F7 on the keyboard of by going to the "Tools" menu and selecting "Spelling and Grammar."

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This features may operate differently in different versions of Word and different word processing programs. You will also find these features in most Microsoft Word programs.

PRACTICE ACTIVITY: Try setting the spelling and grammar options in Word sometime today.
TO KEEP ON LEARNING: To learn more about the spelling settings available in word processors try searching the internet for:
Spell Checkers
Word Grammar check

Technology Tip
Do You Know Your Policies

It's happening more and more these days. Organizations, and government entities like school districts, municipal governments, and universities are all doing it. They're all using the internet as the ultimate public bulletin board. We might not be that far from the day when "giving public notice" just means posting something on the internet.
Here's an example of what's being posted by our various governments:

This is a pretty wide ranging list isn't it? Today's technology tip is a general reminder that this type of information is available online. You should spend some time getting familiar with what's available online in your own community and place of work.
PRACTICE ACTIVITY: Check out the online resources available from your local government, public school or other government entity sometime today and place it on this wiki to share with our team.
TO KEEP ON LEARNING: If you're looking for more information that's available online try searching for:
Government records
Policies, codes, statutes, state laws...

Technology Tip
Give me a Shortcut!

If you don't remember it, there was a time when your computer didn't come with a mouse attached. A time when you could only interact with the machine using the keyboard. If you're curious, it is possible to use a computer without a mouse. There is software that can make a computer more accessible to the blind for example. But there is also a whole list of keyboard shortcuts that you could use to eliminate mouse clicks.
Try these shortcut keys in Microsoft Word when you get a chance:
Shortcut Keys
Universal Help in almost every Windows program.
Ctrl + A
Select all text.
Ctrl + X
Cut selected item.
Ctrl + C
Copy selected item.
Ctrl + V
Goes to beginning of current line.
Ctrl + Home
Goes to beginning of document.
Goes to end of current line.
Ctrl + End
Goes to end of document.
Shift + Home
Highlights from current position to beginning of line.
Shift + End
Highlights from current position to end of line.
Basic PC shortcut keys
The below basic shortcut keys are a listing of shortcut keys that will work with almost all IBM compatible computers and software programs. It is highly recommended that all users keep a good reference of the below short cut keys and/or try to memorize the below keys. Doing so will dramatically increase your productivity.
Shortcut Keys
Alt + F
File menu options in current program.
Alt + E
Edit options in current program
Universal Help in almost every Windows program.
Ctrl + A
Select all text.
Ctrl + X
Cut selected item.
Shift + Del
Cut selected item.
Ctrl + C
Copy selected item.
Ctrl + Ins
Copy selected item
Ctrl + V
Shift + Ins
Goes to beginning of current line.
Ctrl + Home
Goes to beginning of document.
Goes to end of current line.
Ctrl + End
Goes to end of document.
Shift + Home
Highlights from current position to beginning of line.
Shift + End
Highlights from current position to end of line.
Ctrl + Left arrow
Moves one word to the left at a time.
Ctrl + Right arrow
Moves one word to the right at a time.
PRACTICE ACTIVITY: Try using these keyboard shortcuts sometime today. You might even find that using them saves you time compared to using the mouse and searching menus.
TO KEEP ON LEARNING: To find more keyboard shortcuts try searching the internet for:
Microsoft keyboard shortcuts
computers for the blind
key strokes

Technology Tip Making Columns

Here’s how to make columns in Word. As usual, there are multiple ways to do anything in a Microsoft program, I’ll be showing you just one of the ways:
Type your text into Word. Don’t worry that it is initially in a single column format, it is very easy to change it.
2) Highlight the text that you want to change to two (or more) columns
3) Select “Format” and then “Columns” from the menu bar:

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4) Select the number of columns you want to have and click “OK” Note that you can make additional changes such as the width of the columns and the width of the “gutter” or space between the columns.
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PRACTICE ACTIVITY: Try formatting some text into columns in Microsoft Word sometime today.
TO KEEP ON LEARNING: To find out more about setting up columns in Word try searching the internet for:
Making columns in Word
Word tutorials

Technology Tip I'm Over My Mailbox Limit

Here's a common problem, you ran out of space in your mailbox and you need to clean it out. Below are some techniques for cleaning out your Microsoft Outlook mailbox. Some of these techniques will work on other email systems.
How to delete old email:
Go to your In Box and click on an old email to delete
2) If you’d like to delete multiple emails from your list click on the top one to select it, then hold the SHIFT key down and use the DOWN ARROW to select more. If you’d like to delete all the emails from your In Box go to the “Edit” menu and choose “Select All” from the list or press CTRL + A to select all the emails on your list.
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Click on the X to delete the emails you selected.
Deleting emails as mentioned above didn’t actually delete them, it just moved them to the “Deleted Items” folder where they will patiently wait for you to decide their ultimate fate. It’s sort of like an electronic dungeon where condemned emails are sent. If you are getting messages saying your email is full you might need to clean out your “Deleted Items” folder. Here’s how to do that:

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1) Go to your “Deleted Items” folder by selecting the recycling bin (Deleted Items) on your outlook shortcuts:
2) You should now be looking at a list of all the emails you had previously deleted (you are now in the “electronic dungeon” I previously mentioned)
3) To delete an email permanently click on the email you want to delete (so it is blue). Then click on the external image 78email3.JPG to delete it. If you’d like to delete all the emails in your Deleted Items folder go to the “Edit” menu and choose “Select All” from the list or press CTRL + A to select all the emails. Then click the X to delete them.
How to delete emails from the Sent Items folder:
Even if you have deleted items from your Inbox and your Deleted Items folder you still might get that message that your email account is full. If this happens you need to clean out your Sent Items folder. Here’s how to do it:
bring up your “Folder List” by clicking on “View” and selecting “Folder List”
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Look for “Sent Items” on the folder list and select it
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3) You should now be viewing a list of all the emails you have sent. Select the emails that you want to delete and delete them by clicking the external image 78email3.JPG
If you’d like to delete multiple emails from your list click on the top one to select it, then hold the SHIFT key down and use the DOWN ARROW to select more. If you’d like to delete all the emails from your Sent Items go to the “Edit” menu and choose “Select All” from the list or press CTRL + A to select all the emails on your list.
Deleting emails as mentioned above didn’t actually delete them, it just moved them to the “Deleted Items” folder where they will patiently wait for you to decide their ultimate fate. To get rid of these emails permanently go to the “Deleted Items” folder and follow the steps above to delete the emails in it.

PRACTICE ACTIVITY: No matter what kind of email system you use, try cleaning it out sometime today.
TO KEEP ON LEARNING: To find out more about cleaning out your email folders in Outlook try searching the internet for:
Microsoft Outlook Tutorials
Deleting emails in Outlook
Cleaning out your email

Technology Tip Technology Tutorials All Around

The internet is big, really, really big, and a teacher who wants to continue to learn about technology can find lots of online resources to help. Today's technology tip is a guide to some of the best resources that are out there for teachers.
State departments of education as well as individual school districts across the country have a mandate to encourage teachers to integrate technology in the classroom. But some of the best initiatives to actually train teachers to use technology in the classroom seem to be coming from individual educators. Check out some of the sites listed below as examples:
This website, co-founded by Susan Brooks and Bill Byles, offers a wide variety of great tutorials and other internet resources for teachers.
Links to many online tutorials can be found at this site which was created by Annette Lamb and updated by Larry Johnson.
Another great resource for teachers. This site was created by Marilyn Western and has something for everyone.
Need some video for a lesson. Check this site in the UK and you just might find what you need.

PRACTICE ACTIVITY: Check out at least one tutorial form one of the websites listed above. If you have time look for a specific tutorial and try it out.
TO KEEP ON LEARNING: What to find more sites like these? Try searching the internet for:
Technology tips for teachers
Technology integration
Free Technology Tutorials

Technology Tip Excel in the Classroom

For today' technology tip we have some online resources for adding Excel to a classroom curriculum. For example, here's a great site all about using Excel in the classroom:

The site offers some short tutorials that explain the basic features of Excel. The tutorials are from the point of view of an Apple Macintosh user so there are some things that would be different on one of our IBM or PC format computers (such as a Dell, Gateway or HP computer). The links to "Excel Worksheet Basics" are all at the top of the web page.
Further down the page there is a whole list of online excel worksheets that you can access and even download to your computer. Here are some examples of the pre-made workbooks that are available:
Fostering Literacy Using Excel:
A Jeopardy Template:
Group Project about how students spend their time:
For even more online Excel Activities check out this website from the North Canton City Schools in Ohio:

Technology Tip... Take a Digital Picture of That

Do you have a digital camera? Do you want one? Do you know how to use one? Today's technology tip will hopefully give you some basic information about digital cameras.
Below is a diagram of an older Sony Mavica digital camera. The oldest ones used a floppy disk, newer ones take a memory stick, or flash memory. Even though this style camera has been discontinued they are a still good example of the kind of digital camera you might find in a school. Bulky and sturdy with the capability of saving pictures to cheap floppy disks made them a good choice for educators. The basic controls are labeled below:

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Click on the picture to enlarge it

This type of camera could take a 3.2 mega pixel picture which was enough for most applications. Newer cameras seem to have around 5 mega pixel capability. So what's a MEGA PIXEL you might ask?
Here's the simplest definition I could find for you:
"A mega pixel is simply one million pixels. What's a pixel? The technical definition takes several pages, so let's suffice to say a pixel is the single, square "picture element" among a grid of many others which captures and then represents that particular point of light the camera saw when you clicked the 'shutter' button." Read more here: (by: Fred Showker, Editor/Publisher UG Net News)

What you need to know, the more mega pixels you have the larger the image that you can take
will be. The larger the image the more details it will contain. So in mega pixel terms, bigger is generally better. But how many mega pixels do you need? 4 or 5 should work for just about any application you could come up with.
Are you shopping for a digital camera for yourself? Here's some resources that could help you shop:
Over 500 digital camera reviews:
Digital Camera price comparisons:
More digital camera comparisons:
PRACTICE ACTIVITY: If you have access to a digital camera try using it today. Don't forget to try using the display. Try displaying the pictures and see if you can figure out how to delete them.
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