Sometimes you want to show pictures of your screen for various purposes, such as showing a screen from a website or making a how-to. It’s not too hard to do from a computer using a tool like Snagit for Google Chrome, but what if you’re using a smartphone or tablet? Fortunately, that’s even easier. On an Android device, press and hold down the volume down and power buttons, and on Apple devices press and hold the sleep/wake button and press the home key. That’s all it takes. On Android you can find your screenshots in the Screenshots folder in your Gallery, and on Apple in your Camera Roll. You can share, email, or upload your screenshots just like any other picture. What will you use mobile screenshots for? Continue reading
Google Forms is a great no-cost tool for creating any type of form, such as surveys and assessments. There are nearly endless possibilities for what it can be used for. In this video I show the basics of how to use Google Forms, by creating an intake form a middle school math teacher might give to incoming students:
Let’s face it, using a computer can be hard, and it can be even harder to explain how to do something on the computer. Techsmith Snagit for Chrome is a free-to-use tool that makes it easy to take and annotate screenshots of webpages. It’s easy to install from the Chrome Web Store. Once it’s installed, it’s easy to use. Just click on the S icon, then choose the type of screenshot. You can drag and select a section of the page, take a picture of the entire page, or even use the Scrolling mode, which will capture the entire webpage, even if it doesn’t fit on a single screen. Once a picture is taken, you can name it and use the easy tools to draw annotations. Once saved, the files are placed in the Techsmith folder in Google Drive. You can alternatively download the snapshot directly or copy a link to it for easy incorporation in a website. In the example below, I take a picture of the AHS website and highlight the link to iParent. To view any of these images in more detail, click on the thumbnail to see the full-size version.
For more information about Snagit for Chrome, please visit the Techsmith website at https://www.techsmith.com/snagit-google-chrome.html.
Many student groups have their own email account which may be shared among officers. Unfortunately, this has problems the way it is done today. By sharing a username and password, account security is compromised, since the password needs to be easy enough for everybody to remember (and retired members would still have access). Also, multiple users accessing the same account may lead to a lockdown of the account. Account delegation solves these problems. Continue reading
In the early days of personal computing, almost everybody with a home computer knew how to program. As time passed, computers were released which did not require any sort of programming to use, such as the Apple Macintosh. My story begins later, around 2005. I was using my father’s PC from 1997, running Windows 95. Continue reading
Teachers, as well as others, collect materials from differing sources. PDF is the ideal format to consolidate all types of printable material on your computer: it gives an exact representation of a printed document on any system, integrates well with Google Drive, and can even be saved on iPhone and iPad. You may already be using a copier to scan physical papers to PDF. By using a PDF writer such as CutePDF, you can print to a PDF file without using any paper. This way, you can eliminate many technical issues and make sure people on different systems see the exact same document.
While we are moving towards a paperless world, we still need to print things out. To save paper (without sacrificing the educational value), you can print on both sides of the paper using your HP LaserJet 1022. When you click Print (Chrome: press Ctrl+Shift+P), choose Preferences after selecting your ‘1022. Select the Finishing tab at the top, and check the “Print on Both Sides” box. It will print one side, then stop. Without changing the orientation, move the stack of paper back to the bottom tray, and press the green button on the printer. The other side will print, giving you both sides.
RANDOM.ORG provides many free services, including the List Randomizer. The List Randomizer can be used in an educational setting to create random group assignments for projects, seat assignments, or anything else you can think of. It’s easy to use: go to their homepage, scroll down and click on the List Randomizer. If you enter your students’ names, it will randomize the order. By grouping the names you can make groups, and the randomized list can help you make a seating chart. Changing seats and groups can help students work more effectively, and RANDOM.ORG helps you choose how to do it.
Cardboard boxes are almost everywhere, but their value is often underestimated. Boxes are valuable for demonstrating the engineering process. Continue reading
Sometimes we all need to wait for email to arrive, but switching back and forth between checking your inbox and doing other work lowers productivity. If you enable desktop notifications in your GMail or Google Apps Mail, your computer will automatically let you know when messages arrive. Continue reading