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Advanced Features Using Multiple Applications

Page history last edited by PBworks 16 years ago

 

  •  Jonathan Craun
  • All Office Suite Applications
  • All levels
  • For mainly teacher but it can apply to students
  • About 1 minute of time
  • Have you ever had this great picture to include in a handout just to have the copy machine mess it up?  Well, try and give it something that will work.  Simple change the picture to a state that still looks good and will copy well.  Copiers love contrast (black on white).  Simply use the picture toolbar to make the changes.  First, set the picture to gray scale.  Second, adjust contrast up.  Third, adjust brightness up.  Tip: adjust click at a time between brightness and contrast till it looks addiquate.  You are shooting for something like the example above.


 

 

Your name: Susan

 

MS Application: Word and Power Point

 

Level: All

 

Content Area: All

 

Type of application: Teacher

 

Time: Varies

 

Our school runs out of copy paper frequently.  This means that there are times when your plans involving questions, directions, or worksheets that you had planned to distribute are dashed.  Plus, I have found that I like to try to save paper as often as possible, so I try to incoporate the students' project or assignments on the Power Point.  What I will do is add it as a hypelink at the end of the lecture or presentation.  This saves paper and time, and the students seem to understand that they may have to move around to see all of the details but that it is worth it in the end.

The biggest problem will be proximity.  Once you have explained the project some students will need to get closer to the Proxima so they can see it for themselves.  The other issue is that it involves leaving the Proxima on all period, but since I don't do it every time, it seems worthwhile.

 

 


 

Your Name: Cean

 

MS Office Application: Works on all Office Applications

 

Level: Primary, Elementary, Middle, High

 

Content Area: Language Arts, Math, Science

 

Type of Application: Both Teacher & Student

 

Time: Less than 2 minutes

 

Summary:

One of my favorite features to use while working in Microsoft Word is the keyboard shortcuts.

Below is a link to a list of keyboard shortcuts that I think are very useful for classroom teachers.

 

Link to Example:  Keyboard Shortcuts

 

 


 

 

Your Name: Cean

 

MS Office Application: Works on all Office Applications

 

Level: Primary, Elementary, Middle, High

 

Content Area: Language Arts, Math, Science

 

Type of Application: Both Teacher & Student

 

Time: Less than 2 minutes

 

Summary:

 

As a special education teacher, I have found some of the advanced features of Microsoft Office and Microsoft’s operating systems to be very useful. For those of you with Microsoft’s Vista operating system go to the start menu, click on the control panel and then click on the ease of access button. Then click on the ease of access center. Once there you will find several useful items that students with disabilities can use in Microsoft Word, Publisher, PowerPoint, Excel and Access. The first item is a magnifier. The magnifier will work with most of the programs on the computer, including Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Internet Explorer. Click on the start magnifier button to try it.  It is also adjustable, depending on the needs of the person with the vision problem. The next feature in the ease of access center is the narrator. Microsoft’s voice narrator reads text as a person types. This allows people who may not be able to see the keyboard or what they are typing to type with ease. Narrator can also read a Word document, an HTML document, and a number of other documents. Finally, there is an adjustable high contrast available in the ease of access center that allows the user to set up the high contrast color screen. This makes it much easier for students with vision problems to use the computer and all of its features. I hope that you all get a chance to try some of these features. They really do work and many of my students have enjoyed using them. I do not have a lot of experience with Apple computers, but I am pretty sure that they have something similar. I will look into that and let you all know.

 

 


 

 

Name: Lee

MS Office Application:  Word Draw Tools and Power Point

Level: Primary, Elementary, Middle, High

Content Area:  Language Arts

Type of Application: Teacher

Time: 30 minutes to make presentation

Summary:

 I made graphic organizers for a Language Arts lesson using the diagram and draw tools in word. I then transferred them to a power point presentation adding new parts for each step. Once I learned how to easily copy an entire slide it became quite easy to manipulate the images to show the steps I would be modeling for my students.  I think this new idea will work better than the white board.  I have to give this lesson to two classes and on the white board I always seem to lose information.

Link to Example: Imaginative Narrative.ppt

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