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Getting Loopy with PowerPoint 2013

Getting Loopy with PowerPoint 2013
If your classes go anything like my workshops do, then you seldom start right on time. I always hate “wasting time” out of my scheduled class time, and wish I could do something to make that time more useful. I’d really like to have something like the pre-previews content that movie theaters run; you know, the stuff with trivia games, ads, and the like that play before the house lights dim. There’s always an array of things to tell my learners about, and having that showing on the classroom projector while I do other things until class starts seems ideal. PowerPoint to the...
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Sine qua non Software

Sine qua non Software
Having just experienced a computer collapse and rebuild, and at the same time configured a new home laptop, it got me thinking about the software that I need that I could not do without.  I decided to construct a list.   An essential ingredient is interoperability with mobile devices, something that didn’t enter into serious consideration only a couple of years ago.  The desktop is now just one in a triad of equally important devices (the tablet and smart phone being the others) that any digitally literate person depends on, so my list has to embrace these platforms as well. First, and foremost,...
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Blackboard Adventure Time

Blackboard Adventure Time
Hi, this is David the human, and today I’ll be telling you a bit about my adventure last week in Las Vegas, at the BbWorld 2013 convention. (Okay, technically I attended both Blackboard’s Developer’s Conference, DevCon, and the main BbWorld conference, but the content from DevCon is uniformly tech in nature so likely nobody here cares.) Some of the BbWorld sessions were about esoteric topics, such as how to optimize the integration of data from the Palomar eServices system into Blackboard, or how to crawl around in the databases looking for diagnostic information to help make the...
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Student Technology Profile

Student Technology Profile
During the first two weeks of this semester we hosted an open, anyone-is-invited poll for students using our computer labs, asking them to tell us about their technology use.  Only 63 students participated, which is not too surprising during the opening of classes, where most students have many other things to worry about.  Nevertheless, the results closely parallel national polls and studies, which is a bit surprising for a survey so unscientific as ours.  The survey asked 20 questions, ten of which are reported below.  I will post at a later time on the others.  These results, along with their...
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Finding on a Web Page

Yesterday I posted on the most useful tips & tricks about using Google Search.  Today I would like to post on what to do once you use Google to go to a web page that may (or may not) contain the specific information you are looking for. For a simple example, let’s say I am examining a transcript of the original 1787 constitution of the  United States, looking for what it had to say about slavery.  I find a transcript from a reliable source (http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/constitution_transcript.html) and I press Ctrl-F on my keyboard (Command-F if you are using a Mac) and the find...
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