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The Best News Aggregating Apps

When it comes to news aggregators, iPad apps suffer from an embarrassment of riches.  There are several truly excellent aggregators, each with its own take on algorithmically generated news for you.  In this post I will take a look at the leaders and you can decide for yourself which, if any, you might wish to install.  I will not be covering stand-alone publishing enterprises, like the New York Times or Time Magazine apps, but rather meta-tools that aggregate articles from these and many other news sources.  I have stretched my definition to include Reuters and AP, which technically are news sources,...
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Student Paper Markup: Quick Parts and Macros

Student Paper Markup: Quick Parts and Macros
Those responsible for reading and commenting on student papers know that there are certain comments that get made over and over.  Wouldn’t it be nice if there were a way to store these in Word, and insert them into the student paper (or a Review annotation to the student paper) with a single keystroke?  There is with Quick Parts and Macros.  This post demonstrates how. Quick Parts First, open a Word document and type the comments you typically enter on student papers.  You may want to save this document and add to it as you think of others later.  To make quick parts out of each of your...
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Why Screencast?

Why Screencast?
I will be conducting a workshop Friday on how to capture and produce video in Camtasia.  Camtasia is the state-of-the-art screen capture program from TechSmith.  We have licensed it for District computers at our college, and those who do not qualify for the District licenses copy can purchase it for the educational price of $179.  As I say, my workshop is titled How to Capture and Produce video—specifically screencast video—in Camtasia.  It grew out of a workshop I did on how to edit video in Camtasia.  Folks who attended that one wanted more on how to originally get screencast video and what settings...
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Tablet Comparisons

Tablet Comparisons
I had the opportunity of hosting a workshop recently titled “The New World of Tablet Computing” where the point was to display the feature sets and capabilities of four new (and market leading) tablets:  the Nexus 10; the Kindle Fire HD 8.9″; the iPad 4th generation; and the Microsoft Surface RT.   Market leading is deceptive.  iPad leads the market by light years, and the Fire and Nexus can only be mentioned as distant competition with the Surface not even appearing on the charts if sales is used as the standard.  Nevertheless, since some actual competition to the iPad now exists, I...
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Google Search Tips & Tricks

Google Search Tips & Tricks
I am going to be doing a Google Search Tips workshop next week (Tuesday at noon in room LL-109).  For those who will not be able to attend, here is what we will be covering. Google Search Basics 1. Every word you put in the search box counts.  Don’t use too many words, but the right word and word order matter. Don’t ask a natural language question that a human would understand. Don’t worry about spelling, Google will correct it. The search algorithm understands only terms you give it, so express your search in the terms that might appear on the page(s) you are looking for. Stop words (the, and, a,...
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