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Tech Toolbox: MyScript MathPad

Tech Toolbox: MyScript MathPad
Over two years ago I blogged about an iPad app useful for recording called Educreations. That app, and the accompanying website, are still going strong. However I was never happy about using Educreations for recording my finger-writing of mathematical equations. So if you’re the type who has need of equations in your course documents, listen up! There are a pair of “mathy” apps from the company MyScript which can assist in neatening up the finger-paint input of equations. The first, which I won’t dwell on, is called the MyScript Calculator. This calculator app allows written...
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PowerPoint 2013: Using the Text Box Tool

PowerPoint 2013: Using the Text Box Tool
In this post we will describe how to enter text on a slide using the Text Box tool.  Remember, text added to a slide in this fashion will not appear in Outline View. To add text in a text box, go to the Insert tab and select Text Box. The Text Box command in the text group on the Insert tab. When you move your cursor onto the slide in Normal View it will appear as an inverted cross.  Either 1) click on the slide in the location you want to type and begin typing at the insertion point, or 2) draw a bounding box for your text and begin typing at the insertion point. Text Box after single click on slide....
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PowerPoint 2013: Adding a Logo to Each Slide

PowerPoint 2013: Adding a Logo to Each Slide
One of the questions that comes up often in the PowerPoint workshops I do is ‘How do I add a logo to all the slides in my presentation?’  Sometimes instead of logo, it is called a watermark, but whatever it is called, it is a common graphic element placed in the same position on each slide.  The answer is simple: use the Slide Master. If you are reading along in this series you will know that we are going to be creating a presentation together, called “College: Worth It?”  I will use the first couple of slides in the presentation to demonstrate how to add a common graphic...
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Tech Toolbox: Educreations

Tech Toolbox: Educreations
Occasionally when the techs here are speaking with faculty, particularly in the free-form discussions that come up at our Wednesday morning “Blackboard with Cream & Sugar” sessions, the techs will mention tools we use that faculty are unaware of. Sometimes those tools can be adapted to use in the classroom, so I’m highlighting some such tools on the blog under the “Tech Toolbox” name. Today’s addition to the Tech Toolbox is an educational content creation and distribution tool: Educreations. From the website: “Teach what you know. Learn what you...
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Tech Toolbox: ZoomIt

Occasionally when the techs here are speaking with faculty, particularly in the free-form discussions that come up at our Wednesday morning “Blackboard with Cream & Sugar” sessions, the techs will mention tools we use that faculty are unaware of. Sometimes those tools can be adapted to use in the classroom, so I plan to begin highlighting some such tools on the blog under the “Tech Toolbox” name. For the first installment of Tech Toolbox, I’d like to focus on a simple Windows-based tool that can aid when doing presentations in the classroom: ZoomIt, from Microsoft....
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