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Using the iPad with a Projector

Using the iPad with a Projector
A surprising number of faculty members at our institution own iPads.  I know, because I recently had the opportunity to present a short iPad Ed workshop which was well attended, and I asked.  As I say, a surprising number of hands went up.  Part of the workshop was what I intended to be a brief discussion of using Apple TV to wirelessly project in the classroom, but the discussion was not so brief because there was a great deal of interest in the iPad and projection technology.  Thus, this post, on the various ways to use the iPad with a classroom projector, both wired and wirelessly. In the...
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Instapaper

Near the top of my essential apps list (and I’m using this in the broadest sense of applications that run on PC and Mac OS X platforms, the iPad and iPhone) is Instapaper. What is Instapaper?  It is a free app/service for web browsers ($4.99 for iPad/iPhone) that allows you to send the text of whatever web page, blog post, e-newspaper article, e-whatever to a server, where it is stored until you want to read it later.  The ads are stripped out, though it preserves article graphics, and it is reformatted beautifully. To use Instapaper create an account at instapaper.com, install the Read it later...
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Win Key Taskbar Shortcut

Does the arrangement of the icons on your Windows 7 taskbar matter?  It does if you want to use a really nifty keyboard shortcut. If you arrange the icons on your taskbar so that the first 10 are the programs you use most frequently, you can launch the programs by holding down the Win key and pressing the numbers 1-0, corresponding to the position on the taskbar of the programs’ icons. The win key is the one the lower left of your keyboard with the little Windows flag icon on it and (maybe) the word “Start”—press it alone and it should bring up the Start menu. +… Holding down...
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Using Checkboxes to Select Files with Windows 7

Each semester I have the opportunity to present a workshop called “Basic Computer Basic Basics.”  I should have called it “Elementary Basic Computer Basic Basics for Novices for Dummies 101.”  You get the idea.  It is a workshop that covers the basics.  Actually, what happens is that computer beginners never come to this workshop.  At the college level I don’t think there are any computer beginners.  The people who come are those who wish they had asked certain critical questions early on, but didn’t, and now it is too late.  Those are the ones who are the intended...
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Recording Sound with Windows 7

To be sure your microphone is connected and recording sound go to the Control Panel (click the start button and type “control” in the Search box and press Enter). On the Recording tab of the Sound dialog box be sure the microphone you want to use is selected as the default microphone. If it is not, right-click it and choose “Set as Default Device.” If you do not see it listed among the Recording devices right click the dialog box and choose “Show Disabled Devices” and “Show Disconnected Devices” are both selected. If your mic was disabled be sure it is connected to the computer correctly and is...
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