FYI – My “Neat Stuff” posts are from emails I send out to the faculty at my school. I share them here because I think they may helpful to others.
6 Tips for Keeping Electronics Safe in the Summer Heat - http://blog.gpcom.com/?p=1608 – I really can’t stress information like this enough. Too many of us treat our laptops, cell phones, iPads, digital cameras, etc, as if they are indestructible when, in fact, they are quite fragile. Also, too many of us treat our personally-owned equipment better than we treat our school-issued equipment. Other posts you may want to check out are: Don’t Let Heat Damage Ruin Your Computer and Other Electronics - http://bit.ly/Jbcn7g and 9 Tips for Using Your Laptop in Warm or Hot Weather - http://bit.ly/JbcIqJ.
Smoking Can Ruin Laptop - http://bit.ly/JbcYpB – Smoking is bad for you in many ways but it is also bad for your laptop. If you smoke while using your laptop, the computer’s fan sucks in that smokey air. The smokey air settles on the components covering them with tar which thickens over time. This causes your laptop to run hotter than normal which shortens the life of the machine. The tar also attracts more dust and more moisture. The moisture can result in the internal water sensor becoming activated which voids the warranty.
Bugs & Fixes: When Outlook searches fail… and more - http://macw.us/Jb914d – This article helped me fix my Outlook search problems.
How To Tweak Your Mac’s Settings To Save Energy - http://bit.ly/JbbvzL
The Best Posts & Articles On “Motivating” Students - http://bit.ly/IIZWe4 – Larry Ferlazzo has a great website. He has pages where he keeps track of “The Best Posts” in various categories. Use the search feature of his site while you are there and you are likely to find other great and helpful lists. http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/most-popular-blog-posts
Exam Techniques, Tips and Tricks - http://bit.ly/Jbb4W4 – An interesting collection of tips. Some are more along the lines of study skills but many are related to testing environment. Here are a few. You can read more about them in the post.
- 8. Eat protein before long exams – not carbohydrates.
- 10. Exercise – get the blood pumping round.
- 12. Do the easiest questions first
- 15. Don’t get stuck. Move on.
- 20. Never leave an exam early.
Are our brains being boggled by Google? - http://bit.ly/Jbadoc - Study says humans now use the internet as our main ‘memory’ instead of our heads.
10 Commandments of Twitter for Academics - http://bit.ly/IIMOpm – This article lays out some guidelines for academics who don’t know where to start with Twitter.
“Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac” is a series of posts on the InDezine Blog - http://blog.indezine.com which can help you expand your skills in using PowerPoint. Here are a few of their latest posts which deal mostly with handling images:
- Remove Background from Pictures - http://bit.ly/Jb9WBO
- Advanced Remove Background Options for Pictures - http://bit.ly/Jb9QtM
- Crop Pictures - http://bit.ly/Jb9ROo
- Crop Pictures (Mask to Shape) - http://bit.ly/Jb9NOG
- Reposition Picture Fills with Crop - http://bit.ly/Jb9JP5
- Picture Styles - http://bit.ly/Jb9Dqu
- Picture Borders - http://bit.ly/Jb9xiD
- Picture Effects - http://bit.ly/Jb9rYr
- Create Dashed Line Borders in PowerPoint - http://bit.ly/Jb9pjg
Value added – why its use makes me angry (OR: a good idea gone bad, again, in education) - http://bit.ly/JbaBTT – This is a blog post by Grant Wiggins. (Hat tip to Larry Ferlazzo - http://bit.ly/JbaMhP)