April 17, 2017
Sign up for a new tip each week or buy the entire 169 Real-world Ways to Put Tech into Your Classroom… Click on the source link below to learn more about “How to Add a Link to MS Word”…
Ask A Tech Teacher — Awesome site!
In these 169 tech-centric situations, you get an overview of pedagogy—the tech topics most important to your teaching—as well as practical strategies to address most classroom tech situations, how to scaffold these to learning, and where they provide the subtext to daily tech-infused education.
Source: 169 Tech Tip #20: How to Add a Link to MS Word | Ask a Tech Teacher
April 4, 2017
Digital Citizen has posted an article on how to take screenshots using the tools that are already built into Windows (see the article’s source link below).
For example, I learned that you can take a screenshot of an active window, that you have opened, by pressing Alt + PrtScn on your keyboard. The captured result, of just the window, is then saved to your clipboard.
This is only a sampling of many of the great articles that Digital Citizen has posted… I encourage you to bookmark their site.
How to take screenshots in Windows 10, Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, on all kind of devices, from desktop PCs, to laptops, to convertible devices like Microsoft Surface.
Source: 8 ways to take screenshots in Windows, using built-in tools | Digital Citizen
To see more sites, like Digital Citizen, I encourage you to visit Bookmarks4Techs where you will find one of the largest listings of tech sites on the internet… Stay tuned for more featured sites (and articles)!
February 3, 2017
Check out PCMag’s helpful tips (see source link below) on fixing the most annoying things in Windows 10. My favorite “annoyance”, from the list, “Skip the Password Login”, is for the computers that I use at home where logging in each time is a PITA (pain in the a_ _)…
Skip the Password Login
Are you the only person who ever—and I mean ever—uses your PC? Then you can probably skip the password login screen that appears after every reboot or sometimes even when you come back from the screensaver. To do that, go to the User Accounts control panel by typing “netplwiz” in the search bar. Select the account, uncheck the box next to “Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer. You’ll get a confirmation box that asks you to enter that very password—twice. Click okay when done. Reboot the PC and if it works, it should roll smoothly into the desktop without requesting a password. Don’t do this if it’s shared PC. And you’ll still need to know the password if you’re logging into the PC remotely.
Windows 10 is great, but it has its issues. Here’s how to fix them.
Source: How to Fix the Most Annoying Things in Windows 10 | PCMag.com
January 14, 2017
If you are a “Teacher” and familiar with “Chromecast”, this article may be for you… Make sure you visit the source link below to learn “how to” turn your PC into a Chromecast receiver by simply installing a Google Chrome App.
Chromecast is a very affordable way to turn a normal TV into a smart TV. The $30 device lets you get more use out of a monitor and a television set without needing a cable set-top box. Just imagine…
Source: How To Turn Your PC Into A Chromecast Receiver
December 20, 2016
SD Memory cards are used in many different devices these days from smartphones to cameras to video recording devices… There are so many cards to choose from. For example, check out [click here] to see an example of what I am talking about.
So, how do you determine what “class” card to purchase? Like everything else when it comes to storage; speed and capacity are two of the main factors that most people look at. A general rule of thumb when it comes to the SD Card (for file and data storage) is that the higher the class number, with Class 10 being the highest, the faster the read/write speeds. To learn more follow the source link below to get insight on SD Memory Cards…
The SD Association defines Speed Class standards indicated by speed symbols to help consumers decide what card will provide the required minimum performance for reliability.
Source: Speed Class – SD Association
November 23, 2016
I am all in when it comes to making Windows 10 work better.
These tips and tricks will make the parts of Win10 that you actually use work better…
Source: 20 tips and tricks that make Windows 10 more tolerable | PCWorld
September 24, 2016
I’ve been on quite a few computers here recently and have noticed that many people are Gmail users. One thing I noticed is that they do not keep a cleaned out inbox. I have pointed out it is a good thing to archive the emails and get them out of the inbox. By archiving the emails you are simply sending to them to the “All Mail” folder or tag; therefore, they are not deleted. By archiving your mail you will immediately discover that WOW factor where you will start to feel organized…
The problem is if you have thousands of emails to archive. Gmail will only allow you to select a certain number to archive at a time (which is usually 50 or 100). You can go this route, but it literally could take you hours to clean out your inbox and archive your mail.
The workaround solution to this problem is this — Courtesy of Peter Bonez — Data Science in the Nation’s Capital
- Enter in:inbox into the search bar
- Press the search button or press return to run the search
- Click on the small down arrow on the search bar and select Create filter with this search
- Click OK when warned that the filter will not apply to new mail
- Select Skip the Inbox (Archive It) and Also apply filter to X matching conversations.
- Click Create Filter
IMPORTANT: Gmail will think for a moment, then poof! your inbox will be empty, with all your mail tucked away safely in your archive. It’s a good idea to delete the filter you just created to avoid unwanted behavior. Just navigate Settings –> Filter and delete the in:Inbox filter.