Tech Tip #97: Speed up MSO with Quick Access Toolbar

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Today’s tip: Speed up MS Office with the Quick Access Toolbar. First, you need Office 2007 or later. Earlier versions don’t include the Quick Access toolbar. Check off those you want on the Quick Access toolbar.

Interactive multiple choice activities

Nik Peachey

Dropdown tutorial movie Students access the ‘help text’ by clicking on the dropdown field and pressing F1 on the computer keyboard. This is the third part in a series that I’m writing on how to use word processors to create computer-based materials. This one looks at how we can create interactive multiple choice activities using 'dropdown' menus. Multiple choice must be one of the most common question types in the history of education.


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3B Village 3D browser

Nik Peachey

Get your students to create their own collection of study bookmarks as a project to share with other students Create rooms based on materials from Flickr and get students to meet virtually to discuss the images Students can work together to create a 3B room or village which represents their town or country Students can visit a 3B city and write a report on it, plan a visit to that place based on the resources they access there.

Interactive presentations

Nik Peachey

It also allows the creator to add audio or written text to the images and give access to other people to leave audio or text comments on the presentation. If they have access to digital cameras, you could get the students to work in pairs or small groups to produce a story together. I’ve just been looking at a really interesting on line tool called Voicethread. What's Voicethread? Voice thread enables users to create online presentations using their own images.

Phonology can be fun and free

Nik Peachey

Basically it is a collection of interactive multimedia Flash based games and resources that can be accessed through the CEO website at [link] What is it? In all there are almost 20 different interactive tools all accessible through the one page. Phonetics Focus is a really wonderful new free resource produced by Cambridge English Online Ltd.

Creating a mobile phone website

Nik Peachey

type start ups that are offering free (at the moment at least) services for setting up websites and web based communities to be accessed on mobile phones and other mobile devices. The sites that Winksite creates comply to all the established standards for mobile site, so that’s great too and also means that the site can be accessed through other mobile devices. With the growth in interest in mobile and handheld learning, I thought I’d investigate one of the many new Web 2.0

Materials design for Virtual Worlds

Nik Peachey

I was recently lucky enough to be invited to give a presentation on course and materials design for Second Life at the SLanguages 2007 virtual conference (June 23rd 2007) which took place on the Edunation Island in Second life. To access SL you need to have a good broadband connection and quite a powerful computer.

Creating an Online Classroom

Nik Peachey

The tutor has access to administrative functions that will allow them to configure the degree control they retain over these features. It’s very safe as only registered users have access. It enables teachers to create a forum for online communication even for younger learners who don’t have access to things like email. Because the VLE is text only, it makes it very quick to move around within the environment even if users are accessing the site through a dial-up connection.

Creating audio-visual monologues

Nik Peachey

You could easily email the file to students with some instructions so they could listen at home or in a self access lab. Flipz TV is a really useful piece of free software for creating entertaining audio-visual materials. The software enables you to record your own audio monologues and lip-sync them with a choice of animated talking heads. It then turns them into small Flash files which can be run in a web browser.

UNICEF: Top 10 Cartoons for Children’s Rights

Nik Peachey

You could actually use some bits of it even if you can't give your students access to the site. This is a site I spotted a while back and was really impressed by. UNICEF are creating lots of rich media to get their message across and the whole of the site is worth exploring if you are looking for materials to help you tackle some more controversial issues. What's on the site? This is one page I found really useful.

Want to expand student access to opportunity? Design to expand their social capital

The Christensen Institute

Half of all jobs come through personal connections and access to warm relationships is a key predictor of longevity and happiness. Founded in 2007, the model seeks to place 16-24-year-olds facing barriers to employment in engaging first jobs that will serve as foundations for successful careers. College students access virtual connections with near peers who offer critical inspiration and support. The post Want to expand student access to opportunity?

Understanding, Teaching, and Reaching Digital Native Students—and Digital Native Caregivers


Teachers should remember that not every family may be able to afford Internet access, so old-fashioned printed notes and bulletins still have a place in the student’s backpack. November 2007.

mSL CAPITA Introduces the Nation’s First Esports Fellowship, Making Esports More Accessible for Coaches and Educators

eSchool News

We’ve developed this fellowship to make esports more relevant for schools and more accessible for sports organizations.”.

A Growing (But Controversial) Idea in Open-Access Textbooks: Let Students Help Write Them


It was 2007, and Larsen was teaching a physical chemistry for life sciences course at the University of California at Davis. There are a handful of professors like Facciotti, who are motivated to try open-access textbooks for pedagogical reasons, and the cost becomes an added bonus. Coppola toyed with other open-access resources, but most were too advanced for her students. The textbook that Delmar Larsen assigned his students was full of errors, and he knew it.

Culturally Responsive Teaching: Tips and Strategies for Educators


Teaching and Teacher Education, October 2007, 23(7), pp. Multicultural Education, 2007, 14(4), pp. Classroom Management Professional Development cultural competency culturally responsive teaching diversity in the classroom equity and access implicit bias

OPINION: The power of unfair standardized tests is finally, thankfully diminishing

The Hechinger Report

WPI’s student data since adopting the test-optional admissions policy in 2007 shows no significant difference between test score submitters and non-submitters in retention or graduation rates — two of the most important student success metrics in higher education.

Would Kids Play Outside More If They Had Access to School Playgrounds?


School districts control a lot of open space, but getting access to play areas outside of school hours can be tricky. Farrell investigated and found an unfunded pilot program to reopen schoolyards, created under then-mayor Gavin Newsom’s leadership in 2007, largely sitting dormant Space is always an issue in cities, but for families with children, finding safe places to play can be particularly challenging.

Accessing Knowledge and Expertise

Connecting 2 the World

This is a continuation of my dissertation: The last two themes dealt with how the group and members accessed, created, and used knowledge and expertise. In the one theme, knowledge and expertise of perceived value often was used as currency within the power structure, with study participants sharing, accessing resources, or withholding their knowledge and expertise based on their analysis of situational factors within the environment. 2007).

Biden’s infrastructure plan would create plenty of jobs, but who will do them?

The Hechinger Report

More than 60 percent of the construction workers who lost their jobs from 2007 to 2009 never returned to the industry, said Michael Ibrahim, an assistant professor of civil engineering at California State University, Los Angeles.

Colleges face reckoning as plummeting birthrate worsens enrollment declines

The Hechinger Report

Universities doing this say they’re “creating greater access and opportunity,” as Fairleigh Dickinson put it, or moving to “strengthen educational value,” according to Rider. WORCESTER, Mass. Only bird songs penetrate the silence on the neatly tended but deserted grounds of Becker College.

Advocates hope pandemic shift away from requiring SAT and ACT will help diversity

The Hechinger Report

And white and well-off students from better-resourced high schools and with greater access to private tutoring score better on these tests, according to ACT and the College Board — which administers the SAT — themselves.

How the last recession affected higher education. Will history repeat?

The Hechinger Report

million undergraduate students in the fall of 2007 to a peak of 18.1 Legislation raised the amounts that students could borrow in 2007 and again in 2008. Higher education access Higher education affordability Higher education completion

Preventing Student Debt Problems Begins With Financial Literacy Education


Student Debt Soars During the first wave of millennials entering college between 1997 and 2007, fall enrollment for degree-granting postsecondary institutions increased 26 percent. Education Technology Policy & Government Access and Affordability Higher Education Literacy

Tears, confusion and financial woes as colleges abruptly end semesters and send students home

The Hechinger Report

As she answered surveys from Temple about her ability to teach online, she also worried about the students who can’t access the internet where they live and may not end up finishing the semester. “It’s

What If Students Didn’t Have to Leave Community Colleges to Earn Bachelor’s Degrees?


And over the past three decades, they’ve answered the call for increased access to bachelor’s-degree pathways by creating them on their own campuses. That’s what the community college baccalaureate is about: to hold the system accountable to access and outcomes.

OPINION: U.S. public schools should be federally funded

The Hechinger Report

Not coincidentally, the Lower Merion School District touts its “one-to-one laptop program … as one of the first in the nation in 2007” to provide all district high-school students with their own laptops. Indeed, recent data suggest that Black, Latinx and Native American families are disproportionately likely to lack access to learning technology and the internet. As schools closed this spring, low-income families were more likely to flag technology access as a problem.

OPINION: The pandemic exposes just how much support college students need

The Hechinger Report

As school presidents agonize over how to reopen their campuses, student affairs and enrollment management leaders are working feverishly to make their services accessible to all students, wherever they are.

Research on early college high schools indicates they may pay for themselves in the long run

The Hechinger Report

Three classes of students (those who started ninth grade in 2005, 2006 and 2007) were followed for six years after high school. Columnists Higher Ed Jill Barshay K-12 News Data and research Funding high school Higher education access Higher education affordability Higher education completion

A semester of trauma, sickness and death at a New York school

The Hechinger Report

I’m worried we’re going to have a whole lot more,” said Gauthier, who has been the school’s principal since 2007. By April, Odalys Garate, 18, was supposed to have made it through the hard part. She, her mother and her two older sisters ? everyone she lives with ?

Economists find free community college can backfire

The Hechinger Report

The assumptions here are derived from research findings that previous scholars have calculated on smaller groups of people around the country and then applied to this larger national database of students who graduated high school in 2007. A tuition cut, by contrast, might help a student pay the bill but it doesn’t help them get access to great instructors or complete the coursework for their major.

What if we hired for skills, not degrees?

The Hechinger Report

In late 2017, a research project led by the Harvard Business School, a workforce organization called Grads of Life and the consulting firm Accenture concluded in a report, “Dismissed by Degrees,” that employers “appear to be closing off their access to the two-thirds of the U.S. They cited research showing that the proportion of job listings requiring a four-year degree increased by more than 10 percentage points from 2007 to 2010. .

Americans don’t realize state funding for higher ed is falling, new poll finds

The Hechinger Report

State appropriations per full-time student have fallen from an inflation-adjusted $8,489 in 2007 to $7,642 in 2017 , the last period for which the figures are available, according to the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association, of SHEEO. News Higher education access Higher education affordability Higher education completionThe University of Massachusetts at Amherst. States have cut spending on public higher education, but a new poll shows the public thinks it’s up.

After all the fuss about getting in, how do poor students survive on elite campuses?

The Hechinger Report

They are struggles that Jack, an assistant professor at Harvard, knows well from his own experience as an undergraduate scholarship student at Amherst College in Massachusetts, where he prodded his classmates to understand being dependent on food stamps, before he graduated in 2007. He’s calling on colleges to make specific changes (already, some have started keeping cafeterias open during spring break), and he explains why such changes matter for both access and equity.

Assessments don’t always translate outside the classroom, but students’ networks do

The Christensen Institute

In 2019, these valedictorians — graduates of Boston Public Schools classes of 2005, 2006, and 2007 — were interviewed. For instance, nearly a quarter of more than 90 Boston valedictorians from 2005 to 2007 told The Boston Globe they wanted to be doctors.

From foster care to college

The Hechinger Report

Western Michigan, a suburban public university with more than 18,000 undergrads, started the Seita Scholars Program after some of its faculty and staff attended a conference in 2007 on the educational challenges facing foster youth. Youth who remain in the child welfare system until age 21 have more time to access federal financial aid and assistance from social workers. DHHS staff work from the Seita office to help students access state grants and to provide other support.