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Tuesday Tech Tip: Web Albums Revisited

It’s getting close to June, and the time to start packing up classrooms is near.  As you’re thinking about what to do with those paper files, you can also think about what to do with those big digital files.   Why not take them with you wherever you go?

Why online photo storage makes sense:

  • Your photos are safe.
  • Your photos are accessible from anywhere you have an internet connection.
  • You can decide how to share your photos and entire albums.
  • Your files aren’t taking up space on your hard drive.

Sounds like GoogleDocs, right?

Here’s a quick video about online photo sharing.  And here is a slightly updated version of how to use Picasa 3 to organize photos and upload them to Picasa Web Albums.

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Welcome Back Norskies!

This will be an exciting year in, among other places, the area of instructional technology!  Now is a good time to review the basics, brush up on a few skills, and learn something new.

Today, you will have some time to get familiar with the new house (network) we’ve moved into, find and unpack your things (files and tools), and get acquainted with the new residents (Office 10 and GoogleApps).  Don’t worry about getting to everything–pick what’s most important for you right now; you can always come back later.

The new staff handout with all things technology.  Even if you’re a veteran, this is a great review.

Here’s a list of things to work on or try today, and some resources to help below:

Google Apps:

Office 10:

Need something else?  Try:

Tuesday Tech Tip–J Drive & Picasa

Good morning,

Today’s tip compliments two of Kim’s recent posts… upcoming network changes and the GoogleApps transition.

  • Spring cleaning the J: drive
  • Using Picasa web albums with your newly transitioned GoogleApps accounts.
With the upcoming network migration, the J: drive will no longer be used for grades 5-12.  If you’ve got lots of documents or powerpoint presentations, consider uploading them to GoogleDocs or moving them to your H: drive.  Many staff use the J: drive to collect and store photos, or have many photos hogging their H: drive space.
Why upload photos to an online web album?
  • You can access your photos from anywhere, not just a networked computer.
  • Your images are backed-up, safe and sound.
  • You can share your albums.
  • You can free up space on your own machine–photos are big files.
  • Picasa web albums is part of our GoogleApps suite.  Sweet!
Picasa 3 and Picasa Web Albums shows you how to edit and upload photos using Picasa.  It may seem like a long process, but once you do it–it’s a piece of cake.

Tuesday Technology Tip: Email Wrangling

Today’s tip is about taming the inbox.  For most of us, it’s easy to find ourselves with a bottomless pit of mail in the inbox.  If that feels stressful, don’t worry.  You can get rid of email from years ago. (It’s all archived)  And if you feel better after cleaning house, you can do so quickly with a few steps.
There are four basic tips that help you stay on top of the email pile:
  • Mark as unread/Read later
  • Categories = color coding
  • Threaded discussions
  • Folders in the cabinet, and the One Touch Rule (OHIO)

Here’s a document that walks through each tip: Organizing Your Email

Tuesday Tech Tip: Picasa Web Albums

Today’s tip will help you do a little spring cleaning.

If you have lots and lots of files in your H: drive, you may be getting close to your size limit.  If you get close, Spacemon (in the lower right-hand corner of your screen) will go from green to red and start beeping at you. This can get annoying, to say the least.

Photos are the usual culprit in eating up space quickly.  If you have photos pasted into documents or presentations, those files can get very big as well.  Here are a couple of solutions:

If you have many photos, upload them to a web album. The advantages?

  • Access to your photos anytime, anywhere.
  • Online photo storage = online back-up for your important photos.
  • You can create a photo slide show in Picasa with a single click.
  • Sharing! You can create a private album or a shared album.
  • You can then delete the photos from your H: drive (or transfer them to a flash drive or CD) and free up lots of space.
  • Here’s a short video that explains how online photo storage works:  http://www.commoncraft.com/photosharing
  • Here’s a short tutorial that explains how to upload photos to Picasa web albums:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-a0ZvxZv-Yo

If you have very large files of Power Point presentations or Word documents, you can create a PDF of those files which are smaller and take up less space.

  • A PDF is an “image” of your document.  It cannot be edited.
  • This is a good solution if you have large archival files you’d like to keep but don’t need to edit.

Directions for either of these solutions are here.  Please don’t hesitate to ask if you need support in bringing your H: drive down to size.

Welcome new teachers!

Today we’ll spend some time looking over some of the technology tools available to you here at DASD.  In addition to your handout and what’s shared on GoogleApps, here are a few more resources and helpful tips.

Tuesday Technology Tips

Today’s tips are focused on organization, shopping, and photos . . .
Evernote: www.evernote.com Their symbol is an elephant and for good reason. With a free account, you can begin to capture items using the web, your smartphone, your computer, and other devices like an iPod Touch or a Blackberry. Evernote holds them all on the web for you.
Shopping Tips: Take a look at the New York Times video series with David Pogue where you can find information about tech gifts for all sorts of folks (athletes, travelers, cooks, readers, and more).
If you aren’t purchasing, their Personal Tech page is very helpful. You’ll find answers to questions like:
  • Do I need cable?
  • Kindle or Nook?
  • Kodak or Flip?
  • Scissors or cutting machine?
And, if you’re shopping online, the Better Business Bureau offers ten tips for safe online purchasing.
Pictures & Sharing: People take lots of photos this time of year. Storing them online means that you can share with others. (And if you’re managing photos here at DASD, it also means you’re not storing them on our servers.) Picasa Web Albums is a good choice. Want a real photo? Anyone you share with may pick the photo AND the company they’d like to print it. Your aunt likes Shutterfly–no problem. You like Walgreen’s–no problem.
If you’d like to get creative with your photos, try out some sites like Picnik, Photovisi, Big Huge Labs, and Scrapblog. Or download the free version of Picasa at home. (You’ll find it here under Start >> Graphics & Layout.)