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Saving Files and Versions

My Documents . . . if you own a Windows computer, you probably use that folder at home to save everything. Now, it’s no different here at DASD.

If staff or students save files to the My Documents folder, that folder is synced to their H drives. Inside of each H drive, you’ll see a folder called _______’s Documents. Your username will fill in the blank.

Office likes this folder as the default and now you don’t have to worry about where things are saving. We’ve got you covered.

Also, we’ve added a “Google-like” feature in Windows. In the background, things are saving. If you right-click on a folder, you can select Properties >> Previous Versions and if you’ve saved the file recently (on a previous day), you’ll see those versions. Select the Version you’d like and click on View. Very handy if you’re sharing a file and something happened to it or, say you’d like to see how the file looked in the past.


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:

We Have That? Tip #38

We have had some conversations lately that included this line: “We have that?!” And many times the answer was, “Yes, we do.” Sometimes there’s new software made accessible . . . or sometimes there’s a little tool to help you with files. Here’s a sampling:

  • Firefox: You may use Firefox as your web browser. Go to Start >> Troubleshooting >> Install Firefox.
  • Google Earth: Install Google Earth by going to Start >> General Ed >> Google Earth. (At MES, it will be under Programs.)
  • Picasa: This free program from Google is a great way to import images, print images, make collages, and share images. Go to Start >> Graphics & Layout to load the program on your computer. Use the web album to store your pictures where you can get to them from anywhere.
  • YouTube: All staff members have access to YouTube–we do block the site for students, but not staff. If you find that you don’t have access, sometimes “reminding” the filter that you’re a staff member works. Start >> Troubleshooting >> Lightspeed. If that doesn’t work, please put in a work order.
  • TuxPaint: This software is a replacement for KidPix . . . it still allows for slide shows and stamps.
  • Opening Office 2007 documents: If you receive an Office 2007 document that won’t open, install the compatibility pack. Go to Start >> Troubleshooting >> Office 2000 >> Install Office 2007 Compatibility Pack. Save the file. Open the application (Word, Excel, PowerPoint). Open the file.
  • Flip cameras: Eagle Point and DHS have these cameras in their LMC’s. If you’re not at those schools, but would like to try one, contact Kim Bannigan.
  • Delicious Explorer Plugin: If you’d like to set up a Delicious account to keep track of Favorites/Bookmarks and maybe share them with others, this plugin will help. Or just check out Delicious (silly name, but what can you do?) and take the trouble out of bookmarking.

Technology Tip #36: Default Font

If you have a favorite font, why not make it your default?
How to change your default font

How to change your default font

On your “teacher” machine or the one you use every day, you can change a setting in Word so that it always starts with the font you’d like.

  1. Start a new Word document.
  2. Click on Format >> Font.
  3. Select the font you’d like to use. For example, Verdana 11 point.
  4. In the lower left of your window, click on the Default button.
  5. You’ll get a message asking if you’d really like to change it.
  6. Click Yes.
  7. Now each new document will use your new font.

Mail Merges

This afternoon, while many people are working on grading, some of us are working on learning more about mail merges. Here’s the handout: Mail Merge: Basics, Tips, and Tricks


Good morning! Here are some resources to help with learning more about Excel and its capabilities:

Power Searching Session

On May 1st some of the Library Media Specialists and 5/6 Computer teachers will be taking part in a Power Searching class. We’ll be sharing resources and activities to help improve the quality and accuracy of student searches. Here are some of the links we’ll be using:

Digital Information Fluency (DIF):

Creating Custom Search Engines:

Web 2.0 Tools:

Other Links