Friday, October 29, 2010


Tech Tip # 7 (How to Improve Your “Outlook” on Life (CTRL + K and Shift + Delete)

Nowhere is technology more evident than in our avalanche of emails that we deal with on a daily basis. While this surely beats using a telephone or snailmail with a stick, it is still a daunting task to keep track of all of our E communications. In addition, this email collects in our Inboxes and approaches the density of a dark star and quickly fills up our mailboxes, thereby disabling our ability to receive more emails. Now wait a minute, my mailbox fills up and I can’t get more email. Things that make you go Hmmmmmmmmmmmm! No Email to worry about, that’s a bad thing Right?
No district memos, no parent requests, no Idol Results, No Last chance to invest in the franchising of Exotic Ant Farms Spam emails. Ok you get the point. In Outlook (not Outlook on the web )when you need to send an email to that Baird guy about your TetraData account because of that darn “Inactive” message. However, you don’t know how to spell his name or what his email address is, here is a simple solution. Get your email ready and click the ‘To” Field, then type the first few letters of the name and use the keyboard shortcut CTRL + K and you will get the check names dialog box. Choose that Baird guys name and OK. You can now send off a pithy message about accessing your data.

The next helpful tip combines a recent Technology Tip on using CTRL + Click or Shift + Click to select multiple items in a list.
Here at Data Central, we like to follow the educational pedagogy and provide cross curriculum and multi grade level stuff to lay the foundation of becoming fluent in the language of Technology.
Lets say for instance that someone in the district has sent you a 7 MG Instruction Handout on how to open the Instruction Handout. Coupled with all of your other emails dealing with Ants R US you have filled your email mailbox and you now need to delete emails in order to get the newest offers on collecting your inheritance from your long lost 17th second cousin twice removed on your fathers uncle’s side as long as you pay the $367 taxes in cash.
To insure that you delete the file and then don’t have to delete from the deleted items folder. If you hold the Shift Key down as you delete the email it will automatically delete from your Deleted Items . Thereby saving your mailbox for really important messages. For past Technology Tips you can find them by visiting:

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Wilkes University ED 530 Spring Semester

My next Wilkes class has been tentatively set for the Spring Semester at Catasauqua High School as ED 530 Emerging Technologies.
The class is set up as a hybrid class. Half of the classes will be a face to face structure, that's right in your face. :) The remainder of the class material will be conducted on line. Hope to see you there. Please feel free to contact me with course questions.


Tech Tip # 6 (Microsoft Word: Print Preview)
You’ve just finished putting your heart and soul into creating the perfect test for your upcoming unit. You are so proud of your devotion to the pursuit of excellence and the quest to quench the thirst of knowledge. You go to print the test so that you can share with your team of teachers and out prints an extra blank page that you hadn’t expected. You assume it is the gremlins of students past playing tricks on you, so you try again, same result. You look around for the Candid Camera or for you new generation, the Punked Camera’s to see if someone is scamming you. Finally you blamed technology and gave up. Once again beaten into submission by the Technology Gods. However, now you can stand up and reclaim your technological dignity. There is a little known codicil in the Faber College bylaws, oops wrong scenario.
If you look on the Word Menu under File, for Print Preview or the icon on the shortcut menu, you can use this magic tool to “Shrink by one page and if it can it will automatically reduce margins, font, spacing, etc. all in an effort to shrink your measure of knowledge by one page, thereby saving paper and natural resources at the same time. So not only are you providing for the education of our future, but you are practicing sound environmental concepts at the same time. A WIN WIN situation.
Right Students?

Friday, October 1, 2010

Christmas in November

Merry Christmas. The traditional Christmas holiday season officially begins in Bethlehem PA at the Moravian Bookstore on November 13th @ 1:00 to be specific. This is when Santas little helpers by way of the Bethlehem Writers Group has a book signing of our holiday book: A Christmas Sampler: Sweet, Funny, and Strange Holiday Tales. Contained within is my humorous holiday adventure: A Redheaded Holiday: Countdown to a Christmas Hug. So HO Ho Ho, Hope to see you there.
Hardcover: 978-160844-111-2
Paperback: 978-160844-110-5
eBook: B002MH3ZC4