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A.T.TIPSCAST Episode #11: Autosummarize in MS Word

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Hey everyone,
Episode #11 is up for your listening pleasure. Episode #11 describes the autosummarize feature of MS Word.  I realize that the episode is just a quick rundown of how the feature works and I didn’t really get into what you’d use it for.  I’m trying to keep the tips quick.  So, I invite you to tell me how you might use this feature or tell me how you have already used the feature.  Your story might just inspire someone else in how they could use it.  Please send me an e-mail, record a message and send it to me or post a comment here. 

You can find whole tutorials on autosummarize for your version of MS Word here: 

Word 2002 : http://www.microsoft.com/education/autosummarize.mspx

Word 2003: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/word/HP051896801033.aspx

Here is a helpful dialogue about the Autosummarize feature in MS 2007: http://help.lockergnome.com/office/Word-2007-Autosummarize-Feature-ftopict901799.html but here is that same basic principle and a brief tutorial:

http://www.lockergnome.com/windows/2007/09/10/create-a-summary-of-a-document-in-word-2007/

 

I hope you enjoyed the show and please feel free to leave a comment down below or drop me a line at attipscast@gmail.com
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Thanks everyone and happy listening!

A.T.TIPScast Episode #10: Talking Calculator

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Here is a link to download the audio directly: Episode #10

Hey everyone,

Sorry this post is up about 24 hours late, but here it is!
Episode #10 is up for your listening pleasure. Episode #10 describes the free software Talking Calculator.  You can access a link for the free download from www.premierathome.com/products/TalkingCalculator.php.

Here is a screenshot of what it looks like once it is installed:

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I hope you enjoyed the show and please feel free to leave a comment down below or drop me a line at attipscast@gmail.com
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Thanks everyone and happy listening!

A.T.TIPScast Episode #9: PowerTalk

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Here is a link to download the audio directly: Episode #9

Hey everyone,
Episode #9 is up for your listening pleasure. Episode #9 describes the free software add-on for PowerPoint called PowerTalk.  PowerTalk is an open source, free download that reads the text on a PowerPoint presentation outloud.  You can access a link for the free download from http://fullmeasure.co.uk/powertalk/.

Once you have it installed on your computer you simply navigate to your PowerPoint presentation file, right-click and then select “Narrate With PowerTalk”.  

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I hope you enjoyed the show and please feel free to leave a comment down below or drop me a line at attipscast@gmail.com
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Thanks everyone and happy listening!

A.T.TIPScast Episode #8: VSTE 2008 (Top 5)- Part 2

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Here is a link to download the audio directly: Episode #8

Hey everyone,
Episode #8 is up for your listening pleasure. Episode #8 is the second of a two part episode where I rank the Top 5 things I learned at the Virginia Society for Technology in Education (VSTE) Conference 2008. This episode includes:

Number 3- www.emilychang.com/go/ehub-

This website is the personal website of a web designer named, Emily Change, out of San Francisco.  There is so much out there and so many new web applications updating every day, this site can keep you up to date on the latest Web 2.0 applications. 

Number 2- www.soundsnap.com         

This is a great resource to find free sounds.  I think one under utilized activity for students with difficulties following directions or auditory processing difficulties is listening to and discriminating between sounds.  Sounds can be used as story starters as opposed to the traditional text-based or picture based story starter.  Sound effects can be used to enhance digital storytelling activities, movie making activities, or student produced podcasts.   Adding these sounds might allow the students to feel like their production has a polished and fun quality. 

Number 1- Mail Merge functions of Publisher to create Picture Dictionaries and Identification Cards

A teacher from Norfolk public schools named Jennifer Durkin presented on different ways she uses Publisher.  One strategy she showed what how you could take lists of items in Excel and Merge them with templates created in Publisher to easily make picture dictionaries and identification cards.  Picture dictionaries are a great way for students to review difficult spelling words, review vocabulary from any content area, or maintain their own “difficult for me to remember” list of words.  Identification cards are also a useful tool for students with communication difficulties.  The ID card might have saying on them like “My name is… and I am lost” or “Can you call my mom for me?  My phone number is …”.  I wrote Jennifer and she gave me permission to post her hand-outs here. vste-presentation-handout.pdf

I hope you enjoyed the show and please feel free to leave a comment down below or drop me a line at attipscast@gmail.com
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Thanks everyone and happy listening!

A.T.TIPScast Episode #7: VSTE 2008 (Top 5)- Part 1

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Here is a link to download the audio directly: Episode #7

Hey everyone,
Episode #7 is up for your listening pleasure. Episode #7 is the first of a two part episode where I rank the Top 5 things I learned at the Virginia Society for Technology in Education (VSTE) Conference 2008.  This episode includes:

Number 5- www.prometheanplanet.com.  You can download free ActivStudio lessons from this website.  If you don’t have ActivStudio, you can download the free FlipChart Viewer from here: FlipChart Viewer

Number 4- www.picnik.com.  A fun online, free photo editing tool.  It is very easy to upload pictures, edit the pictures, and apply different effects to the pictures.

I hope you enjoyed the show and please feel free to leave a comment down below or drop me a line at attipscast@gmail.com
You can access the podcast from here:

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Thanks everyone and happy listening!

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