Archive for the ‘Educational Technology’ Category

Sharing a Dropbox File

To share a Dropbox file from your computer:
Right-click it and select Share Dropbox File.
A link will be saved in your Clipboard. (It’s like Ctrl+C or highlight + Copy)
Right-click in the e-mail you are sending, select Paste (or position the cursor and hit CTRL+V) and a link will be placed in the e-mail.
When your recipient gets the e-mail, s/he may download the file or access it online in the browser window.

To Share a Dropbox file from your iPad:
Locate the file in your Dropbox app.
Press down on the screen and slide the file bar to the right.

Slide Right

Touch the icon that looks like a box with an arrow going up and select Copy Link.

Copy Link

Now go to you e-mail, press down and let up within the body of your e-mail and select Paste.

Log Me In – for when even Dropbox can’t save you


This morning I needed to give my students a document that I had given out to other classes in the past. A quick search of Dropbox revealed that I haven’t distributed that particular doc since I switched to Dropbox. 😦

Luckily, I have Log Me In.

Log Me In is a program / app that allows you to access your computer at home (provided it’s turned on – hey, technology can’t do everything for you).

You install the free version at home and register your computer, setting up a log-in and password.

Install the app on your iPad (or access your account through your desktop at work) and you can log in to your home computer. You will see the screen of your home computer; then you can scroll and click on any item.

WARNING! Depending on how fast your internet is, the connection can be delayed and kind of choppy. I wouldn’t advise it for trying to watch a DVD remotely.

So this morning I found the pdf I needed, clicked “SAVE AS” and had it saved to my Dropbox folder, and was able to open my Dropbox in class and print it out for the the students.

Although there are paid versions of LogMeIn which offer more features, I have been very happy with the free version and have no plans to upgrade.

How to put Make a Footer in Word, and How to Make it Only Appear on One Page

How to put Make a Footer in Word, and How to Make it only appear on One Page.

Frequently when I make quizzes or worksheets I plan to print them as two-sided documents because I’m trying to cut down on our paper consumption.

However, some of my students require visual reminders that there is more work on the second side.  So I put OVER→ down at the bottom of the page, in the Footer.  (A Footer is defined as “One or more lines of text that appear at the bottom of every page of a document. Once you specify what text should appear in the footer, the application automatically inserts it.” Dynamic footers include automatic page numbering,  or the current date which changes each time you print the document; static footers include the name of the school or teacher, etc.)

If you know how to make a footer in Word, skip down to How to make a footer appear on one page only.

To make a footer,

Click on Insert in the Ribbon
And then click over on Footer
And type in your footer.A quicker way is just to double-quick on the area at the bottom of your document, which will bring up the Footer menu. (The same is true for the top of the page and the Header menu.)

In my case I made the footer right-justified, typed OVER, and on the Insert menu, went over to “Insert Symbol.” I found the arrow symbol and clicked Insert.

How to make a footer appear on one page only
My problem was, now I have OVER→ on the bottom of both sides of the paper, making it into one of those “How to keep a moron busy (See other side)” jokes.

The solution?
Click on Page layout on the Ribbon03
And then the little arrow in the bottom right corner of Page Setup04
Which will bring up this dialogue box05
Click Different Odd and Even and the OVER→ will vanish from Page 2!

To make a packet with a cover start with Page 1 on the second page:

  • On the Insert tab, in the Headers & Footers group, click Page Number, and then click Format Page Numbers.
  • In the Start at box, type 0.

Evernote Info

I am including the following links to strongly encourage you to experiment with Evernote!

Installing Evernote for  your computer:

Installing the Web-Clipper
(By the way, I believe the web-clipper was invented by the oldest Medoff brother.)

Great “Getting Started” tutorials:

A teacher who is using Evernote for everything:

Tips for Evernote use for teachers:


Examples of how teachers are using Evernote:



Technology Tutorials

Learn It in 5 is a wonderful site of 5-minute video tutorials, made by educational technology experts

“for the purpose of helping teachers and students create classroom strategies for today’s 21st century’s digital classroom. These step-by-step how-to videos walk teachers through Web 2.0 technology, demonstrating how to use Web 2.0 applications like blogs, social networks, podcasts, interactive videos, wikis, slide sharing and much more.”

Learn It in 5

SmartBoard Tutorials

Sorry for the dearth of posts. HS Midterms have crushed me.

Quick Post – The SmartBoard people have a channel on YouTube that contains many video tutorials covering just about anything that can be done with a SB.

SMARTClassrooms YouTube Channel