Thursday, January 31, 2008
The question was asked if that same capability is available in STI Classroom. I explored that issue this morning, and the answer seems to be "yes." I have a demo loaded on my computer, so the student data I have (and hence the reports I can run) are limited.
When you run a report on any STI product, the report is first simply printed to the screen. At that point, look at the row of icons at the top of the screen. Starting at the right-most icon (the door), count back to the 4th icon from the right. That icon will look something a world. When you click on it, you have the choices "Export to HTML" and "Export to RTF." You want the later, which stands for "Rich Text Format." Basically, it's going to be a Word document.
The next part is something I think is not very well done. You see a box labeled "Export Report." It's wanting to know where you want to save the report. Click the little button with the 3 dots. My suggestion would be use a flash drive. At the bottom of the box where it says "Drive," choose the correct letter for your flash drive.
If you have ever found yourself looking at STI data on your screen and copying it on paper by hand, this one feature may be a big time-saver for you.
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
I have simplified the directions for removing the "Next Blog." To view those directions, click here.
Sunday, January 27, 2008
I find that when I look at to-do list, I gravitate to the tasks which are easy to do, and you probably do as well. We like that which is simple and easy. When complexity and ambiguity set in, we procrastinate on that activity and choose something which presents a little more clarity.
Perhaps the answer is to make everything simple and make everything clear. The paradox is that some work is required in order to make things easy. The work consists of thinking a project all the way through from beginning to end. The work consists of figuring out all of the steps as well as knowing when it may not be possible to know all of them. Furthermore, keeping all of the notes and documents related to that project neatly organized takes some thought.
The good news is once we have structured a system and are willing to spend a little time keeping it clear, the rest becomes easy, incredibly easy.
Imagine looking at your list and knowing in which order to tackle the items and exactly how to proceed on each one. How simple that would make your day. Simple enough, you would actually act.
Friday, January 25, 2008
Thursday, January 24, 2008
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Is it for real? Is it a hoax? How do you know for sure? You've got 15 seconds to find the answer. Go!
Well, how did you do?
A generation ago, we could place some trust in what we saw in print. Print information was limited to the newspapers and magazines we purchased, and all of the content went through some type of screening to insure accuracy. As long as we knew that the newspapers at the grocery store checkout were fake, we were OK. Even then, our English teachers taught lessons on propaganda and how to recognize it. That lesson was on page 237 of the textbook.
The story for kids today is different. Exercises in exposing the untrue aren't just in the textbook--they show up in your e-mail, and they show up on the Internet. And they don't wait for your teacher to first warn you about them. Web 2.0 allows anybody to publish anything, and it's up to our kids to be savvy enough to be able to separate fact from fiction. In part, they are looking to us to give them the tools to do it. Are we up to the challenge?
Monday, January 21, 2008
Problem: How can I post a document somewhere?
Answer: Google Docs
Google Docs is a free service which allows you to upload Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, and PowerPoint presentations. You can allow others to view them. You can allow selected other people to even change them. This video explains the concept:
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Somewhere around 8 years ago, I stopped carrying a wallet. Since that time, there has been not the slightest urge to go back.
- Right front pocket—Keys and a flash drive. On the key ring, I have keys to ours cars, a key to the outside door of the house, a grand master that opens any building in the school system, my office at work, and the choir room at church. As for the other keys in my life, they do not earn a ride in my pocket everywhere I go. In lap drawer of my desk at work is a key ring housing keys to all of the filing cabinets. In my desk at home are keys to various locks at home. I only carry on my person those keys which are vital.
- Left-front pocket—Magnetic money clip and a small amount of change. That’s it.
- Shirt breast pocket—Waterman ballpoint pen and a credit card wallet.
- Suit coat pocket—BlackBerry
The credit card wallet is really the key to allowing me to eliminate the wallet. In that credit card wallet, I carry:
- 2 major credit cards
- Driver’s license
- Medical insurance card
- Automobile insurance card
- Business cards
- A small memo pad (so that I can quickly jot down whatever comes to mind at odd moments)
- An outside pocket on the credit card wallets provides a place for me to put credit card receipts I collect during the day.
The BlackBerry houses the following information:
- Calendar—So there is no need to carry a pocket calendar
- Task List—So there is no need to carry random scraps of paper
- Address Book-So there is no need to carry a paper version
- Notes—So there is no need to carry reference material somewhere else.
- Pictures—Having the pictures digitally prevents having to carry paper ones.
Personally, I do not miss not sitting on an overstuffed, uncomfortable wallet.
Friday, January 18, 2008
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Also check out the information directly on their home page. They include links to two good articles published by the Anniston Star and Daily Home.
Sunday, January 13, 2008
I learned about Photobucket just the other day. What you are seeing here is the result of spending about 5 minutes at the site. The pictures are simply digital photos of Bonnie and Skipper (our two Shelties) that I already had on hand.
How do I intend to use Photobucket? When I have a number of pictures I want to post on a blog, that series of pictures posted to Blogger can encompass quite a bit of real estate. By posting the photos to Photobucket and putting them together in a slide show, I can show quite a few pictures in a limited amount of space. Here is a an example that I used on our school system blog.
A Photobucket account is free.
My friend and I set up a voice mailbox, imported scores of repeating tasks into Outlook, devised needed forms, and ironed out all sorts of organizational details which will later save time for the entire faculty. Our work, however, was interrupted numerous times…by children. A child came to read to the principal, another came to show off her artwork, and another simply needed a little morale boost. This principal stopped and spent time with every one of them. A couple of minutes here. A couple of minutes there.