Shortcuts to Make Teachers More Productive
The following are Word tips," must know" keyboard shortcuts and an online bookmarking tool that we believe every teacher should be aware of and use.
One way for teachers to be more productive is to start using the built-in features of Microsoft Office products. Many of these features have been available for a long time, however most teachers do not know they exist. The purpose of this segment is to introduce you to a few shortcuts that we feel are the most beneficial.
Pre-Assess your skills for this "Thing"
Connections to CITW9 Strategies: Summarizing and Note-Taking; Objectives and Feedback; Questions, Cues, Advanced Organizers
10 common shortcuts for the Mac video on the right
Online Bookmarking of Favorite Bookmarks
A great feature of these bookmarking tools is the ability to add descriptions and tags to your bookmarks. Tags are words that help categorize your bookmarks. Another feature they offer is called Tag Bundles. Think of Tag Bundles as folders where bookmarks that have tagged can grouped together. We will go over everything in the following videos. Have fun getting organized. Click on the images below for a tutorial on each of these.
Connections to Marzano Strategies: Cooperative Learning; Questions, Cues, Advanced Organizers
You can take a tour of basic Dropbox features.
This tutorial is a good way to get started.
21things Hands-On Activity and Assignment:
MS Office keyboard shortcuts
1. Before beginning this "Thing", complete the Pre-Assessment of your technology proficiency.
2. Open any Word document or PowerPoint file, try out the shortcuts we have shown you, and create something that shows you have used some of the formatting shortcuts.
3. Capture a screen shot (using the Print Screen shortcut), paste it into your portfolio, and write some reflections on at least three other shortcuts you used. Reflect on how this helps increase your productivity.
4. Create your own diigo (or delicious) page; add at least 5 bookmarks with at least three tags per bookmark. Copy and paste the URL to your diigo/delicious page in the portfolio. Take a screen shot of your page and reflect on how diigo/Delicious will help you be more productive.
5. As you learn about new tools from this point forward make sure to bookmark them in diigo/Delicious.
6. Create an account at Dropbox.com. Create at least three folders in Dropbox for content you may want to upload. Upload at least one document into a folder. Take a screenshot of your page showing what you uploaded into Dropbox and put it into your portfolio. Optional: download the Dropbox application to your computer, tablet, or mobile device.
7. After completing all of the activities for this "Thing", take the Post-Assessment of your technology proficiency for this "Thing".
Post-Assess your skills for this "Thing"
1. Keyboard Shortcuts from Microsoft
2. More from Computer Hope
3. Diigo in Education Home
Diiigo tutorial for Research - annotate, archive and organize
Diigo tutorial via Slideshare Social bookmarking & Annotation with Diigo by jdorman
4. Delicious Bookmarks examples from 21things Project Creators:
Dr. Jennifer Parker-Moore
5. Using diigo in the Classroom A site with lots of information for the classroom by Vivan Cockrell, Christian Howd, Jeffrey Murry, Rebekah Price, Lindsey Tinney, and Jessica Valasek
6. Google bookmarks tutorial from Craig Daniels
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Page updated August 1, 2012.