Wednesday, August 21, 2013

How to Forward Your Exchange Email using Outlook Web Access (OWA)

For SJFC Faculty and Staff: This post will demonstrate how to set a rule in OWA - forwarding email messages.
    1.  Login to Webmail:

    2.  From the Options menu select See All Options.

    3.  Select Organize E-Mail, from the New menu and click on Create a new rule for arriving messages.

    4.  From the New Inbox Rule dialog box, select:
      • When the message arrives, and: My name is in the To or Cc box
      • Do the following: Redirect the message to...
      • Click on Select People, within the To field enter the email address that messages will be forwarded to and click on OK

    5.  Within the Name of Rule field, enter a name for the rule and click on Save.

    Thursday, April 25, 2013

    Amazing iPhone Tricks

    iPhone Tips/Tricks you never knew about...

    1.  If you can't answer an incoming call --reply to incoming calls with a text message.  You have to be running iOS 6.  Swipe Upward from the bottom of screen when it is ringing and select "Reply With Message".  You can customize automatic responses - "I'll call you later" or I"m on my way".

    2.  Your phone is locked and you want to take a photo- no need to unlock phone, after pressing the home button on your iPhone, the camera icon is to the right of "slide to unlock".  Just swipe up and you are ready to take your photo without unlocking!  

    3.  When reading websites, do you squint?  The Full screen mode is available with iOS6, Safari supplies a "Reader" button at the top right of the URL bar. Safari will detect a text-heavy page, it will reformat into a full-screen mode, making it much easier to read. 

    Safari- Reader button
    Website open with Reader

    What tip or trick do you use on your iPhone?  Share so we can learn from each other. 

    Monday, November 5, 2012

    Teachers make magic happen - SMART Board

    Enhancing lessons and engaging your audience with the SMARTBoard is easier than you think by using interactive tools.  This post will provide an overview of the information you can use to create and customize tools included in the SMART Notebook software.  Let the magic begin...

     The Checker Tool:

    1.  From a blank page in SMART Notebook software, type a question and list of answers, ensuring the answers are separate from one another.  Grouping and lock the question.
    2.  From the Gallery tab, enter Checker tool and click on Search icon. 
    3. Click and drag the checker tool to the SMART Notebook page.

    4. Resize by clicking and dragging the resize handle, bottom-right corner of tool. 


      5.   Enter the correct answer to the question by click on the edit arrows, top-left corner of tool.   Click and drag answer into the Checker too.  This tool provides students with instant feedback great interactive tool.  

     Erase to Reveal:

    1. From a blank page in SMART Notebook software, enter the information you want to hide.

    2. From the toolbar, click on the Pens tool, click on the Properties tab.  Select the color that matches the background and select the widest line thickness.
    3. From the Properties tab, click on Save Tool Properties
    4. From the toolbar, select the Pen tool you created and draw over the object that you want to hide (add digital ink layer).   The object will disappear as it will now be the same color as the background. 

    This effect allows students a hands on experience when using the SMART Board by using the eraser and erase the hidden object(s).  Receiving instant feedback as they erase to reveal answers and check their work.

    Click to Reveal:

    1. From a blank page in SMART Notebook software, type/place the information you want to hide and reveal.
    2. From the Gallery tab, enter button and click on Search icon.
    3. From the Pictures folder, click and drag a button over the object you want to hide and reveal.

    4. With the image (button) selected, select Properties.
    5. From the Properties tab, select Object Animation.  From the Type drop-down menu, select Fade Out.  Lock the button in place.
    Adding this element to your lesson; students verify their work, receiving instant feedback by pressing the button on the page.  The button will fade out revealing the answer or hidden object.

     Random Generator Tool:

    1. From a blank page in SMART Notebook software, create a question template. Group all objects and lock in place.
    2. From the Gallery tab, enter Generator and click on Search icon.
    3. From the Interactive and Multimedia folder click and drag the Random number generator tool to your page.  
    4. Resize tool by clicking and dragging the resize handle on the bottom-right corner of the tool.  Edit or customize by clicking on the edit arrows also located on the bottom-right corner of the Random Generator Tool.
    5. Click on the edit arrows to save. 
    6. Press within the white space of the tool, press the arrow to place the number on your Notebook page.  Press and drag the number to a location on the question.

    Teachers can quickly generate different values while gaining students interest by interacting with the SMART Board.  Also- There are other generator tools;  Random letter, vowel, and word --check them out!

    Tuesday, July 10, 2012

    SmartBoard Level 2 Topics

    Recently I spent one full week training with a group of teachers from NYC on the SMART Board.   The certification course/training was offered by Teq allowed me to increase my knowledge on SMART Boards and becoming certified was an added bonus. Teq offers educators a variety of professional development services designed to help schools make the most of their technology purchase.   I have taken several courses from them at the Cicero, NY location and I have found all of the training sessions very informative, useful, and at a reasonable cost.

    Sharing what I learned with professors and students at Fisher by offering the next level of training on SMARTBoards.  Below is a list of  Level 2 topics for SMART Boards.

    Adding Sounds:

    sound iconTo add sound to an object, select the object and from the drop-down menu select Sound. The sound will play when the object is touched/clicked on. The sound file format must be .mp3.  Alternatively,  drag and drop the MP3 file on top of the object - the faster the better, automatically adding the sound to the object. 





    Sound Resources: 

    *always remember to site your source, even if it is free*

    American Rhetoric - online speech bank
    - a free site where you can search the web for sound effects 
    The Looney Tunes SoundSource
      - a large selection of Looney Tunes sound files
    - free sound clips, sound bites, and sound effects

    Convert Sound files to .mp3:

    iTunes, Audacity, and Format Factory require installation of software on your computer.  Zamzar website emails the sound file to you.  My choice for converting files is a website were you can browse or from a link convert sound files and save to your computer. 

    1. Browse to choose a local file or download from a link. Select the Output format (.mp3) and click on Convert.  
    2. Right-click on the link and select "Save Link As or Save Target As". 

    Container Sort/ Magic Tunnel effects:

    All students no matter their age love magic- so as a teacher let's give them what they like!

    Create a Magic Tunnel for students to drag items through to reveal an answer.  Using an object, color and ordering and understanding how Notebook manages objects makes this a simple task.  Remember to lock your tunnel so the students can move it when using the SMART Board.

    1.  From SMART Notebook, draw a rectangle over 3/4 of a page, select a fill and line color.  Lock in place
    2. Enter your text (math problem, words, etc...) select the answer and change the color to match the rectangle.  Drag objects onto colored rectangle.
    3. Add an object to be the tunnel.  I used MS Word shapes (copy and paste) into SMART Notebook.  Add text, group the text and object, then lock in place.  When the students drag the problem through the tunnel the answer is revealed. 

    A container sort adds another type of interactive feature to engage learners.

    1. Create container objects.  I used MS Word and drew a slot on the top of cylinder.   You can use a garbage can, basket, cup, etc... for the container.
    2. Within SMART Notebook, place 3 containers on a page.  Choose an object to sort, i.e., coins and place on page too.  At first when you drag the coin into the container it goes in front.  We want it to appear that the coin is really going into the container.  Remember each object placed on the page goes in front (layered) of the previous object. Layers and order of items placed on page will help to make the process easy.
    3. Using the Screen Capture tool, we will take a picture of the container from the slot down.  This object will be placed directly over the first container. Continue the same process for all containers.

    4. Select the quarter and the two container objects and from the drop-down menu select Order and click on Bring to Front.  Select the nickel and the two container objects below it and from the drop-down menu select Order and click on Send to Back.   
    The result is that quarters will go into the quarters container but will not go into the other two containers, same for dimes and nickels.   Locking both pieces of each container will ensure students won't be able to move them.  

    When a student drags the coin to the wrong container it won't go in.  Teq has a wonderful video on how to create a container sort page in SMART Notebook- their video along with my directions should be all the tools you need to create this interactive feature. 

    Adding Groups

    Creating Groups allows you to place pages into specific groups that you can access directly.  This is a great way to work with a file that has many pages.

    • From the Page Sorter view, from the drop-down menu select Edit Page Groups
    • Add new groups, move, re-name or delete groups
    • From the Groups View, click on the X in the upper right corner to return to your working screen. 

    Adding Themes

    Themes allow you to add a page design to multiple pages or an entire Notebook file.  You can select a Theme from the Gallery or create your own.

    • From the Format menu, select Themes and choose Create Theme or Create Theme from Page
    • Enter a name for the new theme.
    • Set text style; font, size, etc...
    • Set the background color(s) for the theme from the Properties Tab.
    • Add objects to page, drag and drop from Gallery.
    • Click on Save to save the new theme to the Gallery.  It will appear in the My Content folder under Backgrounds and Themes
    • Drag and drop onto page and from dialog box select Insert theme on all pages, Insert theme on all pages of current group, or Insert theme on current page only.