Showing posts with label free guides. Show all posts
Showing posts with label free guides. Show all posts

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Interactive Whiteboards 101

Danny Nicholson is an interactive whiteboard expert who I've had the pleasure of seeing in action a few years ago. Since then his blog, The Whiteboard Blog, has been one of my go-to places for information about interactive whiteboards.

Today, Danny published a new post that every teacher new to using interactive whiteboards should bookmark. Interactive Whiteboard #101: A Short Primer offers information that can be used by teachers who have Promethean, SMART, Mimio, and Easiteach interactive whiteboards. A few highlights from the post; Danny recommends having a Dropbox account and a large USB stick, he refers readers to some free resources for all boards, and explains the basics of using IWBs.

If you're new to using IWBs, check out Danny Nicholson's Interactive Whiteboard #101.

A Google Guide to Google Apps Accessibility

Yesterday, Google released a short PDF all about accessibility of Google Apps. The Administrator Guide to Accessibility (link opens a PDF) is a twenty-one page guide to accessibility settings in Google Apps. The guide covers accessibility settings for Gmail, Calendar, Drive, Docs, and Presentations. The guide also covers apps that are not fully accessible yet including some features of Sites, Chat, and Groups.

Applications for Education
If you're a Google Apps administrator in your school, this guide is for you. If your school uses Google Apps for Education and you work with students who use assistive technology, this guide could be a handy resource for you too.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

An Updated 63 Page Guide to Google Drive and Docs

Back in May I published a 57 page guide to Google Drive and Docs. That guide was well-received by many people some people even used it in their own presentations at ISTE 2012 (in some cases with permission and in some cases without). Since I originally published that guide Google has added a couple of new features to Google Docs. Therefore, I have updated my guide to Google Drive and Docs for Teachers. I've embedded the new version below. If you have used Scribd to embedd the older version in a webpage somewhere, don't worry the new version should automatically appear for you.


I have stopped giving away downloads of this document. I have adopted this policy for two reasons. First, I have found many instances of people not honoring the Creative Commons license of my previous works. Second, pageviews and in turn ad revenue, are the only way that I am compensated for the many hours that I put into creating these resources. I apologize if this policy causes an inconvenience for you. You are free to use Scribd to grab the embed code and place the document in a non-password protected webpage.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

A Free Complete Guide to Evernote

Evernote is currently my favorite service for note-taking and bookmarking. I have Evernote installed on my iPad, my Android Tablets, my phone, my computers, and I have the Evernote web clipper installed in all of my browsers. Because of Evernote's versatility I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a good note-taking and bookmarking tool. One question that I often hear from first-time Evernote users is, there's so many options, where do I start? Make Use Of has just released a new guide that will answer that question and many more. 

How To Use Evernote, The Missing Manual is a free 34 page guide to using Evernote. The guide will help you use Evernote in your web browser, on your iPad, on your Android tablet, on your phone, and on your desktop. The guide is available to download as a PDF or EPub.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

A Nice Guide to iPad App Evaluation

There are plenty of places to find reviews of iPad apps, but how do you decide which ones are right for you and your students? Silvia Tolisano has some suggestions for you. Silvia recently published a nice guide for evaluating iPad apps. The guide walks you through six themes of the selection process before concluding with a checklist that you can use when it is time to choose apps for your classroom. Click here to read Silvia's full description of the guide. Click here to download the guide as a PDF.


iPad App Evaluation for the Classroom

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Buying a New Laptop Soon? Read This First

Make Use Of publishes a lot of useful free guides in PDF and ePub format. The latest guide that they've released is Buying Laptop Computers: Your 2012 Guide To Finding Laptop Deals. This guide is free for anyone to download. You do not have to register for anything, share it, or "like" it to get your copy. In other words, it's a no-strings-attached download.

Buying Laptop Computers is a good guide for anyone who is in the market for a new computer, but is especially good for consumers who don't consider themselves tech savvy. The guide does a guide job of succinctly and clearly explaining the key things that you should look for when shopping for a new laptop. One piece of advice that jumped out as I went through the guide was the reminder that you're buying the whole computer and not to get too hung up on one aspect of a laptop while ignoring other important aspects. For example, battery life is important but if it comes at the expense of a lower quality processor you might not be happy with your purchase a year down the road.

Applications for Education
High school graduation season is in full swing and many parents will be considering buying their graduates a laptop to take to university in the fall. If you're asked by a parent or student for advice about buying a laptop to take to university, consider telling them about the Buying Laptop Computers guide.