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Category Archives: Apps & Tech
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Created by Tomasz P. Szynalski, TypeIt allows users to create special letters or accent characters with a standard American English keyboard. There are ways to do this already, but you need to have ALT + (series of numbers) memorized
The full list of languages available for TypeIt
IPA Full ♦
Live webinars – they can rock or they can not rock so much..
You get the headphones on, settle into your favorite chair and…you might learn something new OR you might fall asleep.
So when CEAL says we’re going “on air” in November to try something new in our world of professional development, we’d like to think it will rock, totally. Plan to join us in person at the Fort Steilacoom Lava Java or by Blackboard Collaborate for some short but sweet webinars on a variety of topics – tech, teaching and otherwise – on these selected dates in November & December:
Tuesdays – Fresh Tech Webinar: 2:30-3:30 PM (FS Lava Java and online in Collaborate)
November 3 – The Cool Tools Report; Tips and Tricks with Canvas Gradebook and Calendar work together; Canvas Q&A (time permitting)
November 17 – The Cool Tools Report; Taming Canvas Quizzes and Quizbanks; Canvas Q&A (time permitting)
December 1 – The Cool Tools Report; Fancy Canvas Navigation; Canvas Q&A (time permitting)
Thursdays – Design Matters Webinar: 2pm – 3pm (FS Lava Java and online in Collaborate)
November 5 – UDL – Universal Design for Learning
November 19 – Designing accessible images
December 3 – Designing accessible documents
Thursdays – Social Animal Webinar: 3pm – 4pm (FS Lava Java and online in Collaborate)
November 5 – Create a Personal Social Learning Network; Curation and sharing tools
November 19 – Twitter and Blogging
December 3 – LinkedIn and Facebook Pages and Groups
How Can You Find the Webinar?
The session room is now open! To practice early or join us in a session, following this link:
Need lessons on how to use Collaborate? Feel free to stop by the Lava Java or contact Kyle Peirson at firstname.lastname@example.org for a quick tutorial on how to set up your computer and headset/microphone to join a Collaborate session.
If you’re like me, your browser is usually stuffed full of tabs. Something interesting I want to read later, supplemental material to my current activity, music, media, nonsense, etc. (hopefully not this many)
When it’s time to thin the herd and get to the tab you actually need, it can be a hazardous activity closing all those windows. Click, click, click, cli… uh oh. There goes that important page you actually needed, and you haven’t a clue what the address was or how to find it again!
Fortunately there’s an easy solution! Ctrl/Cmd+Shift+T
This handy keyboard shortcut will open up your recently closed tabs, and it can go back more than one tab closure in case you went a little click-happy and what you need is far gone.
So when you’re annoyed at your desk from accidentally closing that page you spent minutes (or hours) looking for;
…cannot be seen by some. Roughly 1 in 12 men, and 1 in 200 women are born colorblind; they do not see an absence of color. Instead they see with a color deficiency, so it can be a challenge to discern between hues or shades.
Why does this matter for anyone except those teaching in the Arts? Take a look at your online materials. If you’ve chosen different colors of text to add some flair to your syllabus, assignments, or reply-alls, there could be a viewing issue. If important links or dates are highlighted to bring attention, make sure that it’s not actually being missed instead!
Below is a preview of the site. You choose your color from the wheel on the left. Your chosen color is displayed on the right, with a quick review of its universal acceptability . At the bottom of the page, your chosen color is shown through the filter of a color-deficient perspective. Experiment with foreground and background colors to see all the combinations and possibilities.