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Welcome to the TECH TIPS TUESDAY blog. The purpose of this blog is to provide ideas for using new technology as well as sharing tips for using existing technology. Every Tuesday, a new tip or idea will be added to the blog. We invite you to bookmark the website and check back often. Hopefully you will find these tips and ideas helpful!

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Rachelle Herbst
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Streamable lets you paste the URL for a video from YouTube, a TedTalk, Vimeo, etc. and then trim the video to the portion you want to use. You can then download the shortened video to your computer.  It is web based as works best in the Chrome browser.  https://streamable.com/ 

Bing Visual Search
Cathy Larsen

Bing Visual Search allows you to search the web using an image instead of text. You can find similar images and products, see other websites using the image, and even get recipes. Go to http://bing.com/visualsearch then drag an image into the box, upload one, or take a photo to try it out.

Restoring a document to a previous version
Cathy Larsen

To restore a document in Word, PowerPoint, or Excel to a previous version, follow the steps below:

  1. Open the document in the desktop version of the program.
  2. Click on the File tab, then choose Info.
  3. Word_File_Info
  4. Next to the Manage Document, Manage Workbook or Manage Presentation button, click on the "View and restore previous versions" link located beneath Version History.
  5. Microsoft Word Version History
  6. Next, you will see a list of previous versions of the document listed by date, time, and the name of the person who made the changes. Click on the desired version of the document you wish to view. The document will open in a read only window where you can then save a copy of the document if needed.
Rachelle Herbst
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Explore math with Desmos! Plot functions, create tables, add sliders, animate your graphs, and more — all for free.


  • Graphing: Plot polar, cartesian, or parametric graphs. There’s no limit to how many expressions you can graph at one time – and you don’t even need to enter expressions in y= form!
  • Sliders: Adjust values interactively to build intuition, or animate any parameter to visualize its effect on the graph
  • Tables: Input and plot data, or create an input-output table for any function
  • Statistics: Find best-fit lines, parabolas, and more.
  • Zooming: Scale the axes independently or at the same time with the pinch of two fingers, or edit the window size manually to get the perfect window.
  • Points of Interest: Touch a curve to show maximums, minimums, and points of intersection. Tap the gray points of interest to see their coordinates. Hold and drag along a curve to see the coordinates change under your finger.
  • Scientific Calculator: Just type in any equation you want to solve and Desmos will show you the answer. It can handle square roots, logs, absolute value, and more.
  • Inequalities: Plot cartesian and polar inequalities.
  • Offline: No internet access required
Cathy Larsen
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You don't need to be a designer to create beautiful infographics, reports, posters and other graphics. VENNGAGE is a tool that will allow you to easily create these beautiful projects online. You can choose from hundreds of templates, charts, and more! To get started go to http://venngage.com.
Wakelet: An Amazing Content Curation Tool
Cathy Larsen
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Wakelet is an easy and enjoyable way to save, organize and share content from across the web. With Wakelet, you can bookmark the content that matters to you, organize it how you like, and add your own images and notes to give context.

People everywhere are using Wakelet to save, organize and share content in stunning, visual collections.

So, whether you’re an educator, student, traveller, blogger, or business, it’s easy to start bookmarking and sharing great content.

With Wakelet you can:

  • Easily save and organize links to articles, videos, tweets, and any other piece of content. You can also add your own images and notes
  • Save links straight from your phone browser using the Wakelet extension
  • Create stunning collections of content, which can be kept private or made public
  • Discover news articles on subjects that interest you and add them straight into your collections
  • Reorder your content at any time and present your collections in different layouts
  • Share your collections on social media or via a single link
  • Embed collections on your own blog or website
  • Like collections to stay updated when new content is added
  • Explore collections created by others and follow the people you find interesting

Click here to see examples of Wakelet collections created by members of the Wakelet community.

To get started creating a wakelet, go to http://wakelet.com. To get help creating a wakelet for educational use, click on the Educator's Guide to Wakelet.


Rachelle Herbst


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Socrative is a formative assessment tool that helps teachers and learners to assess the learning and progress of all learners in the classroom. It is cloud based.

Engage your students as learning happens with your choice of activity type.  Launch a quiz, receive exit tickets, or ask a quick question for instant student feedback.

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How to Insert 3D Models into PowerPoint
Rachelle Herbst

PowerPoint 3D Models are like shapes, only with the complete ability to rotate the shape a full 360 degrees and tilt up and down.  3D Models should not be confused with 3D Effects.  3D Models are special files that represent objects in three dimensions.  They are especially useful for illustrating physical objects such as a product.

Check out the video on how to insert 3D Models into PowerPoint.


Here are two more sites that will be helpful with 3D Models.


 Using 3D Models


Doing More with 3D Models