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Nearpod - Social Emotional Courses
Nearpod’s Social and Emotional Learning content provides explicit instruction for the skills students need for life and beyond school. We aren’t only teaching students math and reading – we are teaching them to be positive and contributing members of society.
You can find Social and Emotional Learning courses by clicking on Social & Emotional Learning in the left navigation bar in Nearpod.
Adobe Creative Cloud Tutorials and Training
If you need help learning how to use the Adobe Creative Cloud (CC) programs, you can find quick tutorials and help by clicking on one of the following links.
Adobe Creative Cloud Tutorials These tutorials have been created by Adobe. Tutorials include short videos and include sample files to follow along and practice with.
Adobe Creative Tools - MOOC This is a course that is offered by UEN. It is a self-paced course where you can work on coursework and assignments at your own pace. There is very limited instructor interaction. To receive credit for the course, all coursework must be completed by August 31, 2020.
Canvas - Navigation Settings
Did you know that you can customize the course Navigation bar to rearrange items and decide what students see in their navigation bars?
Go to Settings in your course and click on the "Navigation" tab at the top.
Drag items to the top of the page in order for students to see them.
Drag items to the bottom of the page in order to hide items from students.
Or, click on the three dots next to each item to enable, disable or move them. You can put the items in any order that you want them.
Some of the itemswill notshow in your navigation bar at all if you have disabled them. These are usually LTIs, or external programs.
Some of the itemswillshow in your navigation bar if you have disabled them.
They will have a hidden icon next to them that looks like this: This is a new feature and items are no longer grayed out. You will see them if you have disabled them, but your students will not.
ONCE YOU HAVE ORGANIZED YOUR NAVIGATION BAR THE WAY YOU LIKE IT, MAKE SURE YOU CK ON SAVE AT THE VERY BOTTOM. You may miss it because you have to scroll down.
Change the Default Font in Word
You can change your default font in Word for one document or all documents with a few clicks!
Open Word to get started.
1. Start at the Home tab in your ribbon.
2. At the bottom of your ribbon, click the diagonal arrow located in the bottom right-hand corner of the Font section (right after Clipboard).
3. Choose the font you would like to use as your default and select the Set as Default button.
4. Next, choose if you want the default font to be applied to This document only or Alldocuments based on the Normal template.
5. Select OK twice.
Microsoft's Immersive Reader is a must for students of all academic abilities. Please check out the link to learn more about this wonderful tool that is available to you. Immersive Reader
Use Dictation to Talk instead of Type on your PC
Did you know that on a Windows 10 computer, anytime you have a text field, you have the option to talk and have your text typed for you on the screen rather than typing the text yourself? This happens through speech recognition which is built into Windows 10.
To start dictating, select a text field and press the Windows key +H to open the dictation toolbar. Then just start talking. To stop dictating, say "Stop dictation." If you are using a tablet or a touchscreen, tap the microphone button on the touch keyboard to start dictating. Tap it again to stop dictation or say, "Stop dictation."
Before using dictation, you will need to turn on speech services. To do this, press the Windows key then type dictation to open Speech settings on your computer. Next, click on the button that says, "Turn on speech services and typing suggestion."