Teleprompter Needed?

There are a million uses for teleprompters in every and any situation you can think of. In fact, if I could, I’d have a teleprompter every time I spoke to a large group. It’s quite reassuring to know what to say, when.

No doubt, you can think of lots of teleprompter uses in the classroom. Of course, using teleprompters shown above is crazy. What could you use instead? An inexpensive Chromebook and a free add-on perhaps.

The goal of this quick post is merely to point out two available Chrome add-ons you can use. Each includes a short description from the Chrome Store:

TelePrompter

Adjustable automatic page scrolling with mouse and keyboard shortcuts.
It’s easy to use this extension to automatically scroll any page while you read your favorite articles.
A few great features in this chrome extension:
✓ Adjustable min/max and initial scroll speed through options.
✓ Both the use of mouse and keyboard to control the scrolling.
✓ Change scroll direction with both the keyboard and mouse wheel.
✓ Toggle scrolling with a quick double click.
✓ Auto scroll start on page loads.

Simple, free teleprompter. Paste text into editor window, and click “Start Presenting”.


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Tools for Making Quick Videos


Looking for some quick ways to craft videos? These tools are all wonderful and can help you put together a video quickly:


  • Mobile Apps
    Combine your mobile device (e.g. iOS/Android phone/tablet) with an inexpensive tripod (duct tape works, too!) and use one of the following apps:
    • YouTube Capture (iOS only): This phenomenal app allows you to quickly record video, save it straight to YouTube. You can do simple annotations/edits with the app.
    • Shadow Puppet EDU (iOS only): Combine pictures, video and sound in this app to create a great video you can save to YouTube.
  • Screencasting
    Screencasting often involves recording your screen. Most screencasting tools will allow you to capture you in a small preview window, enabling you to record your screen while picturing you.
    • Screencastify: This easy to use Chrome browser Add-On allows you record Chrome browser tab with sound, your Desktop with sound, and include you in a preview window. You will have to pay more money ($20 onetime fee, well worth it) if you want to record longer than 10 minutes.  Watch tutorial.
    • Nimbus Screenshot and Screencast:  Similar to Screencastify but free.


Bonus Tips: Take advantage of Green Screen tools to kick your video up a notch!  
  • iOS Device handy? Take advantage of the Do Ink Green Screen app ($2.99) and a $1.00 Family Dollar green table cloth to put yourself into the screen.
  • Windows 10 device? Use The Simple Green Screen app.


And, finally, Chrome browser with webcam laptop? Use a Google Hangouts background! You can combine Screencastify and Google Hangouts Chrome Add-On to get all Googly (terrible example). After recording the video, crop it to cut out all the unnecessary screen noise. Example shown right.


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Five OneDrive Tips #msftedu

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Looking for five OneDrive tips that will improve your productivity? Microsoft OneDrive offers incredible benefits, so why not take advantage of it? An app that I use every day is Microsoft OneDrive, both on my Windows computer and my mobile phone. Did you know you that you can scan documents, record video and backup your images straight to OneDrive? Or did you know that you can access your OneDrive files without having an Internet connection? Learn about these tips and more below.

Tip #1 – Engage in Conversations about OneDrive documents

Want to discuss OneDrive documents with others while you both reviewing them? OneDrive and Skype are integrated to allow communications. With a few clicks, you and another person can Skype about a particular OneDrive document. This is a tremendous tool for having staff and students discuss files.

Tip #2 – Create and Share Documents with Others

five onedrive tipsCreate Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Excel Survey, OneNote notebooks, and Excel Surveys using OneDrive on the Web. This is the quick way to create documents you can share with others. You can also organize your documents, move and copy them from one folder to another. OneDrive also makes it easy to share documents with others via a variety of options, as shown in the included image.
You can also embed content in a blog or web page. Also, aside from saving files with others, you can also make it easy to get files off your own computer using the Fetch feature.
If you have the OneDrive desktop app for Windows installed on a PC, you can use the Fetch files feature to access all your files on that PC from another computer by going to the OneDrive website. You can even access network locations if they’re included in the PC’s libraries or mapped as drives.
When you browse a PC’s files remotely, you can download copies of them to work on. You can also stream video and view photos in a slide show. To access files on your PC remotely, make sure the PC you want to access is turned on and connected to the Internet. OneDrive also needs to be running on that PC, and the Fetch files setting must be selected. (Find out more).
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Tip #3 – Create Files using OneDrive Mobile App

Have OneDrive mobile app on your phone or tablet? Then you can manage the web version of OneDrive, take photos, record video that bypasses your device’s photo gallery (a.k.a. camera roll), Word document, Excel Spreadsheet, Powerpoint Presentation. Photos and videos are created in OneDrive and saved there. Office files are created and accessible via your device’s Office apps, as well as Office Online (e.g. Word Online).

Tip #4 – Scan Business Cards, Documents, and Whiteboard using OneDrive Mobile App

Digitizing student work, important paperwork, photos, and more represent real tasks. The OneDrive Scan component allows you to capture business cards, documents and whiteboards. Scan your paper notes, which are then turned into a PDF and sent to your cloud storage. Once notes are saved to cloud storage, you have the ability to share those with others. You can also use the OneDrive app to print, delete, rename or open the file in another app.

Tip #5 – OneDrive serves as Your Digital Hub

OneDrive serves as your digital hub for documents, but also notifies you when others share documents with you. You can enable notifications using the OneDrive mobile app. But wait, there’s more! Did you know you can set up MS Office 2016 on your computer to save direct to OneDrive? Of course, you are also able to save files offline. Want to save space on your Surface Pro tablet or computer?

Map your OneDrive as a network drive with these instructions

five onedrive tipsIn this video by Sean Ong, see how to set OneDrive to show all files on your Surface or PC without taking up any storage space.
Here is a summary of the instructions shown in the video:
  1. Login to your OneDrive – go to www.onedrive.com
  2. Go into a folder in your OneDrive (any folder)
  3. In the URL bar (navigation bar) copy the text that is between the “=” and the “%”
  4. Go to “This PC” and click on “Map Network Drive” option
  5. Type in “https://d.docs.live.net/[your copied text]/
  6. Click finish, enter your credentials, and voila! You’re done.

More Tips


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Drag and Drop File Management? No Way! #windows

Do you drag files between folder windows open on your computer? Some suggest that this is the approach to take:

Do you find it annoying moving files and folders using Windows Explorer? Why not use drag and drop! All you need to do is open two windows and drag and drop from one to the other. (Source: #1MinuteCPD)

While this approach works, I prefer a more enlightened approach using a program called Free Commander XE. A little bit about Free Commander XE:

FreeCommander is an easy-to-use alternative to the standard windows file manager. The program helps you with daily work in Windows. Here you can find all the necessary functions to manage your data stock. You can take FreeCommander anywhere – just copy the installation directory on a CD or USB-Stick – and you can even work with this program on a foreign computer.

As you can see from the image below, you get a two panel interface that allows for more than just drag-n-drop between windows:

You can also enjoy multi-panel joy for file management:

There are many solutions, including ones available for Mac.

If you work with big files, consider taking advantage of one of the following solutions as well:

  • CopyHandler (Free) – “full control over the copy and move operations through pause, resume, restart and cancel functionalities, faster than integrated Windows copying.”

  • Extreme Copy ($$$) – “ExtremeCopy is a Windows file copy tool which is able to copy and/or move your files extremely fast. The usage is simple and similar to Windows Explorer default file copier but it can increase the speed from 20% up to 120% faster than Windows default file copier. ExtremeCopy can integrate itself into your Windows seamlessly as copy tool.”
Of course, I typically prefer TeraCopy

TeraCopy is designed to copy and move files at the maximum possible speed. It skips bad files during the copying process, and then displays them at the end of the transfer so that you can see which ones need attention. TeraCopy can automatically check the copied files for errors by calculating their CRC checksum values. It also provides a lot more information about the files being copied than its Windows counterpart. TeraCopy integrates with Windows Explorer’s right-click menu and can be set as the default copy handler.

What are you using?

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Access Restored to Popular Docs.com Service

Was your Office 365 school district unable to access critical Docs.com resources over the last week or so? If yes, you weren’t alone! Fortunately, access has been restored with an interesting caveat.

Users with work and school accounts have not been able to access Docs.com of late. We have heard your heartbreaking stories of student projects and classes not being able to proceed and I want to personally apologize for the disruption and confusion that we caused. We know that trusting your content to a service like Docs.com brings with it an expectation of availability and performance.  

We promise to do better. We are pleased to report that we have fixed the issues.  

Work and school sign-in is possible again, but, it does require an important step from your school, district or organization IT administrator. Docs.com is a consumer online service from Microsoft where users can publish and discover Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Sway, and PDF documents. We have recently enhanced the service to better ensure your organization’s security and privacy. As result, we are requiring that your Office 365 Tenant Administrator of record “opt-in” for your organization to continue enabling users with organizational accounts to use the service.

Read the complete update online.


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Understanding Microsoft vs Office 365 Accounts #msftexpert #msftedu @microsoft_edu

When I first started working with Microsoft and Office 365 accounts, I was pretty ignorant. And, in my ignorance, I ended up creating free Microsoft accounts using my Office 365 account. That meant that I had TWO accounts associated with my Office 365 email–a Microsoft AND an Office 365 account.

Source: Unsplash photo by Anton Repponen



This became a problem because it meant that I had two Onedrive accounts, too. A Onedrive account with 5gig limit (Microsoft), and a second one with 1 terabyte limit (Office 365). I’m not the only one who did this. Several colleagues also accidentally created Microsoft accounts. In retrospect, it seems obvious. And, as I’ve now had the chance to facilitate Microsoft workshops across Texas, others have made the same mistake, ending up with multiple accounts and not knowing what to do about it.


1 – Clarifying Login Screens

One point to keep in mind is that logging in, Microsoft itself differentiates between screens. I’m sure there is a web page somewhere that highlights this difference. I didn’t notice it until Lisa at a training in Kilgore, Tx pointed it out to me.


Microsoft Login – Access Your Personal Microsoft Account that is FREE:


You can see the login above by going to http://microsoft.live.com or http://login.live.com

Compare that login above with the one you see below.


Office 365 Login – Access Your Work Account (Not Free):

You’ll find the login screen for a work account below…as you can see, where the free account shown above is represented in the center of the screen, the Office 365 account login screen below appears far right of the screen. Pretty simple difference, right? I never noticed it until someone pointed it out to me.


To get to the Office 365 login, you can use https://login.microsoftonline.com/ or https://portal.office.com

Now, what can be confusing is if you create a free Microsoft account using an Office 365 email. At that point, you start to get screens that ask you, “Which account do you want to login with?” when you enter your email address:





2 – What To Do If You Get the Screen Above?

If you are getting the screen shown above–featuring Office 365 account displaying two options for how you want to login, either Work/School OR Personal Account–then you may be in the same situation. Microsoft, considerate of your needs, will display this choice on every login.

To eliminate it, you will need to remove your free Microsoft account associated with your Work or School email account. Here’s how I have begun the process:

  1. Backup your data from OneDrive in the accounts to remove. I recommend CloudHQ.net as a solution to quickly move content from OneDrive for Business (Office 365) to OneDrive (Microsoft) or vice versa.
  2. Go to http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=523898 and enter the Microsoft account username and password for the Microsoft account you want to remove.
  3. Follow the instructions.
  4. Your account will be removed in 60 days (and you can change your mind at anytime).

3 – But wait! I Accidentally Created My MS Education Account with Some Account

One of the mistakes my colleagues and I committed–not to mention other folks I’ve encountered–is that we all created our Microsoft Education Community account using one of these options but it was really the desired option. For example, we used Twitter or Facebook to create an account. Or, in my case, I used my Microsoft account associated with my GoogleSuite work email account. Now, I simply want to put them all together so that when I login in with my desired Office 365 account, all my stuff will be in one place.

When you try to join the Microsoft Education Community, you have lots of options:


 The Microsoft folks have been very helpful in combining accounts at places like Microsoft Education Community, which is where you go to access all their online professional learning options. To get their help, simply go to this web page for Support and click on the HELP button that appears at the bottom right corner:


You can see the orange button in the bottom right hand:

After clicking the button, you will see a window pop up that looks like this:

At this point you can write something like the following:

Hi, I have two (or three!) Microsoft Community Education accounts created. Could you combine them for me? Here are the accounts:
  • mguhlin@work.com (GoogleSuite based account)
  • mguhlin@work.onmicrosoft.com (Office 365 account)
  • mguhlin@work.onmicrosoft.com (Microsoft account associated with Office 365 email)

Please be aware that I will be using the Office 365 account as my primary login from this point forward. Thanks!

After a short time, they will let you know the status and then when it’s done, what the disposition of your request is. My contact was fast and had a positive resolution!

Whew, it’s been a long time that I’ve been wanting to write this set of information up. I know I’m not the only one who has suffered through this and I hope this will help someone else!



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OneNote Case #1: Opening Notebooks #msftedu @microsoft_edu @office365

Question: Office 365/OneNote question: Some of our teachers click on the OneNote app within O365 but instead of taking them to a list of all their notebooks, it automatically opens up their @sites notebook. The only way for them to access a different notebook is by clicking on a direct link someone has shared with them. Has anyone else experienced this? Or now a fix?

Over the last few months, I feel quite comfortable working with OneNote. Just today, I moved my Sharepoint OneNote notebooks to a Microsoft based OneDrive. The reason why is the subject of another blog entry, but when I read the question above, I thought I would suggest the following approach that has worked for me. What would have been your response?

Are you trying to open a OneNote Notebook in OneNote 2016, and it’s not working? Try this approach:


1) Close out all Notebooks in OneNote 2016.
2) Remove all accounts in OneNote 2016
3) Add the account you use to login to OneDrive online.
4) Go to your internet browser, then go to OneDrive for Business (Sharepoint).
5) Open the OneNote Notebook stored at OneDrive for Business in OneNote Online.
6) Click on OPEN IN ONENOTE and then choose OneNote 2016. 
7) Give the notebook time to sync to your computer.
8) When done synching, the Notebook should be ready to go.



That approach aside, working with OneNote 2016 is a pure joy. I enjoy working with OneNote and I’m migrating much of my work from a Google Sites (old version) to a OneNote Online notebook (http://tinyurl.com/mgconnect). Find out more about my efforts online.


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