2005 TCEA MS OFFICE/PAINT TIPS
time you want to move objects around, Excel is a great choice. They are
not anchored as they are in Word, and thus are a lot easier to manipulate.
Example: Make an Inspiration type diagram in Excel. Here is a link: http://rcs.rcps.k12.va.us/creativeways/conceptmap.html
for my example.
is also great for making posters or newsletters for the same reason. Remember
that while you may have a print program at school, your students may not
have it at home, but they are likely to have Office or a similar application.
Teaching them to make newspapers/letters this way means more of them can
work at home.
of regular graphs, make pictographs using Excel!
Slide Show, hit the B key for the screen to go completely black, or W for
to use the Pointer in Slide Show. Hit “P” and then select “Draw.”
Meeting Minder in PowerPoint.
sure your fonts stay with your PowerPoint. In the File/Save As Window, click
on Tools. Select Save Options. You will have some choices then, including
to Embed TrueType Fonts.
shadows. Place an object behind another square or round object. Make it
about 150% larger. Fill with the fill effect of black emanating from center
out to edges being the same color as the slide background.
is a great link for more PowerPoint tips http://www.bitbetter.com/powertips.htm#different%20backgrounds
a Countdown Timer. Here is a site with instructions. Notice other
good PowerPoint ideas at this site:
- Here is a demonstration PowerPoint. You could have students make or use figures or
other creations and then write story books about their adventures.
a NASA patch. The teacher that shared this
assignment tells students to design a patch similar to the official one.
They should include names of two astronauts and also their own names.
Here is another example.
cap is fun http://www.microsoft.com/education/DropCap.aspx
ere it is. When I started to prepare for this
presentation, I had not paid any attention to the nifty trick called Drop
Cap. It is pretty cool! Just type a letter. Then go to Format, and Drop
Cap. You can choose to either drop the letter in or have it placed in the
3. Open a picture in
Word and then use callouts to label parts. This could be very useful in science.
Click HERE for example.
4. Use Word Art and format the letters to have nifty pictures in them,
5. Have students take pictures or find pictures that lend themselves
to poster ideas. Add inspirational messages or famous quotations. Use
these to decorate your classroom instead of buying posters. Here is one
Love One Another
a picture in Paint and add labels there. Students could tell a story with
their pictures. HERE IS A LINK TO A DRAWING DONE IN WORD
USING LABELS THERE, SIMILAR TO EXAMPLE ABOVE
- have a student sit where he/she can't see the computer monitor and then
describe out loud the coolest car/cutest teddy bear/scariestmonster they can. Another student draws that
image in Paint and can only tell the speaking student to stop/start speaking
and can't ask for clarification. Great exercise in listening and descriptive
to make your own clip art in Paint. We have a number of new examples here:
- Tesselations again! Here is a great web site for instructions:
He suggests making backgrounds out of tessellations. I gave it a try. OK
I have a cranky mouse and not the greatest eye hand…your kids will do better!
5. Remember that I AM
NOT AN ARTIST. That should be clear by now. With that in mind, here is
my attempt at the calligraphic tool in Paint. For directions go to this
excellent site which provides many other great Paint activities:
Here is my attempt:
6. Here is another site that is mentioned in
my other presentation pages about Paint, but should be repeated because of
the many great ideas:
I adapted her directions for making positive/negative letters
to come up with this...the background is a student made one from my clipart
QUICK GENERAL TIPS
F3 for quick font change.
+ line for horizontal or vertical
have always wanted a cent as well as dollar sign. Here is how to get one:
Hold down the ALT key and type ON THE NUMBER PAD the numbers 0162. Voila!
This does rule out laptops but gives you the symbol if you have the pad.
Again, this is ALT/0162 to get ¢
around letters makes symbols as follows:
click on a word to get a synonym.
can crop graphics there with newer MS Office Editions. Example, this was
copied from Toolbar in a screen shot, then cropped to show just one component:
on the Internet for just a certain type of file, such as PowerPoint? Use
Google Advanced Search and search just for Excel files, etc.
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