I got sick of the screen which kept telling me that Windows 10 was working on it. Until today I was too busy to do anything other than try to get the upgrade going. It doesn’t seem to be installing consistently onto computers. Daughter got the notice like I did to upgrade, clicked on it and had it installed in no time. 3 days later and I was still watching the white dots go round. So, I thought about it. I went to the Windows Updates area after I’d watched the white dots of death for 20 minutes. My upgrade was sitting there waiting for me to click on the install. If your installation isn’t automatic I can now suggest you go to the Windows Update on your computer. Just type Windows Update in the run menu (Win R on Windows 8). An hour later and I am now happily on Windows 10 and have a chance to explore it. I like the interface and the fact it acknowledges dual monitors. All I have noticed so far is that it has lost all my loose photos which I hadn’t filed into my folders in my photos library. No real problem. I have back ups. I have the message already I had better be very tidy minded on Windows 10. Currently it wants Edge to be the default browser and I use Chrome. There was no obvious way to change that but I’ll find it as I shall probably find the photos I had not filed. The taskbar on the auxiliary monitor has settled down at the bottom of the screen now as it should and it’s really handy to have the taskbar on both screens. The picture shows a black section on the bottom of the left screen, that has all been sorted. There is no black at the top of the main monitor either. All good, so I’ll get back to work!
I really need to get a life. I watched this screen for 2 hours this morning when the notice came the upgrade was ready. I have watched it for 2 hours tonight. It says they are working on it. Good. I am working on it , too. Living.
Doug Thomas goes through a lot of hints and tips to do with ergonomics and shows you the sort of Microsoft products currently available to help you .His capacity to talk common sense and get his messages across is worth the view of this video. He is clear, articulate, has a sense of humour and talks very comfortably in the video format so that you feel he is actually talking to you. In 15 minutes he looks carefully at how you can improve the ergonomics of your computing and what you can do to help. It is cheerful, positive and practical. This video is via Office Blogs which regularly features videos to help you learn Microsoft products and then more things to do with computing and managing computing. The videos might have a focus on Microsoft but the impact is much wider than just a product sales pitch.They are tutorials to help you feel comfortable with technology. The videos are designed to help you genuinely learn and become involved in learning. I got the link to this video via The Ergonomic Times. If you are interested in following through on the Office Blogs help then you can find the link here.
I can guarantee that this Aspire One netbook has the most boring desktop on the planet. You are not allowed to change the desktop background. Not allowed. Awful things will happen to you and your netbook if you dare try. It has been quite an achievement to get to this boring desktop and to even be blogging from it. Times have changed. I inherited the netbook from my daughter who is so in love with her iPad for quick and easy netting. I have spent a few weeks watching paint dry on the netbook as I have updated files, removed files and generally made the supreme effort of actually getting it going so I could actually use it! There will be more posts on my netbook journey. At the weekend it will be upgraded from its one gigabyte of RAM to 2GB. That ought to improve things considerably. In the meantime I should love Microsoft to relent and let me colour my netbook world. Seriously, that desktop sucks.
I am comfortable making animated presentations in Powerpoint and Keynote and so are my students. I have spent time developing the skills and then have shared them. Students are used to a moving screen and so when you want to get content across it works really well with something which is animated one way or the other. Not everyone wants to develop the skills but the world is becoming more and more visual. There are lots of things you can do as a teacher so that your students can be enticed into learning with a classy presentation. Obviously there are sites like Presenter Media which offer you subscriptions so you can download pre made animated templates. An example is here on YouTube. I’d want a try before you buy option with anything like that. I tried the Microsoft animated templates and so far I have not made the splash they advertised. More of a belly flop. I can enable nothing. I can change the settings on the developer tab and nothing. They might work in older versions of Powerpoint but newer versions appear to have an issue with Macromedia flash. Maybe Microsoft will put up templates which do work in the newer versions. Maybe not. You should not have to be tech savvy to get them to work. They are still nice templates, though. You can also get really nice templates here:
Free Powerpoint templates.
I have tried VisualBee, though, and have made such a cute presentation for my year 9s. You sign up to the site and ignore any messages about your username already being used. You then go to Powerpoint on your computer and open it. It works from there and you follow the instructions. Once you have chosen your template you save it to your computer. The VisualBee tab on your Powerpoint ribbon will then enhance your Powerpoint for you if you click on that and so a lot of the hard work is taken out of presenting. The basic free option gives you plenty to play around with and it’s a great new presenting tool.
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