1. Don't just maximize your windows—go full screen - When you need a really big window on your PC for viewing photos and videos, don't just maximize it; go full screen! Here’s how:
Open any photo in Windows Explorer (double-click an image file), or open a photo or video clip in Windows Media Player. In Windows 7 and Windows XP, click the F11 key at the top of your keyboard. The photo or video image enlarges to its maximum size and the title bar and taskbar are hidden.
To undo full-screen mode and restore the window to its normal view, press the Esc (Escape) key at the top of your keyboard.
2. Keyboard shortcuts - Tired of chasing your mouse? Start practicing a few keyboard shortcuts in Windows. Before long, you'll be shortcut-fluent. It is just like acquiring new vocabulary(repeatedly using new words in context), but you are doing it with your fingers. Most people know the CTRL + C, CTRL + V, CTRL + X, and CTRL + S for copy, paste, cut, and save. To add other helpful shortcuts, go to http://support.microsoft.com/kb/126449 and http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/setup/tips/kbshortcuts.mspx, and let your fingers do the walking! In many most cases, the same shortcuts apply when using Office programs on a Mac. Just substitute the CTRL for the Command key on the Mac keyboard. Other Mac shortcuts are listed at http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1343.
3. Opening later office files - You use Office 2003, which means your Office files end in extensions like .doc(Word) or .xls (Excel) or .ppt (PowerPoint). What happens when someone sends you a file that they created in a newer office version, with extensions like .docx (Word) or .xlsx (Excel) or .pptx (PowerPoint)? Those won't open on your computer. Well, not if you haven't downloaded the converter, which is free, and which will convert those files right back to your Office version.
Microsoft provides a free compatibility pack to convert documents to the office 2003 format. Make sure you are logged in to your computer with administrative rights. Then visit the following link to download the Microsoft compatibility pack: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=941b3470-3ae9-4aee-8f43-c6bb74cd1466&displaylang=en. And there you go!
ULC Curriculum for Adult Learners
The Unlimited Learning Center (ULC) offers a long list of college credit options all the way through Ph.D. degrees, through its partnership with the College of Easter Utah.
ULC has also begun to offer its own curriculum, specifically designed for adult learners with different levels of academic proficiency, as follows:
I. Early Literacy
Early Literacy content is written at approximately the 4th-grade reading level, with audio clips attached to the content, for readers who need the extra comprehension help. The curriculum is being distributed on CD's, with activities which students can complete on their computers and print as an option.
A. Managing Money
- Banking Terms
- Check Writing
- The Account Ledger
- Banking Terms
B. Culture and the Workplace
- Types of Culture
- Our Dominant Culture
- Traditional Native American Culture
II. Gear Up for Life
ULC has been sponsoring the GU Series for a few over a year among adult students with low literacy skills, who want to start preparing to pass their GED exams.
GU presently has twelve units, which embed academic skills into GED and life skills - related content. Units are written between the 5th-7th grade reading level, with audio clips added to each unit's introduction of the content area. Each unit introduces a content area, followed by reading, writing and math assignments, a project, a puzzle, a game, and a final quiz, which is scored in the unit.
For a list of topics covered in the present GU series, visit http://www.gearupforlife.org/gucontents.htm.
III. Transition into College
Transition into College is an online course offered in 16-week sections to adhere to college-credit course schedules. However, each unit is self-contained, so students can complete any number of segments, in any order they want. There may be references to other content, but assignments don't depend on previous units covered. Students have the option of acquiring undergraduate credit from Adams State upon successful completion of all 16 units.
Materials are written at approximately the 8th-grade reading level. However, the Assignments sections for each unit have audio options for students who may read at below expected level. Just click the audio image.
To examine the course syllabus (PDF file), CLICK HERE.
For pricing information, CLICK HERE.
Take Forty Workshops
This section is repeated from the last issue to encourage you to take advantage of workshops to teach you how to use a number of computer applications. Take forty minutes at lunch time, and enjoy learning skills that you can put to use immediately to enhance your experience. You no longer need to think, "Oh, I wish someone could show me how to...." Now, you have someone!
Take Forty workshops are designed to have you create a project in forty minutes, using different computer tools. If you know how to use the keyboard and mouse, you qualify as a student. If you don't know how to use the keyboard and mouse, sign up for the Start Up workshop, and we'll teach you all about keys and mice without setting any traps!
Take a forty-minute lunch break to learn a new skill. Sessions will be offered at the Unlimited Learning Center (ULC), Noon-12:40 PM, every Thursday, starting February 3, 2011. Free tutoring will be available on the skills covered until 1:30, following each session.
To examine our list of 25 offerings (and growing) and to register for a session, go to http://ulc.wufoo.com/forms/take-forty-sign-up/. Sessions will be scheduled as soon as a minimum of eight participants sign up.
Registration cost: $10 per session. You will be sent payment information once a session "makes." Be sure to enter your email address in the sign-up form so that we can contact you.
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2. Would you rather have learned and forgotten or never to have learned at all?
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