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February 17, 2010

I find this slideshow to be very helpful in walking kids through what works and what doesn't in Powerpoint design:

Keywords: dlindsay, mentor, powerpoint, presentation, swattec, tips

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February 13, 2006

Welcome to the SUSD Teacher Community site! We've created some useful tools on the site to help you get started on your own profile. Check out the Hints and Tips blog, which provides plenty of useful hints and tips on using this site more effectively. To locate the Hints and Tips blog, simply enter "tips" in the search box, or click here to go straight there. Enjoy!

Keywords: community, hints, tips

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February 02, 2006

We have added a new button to the toolbar that allows you to break up a long blog entry, so that the entire text of the entry doesn't appear on the blog list. The "Insert More... Break" button (which looks like this: morebutton.png) will insert a tag in your blog post that will automatically split the text in your blog post at the point of that tag's location. When others view your blog listing, they will see all of the text prior to the point where this tag appears, followed by a link that says "More..." When they click on the "More..." link, the system will then display the full text of the post. For example, if I have the following text as a blog entry:

The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog.

and I insert a "more" tag after the word "jumped" by clicking on the morebutton.png button, when another user views a list of all of my blog entries, they will see:

The quick brown fox jumped More...

If they then click on the "More..." link in the blog listing, they will then be taken to the full text of the blog.

Keywords: blog, break, help, hints, more, tips

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January 19, 2006

You can embed images into your blog post or link to any file in your repository. First, you must have some files in you repository (click "Your Files" to add files to your repository.)

If images are smaller than 400pixels by 400pixels (see image below) they will embed directly into the post. For all other files such as audio, video and large images a link will be created to that item.

When making a blog post if you want to embed a file use the "embed a file" option located underneath "keywords" and "Access restrictions" just below the area where you write your blog post. See the following image:


Once you find the file you want to link to, press "add" and you will see some code appear in your blog posting. You can move this to any location in the post - it depends where you want the link to the file or the image to appear.

Save your post and that is it!

Keywords: blog post, embed, file, help, hints, image, tips

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January 16, 2006

Want to share a link to your teacher community site with friends and family? Not a problem! Your teacher community site address is:<your login id>

where <your login id> is replaced with your login id. For example, if you log in to the site with jsmith, your site address would be:

If you would like the district to post a link to your teacher community site on the main, district site, please contact your friendly neighborhood IT guy.

Keywords: blog, help, hints, Link, tips

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Tired of the boring default theme on your Teacher Community site? Change it to one of many cool themes built into the system, by clicking on Account Settings (after logging in, of course) and then Change Theme. There are a variety of themes to choose from, with more being added all the time. You can even modify them to suit your taste (not for the faint of heart!)

Keywords: help, hints, Themes, tips

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Want something other than the head with a question mark for your Teacher Community account? Simply click on Account Settings (at the top of the screen when you log in) followed by Your Site Picture to upload a picture for your account. You can store several pictures, if you want, and change them whenever it suits you.

Keywords: Head Shot, help, hints, Site Picture, tips

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If you are using an RSS compatible web browser (such as Apple's Safari or Firefox on all platforms,) you can subscribe to any user's blog, and add a listing directly to your tool bar or bookmarks menu. By doing this, your browser will keep track of blog entries for the users you have subscribed to, and notify you when something new is posted to their blog. To subscribe, simply navigate to the users blog (by clicking on their picture in a blog entry, or searching for them,) and click the RSS button that appears in your address bar (a blue button that says "RSS" in Safari, or a green square button in the address bar, directly after the address of the web site.)

Keywords: Firefox, help, hints, RSS Feed, Safari, Subscribe, tips

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