Tuesday, June 27, 2017

#ISTE17 Day Two

I was contemplating going to the mall
for lunch when I looked up and saw this!
My second day of ISTE 2017 was HOT! Great music. Inspirational speaker. Fun learning. And, a REAL FIRE in Downtown San Antonio!

Fortunately, the fire was mostly an inconvenience, causing the Marriott to be evacuated and the mall to close. And driving me a couple of blocks away to Fuddruckers for lunch to escape the choking smoke. No one was injured.

See my Storify below for highlights from the day! If you've been at ISTE this year, or if you are learning from afar on Twitter via the #ISTE17 hashtag, what's been something new you've taken away? Take a moment to share in the comments below so we can all learn together!





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My First Day at #ISTE17


June 26, 2017 was my first day at the annual International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference. I've used Storify, one of my favorite social media tools, to summarize my experience by curating my tweets as well as the tweets of others which caught my eye throughout the day. (As click through my story, you can hover on any photos or videos to see the tweets associated with them.)

ISTE is an amazing conference for educators! Wonderful sessions filled with cool tech tools and deep ways to use them for teaching and learning plus thoughtful panels and conversations on deeper concerns in education. It's hard to put into words! There is abundant sharing from the conference on Twitter. Even if you can't attend in person, follow the #ISTE17 hashtag. You can learn no matter where you are!






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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Common Computer Keyboard Shortcuts

I've been asked more than once in the past few weeks about keyboard shortcuts. Those quick keystroke combinations that can make creating and editing documents a bit faster, especially when they take the place of multiple mouse clicks.

Some of you out there are keyboard shortcut ninjas. You know and use so many shortcuts that you barely ever touch your mouse!

I am not quite so skilled, but there are a few shortcuts I've learned over the years that I use often and that are universal to most of the programs I use. I've compiled a list of them below. For simplicity, I've listed only the Windows version of the key combinations, but if you are a Mac user, you can substitute the Command key for the Control (Ctrl) key.



Ctrl+B
Make selected text bold
Ctrl+I
Make selected text italic
Ctrl+U
Underline selected text
Ctrl+F
Find text on current web page or in current document, spreadsheet, or PDF
Ctrl+Z
Undo your last action (MY ALL TIME FAVORITE!)
Ctrl+C
Copy what's selected (text, graphic, table, etc.)
Ctrl+X
Cut what's selected (text, graphic, table, etc)
Ctrl+V
Paste what you last copied or cut (text, graphic, table, etc.) at the current location of the cursor
Ctrl+A
Select all contents of a document, spreadsheet, etc.
Ctrl+S
Saves the current document
Ctrl+P
Print the current document


How do you learn these keystroke combinations? By using them! Challenge yourself to try a couple each week. If you are new to keyboard shortcuts, it's helpful to know that you don't have to press both keys at exactly the same time. You can press Ctrl (or Command) first, then press the letter associated with the shortcut. Ideally, you press both keys with fingers of the same hand.

If you wish you knew a keystroke for a command you use often, check out the menus of the program you're using. I took the screenshot to the right in Google Docs on a Mac. You can see that keyboard shortcut combinations for common commands are listed right in the menu.

What is your favorite keyboard shortcut? Please share it, or any questions you have, in the comments below.




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