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I've made some tutorial videos for the new tablet PC's that the school district has purchased.  I'll be adding to this as the year progresses.  To improve video quality, watch the videos on the Youtube site itself, and choose "HQ" for High Quality video when possible.

A number of tablets have an incorrect hard drive partition.  If you click on Start, then click on "Computer", and you notice that your C: hard drive is only 58 GB, click on the following video.  If you aren't sure how to follow the above instructions, ask someone who is a little more "techie" than you to help you.  It's important that you do this reasonably soon!

How to find the missing hard drive space on your Tablet PC:

YouTube Video


Some of the tablets are occasionally having their keyboard freeze.  The short term fix is to shut down the laptop using the mouse, remove the battery for 30 seconds or so, re-attach the battery, and then reboot.  I believe I have a long term fix as well.  There is a BIOS update that I think will fix it.  Instructions are in the video below:




Getting Started with your Tablet PC:

YouTube Video





Customizing Word 2007 for your Tablet PC

YouTube Video




Customizing OneNote 2007 for the Tablet PC

YouTube Video




Send to OneNote 64 Bit Workaround

YouTube Video

Important!  This is not a perfect workaround.  With this workaround, you cannot send a document to OneNote while it is open.   If you wish to send more than one document to OneNote, you must first close OneNote, and then send the document.  In other words, if you wish to send 4 documents in a row to OneNote, you will send the first document, and OneNote will automatically open and import the document.  You must then close OneNote, and then send your next document to OneNote, etc.  It's frustrating, but I haven't been able to find a way around it.  






Additional Software Recommendations for the Tablet PC

YouTube Video




How to Annotate In Word 2007

YouTube Video




Perhaps the best (and most under-used) piece of software in the Microsoft Office Suite is OneNote 2007.  I use this around 90% of the time for annotating documents.  Below is a good guide to using OneNote.  There are also tutorial files included in OneNote when you first open it; they are well worth going through.
Click here for the OneNote guide.



An easy method to synchronize files between more than one computer: Check out a free service called "Dropbox".  It easily allows you to synchronize any files that you want between multiple computers.  I use it all the time, and have found it one of the best freeware services out there.  It works on both Macs and Vista.  For more information, check out the following video.


How to transfer your bookmarks from one computer to another and keep them synchronized (if you use Firefox):  There is a free add-in for Firefox called XMarks.  It will keep bookmarks on multiple computers synchronized.

How to Download Youtube Videos to your Hard Drive

YouTube Video




How to Post Your Notes Online at the End of Each Day (For Free): Click here
for a video tutorial




Explanation of Some of the Software on Your Desktop

Winplot:  This is a very nice graphing program.  It will handle 3D graphs, as well as implicit functions (ie conic sections).  It will also do piecewise functions.  Someone else has done a terrific series of video tutorials online at the following link: http://spot.pcc.edu/~ssimonds/winplot/ . It's well worth checking out.


Comic Life:  Lets you make comic strips.


Geogebra:  This is a freeware version of Geometer's Sketchpad.  There is a great series of video tutorials online here.  If you are teaching geometry, I strongly encourage you to take a look at this.

Here is a Youtube video someone made showing how to make an interactive, web-based Java Applet using Geogebra:

YouTube Video




Google Sketchup:  This is a freeware 3D architecture/rendering program from Google.  You could do some really neat projects in volume and surface area with it.  A series of tutorial videos are available at: http://sketchup.google.com/training/videos.html

Blender: This is also a 3D software program.  I've never used it.  A series of tutorials is available at: http://www.blender.org/education-help/tutorials/

FileZilla Client: This is an FTP program.  If you don't know what that is, you probably won't ever have to use it.

GIMP2:  This is a freeware version of Photoshop.  Tutorials are available at:  http://www.gimp.org/tutorials/

Picasa 3:  This is Google's free photosharing software.

Scribus:  This is a free desktop publishing suite, similar to Adobe Pagemaker.

Songbird:  This is a freeware alternative to ITunes.


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