Turning off Outlook desktop notifications

Outlook notifications are the little popups that appear in the bottom right corner of your screen that scream “PAY ATTENTION TO ME!!!” There are a couple very good reasons to turn them off. First, every time they appear, what we… Read moreTurning off Outlook desktop notifications

Sharing student work anonymously? The file’s metadata may reveal the name of the student

If you have had students who have submitted particularly good work or work that illustrates common errors, you may want to share the work with your current students. Since the students’ names are not on their files—or you have removed… Read moreSharing student work anonymously? The file’s metadata may reveal the name of the student

Office 365: Word has a transcription feature

I have a colleague who emailed recently needing a transcript from a podcast episode. How could she get one? It’s surprisingly easy. If you do not already have the file (mp3/m4a/wav—or mp4 if it’s a video), you’ll need to get… Read moreOffice 365: Word has a transcription feature

Add sticky notes to folders, files, programs, webpages

The problem: I have a file folder that contains assignments that I have not yet updated for next term. How do I remember that I have not updated these, besides using a clunky README file? There are a lot of… Read moreAdd sticky notes to folders, files, programs, webpages

Recovering unsaved MS Office files

A lot of new tech stuff I learn is too often due to me making a bone-headed decision. In this case, I created an Excel file to look at some data. Thinking I had everything I needed, I closed the… Read moreRecovering unsaved MS Office files

Quickly change case in MS Word

Recently, I gave a presentation on academic technology at the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Faculty Development at Xavier University of Louisiana. One of my favorite tools to show is Mendeley, a pdf manager with a very nifty… Read moreQuickly change case in MS Word

Manage your pdfs and autocite in Word: Mendeley

When we moved from standing in the library making Xerox copies of journal articles to downloading pdfs from a database, it seemed like an awesome development. Until we realized that marking up pdfs digitally is not easy. I would not… Read moreManage your pdfs and autocite in Word: Mendeley

Convert images to text with OneNote

We have been talking a lot at my college about accessibility. Are our videos captioned? Do our webpages and document images have alt-text that can be read by screen readers? In that vein, I have been thinking about OCR –… Read moreConvert images to text with OneNote

Creating half-sheets in Word

I go through a lot of half-sheets of paper in my courses. On one side, students write what they found interesting in that day’s class and what questions they have about the course material. On the other side are instructions… Read moreCreating half-sheets in Word

Random Team Generator: Excel File

I’ve been doing a lot more small group work in my courses. When I let students choose their own groups, they tend to gravitate to the people they know best. That means that they frequently get the same perspective over… Read moreRandom Team Generator: Excel File