Volume 2, Number 4
Into the Classroom
Through a Student's Eyes
Literacy On Line
Tips from the Pros
Training Schedule at the Ambrose Lab
"The network is down . . . "
The TIPS Archives
Editor: Jeffrey L.
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Tips from the Ambrose Office Expert
Mark has gone video! We have included Mark's tips
in the usual format, but there are also links to see Mark in the new
video-streaming instructional environment!
In Excel, create a QUICK CHART by doing the
1. Highlight DATA and HEADINGS on Worksheet.
2. Press the F-11 key on your Keyboard.
3. A new sheet is added to your workbook named Chart.
4. On the Chart sheet will show your Bar Chart.
In Word, create a QUICK LINE by doing the
1. Position the cursor on your page.
2. Press either the HYPHEN, UNDERLINE or EQUAL sign three times
from your keyboard.
3. Press ENTER.
4. You will see a line automatically drawn from margin to margin.
In Word, create a QUICK LINK by doing the
1. Insert multiple clipart in the usual manner:
2. Convert the pictures into graphic objects by right-clicking,
selecting Word Wrap, and clicking on "Tight."
3. With the objects inserted on a page, hold down the shift key and
then click on each object.
4. All of the object are now linked!
5. Click, hold and drag to move all of the objects at once.
6. Try resizing all the object at once by clicking on a corner
handle, and then dragging in or out to resize.
For most Microsoft Products: QUICK KEYSTROKES:
<CTRL> + "B" bolds selected text,
<CTRL>+"I" italicizes selected text <CTRL>+
"U" underlines selected text.
| Submitted by Mark
The World's Easiest Internet
type your search key words or short sentence directly into the
"Address" window ("Go To" in Netscape), and hit
<Enter>. Voila! An Internet search is started!
[Note: Young Internet surfers should use
kid-safe search engines such as Yahooligans
or Ask Jeeves. Instance searches work on IE 5.0 or Nestcape
4.0 or higher, and use Microsoft's
search engine (IE) or Google (Netscape).]
|Submitted by Barbara Barr
a "Bookmark" in Microsoft FrontPage?
If you've ever tired of scrolling through a long web
page, then "bookmarks" are for you. When authoring a long page,
inserting a bookmark places an electronic marker at a particular point on
the page. It can then be referenced from somewhere else on the page,
usually at the top.
Here's an example: Suppose
you have a list of 1200 books (Accelerated Reader Test List) that you've
included on a web page so that students may decide on the books they'd
like to read as part of their Accelerated Reader program. The list runs to
something like 20 pages, all connected on one web page. Rather than have
students scroll up and down the list to select the book title, why not set
up an alphabetical index across the top of the page and let them simply
click on the "T" for Tom Sawyer, taking them directly to the
For an actual example, you might take a look at the
How to do it:Place your cursor at the point you'd like to bookmark in
your document. Then go to the "Insert" menu in the toolbar at
the top of the screen. Click "Bookmark." Give the bookmark a name that you will later recognize.
Establish other bookmarks on the page as you desire, again giving them
Now comes the fun. Go to the top of the page and type a
reference for the first bookmark. If you're doing an alphabetical index,
type a letter of the alphabet. Highlight the reference, or letter, that you'd like to
connect with the bookmark. Click the "Insert hyperlink" icon at
the top of the page.
Select the appropriate bookmark and click
"OK." Repeat as necessary for your other bookmarks.
To check and see how it works, go to the
"Preview" form of the page and click one of the references that
you established at the top of the page. The page should move so that the
part you bookmarked now shows in the window.
Now you're an experienced bookmarker. The more you do
the easier it gets.
|Submitted by Dick
|Posting Video on the Web
Unlike posting pictures, showing video files on the Web is no small
There are only two still-picture formats in common use on the Web (JPG and GIF),
and they work in very predictable ways. Not so with video! The common video formats are AVI, MPG, MOV
(QuickTime) and RM (RealMedia), and each has its problems. Since this month's TIPS contains several
video offerings in RealMedia format, here's hints as to how they were produced:
You'll need a digital video. Use a QuickCam (or other simple computer video camera), or video
capture with Pinnacle Systems or other video capture software. Save
the video in standard AVI format (in Pinnacle, use one of the Indeo
- Download and install RealProducer Basic - it's free. Right-click
the icon above, select "Save target as..." and save the
installation file somewhere. Run the install.
The above RealPlayer window should appear in your preview when the HTML code below
- You'll also need RealPlayer Basic to view your final
projects. Follow the instructions on my RealPlayer Basic Installation
Page to avoid common problems with that install.
- Start up RealProducer. It will give you the ability
to browse to the AVI file you produced above, and name the target
file. 56K is a minimum for video of any quality.
- Upload the file to your website.
- You now have two choices: either provide a simple
link to your file (RealPlayer will start up and handle playback), or
you can cut and paste the HTML code below directly into the HTML
of your web page (which "embeds" the video, and eliminates
the client running separately).
- Examine Through a
Student's Eyes for suggestions on what to put on the page to help
folks with problems. Be sure to provide a link to my RealPlayer Basic Installation
video file pathway goes here, e.g., images/yourvideo.rm]"
[Note - the "width" and "height" can
be varied depending on your size needs for playback. Maintain a 4:3 ratio
of width and height for the "ImageWindow." As always,
<embed src="[your video file
pathway goes here]" width=320
|Submitted by Jeffrey