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Training Resources

Training Resources


We know that it can be difficult to find help when you need it. When you run into problems using technology, it can be hard to even know where to start. So, we've created this page to help you. We've tried to compile the best-of-the-best training resources for you to work with. In addition to these recommendations, remember that most software programs have a built-in Help feature. Plus, make sure you visit our Atomic Learning Video Tutorials page for more great training material. And of course... you can always contact us for assistance.

 

Access | Acrobat Professional | Audacity | AVerMedia Document Cameras | BloggerDreamweaver | Excel | FireFox | GarageBand | Gmail | Google Calendar | Google Docs | Google Groups | Google Sites | HTML & Web Design | iDVD | iMovie | iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch | iPhoto | iTunes | Moodle | Photoshop Elements | Picasa Web Albums / PicnikPowerPoint | Publisher | SeaMonkey | SMART Notebook | Web 2.0Word

 

Access


What is Access?

Access is a database program. Databases are used for collecting, organizing and retrieving information. When designed properly, databases can greatly streamline the process of working with large quantities of data.

What resources do you recommend?

 

Microsoft Training Tutorials

The training tutorials by Microsoft are great ways to teach yourself various features of Access. The tutorials typically take between 20-45 minutes to complete, and are very comprehensive. Each tutorial typically consists of lessons, practice exercises, assessment tests and reference material. Best of all, they're free!

 

Microsoft Office Access 2007 Plain & Simple

This book by Curtis Frye is part of the Plain & Simple series published by Microsoft Press. It is a very straightforward book with clear, concise instructions and excellent color pictures and diagrams. This book would be of great help to any beginner or intermediate user of Access.

 

Acrobat Professional


What is Acrobat Professional?

Acrobat Professional is a software that allows you to create PDF (Portable Document Format) files. You can create documents & forms by scratch, or convert existing documents like Excel and Word files into a PDF file. Then, your files can be easily shared with anyone that has PDF viewing software, such as Acrobat Reader.

 

What resources do you recommend?

Acrobat Support Center

This link will take you to the Adobe Acrobat Support Center. Here you can watch video tutorials, see top issues for troubleshooting and get help using Acrobat.

 

Layers Magazine Acrobat Tutorials

This site has a great collection of Tutorials for Acrobat and other Adobe products. It's geared a little more on the advanced side, but still very approachable. Most of the tutorials are videos, although they have some great articles too!

 

Adobe Acrobat 9 How-Tos: 125 Essential Techniques

This book by Donna L. Baker is published by Adobe Press and contains a wealth of information. The material covered in this book is well-written and easy-to-follow. It covers everything from very basic operation of Acrobat to advanced techniques.

 

Audacity


What is Audacity?

Audacity is a free audio editor. You can use Audacity to record live audio, convert tapes and records into digital recordings or CD's, cut/copy/splice sounds together, and even change the speed or pitch of a recording. It is an extremely powerful audio editor with tons of features, and a fairly easy-to-use interface.

What resources do you recommend?

 

Audacity Tutorials

This link will take you to the Audacity WIKI page of tutorials. Here, many people have collaborated to provide training material on a wide variety of techniques.

 

Intro to Audacity by Tom Marcais

This link will take you to a tutorial created by our own trainer, Tom Marcais. This material will teach you the basic skills necessary to work with Audacity.

 

AVerMedia Document Cameras


What is a document camera?

A document camera is basically an overhead projector on steroids! Using digital technology this document camera gives you the ability to project any 2D or even small 3D objects for the entire classroom or audience to view. It is an invaluable tool for any presenter! There are many great ways to use this device! Use it to show pages, maps or diagrams from a book to the whole class without getting photocopies. Project and record science experiments while you're demonstrating them! Or, if you're an iPad user... we've found that this is currently one of the most reliable methods of projecting your iPad's screen!

 

What document cameras are available on campus?

We currently have three models of document cameras on campus, all manufactured by AVerMedia. Our newest model is the AverVision M50. We also have AVerVision 355AF and AVerVision CP130 document cameras. All are available for checkout through Academic Technology Support, and are also permanent fixtures in some of the newly renovated classrooms.

 

What resources do you recommend?

AVerVision CP130 Instruction Manual

This is a PDF version of the manual for the AVerVision CP130 model document camera.

AVerVision 355AF Instruction Manual

This is a PDF version of the manual for the AVerVision 355AF model document camera.

AVerVision 355AF Video Tutorials

These are some great video tutorials by AVerMedia demonstrating how to use the 355AV document camera.

AVerVision M50 User Manual

This is a PDF version of the manual for the AVerVision M50 model document camera.

100 Ways to Use a Document Camera

This web page has a nice list of 100 different ways you can incorporate a document camera in your teaching.

 

Blogger 

What is Blogger?

Blogger is a free blogging service provided by Google. Blogs are basically online journals that the author(s) updates regularly with text, images, videos and other content. Many times, blogs allow for readers to make their own comments on posts.

What resources do you recommend?

Simple Blogger Tutorials

An excellent website full of tutorials, templates, tips and tricks! This site is definitely worth exploring!

Blogger Buzz

This is the official Google blog about Blogger! Google uses this blog to announce new features and share useful information.

Google Blogger for Dummies

This book by Susan Gunelius is a great introductory book to Blogger. It has easy to read instructions, useful pictures and good tips/tricks. An excellent resource if you're a visual learner!

Dreamweaver


What is Dreamweaver?

Dreamweaver is a web design program. You can use it's WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) interface to easily create and maintain web pages.

 

What resources do you recommend?

Dreamweaver Support Center

This link will take you to the Adobe Dreamweaver Support Center. Here you can watch video tutorials, see top issues for troubleshooting and get help using Dreamweaver.

Layers Magazine Dreamweaver Tutorials

This site has a great collection of Tutorials for Dreamweaver and other Adobe products. It's geared a little more on the advanced side, but still very approachable. Most of the tutorials are videos, although they have some great articles too!

Teach Yourself VISUALLY Dreamweaver CS4

This book by Janine C. Warner is part of the Teach Yourself Visually series published by Visual. It is a very straightforward book with clear, concise instructions and excellent color pictures and diagrams. This book would be of great help to any beginner or intermediate user of Dreamweaver.

 

Excel


What is Excel?

Excel is an electronic spreadsheet program useful for storing, organizing and manipulating data. It has extremely powerful number-crunching tools and is often used in business, statistics and accounting fields. It includes features for easy graph/chart creation, complex formulas and data analysis. The current version for Windows users is Excel 2007, while the current version for Apple users is Excel 2008.

 

What resources do you recommend?

Excel 2007 (Windows) Command Reference Guide

This link will help you learn where common commands are located in the new 2007 version of Excel

Excel 2007 (Windows) Tutorials

This link will take you to a series of Excel 2007 tutorials offered by Microsoft

2007 Microsoft® Office System Plain & Simple (for Windows)

This book by Jerry Joyce is part of the Plain & Simple series published by Microsoft Press. It is a very straightforward book with clear, concise instructions and excellent color pictures and diagrams. This book would be of great help to any beginner or intermediate user of Excel.

Excel 2008 (Apple) Help and How-To

This link will take you help documentation and tutorials provided by Microsoft

Teach Yourself VISUALLY Office 2008 for Mac

This book by Paul McFedries is part of the Teach Yourself Visually series published by Visual. It is a very straightforward book with clear, concise instructions and excellent color pictures and diagrams. This book would be of great help to any beginner or intermediate user of Excel.

 

FireFox


What is FireFox?

Firefox is a free web browser available for both Windows and Apple computer platforms. It's fast, packed with features and has far fewer security vulnerabilities than other browsers such as Internet Explorer.

 

What resources do you recommend?

Installing Firefox

Directions on how to download and install Firefox on your computer

Firefox Tips & Tricks

Great selection of video tutorials for the beginner, intermediate or expert user of Firefox.

 

Garageband


What is Garageband?

Garageband is a software program that makes it fun and easy to create music. You can combine a variety of pre-made music loops, record your own instruments, or even use it to take virtual piano/guitar lessons.

 

What resources do you recommend?

Apple Garageband Tutorials

This is a series of Garageband tutorials developed by Apple computer. These videos show you how easy it is to perform various tasks in Garageband.

iLife '11 Portable Genius

This book by Guy Hart-Davis is part of the Portable Genius series published by Wiley. It is a very straightforward book with clear, concise instructions and excellent color pictures and diagrams. This book would be of great help to any beginner or intermediate user of Garageband.

 

Gmail


What is Gmail?

Gmail is a free web-based email platform by Google. Using the resources that only an internet giant like Google could provide, email can become fun again! With extremely advanced SPAM filtering technology, you don't waste your time deleting massive amounts of unwanted emails. Gmail has mobile access available so you can check your mail with portable devices like iPod/iPhones, PDA's and Smartphones. Plus, with huge storage capacity (over 7GB per account!) you don't need to worry about constantly deleting messages to clear your quota. It is an intuitive, easy and efficient way to communicate via email.

 

What resources do you recommend?

Gmail Support

This is a link to the help pages provided by Google for their Gmail application. It has some useful instructions on how to operate Gmail.

Gmail Self-Guided Tutorial

This is a link to a brief self-guided tutorial by Google showing you how to use the basic features of Gmail.

Gmail Advanced Search Operators

You can use lots of specialized search operators in the search field of Gmail when you want to look for something specific in your email messages. This reference shows all the different search operators you can use.

Gmail Keyboard Shortcuts

Using keyboard shortcuts can help save time! Your hands can stay on the keyboard while you pull up various commands. This reference has a list of all the gmail keyboard shortcut combinations you can use.

Gmail Notifier

Gmail Notifier is a desktop application by Google that you can install on your own computer. It will alert you when you receive new messages, calendar events, and can make Gmail your default email client. It currently will work for Windows XP, and 2000 computers, as well as any Apple OSX version 10.4 or higher.

Google Apps Desktop

Since Gmail Notifier won't work with newer versions of Windows computers, such as Vista and Windows 7... we found you an alternative! This application from Google allows you to install Microsoft Windows desktop access points to Google Docs, Calendar and Gmail that are pre-configured to work with accounts on the SBC domain. These apps launch in a streamlined Google Chrome browser window. This program also allows you to set Gmail as their default email program.

 

Google Calendar


What is Google Calendar?

Google Calendar is an online calendar application. It's an extremely powerful system, yet very intuitive to operate. One of the most useful aspects is the ability to share and collaborate on calendars with other users. It is also nice to be able to access your calendar from any computer in the world with an Internet connection... plus you can configure your Mobile Devices to access it too!

 

What Resources do you recommend?

Google Calendar Support

This is a link to the help pages provided by Google for their Calendar application. It has some useful instructions on how to operate Google Calendar.

Google Calendar Self-Guided Tutorial

This is a link to a brief self-guided tutorial by Google showing you how to use the basic features of Google Calendar.

Google Calendar Keyboard Shortcuts

Using keyboard shortcuts can help save time! Your hands can stay on the keyboard while you pull up various commands. This reference has a list of all the Google Calendar keyboard shortcut combinations you can use.

Gmail Notifier

Gmail Notifier is a desktop application by Google that you can install on your own computer. It will alert you when you receive new messages, calendar events, and can make Gmail your default email client. It currently will work for Windows XP, and 2000 computers, as well as any Apple OSX version 10.4 or higher.

Google Apps Desktop

Since Gmail Notifier won't work with newer versions of Windows computers, such as Vista and Windows 7... we found you an alternative! This application from Google allows you to install Microsoft Windows desktop access points to Google Docs, Calendar and Gmail that are pre-configured to work with accounts on the SBC domain. These apps launch in a streamlined Google Chrome browser window. This program also allows you to set Gmail as their default email program.

Using SMS with Google Calendar

You can use SMS (Short Message Service) to communicate with Google Calendar using your cell phone or other mobile device. This resource will show you how to check your calendar and create new events simply by sending a text message! (standard carrier rates apply)

 

Google Docs


What is Google Docs?

Google Docs is the document portion of Google Apps for Education. With Google Docs, you can create word processing documents, spreadsheets, presentations and even web forms online! Google Docs also enables easy sharing, collaboration, and storage of your files. By using the forms feature, you can easily create and manage surveys and other forms for gathering information through your website.

 

What resources do you recommend?

Google Docs Support

This is a link to the help pages provided by Google for their Google Docs applications. It has some useful instructions on how to operate Google Docs.

Google Docs Self-Guided Tutorial

This is a link to a brief self-guided tutorial by Google showing you how to use the basic features of Google Docs.

Google Docs Keyboard Shortcuts

Using keyboard shortcuts can help save time! Your hands can stay on the keyboard while you pull up various commands. This reference has a list of all the Google Docs keyboard shortcut combinations you can use.

Using Google Docs with Mobile Devices

This link gives some basic information on how you can view and edit your Google docs from some mobile devices.

Google Groups


What is Google Groups?

Google Groups is a customizable area for creating and maintaining custom groups of members. Your members will have access to discussion boards and a group list-serve email address, enabling them to easily communicate with each other via the web or email. Best of all, you have complete control over your member list and can easily add or remove members at any time!

 

What resources do you recommend?

Google Groups Support

This is a link to the help pages provided by Google for their Google Groups application. It has great easy-to-follow instructions on how to operate Google Groups.

Google Groups in Google Apps Video

Great short video on YouTube showing you the basics of Google Groups.

 

Google Sites


What is Google Sites?

Google Sites is a free and easy way to create your own websites. Using their pre-made page templates and themes, you can quickly add your own content and create professional looking websites. You can even control who can view or edit your content in your site. It's an extremely powerful system, yet very intuitive to operate.

 

What Resources do you recommend?

Google Sites Support

This is a link to the help pages provided by Google for their Google Sites application. It has great easy-to-follow instructions on how to operate Google Sites.

Google Sites Self-Guided Tutorial

This is a link to a brief self-guided tutorial by Google showing you how to use the basic features of Google Sites.

The Unofficial Google Sites Help Center

Well... it may be unofficial but this site is packed with tons of great information! There are step-by-step guides, video tutorials, and even news feeds all focused on helping you get the most out of Google Sites. If you want to take your site to the next level, this is a great place to start!

 

HTML & Web Design


What is HTML?

HTML (HyperText Markup Language) is a computer programming language used to write the code behind your webpages. An internet browser reads the code created in HTML, and displays the page according to the various commands in the HTML code.

 

What is Web Design?

Web Design is the process of developing web pages and websites accessible through the internet. It is a skill that utilizes many of the same principles of traditional print design, as well as standards specific to the web. The main concept of Web Design is to provide easily accessible content in an appealing fashion.

 

What resources do you recommend?

Learn the Net - Web Publishing

Great introduction to some general web site design concepts.

w3schools HTML

Very comprehensive site packed with tutorials, quizzes, references and even certification resources. In addition to their HTML section, they also have areas for CSS, XML, Javascript, ASP, PHP, SQL and more!

 

iDVD

 

What is iDVD?

iDVD is a program for the Apple computers that allows you to create professional DVD menus. By using a variety of customizable themes you can create your own DVD menu layout to include screens for a main menu, chapters menu, and extra menus for content like slideshows.

 

What resources do you recommend?

Apple iDVD Tutorials

This is a series of iDVD tutorials developed by Apple computer. These videos show you how easy it is to perform various tasks in iDVD.

iLife '11 Portable Genius

This book by Guy Hart-Davis is part of the Portable Genius series published by Wiley. It is a very straightforward book with clear, concise instructions and excellent color pictures and diagrams. This book would be of great help to any beginner or intermediate user of iDVD.

 

iMovie

 

What is iMovie?

iMovie is a program for Apple computers that allows you to organize, edit and share your video footage. The intuitive interface helps to make video production simple and fun!

 

What resources do you recommend?

Apple iMovie Tutorials

This is a series of iMovie tutorials developed by Apple computer. These videos show you how easy it is to perform various tasks in iMovie.

Preparing for a Video Project

This 4-page handout provides some tips & tricks on how to begin preparing for a video project. Topics include creating a script using a storyboard and suggestions on how to film quality video footage.

iLife '11 Portable Genius

This book by Guy Hart-Davis is part of the Portable Genius series published by Wiley. It is a very straightforward book with clear, concise instructions and excellent color pictures and diagrams. This book would be of great help to any beginner or intermediate user of iMovie.

 

iPad / iPhone / iPod Touch

 

What are iPad's, iPhone's and iPod Touch's?

These are mobile devices designed by Apple Computer. They all run off of the same general operating system and can all run a variety of Apps. We're currently conducting a pilot program on campus with iPad's... so you'll probably see lots of great resources show up here throughout the year!

 

What resources do you recommend?

How to access your Gmail and Google Calendar accounts

This short video tutorial will show you how to configure your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch to access your SBC Gmail and Google Calendar accounts!

How to view multiple Google Calendars

This short video tutorial will show you how to configure your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch to view multiple Google Calendars through the Calendar App.

SBC's iPad User Group

This is a user group dedicated to discussing all things iPad! Anyone at Sweet Briar College is welcome to join and post to this group. The above link will take you directly to the web interface, where you can sign in with your SBC username and password. Here you can view all the past discussions, as well as post new topics. Once you sign up... you'll also have the option to receive your updates through email. This is a great way to stay connected with how your peers are using the iPad on campus!

Apple's Guided Tours

This section of Apple's website is dedicated to giving you video tours of various aspects of the iPad. It's a bit sales-pitch oriented... but you can still pick up some useful information when you watch the clips.

iPads in Education

This is a discussion forum and resource site dedicated to iPad usage in education. It's a good place to connect with iPad users from other institutions to share experiences and seek help.

 

iPhoto

 

What is iPhoto?

iPhoto is a complete photomontage software program. You can use iPhoto to organize, enhance and share your digital pictures.

 

What resources do you recommend?

Apple iPhoto Tutorials

This is a series of iPhoto tutorials developed by Apple computer. These videos show you how easy it is to perform various tasks in iPhoto.

iLife '11 Portable Genius

This book by Guy Hart-Davis is part of the Portable Genius series published by Wiley. It is a very straightforward book with clear, concise instructions and excellent color pictures and diagrams. This book would be of great help to any beginner or intermediate user of iPhoto.

 

iTunes


What is iTunes?

iTunes is a free application for both Apple and PC users. It plays and organizes all your digital music and video. It can sync to iPods, iPhones and Apple TV. There's an Apple store where you can purchase content. Plus, you can directly access podcasts and online radio stations. It's a one-stop shop for all sorts of multi-media content!

 

What resources do you recommend?

Apple iTunes Tutorials

This is a series of iTunes tutorials developed by Apple computer. These videos show you how easy it is to perform various tasks in iTunes.

iLife '11 Portable Genius

This book by Guy Hart-Davis is part of the Portable Genius series published by Wiley. It is a very straightforward book with clear, concise instructions and excellent color pictures and diagrams. This book would be of great help to any beginner or intermediate user of iTunes.

Moodle

What is Moodle?

Moodle is the Course Management System (CMS) utilized by Sweet Briar College. Educators can use Moodle to create effective and customizable learning sites.

What resources do you recommend?

Moodle 1.8 Teacher Manual

This is a comprehensive manual written by our own trainer, Tom Marcais. It provides excellent reference material for anyone developing material as an instructor in a Moodle site.

Moodle Community Web Site

This is the main website for Moodle. Here you can learn about new features, get support, discuss strategies with other members of the community and suggest future developments.

Moodle Tutorials

Excellent and growing site full of video tutorials on how to complete various tasks in Moodle. Keep in mind that Moodle is extremely customizable, so some things may look a little different. However, the general concepts are mostly the same.

 

Photoshop Elements


What is Photoshop Elements?

Photoshop Elements is the simplified consumer version of the powerful image editing program, Photoshop. It is still packed with many of the image editing capabilities, just with fewer and simpler options. With Photoshop Elements, you should be able to organize, enhance and manipulate just about any digital image.

 

What resources do you recommend?

Adobe Photoshop Elements Techniques

This is the website for the magazine Adobe Photoshop Elements Techniques . It has a nice selection of video tutorials available, and if you're serious about learning lots of great tips and tricks... you might even want to subscribe to their magazine.

Photoshop Elements 9 in Easy Steps: for Windows and Mac

This book by Nick Vandome is part of the In Easy Steps series published by In Easy Steps Limited. It is a very straightforward book with clear, concise instructions and excellent color pictures and diagrams. This book would be of great help to any beginner or intermediate user of Photoshop Elements.

Picasa Web Albums / Picnik Photo Editing

What is Picasa Web Albums / Picnik Photo Editing? 

Picasa Web Albums is a photo sharing web site by Google, that you can access for free through your SBC account! This service makes it easy for you to store, organize and share pictures and videos with others! You can even edit your pictures by using Google's Picnik photo editing software!

What resources do you recommend?

Picasa Web Albums Help

This web site is the official help documentation from Google for Picasa Web Albums. With detailed instructions on how to operate Picasa Web Albums, this site is an ideal location for anyone needing a little extra help with Picasa.

Picnik - Web 2.0 Tools - New Possibilities in Teaching & Learning

This web site by Purdue University has a phenomenal collection of material, including references. It's geared toward the educational environment, so there are some excellent real world examples and lesson plans available.

Become a Picnik Master

This site walks you through the various tools availalble for Picnik photo editing. The documentation is step-by-step and includes great examples of real-world scenarios you might encounter while editing photos.

 

PowerPoint


What is PowerPoint?

PowerPoint is a presentation software that you can use to provide visual aids for an oral presentation.

 

What resources do you recommend?

PowerPoint 2007 (Windows) Command Reference Guide

This link will help you learn where common commands are located in the new 2007 version of PowerPoint

PowerPoint 2007 (Windows) Tutorials

This link will take you to a series of PowerPoint 2007 tutorials offered by Microsoft

2007 Microsoft® Office System Plain & Simple (for Windows)

This book by Jerry Joyce is part of the Plain & Simple series published by Microsoft Press. It is a very straightforward book with clear, concise instructions and excellent color pictures and diagrams. This book would be of great help to any beginner or intermediate user of PowerPoint.

PowerPoint 2008 (Apple) Help and How-To

This link will take you help documentation and tutorials provided by Microsoft

Teach Yourself VISUALLY Office 2008 for Mac

This book by Paul McFedries is part of the Teach Yourself Visually series published by Visual. It is a very straightforward book with clear, concise instructions and excellent color pictures and diagrams. This book would be of great help to any beginner or intermediate user of PowerPoint.

 

Publisher


What is Publisher?

Publisher is a page layout program for Windows computers. You can use this software to create, personalize and share a wide range of publications including newsletters, brochures, flyers and more.

 

What resources do you recommend?

Publisher 2007 Tutorials

This link will take you to a series of Publisher 2007 tutorials offered by Microsoft

 

SeaMonkey


What is SeaMonkey?

SeaMonkey is an all-in-one internet application suite for Windows or Apple computer users. It combines an internet browser, Mail & Newsgroups client, an HTML editor and other tools.

 

What resources do you recommend?

Installing SeaMonkey

Instructions for downloading and installing SeaMonkey

Documentation & Help

Various resources from the SeaMonkey project, including a community board where you can talk to many of the people actually working with and developing this software.

 

SMART Notebook


What is SMART Notebook?

The SMART Notebook software can be used to maximize the capabilities of the SMART tech hardware products, such as a SMARTBoard and SMART podiums. This software provides a wide variety of tools that give you interactive capabilities with your projected display. You can operate your screen by touch, draw objects on top of a blank screen or other applications, and even record all your actions in a video file. These tools are certainly useful in the classroom for instruction, but are also beneficial for administrative departments and students giving presentations.

 

What resources do you recommend?

SMARTNotebook Software Download

This link will take you to the SMART website where you can download the SMART Notebook software for usage on your computer. We recommend that you download the version 11 software for your specific computer platform. If you are a student, staff or faculty that needs to use this software on our campus, simply contact MJ Stinnette for a product registration code that you'll need to enter after installing the software.

SMART Technologies Training

This link will take you to the SMART Technologies website (manufacturers of the SMART Notebook and other SMART products). They offer a ton of great free training material, and online overviews.

SMART Exchange

This link will take you the SMART Exchange website for educator resources. You'll find an extensive collection of lesson activities, lesson resources, community forums and training material. 

Web 2.0

What is Web 2.0? 

Web 2.0 is a term used to describe some of the latest dynamic websites that focus on sharing information and collaboration. Rather than just consuming information, Web 2.0 sites focus on the ability for users to generate material as well.

What resources do you recommend?

About.me

About.me lets you quickly build simple and visually elegant splash pages that points visitors to your content from around the web.

Delicious

This is a social bookmarking web service for storing, sharing, and discovering web bookmarks.

Dropbox

Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and share them easily. Never email yourself a file again!

Goo.gl

This URL Shortener by Google can be used to create short URLs that can be easily shared, tweeted, or emailed to friends.

Google Translate

Google's free online language translation service instantly translates text and web pages.

IMDB

Explore the largest movie database online and mine it for useful information about your favorite movies, TV shows and actors!

Kahn Academy

Discover an Academic Resource site with thousands of tutorial videos and exercises dedicated to core concepts for a wide variety of disciplines

LYRICSnMUSIC

This powerful Lyrics and Music search engine provides you with lyrics, music, videos, tablature, and historical information about your favorite songs!

PaperRater

Use this tool to access an online paper proofreader which is able to detect plagiarism as well as provide suggestions for spelling, grammar and word choice.

Polleverywhere

This live-response polling system uses text messaging and web submissions (works just like clickers, without the hardware cost!)

Screencast-o-Matic

Use this tool to create a video screen capture of anything on your computer! 

Socioclean

This tool will help you clean up your social media footprint, helping you remove any unprofessional content. You can have it check your content on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube!

Soundcloud

This is a powerful cloud-based audio storage system that works great with mobile devices! You can record and store audio directly to line storage in the cloud!

TimeToMeet

Find a time to meet with wasting any! TimeToMeet is a web-based tool for finding a common meeting time with other people without the tedious back-and-forth of scheduling over email. It uses a quick and visual way of gathering when everyone is available and finds the best times that work for all.

Typingweb

Typingweb is a free online typing tutor & keyboarding tutorial for typists of all skill levels. TypingWeb also offers officially sanctioned typing and 10 Key certification. Plus, there's even a section where you can practice texting on mobile devices!

Wetransfer

WeTransfer is a free platform in transferring large digital files up to 2GB per transfer. They can transfer any type of file - such as presentations, photos, videos, music, documents and more. It's a simple way to send large files, stress free!

Wolfram-Alpha

Wolfram-Alpha is a computational knowledge engine. Answer questions, do math, instantly get facts, create plots, calculators, unit conversions, scientific data and statistics, help with homework—and much more!

Zamzar

Zamzar is dedicated to helping you transform your songs, videos, images and documents into different formats. It's all online, so there's no software for you to download. It's a very useful free service!

 

Word


What is Word?

Microsoft Word is a word processing software. It is designed to allow writers to create professional-looking content.

 

What resources do you recommend?

Word 2007 (Windows) Command Reference Guide

This link will help you learn where common commands are located in the new 2007 version of Word

Word 2007 (Windows) Tutorials

This link will take you to a series of Word 2007 tutorials offered by Microsoft

2007 Microsoft® Office System Plain & Simple (for Windows)

This book by Jerry Joyce is part of the Plain & Simple series published by Microsoft Press. It is a very straightforward book with clear, concise instructions and excellent color pictures and diagrams. This book would be of great help to any beginner or intermediate user of Word.

Word 2008 (Windows) Help and How-To

This link will take you help documentation and tutorials provided by Microsoft

Teach Yourself VISUALLY Office 2008 for Mac

This book by Paul McFedries is part of the Teach Yourself Visually series published by Visual. It is a very straightforward book with clear, concise instructions and excellent color pictures and diagrams. This book would be of great help to any beginner or intermediate user of Word.