Another gem from our friend Amit Agarwal ...
"BeeLine Reader is a new bookmarklet that claims it will help you read web pages faster and more efficiently on your mobile or computer screens.
While you are on a web page, click the BeeLine Reader bookmarklet and it will reformat the content of that page and applies a subtle horizontal color gradient to all the individual letters of a line of text (see screenshot).
The idea is that the color gradients will help guide the reader’s eyes as they transition between lines and and also reduces the risk of skipping or repeating lines so you read faster.
BeeLine Reader is available as a bookmarklet and thus can be installed on any browser, including mobile browsers, and they have a special OpenDyslexic version that aims to increase readability of web pages for readers with dyslexia."
Microsoft Word tip #2
DID YOU KNOW ...?
Move Text without Copy-Paste
Microsoft Word Tip #1
DID YOU KNOW ...?
I am always amazed by little pieces of information (occupational hazard!) that I stumble upon during the course of the day. Invariably I start using them and wonder how I ever worked without them!!
I have found some little gem tips in a blog by Amit Agarwal that might make using Microsoft Word just that little bit easier/more productive:
These three articles are interesting in terms of where we ourselves and our students are coming from. The main point seems to be what place does technology have in our collective lives? The implications are interesting for our next steps in their education.
ARTICLE: Little brains suffer with too much screen play
"Too much time in front of the screen playing the wrong kind of computer games can delay a child's development or lead to serious damage in adults, according to new research on the impact of media and technology on the brain."
Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/digital-life/digital-life-news/little-brains-suffer-with-too-much-screen-play-20131003-2uxh5.html
ARTICLE: Children reading less - apps, games
... "It's hugely impacting on teenagers: 11-17 year-olds are actually dropping their participation in quite a broad range of activities in order to play game apps," said Henry."
Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/technology/appsblog/2013/sep/26/children-reading-less-apps-games
ARTICLE: Ubiquity and temptation
"The ease and frequency of access to the resources and tools I need, when I need them has streamlined much of my working and social life. However, I am also very aware of the compulsion that can come with such convenience. I am more present in the moment when I don’t have the option to check or contribute to my channel feed. Even writing this blog post, I had to deliberately close my email and Twitter tabs. The temptation to snack on tidbits of information; to chip away at other projects, the habitual scanning of articles, posts, comments, etc from a variety of streams is all part of striking a balance with the new ‘infotention’. It’s almost like we are attending a race where we are constantly scanning the track to see who to cheer for. In the same motion, we also have to filter out the information that is irrelevant and identify what is not worth paying attention to. I believe we can do this more effectively by drawing a clear line between when we engage with technology and when we switch it off. (Remember when we used to actually turn off our technology? Now we just put it to sleep and/or charge it - in a constant state of readiness!). Knowing when to extract ourselves from our digital spaces enables us to be more present in our face to face experiences, relationships, and even the flow of our own thoughts. Celebrating the ubiquity of personalised devices is not to be undermined here. Rather, being more mindful of achieving a better balance between our technology and attention is key. If information is not given a sustained and meaningful context, it quickly downgrades to nothing more than a diversion."
Read more: http://schools.natlib.govt.nz/blogs/libraries-and-learning/13-09/ubiquity-and-temptation
"Technology is only technology to those who were born before it."
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