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About technology


How to make a webquest

Template Guide for webquests

A webquest rubric


How to make a film out of a poem or short story

Search Engine Optimization

Search Engine Optimization

Designing Web Pages

Free web design help

Lissa explains web design

Free Dreamweaver course

Beginner web pages

Add a glitter link

Make blinking gif files

More about beginner web pages

Website Resources - market your website and put it on search engines

75 Useful Web Design Resources


Microsoft's free PowerPoint tutorial

A free PowerPoint lesson

Basics for slide presentations

More free technology lessons

Professor Al's place

The Java Boutique


Learn podcasting

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Cool podcast site with links


How to make Icons for your page

Liquify your icons

Prevent hacker damage

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Optimize for accessibility

Milana's troubleshooting page

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Technology Tips and Links

for Non-Traditional Students



MICROSOFT PROGRAMS: For me, knowing Microsoft Word has really helped me in my writing. It has useful tabs on it, and also you can choose different fonts, too. It lines up essays very nicely and looks professional.

It has also helped me design some websites. You can take a website done in Microsoft Word and import it into Dreamweaver, too. Dreamweaver has a lot more bells and whistles, and takes the extra code out of the Microsoft Word page, too. The University I attended as a non-traditional student had Microsoft Word installed in all their computers.

Microsoft PowerPoint is a great program for teaching students, because it's possible to really jazz up your presentations with it.

I have used PowerPoint a lot, and it makes a so-so lesson much more interesting - especially for visual learners.

At first, I could not afford to get full versions of these programs. I went to the Microsoft website and downloaded try-out versions. They didn't cost me anything. Just go to downloads on the Microsoft website to get your free trial versions, if you don't already have this program on your computer.

Microsoft also has great support, artwork and clipart, and templates that you can use for free.

COREL: I find Corel design programs very handy in making artwork. You can find Corel programs very reasonably, especially if you are willing to try an older version. Here is the Corel website. I use a Mac, and the Corel programs can be glitchier than on a PC, but you can't beat the Corel artwork they include with their Draw programs

ADOBE SOFTWARE: Adobe makes programs that work with each other, such as Pagemaker (now In-Design), Photoshop, and Illustrator. I use Photoshop every day. I used to use Pagemaker a lot at my graphic design job. Check here for downloads on these great programs.


I taught myself web design, but I look forward to taking some professional classes as well. Some sites I have found very helpful in learning html and web design are:

HTML Goodies - I used to use the website here for free advice. I do have the book, which I highly recommend. The author has sold this site to somebody else, so I don't know if it's still as good. The book certainly is great, though.

LOADING AND UPLOADING FILES: I used to use Transmit. Now I am using Fetch.

WHITE AND BLACKBOARDS: I used a whiteboard program for online classes at college. I had to call the company because my Mac computer did not work with the software. They and I finally figured out a workaround that let me go in the class with the other students. I had to work in Internet Explorer, though.


What kind of computer should you get? What printers/scanners/etc. are the best? I would check Consumer Reports to find out -- if you are getting a new computer. I personally use a Mac, but some programs only run on a PC, so I guess I'd advise getting both if possible. I would say that a PC is fine for school - but make sure to get good anti-virus programs and a firewall to keep out spam and intruders. I use a Brother printer, an iBook computer, a Microtek scanner, a Motorola cell phone with camera, and a Kodak EasyShare digital camera.

A THUMB DRIVE - sometimes called a portable or stick drive, these small portable hard drives are great for school. You can even put them on your keychain, because they are really small. Be sure to remember to take them back home after class. I almost left mine once. I have a 1 Gig Geek Squad U3 Smart stick. It has always worked really well on every computer I've used it on.

BACKING UP YOUR WORK: A word to the wise: Always keep a backup copy of your work, and that goes for any kind of homework or report. I knew of at least three other students who lost their work and had to do WEEKS or MONTHS of work at the last minute for a class. I used to make a weekly backup onto a thumb drive.

It is so worth the time and money to do a backup - or maybe two of them - - to save you hours and maybe days of extra work in case your computer messes up or you lose your first copy. There are also online services that you can use.

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