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Free Software for One and All

posted: 4.1.09 by Traci Gardner

PC World unfurled their “101 Undiscovered Freebies: The List” last week. Some of the offerings are old standbys, like OpenOffice.org, but there are a number of new things on the list that I want to check out. A number of the tools are useful only if you have an iPhone or another tool. Since it’s a PC World list, the tools are Windows primarily, though some of the sites offer Mac options as well.

Consider these ten I found interesting:

  1. 5min, which promotes itself as “Your one-stop shop for instructional videos and DIY projects.” If you’re teaching the how-to genre right now, there’s bound to be something there you can use.
  2. drop.io lets you collaboratively edit whatever you’re working on, “by web, email, phone, mobile, and more.” Might be a fun tool for small-group collaboration!
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Indexing Drafts

posted: 1.16.07 by Barclay Barrios

Ask students to look through the index in the handbook. Word processors usually incorporate a tool for creating an index of a document. Have students use the help files of the software to learn how to use this tool. Then have them produce an index of their drafts: What terms do they use the most? And what terms, ideas, or names do they feel are important enough to list in an index?

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Categories: Document Design, Drafting, Revising, Teaching with Technology
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