Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Tech Tips

PowerPoint is a surprisingly powerful tool, and its simple features and user-friendly interface make it perfect for people without much graphic design experience.

A SmartArt graphic is a visual representation of your information and ideas. You can create SmartArt graphics by choosing from among many different layouts to quickly, easily, and effectively communicate your message.

PowerPoint has two methods to insert SmartArt. The first is to insert the illustration and add text to it. PowerPoint also lets you convert existing text to a SmartArt graphic. Just select the text, right-click on it, and choose the Convert to SmartArt option.

1.  Insert or select a slide
2.  Insert Tab > Illustrations Group > SmartArt
     Or right-click on selected text and choose Convert to SmartArt
3.  Select a Category. (Select All to see all the SmartArt graphics.)
4.  Select a SmartArt graphic and read its description
5.  Click OK to insert it
6.  Add text to your graphic using the placeholders provided

Did you know?… Canvas has some updates:

  • When students complete a quiz that includes a manually graded question, the Grades page displays a Quiz icon instead of the current score.
  • A warning message will appear after 50 minutes for instructors who are using Crocodoc to annotate assignments. There is a 1 hour time limit.
  • Users can set a new notification preference that allows them to receive a copy of all conversations they created.

See the link for additional updates: