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   Microsoft in Education / Keyboard Shortcuts / Southern Words
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Microsoft in Education
Please don't let my professors at Pepperdine know this, but while I
was working on a homework assignment for my Mentoring and Team
Leadership class I accidentally found a site that is really cool: the
"Microsoft in Education" Tutorials page at .
Microsoft's goal is to help educators learn how to use Microsoft's
products in the classroom, but the information on the Tutorials page
is written in such a way that *EVERYONE* can use it.  You don't have
to be an educator.
The page has five main sections:
     1. In and Out of the Classroom
        A collection of free, step-by-step lesson plans that shows you
        how to perform basic tasks in some of the most popular
        Microsoft products (Word, Works, PowerPoint, Windows, and so
        on).  The lesson plans won't teach you everything, but they'll
        certainly get you started.  And, if you are a Mac user, you'll
        be happy to hear that Microsoft even has lesson plans on how
        to use Office 2001 or Works on a Mac!
     2. Tutorial Packs
        While the "In and Out of the Classroom" section teaches you
        how to use Microsoft's products, the "Tutorial Packs" teach
        you how to use Microsoft's products to actually DO something.
        The tutorial packs are collections of free, downloadable
        tutorials, PowerPoint presentations, and demonstration scripts
        that show you, step-by-step, how to use Microsoft's products
        to perform a certain task.  For example: creating a course Web
        site using FrontPage, analyzing data using Access or Excel, or
        collaborating with others using Outlook.
     3. Online Tutorials
        The Online Tutorials section contains a small collection of
        free, interactive, online tutorials that are extremely
        helpful.  They're also ... well ... a little too "cute."  It
        is kind of hard to explain.  You'll have to check it out for
     4. Accessibility Step by Step Guides
        This takes you to another part of Microsoft's Web site that
        shows people with disabilities how to customize their
        computers and Microsoft software.
     5. Academic Cooperative
        This takes you to an external site for "community college and
        university faculty who teach computer science, engineering and
        information systems courses."
Microsoft says that their tutorials page provides "step-by-step
instructions designed to help you learn Microsoft applications quickly
and easily."  I couldn't agree more.  If you are just starting out
with Word, Excel, or even Windows and need a good, free resource to
help you get started, check out the Microsoft in Education free
Tutorials page.  You don't even have to be a teacher to use it.  :)
Microsoft Keyboard Shortcuts
I love keyboard shortcuts.  I can't tell you how many times a day I
press and hold the Windows logo key and then press the letter M to
minimize all of my open windows at once, or press and hold the Alt key
and then tab through my open programs and documents.
The problem is trying to figure out what all the keyboard shortcuts
Well, buried deep within Microsoft's accessibility pages is an amazing
resource that shows you almost ALL of the keyboard shortcuts for most
of Microsoft's most popular programs -- Word, Windows, Internet
Explorer, and so on.  Just go to 
and then pick the program you are interested in.  That's it.
I've been looking for this for AGES!  :)
The Southern Word Homepage
Okay.  Enough Microsoft.  Let's have some fun.
For the past five years, I have ended almost every one of my TOURBUS
posts with a Southern Word of the Week.  A couple of years ago, I went
through all of my old TOURBUS post, collected all of the Southern
Words, and created the Southern Word homepage at .
After much procrastination, I finally updated the Southern Word
homepage last week.  If you haven't visited the homepage recently,
stop on by and tell me what you think.  :)
That's it for this week.  Have a safe and happy weekend, and we'll
talk again next week.
   Microsoft in Education / Keyboard Shortcuts / Southern Words
STAY-UMP (noun).  A small piece of gummed paper sold by a government for
attachment to an article that is to be mailed.
Usage: "Don't forget to fetch ya some of them new 34 cent stay-umps."
[Special thanks go to Cary Lowe for today's word]
You can find all of the old Southern Words of the day at 
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