Thursday, November 13, 2008

Printing to a .pdf Document

This week we take a look at printing to a .pdf document (using cutepdf) rather than printing to paper. Why would we want to do that?

Click here to find out!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Community of Caring - Video Clips

Special Tuesday Edition...........

This week we are looking at how to get to Safari Montage to view our video clips for our Community of Caring Lessons.

Here is the Video Tutorial link


See you next week.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

PDF to Flipchart

Special Request:
Quick tutorial on how to get "stuff" from a pdf document to a flipchart.

Click Here

Have a great week.


Thursday, September 25, 2008

PDFhammer (again)

I have covered this before...... but just recently used it again. It has been updated and it works GREAT! If you have not checked it out before, please check it out now.

Check out


from the website..........

With PDF Hammer
-You can quickly and easily edit PDF files online by uploading your PDF files from your Web browser. The visual editor lets you see the pages of the PDFs as you edit them.

-Merge/combine PDF files together.
-Rearrange, reorder and delete pages.
-Lock your PDF files with password-based security.
-Add and edit document information (metadata) fields, including author, title, subject and keywords.

See you next week.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Google Docs Addition and Photo Editing

Passing on some news about Google Docs from the google blog............

Table of Contents, Dictionary and Thesaurus in Google Docs

It's no longer necessary to use bookmarklets if you want to add a table of contents in Google Docs because this feature is now available in the interface:

Insert > Table of contents. To add a table of contents, your document needs to include headings from the Format menu.

Google Docs actually creates a bookmark for each heading from the document and displays the bookmarks hierarchically using lists. Unsurprisingly, when you open the document in Microsoft Word, the application treats the table of contents created in Google Docs as a list.

You can find more information about a word directly from Google Docs: click on the Tools menu and look up the word.


From the website......

Photo editing made fun
Picnik makes your photos fabulous with easy to use yet powerful editing tools. Tweak to your heart’s content, then get creative with oodles of effects, fonts, shapes, and frames.
It's fast, easy, and fun.

* Fix your photos in just one click
* Use advanced controls to fine-tune your results
* Crop, resize, and rotate in real-time
* Tons of special effects, from artsy to fun
* Astoundingly fast, right in your browser
* Awesome fonts and top-quality type tool
* Basketfuls of shapes from hand-picked designers
* Works on Mac, Windows, and Linux
* No download required, nothing to install
* All this for free!

see you next week!

Friday, September 5, 2008

adding or changing a bbs signature line

Here is a quick video tutorial on adding or changing your bbs signature line. This was put together from a special request. If you have a request for a future edition, please drop me line.


see you next week.

click here

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Import and Export Contacts

This is a quick video tuorial on how to import and export contacts from your bbs to share with other members of your team. (or anyone else for that matter.)


See you next week. If you have any suggestions for future thumbdrivethursday posts, please drop me a line.

Import and Export Contacts

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Clean Your Computer Screen

New technology allows me to clean your computer screen right through the internet!

Check it out!

DVD Fair Use Wizard

Windows only:
Grab a free copy -Normally-$20.

DVD ripper FairUse Wizard 2, which converts DVDs to video files playable by a slew of devices. Back up your DVDs to your computer or watch 'em on your iPhone/iPod touch, AppleTV, Zune, Xbox 360, PS3 or TiVo with FairUse, which automatically rips and compresses the DVD using the DiVX, XViD, or H.264 codecs. FairUse can detect multiple television episodes on a DVD, too.

FairUse is a limited-time free download for Windows XP and Vista, and the FAQ says it works fine in Linux under Wine.

Get it Here!

March Madness

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As a part of the Joost LIVE Test, every NCAA® Division I Men's Basketball Championship game will be available on Joost, anywhere in the world, for free.
You can watch the games in full-screen – or, if you're trying to work at the same time, minimize Joost so you won't miss a single basket, turnover, or fast break.
Open up the Channel Chat in the My Joost area to chat with people from around the world who are watching the games at the same time.
Download Joost today to get started, and sign-up for email alerts to get a daily game schedule with links for every game emailed to you.
WARNING:This is a test of our live P2P streaming service. It's a pretty complex technology, and we fully expect things to go wrong. The stream may stutter, slow, or stop altogether. If your stream does stop, we recommend restarting the channel - that usually works. Otherwise, you might have to re-start Joost. We apologize for any inconveniences, but your participation will help us build a stable live service!
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This year, for the first time ever, you'll be able to watch every game* of the NCAA Championship live online for free. All 63 games, from the First Round through the Final Four including the Championship Game, will be available with NCAA March Madness on Demand — so you'll never have to miss a single shot.

Did you hear about Sweetbay?

"A security breach at the Hannaford east coast supermarket chain has lead to the exposure of some 4.2 million credit cards. The company said it was aware of at least 1,800 cases of fraud directly connected to the breach. If you shopped at Hannaford's from Dec. 7 to March 10., when the breach is thought to have occurred, now is a great time to close your current credit and debit cards and get new ones.

From AP
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A security breach at an East Coast supermarket chain exposed 4.2 million credit and debit card numbers and led to 1,800 cases of fraud, the Hannaford Bros. grocery chain announced Monday.
Hannaford said credit and debit card numbers were stolen during the card authorization process and about 4.2 million unique account numbers were exposed.
The breach affected all of its 165 stores in the Northeast, 106 Sweetbay stores in Florida and a smaller number of independent groceries that sell Hannaford products.
The company is aware of about 1,800 cases of fraud reported so far relating to the breach.
Ronald Hodge, president and CEO of the Maine-based company, said it has "taken aggressive steps to augment our network security capabilities" since unusual credit card activity came to light on Feb. 27.
The Massachusetts Bankers Association said Monday that about one-third of its 200 member banks have been contacted by Visa and MasterCard, alerting them that some of the credit and debit cards the banks issued could be at risk.
The bankers association said the breach reportedly occurred from Dec. 7 to March 10.

If you are wondering how this happens, you should check out this video!

Monday, February 11, 2008

Telling Time - Flash Clock

Doing a search on promethean i came across a clock in a flipchart

In this flipchart students will have the chance to practice telling time using clocks. Students can draw time onto clocks in the flipchart. There is also a flash clock where students can manipulate the hands to set the clock to different times.

Submitted by: Karen Adams
Grade Level: 3-5
Subject Areas:
Addition - Subtraction

I hope this will be helpful for you....
Here is a video capture I did of the clock showing you how it works.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Have you seen this one?

Just wanted to share....

Create your own Google Theme using igThemer

In a previous post we talked about using google themes...
Want to create your own? Check out igThemer. igThemer is a tool to automagically make iGoogle themes....
1) Use the form to configure
2) Hit 'Create'

check it out at....


Edit pdf documents with PDF Hammer

In a previous post we talked about converting .pdf to .doc to be able to do some editing. You can use pdfhammer to do some limited pdf editing without the need to convert. PDFHammer reorders, deletes, and combines PDFs. This is all done in your browser without anything to install. After you're done with editing your document you can download it to your desktop.

It works great and is very fast.


Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Google knows how long it is .....................

Leave it up to Google to tells us how far it is from.............

Here to There
7hrs and 51 mins

Here to Eternity
14hrs and 2 mins

Mars to Moon

Start to Finish
8 hours and 23 mins

See you next time!

Embed Google Presentations

Even more Google fun....
You can now embed presentations. Check it out!

iGoogle Themes

For Those of you that use iGoogle,you can check out some new themes.
Check them out!

See you next time!

Google Maps Enhanced with Weather Channel Data

Google teamed up with The Weather Channel to create interactive layers that overlay weather data and radar information on top of Google Maps.

To use the feature click on the Google Maps' My Maps tab and select The Weather Channel feature to begin exploring.

The new service allows you to see current weather conditions and forecasts at a glance from across the globe as you view Google Maps. Everything from severe weather alerts, cloud coverage, and more can also be added to your view.

Planning a trip using Google Maps just got a little easier and useful. Google teamed up with The Weather Channel to create interactive layers that overlay weather data and radar information on top of Google Maps.

.....this service will really shine when it works with Google Maps' directions feature.

Imagine how cool it would be to plan a multi-day road trip using Google Maps and then have Google anticipate the weather along the way - possibly suggest an alternate route based on blue skies. My fingers are crossed.

You can read more at PCWorld

While you are there, check out more "My Maps" features.
-Gas Prices from GasBuddy
-Google Real Estate Search
-Geotagged photos from Picasa Web Albums
and more!

See you next time!

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Convert PDF Documents to .doc

This is great! Have you ever wanted to easily convert a PDF document to a document that you can edit using microsoft word? I know I have. There is now a free and easy solution.

Download from
Look for the download at the bottom of the page
"Free PDF to Word Doc Converter v1.1"

From the website...........
Why PDF to Word Doc Converter is FREE?
One day when I was looking for a free desktop program to convert my .pdf files to .doc files I found none. And the shareware pdf conversion software is very expensive. So in my spare time I wrote this free program to help people who want to convert PDF to Word documents.