Friday, November 28, 2008

How to add Jigzone Jigsaws to a Wiki

Kids love jigsaws and when the jigsaw is a photo of themselves, then they love it even more. Some schools don't like to have children's faces on their wikis or blogs so how can you have a jigsaw of your children on a public website?

Cartoonise the photos using Befunky or any other Photo Editing programme (
Then turn that photo into a jigsaw by creating an account at Jigzone

Here are the instructions for embedding Jigsaws from Jigzone into Wikis.

How to Add Jigzone Jigsaws to a Wiki

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Word Annoyance 'Create your Drawing here'

One of the most annoying things in Word 2003 is when this ‘Create your drawing here’ box appears on your screen. You can remove it forever by going to Tools-Options, click on the General tab

There will be green tick in the Automatically create drawing canvas when inserting Autoshapes
Click in the box to remove the tick and then click OK.

When you go back to Word and insert an object there will be no ‘Create your Drawing here’ box!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Digital Camera Movies and Converting

All digital cameras have a movie recording facility. You can shoot small movies at least 30 secs at a time. Be aware that they can chew up your memory card. Some movie cameras save their movies in AVI format but some will save as Quicktime. Rad Video Tools will convert your Quicktime into AVI. Download the software. Open Rad Tools, find the file to convert, click on Convert a file. Choose AVI from Output type Click Convert. Click OK. Click Done! The movie will be converted into an AVI which can now be imported into a PowerPoint or MovieMaker.

How to create a WeeMee

How to create a Weemee
View SlideShare presentation or Upload your own.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

How to print out your slides in PowerPoint

You might not realise but there are many ways you can print out PowerPoint Slides. Look at this tutorial to find out.

Friday, October 10, 2008

How to copy photos from your camera without scanner and camera wizard

Some computers won't load up Microsoft Scanner and Camera Wizard which means you have to load your photos manually. If you have a memory card slot on your computer or laptop, take the memory card out of your camera and insert into your computer or attach the camera leads from the camera to your computer.

Go to My Computer

Double click on the Memory card

Double click on the DCIMfolder
Double click on any of the other folders you see

Press Ctrl A to select all photos and movies
Press Ctrl C to copy
Go to your My Pictures folder, make a new folder, open that folder
Go Ctrl V to paste. Your photos will now be in your My Pictures folder

Monday, October 6, 2008

How to set up a Wiki

This is an updated version of my 'How to set up a Wiki Site'

Another very comprehensive Wiki tutorial by Jennifer Dorman

How to create a blog in blogger update

This is an updated version of my previous instructions. I tried to update my Slideshare version which shows perfectly on the site but it only updated certain pages when I inserted the code into my blog, so I have saved the PowerPoint as a PDF file and uploaded into and it has uploaded correctly. So here is the updated version of the instructions of how to make a blog in blogger!

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Adding Delicious tag buttons to other computers

I would think that most of you would use multiple computers, one at home, your school laptop and maybe the classroom computers. If you want to just view your Delicious page then you would just type in the address

If you want to be able to tag websites when you find them, then you will need the Delicious buttons on the Browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox or Safari) you are using.

When you open your Delicious page, click on Sign In

Type your user name and password, press Enter on the Keyboard.

Click on Help

Click on Bookmarking buttons and add-ons for your browser or website under the Need tools?
Click on Firefox Bookmarks add-on if you are using Firefox
Click on Internet Explorer buttons if you are using Explorer
Click on Bookmarklet buttons for any browser if you are using Safari
Follow the instructions for installing buttons

Friday, September 5, 2008

Turn a screen capture or a graphic into a jpeg

Occasionally you might want a picture from somewhere on your computer or on the Internet and a right click to save as or copy does not work. Or in some cases as some people recently on one of my courses wanted to show a student's finished poster created in Publisher or Word on their blog or Wiki and they didn't want to show it as an attachment. You must save the image as a jpeg to insert into a blog or wiki, so you need a screen capture first.
Windows 7
Go to the Windows Button
Type in Snipping Tool
click on it
Click and drag around what you want to capture
Click on the Save button (the floppy disk icon) or click on the Copy button to enable you to paste straight to another document.

Windows XP, Vista
To take a screen capture
- press PrtSc on your keyboard (some models like HP require you to hold down the Fn key at the same time)
- open Paint by going to Start - Accessories - Paint
- Press Ctrl V on your keyboard to paste the screen capture
- click on the Square Selector button
- click and drag around the part of the screen capture you want
- go to Image - Crop (Vista) or Edit - Copy to (XP)

To turn into a jpeg

- Go to Save. Save the picture in a folder that you have named to store pictures specifically for blogs and wikis

Mac Computers
For mac computers it is a lot easier, press Shift, Option 4, click and drag around what you want to save as an image, let go of mouse and it will be saved either to your desktop or to your documents.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Insert a photo into an Autoshape

Word 2003
  1. Click on the Autoshape button on the Draw toolbar and select a shape. Click and drag the shape over your page.
  2. Click on the arrow next to the Paint Can and select Fill Effects
  3. Click on the Picture tab, click on Select a Picture
  4. Navigate to your My Pictures folder and select a picture, click Insert and then OK
  5. The picture will appear in your chosen Autoshape
  6. If you want to change the shape because it is not suitable, click on the Draw button (on the Draw menu) and choose Change Autoshape, select another shape
Word 2007
  1. Insert a photo by clicking on the Insert tab, click on Picture
  2. Navigate to your My Pictures folder and select a picture, click Insert and then OK
  3. Make sure the photo is selected, click on the Format tab, click on Picture Shape choose a shape by clicking on it from the dropdown menu and it will change the shape of the photo
  4. You can keep changing the shape of the photo by choosing different shapes from the Picture Shape menu

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Downloading youtube movies on Macs

I have just come across an easier way to download youtube movies on a Mac. This works only in Safari. As the movie is playing press Option - Command - A and an address window will open.
Click on the arrow next to
the Movie File name to view all the files.
Double click on the biggest file
and it will start downloading to your Download folder in your folder. The download file will be called get_video. Open your VLC player,
Go to File - Open and open your movie and it will play.

Monday, July 14, 2008

I have no Photo Editing Software on my computer

All windows computers in New Zealand schools come with Microsoft Office and part of that package (if it has been installed in its entirety) you will find Microsoft Picture Manager or on older versions Microsoft Photo Editor. This is perfect for most basic photo editing you need to do; such as cropping, brightening, rotating, remove red eye and most useful of all compressing photos
But sometimes for whatever reason there is no Picture Manager. But there are plenty of free programmes available. One particularly good downloadable one is Photofiltre which has loads of features that you can use, plus you can use it offline. There are also many free online programmes that have all the basic features plus some exciting extras. These are my recommendations.
  1. Fotoflexer - comprehensive editing tools and great filters
  2. Photoshop Express - cutdown version of Photoshop
  3. Lunapic - filters, effects and animations
  4. Phixer - photos can be saved to computer and Flickr
  5. Picnik - comprehensive photo editing