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Jim Atkinson
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Experienced web designer, E-learning developer and IT Trainer
Experienced web designer, E-learning developer and IT Trainer

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Hi all, my name is Jim Atkinson and I'm a member of the DLaB Project team. I work for the University of Northampton as a Staff Development Trainer and E-Learning Developer. I've lots of experience in web design too.

I've had a key role in developing the website that the MOOC sits within, so please do contact me directly or simply email info@dlaberasmus.eu if you have any queries or feedback about either the website or the MOOC.

I hope you all enjoy the MOOC and look forward to reading your reflections about your experiences within this Google+ community. Thanks!
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Sign up to the free Technology Outdoors online course - May 2017

Are you in education? Sign up to this free, interactive and participatory online course on how to make effective use of technologies to extend teaching and learning beyond the classroom walls.

The course starts this May 2017 and is aimed at primary and lower secondary teachers, however anyone with an interest in the field is very welcome.

Please do help me by making any relevant contacts you may have in education aware of this course! Thanks.

http://dlaberasmus.eu/mooc-technology-outdoors-course/

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To apply slide transitions, go to the 'Transitions' tab on the Office Ribbon.

Here you will see a variety of slide transition options to choose from.

You can preview them by clicking on the ones you want to look at.

If you want to apply a certain transition to all of your slides, you can click the 'Apply To All' button.

If you want to change the direction of the transition. go to 'Effect Options'.
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There are a few ways you can start a slideshow.

You can either go to ‘Slide Show’ on the Office Ribbon, and then click on ‘From Beginning’ on the far left.

Or, click on the small slide show button on the bottom right of the screen.

You can also press ‘F5’.

To navigate through the slides you can either press the right arrow button to go forward, or the space bar.
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A useful way to easily ensure all your presentation have the same theme is by saving the current design that you have created.

To do this, go to ‘Design’ on the Office Ribbon, and press the ‘More’ arrow on the theme selection.

This will make the theme box larger, and at the bottom there will be an option to ‘Save Current Theme’.
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If a video from a website is needed in your presentation, you no longer have to just include a link which takes you to another window.

If you go to Insert > Video and click ‘Video from Web Site’, it will give you a dialogue box to enter the URL for the video you want to include.

To find the URL for your video, you will need to look for the ‘Embed’ command that should be with the source of your video.
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If you need a table to display rows and columns of text, e.g. for comparison, there’s an easy way to do it.

In the text box you want to insert the table, there are multiple icons. One is a small table and by clicking on this you can create a table.

You can then choose the amount of rows and columns you desire, and there you have an easy way to display data.
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A way to make your PowerPoint look much more eye-catching and interesting is by adding a theme.

To apply a theme to your PowerPoint you simply click on ‘Design’ on the Office Ribbon which will show you the many different themes you can choose from.

By hovering over the themes it shows you how it affects the layout of your slide without permanently changing it.

When you’ve decided on a theme you think fits your presentation best, click on it and it will apply this theme to every slide.
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Great article on how to get academic staff to engage with their own continuing professional development (CPD) in the use of technology to support their learning, teaching and assessment strategies.

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Diigo (iOS, Android, web) is a a powerful information capturing, storing, recalling and sharing tool.

It's known mostly as a social bookmarking tool that lets you keep a collection of bookmarks synced across devices, annotate and share bookmarks and join groups that interest you (iOS, Android, web).

However there a load of other possibilities making it ideal for use within learning and teaching, as well as research or general work productivoity.
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