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Workshops

Our training workshops are offered free-of-charge to all students, faculty and staff at Sweet Briar College. Throughout the semester, we will schedule training workshops utilizing the TimeToMeet scheduling system. Listed below are descriptions of some of the workshops we offer:

Access | Audacity | AVerMedia Document Cameras | Dreamweaver | Excel | Gmail | Google Calendar | Google Docs | Google Groups | Google Sites | HTML & Web Design | iDVD | iMovie | iTunes | Photoshop Elements | PowerPoint| SMART Notebook | Word

Access


Access Level 1

In this class we cover some database terminology, how to navigate through a database, creating, editing and working with tables and using queries to produce reports.


Access Level 2

This class is intended for people who have taken Level 1 Access or who are already familiar with the concepts presented in it. The Access: Tables class will cover designing and maintaining tables in Access in more detail, including using such features as defining default values, creating look-up tables and using validation rules.


Access Level 3

In the Access Queries class we will learn the different kinds of queries that can be created, and we will practice designing them. In addition, we will focus on Query terminology and how to modify Query properties.


Access Level 4

In this class we explore creating, editing and customizing forms. Using the formatting toolbar we will discover how to modify fonts, align text, add borders, apply colors and use special effects. We will learn what controls are used for and how to create them. We will also work with headers & footers.

 

Audacity

 

Introduction to Audacity

Audacity is a free audio editor. You can use Audacity to record live audio, convert tapes and records into digital recordings or CD's, cut/copy/splice sounds together, and even change the speed or pitch of a recording. It is an extremely powerful audio editor with tons of features, and a fairly easy-to-use interface. Material covered in this training will include:

 

Downloading and Installing Audacity

  • Learn how to Download (for free!) and Configure Audacity on Apple or Windows computers

Recording a Spoken Narration

  • Discover how to set your input source

  • Become familiar with the Audio Control buttons

  • Learn how to Record and Playback Audio

  • Find out how to Edit your audio by cutting, trimming, adding or combining audio tracks

  • Explore the secrets of removing white noise

  • Learn how to use the Time Shift tool

 

Transfer a Tape/LP to CD

  • Discover how to configure equipment for recording

  • Find out how to open files

  • Explore how to fix pops and remove hiss in your recording

  • Learn how to save files in an MP3 format

  • Become familiar using iTunes to burn a CD

 

Special Effects:

  • Find out how to change the pitch on a recording with out changing the tempo (and vice-versa)

  • Learn how to apply fade-in and fade-out effects

  • Explore other effects such as echo, repeat, and amplify

 

AVerMedia Document Cameras

Intro to AVerMedia Document Cameras, with a focus on Model 355AF

A document camera is basically an overhead projector on steroids! Using digital technology this document camera gives you the ability to project any 2D or even small 3D objects for the entire classroom or audience to view. It is an invaluable tool for any presenter! There are many great ways to use this device! Use it to show pages, maps or diagrams from a book to the whole class without getting photocopies. Project and record science experiments while you're demonstrating them! Or, if you're an iPad user... we've found that this is currently one of the most reliable methods of projecting your iPad's screen! Here's a brief list of some of the things you'll learn in this comprehensive class:

 

Basic Setup and Operation

  • Discover how easy it is to set up and configure the document camera

  • Learn how to switch back and forth between the document camera and a computer screen projection

  • Explore hardware features including an adjustable head, light and laser guides

  • Find out how to use either the Document Camera buttons or the Remote to control operations

Adjusting Your Image

  • Find out how to quickly adjust your brightness

  • Discover the Auto Focus and Auto Image features

  • Learn how to use the Zoom feature to magnify your image by up to 80x

  • Explore how easy it is to mirror or rotate your image

  • Find out how to manually adjust your brightness, color and contrast

 

Special Features

  • Learn how to activate an on-screen timer

  • Find out how to emphasize just a selected area of your image

  • Discover how to use AverVisor to gradually reveal portions of your image (works kind of like putting a piece of paper over transparencies on an overhead)

  • Find out how to create Split-screen or Picture in Picture displays

  • Explore how you can freeze the image being projected

 

Recording and Playback

  • Learn how to capture screen shots (pictures) of your projected image in high resolution (up to 5 MegaPixels)

  • Discover how to create a video recording (with audio!) of your projection

  • Find out how to store your recordings either internally, or on an external USB flash drive or SD Card

  • Explore how easy it is to access stored images and videos for playback

  • Find out how to play back your stored images as a slide show

  • Learn how to delete recorded images or videos

Advanced Features

  • Explore the device menu for ways to manually adjust the cameras settings

  • Learn how to return the document camera to factory default settings (useful if someone else before you put in custom settings!)

  • Discover how to adjust recording quality and formats

  • Learn how to display transparencies / slides using a light box device

 

Dreamweaver


Intro to Dreamweaver CS4

Dreamweaver CS4 is the latest version of the very powerful and flexible web authoring tool by Adobe. This software gives you the ability to create professional level websites, utilizing some of the latest web technologies.

 

Getting Started

  • Defining your site

  • Editing your site information

  • Getting to know the workspace

  • Titling your page

  • Adding text to your page

  • Connecting to the server

  • Putting files on the server

  • Getting files from the server 

 

Designing & Viewing

  • Adding to the font list

  • Inserting special characters

  • Applying headings

  • Changing text color

  • Changing the background color

  • Defining paragraphs

  • Using Text Indent to block quote text

  • Adding a horizontal rule

  • Adding the date & time to your page

  • Using the spell check

  • Using guides

  • Using the Zoom tools

  • Switching view modes

  • Previewing in a browser

  • Using Live View

 

Images

  • Adding images

  • Resizing images

  • Using placeholder images

  • Adding a background image

  • Cropping images

  • Adjusting the brightness & sharpness

  • Adding links & alternate text

  • Creating a rollover image

  • Adding a border to an image

  • Setting image alignment

  • Increasing the space around an image

 

Links

  • Linking to another Web site

  • Linking to another page on your site

  • Creating anchors

  • Adding an e-mail link

  • Changing the link color

  • Targeting links 

 

CSS

  • What is CSS?

  • Using a predefined style sheet

  • Creating a new style sheet

  • Attaching a style sheet

  • Using the Property Inspector to edit CSS rules

  • Deleting a style or style sheet

  • Moving styles 

 

Build AJAX components with Spry

  • What is AJAX?

  • What is Spry?

  • Adding a Spry widget

  • Adding Spry effects

 

Lists & Tables

  • Creating an ordered list

  • Creating an unordered list

  • Changing List properties

  • Creating nested lists

  • Adding tables

  • Working with tables

  • Resizing rows & columns

  • Adding rows & columns

  • Merging & splitting cells

 

Working with Templates

  • Creating editable regions

  • Saving a template

  • Applying a template

 

Managing Site Assets

  • Finding files in the site

  • Using the Related Files toolbar

  • Jumping straight to code using the Code Navigator

  • Disabling and enabling the Code Navigator

 

Excel

 

Excel Basics

Excel is an electronic spreadsheet porgam useful for storing, organizing and manipulating data. It has extremely powerful number-crunching tools and is often used in business, statistics and accounting fields. This class is designed to help you become familiar with the basic operation of the Microsoft Excel program. Here's a brief list of some of the things you'll learn in this comprehensive class:

 

Navigational Overview:

  • Become comfortable utilizing the Excel workspace environment, learn common terminology, and find out how to easily navigate through data.

Working with Cells:

  • Explore how to enter and edit data

  • Learn how to save time with AutoFill and Auto Complete techniques

  • Become familiar with various shortcuts for copying and clearing information

 

Formulas and Functions:

  • Find out the difference between formulas and functions, and how to use them

  • Discover the secret of relative and absolute cell references and how to make them work properly for you

  • Learn how to trouble-shoot your formulas when errors occur

 

Formatting Cells:

  • Make your boring black & white Excel spreadsheets look vivid and exciting by adding color, borders, and formatting your text!

  • Find ways to make your data fit your page better, such as alignment, rotation and text wrapping

 

Working with Columns and Rows:

  • Learn to resize your column width or your row height to fit your content

  • Discover how to insert or delete columns, rows and cells

 

Workbook Views & Page Setup:

  • Find out the difference between various views of your data

  • Explore how to customize your page setup to change your page orientation, paper size and margins

  • Learn how to utilize headers and footers

Printing:

  • Uncover the power of using Print Preview, adjusting print areas and printing selected ranges to reduce paper waste when printing

 

Excel Charts and Pivot Tables


Excel is a powerful program... but trying to make sense out of pages and pages of text can be difficult! That's where charts and pivot tables come in. These tools allow you to better understand your data. Charts let you see a graphical representation of your data. There are many different types of charts that you can use for different kinds of data. Pivot tables allow you to easily summarize and analyze your data. You can quickly rearrange pivot tables to show different results making it much easier than trying to interpret your data by reading it line-by-line. Here's a brief list of some of the things you'll learn in this comprehensive class:

 

Basic Overview of Charts

  • Selecting chart data in adjacent cells

  • Selecting chart data in non-adjacent cells

  • One step charting

  • Identifying the elements on a chart

 

Different Types of Charts and How They?re Applied

  • Creating column and bar charts

  • Creating line charts

  • Creating pie and doughnut charts

  • Creating scatter and bubble charts

  • Creating area charts

  • Creating radar charts

  • Creating surface charts

  • Creating stock charts

  • Changing the chart type

 

Formatting Your Chart

  • Adding titles and labels

  • Formatting the chart area

  • Adding a border and/or patterns to the plot area

  • Formatting the axis properties

  • Setting Format options for titles and labels

  • Setting the placement and font for the legend

  • Changing the data series

  • Changing the data series pattern or marker

  • Changing the shape of a 3D data marker

  • Changing the plot order

  • Resizing and repositioning

  • Showing or hiding the data table

  • Changing the gap width and gap depth values

  • Changing the elevation and rotation of 3D charts

  • Pulling out slices in pie or doughnut charts

  • Incorporating a graphic or picture in your chart

  • Creating a chart template for applying custom formatting

 

Presenting Your Chart

  • Placing a chart on a separate chart sheet

  • Printing your chart sheet

  • Printing embedded charts

  • Inserting a static copy of your chart

  • Inserting a linked copy of your chart into Word or Powerpoint

 

Basic overview of Pivot Tables

  • Understanding the benefits of a pivot table

  • Understanding pivot table terminology

 

Creating & Deleting Pivot tables

  • Working without a pivot table wizard

  • Manually laying out a pivot table

  • Using the classic pivot table layout in the grid

  • Selecting different source data

  • Deleting a pivot table

 

Customizing the Appearance & Layout of Pivot tables

  • Adding and removing fields from a pivot table

  • Adding and using a report filter

  • Changing the data area number format

  • Changing how empty cells are displayed

  • Formatting a pivot table

  • Filtering and Sorting a pivot table

  • Viewing detail data for an item

  • Viewing detail for a data cell

  • Grouping pivot table items by dates

  • Printing a pivot table with column & row field names

  • Inserting automatic page breaks after each row item

  • Copying a pivot table

 

Summarizing Pivot Tables with Totals & Formulas

  • Displaying grand totals

  • Changing the data summary function

  • Creating a calculated field

  • Inserting a calculated item

  • Listing the existing formulas used in a pivot table

  • Refreshing pivot table data

 

Pivot Charts (feature not available on Excel 2008 for Apple)

  • Creating a pivot chart from an existing pivot table

  • Creating a pivot chart from scratch

  • Changing the layout of a pivot chart

  • Converting a pivot chart to a static chart

 

Excel Level 2

The second level of Excel covers a number of tricks for working with multiple worksheets. This includes viewing and selecting multiple worksheets, using formulas that link worksheets together, renaming and inserting worksheets, sorting and filtering data.

 

Gmail


Introduction to Gmail

Gmail is a free web-based email platform by Google. Using the resources that only an internet giant like Google could provide, email can become fun again! With extremely advanced SPAM filtering technology, you don't waste your time deleting massive amounts of unwanted emails. Gmail has mobile access available so you can check your mail with portable devices like iPod/iPhones, PDA's and Smartphones. Plus, with huge storage capacity (over 7GB per account!) you don't need to worry about constantly deleting messages to clear your quota. It is an intuitive, easy and efficient way to communicate via email. Here's a brief list of some of the things you'll learn in this comprehensive class:

 

Getting Started

  • How to Opt-In

  • Logging in to Google Apps

  • Remembering me on this computer

  • Signing out

 

Your Messages

  • Understanding your inbox

  • Understanding message size and limits

  • Composing a message

  • Selecting contacts while composing

  • Formatting a message

  • Adding attachments

  • Sending a message

  • Replying to messages

  • Forwarding a message

  • Forwarding an entire conversation

  • Saving drafts

  • Hiding addresses when sending to multiple recipients

  • Sending Web links

  • Reading conversations

  • Understanding sidebar icons

  • Marking messages read or unread

  • Printing messages

  • Understanding calendar links

  • Removing spam

  • Unmarking spam messages

  • Creating spam filters

  • Using "View as Slideshow"

  • Playing MP3 file attachments

 

Organizing Your Messages

  • Creating filters

  • Applying the same filter to many senders

  • Creating a filter for the message you're reading

  • Editing & Deleting Filters

  • Creating and using labels

  • Editing labels

  • Changing label colors

  • Applying an action to everything in a label

  • Deleting messages

  • Recovering deleted messages

  • Emptying the trash

  • Archiving mail

  • Understanding All Mail

  • Searching Gmail

  • Using advanced search features

  • Searching in the spam and trash

 

Your Contacts

  • Creating contacts

  • Editing contacts

  • Adding photos to a contact

  • Adding a contact group

  • Adding a contact to a contact group

  • Removing a contact from a group

  • Understanding default contact groups

  • Searching for contacts

  • Importing contacts

  • Exporting contacts from other mail providers

  • Exporting Gmail contacts

  • Sending messages to a contact group

  • Printing your contacts

Chat

  • Chatting with someone

  • Inviting someone to chat

  • Changing your status

  • Seeing who's online and available to chat

  • Chatting with non-Gmail users

  • Turning chat off

  • Keeping contacts visible in the chat list

  • Blocking contacts

  • Customizing the chat list

  • Adjusting AIM buddies' visibility in Chat

  • Joining a group chat

  • Chatting off the record

  • Add Audio / Video Chat

  • Setting sound notifications for chat

 

Your Settings

  • Setting Your Language

  • Using Keyboard Shortcuts

  • Setting your Google picture

  • Creating a Signature

  • Enabling a Vacation Responder

  • Learning how to Send Mail from an Alternate Email Address

  • Discovering how to Get mail from other Accounts

  • Changing your Password

  • Forwarding all Messages to another Email Address

  • Enabling POP for use in other e-mail clients

  • Enabling IMAP for use with other e-mail clients

  • Customizing Web Clips for Gmail

  • Experimenting with Google Labs

  • Discovering how to Change Themes

 

Extras

  • Downloading the Gmail Notifier or Quick Tools for Google Apps

  • Changing Google Notifier settings

  • Making Gmail your default mail application

  • Viewing your account activity

  • How to Get Additional Help

 

Google Calendar


Intro to Google Calendar

Google Calendar is an online calendar application. It's an extremely powerful system, yet very intuitive to operate. One of the most useful aspects is the ability to share and collaborate on calendars with other users. It is also nice to be able to access your calendar from any computer in the world with an Internet connection... plus you can configure your Mobile Devices to access it too! Here's a brief list of some of the things you'll learn in this comprehensive class:

 

Getting Started

  • How to Opt-In

  • Logging in to Google Apps

  • Remembering me on this computer

  • Signing out

 

Google Calendar Basics

  • Changing Calendar Views

  • Creating Events

  • Check guest and resource availability

  • Setting Event Notifications

  • Privacy Options

  • Adding Guests

  • Editing Events

  • Repeating events

  • Show a map link

  • Using the Quick Add feature

  • Printing your calendar

 

Adding Calendars

  • Subscribing to Public Calendars

  • Adding a friend’s calendar

  • Adding a Calendar from an URL

  • Importing a Calendar from another program

  • Displaying & Hiding Calendars

 

Creating a New Calendar in Your Account

  • Learn to Create additional calendars

  • Share your Calendar with Others

  • Change the Color of your Calendar

  • Assigning an Event to a particular calendar in your Account

  • Moving or Copying events between calendars

  • Change owner of event

 

Settings

  • General Settings

  • Delete or Unsubscribe from Calendars

  • Learn to Embed your Calendar in a Website

  • Explore Public and Private Calendar addresses

  • Enable notifications to be sent to your mobile device

  • Use Sync to synchronize your calendar with smart-phones

  • Discover extra capabilities in the Google Labs section

 

Help

  • How to access Google Help

  • How to get help on campus

  • Additional support resources

Google Docs


Intro to Google Docs, with a Focus on Web Forms

Google Docs is the document portion of Google Apps for Education. With Google Docs, you can create word processing documents, spreadsheets, presentations and even web forms online! Google Docs also enables easy sharing, collaboration, and storage of your files. By using the forms feature, you can easily create and manage surveys and other forms for gathering information through your website. Here's a brief list of some of the things you'll learn in this comprehensive class:

 

Basic Operation

  • Learn how to create new documents, presentations and spreadsheets from scratch

  • Discover how to organize your files with folders

  • Explore working with templates

  • Become familiar with uploading files

  • Find ways to share your documents with others

  • Discover how to export files in common formats including: Microsoft Office, PDF, and HTML

 

Creating Forms

  • Learn how to create a form from scratch or from a template

  • Explore a variety of different design themes for your form

  • Become familiar with the various question types and options available for your form

 

Working with Form Submissions

  • Discover how to receive notifications of new submissions

  • Find out how to "close" a form so additional responses are not accepted

  • Learn how to view a summary of responses

  • Find out how to embed your form in any web page

 

Useful Tools for Documents

  • Find out how to easily translate documents to other languages

  • Learn to check spelling, in your choice of language

  • Discover how to look up definitions, synonyms, encyclopedia entries, translations and web search results for individual words

 

Advanced Features

  • Learn how to create and insert drawings

  • Find out how to embed a presentation with a player in your website

  • Discover how to work with Google Docs when you're offline

  • Explore how to customize your Google Docs settings

  • Become familiar with how to access Google Docs with some Mobile devices

 

Google Groups


Intro to Google Groups

Google Groups is a customizable area for creating and maintaining custom groups of members. Your members will have access to discussion boards and a group list-serve email address, enabling them to easily communicate with each other via the web or email. Best of all, you have complete control over your member list and can easily add or remove members at any time! Here's a brief list of some of the things you'll learn in this comprehensive class:

 

How to Find an Existing Group at SBC

  • Learn what to do if you're invited to join a group via email

  • Discover how to browse existing groups at SBC

  • Find out how to search for groups at SBC

 

How to Create Your Own Group

  • Become familiar with the basic settings

  • Learn how to name your groups email and web address

  • Find out how to set access restrictions

  • Check guest and resource availability

  • Discover how to add members

 

How to Add, View and Reply to posts

  • Learn how to post to the discussion board via the web or email

  • Find out how to view and reply to posts

  • Discover how to rate postings

  • Become familiar with sorting and arranging your view of the posts

 

How to Adjust Your Personal Membership Settings

  • Learn to adjust your reading preferences to reduce or eliminate the number of emails you'll receive

  • Find out how to set a nickname for other members to see when you post

  • Discover how to unsubscribe from a group

 

How to Adjust Your Group Settings

  • Learn about the general settings

  • Discover how to fine-tune the access to your group

  • Explore ways to customize the appearance of your group

  • Find out how to adjust the email delivery options

  • Become familiar with some advanced settings, including deleting and/or archiving your group

 

How to Work with Your Management Tasks

  • Find out how to review pending messages and/or members

  • Explore how to manage each members specific access to your group

  • Discover how to determine if any member's email address is bouncing back your messages

  • Learn how to subscribe your entire group to another group

 

Advanced Tips & Tricks

  • Discover the trick to sharing your Google Calendar, Google Sites or Google Docs with all your group members

  • Find out how to transfer the ownership of your group to another user

  • Learn how to translate posts that are written in a foreign language

 

Google Sites


Intro to Google Sites

Google Sites is a free and easy way to create your own websites. Using their pre-made page templates and themes, you can quickly add your own content and create professional looking websites. You can even control who can view or edit your content in your site. It's an extremely powerful system, yet very intuitive to operate. Here's a brief list of some of the things you'll learn in this comprehensive class:

 

Creating a Site

  • Learn how to work with Site Templates, including one designed especially for Sweet Briar College!

  • Discover how to name your site

  • Explore how to use different Themes

  • Find out how to create a basic web page

 

Editing Your Pages

  • Learn how to use the tool bar

  • Discover how to insert objects into your site, including: images, links, lines, maps, documents, videos and more!

  • Find out how to format your page

  • Become familiar with tables

  • Explore the different pre-designed layout configurations available for you to use

 

Creating Pages Using Templates

  • Find out how to create an Announcement Page, great for posting chronological information such as news, blogs, status updates or notable events

  • Learn about File Cabinet Pages, which allow you to manage and upload documents from your computer to your website

  • Discover how to use List pages to track information such as Action Items, Issue Lists, Unit Status or your own custom configuration

  • Become familiar with creating a Start Page that your website viewers can customize with their own personalized set of gadgets

 

Advanced Features

  • Learn how to work with your revision history

  • Discover how to subscribe to page or site changes

  • Find out how to change your page settings

  • Become familiar with printing, moving, deleting and previewing your pages

  • Explore the various User Setting options

 

HTML & Web Design


Intro to Web Design

This class introduces the novice to very basic HTML, web design principles and web lingo. If you are a newcomer to creating and maintaining web pages, this is the place to start. Here's a brief list of things covered in this class:

 

Know Your Audience

  • Learn the importance of understanding your Audience

  • Identify who your target audience is

  • Determine why your Audience would be interested in your site

  • Discover what your audience wants

 

Web Design Principles

  • Find out how to achieve consistency throughout your site

  • Follow the basic principle of "less-is-more"

  • Learn to apply visual logic to your pages

  • Discover techniques to establish easy-to-navigate pages

  • Review and Assess Web Site Examples

  • Learn how to analyze other web sites

  • Determine the difference between high-quality and low-quality sites

  • Find out how web design principles could be used to improve sites

 

Image Files

  • Find out what types of image files should be used on websites

  • Learn about the importance of sizing and resolution

 

Servers

  • Develop a basic understanding of how web sites are hosted

  • Learn how your computer connects with a server that stores your site

 

Web Site File Management

  • Discover the importance of good file organization for websites

  • Find out when to use folders to separate your content

  • Learn about proper file & folder naming techniques

 

HTML

  • Develop a basic understanding of the coding that makes websites work

  • Become familiar with the basic structure of HTML tags

  • Find out how to view the code on any website you visit

  • Learn some of the basic and common HTML tags

 

iDVD


Intro to iDVD

Learn to create DVD video discs complete with full-motion menus and scene selection buttons and/or DVD slide shows.

 

iMovie


Intro to iMovie

Apple's iMovie software is a digital video editing application. The newest version iMovie '09 is completely different from earlier versions and packed with great new features! With iMovie, you can easily capture footage from your digital camera, edit your movies, and add audio & visual effects. It is a powerful tool for the amateur or intermediate filmmaker. Material covered in this training will include:

 

Importing Video

  • Learn how to access video from your iPhoto library

  • Find out how to import videos from your hard drive or USB video video camera

  • Discover how to import video from a FireWire camcorder

 

Events Browser Playback

  • Explore the technique of skimming through your video clips

  • Learn how to make selections and play clips, including how to change the viewer size

  • Become comfortable working with frames and thumbnails

 

Managing Events

  • Learn how to rename, merge, split and create new events

  • Find out how to move clips to other events

  • Learn about rejecting clips and unmarking rejected clips

  • Discover how to move clips and events to the trash

 

Projects

  • Discover how to create new projects

  • Learn how to play your project

  • Explore various trimming techniques

  • Find out how to use the Precision Editor

  • Become comfortable fine tuning a clip, splitting clips and joining clips

 

Clip & Video Adjustments

  • Learn how to crop a clip

  • Discover how to rotate a clip

  • Find out how to apply or remove a Video effect

  • Become familiar with how to change the speed of a clip

  • Learn how to stabalize a clip

  • Explore ways to change brightness & contrast, adjust saturation and make white balance corrections

 

Audio Clips & Adjustments

  • Discover how to change the volume of a clip

  • Learn how to add background music

  • Explore ways to trim audio, add fades and normalize audio

  • Find out how to add sound effects

  • Learn ways to duck, pin, unpin and detach audio

  • Find out how to record a narration

  • Become familiar with how to change the music order

 

Photos

  • Learn how to add photos from iPhoto

  • Find out how to fit a photo in the frame

  • Explore how to use the Ken Burns Effect

  • Discover how to change initial Photo Placement properties

  • Learn to change & set the duration of a photo

  • Find out how to make photo adjustments

 

Titles, Maps & Markers

  • Discover how to add and delete titles

  • Learn how to edit titles

  • Explore how to add an animated map of your travels

  • Find out how to add Chapter markers

 

Transitions

  • Learn how to add transitions

  • Discover how to edit the length of a transition

Advanced Tools Features

  • Find out how to create and adjust Picture in Picture clips

  • Explore how to work with a Green Screen to mix video clips together

 

Sharing

  • Learn how to export your movie

  • Find how to send your movie to iTunes

  • Discover how to export to iDVD

  • Learn how to publish directly to YouTube

 

iTunes


Intro to iTunes

Learn to organize and listen to all you music and audio on your computer. You can listen to your CD's, buy individual songs on-line, create lists of your favorite songs, make your own CD's or DVD's, share your music library with others and listen to internet radio stations.

 

Photoshop Elements


Intro to Photoshop Elements

This class will cover the basics of manipulating images in Photoshop Elements, using the tools palette, and preparing images for the web.

 

PowerPoint


PowerPoint Basics

PowerPoint is a presentation software that you can use to provide visual aids for an oral presentation. Here's a brief list of some of the things you'll learn in this comprehensive class:

 

Getting Started

  • Understanding a slide

  • Using Slide Templates

  • Working with slide layouts

  • Inserting a new slide

  • Using Placeholders

  • Adding text to a slide

 

Text Formatting

  • Selecting, Editing and Formatting Text

  • Using the format painter command

  • Changing the character case

  • Using cut, copy, and paste

  • Working with the Clipboard (Windows) or Scrapbook (Apple)

  • Inserting hyperlinks

  • Using drag and drop editing

  • Using undo and redo

  • Using the spell checker

 

Paragraph Formatting

  • Aligning paragraphs horizontally and vertically

  • Changing the line spacing

  • Changing the text direction

  • Setting tabs using the ruler

  • Using bullets in a placeholder

  • Demoting and promoting bullets

  • Customizing bullets

  • Creating numbered lists

  • Indenting paragraphs

 

Managing Slides in Different Views

  • Using Normal view

  • Using slide sorter view

  • Using the Outline View

  • Using notes page view

  • Using slide show view

  • Changing the default view

  • Duplicating slides

  • Hiding Slides

  • Moving and copying slides between presentations

 

Inserting Content Objects into Slides

  • Inserting a table into a slide

  • Inserting a chart into a slide

  • Inserting a SmartArt graphic into a slide

  • Inserting a picture into a slide

  • Inserting clip art into a slide

  • Inserting a media clip into a slide

  • Inserting Shapes

  • Inserting WordArt

  • Rotating objects and shapes

 

Slide Design

  • Changing a Slide Layout

  • Using slide themes

  • Changing background styles

  • Applying animations

  • Applying transitions

  • Changing the page setup

  • Looping the slideshow

  • Adding a music soundtrack

  • Inserting a footer into a slide

 

Printing and Displaying a Slide Show

  • Printing

  • Using Print Preview

  • Adding headers / Footers to notes and handout pages

  • Launching a slide show

  • Save your presentation as a Movie (Apple users only)

 

SMART Notebook


Intro to SMART Notebook

Did you know that we have touch-screen capabilities in many of our computer labs and other locations on campus? We use SMART Board and SMART Podium products to give you interactive capabilities with your projected display.  There are many great features you can use with these products by learning how to operate the SMART notebook software.  These tools are certainly useful in the classroom for instruction, but are also beneficial for administrative departments and students giving presentations. Material covered in this training will include:

 

Basics

  • We’ll discuss what locations on campus have SMART products available

  • Learn how to operate the hardware

 

Using SMART Tools

  • Show how to use pens and erasers

  • Demonstrate various methods for adding text, including handwriting recognition

  • Explore working with shapes and lines

  • Learn how to use the “Magic Pen” to utilize fading text, zooming and spotlight features

 

Explore the object menu

  • Learn how to copy, paste, cut, delete, move, rotate and resize objects

  • Find ways to add animation to your object

  • Discover how to group and ungroup objects

  • Learn to change the order of objects by sending them forward or backward

  • Find out how to add a hyperlink to your object

  • Explore ways to customize your objects by setting object properties

 

Working with the Gallery

  • Learn how to browse and search the gallery to add pictures, backgrounds, multimedia and other activities to your pages

  • Explore the online resources available to add additional classroom resources

 

Capturing

  • Learn a variety of methods to take snap-shots of your computer screen, and add them to your pages for annotation

 

Working with Pages

  • Discover how to navigate through your pages

  • Become comfortable adding, deleting, renaming and changing the order of your pages

  • Learn how to use active alignment to orient objects on your page

 

Advanced Features

  • Learn how to use and customize the floating tools

  • Discover how to annotate directly over other applications

  • Become comfortable working with the magnifier, screen shade, and zoom tools

  • Find out how to use the built in recorder to create a video file of all your activities

 

Word


Word Level 2: Styles and More

Level 2 Word covers the use of styles, building tables of contents, bookmarks, cross references, section breaks, headers and footers and that most mercurial of MS Word phenomena: page numbering. If you would like to learn a few tricks that will help you make your papers and reports look more professional, come to this class.

 

Word Level 3:Templates, Mail Merge and Tables

In Level 3, we focus on Word features that make common office tasks more efficient. We cover the use of templates and forms as well as how to generate mailing labels and form letters using mail merge. In addition we will learn how to use tables to enhance the formatting and page layout of your information.