Before there were mice…

When I started using a computer in the early 1990’s, there was only a keyboard. There was no mouse to move around and help me to get in and out of places.

If I wanted to delete something, I would highlight it by putting my curser at one spot – drag it to the next to highlight it, and then select CTL+D to delete it.

miceTo copy something, I would highlight it and then select CTL+C to copy it and select CTL+V to paste it.

Remember, once you copy something you can paste it anywhere. If you write a document in MS Word and copy it, you can paste it to your blog, into a job application, as a comment in a browser… anywhere.

This tip can save you tons of time because you can write in MS Word and spell check it and then copy and paste it. If the internet goes down or for some reason rejects your input – that’s ok because you still have it saved as a Word document and you can copy and paste it again.

I still use many of these shortcuts because it’s easier to keep my fingers on the keyboard instead of reaching for the mouse. Here are the shortcuts I use daily:

  • CTRL+C: Copy
  • CTRL+X: Cut
  • CTRL+V: Paste
  • CTRL+Z: Undo
  • CTRL+B: Bold
  • CTRL+U: Underline
  • CTRL+I: Italic
  • CTRL+P: Print
  • CTRL+F: Find a word or phrase in a document
  • CTRL+HOME: Takes you to the start of the document
  • CTRL+END: Takes you to the end of the document

Ever have too many windows open and you just want to see something on your desktop and hate having to close each window one by one? A simple and quick way to view the desktop immediately is to click the Windows logo (find the logo at the bottom row of the keyboard on the left) + D and you’ll be looking at your desktop. All those other applications are still there and still open. To view them, select Alt + Tab.

  • Windows Logo+R: Run dialog box
  • Windows Logo+E: Windows Explorer
  • Windows Logo+F: Find files or folders
  • Windows Logo+D: Minimizes all open windows and displays the desktop

These shortcuts come in handy when you’re using a laptop and are using too much time trying to remember where all these commands are. They’re right here!

Another Great Time saver:

When you’re working on your desktop and want to find a file, select Windows Logo+R and a dialog box will open up. Enter the name of the file, folder, image, document or whatever it is and it will open it up for you. Very cool indeed!

Brain Freeze

It seems to happen more and more often these days… my brain freezes up and I forget what I was going to do. In my attempt to change the sheets on my bed, I had to replace the lightbulb (so I could see the bed).  I left the room to find a light bulb and about an hour later, I walked into my room to find the bed unmade and the lightbulb waiting to be replaced.  Where had  I gone that past hour?

Where do you go? Perhaps it’s the multi-tasking that I’m doing.  My mind is full of things to do and there is no time for just changing sheets.  My mind is about changing sheets, listening to music or planning dinner and reviewing my day, preparing for tomorrow and on and on.

So much wonderful technology in my life — and — it’s hard to unplug. I have a radio, mp3 player, tv, pc, laptop, skype, digital camera, Flip camera, cell phone … and those are within 15 steps of me. 

I am blessed to have these tools and I am also blessed when the power goes out… and I can give my brain time to thaw.

True Enrichment Daily= TEDtalks.com

Have you visited TedTalks.com yet? This site is chock full of ‘ideas worth spreading’ according to the tag line.

And it’s right. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design or my version which is True Enrichment Daily.

TED is a private nonprofit foundation that disseminates information on the internet.

Speakers, Talks and Themes are related to technology, entertainment, design, business, science, culture, arts, global issues and more.

Riveting talks by remarkable people, free to the world… and best of all … each talk is 18 minutes or less. What a way to start the day!

Tedtalks.com

Online Innovation: Endless Possibilities

endlessImagine you have a blank canvas in front of you and you can create the ideal online class. You can add any Global Web application you choose, include links to existing material, social networks, videos, podcasts, lectures, art, design, color … endless choices.

The canvas would be a work of art, innovation at it’s best, something to long for – right? Well, maybe not. According to The Chronicle of Higher Education, the online courses are pretty much the same across the country. The learning management systems are hum drum and offer learning via text, email, asynchronous discussion boards or mandatory chat sessions. Marc Parry author of Online Programs: Profits Are There, Innovation is Not, notes the discrepancy between the exciting technology offered at workshops and conferences is missing in the actual platform where classes are offered.

It only takes one university to step outside the box, incorporate global web technology to online classrooms to draw students who are eager to try something new, to feel appreciated and to learn.  Once that happens and students get a taste of what is possible, they will never return to the tired old platform.

A course with color, music, links to social networks, links to experts in the field, links to authors, games that tell stories, stories that teach, existing technology … it’s already there.