Wolfram Alpha Demo Slam

What is Wolfram Alpha?

Wolfram Alpha is a computational knowledge engine of objective data designed to take in free-form natural language input and output dynamically computed results. To put this another way, Wolfram Alpha is a database of facts designed to take in any question you ask it and give you an answer. While this may seem similar to Google or other search engines, Wolfram Alpha will actually directly output facts from it’s database for you, while Google or other search engines will simply provide you with links to websites with what you searched for.

How do I use Wolfram Alpha?

The easiest answer to that is just to type in any questions you have. However, Wolfram Alpha is also computational, which means that it will try to understand whatever you typed in. This can lead to very precise results. For example, if I were to type in “Apple 1”, I would get information about the Apple 1 computer.apple1

Here, typing in Apple 1 gave me a factsheet about the Apple 1 computer, but what would happen if I were to type “Apple 1 vs Apple 2” into Wolfram Alpha?

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Now, typing “Apple 1 vs Apple 2” into wolfram alpha has gotten me a factsheet allowing me to compare the Apple 1 and Apple 2 computers. This will continue when I type in a third computer, comparing the Apple 1 to the Apple 2 and the Apple 3.

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Here, 1 search in Wolfram Alpha has yielded us the same amount of relevant knowledge that multiple searches in google would yield. This isn’t limited only to computer models, you can also use Wolfram alpha to compare the nutritional facts of foods or stocks.

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Wolfram Alpha has facts likes these saved on countless topics, you can look up elements, dates, math equations, recording artists, and basically anything else with objective facts.

Happy Exploring!

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Puush (Screenshot/Cropping Tool) Demo Slam

 

What is Puush?

Puush a simple and versatile screen-shotting tool which would allow you to quickly capture a portion of your screen, upload an image file and share it with a URL, which is automatically added to your clipboard after upload.
(Note: Screenshots are automatically uploaded to your account or an image link)

Starting out

Firstly, you would have to install the program by first downloading it from here.  Afterwards, you have the option to make an account in order to store the photos that you choose to screenshot or upload.  Once the program is finished installing then you will be able to access it from the Windows search bar (this is using Windows 8, however it can accessed on any version of the OS by clicking on the Windows icon on the bottom left-hand side of the screen and searching it).

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After launching the program it will appear within the taskbar showing that it is active.

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Using the program

By right clicking the icon in your taskbar it will bring up a list of tools, settings, recent uploads and other available options.

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By opening the settings page you will be able to do a variety of things with the program.

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Some of these options are:
– General settings, where one would be able to change how puush functions while its active on Windows
– Key Bindings, this would be where you can assign different key combinations to work with specific functions
– Account, where you would be able to access the link to your account allowing you to access your library or to log in/out of the program

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(An example of what your account library would look like on the site)
– Advanced Settings, which would be for altering the way the program saves/uploads files and which screens it would capture on your desktop

Tools
Puush offers a wide range of tools for use such as:
1. Capturing the current open window which is convenient if you would like to exclude other open tabs without the hassle of clicking and dragging your mouse across the entire window.
2. Capturing the desktop which would be useful if you don’t have immediate access to it (you may have may programs open)
3. Capturing just an area of your screen with a click-and-drag cropping tool.

Educational Use
Puush would be useful within an educational setting because it allows for quick, convenient uploading and storage of screenshots.  This would be handy for working with group projects because you would be able to quickly send a segment of your progress to other members in a fast and efficient way. You could also be just sending someone homework from a PDF they might not have, or the full solution to a problem that you have completed on Windows Paint or another drawing program.  Overall Puush provides both a fast and practical way of sending pictures to peers and not only that but it saves and stores the pictures on your account (if you so choose to create one) if they are needed for later use.

By: Kien Tran & Nathan Sharma

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Demo Slam: Office Lens

Office Lens is a very simple yet useful app that instantly adjusts pictures of whiteboards, papers, and photos.

Instructions to using Office Lens:

  1. Download Office Lens from the App Store. It’s free!
  2. Open the App and select the correct setting: Business Card, Photo, Document, or Whiteboard.
  3. Take the picture of the card/photo/document/whiteboard from any angle. The app will automatically blur out the rest of the image.
  4. Capture the image and wait a few seconds for Office Lens to process the image.
  5. If you’re satisfied, click Done, and export the photo!
  6. If you’re not satisfied, click retake and try again.

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Trello Demo Slam

Trello is a free project management app that lets you communicate with your peers and stay organized. It’s a great way to collaborate with group members.

Start by creating a board and inviting your team.

  • Click on the plus sign on the top right corner to create a new board.

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  • Create lists to organize important tasks and add cards as subcategories.

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  • Add check-lists and set due-dates for tasks.

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  • Comment on cards and have fun!

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Math Input Panel – Demo Slam

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Math Input Panel is a Windows tool that makes it easier to insert equations and math symbols on Microsoft Word. Instead of going through the tedious process of inserting an equation on word and finding the correct symbol, you can easily draw out the equation on Math Input Panel with your mouse, and insert it into your document.

Not an artist? No problem! With the Erase and Select and Correct tools, you can change your existing equation, and Math Input Panel will even give you suggestions (similar to autocorrect on word), based on what the number/symbol looks like.

Steps to using Math Input Panel
1. From the Start button on your Windows computer, in the search box, type “Math Input Panel”
2. Have your Word document open as well.
3. Draw your equation on the Panel.
4. Modify/change your equation, using the “Undo”, “Erase”, or “Select and Correct” tools.
5. Click “Insert”, and your equation will appear on your Word document.
6. You can view all your previous equations by clicking “History” on the top bar.

 

By: Isis So & Gajani Nirthanarajah

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Technology that works: Weebly

By: Salome & Peter

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About Weebly:

Weebly was found in 2007. It lets people to create a unique website, blog or online store. Weebly gives  veryone the freedom to build an outstanding site that works perfectly across any device. They also offer a range of pricing options, including free and premium plans, as well as business offerings and is consistently the highest-rated website building mobile app in the App Store and Google Play. Weebly
not only lets you create,but plan, publish and grow.

Effective Uses:

Weebly can be used by teachers to create their own websites in order to improve educational skills. By using Weebly, teachers are able to provide documents, power points, assignments, review questions for tests and assignments, videos, etc. Therefore, Weebly has lots of options for teachers to be more helpful for students by providing learnt material online.

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Step 1:
You will need to sign up. You can use your existing  email address or sign up with Facebook or email.

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Step 2:
Choose a type that you want to use for your online source. For educational Purpose, we can choose either site or blog.

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Next step is to choose a theme that matches the purpose of  your online source.

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Once you choose your theme a message will pop up if you would like Weebly to generate a domain or you can make a new one and you can also extract a domain that you already own.

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Step 5:

Now if you scroll down a little bit, you will see a button to pick a layout of where you want your pictures and text to be. You can also look at a preview and and keep it, if you like it.

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Step 6:

After you can pick the main website background image. There are lots of images to choose from. If none of them fit you then you can upload your own image.

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Step 7:

Once you edit or add something, save it.(the option is at the top right corner of the screen).

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Step 8:

To choose a header for your website, click the gear icon on your header. After that different types of headers will pop up like no header, tall or short header and more. There are headers for each one of your pages so you can have different types on each page if you would like to.

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Step 9:

To add text image or something else, first click on the build option at the top of the screen.After, just left click and hold the icon and drag it where you want it on your page.

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Step 10:

To remove the box that you just have added just put the the mouse cursor on it and then You will see the option to close it on the top right corner.  To move or copy do the same but the option will appear on the top left corner.

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To add your own image first drag the image icon to your page  and then click in the middle of it where it says upload image. Once you click on it you have the option to upload the image from your computer, search for one or paste a link of an image.

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Step 12:

To re-size an image click on it and then left click and hold any corner of the image and move the mouse up or down to re-size it.

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Step 13:

To add pages click on pages at the top of the screen. After that you will see all of your pages on the left side and click the plus sign to add a new page (add a blog page).To edit the page, delete or copy, click on it once and few options will pop up.

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Step 14:

Once you have added your blog page, it will look a little different from the standard pages. You will have an option at the bottom to post blogs.

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Step 15:

Click new post and add text or images. Once done editing, click , save and it will save as a draft. Or, if you click  post, then anyone would be able to look at it. When you come back to edit the post again, an option will be at the bottom saying “draft.” Click on it and click on your post to continue editing.

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Settings:

Settings give you lots of options to change the things that you already have done to it or add other options like share the website on Facebook , archive, protect the site with a password and many other options.

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Upgrading…

In order to upgrade the website, teachers need to choose a plan from three different options.

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After choosing the plan, teachers should complete filling information about  their payment in order to get more options for the websites.

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Publishing the website:

To publish your website the option will appear at the top right corner. Once you click on it, it will ask you again like at the beginning to choose a domain for your website. After,  if you pick a custom link then it will say if the website is available or no, if no then try another one and if yes then everything is good. If you picked the option where Weebly generates the link for you then you do not have to worry about anything.

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Examples:

Ms Osier’s Weebly page, where she has all subjects that she teaches. She uses her website to provide power points, assignments and review questions for her students. Students are able to download files from the website.

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Ms Gourley’s Weebly website, where she provides, power points, assignments, due dates for assignments, etc.

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Mr. Stitt’s weebly website for Communication Technology class where he provides tutorials, agenda with due dates, students’ work.

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Demo Slam: Google Keep

By: Belinda Hoang
Google Keep is a useful organizational tool for creating quick notes and reminders that can be accessed through any device (computer, tablet, phone, etc.) with the app. The instructions and images below demonstrates Google Keep through a cellphone.

 

IMG_1392IMG_1381How to Create Notes

On the main menu located at the bottom of the front page, there are options on how you can create your note.

  • “Take a note”: opens up a blank text box where you can type in a note.
  • List icon: creates a note that features a check list
  • Microphone: allows you to verbally record a note
    • Google Keep will save the voice recording and transcribe the speech into text
  • Camera: allows you to take a photo as a note

 

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  • To set a notification for the note, simply press the “Remind me” button.
  • The top menu features options to further customize your notes so you can sort them from other notes
    • Palette icon: changes the colour of the note
    • Label icon: add tags to your note so that it can appear when you search up the tagged keywords
    • Archives: allows you to save notes that may not be relevant anymore but you would like to keep as a reference
    • More options (the three dots): opens up a drop down menu of more options including inserting a photo and deleting the note.

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Remind Demo Slam

 

Remind is a service that allows students and teachers to communicate outside of the classroom via email, text, or the Remind app.

How to Use

  1. (Optional) Download the Remind app.
  2. Teachers create an account on Remind and a class. Teachers will be provided with a code for students.
  3. Students use the code on their phones or the Remind app to connect with their teachers.
  4. Teachers can now send announcements to the entire class, or message students privately.
  5. Students will now receive notifications from their teachers, and can also contact teachers privately.

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Ion B and Ansh J Portfolio

Our tasks included the following:

  • Create 4 eDocs
  • Make a step by step tutorial on how to make a blog post on the website
  • Re-design the guidance section

The 4 eDocs were not an issue, but they had to be redone after we handed them in because the teacher was send a new version right as we finished.

Then, we made a tutorial on how to create a blog post.

You can see the Google Doc Here

Next, we also used WordPress to re-create the Guidance page of the website. With the teacher’s approval, it will look like this:

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The placement work has been pretty interesting and engaging so fun, and we look forward to continue doing it.

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Genius Scan Demo Slam

Genius Scan – The easiest and most cost-effective portable file scanner you never knew you needed!

 

BE A GENIUS SCAN GENIUS WITH THESE THREE SIMPLE STEPS!

STEP 1

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open the app and tap the camera icon at the bottom left corner to take a picture of your file.

STEP 2

 

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take image and save to new/existing document.

STEP 3

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send file to email!

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