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PowerPoint Coach
by Jim Lengel, Dean of Faculty, Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology, Boston, 12/16/2004
This week's article looks at some of the common problems that educators face when they use PowerPoint to prepare lectures, presentations, and demonstrations.

Can I Present That?
by Jim Lengel, Dean of Faculty, Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology, Boston, 12/01/2004
This week's article takes questions that came up about the article on creating presentations and provides some practical solutions for improving educational presentations.

Choosing a Laptop
by Jim Lengel, Dean of Faculty, Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology, Boston, 11/24/2004
This week's article describes some of the things you should look for and some of the tradeoffs you'll need to consider as you choose a laptop.

Video Projects
by Jim Lengel, Dean of Faculty, Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology, Boston, 11/18/2004
This week's article looks at what you need to make a video project assignment part of your teaching, and how to organize an assignment.

Tools of the Trade
by Jim Lengel, Dean of Faculty, Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology, Boston, 11/08/2004
These days the tools of most any trade are sure to include computers. Here's some ideas on how to open students eyes to that fact and recognize the skills that they need to hone.

Doing Windows
by Jim Lengel, Dean of Faculty, Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology, Boston, 10/30/2004
Make sure you and your students take full advantage of multiple windows.

Preeeeesenting....
by Jim Lengel, Dean of Faculty, Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology, Boston, 10/25/2004
What happens when you are asked to make a multimedia manifestation to an auditorium full of expectant strangers? Find out how to solve problems before you even say word one.

The New Chalkboard
by Jim Lengel, Dean of Faculty, Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology, Boston, 10/20/2004
This week's article looks at how the new chalkboard - the one connected to a computer- can enhance teaching and learning in a variety of settings.

Managing Email
by Jim Lengel, Dean of Faculty, Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology, Boston, 10/08/2004
This week's article provides some tips for understanding and bringing order to your email.

Gobbledygook
by Jim Lengel, Dean of Faculty, Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology, Boston, 10/01/2004
This week's article explains why students have trouble moving documents from one computer to another and how to troubleshoot and prevent it.

Lists
by Jim Lengel, Dean of Faculty, Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology, Boston, 09/21/2004
This article shows you how to set up and manage lists on your computer in such a way that your work is minimized and your possibilities enhanced.

Back to School
by Jim Lengel, Dean of Faculty, Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology, Boston, 09/14/2004
Here's a checklist to make sure you and your computer are ready to go back-to-school.

What Library?
by Prof. Jim Lengel, Boston University College of Communication, 07/06/2004
The library is still there, but it's also on your computer. Its collections now extend globally, its resources are rich and varied, and its professionals are ready to help you.

Working with Animation
by Prof. Jim Lengel, Boston University College of Communication, 06/24/2004
As sound provokes the ear, animation captures the eye. Find out how easy it is to add animation to your Web pages and instructional materials.

Working and Learning
by Prof. Jim Lengel, Boston University College of Communication, 06/18/2004
How might you change your course content, methods, assignments or schedule to better fit the possibilities and prerequisites that your students will face in their lifetimes?

Spreadsheet Simulation
by Prof. Jim Lengel, Boston University College of Communication, 06/09/2004
Making your own simulation may be easier than you think! Here are some ideas for using your spreadsheet program.

Principles of Design
by Prof. Jim Lengel, Boston University College of Communication, 06/03/2004
As more and more teachers and students develop and publish their own online documents, especially web pages, it's a good idea now and then to remind ourselves of some tried-and-true principles that can lead to more useful and easy to read publications.

Distance Learning
by Prof. Jim Lengel, Boston University College of Communication, 05/26/2004
Distance learning isn't really a new idea. Teachers have always blended different kinds of learning, most of which actually took place outside the classroom. But what are the five elements that can help you design a distance learning courses?

Learning Objects
by Prof. Jim Lengel, Boston University College of Communication, 05/19/2004
Find out how the Learning Objects Movement is now going digital.

Video on the Web
by Prof. Jim Lengel, Boston University College of Communication, 05/14/2004
Video is easy to produce on your computer, but how can you play it on the Web?

Notecards
by Prof. Jim Lengel, Boston University College of Communication, 05/04/2004
As information for research assignments becomes easier to find, teachers need to teach new research skills and raise their expectations of the final product.

Technology A-Z
by Prof. Jim Lengel, Boston University College of Communication, 04/27/2004
Tech talk got you confused? Here's a look at 26 terms, and alphabet of acronyms, that can help you deal with this new vocabulary.

Mass Storage
by Prof. Jim Lengel, Boston University College of Communication, 04/20/2004
How to save and transfer all those large files created by multimedia educational work.

Technology in China
by Prof. Jim Lengel, Boston University College of Communication, 04/13/2004
Here's a fascinating cross cultural look at the proliferation of technology in China and what that means in classrooms there... and here.

Math Teachers
by Prof. Jim Lengel, Boston University College of Communication, 04/07/2004
Is the equation on the chalkboard a thing of the past? What technologies do people use to do and teach math?

They're Not Computers
by Prof. Jim Lengel, Boston University College of Communication, 04/01/2004
Communication is at the center of what schools and teachers do. Here are some ideas for using all the newest methods of communicating that technology has put at our disposal.

Organizing Your Files
by Prof. Jim Lengel, Boston University College of Communication, 03/22/2004
Having trouble finding the file that you need on your own hard disk? Avoid the default saving scheme that came with your computer by organizing your files according to their function.

Supply and Demand
by Prof. Jim Lengel, Boston University College of Communication, 03/15/2004
Will computers take over from the printed word as the source of information in schools? What do the facts point to?

Looking Good Online
by Prof. Jim Lengel, Boston University College of Communication, 03/05/2004
This week's article provides some guidelines for preparing works for publication online.

The Digital Divide
by Prof. Jim Lengel, Boston University College of Communication, 03/01/2004
It's not how many computers you have, it's what you do with them that counts. The digital divide is between those who educate and those who entertain.

A Synchronous Online Seminar
by Prof. Jim Lengel, Boston University College of Communication, 02/23/2004
Imagine the possibilities of a synchronous online seminar between your students and others around the world, in real time with live audio and video. It's possible with today's broadband connections and new software.

Displaying Text
by Prof. Jim Lengel, Boston University College of Communication, 02/17/2004
How can we and our students make sure that the words we publish are as easy to read as possible? Learn some practical tips on displaying text.

Animation with PowerPoint
by Prof. Jim Lengel, Boston University College of Communication, 02/10/2004
Dynamic explanations make certain concepts easier to learn. How can you create simple animations that explain how things work, using PowerPoint?

Lesson Plans
by Prof. Jim Lengel, Boston University College of Communication, 02/02/2004
Contrary to popular belief, the presence of technology does not diminish the need for a thoughtful and complete lesson plans. Learn some tips and techniques for lesson planning for technology.

Technology Attracts
by Prof. Jim Lengel, Boston University College of Communication, 01/23/2004
Attendance is down. Dropouts are up. But not everywhere. Can technology make a difference in keeping students in school?

Wireless Networks
by Prof. Jim Lengel, Boston University College of Communication, 01/16/2004
This week's article explains how wireless networks work, and how they can be useful in teaching and learning.

That's News to Me
by Prof. Jim Lengel, Boston University College of Communication, 01/09/2004
This week's article provides practical advice on using Microsoft Word to create newsletters for educational and administrative purposes, that can be published in a variety of ways.

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