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Started by Allan Richards in Teaching and Methodology Oct 27, 2017. 0 Replies

Hey everyone!I am new to the forum and am curious how you feel learning communities benefit educators when it comes to developing a collective responsibility as educators. Do you feel a forum like…Continue


Started by Christina Shepherd in Teaching and Methodology. Last reply by ddeubel Oct 26, 2017. 1 Reply

How does implementation help you out throughout the year? I am curious to know what things have worked for you and what things have not worked for you through an implementation standard.  Continue

ABCs - Alphabet Resources or Ideas?

Started by NEWS NOW in Teaching and Methodology. Last reply by ddeubel Sep 19, 2017. 74 Replies

I guess the alphabet is our bread…Continue

Tags: children, abc, kids, phonics, reading

Top 5 Game

Started by susie silver in Teaching and Methodology. Last reply by ddeubel Sep 17, 2017. 14 Replies

Hi David Maybe its obvious to some but I'm not sure how to play and I also want to create a top 5 game as well. What is the point of it. There are always 5 answers. Do the students guess according to…Continue

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A friend asked me how to include a powerpoint file in a post. I thought I'd share my instructions here too, in case anyone else is wondering : )

To add a blog post, go up to the Quick Add box on the top right of this page, and click on the down arrow to see all the options. You can also add music, videos and photos this way, but they won't show up in a discussion or a blog. They will show up on your page, though, and in the video and photo sections of this site.*

Ok, so you start a blog post, and you want to add a powerpoint file. I think this image will show you how, as well as how to add an image and a link:

You click on what looks like a little sheet of paper, and a box will pop up:

Click on the browse button, find the file on your computer, then click add- presto, the file will upload to ning and a link to the file will appear at the bottom of your blog. This works for many types of files- powerpoint, videos, word, jpegs... but an image of the file will not show, just a text link to the file. When another member clicks on that link, they can download the file you uploaded to their own computer, and view it from there.

This works almost the same way for discussions, but the attach file box looks a little different. You will find it at the bottom left of the post you are creating:

When you are simply replying to a discussion, you can still add a file, but it looks a little different:

That's enough for today! Tomorrow I will add how to include images and links in your posts.

* From there, it is easy to grab the url and include these in your posts... more on that later. Also, you can add a blog by clicking on the Add a Blog link at the bottom of the blog listings on this page. Don't forget to tag! David will love you for it : )

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HOW TO ADD AN IMAGE to a blog or discussion

I'm hoping a picture is worth 1,000 words! Basically, just click on the little camera icon at the top of your text box, browse your computer or insert a url (web address) for the image, and click Add. Ning will automatically size a large photo to fit in the text boxes.

You can get more control over the process by exploring the options menu:

There's a little more to learn about images, but I'm thinking all this stuff would be better presented as screencasts (videos). Trouble is, I am still a screencast virgin- just haven't found the proper motivation to hop over the broomstick and do it. I would do it for money or love. True love.

Oh well, enough for today. Tomorrow I will show you how to make a link.
Ning does have a help section- Ning Help

The first part is devoted to people creating their own ning, but if you go to the bottom of the page you'll find a box labeled "Social Network Features". Sometimes you have to dig around and do some clicking to find the exact info you need, but it's usually there.

Ok, are you ready? Are you sure? Today I'll explain how to include a link (the pretty kind) in your post. Let's see if the picture I made is self-explanatory:

Yeah, pretty much that's it. I might add that you find the url of the page you want to link to at the top of your screen- it's the same thing as the web address. If you right click in that box, the url is automatically selected and a menu pops up. Choose "copy", highlight the text you want to be the link, click on the chain icon (yes, that's what it is) and paste. Make sure you don't get two of"http://" in there- if that happens, just delete one.

There is a nice way to make your images into links, but you have to use our TEXT EDITOR or remember a little bit of html code to do it. I'll walk you through how if you ask.

I have noticed that no one has offered me money or true love to continue these posts, so that's it for now. I do want to encourage you to jump in and dink around with these tools- I learned almost everything I know on the computer that way. If you click on the wrong thing, the worst that will happen is you'll lose your post (and if you right click>select all>copy before you experiment, even that won't happen!) - you can't break your computer or mess up the ning : )

If there's anything else about posting you need explained, just ask- it's my pleasure to share what I eventually figured out.
In the next week or so , if I can squeeze in the time, I was thinking of redoing our FAQs. Definitely in need of a redo and this is sparkling stuff to add there. THANK YOU.

I love the clarity of the photos, really simple and clear.

There is also our rather mubbled jumbled - Using EFL Classroom discussion - lots of tips there but nothing so clear as this!

HOW TO POST A VIDEO from youtube (using an embed code)

You can embed almost all videos from youtube. Look to the right of the video you are viewing, and you will see this box:

Notice where it says URL and Embed. With your mouse, right click in the embed box. It will automatically select the embed code, all you have to do is copy:

Then just paste the code into a reply box- presto video!

PS As you can see, there are several options where you can change the size, etc of the video, but you don't have to do any of this. The video will simply use the default setting.

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