Thursday, October 2, 2014

Ladies and Gentlemen (in my booming and echoing voice)

Tech Tips with Mr. Hammen is BACK!!!!!

For those who are new to the Ed White Staff you may be asking, "What is Tech Tips with Mr. Hammen?"  Well, what it is is weekly I will be sending out various technology related tips, tricks, tools and websites that you may want to explore and use.

This week's Tech Tip is a website called Paw Toon.  Simply Paw Toon is a cool way to create animated videos and presentations.  Think of it as a cool and hip alternative to PowerPoint.  It is very user friendly and the best thing about it is you can either download your video or upload it to YouTube.

You can check out Paw Toon at

A basic account is Free.
A Classroom Account (with some premium features and accounts for up to 60 students) is normally $8 a month but, FOR A LIMITED TIME you can sign up at and receive a one year Classroom Account for free.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Adding Google Drive to your Laptop

Greetings everyone!!!!  I am back!!!!  It's been a little while since I posted a tech tip so here we go.....

I have noticed a lot of people using Google Docs/Drive lately and have been having their students use it too.....have you ever wondered how you can see your Google Drive folders without having to open up a browser, going to Google Drive, logging into your account, and then start working in it....there's a little piece of software in the NEISD Software center you can download and it's conveniently called "Google Drive".
All you have to do is install from the software center and go through the setup process (which is basically logging into your Google Account) and it's all set up.

The beauty of it is that when it's set up you now have a folder when you go to your computer that says Google Drive that's acts just like a regular folder on your computer.

There will also be a Google Drive icon placed on your desktop that you can double click to go right to your Google Drive folder.
If you wanted to upload files there to store all you have to do is cut and paste or drag and drop the files to the folder.  You can also share files with people by right clicking on the file, selecting Google Drive, and then selecting Share.
There you would set any sharing permissions with people just like you would from the web page version. Also, when you put a file in a folder this way it automatically syncs the file with the web page version so that you can access that file from anywhere.
When file or folder is synced a green check mark will appear over the icon for the item.
That's it for this weeks Tech Tips with Mr. Hammen.  There a few more features with the Google Drive software that I haven't discussed here so feel free to explore and if you have any questions or comments please feel free to post them to this blog or send me an e-mail.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Custom Guides

Do you ever wish you had a cheat sheet for different tasks while using Microsoft Excel or Word?  Well look no farther.....Custom Guides are here.  These guides are 100% may save them to your computer/print them out and use them for a quick reference when trying to figure out some of the basics of using specific programs.

I have included guides for:
(Click the title to open a pdf of the custom guide.)

Enjoy the guides and once again if you have any questions just drop me a line.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Snipping Tool in Windows 7

Greetings and welcome to another "Tech Tip" with Mr. Hammen.  Before I start I have to thank Mrs. Luther for her suggestion on this tip.

This week's tip is about a feature in Windows 7 called the Snipping Tool.  It's a pretty easy and useful tool that allows you to take screen shots of parts or all of your screen.  Just click on the link below to find out how to use this tool.

Windows 7 Snipping Tool

Thursday, April 3, 2014

New way to deliver quizzes!!!!

Greetings and welcome to this week's TechTips with Mr. Hammen.  This week I am going to take a little bit of time to introduce you to a new way to deliver quizzes.  A colleague of mine and I were having a cup of coffee last Sunday and he asked me if I ever heard of a page called EdPuzzle.  After he described what it was and showed me examples I was floored.

EdPuzzle is a different way to deliver quizzes.  Basically you can embed a quiz from a video that you either find online or  you create and upload to the site yourself.  It's pretty slick.  Some of the additional features at your finger tips are your ability to Crop a video and Adding your voice are among the ability to Embed quizzes.

Some of the sites you can use videos from are YouTube, Vimeo, KhanAcademy, LearnZillion, National Geographic, TED, Veritasium, Numberphile, and Crash Course.

The most powerful part of the website for you as a teacher is the fact that you have a bunch of analytics at your fingertips.  You have the ability to create classes and students have students sign up.  From there you can view class progress like who watched the video, grades, and when they last viewed the video/quiz.  You also have the ability to drill down farther to view individual student progress and question trends.  In case you were wondering yes you can access it using iPads as well as on the computers.

EdPuzzle is a great way to check for understanding and for students to also create and demonstrate understanding.

Best of all....IT'S FREE!!!!

Just go to the following Link to check it out...

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Disabling that little spot on the touchpad.

Have you ever disabled your touchpad on your Folio laptop?  Most of us have accidentally done it at one time or another.  If you don't remember on the upper left corner of the touchpad on your laptop there is a small dot.  If you double tap that dot you will disable the touchpad and it won't work.  If you double tap the spot again you re-enable the touchpad and it works again. For some people it is actually a pretty handy feature, for others it may be a constant annoyance.

If you find yourself constantly accidentally disabling the touchpad and having to re-enable it or don't want to have to worry about accidentally hitting that spot I have written up some directions that you can disable that feature and you won't have to worry about the spot.  This is completely up to you if you would like to do this or not.  The Link below will show you how to disable the spot.  If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask me.

Happy 86th Day of the Year,
Mr. Hammen

Click Here to view the document on Disabling the Spot on the Touchpad.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

More Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows 7

Before Spring Break I posted about keyboard shortcuts for Outlook 2013.  Sticking with that topic I was thinking about keyboard shortcuts for Windows 7 and I stumbled upon the link below that is a list put out by Microsoft that covers a ton of keyboard shortcuts.
Click Here for Windows 7 Keyboard Shortcuts

Here's a sample of a few to check out:

Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +P
This combination will switch between the laptop, extended screens (stretching your display between the laptop and projector), cloning your screens (same thing on laptop and projector), and projector only.

Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +Up Arrow
This combination will Maximize your current window.

Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +Left Arrow
This combination will Maximize your current window to the left side of the screen.

Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +Right Arrow
This combination will Maximize your current window to the Right side of the screen.

Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +Down Arrow
This combination will Minimize your current window.

Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +Home
This combination will Minimize all but the active window

Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +Shift+Left or Right Arrow
This combination will move a window from one monitor to another.

Crtl + X
This combination will cut selected text.

Crtl + V
This combination will copy selected text.

Crtl + P
This combination will paste cut/copied text.