Today I’m sharing some of my favorite keyboard shortcuts. There are A TON out there – just try googling “keyboard shortcuts” to see what I mean! – but most of them are impractical for educators.
These are the ones that really will make your life easier, and hopefully these will cut down on time searching through programs and apps for what you need!
To print in any program: Ctrl + P
To extend your screen (so your projector shows the assignment but you can keep using your laptop for other work), use the Windows key (looks like the Microsoft Windows icon): Windows + P and choose “Extend”. Windows + P and choose “Duplicate” to return to normal.
Search for a keyword or phrase in any program / document: Ctrl + F
To zoom in on your window (this makes all font bigger): Ctrl + plus sign. To zoom back out: Ctrl + minus sign
To search for any file: Windows + F
To show all open windows 3D style: Windows + tab
To copy and paste: Select text, ctrl + c to copy and ctrl + v to paste
To cut and paste: Select text, ctrl + x to cut and ctrl + v to paste
For quick font formatting: ctrl + b to bold, ctrl + i to italicize, and ctrl + u to underline
Microsoft Excel is a powerful tool for organizing your work life. But how much do you know about its secrets? Try these tricks from LifeHack to make your spreadsheeting days easier and more efficient!
Full article: 20 Tricks That Can Make Anyone an Excel Expert
Challenge student thinking and fight ignorance by fostering critical thinking skills and information literacy in your classroom!
Full article: Teach Students to Fight Fake News
This infographic reference can help remind you to use more student-centered instructional strategies in your curriculum. Click here for the complete graphic.
Maintained by the University of Nottingham (UK) comes this collection of videos for each element of the periodic table. Be sure to check out the university’s YouTube channel for more great content.
Video lessons on critical thinking, from analyzing a persuasive essay to dissecting research findings, as well as accessible videos on the practice of philosophy.
Link: Wireless Philosophy
Inspire girls to pursue STEM with these creative ideas inspired by Ada Lovelace (the world’s first computer programmer!):
- Create a timeline or a comic strip of her fascinating life (Her father was Lord Byron, the Poet) or another prominent women in STEM history: Katherine Johnson, Rachel Carson, and Sally Ride.
- Curate a collection of curious facts for students to explore
- Make them wonder with science “tricks” to spark interest
- Solve mysteries with SCIENCE
- Bake cookies using sunlight, or make a solar oven using a pizza box!
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