Whether you teach in a traditional classroom or use remote and hybrid learning strategies, these tech tips are guaranteed to help you get more out of your educational tech tools. These tips range from spotting spam emails to copying a formula to multiple cells in a spreadsheet. And don’t forget to protect your laptop!
Tech Tip Tuesday
If you use the iNaturalist program, you may be interested in Tech Tip Tuesday. This series of short articles is intended to help naturalists become more proficient with this program. The articles cover a variety of topics. You can find a new one every Tuesday. You can also follow the series on Instagram.
Spotting a spam email
One of the easiest ways to tell if an email is spam is to read the content. A spam email usually contains a lot of grammatical errors and has a rushed tone. It may also contain emboldened words or phrases. These are signs that the email was sent by someone who does not care about grammar or spelling. It also seems too urgent. If you receive an email requesting personal information, it is probably not a real message.
Spam emails are sent out to millions of people in a hurry and may contain grammatical errors. They often do not use your name and use the same words over again. They may also ask for your payment details for an order you never placed, or include a button for you to click to confirm an order. The more you can spot these emails, the better you will be able to avoid them.
Another sign of a spam email is the URL it contains. These emails are not legitimate and will end up in your junk email folder. If you see a URL that looks suspicious, hover your mouse over it. If the URL is an extension of a legitimate site, you should be able to verify it online. If it is not, contact the organization directly.
Copying a formula to multiple cells in a spreadsheet
In Excel, you can copy and paste formulas to multiple cells with the click of a button. This is easier than copying text inside the cell. To copy the formula, click the formula bar on the formula bar in the cell that you want to copy it to, or press Control + C to copy and paste the formula. The copied formula will have a dashed green border and is now ready to paste.
The formula must start with a + or = sign to copy to multiple cells. If the cell has no data, it will stop and require you to repeat the process. However, if you don’t have reference data, you can copy the formula to multiple cells by right-clicking the cell, or pressing the Ctrl key and pressing V to paste the formula.
You can make an exact copy of multiple formulas by changing the equal sign with a different character. For example, if the formula has an equal sign in it, you can type in ‘xxx’ in the Replace with box. If you don’t want to change the equal sign, you can use a # or &. You can also use a more complex string of characters, like * or?, to make a formula more accurate.
Securing your laptop
Securing your laptop is an important part of your digital life. You need to protect the sensitive information stored on it, such as personal data and business files, from unauthorized access. There are a few ways to do this. The first step is to make sure your login password is difficult to guess. Encryption is also recommended for additional protection.
Another way to protect your laptop is to secure it with a theft protection plate. This security plate attaches like a sticker, but it stays on your laptop for a long time. It will prevent anyone from selling or reselling your laptop. The disadvantage of this method is that it may leave a permanent acid tattoo on your laptop. These plates can cost up to $25. There are also smaller versions of these security plates available for phones and other mobile devices.
Another way to secure your laptop is to install anti-virus software. It is a best practice to install anti-virus software on all computers. Microsoft has recently released free antivirus software called Security Essentials, which can be downloaded on a regular basis.
Animating objects in PowerPoint
One of the best ways to convey your message is by animating objects. Adding animations to your slide can be done with just a few clicks of your mouse. In PowerPoint, you can also reuse the same animation effect by copying and pasting it on another object. To do this, select the object that has the animation effect, and click on the Animation Painter button. This will open a dialog box where you can set the timing for the animation.
You can modify the speed and properties of an object by using the animation effect. You can start the animation when you click it, as soon as it appears on the slide, or at a specific time after the last animation has finished. You can also choose to preview the animation by checking the Auto Preview box, or by using the Play button.
After you’ve created a button to start the animation, you can choose from the available animation effects. For example, you can choose the “Spin” effect, which makes an object spin around a circle. If you choose the “Spin” option, PowerPoint will place a small number next to the shape.
Adding a file as a documents tab in a Teams Channel
Adding a file to a documents tab in a Teams channel can be useful if you need to share guidelines or instructions with your team. For example, you may want to share your company’s policy document with your team. Adding it to a documents tab will make it easy for your team members to access it without having to scroll through pages of text. You can also choose a custom tab name for your file.
The Files tab is the first tab on the main window. To add a file to a documents tab, click the arrow next to the item. An action button will appear next to the item. When you click the action button, a file icon will appear. You can then work on the file directly.
You can add a file to a document tab in a Teams channel from any document library, including OneDrive. Teams will automatically recognize the file as being shared and will appear in the documents tab in the Channel. You can also add a new file to a document tab by adding it directly to the channel. The only difference is that if you’re creating a new document for team collaboration, you must do it within a Teams channel.
Securing your home Wi-Fi
There are a number of ways to secure your home Wi-Fi, from using a firewall to updating the firmware of your router. A firewall is a software component that prevents unwanted traffic from entering or leaving your network. Firewalls can be turned on and off through the router’s settings. However, using a firewall may slow down your internet speed.
To protect your internet connection, you should turn off the firewall when not in use, and activate it again after you are done using it. Additionally, keep the software on your router updated, especially the firmware, as older versions are more susceptible to vulnerability exploits by cybercriminals.
Cybercriminals love to take advantage of home Wi-Fi networks to attack consumers. Even a small vulnerability in a network could give a hacker access to all devices connected to it. This could mean everything from your online bank account to emails from your doctor.
In addition, cybercriminals could also flood your devices with malware. To keep cybercriminals at bay, it is important to secure your home Wi-Fi network. To learn more, read the following tips.
Using a password that is at least 12 characters long is one of the best ways to secure your home Wi-Fi. It should not contain personal information or easily guessed words. And it should be changed on a regular basis. Furthermore, you should never use the same password for multiple accounts.
Another important step to securing your home Wi-Fi is changing the SSID of your network. Many routers come with default SSIDs which make it easy for hackers to target your network. Changing the SSID is a simple step you can take to secure your network.