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SOFTWARE:

Here are the programs I use the most.

MICROSOFT PROGRAMS:For me, knowing Microsoft Word has really helped me in my writing. It has also helped me design some websites.

Microsoft PowerPoint is a great program for teachers, because it's possible to really jazz up your presentations with it.I have used PowerPoint a lot, and it makes a so-so lesson much more interesting - especially for visual learners.

At first, I could not afford to get full versions of these programs. I went to the Microsoft website and downloaded try-out versions. They didn't cost me anything.

Microsoft also has great support, artwork, and templates that you can use for free.

COREL: I find Corel design programs very handy in making artwork. You can find Corel programs very reasonably, especially if you are willing to try an older version. Here is the Corel website. I use a Mac, and the Corel programs can be glitchier than on a PC, but you can't beat the Corel artwork they include with their Draw programs.

ADOBE SOFTWARE: Adobe makes programs that work with each other, such as Pagemaker (now In-Design), Photoshop, and Illustrator. I use Photoshop every day. I used to use Pagemaker a lot at my graphic design job. Check here for downloads on these great programs.

 

WEBSITE DESIGN:

I taught myself web design, but I look forward to taking some professional classes as well. Some sites I have found very helpful in learning html and web design are:

1. HTML Goodies - I used to use the website here for free advice. I do have the book, which I highly recommend. The author has sold this site to somebody else, so I don't know if it's still as good. The book certainly is great, though.

LOADING AND UPLOADING FILES: I use Transmit. It's reasonable, and takes putting your files online easy.

 

WEBQUESTS:

A webquest is an educational journey or lesson using a computer. The first and best ones are on the San Diego site. Teachers like to use webquestss, and students like doing them. Bernie Dodge got the ball rolling on these, and since he started them, they have really taken off. Webquests can be done alone or in groups.

Even people not enrolled in a class can do a webquest just for fun. Most are teacher-designed, and are also free, which sure beats paying for a class. I have some more Webquests listed on the Betsyanne Webquests Page.

 

COMPUTERS:

What kind of computer should you get? What printers/scanners/etc. are the best? I would check Consumer Reports to find out -- if you are getting a new computer. I personally use a Mac, but some programs only run on a PC, so I guess I'd advice getting both.

 
Do you know of good, free links that you would like to share? Please let me know. I would like to add them to this page.
 
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