Simple Solutions to View All Text and Plug-ins when Composing a Post

Since we upgraded to the latest version of Word press, you may have noticed that when you are creating a new post, you might not be able to see all of the text or plug-in buttons.  There are several ways to fix this problem so you can easily add new posts.  One way is to create your post in the HTML tab instead of the Visual Tab. You can also press the Full Screen Mode Button.  To exit the Full Screen Mode you just need to select the button again.  The other way is to collapse the Publish menu and Categories menu that appears on the right had side of the dashboard when you are drafting a post.  The images below will give you a visual of what you need to do.  If you continue to have any trouble, be sure to ask the IT people in your division.

Microsoft Word won’t let me Cut and Paste . . . (enabling macros)

Alan Maclean put together a this post for his students. I thought it may be helpful to teachers as well.

Are you getting this message?

Follow these steps to enable macros:
1. Go to the Micrsoft Office Menu and select ‘Word Options’ at the bottom.

2. Select ‘Trust Center’ in the left pane.
3. Click on the button ‘Trust Center Settings’ on the right.

4. Select the option ‘Enable all macros’
5. Save your document and close Microsoft Word.
6. Open Microsoft Word again and you will be able to Cut and Paste!

Minimize the large toolbar in MS Word 2007

With the new version of MS Word, you may have noticed the large toolbar (or “ribbon” as Microsoft calls it). On one hand this may provide quick links to a variety of tools. However, it may also be a nuisance if you’re projecting this onto a screen – taking up a large part of the top of the screen.

In order to minimize this toolbar, follow the images below:

1. Click the drop down icon

2. Select, “Minimize the Ribbon”.

3. There you have it – much more space to provide content or view your document.

Embedding Google Forms into WordPress

To embed a Google Form (such as the teacher feedback forms) into WordPress, please follow these steps.

1. From your Google Form, click on “More Actions” and “Embed” as seen below:

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2. This will bring up a window with the embed code. Copy this code:

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3. Go to your WordPress Dashboard, and create a new blog post as usual. We’re going to click on the plugin (icon) for Prezi shown here:

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4. You’ll see a window pop up. The “Prezi URL” is where you’ll paste the code. However, this is where it gets tricky. You will only paste the content located between the quotation marks – see the text in orange. The rest can be deleted. Example:

If our code is: iframe src=”” width=”760″ height=”3969″ frameborder=”0″ marginheight=”0″ marginwidth=”0″>Loading…</iframe

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You can then set the custom size. I recommend a width of 600px and a height of 800px.







5. You should be ready to publish. If, upon publishing, you see mistakes or the form does not appear properly, most likely the code was not pasted correctly. Please leave a comment or email me if you need help.

Safety Mode for YouTube

Google has just announced a “Safety Mode” for YouTube. Read Google’s information below:

“Diversity of content is one of the great things about YouTube. But we know that some of you want a more controlled experience. That’s why we’re announcing Safety Mode, an opt-in setting that helps screen out potentially objectionable content that you may prefer not to see or don’t want others in your family to stumble across while enjoying YouTube. An example of this type of content might be a newsworthy video that contains graphic violence such as a political protest or war coverage. While no filter is 100% perfect, Safety Mode is another step in our ongoing desire to give you greater control over the content you see on the site.

It’s easy to opt in to Safety Mode: Just click on the link at the bottom of any video page. You can even lock your choice on that browser with your YouTube password.”

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The Mac Manual

Screen shot 2009-10-04 at 3.40.27 PMWith so many teachers being new to the Mac OS, and many buying their own MacBooks, a resource to familiarize yourselves  to Macs is in order. Be sure to download this ebook entitled  The Mac Manual from This e-book contains over 60 pages covering the basics, applications, 3rd-party apps, plugins, and a great set of tips. This is something that will help everyone with a Mac. Enjoy!

Lab and Cart Bookings

When you book the labs or carts remember to put the following information:

BiggarF – Grade 9 –  1091 (12 laptops) – Using word to make posters.

(When booking a lab, you don’t need to include the lab number, and no, the colour coding isn’t necessary 🙂

Aside from helping us locate the laptops, this will help us plan future acquisitions of both hardware and software and give us a realistic picture of how we are using technology at ISM.


Adding Flickr Slideshows to WordPress Posts

Flickr Slideshows are a powerful and visually attractive method for displaying photos. Rather than displaying a series of photos in a long post one by one, the slideshows offer you a chance to share multiple images with maximum impact in a small space.

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In order to display them, you’ll need to activate a plugin called, “Tylrslidr”, from the “Plugins” menu on the left side of your Dashboard.

Once activated, when you create a new post, you’ll see a small circular icon with “T|S”. Once clicked, this will open a window with various settings. This is where you would input either the Flickr ID (which is found via or the particular set you’d like to display.

In this case, above, I’ve chosen to display a set of photos from our trip to Angkor Wat, Cambodia. I simply selected the set and copied the URL from the address bar in the browser. Once pasted in, it displays as shown.

This would be a wonderful way of exhibiting student work, artwork, classroom activities, sports, community service, class trips, ICARE, and on and on!

How to password protect a post

There may be times when you wish to keep your posts locked down with a password. Yes, this is possible! Here’s how:

  1. Once you’ve written a new post, simply go to the “Publish” section on the top right
  2. Near “Visibility” click on “Edit”
  3. A drop down menu will appear
  4. Click on “Password Protected”
  5. Enter a password that you wish to lock the post with
  6. Click ‘Ok”
  7. That’s it! Once published, that particular post will only be viewable if the reader enters your password into the form displayedpublish-visibility-password-protect1