Tekiota https://tekiota.com Technology Catalyst to Education Fri, 20 Apr 2018 03:07:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://tekiota.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/favicon-54aa3b69v1_site_icon-32x32.png Tekiota https://tekiota.com 32 32 78800613 Presentation Zen: 6 Steps to Design Great Slideshows https://tekiota.com/presentation-zen-steps-to-design-great-slideshows/ https://tekiota.com/presentation-zen-steps-to-design-great-slideshows/#respond Fri, 13 Apr 2018 02:39:34 +0000 https://tekiota.com/?p=1900 Let me take you through a crash course on how to use presentation zen to design engaging visual presentations that leave a lasting impression.  Two ideas are most important when considering this: empathy in presentation the presenter as a storyteller. Keeping these ideas at the forefront, we will look at how to successfully utilize design to become […]

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Let me take you through a crash course on how to use presentation zen to design engaging visual presentations that leave a lasting impression.  Two ideas are most important when considering this:

  1. empathy in presentation
  2. the presenter as a storyteller.

Keeping these ideas at the forefront, we will look at how to successfully utilize design to become a better, more empathetic storyteller. By the way, these tips about design will work whether you use Google Slides, Microsoft PowerPoint or Apple Keynote to create your next slideshow so let’s dive right into it.

Amplify Your Message

I am constantly aware that success as a presenter depends on enthusiasm for the content and ability to engage an audience. And while I still hold the opinion that other teachers are the most difficult audience for a teacher to present to (because you know, they know everything!), students who have been sitting through six other classes all day long finish a close second.

Presentation Zen

Presentation Zen

At the end of the day, you probably already possess the ability to tell a good story and empathize with your audience. Good design will help you amplify your message. Presentation Zen walks you through the six steps towards good design.

Step 1 – Keep It Simple

Avoid busy or complicated slides. If the design on your slide is too busy, your audience will tune you out while they try to decipher the information you are presenting on the screen.

Presentation Zen - 1 Keep It Simple

Presentation Zen – 1 Keep It Simple

Remove everything superfluous on your slide and only communicate your idea in the shortest amount of words possible. One if you can.

Step 2 – Use White or Negative Space

When you remove the clutter, you will offer a much more powerful, much more memorable visual message to your viewers.

Presentation Zen - 2 Use White

Presentation Zen – 2 Use White

Don’t try to fill your slide, use white to build space in your presentation. This will make the content easy to grasp, and your speech will remain the most important thread that your audience will follow.

Step 3 – Avoid Bullet Points

Just because PowerPoint gives you bullets, doesn’t mean you should use it for everything. Think of your presentation as a support to your speech, not the other way around.

Presentation Zen - 3 Avoid Bullets

Presentation Zen – 3 Avoid Bullets

In fact, if you have three points to make, use three slides, and move through them faster.

Step 4 – Use High Quality Images

You want a direct link into your audience’s brain? Tap into their primary visual cortex with high quality images. If you have to remember one rule from this entire article, it’s this one: use good photos. No stretch marks, no pixel blurs, no watermarks, no clip arts, high resolution photos. They are everywhere.

Presentation Zen - 4 Use High Quality Images

Presentation Zen – 4 Use High Quality Images

Because nothing screams of 1982 louder than a good clip art.

Step 5 – Use Color Well

Colors evoke emotions, use them.

Presentation Zen - 5 Use Color Well

Presentation Zen – 5 Use Color Well

When you begin your presentation, pick a color scheme with two colors: your basic color and a highlight color. Use not only black, and white but also a variety of gray shades to prioritize the content in your slideshow.

Step 6 – Choose Your Fonts

Finally pay particular attention to the font you choose.

Presentation Zen - 6 Choose Your Fonts

Presentation Zen – 6 Choose Your Fonts

Your typeface is like a personality test. It speaks volumes about who you are deep-down:

  • Comic Sans = wannabee mime
  • Droid Sans = in-the-know thespian

Presentation Zen Examples of Perfect Cocktails

Follow these 6 rules and you are sure to wow your audience (or at least keep them partially awake) with your next presentation.

This is my own presentation zen on presentation zen. It includes all the graphics from this article.

Presentation Zen

But many years later, I still come back to Thirst at one of the better design presentations of all time. Enjoy this masterful example of a presentation zen, and share with me with your best slideshows in the comment section below!

Evaluate Your Presentation Zen

Here are some questions you should ask yourself to evaluate your current slideshows:

  1. Do you talk too much? Do you talk enough?
  2. Are the viewers engaged?
  3. How could you replace text with more effective images?
  4. How might the aesthetics of the presentation affected the retention of its content?
  5. I already gave this presentation a few months ago. Do I still remember any of it?
  6. How will the audience get the definitions of important terms in the presentation if they are not written on the slides?
  7. Can English Language Learners who don’t have fully developed listening skills understand the presentation?

Acknowledgements

Presentation Zen is an expression originally coined by Garr Reynolds. Jessica Faivre’s reflection on Empathy, Storytelling and Design is the entire inspiration behind this post. I borrowed all my wife’s ideas to write this article.

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Salvage Your Privacy While Online https://tekiota.com/salvage-your-privacy-while-online/ https://tekiota.com/salvage-your-privacy-while-online/#respond Fri, 23 Mar 2018 02:56:43 +0000 https://tekiota.com/?p=1863

Another day, another astonishing assault on people’s privacy. This time the proportions in the Cambridge Analytica scandal  are properly epic. The company built 230 million psychological and political profiles using data harvested from Facebook without users’ consent. These profiles were allegedly used in manipulative social media campaigns during the referendum on Brexit and the last […]

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Another day, another astonishing assault on people’s privacy. This time the proportions in the Cambridge Analytica scandal  are properly epic. The company built 230 million psychological and political profiles using data harvested from Facebook without users’ consent. These profiles were allegedly used in manipulative social media campaigns during the referendum on Brexit and the last US presidential election.

The old adage: “if you are not paying for it, you are the product”, has never rung more true.

Is it time to give up your privacy rights entirely? I certainly do not hope so. In fact with this article, I want to show you ways to salvage some of your privacy while online.

Firefox: A Browser That Cares About Privacy

One of your main points of entrance on the Internet is your browser. As slick and fast as its browser is, Google makes no claim about protecting the privacy of its Chrome users. Mozilla is a not-for-profit corporation with a laudable mission.

Mozilla’s mission is to ensure the Internet is a global public resource, open and accessible to all. An Internet that truly puts people first, where individuals can shape their own experience and are empowered, safe and independent.

You can read the Mozilla Manifesto to learn more about the values driving this community. In it, you will find principle number 04 about security and privacy.

Individuals’ security and privacy on the Internet are fundamental and must not be treated as optional.

Mozilla’s web browser: Firefox is in service of Mozilla’s mission. I find its latest version, nicknamed Quantum, to be extremely nimble and readily believe Mozilla’s claim that its lighter and faster than Chrome on your computer.

Salvage Your Privacy You Are The End Product

A 1973 Premonition: You Are The End Product

In fact I would argue that once a browser is launched, it should disappear in the background to let you focus on the websites you are browsing. This is exactly what Firefox does for me. I have recently switched over (or to be perfectly exact, I switched back since Firefox used to be my default browser a few years back) and I have been very satisfied with the experience.

As soon as you install Firefox, go through its Settings (aka Preferences in Firefox lingo) and head to the Privacy & Security tab where you should enable Tracking Protection and send a Do Not Send signal.

Online Tracking

This is not to say that I only use Firefox’s privacy protections. I typically customize my browsers with a few additional programs known-as add-ons or extensions. There are two extensions that I install right-away to block online trackers: Disconnect and uBlock origin.

Technology has evolved beyond cookies and it is becoming harder and harder to not be tracked while online.

First let me explain briefly how online trackers work. Perhaps you are already familiar with cookies. A cookie is small piece of information saved by your browser when you visit a website so it can remember you in a future visit. This may enhance your browsing experience by not asking you not to login every time you come to a webpage. Unfortunately it can also allow the site or third-parties affiliated to the site like advertisers to track you and deliver ads targeted to you. With an ubiquitous presence online, advertisers can then follow you while you are browsing the Internet and establish a rather precise profile based on your habits.

Salvage Your Privacy With Panopticlick From The FTC

Panopticlick from the FTC

Technology has evolved beyond cookies. Flash an HTML5 cookies are more common now and also harder to remove. Additionally, the technique of device fingerprinting functions without the need for any cookies. It creates a unique identifier based on your browser’s configuration and settings. This also can be applied to track your smartphone, tablets or computers.

If you want to see online trackers in action, this amazing tool from the Electronic Frontier Foundation will test your browser to determine whether it is safe against tracking: Panopticlick.

Block Trackers With Some Choice Extensions

The two extensions that I recommend, Disconnect and uBlock Origin are good first ramparts against tracking. They both block a majority of trackers and allow to clear out 4 of the 5 tests from the EFF’s Panopticlick. I install them alongside AdBlock Plus which I wrote about previously as a way to protect your privacy and AdBlock for YouTube which enhances your viewing experience on YouTube.

While you are grazing its green fields with your friends, the milking happens almost painlessly on social media

While you are grazing its green fields with your friends, the milking happens almost painlessly on social media

If you want to learn more and protect yourself, the Federal Trade Commission has a very detailed page about online tracking that I recommend you read.

Search Away From Prying Eyes

I recently watched the awesome movie Lady Bird with Jess. There is a really funny scene where the protagonist candidly asks her mom: “When is a normal time to have sex?”. Without skipping a beat, the mother responds with the obvious question: “You’re having sex?”

Lady Bird: “When is a normal time to have sex?”
Mom: “You’re having sex?”

This small humorous exchange brings to light the amount of information we voluntarily divulge to our search engines. In fact, I should probably use the singular here and say search engine, or call it by its name. With 74% of search market shares, Google Search knows almost everyone and can even use its knowledge to predict flu and dengue trends.

Salvage Your Privacy Lady Bird

Lady Bird In A Revealing Conversation With Her Mom

If you are still reading this article, you are probably ready to jump off the Google ship and wear some sunglasses while searching online. But can you really do without Google? If the answer to this question is a resounding yes, you could give Qwant a shot. Dubbed the search engine that respects your privacy, Qwant does not collect data about its users when they search. The unique design of this French enterprise additionally offers a welcome alternative to traditional search engines results.

Salvage Your Privacy With Duck Duck Go

Salvage Your Privacy With Duck Duck Go

What if you are not quite ready to give up the familiar feel of a Google Search? My friend Pete Rock was the first to recommend Duck Duck Go. A strong advocate of privacy, Pete highlighted to me the ease with which one can transition to Duck Duck Go; switch the default search engine in your browser and voila! It took me some time, but I make most of my searches in Duck Duck Go now and it definitely feels like a safer place.

Is Resistance Futile?

Internet started from a place of anonymity where no one knew you were a dog while chatting in IRC channels. It has now converged to a point where your identity is given away by your every movement: IP address, geolocation, shopping habits, email address, avatars, monickers, etc.

A bleak future might be staring us in the eye, that of a dystopian world where citizens are categorized between good and bad elements of society based on a predictive analysis. But before a data-focused social credit system is upon us, take a few tips from this page and salvage your privacy while online!

Do you have more tips? Let us know in the comment section below!

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Learn Project Management Fundamentals to Get Things Done Well https://tekiota.com/learn-project-management-fundamentals-to-get-things-done-well/ https://tekiota.com/learn-project-management-fundamentals-to-get-things-done-well/#respond Fri, 09 Mar 2018 03:32:23 +0000 https://tekiota.com/?p=1834

Project management is a step by step method used in business to get things done and realize projects successfully. Anyone can apply this technique to reach goals and work more effectively. In the classroom, you can teach the fundamentals of project management to your students to guide them with the small or larger projects you […]

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Project management is a step by step method used in business to get things done and realize projects successfully. Anyone can apply this technique to reach goals and work more effectively. In the classroom, you can teach the fundamentals of project management to your students to guide them with the small or larger projects you assign.

A word of warning if you are a project management purist. This is not meant as a summary of a specific methodology although there are many PMBOK, PRINCE2, COBIT, Agile… Instead the purpose of this overview is to distill the essence of project management with the hope that these steps will prepare anyone, including faculty and students to start, lead and accomplish future projects in a satisfactory manner.

These are the main steps of all project management approaches:

Project Management Fundamentals Stages

Project Management Fundamentals Stages

 

Let’s look at each project management stage in detail.

1. Define

What is the problem to solve?

A project needs a beginning and ideally, but sometimes not obviously this is where you begin. The most important question you should ask at this stage is “What is the problem to solve?“. How you phrase this question will define the boundaries of your project. How you answer this question will define the goals you are trying to achieve.

In the classroom, the teacher will often but not always provide the problem and the goals to reach to answer that problem.

What will be a successful end product?

Once your goals are set, you need to determine the measure by which you know that you have reached them. Fundamentally, to successfully complete a project is to deliver a quality product on time and within established resources. The four connected constraints you need to incorporate in your success criteria are identified as

  1. Scope
  2. Quality
  3. Time
  4. Resources (aka cost)

2. Plan

Project Management Fundamentals Goal Setting.

Importance of Goal Setting

How will you do it?

This is the million dollar question: “how will you do it?” and the one that you should spend the most time pondering. The short answer is known: break your project down into small, tangible, measurable tasks. What these tasks are will vary greatly based on the project.

There are a few key ideas to keep in mind when listing those tasks (and you should list them).

First, it is very important to realize that the way you break down and define a task will greatly affect your success rate. If you leave a task too general (e.g.: write paper), you are much likely to complete it properly or on time. The best tasks are defined so they are SMART: specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-based.

Second, you should estimate the time and resources needed for each task. Establish a schedule of what needs to be done, and when you will do it.

Third, understand that the process is not necessarily linear. Students tend to stall when an expected milestone is not met. But you do not always have to wait for one specific task to be completed in order to begin working on another. Working on parallel to-dos can be a lot more productive (and fun). Of this requires you to be organized.

Fourth, identify the risks, what could likely go wrong and prevent these events from happening.

3. Execute

What do you have to do next?

This is do time. In case you’ve skipped reading everything up until this point and you are randomly landing here, the most important thing to know about the execute stage is: this is NOT where you start. And yet surprisingly this is exactly where most people, including 99% of our students begin. Before you execute, you must spend time defining and planning (see step 2.) to get things done well during this stage.

Is the quality good?

Besides actually doing the things you carefully planned to do, you should also monitor the quality of the execution and of the product. Ask yourself and your team (in case of a group project) the following questions:

  1. Is the project going according to plan?
  2. Do I need to make any changes to the plan?
  3. What do I have to do next for this project?
  4. What have I learned from doing this project?

4. Review

The final stage is more straightforward but should never be skipped. It can be broken down into 3 steps:

  1. The results of the projects are submitted.
  2. Feedback is gathered.
  3. The lessons learned during the process are reviewed.
Project Management 3D Printed Prosthetic Hand

Intricate Project: A 3D Printed Prosthetic Hand

Tailor Project Management To Your Needs

This approach is not a one-size fits all solution. Instead you should be prepared to customize these steps depending on the type of project you are facing. Providing desirable flexibility, the Agile project management methodology has gained a lot of traction as a useful framework to facilitate the execution of a project.

How will you respond to change?

By prioritizing your response to change over sticking to your original plan, you will be able to avoid dead-ends.

Can you produce a working prototype early on?

Agile also focuses on people and communication instead of the processes and tools. This too ensures greater adaptation for your project. Ideally, your conversation should revolve around a draft of prototype of your final product. You should prepare yourself for multiple iterations as feedback you gather allow you to improve over time.

The project management framework has made its mark as an efficient tool in real-life situations. This overview will have hopefully introduced you to its concepts and allow you to establish a sane base with your students at the start of their next assignments.

Before you launch your students into a project, do you give them the proper tools to succeed? Please share your feedback with us by writing a comment below!

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Design Training Material Efficiently https://tekiota.com/design-training-material-efficiently/ https://tekiota.com/design-training-material-efficiently/#respond Fri, 23 Feb 2018 01:28:14 +0000 https://tekiota.com/?p=1807

Writing training material is an interesting psychological experiment. I find that no matter how much time and details I try to add to a set of instructions, there will always be some room for interpretation. Someone will invariably require some level of clarification and in a classroom setting, questions will abound. Step-by-step can be quick […]

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Writing training material is an interesting psychological experiment. I find that no matter how much time and details I try to add to a set of instructions, there will always be some room for interpretation. Someone will invariably require some level of clarification and in a classroom setting, questions will abound. Step-by-step can be quick to write but long to explain. Training videos will walk users through every single click but they are typically long to produce. There is a soft spot between these two methods: providing written instructions with screenshots of the essential steps. Natalie Rector discovered and shared with the Tech Ambassadors a fabulous new tool to design training material efficiently: iorad.

RTM

The simplest way to demonstrate iorad’s capabilities is to show you a tutorial created by Natalie on how to use Flipster:

The first step is to open <span class=”component”><i><b>Library – Kaohsiung American School</b></i></span> and click <span class=”component”><i><b>Flipster.</b></i></span>

To view all the digital magazines titles, Click <span class=””><i><b>View All</b></i></span>

Browse the titles, and click <span class=””><i><b>Read This Issue </b>when you find one you think you’ll like.</i></span>

Click <span class=””><i><b>Pages to </b>browse within an issue</i></span>

Click <span class=””><i><b>a page </b>to select to read that page</i></span>

Click <span class=””><i><b>the plus symbol</b> to zoom in.</i></span>

Click <span class=””><i><b>the arrow</b> to page through the magazine.</i></span>

To save as a pdf, With your mouse, hover <span class=””><i><b>over the print icon</b></i></span>

Click <span class=”component”><i><b>Print all pages</b></i></span>

Click “Save as PDF” on the next screen.&nbsp;<br><br>That’s it. You’re done.

There are two ways to navigate visual instructions created with iorad:

Interactive View

This interactive view will take you through the steps in a very realistic way, as if you were actually doing them. In this view, each step step will be represented by one large screenshot. To move to the next step, you will be able to click on the highlighted element on the screenshot. The full written instructions for each step are indicated in the left sidebar.

Design Training Material Efficiently - Interactive View

Interactive View

Step by Step View

The step by step view is a more traditional way to look at the instructions where the screenshot of each action is a little smaller, allowing the user to see multiple steps on the screen.

Design Training Material Efficiently - Step by Step View

Step by Step View

These two views give your user the freedom to determine which view suits them best: a fail-free one step at a time or a more global view of the multiple stages of the process.

The interface features a bottom navigation bar with options to skip forward or backward in the tutorial, share it and embed it (like Natalie’s tutorial above) and return to the main menu.

Create Your Own Tutorials

The beauty of a iorad’s approach to design training material is contained in this one sentence at the bottom of the screen.

Design Training Material Efficiently - Less than 3 Minutes

Design Training Material Efficiently

3 minutes to create a 10-step tutorial with all the screenshots highlighted is phenomenally quick! If you are curious to see how iorad accomplishes this, read on through.

Once you install iorad’s app or extension (read below to find out how), all you need to do is follow the process you want to describe and iorad will record the steps automatically. Watch this 55 second video on how the magic happens:

Design Training Material Efficiently

Design Training Material - iorad Icon

iorad

You can find iorad on the web at www.iorad.com. After creating an account on the site, you will have two choices: create instructions from the web by installing an extension to your Chrome browser, of download the app if you want to design training material from your desktop:

Design Training Material - iorad app

Design Training Material – iorad app

Have you used iorad? What do you think of it? How else do you write instructions? Share your best ideas with us by leaving a comment below!

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Highlight and Annotate PDF Documents https://tekiota.com/highlight-annotate-pdf-documents/ https://tekiota.com/highlight-annotate-pdf-documents/#comments Fri, 09 Feb 2018 03:34:50 +0000 https://tekiota.com/?p=1798

Love them or hate them, PDF files are here to stay. And if they look very good and are easy to open, they are almost impossible to edit. Almost but not entirely. This is your solution to highlight and annotate PDF documents. The Portable Document Format PDF stands for Portable Document Format. It is a […]

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Love them or hate them, PDF files are here to stay. And if they look very good and are easy to open, they are almost impossible to edit. Almost but not entirely. This is your solution to highlight and annotate PDF documents.

The Portable Document Format

PDF stands for Portable Document Format. It is a type of file much like DOCX (Word documents) or JPEG (images). PDFs were invented by Adobe in 1991 to exchange documents easily. Today, they are the most common filetype to share documents on the Internet. The reason for this success is simple: a PDF file is platform independent, it will look the same whether you open it on a Mac, Linux or Windows computer or even on your phone or tablet. Images and titles will remain in their original place. Text colors and sizes will be consistent. Even the fonts will be preserved. This makes it a great publishing format.

Curse of the PDF

From this major advantage comes its biggest drawback. Since it is essentially an electronic printout of a document, it is almost impossible to modify a PDF file. If you receive a Word document, you can very easily to open and add text or pictures. When you open a PDF file with most applications, you are basically limited to viewing or printing it. The smallest typo may require you to re-create the PDF file.

Monster Acrobat

One obvious solution to edit a PDF file, is to turn back to its creator: Adobe. In fact, the software company has an app called Acrobat Pro. Acrobat Pro is Acrobat Reader’s big brother. Where Reader has a limited set of features, the Pro version has full editing function. Unfortunately, weighting at 4.5 GB, Acrobat Pro is a humongous piece of software which comes with a hefty price tag: $180 a year with Adobe’s new subscription model.

Annotate PDF Documents with the #1 App

This is why the Acrobat suite is a difficult one to recommend. Instead, Terea Marcum clued us in on Kami, a new PDF app which she uses daily. In her words: “we are virtually paperless and textbook free”.

Highlight and Annotate PDF Documents

Highlight and Annotate PDF Documents

Kami features a comprehensive set of tools to highlight and annotate PDF files. But her favorite feature, is the ability to collaborate. Students are able to work on the same document together to complete annotation. In the following image, you will see an example of work edited with Kami. The poem is annotated according to a rubric provided by Terea.

PDF Highlighted and Annotated with Kami

PDF Highlighted and Annotated with Kami

Our Own Kami Hero

Terea is not just a fan of Kami. As a power user, she was recognized by the company as a Kami Hero. You can find out more about her experience with Kami by reading the article she wrote on Ms. Marcum’s Mission.

Ms. Marcum Kami Hero

Ms. Marcum Kami Hero

Are you a Kami convert or do you use other ways to annotate PDF documents? Let us know in writing below!

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10 Best Tech Videos for 2018 https://tekiota.com/10-best-tech-videos-for-2018/ https://tekiota.com/10-best-tech-videos-for-2018/#respond Fri, 15 Dec 2017 04:39:05 +0000 https://tekiota.com/?p=1784

Let’s continue our best of reviews with the 10 best tech videos for 2018. Best Video #10 How Books are Scanned (How Things Work) This is how books are scanned pic.twitter.com/XYCp0ua3qs — How Things Work (@ThingsWork) November 27, 2017 Every since I saw this video, I became addicted to their Twitter channel. Visit the How […]

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Let’s continue our best of reviews with the 10 best tech videos for 2018.

Best Video #10 How Books are Scanned (How Things Work)

Every since I saw this video, I became addicted to their Twitter channel. Visit the How Things Work page on Twitter and follow them for more awesome visual explanations about absolutely everything.

Best Video #9 How a Video Game Might Help Us Build Better Cities (Karolina Korppoo)

With more than half of the world population living in cities, one thing is undeniable: we are an urban species. Part game, part urban planning sketching tool, “Cities: Skylines” encourages people to use their creativity and self-expression to rethink the cities of tomorrow. Watch designer Karoliina Korppoo explain How a Video Game Might Help Us Build Better Cities on Ted.

Best Video #8 Everything You Hear on Film is a Lie (Tasos Frantzolas)

Sound design is built on deception. When you watch a movie or TV show, nearly all of the sounds you hear are fake. Dive into the world of foley with an expert.

Best Video #7 What It’s Like to Be a Woman in Hollywood (Naomi McDougall)

More deception from Hollywood, this one a lot more chilling. Have you watched any Hollywood movie recently? So did 95% of the rest of the world. Watch and learn on the broken mechanics of a media industry and its degrading portrayal of an entire gender.

Best Video #6 YouTube Rewind: The Shape of 2017 (YouTube)


An ode to itself by YouTube. If you are an average millennial you should recognize every single one of the references in this video.

Best Video #5 Why Microwaving Pizza Could Screw Up Your Wifi (Nat & Friends)

There are more wifi devices on earth that actual people. Learn about digital radio waves and the frequencies at which they vibrate with Nat & Friends. There, just saying these facts I already feel smarter.

Best Video #4 The Power of Believing that You Can Improve (Carol Dweck)

In her talk, Carol Dweck describes two ways to think about a problem that’s slightly too hard for you to solve. A great introduction to the Growth Mindset framework.

Best Video #3 How Google Built the Pixel 2 (Nat & Friends)

Nat is back from another one of the best tech videos. She is good! How does a smartphone camera with the weight of a paper clip can take 12 megapixels photos? How does a sensor smaller than your finger nail record in 4K? Watch this video to find out.

Best Video #2 How a Handful of Tech Companies Control Billions of Minds Every Day (Tristan Harris)

From an insider, all the ropes built-into our technology to make it evermore addictive. A handful of people working at a handful of tech companies steer the thoughts of billions of people every day. Peer behind the curtain.

Best Video #1 Lessons from the Longest Study on Human Development

This video with its depth, has serious ramifications on how we use technology and for what purpose. A most inspiring talk.

The List of Best Tech Videos Continues

Best Tech Tips

Best Tech Tips

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10 Best Tech Tips for 2018 https://tekiota.com/10-best-tech-tips-for-2018/ https://tekiota.com/10-best-tech-tips-for-2018/#respond Fri, 08 Dec 2017 03:51:03 +0000 https://tekiota.com/?p=1772

I want you to start the year right with the best tech tips one could hope for in 2018. Tip #10 Master Media Literacy with Fake News This tip unfortunately remains as relevant today as when I published this article. The main idea is to develop ourselves as knowledge constructors by critically curating a variety […]

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I want you to start the year right with the best tech tips one could hope for in 2018.

Tip #10 Master Media Literacy with Fake News

Media Literacy

Media Literacy

This tip unfortunately remains as relevant today as when I published this article. The main idea is to develop ourselves as knowledge constructors by critically curating a variety of resources.

Tip #9 Best Apps for Virtual Reality

Example of Virtual Reality

Virtual Reality

Are you ready to begin your journey into a new and virtual reality? Would you rather start with a pit stop in the augmented reality realm? These 7 apps are your starter kit.

Tip #8 Create a Random Spinning Wheel

Create a Random Name Picker

Random Name Picker

So many of you wrote to let me know how much you enjoy this toolkit. Make sure you know how to build your own random name picker and do other fabulous thing in two clicks with Google Sheets.

Tip #7 Path to Inbox Zen

5 Pro Tips for the Perfect Inbox

The Perfect Inbox

It’s time to crack the whip and master your inbox. Don’t drown in the flood of email. Start here and be on your way to regain your zen.

Tip #6 Screenshot with your Eyes Closed

Partial Screenshot to the Clipboard on a Mac

Master your Screenshot

This may seem like a very simple skill but can you answer these questions:

  1. Do you know how to copy part of your screen to a file on your laptop?
  2. Do you know how to copy your screen to your clipboard on your laptop?

Not sure? Just head over and refresh your memory, it is only a two minute read.

Tip #5 Growth Mindset Wallpapers

Growth Mindset Wallpapers

Growth Mindset

This was an absolute favorite this year. I received lots of positive feedback for these wallpapers which are ready to decorate your laptop screen. Be less ordinary.

Tip #4 Ticking Timers to Bookmark

Classroom Timer - Countdown Timer

Timers

The simplest of our best tech tips? Perhaps. The most effective? Definitely. Bookmark this article and never fail to use the right online timer for an activity.

Tip #3 The New Google Calendar

New Version of Google Calendar

Hear hear, the new Google Calendar has come. It’s enough of a design refresh that you should explore our piece and discover the new features available to you. Don’t get frustrated by this update, learn the ins and outs of scheduling your next appointment.

Tip #2 How to Publish Your Own Website

Ultimate Guide to WordPress Website

Ultimate Guide to WordPress

I wrote this guide out of necessity: WordPress is a big production now and you need steps to use it effectively. Cut though the overly complex interface, follow my lead and you will be able to design an amazing website with beautiful photos in no time.

Tip #1 the List of Best Tech Tips Continues

Best Tech Tips

Best Tech Tips

And of course, you should subscribe to Tekiota so you never miss another tech tip!

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Create a Random Name Picker with Google Sheets https://tekiota.com/create-random-name-picker/ https://tekiota.com/create-random-name-picker/#comments Fri, 01 Dec 2017 02:26:12 +0000 https://tekiota.com/?p=1760

Recommended by our good friend Tom Hammerlund, this set of Google Sheets templates should be part of your teaching arsenal. Use pre-made Google Sheets to quickly create a random name picker, jeopardy games, word puzzles, crossword puzzles, and more. Flippity Templates The idea is really simple and so are the instructions. These are the steps […]

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Recommended by our good friend Tom Hammerlund, this set of Google Sheets templates should be part of your teaching arsenal. Use pre-made Google Sheets to quickly create a random name picker, jeopardy games, word puzzles, crossword puzzles, and more.

Flippity Templates

The idea is really simple and so are the instructions. These are the steps to follow:

  1. Copy one of the Google spreadsheet templates provided on the Flippity website.
  2. Replace the default information with your own.
  3. Publish your spreadsheet with a click on File > Publish to the Web
  4. Share the Flippity link provided on the spreadsheet tab called Get the Link Here.

Voila! Now let’s have a look at the types of activities you can create.

Random Name Picker

This is definitely one of my favorites. Grab your class list and paste it in the Google Sheets template available at this link. In a few steps, you will create an online random name picker in the shape of a colorful spinning wheel. Click the wheel, watch it spin and pick a random name from the list you fed it.

Create a Random Name Picker

Random Name Picker

The online random name picker also features options to pick a line up, create random groups of 2, 3, 4 of 5 and even to build teams or seating charts.

Create a Random Name Picker - Teams

Teams

Once you created your class list and generated the link to choose random names out of a hat, you should bookmark the URL so you can come back to it as often as needed.

But wait, there are a lot more templates to explore!

Quiz Show Games

In the past, you may have used old PowerPoint presentations to create Jeopardy games. You can now easily turn a Google spreadsheet into a trivia game show. Bring your questions and answers, and all the interactions are created for you. Don’t sweat it, just try it: make your own online Jeopardy game.

Make an Online Jeopardy Game

Online Jeopardy Game

In a similar fashion, you can create memory games which may be more appropriate in elementary classrooms.

I highly recommend trying out Jeopardy games and memory games if you have an interactive whiteboard. The students will love it.

Word Games in Google Sheets

With Flippity, you can also create word games in mere seconds. Google Sheets are available for the following word games:

  • Spelling words
  • Crossword puzzles
  • Bingo
  • Hangman

Other Templates

The list continues on and we won’t detail all the options available to you but from their website, you can also create a quiz with certificate, sport team brackets, mix and match, progress indicators, madlibs, badges and even flash cards. Go check it out, you won’t regret it.

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Guide to the New Version of Google Calendar https://tekiota.com/guide-new-version-google-calendar/ https://tekiota.com/guide-new-version-google-calendar/#comments Fri, 10 Nov 2017 03:52:46 +0000 https://tekiota.com/?p=1727

You’ve probably noticed that one of our favorite topics is productivity. Today is no exception as your favorite scheduling app underwent a design makeover. This how-to guide for Google Calendar will teach you all the new features you need to know. Ready to learn? Try the new version of Google Calendar with a click on the […]

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You’ve probably noticed that one of our favorite topics is productivity. Today is no exception as your favorite scheduling app underwent a design makeover. This how-to guide for Google Calendar will teach you all the new features you need to know. Ready to learn? Try the new version of Google Calendar with a click on the Use New Calendar button in the top right corner.

Use New Google Calendar

Use New Google Calendar

Customize View and Design

The most striking feature of the new Google Calendar is its fresh design. Google aligned its Calendar app to the look of the Material Design family. One of the most iconic characteristic of the new esthetics is available across other apps on your phone or on the web: to create a new event in Google Calendar, click on the large red plus button in the bottom right corner of the interface.

New Version of Google Calendar Create Meeting

Add a Meeting

You can also customize how you see your calendar a few different ways. You can now choose to show or hide weekends when viewing your calendar. You can also choose the see  whole year at a glance, when you choose Year view.

To control the layout density and color set of your Calendar, click Settings and then Density. You will be able to choose between the following density for your calendar:

  • Responsive to your screen
  • Compact

In the same tab, you can also choose between a Modern or Classic color set.

New Version of Google Calendar Customize View

Customize Your View

A much needed improvement to the interface is the way a user can handle her other calendars and other people’s calendars that are displayed. First, if you do not already see the left sidebar, click the Main menu button in the top left corner (three horizontal bars). From this side panel, you can do the following:

  1. Show or hide a calendar by clicking on the check mark in front of a calendar name.
  2. Unsubscribe from a calendar by clicking on the cross. This will remove it from the list of calendars.
New Version of Google Calendar Other Calendars

Display or Hide Other Calendars

Finally, it is important to understand how events will be displayed based on how you responded to an invitation.

  1. Solid color indicates that you are attending
  2. Diagonal lines will show if you answer maybe to an invitation
  3. An outlined event is an event for which you did not respond yet
  4. An event will be crossed out if you declined its invitation.
New Version of Google Calendar Events

Events

Formatted Details

When you edit an event, you now have a access to much improved description box which lets you format text, add links and attach Google Docs.

New Version of Google Calendar Meeting Details

Formatting Meeting Details

The description panel now features regular formatting options like bold, italics, and underlined text together with organized and bullet point lists. What’s even more appreciated is that you will be able to use your favorite keyboard shortcuts such as:

Control/Command + B

to make text bold

Control/Command + I

to italicize your text

Control/Command + U

to underline your text

Control/Command + K

to turn your text into a link

I use the last one a hundred times a day.

Finally attachments are here! Click the paperclip icon to add attachments. That will open the Google Drive file picker from which you can add Google Docs files or upload a new files as needed.

View Multiple Calendars Side by Side

There is a new feature which will most certainly enhance collaboration within teams. In Day view, you can view two or more calendars from different people or places at the same time side by side.

New Version of Google Calendar Side by Side Daily View

View Calendars Side by Side

Improved Search Engine

To be noted as well, the updated search tool. The old one would only let you search for keywords in the name of your events. The new search engine now searches through all the details including event names, documents, and contact names. An option for advanced search is available with further criteria such as searching for what, who, where, without and specific dates.

New Version of Google Calendar Advanced Search

Advanced Search

Add Holidays to your New Version of Google Calendar

I wanted to conclude this how-to guide with a tip that works with both old version and the new version of Google Calendar. You can choose from a list of pre-published calendars to add dates related to national holidays, sports events, and others such as phases of the moon or week numbers.

New Version of Google Calendar Add Holidays, Sports and Moon Phases

Add Holidays, Sports and Moon Phases Calendars

To add a list of holidays to your Google Calendar, follow these steps:

  1. Click in the top right corner on Settings
  2. Click on Add Calendar
  3. Click on Browse Calendars of Interest
  4. Add a check mark to the calendar(s) you want to add

What is a your favorite feature in the new version of Google Calendar? Let us know by leaving a comment below!

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Clean Gmail Contacts https://tekiota.com/clean-gmail-contacts/ https://tekiota.com/clean-gmail-contacts/#respond Fri, 03 Nov 2017 03:16:03 +0000 https://tekiota.com/?p=1719

Let's have a look at how Gmail generates your list of contacts and how to clean Gmail contacts you will not be writing to anymore.

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You are composing an email and as you start to type the first few letters in the To: field, the email address of a long-gone colleague pops-up. Gmail simply autocompleted the field with an old email address. Let’s have a look at how Gmail generates your list of contacts and how to clean Gmail contacts you will not be writing to anymore.

Gmail Clean Contacts

Gmail Autocompleted Contacts

Gmail Autocomplete List of Contacts

Google’s Gmail is smart in many ways. When you start typing one character in the To: field of your new message, it suggests any email addresses which have a matching character within their name or address. It pulls these suggestions from 2 lists both found under Contacts: your My Contacts list and your Other Contacts list.

  • My Contacts

My Contacts is the list of email addresses which you added manually. Very few of us do this, so you may find when you visit your Google Contacts Manager page that the majority of your contacts were saved under Other Contacts.

  • Other Contacts

But if you forego this process and in order to keep your address book up to date, Google Mail dynamically creates a contact list based on the email addresses you have previously emailed. These contacts can be found under your Other Contacts list.

Clean Gmail Contacts List of Old Addresses

Here are the steps to clean up your Google Contacts:

  1. From Google Mail, click in the top left corner on Contacts.
  2. By default, you will browse My Contacts as indicated in bold in the left sidebar.
  3. Below My Contacts, click on the automatically created list: Other Contacts.
  4. Add a checkbox in front of any email address that are no longer valid or which you do not recognize and click More > Delete contact. It may pay off to also clean your My Contacts list.
  5. Bonus: if you want to keep contacts from the Other Contacts list permanently, move them to your My Contacts by adding a check mark in front of them and clicking on Add to My Contacts.

Happy cleaning!

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6 Growth Mindset Wallpapers for your Desktop https://tekiota.com/growth-mindset-wallpapers-desktop/ https://tekiota.com/growth-mindset-wallpapers-desktop/#comments Fri, 20 Oct 2017 07:19:11 +0000 https://tekiota.com/?p=1691

If your walls are covered with motivational posters already, why don’t you use your laptop to be reminded of some wonderful ideas. Be careful, those growth mindset wallpapers are guaranteed to inspire everyone! 1. There Are No Failures Be sure to express your intellectual wanderlust. Download. 2. It’s Not That I’m So Smart Because smart […]

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If your walls are covered with motivational posters already, why don’t you use your laptop to be reminded of some wonderful ideas. Be careful, those growth mindset wallpapers are guaranteed to inspire everyone!

1. There Are No Failures

Be sure to express your intellectual wanderlust. Download.

Growth Mindset Wallpaper - There Are No Failures Only Discoveries

There Are No Failures Only Discoveries

2. It’s Not That I’m So Smart

Because smart is not something you ARE, smart is something you BECOME. Download and learn from the smartest.

Growth Mindset Wallpaper - It's Not That I'm So Smart

Growth Mindset Wallpaper – It’s Not That I’m So Smart

3. It Takes Courage

Become the person you’ve always wanted to be. Download and apply now.

Growth Mindset Wallpaper - It Takes Courage to Become Who You Really Are

Growth Mindset Wallpaper – It Takes Courage to Become Who You Really Are

4. They Call Me A Genius

Did you really think he was born this way? No one is. Download and be reminded that a little effort is always needed.

Growth Mindset Wallpaper - They Call Me A Genius

Growth Mindset Wallpaper – They Call Me A Genius

5. You Are Right

Think about it. You are always right aren’t you? Download and switch to the can-do growth mindset.

Growth Mindset Wallpaper - Whether You Think You Can

Growth Mindset Wallpaper – Whether You Think You Can

6. Strive for Progress

Success is a journey, not a destination. Download to be reminded that it’s the journey that matters.

Growth Mindset Wallpaper - Strive for Progress Not Perfection

Growth Mindset Wallpaper – Strive for Progress Not Perfection

Install a Growth Mindset Wallpaper on your Desktop

Set up your Wallpaper On a Mac

  1. Click on Download, right click on the picture and select Save Image As and save the wallpaper in your Pictures folder.
  2. Right click on the saved image and select Set Desktop Picture

Set up your Wallpaper on Windows

  1. Click on Download, right click on the picture and select Save Image As and save the wallpaper in your Pictures folder.
  2. Right click on the saved image and select Set as desktop background

Growth Mindset Framework

To learn more about the growth mindset framework, check out Maria Popova’s article.

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The Ultimate Guide to a WordPress Website https://tekiota.com/ultimate-guide-wordpress-website/ https://tekiota.com/ultimate-guide-wordpress-website/#comments Fri, 13 Oct 2017 03:31:55 +0000 https://tekiota.com/?p=1619

WordPress powers 28% of all websites on the Internet and yet creating a website with WordPress requires no coding HTML skills. But this is not to say that the process is straight forward. As the Swiss army knife of web design, the WordPress dashboard can be difficult to navigate. It is sometimes easy to get […]

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WordPress powers 28% of all websites on the Internet and yet creating a website with WordPress requires no coding HTML skills. But this is not to say that the process is straight forward. As the Swiss army knife of web design, the WordPress dashboard can be difficult to navigate. It is sometimes easy to get lost in the flurry of options available and miss the big picture. I created this ultimate guide to a WordPress website so you can focus on the basics: write content, format it well, and add pictures into a nice looking gallery. We’ll also look at how to embed content, and add a menu to your site. This webpage explains all the basics of a WordPress site so be sure to bookmark it!

Here is a quick menu to navigate this how-to guide:

  1. Front End and Back End
  2. Navigate your WordPress Dashboard
  3. Write Content
  4. Format your Text
  5. Add a Nice Photo Gallery
  6. Embed Content from Other Sites
  7. Add a Navigation Menu
Ultimate Guide to WordPress Website

Ultimate Guide to WordPress Website

By the time you are done with this article, you will know all the fundamentals required to manage your WordPress site!

1. Front End and Back End

A key fact to understand is that your WordPress website has a public side (the front end) and a private admin dashboard (the back end). Therefore, I find it crucial to open the front and back ends in two separate tabs to remain productive (and sane). In a couple of steps:

  1. Login to your website, access the dashboard and edit a post. [BACK END]
  2. In the menu bar at the top of your Dashboard, right click on View Post and select Open Link in New Tab. [FRONT END]
Ultimate Guide to WordPress Website - Public Admin Sides

Keep public and admin sides in separate tabs

This very simple trick will give you a nice view of both sides so you can quickly edit an article and view the changes right away without having to rely on Preview.

2. Navigate your WordPress Dashboard

WordPress is the Swiss army knife of web design. It has been around for a long time and it can be used for many different purposes. This versatility brings about a bloated interface which can be rather confusing at a glance. To navigate your WordPress dashboard, I encourage you to focus only on these areas:

  1. Menu Bar
  2. Posts
  3. Appearance
Ultimate Guide to WordPress Website - Dashboard

WordPress Dashboard

1. MENU BAR

Ultimate Guide to WordPress - Menu Bar

Menu Bar

Pay attention to the menu bar at the top of your screen. Its options are contextual, meaning that they change based on the wider context, e.g.: from your Dashboard, you can easily access the public view of your site, from the public view of a post, you can quickly edit it.

2. POSTS

Ultimate Guide to WordPress - Posts

Posts

This is where you will write all of your content. So make it a habit of going there when you log in. Also under Posts, you can manage your Categories. Think of Categories as the structure of your website. It is with Categories that you will build and efficient navigation menu.

3. APPEARANCE

Ultimate Guide to WordPress - Appearance

Appearance

So much going on in this little menu. Under Appearance, you will find your themes so modify the look of your entire website, the menu, see below on how to add a navigation system to your site, and your widgets which control the content displayed in your sidebars.

But what about the other stuff?

  • Pages You only need a limited number of pages, e.g.: the About Me page, all the rest should be written into posts.
  • Media – You can upload and add photos to your articles with the Media button when writing a post.
  • Links, etc. – Really no need.

Another important interface to master is the one you will use to write articles, you will examine this next.

3. Write Content for your WordPress Website

If you want to write an article for your website, WordPress calls this step Add a New Post. Once again, it is important that you see through the busy interface and focus on the important These are the steps you want to pay attention to for your new post:

  1. Title
  2. Editor
  3. Publish
  4. Categories
  5. Tags
  6. Featured Image
Add New Post

Add New Post

1. TITLE

The title you write here will become the URL of your article. It will also be featured on the front page of your website as a link. Make sure you pick a clear title which explains very well what people will find when they click on it.

2. EDITOR

The editor is where you will write the content of your article. It is a basic editor but we will see below how you can format your text, add images, and embed elements from other websites.

3. PUBLISH

The publish panel on the right side toolbar is very important. First it allows you to save your work in progress which is very important especially if your Internet connection is unreliable. Don’t forget to click on Save Draft from time to time to avoid unpleasant surprises.

Second, you can click on Preview to open a separate tab and see a preview of your work. The preview is a mock-up and as such is different than the front end of your website we mentioned above.

Third, the Publish button is the final step you will click on when everything is ready to be posted on the web.

In the Publish panel you will also notice options for Status, Visibility and Publish. These are features which we will explore in a more advanced guide.

4. CATEGORIES

We will use categories to build a menu for your website (see below) so it is important that you think of categories as the skeleton for your website. Create categories for each of your site’s main theme, then select the appropriate category for your articles. it is best practice to only pick one category per article.

Ultimate How-To WordPress Guide - Categories

Categories

5. TAGS

Tags are less important and some websites omit them entirely. They may be useful though if you want to cross-reference your writings. You can select multiple tags for one article.

Ultimate How-To WordPress Guide - Tags

Tags

6. FEATURED IMAGE

This is a paramount piece of design that many writers forget! You should definitely add a nice featured image to your post. This image will be picked up to become the thumbnail for your article. When your post is listed on your site such as on your home page, visitors will be able to click on the image to access it. Without a featured image, you will be left with just the text description. With a featured image, your website will be more welcoming and easier to navigate.

Ultimate How-To WordPress Guide - Featured Image

Featured Image

4. Format your Text

Ultimate Guide to WordPress - Format Text

Format Text

By default the formatting bar of a WordPress post does not let you change the color of the text. In order to change the font color, add a horizontal line, add an indent or decrease an indent, you need to toggle the toolbar by clicking on the second to last icon from the right of the editor toolbar.

Another feature which you need to learn how to use is text styles. The original style for your text is paragraph, but when you have section headers, you should click on the dropdown and choose Headings 2 and further. These styles, very similar to the ones you can find in Google Docs, have implications with search engines. For this reason, you should not use Heading 1 which is reserved for the title of the post. Preformatted is typically use to showcase programming code, but you may be able to use it when you want to highlight a step.

5. Add a Nice Photo Gallery

When you click on the Add Media button above your post editor, you will be able to upload photos to add to your article. You can add photos one by one, or you can create a gallery with a collection of photos. The default gallery in WordPress is quite drab though, with a very simple table layout of photo thumbnails. But if you activate the jetPack plugin, you will be given access to much nicer design including photos in round bubbles, a mosaic of pictures, and when you click on an image, it will pop up in a large format and allow you to navigate back and forth using the arrow keys.

To enable nice photo galleries for your WordPress website, follow these steps:

  1. Go to WordPress.com and create a free account (you do not need to create a site).
  2. Go back to your own website, and under Plugins, install and activate the Jetpack plugin.
  3. Now that Jetpack is installed, click on its shortcut in the left sidebar (top left, under Dashboard) and click on Connect to WordPress
  4. Once Jetpack is connected successfully, click on jetpack > Settings and under Media, enable the option to Display images and galleries in gorgeous, full-screen browsing experience.

Next we will look at how to add a gallery:

  1. Write a new post or edit a post you already wrote.
  2. Click on Add Media above the post editor.
  3. Click on Create Gallery
  4. Select or upload your images. For a gallery, the more, the better. 8 or 9 images are a good starting point.
  5. Under Gallery Settings, click on the Type drop-down menu to choose between: thumbnail grid (old boring style), tiled mosaic (my favorite), square tiles, circles, and tiled columns.

Here are the different types of photo galleries available for your images with the Jetpack plugin activated and connected:

Ultimate Guide to WordPress Website - Photo Gallery Circles Ultimate Guide to WordPress Website - Photo Gallery Tiled Mosaic Ultimate Guide to WordPress Website - Photo Gallery Regular Thumbnail Grid Ultimate Guide to WordPress Website - Photo Gallery Square Tiles Ultimate Guide to WordPress Website - Photo Gallery Tiled Columns

 

NOTE ABOUT PHOTO LINKS

When you add a photo individually or as a gallery, you should select the option Link to Media File. This will create a quick and direct access to the original image. The other option will link to an individual post containing the photo, a rather confusing option in my opinion.

Ultimate Guide to WordPress Website - Link to Image

Check this option

6. Embed Content from Other Websites

Content created on other websites can easily be embedded into a post on WordPress. You can create a movie on YouTube, a presentation on Prezi or Google Slides, an interactive image on thinglink and then add it directly on your website. From the original website, you should see an option often called embed or share. Clicking on this option will present you with a code, such as the following for Google Slides:

<iframe src="https://docs....>...</iframe>

Here is a quick guide on how to add content from another website onto your site:

  1. Find and copy the embed/share code from the website of origin.
  2. Go to your WordPress post, and switch the Post Editor from Visual to Text
  3. Find where you want to place the content and paste the code
  4. Switch back from Text to Visual
  5. Click on Preview to see the embedded content

The embed code will often have options for width and height which you can play with in order to adjust the size of the content you are adding.

7. Create a Menu to Navigate your Site

The easiest way to create a menu for your website, is by using categories (see Category above). There are 4 layers to creating a navigation system:

  1. Create categories
  2. Create a menu
  3. Add the menu to your website
  4. Adding posts to categories

1. CREATE CATEGORIES

Here is how to create categories for your articles:

  1. Go to Posts > Categories
  2. Under Name, write the name for the category (e.g. Skills, Frameworks, Apps, Innovations are Tekiota’s categories)
  3. Click on Add New Category

When you add category X as a parent of category Y, category Y becomes a sub-category of category X. This will turn category X into a drop-down menu and make category Y an item in that drop-down menu.

Utlimate Guide to WordPress Website - Create Categories

Create Categories

2. CREATE A MENU

Here are the steps to create a menu for your WordPress website;

  1. Go to Appearance > Menus
  2. Under Menu Name, write MainMenu
  3. Click on Categories > View All
  4. Check all categories & subcategories and click on Select All and Add to Menu
  5. Organize the subcategories by dragging them under each category
  6. Click on Save Menu
Utlimate Guide to WordPress Website - Create a Menu

Create a Menu

3. ADD the MENU TO YOUR WEBSITE

And finally, to add the menu to your site, follow these instructions:

  1. Go to Menu Location
  2. If it says your theme does not support menu, choose a different theme
  3. Under Primary Menu, choose the menu you saved as MainMenu
  4. Click on Save Changes
Utlimate Guide to WordPress Website - Add Menu to Website

Add Menu to Website

4. ASSIGN CATEGORIES to EXISTING ARTICLES

  1. Go to Posts > All Posts
  2. Choose a post, click on  Quick Edit
  3. Check the category and subcategory and uncheck Uncategorized
  4. Click on Update
Ultimate Guide to WordPress Website - Assign Categories to Posts

Assign Categories to Posts

How-to Ultimate Guide

This concludes our ultimate guide on WordPress. It is a lengthy article but it contains all the information you need in one spot. Here is a quick video summary of all the skills we learned today:

We will detail more advanced practices in another article.

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