Posted on December 19, 2007 by davefoord
There is a brilliant tool within Microsoft Word, PowerPoint or Excel, that allows you to easily align objects (e.g. shapes or pictures) so they are evenly spaced and perfectly aligned. When producing diagrams (e.g. flowcharts) – having objects neatly aligned makes them look much smarter and more professional, and using this tool, makes it very quick and easy to do.
All you need to do is select the objects that you want aligning (the easiest way to do this, is to hold your finger on the shift key, and then left mouse click on each object in turn)
Then go to (These instructions are for Office 2003, or Office 2000)
- Draw (usually bottom left of the screen)
- Align or Distribute
- (and then select whichever option you want)
The image below, shows the steps that you would go through to space the 3 rectangles out evenly – f you click on the image below, you will get taken to Flickr, where there are some hover over noted explaining what each of the options does.
Originally uploaded by Dave Foord.
For Office 2007, the align or distribute tools appear in the top right corner, when you select the shapes.
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Posted on December 12, 2007 by davefoord
On Monday, I spent the day at my old employer – the University of Derby, who have a unit called I4L that have developed over the last few years a highly sophisticated e-assessment tool called Quicktri , that will hopefully be available for sale in the next few months. This is based on the universities extensive experience in this area of work, but up until the development of this tool, it could only be used by teams of developers experienced in Authorware. The idea with this tool is that you don’t need any programming knowledge to use it, just an understanding of question types and styles, but it still retains much of its power, that goes way beyond the other simpler tools that are currently available.
With the Government’s desire to engage more and more in e-assessment I think tools like this will come to the fore, and I hope that people when choosing such tools look at a variety of options, including Quicktri, rather than jumping for the first that comes along.
Like any e-learning tool. If used well can be excellent, if used badly can be horrible – yet again that cry for taking staff development seriously!
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