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What is a learning management system (LMS)?

A learning management system or LMS is a common staple in elearning. It is an online system that allows teachers or facilitators to organize learning content, provide assessment, and track the progress of learners. It allows learners to access learning content, take assessment, and obtain immediate feedback.

[ No Comments ] Posted by Greten on 16 Dec 2018 under Tools

Illustration of a computer CPU representing server, and on its right are icons film strip for videos, slide for HTML5 modules, and a paper checklist for quizzes.

Using LibreOffice/OpenOffice Impress in education

Slide presentation software, such as OpenOffice/LibreOffice Impress, is becoming very popular and useful in education whether in aid of traditional lecture method or as stand-alone learning module. Here, I presented tips on how your can make better presentation for your class.

[ No Comments ] Posted by Greten on 06 Sep 2013 under Tools

Using LibreOffice Impress slide presentation software in classroom

Graphing equations using open-source software KAlgebra

KAlgebra is a graphing calculator available as FOSS and can be downloaded through Ubuntu Software Center. It can graph in 2D: y = f(x) or in 3D: z = f(x,y). It has excellent features in 2D graphs but have plenty of rooms for improvement in 3D graphs.

[ No Comments ] Posted by Greten on 20 May 2013 under Tools

graph of z = 0.5 x sup 2 + 0.5 y sup 2

How to print a star chart from Stellarium?

One function Stellarium lacks is the capability to print the star chart on paper. The easiest way to print is to get the screenshot of Stellarium, embed it in word processor, and then print. However, we need to be sure that all visible celestial bodies on the time and place of stargazing will be visible in the map. We also need to consume less ink in printing Stellarium.

[ No Comments ] Posted by Greten on 03 May 2013 under Tools

Finished Stellarium chart

Stargazing sessions with Stellarium

One of the most intellectually stimulating activities in science lessons is the stargazing. Aside from telescope, the other important tool in a stargazing session is the starmap or star chart. Today, starmaps are mostly software programs and I would personally recommend the use of one particular program: Stellarium, a free and open source software star chart.

[ No Comments ] Posted by Greten on 03 May 2013 under Tools

Stellarium screenshot showing the position of stars and the constellations

Using Writer’s Record Change feature in essay checking

One excellent way of providing essay work to students is by asking them to submit a soft copy in Open Document Format Text (ODT) and do the proofreading and editing work using OpenOffice/LibreOffice Writer with Record Changes enabled. Your students can easily compare their original work with your revisions.

[ No Comments ] Posted by Greten on 03 May 2013 under Tools

libreoffice record change icon

Using Google more efficiently part V: file type and similar search

This is the last part of the serial post about using Google more efficiently for your research. This entry covers the two remaining syntax that I believe can help you in using Google, the similar search and the specific file type search (for searching PDF files, spreadsheet, etc.)

[ No Comments ] Posted by Greten on 03 May 2013 under Tools

icons for word processor document, spreadsheet, and portable document format with Google search results

Using Google more efficiently part IV: domain specification

Sometimes, if you are conducting a search using Google, most of the information that you actually need comes to one or few specific websites. Should you wish to make the search results uncluttered, there is a way you can limit the search results to one or few specific websites or specific TLDs.

[ No Comments ] Posted by Greten on 03 May 2013 under Tools

The TLDs .com, .net, and .org on a background of Google search results

Using Google more efficiently part III: exact and wildcard searches

Use Google to search for exact phrases instead of a group of keywords by enclosing the words in quote. Also include how to force Google to accept your spelling, how to use wildcard and how to use these techniques in conjunction with Boolean operators.

[ No Comments ] Posted by Greten on 03 May 2013 under Tools

asterisk and double quotes with Google search results at the background

Using Google more efficiently part II: Boolean operators

If you type more than one word in Google search, the default is that it will search for web pages containing all the words provided. What if you want Google to return pages that contain at least one of these words? What if you want to remove from search results pages that contain certain words?

[ No Comments ] Posted by Greten on 03 May 2013 under Tools

faux diagram of a logic gate with keywords on a Google search result background

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