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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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?
Difficulty in finding the information that you want? Explore the different syntaxes that you can use to find what you need using the search engine Google.