Author: Ian Pettit

Tech’ top tips – #30. Making PowerPoint work for you

Tweet This tip is provided by the Centre for Enhancing Learning through Technology (CELT). We’ve all been there – a big presentation, whether it be for work or study, and the presenter shows a million text filled PowerPoint slides and just reads the screen. The entire audience falls asleep and more importantly the messages are not conveyed. So what can we do when using PowerPoint to make our presentations more engaging and accessible? The first piece of advice is to remember that the PowerPoint slides are not the entire presentation. The ... read more

Tech’ top tips – #29. Being mindful of impact – yours and theirs

Tweet This tip is provided by the Centre for Enhancing Learning through Technology (CELT). A slight departure from the usual tips this week but perhaps one of the most important in the series. When we use technology, especially in spaces where we can communicate and interact with others, it is important that we think about the impact that our contributions may have on others and how we process content that we see online. It is all too easy to become embroiled in online arguments, trolling and to become a victim of such online abuse and we must ensure ... read more

Tech’ top tips – #28. Here’s looking up you kid

Tweet This tip is provided by the Centre for Enhancing Learning through Technology (CELT). The images in this post will enlarge when clicked – use the Back button to return to the post. It seems as though the Excel tips of recent weeks are being well received so in-keeping with the theme, today’s tip is about the Lookup functions in Excel and Absolute references. Using the lookup functions we can get Excel to search for values within a range and return a result based on a fixed set of criteria. This can be useful when have a large sheet of ... read more

Tech’ top tips – #27. I’ll format that on one condition

Tweet This tip is provided by the Centre for Enhancing Learning through Technology (CELT). The images in this post will enlarge when clicked – use the Back button to return to the post. The way we interpret and respond to data can be linked to how the data are presented. For example, a long list of numbers ordered largest to smallest may not be the best way for everybody to see a pattern but using Conditional Formatting we can apply other visual techniques to help make our data easier to interpret. Using colours in this way, while thinking about ... read more

Tech’ top tips – #26. Update for safety and security

Tweet This tip is provided by the Centre for Enhancing Learning through Technology (CELT). One of the easiest ways to stay safe online is to make sure your devices are up to date. Whether it be an iPhone, Windows PC or any internet connected device; ensuring the latest software updates are installed will help to keep you and your data safe. And remember, it’s not just about the operating system. Applications often require updating and running out of date applications on your device can introduce a security risk. Picture credit www.gotcredit.com read more