Thursday, October 25, 2012

Using Libre Office Charts in Google Docs

Hey guys,

We had a number of students who wanted to know how to use a chart they made in Libre Office Calc or Open Office Calc in a Google Doc, Google Presentation, or a Google Spreadsheet.

Google Docs is, in our opinion, the best format for all of your school work, so it's a good idea for you to know how to do this, and there's more than one way to do it.

Turns out, it's easy!

If you follow this technique, you'll have a nice JPEG of your chart, and you can import it as an image into your Google Doc, Presentation, Drawing, or Spreadsheet. Works like a charm.

The above technique applies to the freshman Asus netbooks; if you are a sophomore or junior using Open Office, it's very similar. The main difference is that your Open Office Draw program is in the Graphics tab.
Thanks to Sunny for help with the video.

For those of you interested in recording your desktop, we used Record My Desktop to film the procedure; we then converted the video into Quicktime using Then, using a desktop computer, we edited it using Camtasia Studio.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Using Google Charts

Hey guys,

Today we will be showing you how to copy charts from a Google Spreadsheet to any other document, such as your lab report or a Google Presentation.

We are in love with Google Docs. You can access them everywhere, and you never lose them. And you can collaborate. If you're still using Libre Office or Open Office or any other desktop-based spreadsheet, take the time to learn how to do the same things in Google Docs.

Now, here's how to copy and paste charts. It's easy--- the only thing different is that Google is using a process called "web clipboard." When you're in Google, just remember that the web clipboard is the way to go with copying and pasting.

Update: a viewer on our Youtube channel wanted to know how to make an XY chart, so I quickly made this video response.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

How We Make Videos

Hi guys, a few of us Tech Leaders wanted to share with you the process we use to make videos. What we try to do is split the work up among a few Tech Leaders so that we can all work on the project during our own shifts, as we are not all in the same room at the same time.

The most important thing about the video is the script, which we write in Google Docs. Once that's done, we use netbooks and FlipCamps to assemble all the pieces.  Our Creative Director, Farzin, then edits all video and audio clips on his laptop. 

Your best friend is Google Docs. You can share a project folder, collaborate on scripts and storyboards, and store your files in one place. 


By the way, Rahim was dressed up for "Nerds Vs. Jocks" day--- as a nerd, if you couldn't tell.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Make The Most Of Your Smartphone!

So many of us are carrying around smartphones  these days, so here at the Help Desk, we thought we’d take a minute to show you how to import your school email and calendar onto your phone.

One way to really improve your grades is to stay on top of the messages your teachers send you and also to keep track of calendar items.

We showed you how to make your personal Google Calendar even more powerful here, and now you can keep your calendar and email on your phone.

It’s easy. Here’s how you do it on an iPhone. We’re working on the Android version. Check back for that video soon.

Video by Tech Leaders Rahim and Saad. Edited by Creative Director Farzin

While our Android version is in production, go ahead and look at Google's own instructions for setting up your Android phone to receive your school email.