Productivity Tools



Productivity tools are those software applications that you use to write a document, create a slide presentation, or to enter and manage data to create graphs and charts. There are three sets of software application available on the school’s computers Microsoft Office, I/Work, and Neoffice.


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MS Office applications include:

MS Word, which is used to create documents.
PowerPoint which is used to create slide presentations, and
Excel, which is used to manage data and create graphs.

IWork applications include:

Pages, which is used to create documents.
Keynote which is used to create slide presentations, and
Numbers, which is used to manage data and create graphs.

Neoffice applications include:

Text, which is used to create documents.
Presentation which is used to create slide presentations, and
Spreadsheet, which is used to manage data and create graphs.

You have to buy MS Office or IWorks. Neoffice is open-source software and is available for free.

To create documents Modern Language Association (MLA) formatting standards must be followed. There are videos that explain these formatting standards. They use Microsoft Office, but can be applied in Pages and Text.

Slide presentations can be created using PowerPoint, KeyNote, or Presentation. Again, there are general principles that apply. Many times presentations are used to support an oral presentation like your Senior Project.

For managing data and creating graphs we recommend the use of Excel. Most teachers and students are not familiar with Numbers and Spreadsheet. Here are some videos to help you learn Excel.

Video One
This video that explains basic information on how to launch Microsoft Excel.

Video Two
This video explains how Excel is organized and what you will see after you launch the application

Step 3-this video shows you how to add graphic art inside Microsoft excel.

Step 4- this video shows you how to use diffent clip arts form Microsoft excel.

Step 5- this video shows you how to input and use the data inserted in microsoft excel.

Step 6- this video show you how to change the background of the sheet in Microsoft excel.

Step 7- this video shows you the different formating styles inside Microsoft excel.

Step 8- this video shows you a brief summary of some applications inside Microsoft excel

Another tool set is Google Docs. Google Docs has similar functions, is available on line and is free! What’s cool about Google docs is that you can collaborate with someone and see updates real-time even if that person is somewhere else. In addition, there are many online tools available, 280 is one example.




Last updated Apr 14, 2009 6:49 am

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