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  • 1. Elizabeth VisedoUniversity of South FloridaCopyright2009andonwardsElizabethVisedo
  • 2. Why Free Tech-Tools forWriters?Why Self-Access Tutorials?IntroductionBecause…• …writing with tech-tools is aneveryday fact for both teachers andstudents• …writing with technologies impactsthe writing process substantially• …Why free? Are you serious?Because we’re teachers not sportsstars!Because…• …students need to learn how toapply specific technologies tocontent areas• …teachers need to instructstudents on how to use appropriatetechnologies• …teachers’ teaching time isgetting more and more limited• …teachers need to learn newtechnologies themselvesCopyright2009andonwardsElizabethVisedo
  • 3. Elizabeth VisedoUniversity of South Florida2009Copyright2009andonwardsElizabethVisedo
  • 4. PublishingBloggerPre-WritingFreeMindDraftingWriterRevisingWriterCollaborationandFeedbackGoogleDocsPhase in theWritingProcessSuggestedFreeTech-ToolEXITCopyright2009andonwardsElizabethVisedo
  • 5. The Cool StuffYou Don’t Really neeD toKnowThe Hot StuffYou Need to Know IndeedPre-Writing• Summary• Description• Features• Setbacks• Who shall we thank?• Resources• Download• Tutorial• HelpTo come back herefrom other pages,click on the logoMENUCopyright2009andonwardsElizabethVisedo
  • 6. Name: FreeMindLicense: GPLOperating System: Cross-platformType: Project managementLatest Release: FreeMind 0.8.1Pre-Writing• SummaryMENUCopyright2009andonwardsElizabethVisedo
  • 7. This free, open-source mind-mapping application is written in Java withthe Swing GUI toolkit and licensed under the GNU General PublicLicense, which means using FreeMind is free and any code derived fromFreeMind code must also be licensed under GPL. It is cross-platformwith the same user interface for Microsoft Windows, Linux and MacOSX. While this may produce some form variation for Mac users, function ismaintained. Plugins allow viewing and creating FreeMind files onConfluence, Drupal, JSPWiki, MediaWiki, MoinMoin, Moodle, TikiWiki,Trac, TWiki, and WikkaWiki.FreeMind has a non-linear approach to mind-mapping, which makes itan appropriate brainstorming assistant. The user can determinehierarchies and add new ideas around a central concept.• DescriptionPre-WritingMENUCopyright2009andonwardsElizabethVisedo
  • 8. • Features Folding branches Drag and drop Undo Copy/Paste Decorative icons in nodes Clouds around branches Graphical links connecting nodes Web and file hyperlinks from nodes Saves files as XML, which simplifies conversion to another program Exports hypertext to HTML and XHTML Exports document to PDF and OpenDocument Exports image to PNG, JPEG and SVG Transforms maps using XSLTPre-WritingMENUCopyright2009andonwardsElizabethVisedo
  • 9. Pre-Writing• Setbacks It does not support pictures in the nodes yet Hyperlinks may not work properly on certaincomputers, be them to websites or to local files Graphic support is limited It is basically a one-user applicationMENUCopyright2009andonwardsElizabethVisedo
  • 10. The developers of FreeMind are:Jörg Müller, Daniel Polansky, Petr Novak, Christian Foltin,Dimitri Polivaev, and others.• Who shall we thank?Pre-WritingMENUCopyright2009andonwardsElizabethVisedo
  • 11. Tanaka, B. (2007). "Free your mind with Freemind". LinuxWorld Magazine.Network World, Inc. http://www.linuxworld.com/news/2007/101107-freemind.html"FreeMind". LinuxLinks News.http://www.linuxlinks.com/article/20080324041846606/FreeMind.htmlFrey, Chuck (October 2006). "FreeMind open-source mind mapping app iscapable, flexible". Innovation Tools.http://www.innovationtools.com/Tools/SoftwareDetails.asp?a=243Haddock, T. (November 2008). "Review: FreeMind 0.8.1” MacWorld Magazine.http://www.macworld.com/article/136808/2008/11/freemind081.html"FreeMind – Features” FreeMind Project.http://freemind.sourceforge.net/wiki/index.php/Main_Page#FeaturesFreeMind Official Homepage & Wiki• ResourcesPre-WritingMENUCopyright2009andonwardsElizabethVisedo
  • 12. Go tohttp://freemind.sourceforge.net/wiki/index.php/Downloadand follow the instructions for download and installationclosely.• DownloadPre-WritingMENUCopyright2009andonwardsElizabethVisedo
  • 13. TutorialFind the FreeMindicon on your desktopand click on it.You can try it hereand now!MENUClick on the blue tab to continueor on the red tab to go back.Copyright2009andonwardsElizabethVisedo
  • 14. TutorialA new window willopen.In the top left corner,find FILE and click onit.You can try it hereand now!MENUClick on the blue tab to continueor on the red tab to go back.Copyright2009andonwardsElizabethVisedo
  • 15. TutorialA Menu will open.Select NEW.You can try it hereand now!MENUClick on the blue tab to continueor on the red tab to go back.Copyright2009andonwardsElizabethVisedo
  • 16. TutorialA new file will openfor you to creatingyour mind map.To start, click on theoval and write thecentral idea for yourpre-writingbrainstorming.You can try it hereand now!MENUClick on the blue tab to continueor on the red tab to go back.Copyright2009andonwardsElizabethVisedo
  • 17. The oval will becomea text box, where youcan write yourcentral idea.In this example, themain idea isWRITING.TutorialClick on the blue tab to continueor on the red tab to go back.MENUCopyright2009andonwardsElizabethVisedo
  • 18. Press the INSERT keyon your keyboard toadd a child branch.It will also open as atext box.TutorialClick on the blue tab to continueor on the red tab to go back.MENUCopyright2009andonwardsElizabethVisedo
  • 19. In this example, thechild branch is PRE-WRITING.If you want to inserta grandchild branch,press the INSERT keyon your keyboardwhile the childbranch is highlighted.TutorialClick on the blue tab to continueor on the red tab to go back.MENUCopyright2009andonwardsElizabethVisedo
  • 20. In this example, thegrandchild branch isMIND-MAPPING.Press the INSERT keyon your keyboardwhenever you wishto insert a childbranch to ahighlighted node.To highlight a node,just click on it.TutorialClick on the blue tab to continueor on the red tab to go back.MENUCopyright2009andonwardsElizabethVisedo
  • 21. After adding as manygrandchild branchesas necessary, you canclick on the parentbranch again to addmore child branchesjust by pressing theINSERT key.TutorialClick on the blue tab to continueor on the red tab to go back.MENUCopyright2009andonwardsElizabethVisedo
  • 22. Once you havefinished your basicmap, you can startdrafting your piecewith a clear outlineof content andrelationships.Or you can explorethe INSERT, FORMAT,or TOOLS menus inFreeMind to addembellishments toyour map!TutorialMENUCopyright2009andonwardsElizabethVisedoClick on the red tab to go back.
  • 23. The Cool StuffYou Don’t Really neeD toKnowThe Hot StuffYou Need to Know IndeedDrafting and Revising• Summary• Description• Features• Setbacks• Who shall we thank?• Resources• Download• Drafting Tutorial• Revising Tutorial• HelpTo come back herefrom other pages,click on the logoMENUCopyright2009andonwardsElizabethVisedo
  • 24. Name: OpenOffice.org WriteLicense: GPLOperating System: Cross-platformType: Word processorLatest Release: 3.1.0• SummaryMENUCopyright2009andonwardsElizabethVisedoDrafting and Revising
  • 25. • DescriptionMENUCopyright2009andonwardsElizabethVisedoThis free, open-source word processor is a component of theOpenOffice.org package. It is licensed under the GNU General PublicLicense, which means using Writer is free and any code derived fromWriter code must also be licensed under GPL. It is very similar toMicrosoft Word and it is cross-platform for Microsoft Windows, Linux,MacOS X, FreeBSD, Irix, and Solaris.Writer opens and saves different format files, such as DOC, DOCX, RTF,HTML, and its default, ODF. It also exports in PDF.Drafting and Revising
  • 26. • Features Autocomplete Autocorrect Bibliographical references Illustrations Indexing Spell checker Styles and formatting Tables Tables of contents Text frames and linkingMENUCopyright2009andonwardsElizabethVisedoDrafting and Revising
  • 27. • Setbacks It does not have a normal/draft view, so layoutelements are always visible It does not have a built-in grammar checker, although itis available as an extension Mail merge functions are not very flexibleMENUCopyright2009andonwardsElizabethVisedoDrafting and Revising
  • 28. • Who shall we thank?MENUCopyright2009andonwardsElizabethVisedoAll the folks in the Sun Microsystems communityDrafting and Revising
  • 29. • ResourcesMENUCopyright2009andonwardsElizabethVisedoZiem, A. (2009). New Features in OpenOffice.org 3.1. OOo Ninja.http://www.oooninja.com/2009/01/openofficeorg-31-new-features.htmlByfield, B. (2005). "FOSS word processors compared: OOo Writer,AbiWord, and KWord“ Linus Articles.http://www.linux.com/archive/articles/47307Writer home pageOpenOffice.org Processing ProjectWord Processor Writer FAQDrafting and Revising
  • 30. Go tohttp://download.openoffice.org/and follow the instructions for download and installationclosely.• DownloadMENUCopyright2009andonwardsElizabethVisedoDrafting and Revising
  • 31. Drafting TutorialFind theOpenOffice.org iconon your desktop andclick on it.You can try it hereand now!MENUClick on the blue tab to continueor on the red tab to go back.Copyright2009andonwardsElizabethVisedo
  • 32. DraftingTutorialA new window willopen.In the top left corner,find FILE/NEW/TEXTDOCUMENT and clickon it.You can try it hereand now!MENUCopyright2009andonwardsElizabethVisedoClick on the blue tab to continueor on the red tab to go back.
  • 33. A new window willopen.All you need to donow is type!You’ll become morefamiliar with theprogram as you useit.Click on HELP to seehow to learn more.MENUClick on the blue tab to continueor on the red tab to go back.Copyright2009andonwardsElizabethVisedoDraftingTutorial
  • 34. Type what you wantto learn in theSEARCH TERM area,or select whatinterests you fromthe HELP MENU.Either way, theprogram will give youdetailed instructionson how to use all itsfeatures.MENUCopyright2009andonwardsElizabethVisedoDraftingTutorialClick on the blue tab to continueor on the red tab to go back.
  • 35. Place the cursor on the word you want to link to thenote.Revising TutorialOpen your draft filewith OOo Write.As you read yourdraft and think ofpossible changes,Write gives you theoption to use Noteslinked to a word,phrase, sentence, orparagraph.In the draft on theleft, I’d like to find asynonym of “closely.”MENUClick on the blue tab to continueor on the red tab to go back.Copyright2009andonwardsElizabethVisedo
  • 36. Click on INSERT, thenselect NOTE.MENUClick on the blue tab to continueor on the red tab to go back.Copyright2009andonwardsElizabethVisedoRevising Tutorial
  • 37. The note will appearlinked to the word,with information onthe reviewer’sidentity, date, andtime.Just type your notefor revision later.MENUClick on the blue tab to continueor on the red tab to go back.Copyright2009andonwardsElizabethVisedoRevising Tutorial
  • 38. If you want to attacha note to a phrase,sentence, orparagraph, just selectit with your mouseand proceed likebefore.This screenshotshows plannedrevisions, includingsubstitutions,additions, anddeletions, to which tocome back at a latertime.MENUCopyright2009andonwardsElizabethVisedoRevising Tutorial
  • 39. When you are readyto produce a reviseddraft, open your draftfile with OOo Write.Click on EDIT (1),then CHANGES (2),then RECORD (3).This will allow you tovisualize the changesyou are making tothe draft.MENUClick on the blue tab to continueor on the red tab to go back.Copyright2009andonwardsElizabethVisedoRevising Tutorial
  • 40. MENUCopyright2009andonwardsElizabethVisedoRevising TutorialAll changes will show in a different color. What you delete, will appear crossedout; what you add, underlined. The next step will be to make a final decisionabout what version to keep.
  • 41. To choose whichchanges to keep ornot, click onEDIT/CHANGEs andselect ACCEPT ORREJECT.MENUClick on the blue tab to continueor on the red tab to go back.Copyright2009andonwardsElizabethVisedoRevising Tutorial
  • 42. A new window will appear listing all changes. Each change will be highlighted bothin the box and in the text, one at a time. You just need to ACCEPT the highlightedchange or REJECT it by clicking on the corresponding tab.MENUCopyright2009andonwardsElizabethVisedoRevising Tutorial
  • 43. Go on accepting orrejecting until allchanges have beenreviewed. Thenremember to SAVEthe file as Draft 2, incase you want tocompare bothversions later.MENUClick on the blue tab to continueor on the red tab to go back.Copyright2009andonwardsElizabethVisedoRevising TutorialRepeat the revising process as many times asnecessary to produce your Final Draft.
  • 44. The Cool StuffYou Don’t Really neeD toKnowThe Hot StuffYou Need to Know Indeed• Summary• Description• Features• Setbacks• Who shall we thank?• Resources• Website• Tutorial• HelpCollaboration andFeedbackMENUCopyright2009andonwardsElizabethVisedoTo come back herefrom other pages,click on the logo
  • 45. Name: Google Docs BetaLicense: CommercialOperating System: Web-based applicationType: Word processor,presentations, spreadsheetsLanguage: Multilingual (48)Latest Release: 2007Collaboration andFeedback• SummaryMENUCopyright2009andonwardsElizabethVisedo
  • 46. • DescriptionCollaboration andFeedbackMENUCopyright2009andonwardsElizabethVisedoThis free, Web-based word processor allows creating, editing, and sharingof documents online in real-time. It also allows creating, editing, andsharing spreadsheets, presentations, and forms.Google Docs is free to Gmail users and non-users, while most document-sharing services require user fees.It can be accessed through Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox ,Google Chrome , Opera, and Safari.
  • 47. • Features Upload and download documents Formats: ODF (OpenOffice.org), HTML, PDF, RTF, TXT, DOC, ISO, XLS Saves automatically Automatic revision history Document tagging and archiving Real-time collaboration of multiple users Notification of changes by email Mobile accessCollaboration andFeedbackMENUCopyright2009andonwardsElizabethVisedo
  • 48. • SetbacksCollaboration andFeedbackMENUCopyright2009andonwardsElizabethVisedo Uploads/downloads only one file at a time Maximum document size 500K Maximum image size 2MB Maximum presentation size 10MB Spreadsheet maximums: 256 columns; 200,000 cells;99 sheets Maximums per user: 5,000 documents/presentations;5,000 images; 1,000 spreadsheets, and 100 PDFs Opens only 11 spreadsheets at a time No equation editor for documents
  • 49. • Who shall we thank?Collaboration andFeedbackMENUCopyright2009andonwardsElizabethVisedoThe Writely Team (original developers of the wordprocessor), Tonic Systems (original developers of thepresentations application), and Google Inc.
  • 50. • ResourcesCollaboration andFeedbackMENUCopyright2009andonwardsElizabethVisedoConner, Nancy (2008). Google Apps: The missing manual. Sebastopol: Pogue Press.Google Docs TourTop 5 Ways to CollaborateOfficial Google Docs BlogSome examples of how Google Docs is usedVideo: Collaboration in Google Docs
  • 51. Open your browserand go tohttp://docs.google.comTake their tour andhave a look at theirnew features.TutorialMENUClick on the blue tab to continueor on the red tab to go back.Copyright2009andonwardsElizabethVisedo
  • 52. TutorialYou will be promptedto log in with yourGoogle account (1) orcreate one (2).The same Googleaccount gives youaccess to all freeGoogle services.MENUClick on the blue tab to continueor on the red tab to go back.Copyright2009andonwardsElizabethVisedo
  • 53. TutorialGoogle Docs allowsyou to share, create,upload, and managedocuments online.MENUClick on the blue tab to continueor on the red tab to go back.Copyright2009andonwardsElizabethVisedoThe screenshot above shows my Google Docs.Several folders keep my documents organized andeasy to access.
  • 54. TutorialTo upload your draftonto Google Docs,find the UPLOAD tabtop left and click onit.MENUClick on the blue tab to continueor on the red tab to go back.Copyright2009andonwardsElizabethVisedoSharing your draft online allows for teacher andpeer-review, without having to email drafts back andforth. It keeps everything organized and in one place.You and your reviewers can access the file any time,anywhere with an Internet connection.
  • 55. TutorialA new window willopen, prompting youto browse yourcomputer for the fileyou want to upload.Click on BROWSE.MENUClick on the blue tab to continueor on the red tab to go back.Copyright2009andonwardsElizabethVisedo
  • 56. TutorialA new window willappear, showing yourfiles.Find the documentyou want to uploadand click on it.MENUClick on the blue tab to continueor on the red tab to go back.Copyright2009andonwardsElizabethVisedo
  • 57. TutorialThe path and nameof your file willappear in the uploadwindow.Make sure it is theright file, then clickon UPLOAD FILE.Most text files can beuploaded ontoGoogle Docs,including .odt files,the default extensionin OOo Writer.MENUCopyright2009andonwardsElizabethVisedo
  • 58. TutorialWait while the file uploads and appears at the top of your document list. Thenclick on it to view the draft.Try it here and now! Click on Free Tech-Tools Draft 2MENUCopyright2009andonwardsElizabethVisedo
  • 59. TutorialMENUCopyright2009andonwardsElizabethVisedoNow have your reviewers’ email addresses handy and click on SHARE to share yourdraft.
  • 60. TutorialA menu will open.Click on SHARE WITHOTHERS.SelectCOLLABORATORS if youwant your reviewersto be able to edityour draft, orVIEWERS if you onlywant them to read it.Then write theiremail addresses inthe box, separated bycommas, and clickINVITECOLLABORATORS.MENUCopyright2009andonwardsElizabethVisedo
  • 61. TutorialNow the programgives you the optionto add a message toyour sharinginvitation.Check the addressesin the TO box are ok,give the message aSUBJECT, and typeyour MESSAGE.You can also chooseto receive a copy ofthe message yourselfby clicking CC ME.When ready, clickSEND.MENUCopyright2009andonwardsElizabethVisedo
  • 62. TutorialThe program willinform you that thedocument is shared.Sharing can beremoved at any time.It will also give yousharing informationin your documentlist, by showing theIDs or names of yourreviewers in theSHARING column.MENUCopyright2009andonwardsElizabethVisedo
  • 63. The Cool StuffYou Don’t Really neeD toKnowThe Hot StuffYou Need to Know Indeed• Summary• Description• Features• Setbacks• Who shall we thank?• Resources• Registration• Tutorial• HelpPublishingMENUCopyright2009andonwardsElizabethVisedoTo come back herefrom other pages,click on the logo
  • 64. Name: BloggerLicense: CommercialType: Blog hostOwner: Google Inc. (since 2003)Registration: FreeLatest Release: 2006Created by: Pyra Labs (in 1999)Publishing• SummaryMENUCopyright2009andonwardsElizabethVisedo
  • 65. • DescriptionPublishingMENUCopyright2009andonwardsElizabethVisedoPyra Labs launched Blogger in August 1999 with great publicacceptance.Google Inc. bought Pyra Labs in 2003 and redesigned Blogger in 2006 bymigrating all blogs to Google servers and adding new features, such aslabels, drag-and-drop template interface, permissions, and feed options.“Blogger in Draft” allows users to test and discuss new features beforethey are released.“Blog This!” in the Google toolbar allows its users with Blogger accountsto post links directly to their blogs.Windows Live Writer in the Windows Live suite allows to publish toBlogger directly .
  • 66. • Features Allows posting text, photos, and videos to your blog as often as you wantand for free Customizable templates Easy-to-use interface “Follow this Blog” function allows to create online communities Allows for instant feedback from readers with “Comments” and “Reactions” Available in 41 languages Blog can be public or private Allows for multiple authors and administrators of a single blog Allows publishing the blog in your own domainPublishingMENUCopyright2009andonwardsElizabethVisedo
  • 67. • SetbacksPublishingMENUCopyright2009andonwardsElizabethVisedoThe Blogger team keep a searchable blog with updateson problems, solutions, and fixed issues at:http://knownissues.blogspot.com
  • 68. • Who shall we thank?PublishingMENUCopyright2009andonwardsElizabethVisedoPyra Labs and Google Inc.
  • 69. • ResourcesPublishingMENUCopyright2009andonwardsElizabethVisedoBlogger TechniquesVideo TutorialsBlogger website
  • 70. Go tohttp://www.blogger.comand follow the instructions for registration closely.• RegistrationPublishingMENUCopyright2009andonwardsElizabethVisedo
  • 71. Open your browserand go towww.blogger.comWatch their excellentvideo tutorial.When you’re ready tocreate your blog, clickon the CREATE ABLOG tab.MENUClick on the blue tab to continueor on the red tab to go back.Copyright2009andonwardsElizabethVisedoTutorial
  • 72. You will be promptedto create a Googleaccount if you don’thave one, or to log inif you do.MENUClick on the blue tab to continueor on the red tab to go back.Copyright2009andonwardsElizabethVisedoTutorialCreating a Google account is very easy and it givesyou access to all Google services through a Gmailemail address.
  • 73. When the address you want is not available, Googlewill suggest alternative addresses. However,although the address will be different from yourtitle, you can still keep the title you originally chose,which will appear on your blog.Choose the title foryour blog and type itin the box.It is useful to have ablog address assimilar as possible tothe title. However,you need to check ifthe blog address youwant has not beenused already byclicking on CHECKAVAILABILITY.MENUClick on the blue tab to continueor on the red tab to go back.Copyright2009andonwardsElizabethVisedoTutorial
  • 74. Here is an example ofone of my IBEP blogs.Blogger allows you toselect background andlayout from a widevariety of templates.Just follow theirinstructions tocustomize your blog.There will always be awide column for yourpostings. The latestposting will appear ontop.MENUClick on the blue tab to continueor on the red tab to go back.Copyright2009andonwardsElizabethVisedoTutorial
  • 75. To add a new posting,find the NEW POSTtab top right and clickon it.MENUClick on the blue tab to continueor on the red tab to go back.Copyright2009andonwardsElizabethVisedoTutorial
  • 76. A new window willopen.Write the title of yourposting.Open your final draft,select all, then copy .Finally, paste it onthe writing pad.You can save it if youconsider it is notready for publication,or publish it byclicking on PUBLISHPOST.MENUClick on the blue tab to continueor on the red tab to go back.Copyright2009andonwardsElizabethVisedoTutorial
  • 77. After you click onPUBLISH POST, youwill still have theoption to edit,delete, or publishyour work.Click on VIEW BLOGto see the posting inyour blog.MENUClick on the blue tab to continueor on the red tab to go back.Copyright2009andonwardsElizabethVisedoTutorial
  • 78. Here is the publishedwork.MENUCopyright2009andonwardsElizabethVisedoTutorial
  • 79. Copyright 2009 and onwards Elizabeth VisedoThis package can be used free of charge for educational purposes.Please acknowledge the author.Address comments or questions to elizabeth.visedo@gmail.com