- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Welcome to Downloading Resources - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - The purpose of this workshop is to help participants become more aware of the many resources on the Internet for download as well as become more comfortable with downloading. *Instructor notes will be distinguished by italics* Make sure the following are installed / updated: All Browsers (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Chrome, etc) Acrobat® Reader Adobe® Flash® Player Windows Media Player iTunes® QuickTime® Other Requirements: Internet Connection (High Speed Preferred) Headphones for Students (Optional) * Please familiarize yourself with these websites and the many resources available before class starts. Bookmarking these sites before the workshop on the student’s computers might be a good idea. *Also check that the computers will be able to download. Ropin’ the Web - http:// www.agric.gov.ab.ca / Alberta Canola Producers Commission - http:// canola.ab.ca/default.aspx Canadian Farm Business Management Council - http:// www.farmcentre.com / CNET Downloads – http://www.download.com Online Software Training - http:// www.lynda.com / iTunes Software
Downloading means saving it on your own computer. Many sites have print version link to convert the information into a printable form. If it’s a PDF that displays to print, many times you are able to save a copy at that point. If not, select information and Copy and Paste it into a document file. Let the students know that this may be messy as tables, ads and other elements from the website may come across. Save the file. *Practice: Select, Copy and Paste some content in a Word document and save it.
Many software developers offer a free 30 day trial, at which point the user must either purchase the software at full price or it becomes permanently disabled. *Practice: Take the students to: www.adobe.com A majority of Adobe’s industry leading design software (Acrobat, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver, etc. is all available for a 30-day free trial. Adobe and a few other companies offer fully functioning versions of their software to Students/Educators at a discount. If this applies to you, it can save you hundreds of dollars.
Software usually comes in one of these forms. *You may want to research each of these types and have a few examples or show the students how to search for them.
*Check out these sites and familiar with them so you can explain details to the students. Download a Freeware sample. Go visit these sites.
* Take your students to www. lynda.com and explore the website. Explain that many tutorials are available for free but some can only be viewed with a subscription. Explain the subscription options. Lynda.com also offers an App for Smart Phones.
Once content is downloaded in iTunes, it becomes very easy to archive, organize, manage and view/listen. Plus at any time, an external media playing device (iPod/MP3 Player/iPhone) can be plugged in and content can be transferred onto the device to take anywhere to enjoy. So now people don’t have to be tied to their computer to access and view content. Many devices also have the ability to pick up a Wireless Internet Connection and Podcasts, and different resources can be downloaded directly to the device from almost anywhere. Also, if your computer is hooked up to a home network, any podcasts, videos, music etc. can be accessed and used by any computer with iTunes on that network. Just enable sharing. *Instructor* Point out how to turn on Sharing in the iTunes Preferences. Edit > Preferences > Sharing Tab . Check on Look for Shared Libraries and Share my Library on Home Network .
*Take your students into the iTunes Store > Podcasts and do a search for Office 2007 Podcasts . Show the students the many different video tutorials that are available for free. * Have them download one and view it. Free Podcasts can be downloaded straight into iTunes (without an account) for viewing or can be transferred to an iPod/iPhone/iPad or other Media device for viewing at later time from anywhere. Video tutorials can also be viewed or downloaded straight to an iPods/iPhones/iPads from the corresponding iTunes Application. Take advantage of these many free resources! No need to go buy a book on each piece of software and read long descriptions and step by step processes, when you can watch a free video tutorial of a demonstration instead. * Practice 1: Open iTunes 2: Click on the Store in the left column 3: Once the store is loaded, type some key words in the Search box in the top right corner of iTunes. 4: A few examples should show up. Click on the Thumbnail to get a list for the specific podcast. 5: Rollover the name of the podcast and click to get a thirty second preview .
6: Click on FREE in the price to download the podcast into your iTunes Library. 7: That podcast can now be listened to on your computer at any time or it can be moved to a media device like an iPod, iPhone, mp3 Player or even burned to a CD. 8: The podcast can also be subscribed to by clicking on the Subscribe Free button right under the Logo of the Video. There are settings to control the way iTunes handles podcasts and by default iTunes will download the most recent episode. All other available Podcasts for that series will show up in grey below with a description and are available for downloading at any time. If you see any other podcast from the series that you want to download just click the Free Button . Other software available to manage Podcasts include: Juice – cross platform free software (over 5 Million Downloads) - There are detailed instructions (user guide) on using the Juice Software on the website under the Support link. http://juicereceiver.sourceforge.net/ DoubleTwist – software that looks and acts almost identical to Apple’s iTunes. “iTunes for Android Devices” http://www.doubletwist.com Other resources include: http://www.podcastpickle.com/
There are so many different podcasts covering almost every subject (news, comedy, sports, etc.) and genre, just waiting to be downloaded. Spend a few minutes exploring iTunes Store and Podcast area. Do a few searches about a couple subjects you are interested in. Any Podcast with a little TV icon next to it are video podcasts and any without the TV icon are audio only podcasts. Many traditional television and radio shows are also archived in the podcast format so viewers can access episodes wherever is convenient for them. This is one of the reasons that the Podcast format has become so popular.
* Practice 1: Open iTunes 2: Click on the Store in the left column 3: Once the store is loaded, click in the Search box in the top right corner of iTunes and type in Alberta Agriculture Podcast. 4: A few examples should show up. Click on the Thumbnail to get a list for the specific podcast. 5: Rollover the name of the podcast and click to get a preview. 6: Click on FREE in the price to download the podcast into your iTunes Library. 7: That podcast can now be listened to on your computer at any time or it can be moved to a media device like an iPod, iPhone, mp3 Player or even burn it to a CD. 8: The Podcast can also be subscribed to by clicking on the Subscribe Free button right under the Logo of the Podcast. There are settings to control the way iTunes handles podcasts and by default iTunes will download the most recent episode. All other available podcast for that series will show up in grey below with a description and are available for downloading at any time. If you see any other podcast from the series that you want to download just click the Free Button . 9: Plug in a device, click on the device in the left column. 10: Go to the Podcast tab for that device, Check Sync Podcast at the top, check on any podcasts to sync to the device and click Sync. Webinars, Webcasts and Podcasts can also be burned to CD from iTunes for use in your vehicle or CD Player. So Transfer or Burn your Episodes and go !!!
*Have the student go to YouTube and do a search for Video Tutorial for a specific piece of software. CNET also offers a Download Blog - http://download.cnet.com/download-blog / with Software news, advice and information.
The sites that offer these free downloads are fairly user friendly, and often all that is required is for the user to click a link to what they are looking for and a download will be prompted. * Go to a site that has downloadable templates (see below). Walk the students through downloading and opening a template. Also show them how to find sites like these through a Google search. (eg. Search “Free Word Templates”) If they are looking for business card templates or templates for labels, the Avery website will work best for them. Templates can be saved and used again. They can also be customized and branded for your business or personal use. For brand consistency the same template should always be used. http:// office.microsoft.com /en-us/templates/ http://www.stocklayouts.com/Templates/Free-Templates/Free-Sample-Microsoft-Word-Template-Design.aspx http:// www.brainybetty.com/MENUWord.htm http:// www.avery.com/avery/en_us/Templates -&-Software http:// www.docstoc.com /
Dafont is a website that offers thousands of free fonts available for both Mac and PC. Fonts are arranged in specific typographic categories and can be previewed before downloading. * Be aware that many free fonts were not built by professionals and they might not have the proper spacing and measurements. Also many free fonts don’t have all the characters and some are only upper or lower case. Professional Font Websites: www.veer.com/products/fonts
* Please address each one of these sites individually and show some key resources on each site. There are templates available and many different calculators available for rural Albertans. There are also news, articles, webinars and webcasts that available to watch live or archived. Notes and audio files are available for many of these Webinars.
* Bring up these sites one at a time and explore them. Show the many resources available for subscription and download. http://canola.ab.ca/ - Alberta Canola Producers Commission. http:// www.farmcentre.com/News/CFMNewsletter/default.aspx - Canadian Farm Business Management Council. Many different newsletters available for subscription. Access to past newsletters is also available.
There are many different RSS Readers available for download. Go to CNET (www.download.com) and see which Readers are available. Many mail software programs accept and read RSS feeds e.g.. Outlook. There are also many RSS Reader Apps for Smart Phones available.
How to keep your computer and personal information safe when downloading from the Internet: Once in a while you may try to download something from a site that contains viruses made to steal your personal information and/or harm your computer. This can be quite common on peer to peer and bit- torrent sites. Many sites like CNET and Softpedia.com claim to scan and make sure that software downloads on their sites are safe. Another good habit is to make sure to turn on the status bar in the browser. By rolling over an link or download before clicking, information will show up in the status bar about the link. If it is something you don’t recognize or it looks suspicious, don’t click . Always make sure to check the address bar at the top of the browser to make sure that the site you see is pointing to the right URL. If you are transferring personal information make sure the page is secure (padlock). * Talk about some of the available antivirus software that is available. Eg. Norton, McAfee are the most common commercial grade software. AVG is the most common free software ( http:// free.avg.com /ca-en/homepage ). *BitTorrent is used to distribute large amounts of data through peer to peer file sharing .
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Digital Downloads There is almost an infinite amount of information and resources floating out there on the web. In the next two hours we are going to highlight a few key resources that relate to rural Albertans, computers and software in general.
Download it Now!!! If there is something important that is available for download, don’t j ust bookmark it, download it. The Internet is constantly changing and the next time you try to visit that link it have moved or it might j be gone ust forever.
S oftware Downloads No need to go to the store to buy software! Most software is available for download online. Most maj software developers (A ®, or pple A ® and Microsoft®) have all their dobe current products available for download on their website.
Types of S oftware Freeware –is usually available fully functional at no cost to the user. Sometimes a fee is optional. S hareware –is available to the user at no cost for a trial period and may have limited functionality. To get full access to the software the user usually needs to pay a fee to the developer. Commercial/Payware – is usually full-scale commercial grade proprietary software.
Downloading S oftware There are many sites that compile a majority of available software for download all in one location. Make sure to check the rankings, user feedback, and the type of software to see if it is Freeware, Shareware or Commercial grade.
S oftware Download S ites www.download.com – CNET is a CBS Interactive Company and is the largest software download site. www.s oftpedia.com – a site for downloading software for Windows®, Mac, Linux®, mobile devices and more.
S oftware Training Once all the programs are downloaded and installed, the user needs to learn how they work. There is a huge variety of online resources, many sharing information and training for free for a variety of software from many manufacturers.
Free Video Tutorials www.lynda.com is a website offering many different resources for computer and software training. Many video tutorials are available free on the website and some require a paid subscription. They also publish many well know books on different software programs.
Using iTunes for Learning iTunes is so much more than j ust importing, downloading and managing music for iPods. iTunes has a vast library of audio and video podcasts from all over the world including episodes from right here in A lberta.
Video Tutorials in iTunes iTunes has a massive library of V ideo Tutorials available in the form of Podcasts from thousands of sources. Many universities also publish and distribute video Podcasts through iTunes for free to students and the general public.
S ubscribing to Podcasts This is a great way to keep up-to-date and not miss an episode. Many content providers publish daily or weekly podcasts for download in the iTunes Store. Y can even “subscribe” to podcast ou channels which enables iTunes to automatically download podcasts as they’re released!
Podcast Programming Many shows have popped up solely in the form of podcasts and have created a huge following. A of this is done without using ll traditional radio or television to access viewers.
Transfer and Go! Plugging in a iPod, iPhone, Smart Phone or MP3 player to iTunes gives a person the freedom to transfer over all their newly acquired resources and take it all with them wherever they go. They also can be burned to a CD or DVD.
Other Tutorial Resources www.adobe.tv – offers video tutorials for anything A dobe. www.layersmagazine.com – offers video tutorials and free downloads for many A dobe products. www.youtube.com – offers many of the same tutorials and more ...
Downloading Templates When building documents like resumes, invoices, brochures and newsletters, there are often free downloadable templates available. Once the templates are downloaded, they are ready to use!
Fonts for Templates http:/www.fontshop.com/ - the original and / largest online retailer of typefaces. http:/www.dafont.com - a website offering / many free fonts. http:/typophile.com/ - a great site for / design and typographic resources.
Rural Resources There are also many great regional sites that have a ton of available resources for Rural Albertans. Alberta Canola Producers Commission www.canola.ab.ca/ Canadian Farm Business Management Council www.farmcentre.com/ Resources/ Government of Alberta – Ropin’ the Web www.agric.gov.ab.ca/
e-Newsletters This is a nice and flexible way to be updated on current information for a specific subj Most maj content ect. or providers give viewers the ability to sign up or subscribe to one or more newsletters delivered via email or regular mail.
RS S Feeds Really S imple S yndication has created a standardized ‘XML’ format for the transfer of information such as Blogs, news, audio and video. People can subscribe to RSS feeds j ust like they subscribe to an online newsletters or Podcasts.
S afe Computing Be aware of your surroundings online, and watch where you click! Make sure to have good antivirus software, and check for updates at least once a week.