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Kevin Savage - IT Resources

After 35 years of teaching in IT at all levels I have developed a learning method that works with my students. The process is top down. After a brief overview, students are introduced to a new application through a working exemplar that they can explore. Once they have a concept of what a program can do they then investigate its features. In this way they have a framework to hang the new learning on. All instruction is detailed step-by-step with full images of what they aim to produce.

After 35 years of teaching in IT at all levels I have developed a learning method that works with my students. The process is top down. After a brief overview, students are introduced to a new application through a working exemplar that they can explore. Once they have a concept of what a program can do they then investigate its features. In this way they have a framework to hang the new learning on. All instruction is detailed step-by-step with full images of what they aim to produce.
Audacity
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Audacity

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Audacity is a free, easy-to-use audio-editing program. With Audacity we can record our own sounds and music, or we can work with existing audio files. These activities cover: the Audacity interface, controls, and track control panel; importing and playing audio tracks; editing techniques: selection, cut, copy and paste; labeling; amplification and other special effects; trimming, rearranging, and time shifting; noise removal; voice removal; varying tempo, speed, and pitch; normalization, equalization and compressor; recording sound, and overdubbing; creating a music mix and exporting. They also include theory on sound, file formats, sound quality, recording as well as a glossary. All audio files required for the activities are available as a free download through a link at the bottom of the title page.
Excel 2016 3
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Excel 2016 3

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A step-by-step, fully illustrated guide to using Microsoft Excel 2016 (part 3 of 3 - advanced). Activities include: creating and using macros; assigning a macro to a button; macro security; using filters to investigate and sort large data sets; conditional formatting; worksheet protection; goal seeking; using pivot tables to investigate, display, and summarize information; modifying pivot tables by grouping, rearranging fields, displaying multiple fields, and varying data presentation; importing data to create a pivot table; making pivot charts; and drilling down into a pivot table. All files required for the activities are available as a free download through a link at the bottom of the title page.
Adobe Illustrator
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Adobe Illustrator

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Illustrator is a program that that enables you to create and to work with vector graphics. Suitable for Illustrator CS4, CS5, CS6 and CC on either a PC or a Mac. In these step-by-step activities we investigate: • the Illustrator workspace and basic operations • the difference between raster and vector graphics; common file types of each • fill and stroke • drawing lines and shapes; fill and stroke • selection and direct selection • using the pen, pencil, blob brush and paintbrush tools • the shape builder tool • tracing a line drawing and converting it to a vector graphic • Type tools: text, paragraph, path, and special effects • converting text to a vector shape.
Access 2016 1
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Access 2016 1

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A step-by-step, illustrated introduction to Microsoft Access 2016 (part 1 of 2 - basics). Activities include: using an Access database; navigating and searching in tables; datasheet and form views; Access terminology, including tables, records, fields and keys; design and layout views; improving the appearance of forms; inserting, deleting, and updating data; sorting data into order; queries and filters; creating a database and tables from scratch; and field type and setting keys. All files required for the activities are available as a free download through a link at the bottom of the title page.
SQL
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SQL

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Structured Query Language (SQL) is the most widely used database query language in the world. In this investigation we look at: • the basic syntax of SQL • selecting columns and rows from a table • special operators: IN, BETWEEN, LIKE, etc. • updating an SQL database • subqueries and diagramming subqueries • processing of data in queries: arithmetic operators, functions, sorting, grouping • joining tables, including same-table joins • relational algebra terminology. This unit includes six classroom tested activities involving over 100 query questions (with answers) to reinforce the concepts learnt. The three databases used are avaialble as a free download on the title page.
Excel 2016 1
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Excel 2016 1

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A step-by-step, fully illustrated guide to using Microsoft Excel 2016 (part 1 of 3 - introductory). Activities include: what a spread sheet is and the various parts of the Excel screen; the Office ribbon interface and the backstage view; what-if analysis; labels, numbers and formulas; basic calculations; formatting a worksheet and using themes to improve presentation; filling values and formulas; using functions to simplify calculations; the Sum function and AutoSum; and printing a worksheet, including headers and footers. All files required for the activities are available as a free download through a link at the bottom of the title page.
Excel 2016 2
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Excel 2016 2

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A step-by-step, fully illustrated guide to using Microsoft Excel 2016 (part 2 of 3 - intermediate). Activities include: functions of, sum, average, stdev, max, min, count, counta, today, now; using AutoSum; sorting text and numbers in ascending and descending order; sorting on multiple columns; challenge activity; the use of charts (graphs) in Excel to visually display data; absolute and relative addressing; the use of lookup tables; naming ranges; the if logical function; and practical application of absolute addressing and a lookup table. All files required for the activities are available as a free download through a link at the bottom of the title page.
Access 2016 2
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Access 2016 2

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A step-by-step, illustrated guide to Microsoft Access 2016 (part 2 of 2). Activities include: developing a form in design view; importing data into tables; criteria searching; using calculations and functions in queries; developing output reports, including summary information; developing a multi-table database; inserting sub-forms into a main form; setting up a navigation pane as a user-friendly interface; and starting a database with the switchboard in place. All files required for the activities are available as a free download through a link at the bottom of the title page.
Ofice 2016 Suite
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Ofice 2016 Suite

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The complete solution to bringing the Office 2016 suite to your students. With 300+ pages of step-by-step activities in Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint and Publisher, these activites go from the very basics right through to advanced concepts.
Photoshop CC
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Photoshop CC

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A step by step guide to using Adobe Photoshop CC 2015. Students learn about the Photoshop workspace, cropping, resizing and rotating images, retouching and repairing images, effects and filters, using the selection tools, image transformations, point, paragraph and path type, type transformations, masks and effects, and the use of layers. All files required for the activities are available as a free download through a link at the bottom of the title page.
Photoshop CS6
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Photoshop CS6

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A step by step guide to using Adobe Photoshop CS6. Students learn about the Photoshop workspace, cropping, resizing and rotating images, retouching and repairing images, effects and filters, using the selection tools, image transformations, point, paragraph and path type, type transformations, masks and effects, and the use of layers. All files required for the activities are available as a free download through a link at the bottom of the title page.
Into Graphics - Semiotics and Gestalt
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Into Graphics - Semiotics and Gestalt

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In this unit we investigate: • semiotics and graphics • reaction to sign and symbols: gain attention, convention and culture, response • denotation and connotation • principles of gestalt theory: similarity, continuation, closure, proximity, common fate, figure and ground • the role of Gestalt theory plays in graphics.
Into Graphics - Composition
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Into Graphics - Composition

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In this unit we explore composition and balance in images. To do this we investigate: • what is good composition in an image • the techniques used to achieve effective composition • visual weight • forms of balance: symmetric, asymmetrical, radial and mosaic • forms of symmetry: reflective, rotational, and translational • photographic balance: color, tonal and conceptual balance • the rule of thirds • improving balance using cropping in Photoshop. The concepts introduced will be for photographs, but they apply equally to any other visual medium – from painting to web pages.
Office 2013
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Office 2013

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The complete solution to bringing the Office 2013 suite to your students. With 300+ pages of step-by-step activities in Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint and Publisher, these activites go from the very basics right through to advanced concepts.
Into Graphics - Colour
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Into Graphics - Colour

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An understanding of colour theory is basic in design work. It is important to know which colours work well with others and how colour influences the mood of a design by appealing to emotions, evoking feelings, or stirring memories. In this unit we review the basics of colour. To do this we investigate: • how colour is perceived by the eye • reflective and emitted light • making a colour wheel in Illustrator • primary, secondary and tertiary colours • additive and subtractive colour and their relation to RGB and CYMK colours • colour temperature • tone, shade and tint • colour combination schemes: complementary, analogous, triad, split-complementary, tetratic and square • colour moods.
PowerPoint 2013
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PowerPoint 2013

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A step-by-step, fully illustrated guide to using Microsoft PowerPoint 2013. Activities include: basic features of PowerPoint and terminology; the four different views in PowerPoint; inserting, rearranging and deleting slides; creating a presentation from scratch; inserting graphics such as clipart; using themes; animating content; the animation pane and effect options; autorun and setting timings for a presentation; transitions; print options; creating a master slide, backgrounds, placeholders, default animation and templates; adding audio and video; and creating a menu using hyperlinks, hotspots or action buttons. All files required for the activities are available as a free download through a link at the bottom of the title page.
Word 2013 1
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Word 2013 1

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A step-by-step, fully illustrated guide to using Microsoft Word 2013 (part 1 of 3 - introductory). The activities include:the various parts of the Word screen and the Word 2013 interface; how to set text fonts, size, styles and color; cut, copy, paste and the clipboard viewer; paragraph settings, alignment and hanging indents; page layout and headers and footers; tools such as find and replace, spell check, synonym, and thesaurus; saving, sending as email, and creating PDFs; using columns; inserting and positioning graphics, with text wrapping; shading, lines, shapes, callouts and watermarks; bullets and numbering; using shortcut keys. All files required for the activities are available as a free download through a link at the bottom of the title page.
Publisher 2013
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Publisher 2013

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A step-by-step, fully illustrated guide to using Microsoft Publisher 2013. Activities include: templates in Publisher; the use of frames to position page elements; insert, resize, rotate and crop images; WordArt; grouping and ungrouping elements; shapes; using and linking text frames; columns; wrapping text around images; and drop caps. DTP theory is covered including typography, typefaces and style, layout and layout grids, element placement and positioning, and the use of color in documents. All files required for the activities are available as a free download through a link at the bottom of the title page.
Word 2013 2
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Word 2013 2

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A step-by-step, fully illustrated guide to using Microsoft Word 2013 (part 2 of 3 - intermediate). The activities include: working with tables to display information; the Draw Table tool; formatting a table; using tabs to layout text and images; special tabs; form letters; mail merging; creating address labels; and creating, using and saving templates. All files required for the activities are available as a free download through a link at the bottom of the title page.
Movie Maker
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Movie Maker

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Windows Live Movie Maker is a free, simple to use, video-editing program from Microsoft. It comes with Windows 7 or can be downloaded as part of Windows Essentials 2012. In these activities we investigate: the Movie Maker interface and controls, loading and arranging video clips, making transitions between clips, splitting and trimming clips, adding background music, inserting titles and credits, including with overlays, loading still images, adding captions, using special effects, and publishing the movie in various formats. All video files required for the activities are available as a free download through a link at the bottom of the title page.