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  • Program needs one browser, but the default is another??

    Program needs one browser, but the default is another??

    So you have Microsoft Windows set to use Chrome as your default browser, but you want to use a desktop shortcut to open a specific site in IE. Or maybe another website icon that will only work in Firefox. Creating a shortcut to a web document won’t work. However, you can open a URL using a shortcut to a non-default browser.

    Now you have a shortcut that will open the website in a specific web browser, no matter what the default browser is set to in Windows.

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  • Document / Web page Translation options

    Document / Web page Translation options

    Office 365/Office suite –
    This is good for the occasional document needing converting, but not for daily lessons for teacher/student communication barriers with ESOL/ELL students. This is a LOT of overhead for a teacher trying to handle communication barriers with students needing the additional assistance of content provided in their primary language

    The translate feature is built into Word. It is not directly visible within O365 in the browser, but used within Office365 by opening any document from O365 and selecting “Edit in Word”. Has a 3-4 easy steps, but perfectly reasonable.

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  • PDF software options - PDFCandy/PDFCreator/Adobe Acrobat

    PDF software options - PDFCandy/PDFCreator/Adobe Acrobat

    So you're looking at PDF products. The question you need to answer, is what are they trying to do? And do you want or need to spend $$$?
    So let's get right to your next question.... The short answer is NO, the district doesn’t have any licenses for Adobe Acrobat for Teachers/Admins to use. Schools have to purchase individual seat licenses for that if they have to have Adobe Acrobat

    However, depending on your answer to the question above depends on which option works best.
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  • Audio Transcription from YouTube video

    Audio Transcription from YouTube video

    What are automatic captions?
    Automatic captions are machine transcriptions of the words heard in a YouTube video performed by Google software. While those transcriptions are almost never perfect, more and more, the accuracy seems to be improving. When it comes to transcribing videos for the purpose of making subtitles, automatic captions can mean fewer words that have to be typed by humans.

    About DIYCaptions' Automatic Captions Clean-up Editor
    This app is intended to make it easy to access the automatic captions that YouTube creates for videos and to manually correct any transcription errors so that the text can be used to create more professional-looking captions. For videos where the accuracy of the automatic captions is high, using automatic captions can significantly reduce the amount of time that it takes to type a transcript of a video's spoken content.
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Last Modified on July 23, 2019