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LecShare Pro Learn about the application that will help you make your online powerpoint accessiblie. Includes an easy way to include narration and captioning.
Orientation to Your CCSF Computer   A painless way of getting your accounts on the CCSF Network and on the GroupWise email system. Includes an overview of CCSF computing resources available to Faculty and Staff, full- and part-time.

Designed for those suddenly faced with a new CCSF computer, Windows or Mac who need answers on the hardware and software available, backing up their documents, using the new email system. Even if you have your accounts, come to get info and ask questions.... See the full course description .

GW* [ Download the MS Word handout ] [ View the PowerPoint]
Organizing and Backing up your files in Windows XP This introduction to Windows XP will help you manage your files, create folders, organize, and back up your work.  Tips on new features that will make your work more efficient and your life easier.  Not for  advanced users. [ Organizing My Documents - ( PowerPoint )] [Controlling Where You Save - (MSWord) ]

Laptop Follow-up Sessions - Mac and PC Sessions held separately For those with CCSF laptops:  Bring your machine and share questions and achievements.  Past topics included backing up, keeping track of email, using a projector in class and organizing documents. Please attend the appropriate session - Mac or PC.
[ Windows Laptop Documents ] [ Mac Laptop Documents]


CCSF Computer Skills/ Computer Skills for Online Tools

This workshop is much like the Computer Skills for Contribute session, containing basics that will help you as you prepare to create a website, make a PowerPoint presentation, get ready to teach online, or do just about anything on your CCSF computer!

Why and how do I log into the CCSF Network at school?

  • How to keep track of your passwords
  • Using portable storage devices
  • How you look at different folders on your hard drive
  • Creating, renaming and deleting folders
  • Moving and copying documents
  • Transferring documents from the Mac
  • Working in several programs at the same time
  • Cutting and pasting
  • Getting those pictures from your digital camera in shape for your Web site (or your PowerPoint presentation)
  • Making Adobe Acrobat PDF files
  • Links and popup pages
  • GroupWise email


Your CCSF Accounts

Designed for:

1) New CCSF employees. Learn about:

  • the accounts you need to navigate to do your job at CCSF,
  • the computer based applications and services available to you as a CCSF employee,
  • navigating the many passwords you need to function at CCSF,
  • ...and more. Bring your questions!

2) Those who've been around for awhile, but wish to avoid continued frustration with their CCSF computers. Learn about:

  • the accounts you need to navigate to do your job at CCSF,
  • the computer based applications and services available to you as a CCSF employee,
  • navigating the many passwords you need to function at CCSF.
  • ...and more. Bring your questions!



Introduction to Digital Voice Recording with Audacity - Audacity is a free, open-source digital sound editor and recorder downloadable from . Links to Audacity help:

Downloading Art from the Web - Art on the WWW includes a vast array of digital images of works originally created in another medium as well as digital art created specifically fo rthe web and existing in no other medium. Images from virtually all time periods and cultures can be found on the web, although some subjects are covered more extensively than others. Providers of images on the web include individuals, non-profit organizations, as well as for-profit image collections. Images on the web provide a rich resource for education and a variety of other uses. Copyright issues will be addressed.

PhotoShop 1 - Introduction to Adobe PhotoShop. Learn to use the basic PhotoShop tools, to touch up photos and to optimize digital photos for the web and for use in PowerPoint. For novices. Presenter: Katarina Mijatovic

PhotoShop 2 - More Adobe PhotoShop. Using layers, masks and blending modes to create more sophisticated images. Prerequisite: Attendance at PhotoShop 1 or equivalent experience. Presenter: Katarina Mijatovic

PhotoShop 3 - Refining PhotoShop skills. Bring in your own images to retouch. Learn to make rollover buttons, banners, backgrounds and other images for use online. Prerequisite: Attendance at PhotoShop 2 or equivalent experience. Presenter: Katarina Mijatovic

Using Photoshop to Prepare Pictures for the Web, Word, PPT, & Email - Learn to crop, resize, etc. to prepare your images for optimum use in Word, on the Web, in PowerPoint, and email. See the workshop site and download the handout.

PhotoShop I and II with Ayana Baltrip. Links:

Links for Photoshop II Workshop

Using Digital Pictures/Images in Documents and Presentations -This workshop will focus on inserting clip art, and digital images in documents and presentations. We will learn to copy and paste images from the Internet and we will learn to size, crop and move the images so they can be placed where on the screen. We will also use a digital camera that takes pictures on a floppy disk (Sony Mavica) and show how to get the images from the floppies. Some digital camera issues will be addressed as well. The instructor will bring some handouts he uses in his ESL CALL class to get students to place images in documents and write about the images and themselves.
Using the Scanner in the TLC Lab - Learn to scan both pictures and documents using the Scanner in Batmale 313.

Wimba Voice Tools - A suite of tools designed to simplify using sound on the internet. At CCSF, they must be accessed via our learning management system, Insight (powered by Moodle). Here is a brief description:

  1. Voice Board: A Voice and Text Discussion Board - for an asynchronous voice and text: Create a subject, record, and post a sound message to the voice board. You can also post a text message along with the voice message. There is only one click to create the voice message and to play the voice message. (You still need to type to add the text version.) No need to attach a file in order to hear sound.

  2. Voice E-mail: This is a cool tool to send a voice email with no need to use a separate sound editor or to attach files. Simply enter the email address (a real email, not WebCT mail), click on "Record", then send your voice email. Recipients must receive their mail in HTML format to retrieve the voice mail. This sends mail from a regular email address to a regular email address - it does not work within WebCT mail.

  3. Voice Direct: This is a voice chat utility which can be archived, or not, depending on the wish of the chat session participants and/or instructor. Students can chat synchronously with the instructor or with each other without the phone within WebCT, and without having to log in to a separate program.

  4. Voice Authoring : This is a very easy way for an instructor to record sound files which can be saved either as mp3 or wav formats.

    For more information about the Wimba Voice Tools, see:

GroupWise Email

GroupWise Web   (Mac or PC users) The GroupWise Web client is available from any computer with an Internet connection and the Internet Explorer browser. Just enter in the browser's address field. Use it on a Mac or Windows PC from anywhere.  This hands-on workshop will familiarize you with the basics and give you an opportunity to ask questions. GW* [ Download the handout - Summary - MSWord ][ Download the detailed handout - MSWord ] Coming soon! Learn about the new features of GroupWise Web v.7.
GroupWise Web 7.0 (Mac or PC users) The GroupWise you use from home is changing! A new look, the same functionality with some additional features makes GroupWise Web easier to use and more intuitive. Come to the workshop to get an overview of the new features and some hands-on practice. But, don't worry! If you wish, you'll be able to use the old version until February 1, 2009. See the GW 7.0 support site.

GroupWise Web 7.0 (Mac or PC users) - Drop in for some hands-on help with the new GroupWise Web 7.0 before you leave for winter break. You'll appreciate the additional functionality and the new look.

GroupWise Windows Client  (PC Only) The new GroupWise email and groupware system is available on all newly deployed PCs: desktops and laptops. Use the desktop icon on your rollout computer to start the full-featured GroupWise Windows program. This hands-on workshop will show you how to configure the program, use folders, the address book, as well as some special features. GW* [Download the handout - QuickStart (pdf)][ Download the detailed handout-Word]
GroupWise Address Book - Learn to navigate the powerful address book in GroupWise. Make groups, find email addresses of CCSF colleagues and of frequent contacts.  
GroupWise  Calendar Get organized! You'll never miss another appointment using the calendar feature included in the GroupWise email client.[Calendaring in the Web client] [Calendaring in the Windows client (Windows only)]
GroupWise- Tips and Tricks (Mostly for Windows) Things you don't know about GroupWise that can make your life easier- This session is for people who have taken the basic GroupWise and GroupWise Calendar workshops and want to move forward.

The Well Managed GroupWise Mailbox: Deleting, Archiving, and More - Have you ever wondered about any of the following?

  • How can you manage your mailbox size?
  • How big can your mailbox be?
  • How can you tell the size of your mailbox?
  • What happens if your mailbox fills up to 100%?
  • Does sending messages to GW folders free up space?
  • How can I reduce my mailbox size?
  • How can I back up my mail?
  • Why is my email so slow sometimes?

Come to this new workshop to learn how to keep your mail lean and fast.

Instructional Technology


Using Free Web Resources for Second Language Teaching & Learning - Faculty and staff who are teaching or learning second languages are invited to attend this hands-on session to try out an assortment of free multi-lingual web resources/multi-media tools for language teaching or independent studies outside the classroom.
Instructor: Cora Chen, ESL Department.

Creating Interactive Quizzes for the Web and for Moodle/Insight with Hot Potatoes - With easy to use Hot Potatoes, instructors can create self-correcting quizzes in a variety of formats for the WWW. See examples by CCSF instructor, Ana Wu. For more examples and links to the Hot Potatoes Tutorial, see the workshop page.
EasyGrade Pro for ESL Teachers - Learn to use Easy Grade Pro, and you can drastically cut your class recordkeeping, reduce grade miscalculations, and keep your students accurately informed of their progress throughout the semester. Bring your class lists to this hands-on workshop and you'll never use a paper grade book again. Why for ESL Teachers only? Their department has purchased a license. Instructors from other departments are welcome to check out the program. For more information, see the EasyGrade Pro website.
Insight (powered by Moodle) Overview Learn what this Course Management Tool can add to your face-to-face course. Insight allows you a private place on the web for you and your students. Communication forums, a place to distribute documents, interactive tools such as Wiki are among the possibilities Insight offers. This session will give you a glimpse of the possibilities.

CCSF Skills for Insight/Moodle

This workshop offers skills that you need to know before you start using Insight/Moodle. If you're considering using Insight (Moodle) as a supplement to your regular class or someday even teaching online, this course is for you. Included are:

  • Tips for password and file management
  • Zipping and unzipping files and folders
  • How to prevent problems with file names
  • Handling Mac files on the PC and vice versa
  • Understanding image file formats and sizes
  • and more - bring your questions
Insight (powered by Moodle): Getting Started Get started setting up your Insight supplement to a face-to-face course. (Online course instructors - contact the Technology Mediated Instruction Department. ) Edit your profile, choose your format (week or topic based), add some "Blocks". You will also be introduced to the Online Teaching & Learning Reference Course where you'll find everything you need to know about CCSF's Insight. (Coming Spring, 2009)
Insight (powered by Moodle): Drop- in Help Session - For those with existing Insight courses. Need a little extra help? Come in to work on your course with help on hand. Bring your questions. (Coming Spring, 2009)

Insight (powered by Moodle): Uploading Content and Using the Moodle HTML Editor. For those with existing Insightcourses. We'll discuss the following:

  • Basics of the file area in Moodle/Insight
  • Naming and organizing your files
  • What kind of content you can upload
  • the Book tool
  • Zipping and unzipping files

(Coming Spring, 2009)

Tech-enhanced Show & Tell - How I use Moodle - Join your colleagues to see how they use WebCT as a supplement to their classes. Ask questions, share tips. Check the workshop calendar for locations, as they may vary. (Coming Spring, 2009)
Library and Information Research Skills
Library research has changed since most of us were in school. Learn to use the tools the CCSF Library has to offer you and your students.
Academic Integrity and Plagiarism - Andrea Niosi, CCSF Librarian, description coming soon ...

E-Books and E-Journal Articles - Librarians Bonnie Gratch Lindauer and James Lim.

Have you wondered what types of information resources you can access from your office or home? Do you need to find some articles to use for your classes? Come to this workshop and discover how you can access 3,000+ electronic full-text books and over a million journal/magazine full-text articles in all subject areas.

Getting Better Acquainted with the Resources of the Library Website - CCSF Librarians, description coming soon...
Getting Better Acquainted with the CCSF Library Subscription Databases -CCSF Librarians show faculty and staff the extensive online resources available for the CCSF faculty, staff, and students.
Advanced Google - CCSF Librarians show you how to make better and more efficient use of this popular search engine.

Designing Effective Assignments to Promote Information Competency - Bonnie Gratch-Lindauer, CCSF Librarian

Update your awareness of library and Web search tools that you can expect your students to use for research in support of assignments/papers. Examine examples of current CCSF assignments that develop research/information competency skills and get ideas for how to revise or design your own.

New Library Tools - James Lim, CCSF Librarian gives an introduction to the CCSF Library's blog, online reference chat, eBooks, and much more. See what's new in the CCSF Library.

Using RSS Feeds for Real-Time Research on the Web
What are RSS feeds and how can they help you access the latest, cutting-edge news and dynamically shifting information on the Web? In this workshop, learn how to harness this increasingly popular technology to monitor your favorite news sources, Web sites, blogs, and podcasts.

Mac Workshops - Tom Boegel, Computer Science


Mac Basics - We'll cover the basics of working with Mac OS X. We'll talk about managing applications and windows, working with the Mac user interface, and differences between Mac OS X, earlier versions of the Mac OS, and Windows.

Care & Feeding of your Mac -In this seminar we'll discuss basic Mac maintenance. Topics will include backing up data, installing and updating software, and finding out more information about your computer.
iLife 06 - Learn about the various programs that comprise iLife. For Mac users only. iPhoto, iMovie, iTunes, iWeb are all part of iLife. The Open Lab for Faculty/Staff has 5 Macs with iLife 06. Enjoy iLife!

Microsoft Office Suite



Excel I: Introduction, Excel II

New to Excel? Used it for years but don't know if you're "doing it right"? These workshops are designed for you. Start at the very beginning. Learn how to manipulate rows and columns, choose the right font for your worksheet, enter information so that it's correct as well as easy to read. Progress to formulas and formatting. Learn how to save time with shortcuts for common tasks.

Format: Lecture/Demonstration and hands-on exercises.

Formatting & Printing in Excel

Tips for making your Excel printouts look good. Using fonts intelligently, highlighting important information with the right formatting, borders, and shading. Controlling your printouts.

Creating Charts in Excel

Present information attractively using Excel's charting features. Learn when to use charts rather than just showing a spreadsheet or table of information. Try out some of Excel's built-in chart types. Then go beyond presets by manipulating chart elements and adding your own twists.


Use data in an Excel spreadsheet or Word or Access table to use Word's built-in merge features. Learn how to tweak your Excel data to make sure that it works for you. Get hands-on practice in making the merge to produce both form letters and labels.

Excel Basics - Learn the basics of Excel. Make a simple grade book and/or a simple budget.
Excel for ESL: Tap into their mathematical intelligence! Learn the basics of the spreadsheet program and some applications for the ESL technology-enhanced classroom. We'll present some example projects you can do with students using this wonderful program. Novices are welcome!

PowerPoint (Vic Fascio) Learn the basics of creating a PowerPoint presentation-and more! We will use the Windows platform, but the program is almost the same on the Mac. Possibilities (depending on participant interest):

  • Quick text and picture gallery presentations
  • Using text with clipart or graphics
  • Creating Learning objects for class use
  • Finding the right background and color scheme
  • Animating slide elements: When and how to use PowerPoint’s animation techniques
  • Tips: How to look like a PowerPoint Pro

See Vic's PowerPoint Page with handouts and more.

PowerPoint I :The Basics

Learn the essentials of creating a PowerPoint presentation. You'll learn about what this easy to use application offers for presentations, learning objects, and more. You'll find the right background and color scheme, learn to input text, notes, and create a handout from your presentation.

Also: Find out how to avoid looking like an amateur: Tips on how NOT to set up your pages and how to be a successful presenter.

PowerPoint II: Pictures

Information on picture formats. How to control composition, file size and resolution. Practice inserting clipart or your own pictures into PowerPoint. Tips on finding and using pictures on the web. How to make a quick picture album in PowerPoint.
Common mistakes with pictures in PowerPoint.

PowerPoint III: Animations

Learn how and when to use PowerPoint's animation feature. Best and worst (avoid these!) practices will be covered.

PowerPoint IV: Saving for the Web
Learn how to prepare PowerPoint presentations for delivery on the web. Advantages and disadvantages of the various options will be covered; Powerpoint presentations (.ppt), PowerPoint shows (.pps) and PowerPoint saved as html (.htm, .html) or even pdf!

PowerPoint Basics (Morris Bibliowicz) This workshop will introduce the basics of creating a PowerPoint presentation using Windows.  Learn to insert slides, choose slide layouts, insert graphics, tables and clip art, change backgrounds, and work with slide transitions and animation effects. Bring a diskette or zip disk to save your presentation. 
Using PowerPoint in the ESL Classroom - Learn PowerPoint basics as you learn how to incorporate PPT into classroom projects. Concepts useful for other language courses, vocational, basic skills, and more. Presenter: Ana Wu. See some examples of the work done by Ana's students at:

PowerPoint Picture Presentations - Learn how to use image search techniques to locate and download appropriate pictures from the web, and then incorporate them into Powerpoint presentations. You may also bring in your own images on disk. No familiarity with Powerpoint is necessary for you to produce a great slide show in one session. Information about CCSF copyright policy and the TEACH Act will be provided.


Correcting Bad Habits in Word [Old Habits, New Considerations]

The symptoms:

  • You often use the space bar to line stuff up (sort of).
  • You change one thing- and the whole document goes crazy!
  • You tear out your hair trying to sort out numbering.
  • You just can't control those tabs!
  • You seem to take more time than other people entering and changing your docs.
  • Or, you just wonder why your docs just don't look as good as they should.

Find the cure for these and other ailments in a couple of hours. Get the handout.

NOTE: This workshop is on MSWord 2002 - the version on most faculty desktops.

Making Better Handouts in Word - Learn what aids comprehension of written material and how to incorporate these points in your Word handouts. Topics covered include formatting pages, paragraphs and individual characters, choosing fonts, bulleting and numbering. Although the workshop is taught on Windows machines using Word 2002 in Office XP, Mac users can benefit because of the parallel Mac/Windows Office interface.

Benefit from research done on the "readability" of printed text to make handouts your students will read. Get the handout.

NOTE: This workshop is on MSWord 2002 - the version on most faculty desktops.

Making Better Quizzes and Exams in Word - Word can help you with your exams! Use Word capabilities to automatically number questions and multiple choice answers. We'll also look at setting up matching questions and at inserting checkboxes and pictures. Although the workshop is taught on Windows machines using Word 2002 in Office XP, Mac users can benefit because of the parallel Mac/Windows Office interface. Get the handout.
Word Basics : Learn the basics of Microsoft Word. Get the handout.

Word for ESL: Using Word to create fun and classic games and activities for the ESL classroom. We'll look at how to use tables and graphics to design activity handouts. You'll prepare templates that you can use again and again for different topics. Novices are welcome!


Computer Security

Computer Security and You - Is your computer becoming sluggish? Do you see strange pop-ups? Can't figure out what's wrong? You may be the victim of spyware or malware without even knowing it.

Find out about online threats and how you can keep yourself safe at work and at home.

Vic Fascio has been following the issues surrounding SPAM, phishing, spyware, and malware since the beginning. Benefit from his expertise and protect yourself against the dark side of cyberspace. See Vic's Security Page.

Web Development [top]
HTML for Insight (powered by Moodle) Users - Knowing a little HTML will make your life as a Moodler easier. Learn what HTML is and how it works. Make a simple HTML page, then use the HTML view of the Moodle HTML editor.
HTML Basics - Learn the basics of HTML. If you currently use a web editor, you may wish to see what's behind your website. Or, if you use WebCT, you may wish to make a simple HTML page. Ease in use of a word-processor, email, and web browser are prerequisites. You must also know how to save your files and create a logical directory(folder) structure.
HTML Tables - Learn to use tables to organize material on your web page. To take this course, you must know basic HTML.

Dreamweaver 101: Introduction to Dreamweaver - Use Dreamweaver to make a basic page. You will learn to create the page, make a link to another page, change font size and color, insert an image, and create tables. Prerequistes: You use word-processors, email, web browsers effortlessly and have a good understanding of the web. If you are a WebCT user, you may wish to take this class. Workshop handouts are available on the workshop site.

Dreamweaver Seminars I & II - Tom Boegel, Computer Science

Dreamweaver is a powerful software application used for web site creation and maintenance. In this seminar we'll explore the capabilities of Dreamweaver in creating web pages and managing web sites. Topics will include:
* Setting up Dreamweaver to manage a new or existing web site
* Web page basics, including links, images, text styles, and tables
* Using templates to help create a set of pages with similar styles
* Using Dreamweaver to prepare materials for WebCT

Dreamweaver is a high end web editor with a steep learning curve. To create a site with it, you must be a confident computer user and willing to spend a lot of time on your site. If not, Contribute may be the web editor for you. See below.

Create an Instructional Website using Contribute

An attractive template and Adobe's Contribute allow faculty to create a website in just a couple of hours. No need to learn HTML or a complicated program like Dreamweaver. If you are comfortable using a word-processor and a web browser, you can use Contribute. Please fill out the Faculty Web Template Site Application . Attendance at Contribute I AND Contribute II is recommended for best results.

Contribute I: Creating your Main Page (required to attend session II)
Contribute II: Adding a Page to your Site

Learn more about creating an instructional website w/ CCSF templates and Contribute.

Contribute: Updating your Site, Contribute Topics - For current Contribute users only. Update with help nearby, ask questions, guided practice.

Computer Skills for Contribute/ Contribute: Common Questions and Answers - You’ve started your Contribute sight (or think you might soon….) and want to clarify some parts of the process. Here’s your chance to ask about:

  • Why and how do I log into the CCSF Network at school?
  • How to keep track of your passwords
  • Using portable storage devices
  • How you look at different folders on your hard drive
  • Creating, renaming and deleting folders
  • Moving and copying documents
  • Transferring documents from the Mac
  • Working in several programs at the same time
  • Cutting and pasting
  • Getting those pictures from your digital camera in shape for your Web site (or your PowerPoint presentation)
  • Making Adobe Acrobat PDF files
  • Links and popup pages
  • GroupWise email

Convert a Word Document to PDF - Learn to convert your word documents to PDF format in the TLC lab using Adobe Acrobat. Learn also to convert your Word document using a free program called PDF Creator, that you can download at home.


Web 2.0 [top]

Whose Space? Blogging for Education - This two part workshop (attend one or both) demystifies blogging and shows how and why you'd want to use a blog for education.

  1. Blogging for Education: An Overview: Want to know what blogging is all about and how it can enhance your class? Alisa Messer has been using blogs in her English class for quite some time. She'll explain what blogs are, why she uses them, and for what purpose.

  2. Blogging for Education: Setting up your Blog: Set up a blog for use with your class. Learn about the best free blogging sites, and get started with your own blog on the web.

Social Bookmarking with

Access your bookmarks from any computer with internet access. Then share them with your students and expand them by networking with colleagues. All this without having to create and maintain a website. It's great for getting and staying organized and for finding resources for research and for your students.

Learn more about social bookmarking by viewing the video, Social Bookmarking in Plain English.


Learn about Google Docs and about the many possibilities for an iGoogle Home page and other Google online widgets and services.

* Workshops marked with "GW" will generate your CCSF network and email accounts.






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