Thursday, March 26, 2015

2015-03-27 Instructional Technology Newsletter

Instructional Technology  News and Useful Tips.
March 27, 2015
This is a short newsletter this week.  With Spring Break it has been a slow and shortened week.  I am also trying something new.  Because of Outlook’s inability to correctly parse line feeds, thus breaking lines in inappropriate spots, I am going to try publishing the full newsletter just in my blog.  I will include this first section, normally just the Table of Contents, in the email with a link to the blog-post.  Let me know what you think:

Contents: Technology Committee Meeting; website MyReadingMapped taken down; Adding a Table of Contents to your Google Docs

Upcoming Instructional Technology Events

Technology Committee Meeting
Thursday, April 2, 2015

The Elmhurst College Technology Committee is meeting next Thursday.  If you have any concerns that you would like to bring to our attention, please email them to me at

Instructional Technology News

MyReadingMapped Is No More

In the past I have reported on a fun and useful site, MyReadingMapped, which provided over 50 book related sets of annotated Google Maps sites with location pictures.  Last week the site was taken down against the wishes of its author.  No further explanations were provided to the public.  This is a sad loss of a unique internet resource.  

If you would like to create your own annotated maps, Free Tech for Teachers has a video tutorial.  A site that is similar to MyReadingMapped is Google Lit Trips, which provides grade specific Google Earth “trips” for Grade School, Middle School, High School and Higher Ed.

Google Apps for Education (GAFE)

Add a Table of Contents to your Google Doc

When writing a long, multi-part document, it is often nice to include a Table of Contents. Google Docs has an easy to use tool which creates the TOC automatically from sections of your document and then keeps the tale up-to-date as you add, remove or change sections.
  1. In the Format menu and select Paragraph styles to add headings to sections of your document.
  2. When you have your sections set up, place the input cursor where you'd like to insert the table of contents.
  3. Using the Insert menu, and select Table of contents.
  4. You can continue to add headings to your document or change current headings.
  5. After you make a change to a section heading, you will need to refresh the table before the change appears there.  To do this, select the table.  You will see a “Refresh” link - click it.
  6. Do not use the TOC to make changes to section headings, it is generated from the sections themselves and any change that you make directly to the TOC will be wiped out the next time it is refreshed.

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