How to Make Math Learning Fun with Microsoft Office

microsoft office math resourcesGood teachers are always striving to make their lessons and subject matter more fun, interesting and easy to learn.

One of the most dreaded school subjects for many children is math. Most math teachers have a hard time getting their pupils and students interested in this subject. However, math educators of modern, digital age have a huge advantage over their colleagues who taught children in the age before Internet and advanced technology.There are so many tools and websites today that offer all sorts of math aids to make math entertaining and easy to grasp. For example, colorful worksheets, flash cards, games, and more visual and other aids.

One such tool that many educators have sitting on their computers is Microsoft Office. Although Word, Excel, PowerPoint or OneNote may not be the top choice that comes to mind when you need to prepare math learning materials, Microsoft Office provides pre-designed templates that you can use for quick preparation of fun math aids. Unlike traditional math assignments that often seemed scary and too challenging for students, these templates can help you make the challenge look like a game, and we all know that learning through game is the quickest way to learn.

Here are the math related templates in the most popular applications included in MS Office. You can download and adapt them to your needs.  Continue reading >>

13 Inspirational Pinterest Boards for All Things Halloween

Halloween is just around the corner and you haven’t even started your preparations? That’s very unlikely, since there are pumpkins, spiders, black cats and “boo’s” in all forms, colors and shapes scaring us from almost every window shop, and reminding us that it’s time to get ready for what’s probably the most entertaining holiday in a year.

However, if due to a hectic schedule you really are behind with the Halloween warm-up, and don’t really know where to start your search for original costumes, home decorations, gifts and food, don’t get scared yet! Thinking about you, we went straight to one of the best sources of creative ideas on the Web – Pinterest, and did some research for you. We hope our collection of 13 inspirational pinboards with all things Halloween will come handy. Everything you need for this year’s horrendously fun October 31 is waiting for you in there!

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How to Calculate Profit in Excel

As most of you know, Microsoft Excel can be a very powerful bookkeeping tool for anyone running a small business of their own. It enables users to easily and effectively keep track of money coming in and leaving the company with easy-to-follow spreadsheets and formulas that are very simple to use when calculating profits and expenses.

Here is a quick guide for putting together a spreadsheet for calculating profit.

Create a table to include the following values: Income, Expenses, Profit, and Percentage. Fill in the Income and Expenses columns.

Once you have done that, you can select the currency you are working with on the ribbon.

bookkeeping tips Your table should now look something like this:

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To get your profit, enter the formula “=a2-b2” into the c2 Profit cell.

bookkeeping tipsOnce you have received your profit amount, drag the corner of the cell to include the rest of your table.

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In order to get your profit percentage, enter the following formula into the blank cell under Percentage: = c2 / a2.

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How to Create Thematic PDF Photo Albums from Instagram Photos

convert instagram to pdf albumInstagram, thanks to its widespread popularity among smartphone and tablet users, has become a treasure trove of amazing images showcasing special moments in our lives. As the vacation season is drawing to an end, chances are many of you have your Instagram accounts stacked with beautiful albums full of vacation photos – exotic beach escapes or crazy beach parties with your friends, breathtaking places around the globe, backpacking through Europe, captures of funny moments with your kids on a family camping trip, and so on.

Although Instagram provides a great way to share those memorable moments with your family, friends and virtually anyone else, there are occasions when a more traditional, PDF photo album better serves a purpose. It has multiple advantages like:

  • - PDF photo albums can easily be printed and shared in the most traditional way. Printed PDF album is a great gift for grandpas and grandmas!
  • - PDF albums can be enjoyed without an Internet connection, on any device, running on any operating system.
  • - PDF format is great for archiving and making backups of important files, such as vacation and family photos.

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5 Tips For Environmentally Friendlier Document Printing

eco-friendlier printing tipsOnly the page that doesn’t get printed is eco-friendly or green.

In reality, however, this level of eco-friendliness and sustainability has yet to be achieved. Many of us, especially businesspeople and college students, can’t always avoid printing – no matter how environmentally conscious we are. However, we can all print less if we put our minds to it. To help you do that, we have prepared five actionable and easily implementable tips for environmentally friendlier document printing. Continue reading >>

25 MS Office 2013 Templates for Running your Small Business Effortlessly

ms office 2013 business document templatesRunning a small business by yourself is no small task, and small business owners need all the help they can get. Thankfully, organizing your business does not have to be that hard if you are a Microsoft Office user.

Microsoft offers a huge amount of free templates for its 2013 Office suite that can make running and organizing your business a much easier process. Here are 25 great Microsoft Office templates to check out if you need some help keeping all of your business-related data in order.

 

1) Meeting Agenda Template

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This is a great template for Microsoft Word that allows you to effortlessly plan out the agenda of a business meeting. You can quickly note all of the topics that you need to discuss at the meeting and share the agenda with everyone who will be in attendance so that they can prepare for the meeting ahead of time. Continue reading >>

7 Great Google Add-Ons to Use When Applying for Jobs

If you’re in the process of looking for a job, there’s a good chance that you are struggling with putting together all of the elements you are going to need to create a strong job application.

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Not only do you have to create a resume that is informative, well-presented and unique, but you are also probably spending a lot of time thinking about and writing cover letters, seeking out letters of recommendation, sprucing up your portfolios and whatever else you need to make a good case for yourself when applying for a position.

One of the most important aspects of this preparation process is to make sure that all of your materials look great and are presented in the best possible way. If you are student fresh out of college and looking for your first real place of employment, then you probably don’t have a lot of money to spend on productivity apps and software that can help you to create these documents.

Thankfully there are free alternatives. For example, you can use the Google Docs suite instead of Microsoft Office to create resumes and cover letters. And on top of that, Google has creative a bunch of great add-ons for Docs that can help you to create professional-looking and compelling job application documents even when you are working with no budget at all.

Here are some great Google add-ons to check out if you are looking for tools to make your job applications shine in order to get you your dream job.

Template Gallery

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Just like Microsoft Office offers a lot of great template for getting started when creating professional resumes, CVs and cover letters, Google offers some great ones as well. This template gallery offers a huge variety of fantastically designed templates that can get you started when trying to put together a neat and professional-looking job application.

ProWritingAid

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If your writing skills are not up to par with the skills presented in your resume and you don’t want your mediocre writing to ruin your chances of getting a job, this is a great tool to use. It allows you to improve your writing by showing you mistakes that you make. It helps you to avoid redundancies and clichés in your writing while helping you to brush up on grammatical mistakes and much more.

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How to Track Financial Data from Web in Excel 2013 Spreadsheets

import data from web in excelAnyone who works in the financial industries knows the importance of keeping good statistics. More likely than not, you are using a spreadsheet program on an everyday basis – most commonly, Microsoft Excel.

Excel has a great feature for importing financial data that and stats that you find online into your own spreadsheet and tracking data from Excel itself. This comes in very handy for anyone who works with stocks, currencies or any other type of constantly fluctuating data. With this Excel feature, you are able to not only import data you find online, but also set it up to automatically refresh these statistics within your spreadsheet whenever they change.

Here’s a step-by-step how-to guide at how to do this if you have the latest version of the Microsoft Office suite and are using Excel 2013.

Once you open your Excel spreadsheet, go to the Data tab and click on “From Web.”

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Enter the URL from which you want your data to be taken in the line on top of the window that says “Address” and then click Go. Continue reading >>

Top 7 Paperless Alternatives to Printable To-Do Lists

printable to-do list alternatives If you want to remember to do something, you had better write it down. This is especially true when it comes to our daily chores, tasks and all other to-do’s that just seem to keep piling up and coming down on us. One has to remember all sorts of dates like anniversaries and birthdays, groceries and other items to buy, an ever growing number of assignments and tasks to accomplish at work as an employee and a team member, and the list goes on and on. Most of us find it hard to keep up with all these responsibilities without a sort of to-do list that helps us get things done on daily basis. Some prefer to scribble down their chores and tasks on a piece of paper, while others, mostly business people and employees, have long preferred neatly typed and printed assignment lists. However, we all know that paper is very expensive in terms of environment sustainability. Thankfully, technology offers solutions and a really wide array of alternatives to printable to-do lists. It’s all a matter of finding and choosing the most suitable one. Let’s then inspect some of the best available free ones out there, for desktop and mobile productivity. Continue reading >>

How to Spell Check a PDF File

spell check pdfPDFs are, as the name says, portable documents. One of their obvious advantages and reasons for wide use is that they are not easily editable. When you send someone your report, essay, article or any other work you authored, it’s like saying: “Here is the document I want to show you or submit for your review. Open it, read it, send me your feedback or use it for obtaining information, but don’t change it. It’s not meant to be changed.” Basically, PDF is an electronic version of a paper, printed document.

But, documents are not always perfect and they can or should be double-checked and often improved on before they are published or used for various business and educational purposes. One real-life example would be if one of your students sent you a great book report that you would like to share on your class website, so other students and book readers can benefit from it. But, as great as your student’s work is, you need to spell check it at least and correct possible errors without alerting your student or asking them to send you an editable version of the document. So, how do you do that with the PDF document? Continue reading >>