MathType

The St. Mark’s math department has more or less standardized on MathType as our office equation editor of choice (except for when we’re using Mathematica, etc., etc.). Faculty who receive a document with embedded MathType equations should be able to view them with the standard Microsoft Office Equation Editor, however edits are not reverse-compatible and, let’s…

Using Word to Get Feedback on Your Work

One of the most powerful tools for improving your work is to get feedback from others. And Microsoft Word allows you to get that feedback on your original document in such a manner that it is easy to separate the feedback from your writing — and to instantly make use of that feedback in your…

Cite your sources!

As you work to build convincing, evidence-based arguments in your work, you will find that you want to provide evidence based on the work of others. You need to cite that work, so that others know that a) you’re not just making stuff up (not very convincing) and b) that you have done your legwork…

Proofing Your Writing

One of the great joys of using a word processor is that it can provide you with some “cover” around spelling and grammar. (Of course, beware… if you rely overmuch on the built-in spelling and grammar tools, as with everything else in technology, you may run into embarrassing autocorrect issues.) A few key things that…

An introduction to writing and formatting in Microsoft Word

There are as many different ways to use Microsoft Word as there are different kinds of written information. Below are a few basic starting points for using Word as a tool (rather than being the tool that is being used by Word). Paste text with (or without) formatting — You can copy and paste text from other…

Microsoft Word

What is it? Microsoft Word is a “word processor” — that is, it is a tool for writing and editing documents. Where do I get it? You can purchase the entire Microsoft Office suite (including Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft PowerPoint) from the St. Mark’s Book Store (at a steeply-discounted price: usually around $35).…

How do I turn in a “Word File” if I don’t have Microsoft Word?

One of the things that teachers love about Canvas is the ability to use a feature called “SpeedGrader” that lets them give feedback on written assignments in the browser. But, for SpeedGrader to reliably show your teachers what you’ve written, you need to turn in a “Word File” — that is, a version of your…

Make sure you get files that “work” in SpeedGrader

SpeedGrader is one of the great things about Canvas — it lets you mark up student work in the browser. You and the student both get access to the feedback. You can add rubrics (that make it even faster to grade work and give meaningful feedback). It’s good stuff. But, sometimes, students will turn in work…