Creating Your Own YouTube Instructional Videos

YouTubeAs a teacher, I find YouTube to be an incredibly useful tool. I decided to tape my own lectures so that they are always available for those students who need to review the materials.

It’s really easy to make your own videos and screenshots. Here is the list of tools you need.

  1. Any camcorder and a tripod. The tripod I use is the Sunpak 620-020.
  2. A usb headset. I use the Plantronics Audio 478. Also recommended: Microsoft LifeChat LX-6000.
  3. On Windows, Windows Movie Maker. On the Mac, iMovie.
  4. For capturing a computer screen, Techsmith’s SnagIt.

The software tools above will let you upload directly to YouTube.

One note: by default, YouTube only let you upload videos that are 15 minutes long.  To upload longer videos, follow the steps in the page below.

You will be a videographer in no time!

Make PowerPoint Go Back to the Previous Slide with Right Mouse Click



I still run into situations where I have to use PowerPoint for presentations. One small annoyance with PowerPoint is that while it’s in the Slide Show mode, when you right-click on the mouse, that action brings up the menu instead of moving the slide back. Not the best use of the right click in my opinion. You can change this behavior by following the steps below.

  1. In PowerPoint, go to the File menu, then to Options.

  2. Go to Advanced, then scroll down to Slide Show.2014-04-11_14-16-35
  3. Uncheck the Show menu on right mouse click option.
  4. Press OK.

From this point on, when you are in the Slide Show, you can move back one slide by right clicking on the mouse.

Use This Weekend to Update Your Passwords


You may have heard about the “Heartbleed” bug. Essentially, you have to do three things:

  1. Get a password manager. I use and highly recommend LastPass ($12/year; well worth it).
  2. Use the password manager to replace the passwords. See the link below for the websites affected:
  3. Enable two-factor authentication wherever available.

If you want to read the details on the bug in plain English, here is a link:

Deleting Gmail Messages in Outlook

Gmail is very specific when it comes to deleting vs. archiving in mail clients such as Outlook. When a message is “expunged” in Outlook, the default Gmail action is to archive it (so it still shows up in All Mail) rather than deleting it. You can change this behavior in Gmail itself.

  1. Go to Gmail’s settings (or via this link).
  2. In the IMAP Access section, select the following options:
    • When I mark a message in IMAP as deleted:

Auto-Expunge off – Wait for the client to update the server.

    • When a message is marked as deleted and expunged from the last visible IMAP folder:

Move the message to the Trash



I had no idea that Gmail is this particular…