Top Tools and Apps to Help Remote Learning During the Pandemic

Remote learning tips during COVID pandemic

A week into the new school year during the pandemic. It is a new normal that is trying to function as normally as possible with social distancing and safety measures in place.

Most universities in Canada, for instance, have implemented a blended method that combines both online and in-person learning environments, while younger students across Ontario are also being given the option of attending in-person or attending online. Definitely a change that can disrupt the learning process.

Online learning will rely heavily on new technological platforms and routines. The Internet is key, of course, and while we normally advocate doing things digitally and remotely, such a method isn’t ideal without the right tools to supplement your study plans.

For students, studying remotely now during the pandemic is lacking in things like hands-on lab learning, personal engagement, and one-on-one feedback – all of which can impact your focus and progress.

Essentially, the new normal of this pandemic will be putting the online e-course model to the test like never before. To help with that process, though, we put together a list of some helpful tools and sources that can tweak your studying sessions, your school’s online work, and your remote learning process.

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How Microsoft Editor Can Help You Write Like A Pro

Whether you’re a student researching and writing a paper, a business professional sending an email, or a freelancer revising a draft, being able to edit and correct anything you write is important.

This isn’t a new concept. You’re no doubt familiar with grammar and spelling checks in MS Word. However, when writing digitally and online is becoming a virtual staple in any type of work, it comes as no surprise that editing tools, add-ons, and document checking capabilities are becoming more popular, powerful and robust.

Google Docs has incorporated a native spell checker and suggestions, Grammarly has been one of the major standalone document checking tools on the market, and now Microsoft, who has been a major powerhouse in document creation and editing, has stepped into the game by building up its own editing tool: Microsoft Editor.

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4 Ways To View Microsoft Publisher Files

Different ways to open and view MS Publisher files

Microsoft Office Publisher files are perhaps one of the easiest and most common desktop publishing applications for anyone to use for creating print publications. With a few tips on how to use MS Publisher, you can start using the application like a professional editor.

Despite all its features and advantages for the common user, though, MS Publisher is notorious for its lack of compatibility with other applications. MS Publisher files aren’t as universal as you would assume.

It poses a major obstacle for collaboration, reviewing, and sharing Publisher content, which is an essential part of publishing print material. Limitations arise if a user doesn’t have a copy of MS Publisher installed. MS Publisher doesn’t have a dedicated viewer for opening or viewing its native file format. Moreover, MS Publisher files are pretty much the one Office format that causes problems for macOS users, because MS Publisher isn’t offered in Office for macOS.

Sound familiar?

In this post, we cover a few tips, hacks and suggestions that can help you open or view Microsoft Publisher files.

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How to Convert Scanned PDFs in a Different Language

OCR scanned PDFs in Spanish, French, and German

With the help of the Internet, working from anywhere and connecting with anyone in the world is possible. It not only generates new learning and working opportunities, it also exposes you to different languages.

Whether you’re working PDF manuals in French, a business contract in Spanish or downloadable documents in German, you need to be able to work with that content.

Regardless of how you come across the information or why you need it, one thing you can count on is that there will be a time when you need to convert PDFs that are in a different language, both native and scanned PDFs alike.

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Journalism Technology Toolbox | Clean, Analyse & Visualize Data

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As you may know, we’ve started up the first annual Investintech – CAJ Data Journalism scholarship, and we wanted to take a moment to focus on you, the student, who may be interested in applying.

The scholarship is aimed at helping students develop strong storytelling chops and the data skills to back it up, now a common expectation in the journalism industry. 

As a student, you can expect to come up against a number of challenges as you embark on your career, not only financially, but also technically.

The storytelling tools you need come in all shapes and forms. Thus, if you’re just getting your feet wet as a student journalist, we’ve put together a few tip offs on some tools you can expect to encounter in your career as a journalist, and where they may help you out the most.

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