About Kathy

I love being involved in education because I am always learning something new and exciting. I have been teaching and helping students for over 25 years with computer applications and keyboarding classes. Before computers, I helped students learn how to use dedicated word processors. It was a long time ago! Currently, I work at MiraCosta College, a community college in California, where I teach computer applications for the Computer Applications Department and keyboarding classes for the Business Office Technology Department. I teach one- and two-day computer courses through Community Services, and work as an Instructional Assistant II for the Academic Information Services Department. I’ve been enjoying my jobs at MiraCosta for over 20 years! Prior to MiraCosta, I worked at Eldorado Business College teaching word processing and business courses. And, for about 15 years I’ve been teaching online courses (PowerPoint 2010, 2007, & 2003, and Keyboarding) through Education to Go, a division of Cengage Learning. I find teaching and learning online an awarding experience. I enjoy reading, learning, traveling, and spending time with my family. Kathy

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Shop Amazon Devices – Fire TV $15 Off

Shop Amazon Devices – Fire TV $15 Off

August 28 through September 2, 2016

Deals and Special Offers

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Working with Folders and File in Google Drive

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Introduction to PowerPoint 2016 online class

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Introduction to Microsoft PowerPoint 2016

Take your PowerPoint presentations from ordinary to extraordinary! In these lessons, you’ll learn how to use Microsoft PowerPoint 2016 (now available through Office 365) to create professional-quality slide presentations that grab and hold your audience’s attention from start to finish.

You’ll start by learning how to plan and create dazzling slide presentations using a variety of slide and layout masters that make global changes to your presentation in a snap. You’ll also see how to embellish your slides with pictures, shapes, WordArt, and SmartArt, as well as multimedia effects such as animations, slide transitions, audio, video, and text and object hyperlinks.

And that’s just the start! You’ll explore the options on the PowerPoint Ribbon, including the new Tell Me feature (an enhanced Help feature) and Smart Lookup, which allows you to look up definitions of a word or phrase. You’ll explore the File menu options and Backstage View, and learn how to print slides, handouts, and even an outline. And you’ll discover the best view for creating and editing your slides and running your presentations, including how to use Reading View to proof your work.

You’ll have fun creating a PowerPoint photo album with your digital pictures, and become acquainted with OneDrive and PowerPoint Online to save, edit, and share your presentations online. Finally, you’ll add versatility to your PowerPoint skills as you learn how to use the Share and Export commands to save presentations as PDF files, videos, and more.

Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced user, these lessons will teach you how to turn simple slides into a polished and exciting presentation that will make your message memorable. If you want to take your PowerPoint skills to a higher level, this is the course for you!

Enroll today: Introduction to Microsoft PowerPoint 2016

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Mail Merge with Microsoft Outlook 2013 and Excel 2013

Check out this Office support article explaining how to use Outlook 2013 for a mail merge. I created the list in Excel and it worked great!

https://support.office.com/en-ie/article/Use-Word-mail-merge-for-email-0f123521-20ce-4aa8-8b62-ac211dedefa4?ui=en-US&rs=en-IE&ad=IE

Kathy Van Pelt

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Gmail Tutorial 2014 – Quick Start by Anson Alexander

 

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Title Only Slide Master Image

Title Only Slide Master

Title Only slide master

PowerPoint 2010 Urban Pop Theme

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PowerPoint 2013: Text Basics

Very basic video for beginning PowerPoint 2013 users:

 

by GCFLearnFree.org

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Access and edit your files from anywhere – Office for Mac video

Did you know that you can save, edit, and share your Office for Mac files online for free, from any computer with a Web browser and Internet connection? Watch this video series to learn how.

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Introduction to Dreamweaver CS6 Online Class

Introduction to Dreamweaver CS6 Online Class

Introduction to Dreamweaver CS6You’ve taken your first steps into Web design, and your fingers are beginning to cramp from all that typing—but don’t panic! Developing your coding skills has not been in vain! You’re ready for Dreamweaver—Adobe’s preeminent Web development application—which has been designed from the ground up to make developing websites easier.

You’ll begin by touring the Dreamweaver workspace and configuring it for your specific site-management needs. You’ll learn how to use Dreamweaver’s intuitive tool set to structure text, and investigate the myriad formatting options CSS provides. Along the way, you’ll work with images, build navigation elements, discuss effective layout methods, learn where and when to use tables, and examine successful site planning strategies. By the end of the course, you’ll have successfully built a website and know how to use Dreamweaver’s built-in FTP tools to upload to the server of your choice.

Students who have enrolled in this class agree that it’s a great one. There’s what a few have said:

This was my first time taking an online course. I found it to be concise and easy to follow while giving me a great overview of Dreamweaver while giving me all the tools I needed in order to start making a website. In other words, it has given me a great foundation.

This course was very helpful for me. I am an Oracle developer/analyst who is transitioning into the web design/development/social media world. This course has given me a great foundation upon which to build. I will definitely be taking other courses from KSU continuing education department. Thanks for the knowledge.

Great class, Great Instructor! This is not my first class with Robert Fuller and won’t be my last. I have taken many class’s through ed2go but I always have learned the most with him as my instructor, not slighting the others because I know they are good but something about his style I connect with. I thoroughly enjoyed this class and learned enough to be dangerous. Looking forward to more classes.

Sounds like a good class, doesn’t it?

Imagine how excited you’ll be to have the skills you need to create your Website with Dreamweaver!

Read more here

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Office 2013 – Office 365 Tips

Microsoft’s Office-15-Minute webinars are currently covering the new Office 2013 features.

I just watched the Office 15-Minute Webinar — Favorite features in the new Office YouTube video and learned that we can edit PDF files in Word 2013! Check it out:

 

 

For more Office 2013 tips, visit this website:

http://www.microsoft.com/office/timeto365/tips-EN-US.aspx

And check out these great Office 2013 Quick Start Guides:

http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/support/office-2013-quick-start-guides-HA103673669.aspx

Feel free to post your Office tips or questions for me!

Kathy

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