Author Archives: Jason Ruffell

Betamax or VHS?

Betamax was released to the public on the 10th May 1975, developed by the Sony Corporation. Just over a year later JVC released their VHS format. The decade that followed saw the two formats fight it out for market share … Continue reading

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Google Drive

Open your Staff Google Drive. Unlimited cloud-based storage space to keep all of your files. Access your work from any device and share your work between colleagues and collaborate on projects. Google Drive’s inbuilt suite of ‘apps’ allows collaborative working, … Continue reading

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Office 365 – free to all staff and students

Office 365 is now available to all staff and students at Sheffield Hallam University. It includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote and more, available for offline and online use. Our subscription entitles you to: Install Microsoft Office on up to 5 … Continue reading

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Zipping Office documents

Zip files can be used to combine and compress documents to be emailed but the .zip extension can also be used to deconstruct Office documents. Why would you want to deconstruct an Office file? Most people will have no reason … Continue reading

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Sorting data from a Google sheet in a webpage

We were asked if it was possible to import data from a Google Sheet in to a webpage that would allow the user to sort the data. The idea was that staff could go on to the webpage, check their data, email … Continue reading

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Creating Infographics

Infographics Infographics are a graphical representation of data. They are a great way to display information to make connections between different statistics. There are several online sites that allow you to create your own infographic. They include a range of … Continue reading

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Deconstructing a PowerPoint

Have you ever wanted to deconstruct a PowerPoint? To be able to extract all the images and embedded multi-media resources, videos and audio. Here’s a way that you can easily get access to all the materials. 1. Create a copy … Continue reading

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Using Google Maps to display information

Google Maps can be used to plot data graphically. Custom maps can be created and data inputted to show the locations of organisations/information. Data collected via a Google Form and stored in a Google Spreadsheet can be used to populate … Continue reading

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SEO Good Practice – Submitting your site to Google and Bing (Yahoo) for indexing.

Submitting your site to Google and Bing (Yahoo) for indexing. It is a good idea to create a sitemap and submit your site to both Google and Bing to make sure that your site is indexed correctly and appears in … Continue reading

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Collecting information via a form embedded on a website

Collecting data via a form is easy enough to do. Google forms can be embedded in to any webpage that supports iframes. This includes stand-alone HTML pages, WordPress sites and most Content Management Systems (CMS). Once you have created your … Continue reading

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