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Intel Education Help Guide in the School

Help Guide in the Classroom

The Intel® Education Help Guide is a flexible resource for teachers and students.

  • The Help Guide can be used with a variety of computers, productivity software, and operating systems.
  • Instructions are organized by productivity tool, such as Word Processing or Spreadsheets, to streamline finding and learning specific skills.
  • Instructions are written in student-friendly language, helping students learn the language of technology while they practice the skills.

Because the Help Guide is comprehensive and easy to use, students can use it to support their technology-based learning activities. Some strategies for using the Help Guide with students include:

Teacher Demonstrations: Before beginning a project, model how to use the Help Guide for a skill that students will need during the project and encourage students to experiment with related skills. For example:

  • Demonstrate how to create a worksheet to record data and ask students to experiment with filtering and sorting data (Spreadsheets Skill 6)
  • Demonstrate how to add comments when reviewing peers’ work and ask students to experiment with other reviewing tools (Word Processing Skill 11)

Creation of Skill Challenges: Help students explore and develop new technology literacy skills by presenting short prompts and allowing students to browse the Help Guide skill groups to learn how to complete the skills. For example:

  • How would you set up a word processing document with three columns for a newsletter layout? (Word Processing Skill 6.6)
  • How would you make a bar chart or line graph from spreadsheet data? (Spreadsheets Skill 8)

Making Every Student an Expert: Create small “skill expert” groups and ask each member to use the Help Guide to learn a specific skill and be prepared to teach it to other students. For example:

  • Modify an existing graphic for an electronic publication with each member learning a specific skill:
    • Erase part of a picture (Graphics Skill 3.2)
    • Rotate part of a picture (Graphics Skill 3.9)
    • Stretch part of a picture (Graphics Skill 3.10)
    • Use new colors in a picture (Graphics Skill 3.13)
  • Add animation to a multimedia presentation with each member learning a specific skill:
    • Create slide transitions (Multimedia Skill 8.1)
    • Make an object move (Multimedia Skill 8.3)
    • Create a motion path (Multimedia Skill 8.7)
    • Play sound (Multimedia Skill 8.10)

Help Guide for You and Your Colleagues

Adults find the Help Guide useful for just-in-time training for targeted productivity software features. Whether you are a staff developer, technology coordinator, principal, or teacher, you can highlight best practices for the Help Guide to your colleagues.

Model Practical Technology Skills: You can show the Help Guide at a department or faculty meeting to help your colleagues, paraprofessionals, administrators, and other staff members see how easily they can learn new technology skills. Consider:

  • Modeling how to use mail merge with spreadsheet data to create weekly progress reports
  • Demonstrating the use of templates to create a class newsletter

Spread the Word: You can remind educators frequently that the Help Guide can help them refresh old skills and develop new ones. You might want to:

  • Feature a technology tip in the school newsletter or flyer in the faculty room
  • Prompt a technology skill challenge

Help Guide for Parents and Community Members

Like students and educators, parents can also benefit from using the Help Guide. You can introduce the Help Guide to parents and demonstrate how it can help them help their children use technology for schoolwork or personal projects. You might want to:

  • Describe the Help Guide in electronic or print newsletters, provide handouts at open houses or conferences, and link to it from class or school Web sites
  • Show parents how to find the Help Guide in various languages or direct them to the English language learners’ (ELL) version, which includes images of English applications with instruction in different languages