Microsoft Lists: First Look

Microsoft Lists isn’t your ordinary list-making app. This powerful information tracking app in Microsoft 365 (formerly Office 365) stores multiple pieces of information about each item on a list, and allows you to view that information in specific, useful ways. Lists can help your team stay on task and organized with product inventories, bug trackers, detailed event schedules, and much more. This short course was designed to help you get up to speed with Lists. Instructor Nick Brazzi shows how to create a list from scratch or from a predesigned template. He then explains how to edit your newly created list, change the layout and create new custom views (including a calendar view), and share lists across your organization. And since Microsoft Lists integrates with Microsoft Teams, Nick also shows how to build and collaborate on your lists in Teams.

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September is Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Awareness Month

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs) is an umbrella term used to describe the range of effects that can occur in an individual with prenatal alcohol exposure. These effects can have lifelong implications including physical, mental, behavior, and/or learning issues.

The term FASD encompasses the following conditions:

  • Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS)
    • FAS is on the most severe end of the FASD spectrum. It describes people with the greatest alcohol effects, causing signs and symptoms so distinct that the diagnosis is based on special measurements and findings in each of the 3 following areas:

      • Three specific facial abnormalities: smooth philtrum (the area between nose and upper lip), thin upper lip, small palpebral fissures (the horizontal eye openings)

      • Growth deficit (lower than average height, weight or both)

      • Central nervous system (CNS) abnormalities (structural, neurologic, functional, or a combination of these)

  • Partial Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (pFAS)
    • When a person does not meet the full diagnostic criteria for FAS but has a history of prenatal alcohol exposure and some of the facial abnormalities, as well as a growth problem or CNS abnormalities that person is considered to have partial FAS (pFAS)
  • Alcohol-Related Neurodevelopmental Disorder (ARND)
    • People with ARND do not have abnormal facial features or growth problems, but do have problems with how their brain and nervous system were formed as well as how they function. These individuals may have:

      In particular, a 2011 federally convened committee that reviewed the science noted that these children are most likely to have problems with neurocognitive development, adaptive functioning, and or behavior regulation.

  • Neurobehavioral Disorder Associated with Pre-Natal Alcohol Exposure (ND-PAE)
    • In addition to confirmed prenatal alcohol exposure, these individuals have impairment of neurocognition, self-regulation, and adaptive functioning. ND-PAE combines deficits is these three areas in conjunction with the following:

      • Evidence of prenatal alcohol exposure

      • Childhood onset of symptoms

      • Significant distress or impairment in social, academic, occupational, or other important area of function

  • Alcohol-Related Birth Defects (ARBD)
    • People with ARBD have problems with how some of their organs were formed and or how they function, including:

      • Heart

      • Kidney

      • Bones (possibly the spine)

      • Hearing

      • Vision

      These individuals also may have one of the other FASDs.

FASDs can happen only when a pregnant woman consumes alcohol. The alcohol crosses the placenta and enters the baby’s blood where it can damage the developing brain and other organs leading to an FASD. Developing babies have the same blood alcohol concentration as their mother, but they lack the ability to process or metabolize alcohol. 

No amount of alcohol use is known to be safe for a developing baby before birth. Any amount of alcohol, even a glass of wine, passes from the mother to the developing baby. Wine, beer, or distilled spirits (vodka, rum, tequila, etc.) all pose a risk. FASDs are 100% preventable if a woman does not drink alcohol during pregnancy.

Alcohol causes more harm than heroin or cocaine during pregnancy. The Institute of Medicine says, “Of all the substances of abuse (including cocaine, heroin, and marijuana), alcohol produces by far the most serious neurobehavioral effects in the fetus.” 

1 in 100 babies have FASD, nearly the same rate as Autism.  FASD is more prevalent than Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, SIDS, Cystic Fibrosis, and Spina Bifida combined. Alcohol use during pregnancy is the leading preventable cause of birth defects, developmental disabilities, and learning disabilities.

The National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS) has created some fact sheets to educate people about FASDs. Some of these fact sheets that may be of interest are:

No one treatment is right for every child, as FASD and its constellation of symptoms differ from one child to another. FASDs need a medical home to provide, coordinate, and facilitate all the necessary medical, behavioral, social, and educational services.

  • Many types of available treatments include but are not limited to:
    • Developmental services
    • Educational interventions
    • Behavior modification
    • Parent training
    • Social skills training
    • Medications and other medical therapies
    • Transition planning
    • Advocacy in school and the workplace
    • Referral for community support services
    • Coordination across the specialists, partners, and needed supports
    • Primary care in a high quality medical home setting with care integration

Treatment plans should be adaptable to the child’s and family’s needs, plus include close monitoring and follow-up.

FASDs last a lifetime. There is no cure for FASDs, but identifying children with FASDs as early as possible can help them reach their potential. Research has shown that early identification and enrollment in treatment can significantly improve an affected child’s development and life.

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Student Loan Forgiveness Is Top Education Priority for Voters This Election: Survey

The 2020 presidential election is around the corner, and while voters might be focusing on the economy or the COVID-19 pandemic, many are also worried about education issues. A new Student Loan Hero survey found that when it comes to education, student loan forgiveness is the top concern, cited by nearly 1 in 5 respondents, […]

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How to improve your writing speed for HSC exams.

Are you struggling to write more than 600 words in your HSC essays? In this video, Rowan will share 2 tips to improve your writing speed and get heaps on the page in exams! Subscribe for more vids ► Find an article on writing speed here ► Have more questions about studying for the HSC? Leave them in the comments below. So take a second and say ‘Hey’ and ask a question 😉 — FOLLOW ART OF SMART FACEBOOK: HSC RESOURCES:… — ABOUT #AOSTV At Art of Smart we’re on a mission to help you answer the difficult question, “What am I going to do with my life when I finish school, and how do I get there?” We provide world-class K-12 tutoring and mentoring to help you get options for life after school, career and leadership mentoring to help you develop the skills needed when you finish school, and help you road test your dream careers. Everything we do is based on over 8 years of research with Australia’s top students, and work with over 10,000 students around Australia. Find out more here:

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iOS 14 and iPadOS: iPhone and iPad Essential Training

Want to get the most out of your iPhone or iPad? This course can help. Whether you’re looking to upgrade to iOS 14 or iPadOS 14—the operating systems powering iPhone and iPad devices—or you’re new to iPhones and iPads in general, instructor Garrick Chow has you covered. Learn how to customize your Home screen and add widgets, manage files and storage, and type more efficiently by leveraging predictive text and iPadOS-only features like Scribble, which converts the text you write by hand with the Apple Pencil into typed text. Plus, explore the core features of iOS and iPadOS, such as video conferencing with FaceTime, texting with iMessage, sending and receiving money with Apple Cash, and more. Along the way, get an in-depth look at some of the most useful and fun new features packed into iOS 14 and iPadOS 14.

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Designing a Brochure

Brochures are essential marketing tools, which establish brands and help them cut through the clutter from the competition. Here designer and educator Nigel French taps into his 20+ years of professional experience and shows how to use Adobe InDesign (with some help from Illustrator and Photoshop) to create a brochure. Throughout the course, Nigel puts each concept into context as he steps through the creation of a travel brochure. He explains how to prepare photos, create maps, place and fine-tune text, and even create a 3D mockup of the project that will fit nicely in your portfolio. Upon wrapping up this course, you’ll be ready to produce a stylish brochure of your own.

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Creating a Communications Strategy

A communications strategy is the backbone of any good marketing or communications program. It provides a focus, with a clear goal and roadmap for how to best get your message to your target audience, and ensures that your messages are memorable and move people to action. Learning how to craft a communications strategy can help you to be a masterful communicator. In this course, discover ways to identify your audience, build a communications strategy, measure your results, and adjust to feedback. Find out how to break through the noise and connect with your audience clearly reliably and how to respond with consistency when crisis hits. (Author: Mory Fontanez)

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Photoshop: Advanced Adjustment Layers and Blend Modes

From powerful shortcuts to precise masking, this course can help you see Photoshop adjustment layers and blend modes in a whole new light. In this course, Rich Harrington unlocks some of the least-used options for his favorite features in Photoshop 2020. Learn how to use adjustment layers and blend modes to color correct and tone images, convert photos to black and white, add style, and fix exposure—all completely nondestructively. Rich also explores the hidden power of the “auto” options, lookup tables, gradient maps, and Smart Objects, and shows how to limit your adjustments when you want to achieve a subtler effect. By the time you finish the course, you’ll have a more advanced understanding of adjustment layers and blend modes, and know how to make complex, nondestructive changes to any image. (Author: Richard Harrington)

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Construction Management: Modular Construction Methods

Modular construction is a collection of practices and techniques for constructing buildings offsite. These factories can build walls, rooms, or entire multistory buildings using the same materials, codes, and standards as conventionally built construction. In this course, you can learn about the different types of modular construction, understand their limitations and advantages, and learn how to manage the modular construction process. Instructor Jim Rogers also explains how onsite and premanufactured processes combine and describes how to leverage modular components in a traditional construction project in order to leverage benefits such as increased sustainability.

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