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Hi All,

I'd like to thank everyone who responded to my teaching technology with an emphasis 
on Microsoft Office products query, especially Robert Joyce.  Below are the answers 
I received.  (I've cc'ed everyone who responded and I have also attached a document 
sent me by bsj003@shsu.edu )

BTW, I basically pasted the body of the emails and copied them into this email.  Is 
there a better or more elegant way to do this?

Thanks again,
Diana




INTERACTIVE KEYBOARDING:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/typing/

Choose between four skill levels to begin with, and use 
the remainder of the levels for your students to progress 
through as they become more competent with keyboarding 
tasks. Lively animals guide students through keyboard 
familiarity with hands-on exercises.

USING INTERACTIVE WHITEBOARDS:
http://www.topmarks.co.uk/Interactive.aspx

Numerous suggestions help you use interactive whiteboards 
in your own classroom with ideas for exploring patterns, 
numbers, mathematical concepts, and more.

TEACHING WITH TECHNOLOGY IN UPPER ELEMENTARY:
http://www.tlt.ab.ca/projects/Div2/index_div2.html 
http://www.riverdeep.net/portal/page?_pageid=353,157694,353_157695&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL

Science projects here include a Cloud Watcher Poster, a 
Tid Bits Database to use in any subject, or a Wetlands 
and Endangered Animals Identification Cards student ac-
tivity. For sixth grade language arts, try the genre and 
book report site or a spelling quest program. Grade four 
projects include exercises in Statistics and Probability,
a pizza survey, and a spreadsheet activity on Changes in 
Daytime Shadow Lengths. Projects cover 4th through 6th 
grades, with a wide range of technology training features 
incorporated into all aspects of the curriculum. For a 
great technology tool to employ for many of your projects,
try the Student Writing Center for grades 4 to 9, availa-
ble at the 2nd link above.

TEACHING SPREADSHEETS:
http://www.primaryresources.co.uk/ict/ict2.htm

Numerous different spreadsheet activities are available 
in pdf lesson plans, covering grades three through six.

A VARIETY OF SPREADSHEET ACTIVITIES:
http://www.fi.edu/fellows/fellow4/may99/spreadsheet.html

Find several exercises to incorporate spreadsheet activi-
ties into your lesson plans, including timelines for Sit-
ting Bull, interview forms, Civil War battle graphing, 
and more.

IDEAS FOR COMPUTER TEACHERS:
http://www.teachers.net/lessons/posts/1927.html

If you need some fresh suggestions for computer lessons 
in your lab or classroom, try this list of innovative 
teaching ideas; great for middle school classes.

COMPUTER CAPERS:
http://www.buddyproject.org/capers/default.asp

Here is a huge resource for computer/technology activities 
that can easily be incorporated into either your computer 
lab time, or any of your current areas of study across the 
curriculum. Simply define your parameters with grade and 
topic, then submit for a wide variety of technology-based 
exercises.

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 http://www.dillon2.k12.sc.us/technology/newsletters/january2006.asp


We use Power Point to teach many information technology and library skills
lessons.  We have no chalkboard or whiteboard, so the Destination computer
is the best display I have.  And a visual lesson helps focus the students,
so we use Power Point Jeopardy, Millionaire and slide shows to introduce
and reinforce lessons.

***
I have made a Power Point on using the Big 6.  I love using PP to introduce
skills.  Kids like to watch them --versus you talking in front of
them-----just so much more powerful.

***
I created a short, simple PP presentation to explain to my 2nd graders the
concepts of title, author, and subject.  Then I "shifted" our patron
catalog page onto the screen to show them how to use these terms to search
our catalog.

***
I use Powerpoint to introduce intro lit. concepts to 5-8th graders.  For
instance, I have a ppt presentation to introduce plagiarism and then we do
a project on paraphrasing, summarizing, etc.

This is followed, of course, by hands-on activities which are taught in a
computer lab.  I introduce most of my research skills lessons with a ppt
presentation, using imbedded links for websites I want to show the kids.  I
have ppt's on Presentation Skills, Search Strategies, Reference Resources,
and Evaluation of Sources.  I don't spend a lot of time "jazzing up" the
ppt's - I just use them as a tool to easily screen the main points of the
lesson and provide easy links to important sites.

***

Since purchasing an lcd projector this past year, both the guidance counselor
and myself are trying to use more PowerPoint shows.  We are a mostly low-
income school, so many of our students are not familiar with the program.  I
prepared a slideshow to use when presenting the Big6 method to my 4th and 5th
grade students this year, and it went very well.  Hopefully, I'll be able to
incorporate more next year.

***
Try the page at
<http://www.shambles.net/informationliteracy/>http://www.shambles.net/informationliteracy/

click on the
"<http://www.shambles.net/pages/learning/infolit/infolitlp/>Teaching Info
Literacy" subheading


Toni Buzzeo, MA, MLIS <mailto:tonibuzzeo@tonibuzzeo.com>
Maine Library Media Specialist of the Year Emerita
Maine Association of School Libraries Board Member
Buxton, ME 04093
http://www.tonibuzzeo.com



LINKS for Microsoft Word in the Classroom 

Creating a Test using Microsoft Word
http://www.education-world.com/a_tech/techtorial/techtorial020.shtml 

Teacher Training Documents for a variety of Microsoft products
http://www.bcsd.k12.id.us/district/traindocs.html 

Barchart for Microsoft Word XP
http://www.barcharts.com/chartDetails.php?sku=595-5 

Computer Science lesson plans from Ask Eric
<http://www.askeric.org/cgi-bin/lessons.cgi/Computer_Science>
http://www.askeric.org/cgi-bin/lessons.cgi/Computer_Science 

Microsoft's Lesson Plans
<http://www.microsoft.com/education/lesson/productivity/>
http://www.microsoft.com/education/lesson/productivity/ 

More Microsoft Lesson Plans
<http://www.microsoft.com/education/lesson/productivity/index.asp>
http://www.microsoft.com/education/lesson/productivity/index.asp 

Lesson Plans for Word, Excel, and Power Point
<http://www.esconett.org/lajoyaisd/cavazos/tie/msoffice.htm>
http://www.esconett.org/lajoyaisd/cavazos/tie/msoffice.htm 

Lesson Plans for Word from the University of Tennessee
<http://www.utc.edu/~tpa/mcallister/lesson.html>
http://www.utc.edu/~tpa/mcallister/lesson.html 

Ready-made lessons for Word
<http://www.memphis-schools.k12.tn.us/admin/tlapages/msword_index.htm>
http://www.memphis-schools.k12.tn.us/admin/tlapages/msword_index.htm 

Tutorial for Beginners Using Microsoft Word
<http://www.electricteacher.com/tutorials.htm>
http://www.electricteacher.com/tutorials.htm 

Tutorial for Microsoft Office XP
<http://www.pitt.edu/~edindex/OfficeindexXP2.html>
http://www.pitt.edu/~edindex/OfficeindexXP2.html 

On-line technology tutorials
http://www.internet4classrooms.com/on-line2.htm 

Links for Microsoft Word users http://www.electricteacher.com/links.htm 

Ideas for using Microsoft Word with students
http://www.hardin.k12.ky.us/res_techn/pdonline/introword.htm 

Literacy activities using Microsoft Word
http://teach.fcps.net/talk/apps.asp?appsName=Microsoft%20Word 

Technology Tips for Teachers
http://www.essdack.org/tips/ 

Keyboarding resources
http://jeffcoweb.jeffco.k12.co.us/isu/itech/keybo/keydx.htm 

Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators
http://school.discovery.com/schrockguide/ 

Publications for teachers that contain lesson plans
http://www.kcppublications.com/acatalog/KCP_Publications_Primary_ICT_17.
html 

IN TIME (watch videos of teachers integrating technology in the classroom)
http://www.intime.uni.edu/video.html 

"Try Before You Buy" software site by ZDNet Downloads
Teaching Templates, WebQuiz 2002, Map Worksheet Factory, Vocabulary 
Worksheet Factory
http://downloads-zdnet.com.com/3150-2051-0.html?tag=dir

 http://www.ecps.k12.nc.us/technology/handform.htm

http://www.pitt.edu/~poole/onlinebooks.htm

>  Here is Part 1:
>
>  Kids like free things, and kids like downloading stuff, so a lesson
> that will
> probably really stick with them would be how to download and install
> OpenOffice
> at home. With OOo they can do the things they've learned in Word
> because almost
> all of the behavior is the same, but they'll save their parents the
> cost of
> buying this expensive program just to write a few papers.
>
> I would teach the use of styles as the most fundamental skill usually
> overlooked by word processor users. Styles are important for modern
> word
> processing, but their use also spills over into many other computing
> skillsets,
> especially in the age of the web (styles will be great for students who
> are
> later learning HTML and XML and CSS).
>
> ========================================
>    Shelly-Cashman produces a textbook (used in high schools and colleges) 
> that might provide the easy lessons you need. Although it is used in 
> higher ed, don't let that scare you away. They typically contain very 
> little reading and a lot of pictures. You would be able to pick and choose 
> a topic to teach using their lessons.
>
>
>  I love to do name signs to teach formatting. I usually have done it with 
> second grade but the basic skills are good for anyone. It should be one 
> half hour lesson and lots of fun.
>
>  1. Type their name.
>  2. Highlight.
>  3. Copy
>  4. Press Enter.
>  5. Paste. - You can use the keyboard shortcuts here to teach that. 
> (Prepare for oohs)
>  6. Make 10 names total.
>  7. Highlight first name.
>  8. Locate it on line - center, tab, right justify - use this to teach 
> ways to get the word across the page.
>  9. Format - font, color, size, other aspects of formatting (this lets 
> them get choosing all different types of fonts out of their system)
>  10. Do this with the rest of the names.  They should have their name in 
> different fonts and colors all over the page.
>  11. Print - but only if it's one page.  How can they tell that?
>  12. Print Preview.
>
>  Skills - copy, paste, keyboard commands, justification, centering, tab, 
> formatting, print preview
>
>
>
>  this is really simple as I use it with 1st grade.
>  I like to read Chrysanthyum by Kevin Henkes.
>  We discuss and talk about their names, how they got them. I tell them to 
> ask their parents why they gave them that name etc.
>  Then they are instructed how to open a MS word doc
>  Type their first and last, middle is optional
>  Then I teach them how to change font color size, etc
>    Also you can teach them word art with their name. They love that. Print 
> it in color and they can put on their room door at home
>
>
>
> Do you teach changing fonts? Size? Word Art?
>
> One activity our kids like is writing their names in
>
> as many different ways as possible.
>
>
>
> What about inserting a graphic?
>
>
>
>
> For 3rd & 4th short, easy lessons are best:
>
> copy and paste
>
> how to spellcheck (especially showing how it isn't perfect!)
>
> dictionary, thesaurus
>
> insert clip art (from file, from online clip art gallery)
>
> Word Art
>
> Insert a table
>
> Proper use of bullets
>
> Fonts
>
> Justification
>
> Formatting (at the end of a document!)
>
> setting tabs, margins
>
> Insert page break
>
>
>
> Just look at a Word document and you'll probably come up with more.
>
>
>
> I use these tutorials with my 6th graders, but maybe you can some how
>
> incorporate it with your 4th grade classes. They are fun lessons.
>
> http://www.kidsnetsoft.com/applications/word.html
>
>
>
>
> I use WORD to teach icons and also do a Cinquain poetry with them. I
>
> Also teach WordArt, which is fun :)
>
> The icons are on the 5th grade on my site: www.mikids.com
>
>
>
> (I used GOG (Good old Google) to find a cinquain lesson  KH)
>
>
> If you haven't yet, check out http://inpics.net/word2003.html for a
>
> picture-based tutorial on using Word. Your students might take to it
>
> and/or it might be helpful to you teaching them.
>
>
> How about a simple flyer.  Have the kids brainstorm an item they wish to 
> promote, or a school event, or something the wish to sell.  I used our 
> school carnival in this project.  Again, this was for a class that I took. 
> I'm sending you the directions .
>  Creating a Flyer in Microsoft Word
>  Goal: To be able to create a quick, creative flyer for use in your 
> classroom or school.
>  Directions: We will use the school carnival as an example, once you 
> understand these procedures you will be able to create your own flyer for 
> any occasion.
>
>   Open Microsoft Word and change all margins by going to File - Page 
> Setup, click on the Margins tab, and then set the margins for 0.75. Leave 
> Orientation on Portrait. Click OK.
>  Notice, all four margins set at 0.75.
>
>   Now pick one of these topics: Games, Food, or Prizes.
>   On the Menu Bar - Go to Format - Borders and Shading
>   For now, bring the Page Border tab forward. Someday you should 
> experiment with the Borders and Shading options.
>   Click on the drop down arrow under the Art heading and choose a border 
> that fits your topic. I chose food and then a cake border.
>   Under the Width heading you can make your graphic smaller or larger, I 
> personally like to make them as large as they'll go which is 31.
>   If you can change the color of your border the Color area will be 
> available also. The cake graphic can not be changed.
>   Notice the Preview area, if you do not wish to have your border surround 
> the entire document, you can remove by clicking on the buttons that apply 
> to the borders, try it, notice how this changes your document, it might 
> not be the effect you want especially when using graphics.
>  Color heading, not available
>  Width heading.
>  Options button.
>  Art heading.
>
>   The next thing you'll want to do is click on the Options button on the 
> right hand side. See where it says: Measure from, using the drop down 
> arrow, change from Edge of Page to Text. This keeps your border from being 
> cut off at the bottom of the page.
>  Measure from: Text
>
>   Click OK, then click OK in the next dialog box.
>   Now go to Insert - Picture - Word Art. (If your Drawing toolbar is open 
> you can click on the blue A to bring this up).
>   Choose a style then type in your category. Click OK
>   You can now format, resize, change colors, etc. by using the options on 
> the floating Word Art toolbar that appears when you Click on your text in 
> your document.
>   Now let's add a graphic. Go to Insert - Picture - Clip Art or Click on 
> the picture icon on the Drawing Toolbar that says Insert Clip Art.
>   In the Clip Art column on the right, type your category name in the 
> Search for: box and Click Go. Click on the graphic you want, and notice a 
> drop down arrow appears and you can Insert from here, or just Double Click 
> the graphic. It is now in your document where you can resize and/or 
> position.
>
>   You can now add the text in a variety of manners besides using a text 
> box. A fun way is using AutoShapes located at the bottom left side of your 
> screen. Click on it and explore the different choices.
>   Click on one and it will insert into your document, if you get a screen 
> that says: Create your drawing here. Hit the esc key on your computer and 
> it will disappear and you end up with a plus sign that allows you to 
> create your shape. Experiment with this.
>   Draw your shape, then Right Click on it, go to Add Text and type in your 
> information.
>   Next, fill your shape with a color by clicking on it to highlight, make 
> sure your Drawing toolbar is still on, then using the drop down arrow by 
> the paint bucket, choose a color to fill your shape or Right Click on your 
> shape and go to Format AutoShape.
>
>
>
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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Robert Joyce" <robert@gcronline.com>
To: "Virginia Jones HOME" <vjones@pure.net>; "Virginia Jones" 
<vjones@halifax.k12.va.us>; "Charla Crews" <ccrews@halifax.k12.va.us>; 
"Carolyn Young" <cyoung@halifax.k12.va.us>; "Ann tingen" 
<eftingen@halifax.k12.va.us>; "Aleacia Peer" <akp@gcronline.com>
Sent: Thursday, March 29, 2007 5:15 PM
Subject: easy WORD lessons, Part 2 of 2


>
>
>
> Again, thanks to all who replied.
>  Part 2:
>
>  Directions: After completing your friendly letter using the "Letter 
> Generator" at http://www.readwritethink.org/materials/letter_generator/ 
> you will practice your skills by creating a friendly letter addressed to a 
> fourth grade student in another class.
>  These are the parts of the letter you write must include:
>                                   Heading,
>                                   Date,
>                                   Salutation,
>                                   Body,
>                                   Closing,
>                                   Signature.
>
>      Open Word and in a Blank Document press Enter four times then type 
> the Heading which is the name and address of your friend, then press Enter 
> twice and type in today's date. Press Enter when the month appears, and 
> Enter again when the date appears. Press Enter two more times.
>      Now type in your Salutation being sure to use the correct 
> punctuation. Press Enter twice.
>      Indent the first line of your paragraph by using the Tab key once.
>      Type a minimum of two paragraphs to your friend, including 
> information about yourself, things you like to do, hobbies you may have, 
> sports, music, and school activities you participate in, a little about 
> pets if you have any, and vacations you have gone on. Press Enter twice 
> between paragraphs and Tab once if Word doesn't automatically do it for 
> you.
>      Press Enter twice when you are finished with your letter and type 
> your Closing using the correct punctuation. Press Enter four times.
>      Type your Signature.
>      Use Spell Check by going to Tools - Spelling and Grammar, correct any 
> mistakes you might have made.
>      Print your letter.
>      Sign your letter between the Closing and the Signature and check to 
> see if it looks like the example letter.
>
>
>
>   Get a language arts lesson from their teachers.  Make it accessible so 
> they can all pull it up on their computers.Have them go through and 
> highlight all the nouns in pink and the verbs in blue. (or whatever part 
> of speech they are working on)
>   Have them type their names and then copy and paste it ten times.  Then 
> change the font each time, or the size, or the case.
>   Using the language arts lesson above, show them how to use "Find" so 
> they can locate specific words or terms.
>   Have them bring with them one paragraph and type it up.  Then show them 
> the editing toolbar.  Have them type up their paragraph and then move one 
> seat to the left and edit the previous person's work.  Give them a few 
> minutes and then have them rotate again.  Leave time for them to go back 
> to their original seat and read comments.
>
>
> A while ago, we ran a program where we trained kids to be trainers -
>
> i.e. to talk their partner through some work in Word without touching the 
> keyboard and/or mouse.  Kids were paired, with one taking the role of 
> trainer and the other the learner.  The trainer stood behind the learner. 
> We started with a set piece of unformatted text (saved as a template) and 
> then gave basic instructions - e.g. highlight the top line, centre it, 
> make the text bold, change the font, and so on.  The trainer could 
> indicate, using a pencil on the screen, what buttons/icons to use, but 
> could not touch the mouse or keyboard.  The learner had to follow 
> instructions, not take the initiative.
>
> We found it was fantastic for both kids within a team.  The trainer had
>
> to be precise, while the learner had to follow instructions.   Roles were 
> reversed later.
>
> The first time we did it, we had many boy trainers hopping impatiently
>
> from foot to foot because they couldn't touch the keyboard and just do 
> what was required!  That too improved and the kids became very good at 
> telling someone what to do.
>
>
>
>  How about using 2 columns to create a news article about themselves?
>    Not sure, but you might like some of the lessons I have linked and 
> described at my web pages. Here is the URL: 
> http://www.shsu.edu/~lis_mah/documents/mbell.html
>
>
> Cyberbee
>
> http://www.cyberbee.com/
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> Here is something successful that I have done with Word for 3rd and 4th
>
> graders & it's perfect for April because it's Poetry Month. I have one 
> group write a cinquain and the other do a haiku. We draft, edit and 
> publish it in word. I teach the following basic skills w/this project:
>
>
>
> 1. Header (student name, teacher name, date)
>
> 2. Synonym/Thesaurus/Spelling and Grammar Check tools
>
> 3. Formatting text: review of font, size, style, alignment and color
>
> 4. Word Art (for title)
>
> 5. Margins
>
> 6. Graphics - I have them add one from clip art;
>
> 7. Background Image - I also show them how to add a graphic as the
>
> background (format picture, image control color to washout if needed, 
> layout behind text)
>
> 8. Zoom in/out to assess the visual appearance of poem on page
>
> 9. Print Preview for a final check
>
>
>
> -We print them in color and I plaster them on the wall in the hall -
>
> the kids LOVE this project.
>
> -The poems are short and easy to write, so I can focus them on the Word
>
> skills that I want them to use.
>
> -I leave the topics open-ended, I just make sure to explain to them
>
> that the topic must be school appropriate & I have never had a problem.
>
>
>
>
>
> Kathy Hintz, SLMS
> Librarian, Etc
> St. Patrick's Aademy
> Catskill, NY
> kmhintz@yahoo.com
>
>
>
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Diana,

I have some lessons that I used to use when I did more tech stuff.  I was not the 
original author, but I updated them for the PC.  However I think it was for Windows 
98 so you might have to make some changes if you use them.  I am not at home at the 
moment, but I am ccing this to myself so I can send you the folder if you are 
interested.  As I think about this now, I am pretty sure they are at school so you 
will have to wait until the 7th if that is ok with you and if you are interested.  
These lessons cover basics items, like copy and paste, spacing, margins and tabs, 
etc.  

Let me know.

Ruie

Ruie Chehak, Library Media Specialist
Sallie Jones Elementary School
1230 Narranja Street
Punta Gorda, FL 33950
Ruie_Chehak@ccps.k12.fl.us




-----Original Message-----
From: Lawsky <lawsky@OPTONLINE.NET>
To: LM_NET@LISTSERV.SYR.EDU
Sent: Fri, 28 Dec 2007 8:03 pm
Subject: [LM_NET] TARGET: Teaching Microsoft Word


Hi All !

I have to start teaching a tech curriculum when I get back in January.  It is 
basically Microsoft Word, Excel, and Power Point.  Can anyone recommend a book 
or point me in the direction for lessons?  I will be doing this for grades K-8.

Thanks in advance!

Diana Lawsky
lawsky@optonline.net
Study Skills/Library teacher
Lincoln School
North Bergen, NJ 07047
201-854-1071

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Diana,

I'll be doing the same thing and for the first time at my new school.  So I'm 
interested in what you find out AND, once I'm back with my files, I can send you 
some of the activities that were left for me to use with what the former librarian 
called "Word Camp".  It's all geared for 3rd grade so you can modify from there. 

Let's keep in touch!

Lisa Dooley
Media Specialist
Highlands Elementary School
Edina, MN 
952-848-4520


On Dec 28, 2007 7:03 PM, Lawsky < lawsky@optonline.net> wrote:

  Hi All !

  I have to start teaching a tech curriculum when I get back in January.  It is 
basically Microsoft Word, Excel, and Power Point.  Can anyone recommend a book or 
point me in the direction for lessons?  I will be doing this for grades K-8. 

  Thanks in advance!

  Diana Lawsky
  lawsky@optonline.net
  Study Skills/Library teacher
  Lincoln School
  North Bergen, NJ 07047
  201-854-1071

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About 15 to 20 years ago, when I was just becoming acquainted with computers 
myself, I attended a class in Marshalltown on using graphics.  One of the 
librarians I sat by was from an elementary school in Marshalltown.  She said she 
was teaching third or fourth graders to use PowerPoint at that time, so I assume 
that there are zillions of suggestions and curricular plans available on line.
To check, I googled.........
powerpoint lessons OR tutorials elementary OR "grade school" students
and discovered more items than you need.....

Gordon Walter
Retired AGWSR School Librarian
101 Hilltop Drive
Ackley, Iowa  50601
Tel:  641-847-3315
Email:  gordonwalter@mchsi.com

Lawsky wrote: 
Hi All !

I have to start teaching a tech curriculum when I get back in January.  It is 
basically Microsoft Word, Excel, and Power Point.  Can anyone recommend a book or 
point me in the direction for lessons?  I will be doing this for grades K-8.

Thanks in advance!

Diana Lawsky
lawsky@optonline.net
Study Skills/Library teacher
Lincoln School
North Bergen, NJ 07047
201-854-1071

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  I love the Reader's Digest "How To Do just about ANYTHING in Microsoft Word" 
because it is so easy to look at the pictures. Beyond Bullet Points has a 
discussion board that I think is useful to 
you:http://www.websitetoolbox.com/tool/post/sociablemedia/vpost?id=390214So maybe 
is Associated Content's 
article:http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/423262/teaching_children_to_create_simple.htmlEducation
 World has several ideas (move around the Technology 
links)http://www.educationworld.com/a_tech/tech/tech013.shtmlGood luck!AldeanGood 
readers are made, not born.-Eliot Frye












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