Monday, August 8, 2011

Edmodo

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Getting to Know Mac (Better)

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Did you know? Apple loves the golden ratio!

There are many tools and features on your Mac that you may not know about yet. These are tools that can help you (and your students) be more productive!
  • Enable your character palette: Open System Preferences (in the  menu), go to Keyboard, and check "Show Keyboard and Character Viewer."
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This will give an icon Screen_shot_2011-08-06_at_2.35.12_PM.png in the upper right of your menu bar. You can then explore the characters available for use. You can even save them as favorites for quicker access by selecting the gear at the bottom of the window and choosing "Add to Favorites. Screen_shot_2011-08-06_at_2.38.03_PM.png
  • To type the  symbol, use Alt-Shift-K
  • Keyboard Shortcuts(⌘ = Command)
    • Some of my favorites:
      • ⌘ Tab: Toggle between open apps (no need to minimize windows)
      • ⌘ ` (key above tab): Toggle between open windows within an application
      • ⌘ P: Print
      • ⌘ X: Cut
      • ⌘ C: Copy
      • ⌘ V: Paste
      • ⌘ Space: Open Spotlight
      • ⌘ T: New browser tab
      • ⌘ W: Close window/tab
      • ⌘ Q: Quit application
      • ⌘ I: Get info (helpful in Finder)
      • While in finder, press Space when you have a file highlighted to enable Quick Look
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  • Dictionary: Click on the Spotlight icon and type a word. Then, hover your cursor over the Dictionary icon to get a definition. Click to open Dictionary.
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  • Calculator: Enter a calculation in Spotlight to get a quick answer. Click to open Calculator. Calculator is also good for completing conversions.
  • Get .png files of icons of your apps. Learn how here.

iWork and iLife

The iWork suite on the Mac contains Pages, Numbers, and Keynote.
Always remember, the Inspector Screen_shot_2011-08-07_at_11.58.50_PM.png is your friend!

Numbers

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  • Functions for formulas
  • Import .xls files or save to share for Excel users
  • Create tables and charts

Overview from Apple
Apple Tutorial

Pages

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  • Import .doc files or save to share for Word users
  • Create tables and charts
  • Integrates MathType equations and other mathematical expressions
  • Easily use multimedia from your iTunes and iPhoto libraries

Overview from Apple
Apple Tutorial

Keynote

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  • Import .ppt files of save to share for PowerPoint users
  • Create tables and charts
  • Integrates MathType equations and other mathematical expressions
  • Easily use multimedia from your iTunes and iPhoto libraries
  • Create a quick podcast

Overview from Apple
Apple Tutorial

Garageband

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  • Designed for creating music
  • Great for making more refined podcasts by utilizing editing features

Overview from Apple
Apple Tutorial

Quicktime

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  • Create a screencast


Tuesday, August 9, 2011


A Sample Project

Patterns Webquest

Dropbox

  • Dropbox is a place where you can sign up for 2 MB of free online storage that is accessible from any computer and many mobile devices
  • Refer to new users to earn extra space: My referral link

Diigo


Geogebra


An Online Calculator


Twitter


Interactive Whiteboard Resources


Other Resources

  • Slideshare - Post your slideshows online and embed them in webpages
  • Wordle - Create a word cloud
  • Poll Everywhere - Create quick polls for use on computers and mobile devices
  • Jeopardy Labs - Create browser based Jeopardy games
  • Curriki - Collaboration and sharing of open source lessons and activities
  • Thinkfinity - Verizon provides tons of lessons and resources

Gamifying Education