Apple Distinguished Educator Applications Open
THE PROBLEM I download a lot of Flick CC photos* for various presentations. I’m doing a decent job citing them but I usually do that on the spot so unless I want to re-find the picture or dig out the old presentation and find the citation there I can’t easily re-use them. *go to advanced search for CC licensed photos THE SOLUTION Now when I download the picture from Flickr I select the photo and hit Apple+i (some people say command-i) and then put the flickr URL in the spotlight comments box. So now if I need to use the photo again, I just hit Apple-i and I’ve got the citation right there. It’s also not a bad place to throw in a few tags. And while this is simple and I’m sure lots of people already do this it’s helped me out already. PC UPDATE A wise man (my dad who is a serious PC guy) writes in to tell me- There is a PC counterpart. Right click on the file, Left click on “Properties,” Left click on “Summary” tab. Quick video below, if you’re a visual person. I used keycastr to add the keystrokes I used like Jim suggested in an earlier post. In case the Teachertube embed doesn’t work click here.
I don’t believe I have publicly professed my devotion to Mac here, so this will make it official. After a week of tweaking our blogging presentation, I finally sat down in front of NewsFire to dig through my subscriptions. I found a few jems I would like to share in the software department: First is Think from Freeverse. I realize our students love to multi-task, but there is value in being singularly focused at times. Think is a little app that blackens everything on your screen but the window you are working in at the moment. My first thought when I encountered this program is that it would be great for freewriting in the classroom. No distractions, just write. It may also be a tool to keep you kids from jumping between programs when you are not looking (seems harder to hide a screen while running Think). Next is Pukka, a Delicious client. This little jem is my new favorite app. Pukka is an alternative interface for posting to Delicious. It gives you the freedom to manage multiple accounts (thank GOD), and caches all the tags from ALL accounts. If you highlight a section of text before clicking to post, the text is automatically copied into the description window. I modified it with Growl so I’m notified of the successful […]
If you use a Mac it is now really easy to make your own custom widgets. Dashcode (beta- so no promises) is a neat little WYSIWYG that makes widget construction quick and easy. You can make all of the default widgets above or make your own from scratch. It’s free to download once you join the Apple Developer’s Connection (which is free but requires you to give some information). Not a bad deal. Educationally, it’d be a fun way to do a number of things. An easy intro to RSS for staff and/or students but with you in control Countdown timers for Spring Break, exams etc. An upcoming events widget for your school with sports, meetings etc. A staffdev feed of recommended articles and posts I realize these are all things you could do easily other ways (and in some cases with greater ease and flexibility).Â The thing is widgets will often succeed where you would fail utterly with a less “cool” or “fun” option. Our school has widget mania so I’m going to try to tap in. If you’d like a widget for BionicTeaching’s rss feed click here. Yeah, I know it’s probably useless for the majority of you but like I said- It’s all about the widgets baby.