Apple Distinguished Educator Applications Open
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 […]
flickr photo shared by David Allen Wizardgold under a Creative Commons ( BY-ND ) license I saw this exchange on Twitter yesterday. hear me out. "netflix mode" keyboard shortcut that auto full screens, disables all notifications & suspends screensaver — Tressie Mc (@tressiemcphd) August 10, 2015 It seemed like something I could do in Applescript for those on the Mac. This example works in 10.10.4 (and could form the basis for something similar that’d work in other OS versions). Note, at the moment it doesn’t turn things back on afterwards. If I see any interest, I’ll add that kind of thing. Currently, it also assumes you want Chrome to go full screen but it’d be easy to change that to whatever application you want. To try it out, open up Applications>Script Editor. Cut and paste this in and hit the play button. If it does what you want, you can save it as an App and then just click it to launch.
I’ve been using Comic Life for a while now (which is probably pretty obvious to anyone who reads regularly) BUT I’m trying to help get a site license approved for the county so I made up two quick examples of other types of uses today and figured I’d post them. If anyone has done anything cool with Comic Life and feels like sharing some examples of student or teacher work I’d appreciate it. The history example hits on SOLs 6c and 6d dealing the Revolutionary War and why the colonists won. This example is meant to show how it can make relatively dull vocabulary work more entertaining. Sure, could do something similar in Word BUT the key is that Comic Life makes this both very easy and very fun. I seem to recall that fun things work better with kids.