Apple Strikes Again
I know this is useless and will
probably be blogged to death but it’s just so pretty I couldn’t resist. Check out the iPhone in all its glory. . . and then get several jobs and start saving your nickels.
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.
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.