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Trimming the Video Length of a Video in Keynote

Thank you to the inspirational Roni Habib for showing me this trick. Let’s be honest, being a teacher is hard work, really hard work. We do not have a lot of minutes to spare preparing our lessons, nor do we have instructional minutes to waste. Oftentimes we have a video we want to share with our […]

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Adding a Video to Keynote in 3 Easy Steps

I learned this trick from the amazing Ramsey Musallam (http://www.cyclesoflearning.com/). Video can be a powerful way to spark student curiosity. Here is how you add a video file into keynote. Step 1 You need a video file. Step 2 Drag the video file directly onto the slide. You can do this from the finder or desktop, […]

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Presenting on a Mac

Photo Credit: Angelina 🙂 via Compfight cc While doing demonstrations on my MAC, either live or screencast, you want to draw attention to the part of the screen the viewer should be focusing on. Mouselight One way to do this is to use the mouselight app. It is $0.99 in the Mac App store. After […]

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Mac Tip: Use the Icon at the Top of your Document

If you use a Mac, you may have noticed the icon of the program you are working on at the top of the page. You may have thought it was just for decoration, but actually it is very useful. This icon appears on most desktop applications such as Word, Preview, Adobe Acrobat, Pages, Keynote, etc… […]

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Podcasting with Google Voice and GarageBand

I have long been a fan of Google Voice. It allows you to create a new phone number and attach your other phone numbers so that you can give out your number without disclosing your real phone number. I like to have students text message the Google Voice number and to use this as a […]

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Zoom in Google Chrome

If you are using the Google Chrome browser and want to zoom in on the screen (particularly useful if you are in a Google Hangout and want to screenshare) you can go to the 3 stacked lines in the upper right hand corner of your browser.  This is where you can find your browser settings. […]

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Make a Basic Keynote Animation

You will need a Mac computer to do this tutorial. You can do keynote on an iPad also.  You will need to download Keynote if you do not already have it.  This is available for download in the App Store on your Mac.  Command Spacebar on your Mac. Type in keynote (or the first few […]

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Literature Book Covers for iPads

At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this year there was no shortage of cases being displayed.  Walking by the m edge booth I was excited to see iPad cases that featured classic book covers. Unfortunately I had to be in Vegas over my anniversary while my wonderful husband was at home. His favorite book […]

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Teaching on a Mac with Mountain Lion

I am using a Macbook Pro most of the time.  I actually like the notification features on Mountain Lion.  Shows me when people mention me on Twitter or Facebook or when I have tasks due from my producteev todo list.  However, when I am teaching I do not want the notifications to show. Hold down […]

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Mac Tip: Command Comma

When using a program on your Mac it is probably a good idea to look into what preference settings are available. In the upper left hand corner next to the Apple icon shows what program is active.  Clicking on the name of the program opens up options about the overall program, including preferences. To quickly […]

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Hooking up Apple TV

Brand new Apple TV fresh out of the box. Plugged it into the wall and attached to a TV via HDMI cable. If I was using an LCD projector the projector needs to have an HDMI slot, or you need an adaptor. Kanex makes an HDMI to VGA adaptor. It is available on amazon. Middle […]

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Creating a Stop Motion Animation to a Lecture

I have long been fascinated with the RSA Ken Robinson video. Not only because the content is good but the drawing that goes along side the animation is pretty cool. So I wondered to myself how I could make this. First, I will never make something as good since I haven’t studied art, so stick […]

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Moving amongst text on a Mac

I am a fan of the copy and paste, especially when I am typing math problems. Much easier to edit.  This means I need to get to different words or characters in my string of text to edit them as I create different questions. SHIFT KEY: Hold down the shift key and the arrows to […]

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Mac Tip: Spacebar to Preview

One trick on my MAC that I use quite frequently is to hit the spacebar to preview a file.  I have lots of screenshots (command+shift+4) on my desktop and they all say screenshot so it is challenging to know which one I want.  I have PowerPoints, text documents, PDF’s, videos, etc… and I tend to […]

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Hey, how did you get that degree symbol in your Google?

Google text docs has an equation editor but no dice for Google Presentation or Google Draw.  (which by the way you can insert Google Draw into text doc, presentation and spreadsheet!) As a Geometry teacher I need my drawings to have the degree symbol and I’m tired of drawing the little circle and placing it. […]

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