May 1, 2010

ITSC 2010 - Apple Conference

Cool to meet new peops [Lorraine on left and Belinda on right] and old buddies [Mary] love being at a geek fest!

Just some random notes on the learning gathered from ITSC Auckland 2010:
First up Apps on a Mac

- free app on a Mac
  • will speak text [speech option under edit tab]
  • copy and paste block of text - use speech option for children to hear text
  • useful to pronounce words they don't know
  • listen to their own text and hear how it sounds
  • useful for researching options
  • more useful tips here and here
QuickTime Player [Snow Leopard]
  • screen recording inbuilt - demo here
  • audio recording inbuilt
  • utilize experts in class to quick demo 'how to's' and upload to a resources page

iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • for current use can only be bought and used on 5 devices [this may change]
  • utilize the iTunes store apps search - educational and fun [need an iTunes account]
  • easily syncs to devices, but apps stay part of library
  • Universities and Schools - lessons etc can be downloaded for free - also Beyond Campus
Second up useful Web 2.0 apps
  • Memiary - Record up to five memories of your day and make them memorable forever. Memiary is the weightless pocket diary - cool for listing 5 things ch'n have learnt each day
  • Weebly - free website set-up and blog options - possible usage for E-portfolios online?
  • Telescopic Text - text editor - demonstrates how a simple sentence can be extended into a creative story including description and developed punctuation
  • Chogger - a comic strip creator, can add own photos or drawings also
  • Fotobabble - talking photos for adding to blogs or twitter etc example from ITSC
Check out this blog for other links from the Conference too ITSC2010

Quote for learning: Some people skate to the puck.....others skate to where the puck is going to be... Wayne Gretsky

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