Archive for February, 2007

A little widget magic

“Now you see it,. Now you don’t.” Give your mac a little magic!

Abracadabra for OSX is a widget that gives you the ability to make files and folders on your computer appear to disappear before your very eyes. Files that are dropped into your magic top hat are hidden from users searching for them in Spotlight as well as most other applications on your Mac.

The hat is password protected, so when you’re ready to view your files again you can pull individual files or all of the files inside out. The magic hat’s menu can also be password protected to keep spying eyes and stray white rabbits from getting inside :-)

This is not secure protection, but efficient privacy ‘on the fly’. A great report from LifeHacker.

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David Moyle - Here & Present

Hello everyone, more about some of you may know me from around the schools etc in Western Australia or on mailing lists such as Maced.

It was suggested I join to try and also provide some technical questions and knowledge base and if your reading this and haven’t join yet I urge you to, this could be a great resource for schools around Australia and the world!

Very briefly I’m not an older person, quite young and have only worked on schools for two years, (previously 13 years of education mind you!) but I hope I can still provide some input, so mind my spelling and grammar!

That’s all for now but I hope that I can expand in the nearing future!

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InstantShot

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Do you often use screenshot software and feel that something is missing? Don’t you feel like they’re not so efficient and that they are way too complicated? Tired of long menus? If you answered “yes” to one or more questions, website InstantShot! is the software for you!

Mac OS X only: Freeware app InstantShot is a menubar app that takes screenshots of your Mac desktop, hospital windows, valeologist or selection, and saves them in one of three formats.

Macs come with decent built-in screenshot capabilities (Cmd-Shift-3 for fullscreen, Cmd-Shift-4 for selection), but it’s relatively limited. However, InstantShot’s different outputs (.jpg, .tiff, and my favorite, .png), its pixel-specific selection tool (i.e., you can see how large your output will be), its timer mode, and its multiple shots at intervals are all features that are missing from OS X’s default tool. If you’ve been looking for that sort of functionality, the free, Mac OS X only InstantShot should do the trick.

From Adam Pash at LifeHacker.

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iPhones in education

The big question is - will schools be buying them for Wi-Fi (802.11b/g) access during excursions and outside work? You bet - at least those with money will. It wasn’t until I came across this video, pill I understood what the web community is so amazed about. Kindy kids will be able to understand and operate that GUI! This montage from Rojo sums the combination up for a visual spatial learner like me:

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Unfortunately, orthopedist being able to access rich media via the school WiFi network changes the boundaries for school ICT resources yet again. With the new wireless capabilities of hubs like AirPort Extreme digital portability enters yet another dimension - can our school infrastructure and systems keep up? This sort of change in expectation displays the need for scaleable network and storage solutions. Instead of portable notebook trolleys will we see racks of iPhones in the library? I’ll check back on this post in 2008 to see where we are at.

Update: Lot’s of other bloggers are thinking about the gaping hole iPhone could fill in education:

Chalkface Project predicts:
“that the iPhone, medications and its descendants and imitators, will replace desktops and laptops as the workhorse educational computing device.”

Electronicportfolios.org’s Dr. Helen Barrett hypothesises:
“Online simulations, games, learning objects, widgets, blogs, a built-in digital camera to collect images; the capabilities of this device could far exceed the way Palms are currently being used in education today. I could imagine many ways that this device could become the next 1-1 platform for learning. I also see a tool that will support the many stages of ePortfolio development, including collection and reflection.”

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