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How do I join Aus Mac Ed?

AusMacEd uses a blogging system called WordPress to allow you to post directly to the website. First you need to register.

Register or log-in here:

Be sure to fill out all the fields of your profile. This will display next to the automated archive for all your posts. eg: http://ausmaced.org/author/paul-reid/ Your display name should be your full name; eg Steve Wozniak.
Now you can comment on the posts of other ‘Aus Mac Edders’. Your membership status is now “Author” allowing you to post and comment.

Once you are logged into the WordPress “Dashboard”, check basically if you click on “write post” you can get started contributing. Here are some more details:

How do I post to Aus Mac Ed?

NB: WordPress claims to be as a easy as sending an email - more detailed tutorials are available here.
To write a post on Wordpress you need to follow these steps:

  1. Log-in and click on “Write” in the sidebar.
  2. Give the post a “Title”. Copy and paste the text you have written offline into the WYSIWYG (what-you-see-is-what-you-get) editor.
  3. a). Click on the “Chain-icon” in the WYSIWYG editor to add a link.b). Click on the “Indent-icon” to add a quote you have pulled from somewhere else.c). To add an image you need to browse to the image on your hard drive using the upload tab below the post editing box. Then click on the “Image” (tree) icon in the WYSIWYG editor menu to add an image to the WYSIWYG editor.
  4. Go to the right hand sidebar and click on “Categories”. Select the category/ies that will file your post. You can add a category if your post doesn’t match any already listed. These are words that describe the post you have made and help with the automated site archiving system.
  5. Click on “Save” to save a draft of the post, sales now scroll down to preview OR “Publish” to do just that: “Publish”.
  6. Click “View site” to check that the post loads correctly (NB: sometimes the cache will take up to one hour to display your post). If not log back and navigate to the post to edit.

Please try to include links, phimosis and importantly allocate a category to the post; images always help too. NB: choosing the “Clippings” category means the post will be regarded by the database as a minor-post and it’s title size will be smaller.

Please contact webmaster Paul Reid if you have any questions.
There are many educational websites that become handy, pharm like for writing rubrics, or doing worksheets that come in handy.
Can anyone list some!
A new webcast around the topic of Mac computers begins on the 22nd of October. We hope you can join us for this weekly live webcast. The first skypecast show can be joined at the following link

More details on tuning into the webcast can be found at EdTech Talk.

World times

Join Jason Robertshaw and Brad Hicks for their first Macbridges webcast, stomach
join the discussion as we seek to define the directions MacBridges will take, help us create our manifesto!
I am a Project Developer at a City Learning Centre in North London who is currently delivering on a Masters course called the Transformation Teachers Programme. We currently have 35 teachers on the course, illness who come from 10 secondary schools, 4 special school and also involves a number of National Strategy consultants. The participants have all been challenged to investigate, through classroom based action research, how teaching and learning can be transformed enabled by digital media and the use of Web 2.0.

We decided to give the staff kit comprising of a Mac Book partitioned to provide both Mac and PC environments, a digital camera and tripod and a selection of software. As approx 90% of the group had never used Macs before, there was a real sense of excitement and concern when they got the kit.
We have established individual blogs for each participant so that they can blog their journey through the project but have also set up a number of blogs to draw out the experiences of the group. Our Apple Mac Blog will seek to explain how the macs can be used creatively in the classroom - the important element here is that these teachers are all so new to the Mac that it is refreshing to see how easy they are finding the transition from PC to Mac. There is also a blog to draw out possibilities for Assessment for Learning. Both these blogs are in their infancy but we are keen to establish international links to be able to both share our experiences and benefit from other peoples ideas so please visit the blogs and add comments or posts as you feel fit.

Google Maps link to where we are.

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