MAC OS X An Overview Dean McKinney Greater St. Albert Catholic Schools January, 2006 Topics For Session • Mac OS X Workstation • Applications & Utilities • Emerging Technologies • Assistive Technologies Mac OS X Tiger Main differences from Mac OS Classic include: • Log in identities (local or networked) • Dashboard (widgets: small add-on applicationes) • Spotlight (more extensive search of your files) • Ilife (Imovie, Itunes, IDVD, GarageBand) • Internet technologies Mac OS X Tiger - Log In OSX can provide separate identities for each user of a computer. Users have their own Home Folder located on the computer or on a remote server. This lends itself for the classroom computer becoming a more accessible tool for both the teacher and the students. Mac OS X Tiger - Home Each Home Folder includes: – Documents - default save location – Music - Itunes and GarageBand files – Movies - Imovie files – Pictures - Iphoto files – Public/Shared - share files with other users – Library - user’s preferences QuickTime™ and a TIFF (LZW) decompressor are needed to see this picture. Mac OS X Tiger - Home Users can customize their log in to meet individual needs and preferences. Some of these include: Desktop picture(s) Itunes library Web browser bookmarks Printer choices Start up items Universal Access (special settings) QuickTime™ and a TIFF (LZW) decompressor are needed to see this picture. Size and location of the Dock Software - ILife • Imovie - create videos • IPhoto - edit photos, create picture videos, and photo albums. • ITunes - listen to music, podcasts, and create mp3s • GarageBand - create audio and music presentations • IDVD - burn videos and picture presentations Software - Internet • Safari - web browsing • IChat - instant messaging (text, audio, video) • Mail - internet email • QuickTime - play video or audio • FireFox - web browsing • Mozilla or Netscape - html editing • Acrobat Reader - pdf files • NetNewsWire Lite - read RSS feeds • Skype - Internet phone software Software - Other • MS Word - word processing • MS Excel - spreadsheets • MS PowerPoint - multimedia presentations • ICal - create calendars • Address Book - organize contact info • Appleworks - updated Clarisworks • FirstClass - Division email Software - Utilities/Other • Grab - take pictures of your screen • Disk Utility - system maintenance, disk imaging • Preview - view various types of files • Zip your files - right click or control click • Print PDF files • Add Widgets to your Dashboard Software - Note Worthy • Storyboard OSX - storyboard software • SubEthaEdit - collaborative document sharing • HandBrake - movie files from legal dvds • Audio HiJack - record computer’s audio • GIMP - free graphics program • OpenOffice - free MS Office alternative • Comic Life - create comics with students • StopMotion - create still motion video • Inspiration - mind mapping software • Mozilla - html editor and web browser Noteworthy Technologies Mac OS X allows users to access some new and exciting technologies that were not fully accessible in older software. •RSS Feeds •Weblogs •Podcasts •IChat Instant Messeging •Handheld technology •Open Source Software RSS - Real Simple Syndication • Automatically updated subscriptions to websites, audio, and/or video • Feeds can be accessed using: – Web browser – RSS Reader (eg. NetNewsWire Lite) – Palm Pilot – Cell phone – Itunes – IPod Weblog - Online Journals • Post information and have students respond with comments • Blogging - updating QuickTime™ and a TIFF (LZW) decompressor are needed to see this picture. • Blogger - journalist • Can be viewed similarly to RSS feeds http://www.blogger.com portal.sachs.ab.ca/weblogs IChat Instant Messaging • Instant Messaging both inside (Bonjour) and/or outside (Internet) the school • Communicate using video, text, and/or audio Firewall can keep it inside the school. Podcasts What is a Podcast? Access to subscriptions that may include audio, video, and/or text. How do I access Podcasts? Check out Itunes-->Music Store under Podcasts What can I access? Radio shows, courses, TV shows, course material… How can Podcasts be accessed? Computers , Ipods, MP3 Players, handhelds, cell phones…. Podcasts Can teachers and/or students make podcasts? …yes! How do you create Podcasts? Create audio using GarageBand or Imovie Make an mp3 using Itunes Create a web page for the subscription and mp3 Tune in using ITunes Handhelds What can you do with a handheld? Create calendars and contact lists Share information from your computer MS Office files (word, spreadsheets, etc.) Pictures Mp3s View web pages and RSS feeds Open Source Software What is Open Source software? Software that is still is free to users. This software is often still in development but serves as a great alternative to commercial software. Examples FireFox web browser OpenOffice Mozilla HTML Editor Assistive Technologies What Are Assistive Technologies Software or applications that support the different needs of all students in the classroom. Assistive Technologies Mac OS X System Support Voice Over Magnification, keyboard control, and spoken English descriptions of what’s happening on screen. Universal Access Support for vision, hearing, and motor skills disabilities. Text Edit Reads text. 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