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					  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

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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)
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           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
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• 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.
Automator
Automates some tasks
Live Long and Prosper!

				
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