Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Follow-up on SBA's & Response

This is a follow-up to the previous post showing you how to use SMART Response to make summative and formative assessments more effective... especially for the SBA's!


Standards Based Assessments (Alaska)

If you’ve been a teacher, you know the value of practice when it comes to standardize testing… If you are like me, you would also like to know how your students are doing before the official test, or maybe you just want results faster than say… next fall! Try using your SMART Response System next time...

~Click this link to find out how~

Let me know if you would like any help...

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Hot Corners on Mac

Besides the Hot Key shortcuts, one of the most useful things I have learned about computing with a Mac is the ability to secure my machine at the drop of a hat (especially in the classroom). My method of choice is a hot corner. There is no "lock" in the hot corners, but there is a way to do it... Just make a Hot Corner start the screen saver, then require a password to wake from screen saver!

First open your System Prefs:
Then go to Expose/Spaces:
Now find Security & select the following check box:
Try it out... and, HEY, while you're in there... 
Set up your other corners with helpful features like I have done:

Well, let me know what you think... :)

Hot Keys on Mac

On of the best things I have done to improve my computer skills and efficiency while using my Apple computers over the years is to learn shortcuts. Certain keystrokes are common knowledge, but others are less widespread.
Here are the basics:
COM+C/COM+V & COM+N - Copy/Paste & New 'whatever'
COM+Z - Undo
>>Most used by Your's Truly
COM+TAB - Last application opened; hold COM & tap TAB to cycle through (or use mouse to select)
>>Super fast app switching (Not that you would be Facebooking in Safari & working in Firefox or anything...)
COM+` - (it's next to the 1 key) toggle through a single applications multiple windows
>>If you are compiling data in Word/Excel from multiple files this is great (or listening to Pandora while browsing in a second window)
COM+1.... - Switch to Spaces (1-10); also try COM+arrows...
>>Organizes work spaces
SHIFT+COM+F - Full Screen
>>great for presenting or just removing distractions
COM+SPACE - Spotlight search
>>I never use the Finder anymore

Okay, well try those out and if you have a favorite share it here!