Good day everyone. This September my lab will be switched to a Apple Laptops. I've been teaching computers for 5 years but never with Mac. Has anyone ever gone through this experience? I recently switched to Mac for my personal use but teaching with them is giving me a bit of anxiety. Does anyone have any suggestions for the switch, things to look out for etc. Lesson ideas, programs you use etc.
If your students are used to Windows the biggest problem will using the COMMAND key instead of the CONTROL key. Cut, paste, save, etc. are done with the command key and it is located next to the spacebar instead of in the lower left of the keyboard.
Unfortunately I don't have any lesson plans to share since we don't have Macs at school. I use a Windows machine at school and a Mac at home.
Learn shortcut keys and system preference. They will allow you to be efficient and competent in troubleshooting. Use your built in iLife programs for projects they will do about everything you need for multimedia creation. Invest in ARD (apple remote desktop) for monitoring and maintenance of you lab machines. Good luck. You will find that your student will have a much easier transition than you think.
You will find that your students will adapt well to the Macs. Our school received a Mac lab last school year and the students just jumped right in.
Apple has a lot of tutorials that are great and you can even have your students watch some of them. You can also go on Youtube and find many tutorials. The thing you need to remember is that the students are not afraid of the computers. They are growing up using computers and they will figure them out quickly and probably teach you some things. I know my students did.
What grade levels do you teach?
Get Mice that have a right click button. There are plenty that work on Macs.
Familiarize yourself with the iLife suite. It has a lot of good uses.
Remember that there are lots of platform agnostic tools online that will run on PC or Mac.
Oh...and read this! http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/the-incredible-free-manual-for-every-m...
Best wishes on starting this year. Here are some thoughts on Macs