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Comment by Caren Kimbarovsky on February 22, 2011 at 8:11am

If you are talking about comparing PC vs Macs, make sure students know that a right click of a mouse  is a holding down the control key and clicking.  Show them how useful this is to copy a picture into iPhoto (using Safari only), how to just copy and image,  or how useful it is to spell check (when a word is underlined in red and you ctrl click a pull down menu will give you some choices - hopefully). 


I have also done a collage in Word Scrapbook%20project.pdf  The unit is studying the US Regions in 4th grade.  This was an example for the Northeast.  It connected with their books.  They are also to highlight vocab words.  This activity worked on Word processing, picture manipulation using Word, Word Art and more.

Comment by Bob F. on February 19, 2011 at 4:54pm

Have new-to-Mac students use Safari.  They're familiar with web-browsing most likely, so take them to a familiar site.

One that is a great reward is  There they can draw a picture, create a movie, etc.  


The PhotoBooth idea from Jane is great!


Have them get several pics of themselves, then put it into iMovie (easy to learn the basics of)

GarageBand is always a winner.  They can be creating music in a few minutes.


All those let them become more familiar with the Mac interface.


Having them create a folder on the local server or harddrive to save their work is critical.  Otherwise anytime they save, they won't know WHERE it went.


just my 2¢

Comment by Jane Zawacki on February 19, 2011 at 4:43pm
I agree - you probably need to start with basics on how to maneuver around the Mac - finder, dock, how to find files, etc.  One project I've done is to allow the students to experiment with Photobooth (I assume the computers have this as it is usual preinstalled.). Then they have to take a "distorted" picture of themselves and drag it from Photobooth to the desktop. From there they can use whatever word processing program you have to write a creative story that goes along with the picture. Of course, they import the photo into the WP document to illustratethe story! Students love it and it gives them an opportunity to practice both writing and computer skills (importing pictures, keyboarding, formatting documents, naming and saving files, etc.). They could also take a "normal" photo of themselves and use it in a document in which they introduce themselves. Or create wanted posters.
Comment by Rory Nackerud on February 19, 2011 at 12:42pm
A mobile mac lab? How nice!

I would start with the differences between using a mac and PC (how to use the single button mouse (trackpad? recent version?). Something that might make for a fun student project is having them use the easy screen capture tools (Command Shift 4 lets you select an area of the screen to take a picture) to create a how to video using iMovie.

Not knowing what else you have on the laptops I can't begin to suggest things...
Comment by Kelly Boushell on February 19, 2011 at 11:55am

Our school got a mac laptop cart of 28 laptops.  Any suggests on where to start with 4th grade students and Mac laptops.  Previously all the students (and I) have used PC.

Comment by Steven David Pearce on December 4, 2010 at 9:52pm
I would like to share my experiences of an Apple Macbook Pro 1:1 and iPad school. I am interested in innovative teaching using Mac's and any Apple digital product that could be used in education. This is my blog which has information about my 1:1 laptop scheme and benefits etc.....
Comment by Bob F. on October 8, 2010 at 12:22am
For digital collage: I really like GLOGSTER/EduGLOGSTER for creating a digtal collage/conglomerattion. I just think that it's extremely flexible and useful.
Basic is free, and there's (of course) a pay version. It's good having teachers able to control aspects.
just my 2¢
Comment by Cem Can on September 13, 2010 at 1:25am
Dear colleagues and friends,

I was just wondering if you had some questionnaire/checklist to obtain data on foreign language teachers' perceptions on the use of Web2.0 tools. I would like to collect data on this topic. The results will be shared here, of course.

Many thanks for your assistance and cooperation in advance.

Cem Can
Comment by Elizabeth Bergman on September 2, 2010 at 7:56pm
Hi! I am a high school math teacher in Kansas. I teach in a district where all the high school students are issued a MacBook to use during the school year. I am aware of Grapher, but do not find it to be the most user friendly. Where can I get assistance in understanding this program? Any other suggestions for programs to be used in math would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
Comment by Samuel Wright on August 31, 2010 at 12:50am
I also wanted to add this:
because you can add videos, pics, text etc on a endless 'corkboard' etc.

Other than that there is Posterino for mac:
and it is really easy to use

Lastly, go to for some free hi res images, templates and extras for pages/keynote and numbers.

So much to do!

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