Apple TV is fantastic so far but it is missing 2 things:
1) Let me log into my flickr account so that I can show my private photos as my screensaver. Right now, I have to make my profile a public searchable profile so that Apple TV can find my account by my contact name, and then it only shows the photos that I have made public. Argh.
2) Skype: Add in a videoconferencing app like Skype with a plug in webcam and now we are having fun!
I have been in deep in a (slow) transition of my home computer to a Macbook, and of my TV to Apple TV with Time Capsule, so I have felt very out of sync with my media, including with this blog. I had my work flow down between my phone, my camera, Flickr, this blog, iTunes, my ipod…and now its still a bit questionable. But I am getting there. I really like having my music and movies accessible by my TV or computer at any time, and with AirTunes, I can play it all on my computer’s speakers and/or the TV wirelessly. Time Capsule is a whole 1TB of storage space and a much faster router for the wireless connection I need to stream all of this around the house. BUT, I haven’t quite got the syncing with my computer’s iTunes down, so I find myself double checking where my files are when I download them. I have a list of things still to do, like a spring cleaning, but it is a beautiful day today in Boston that really should be appreciated since we were flooded (in some places, quite literally) with rain for three days last weekend!
Our 6th grade students have been doing a tremendous job learning a new operating system on the Apple mac minis, how to connect to and manage files on a server between Windows XP and Apple OS, and how to create their own digital stories using the iLife suite of software. Mr. Dodson and I have been keeping a dicussion board in a NING of our curriculum’s daily lessons and materials while sometimes Skyping during planning meetings (sometimes it is hard to catch an elevator at lunch time!). So far in one term, the kids have written their scripts in Keynote, scanned, photographed and edited pieces of their academic work using Photoshop Elements, managed their photos in iPhoto, and paired up to make an imovie about a sample topic. When we return form break, they will have all the tools, skills, and content to pull their individual eportfolios together in iMovie!
Ms Mason opens math assignments on the board and has the students come
up and solve problems using the digital pen. She saves the written
work as a file to reference later, print and handout as notes, or grade.
Mr Dodson has his students come up to the board and use the pen as a
mouse to play educational games like this memory game. There are lots
of ooos and aaaaahs!