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March, 2010:

Student Blogs

Thanks to all the people who have left comments for students on blogs around the world. You are providing an authentic audience for students who are learning to express themselves. Getting people to know about your blog and provide feedback to students can be a struggle. This is especially true for new blogs. It takes time to develop an audience. Thank you for leaving comments on http://theclem.org and others.

I would encourage you to include where you live or work at the end of your comments. This lets students know that the readers come from different parts of the world and enforces the fact that this is truly a Word Wide Web.

Thanks again,

Jim
Fort Gratiot, MI

Why I Like My Mac

I have been an Apple/Mac person for a long time. I owned an Apple IIe, and several other Mac’s and Apple Computers over the years. I don’t want to start an argument about which is better, but I would like to share a recent experience that illustrates why I like my Mac.

I was working on my presentation for the MACUL 2010. I was using a Keynote for the presentation. Keynote is similar to PowerPoint. When I finished the presentation, I decided I wanted to put it on the web. I wanted PC and Mac people to be able to view it. Since  the Keynote presentation had a movie embedded in it I decided to post it as a movie. That way you could see the movie within a movie. Here is how I did it.

  • I exported the Keynote presentation as a movie.
  • I wanted to add audio. I opened the movie in iMovie and added two short recordings to the movie.
  • iMovie allows you to share your movies directly to YouTube. So I shared it to YouTube.

My presentation was on the web with the added audio in less than ten minutes. What I liked about doing it on a Mac was that all the programs worked together to make my job easier. I am sure you can do this on a PC, but I am not sure it would be as easy to do. You can view the movie at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSVzVW7AeTo

That’s way I like my Mac.

Jim