Friday, September 25, 2015

Adobe Slate

By Catherine and Emma

If you need an app to make a personal digital magazine, Adobe Slate is your best bet. This utility allows you to make your own document with personalized media and fancy features. Adobe Slate, as the name explains, is where you can make a board of pictures with scrolling features and automatic picture glide-shows. Want to see how all that can be done?

When you create a new story, it takes you to a blank template, which is where your creativity kicksin. You can change the font of the title and subtitle on the cover and add pictures by pressing the plus button and searching for the image. This app also goes ahead and puts the copyright link at the bottom, which is an easier way to ensure you don't plagiarize and use the image fairly. Pretty handy, don't you think?

Another enhancement is the way you can arrange your media, and there are two methods to do so. The first option is to make a photo grid, where you can arrange photos in a grid to conserve the space that is needed to add all the media on the slate. This feature allows you to move around the photos and be able to add all the images that support your topic in an easier visualization. The second option is to do the old picture slideshow, but this isn't the style where you switch out the pictures in an old camera. By adding photos and switching the order to your liking, your result is a scroll-through glide-show with automatic transitions to give your project a neater look. A picture is worth a thousand words, so use these tools to express them even more!

This is a quick video we made using QuickTimePlayer to make a screencast, which you can learn how to do by reading another post on this blog. Hopefully, this will help visual learners to be able to use this wonderful and useful app.


Whether you need a quick format to create a simple yet eye-catching presentation or want to make a project to inform, persuade, or just entertain, Adobe Slate will have your back in any project you want to create. Just remember: your creativity can take you anywhere, so take this opportunity to make something awesome!



Sunday, September 20, 2015

Google Calendars

By Landon F. & Allie 
As a project for Mrs. Conway we had to make a Google Calendar. Google Calendar is a website where you can make a personal calendar. Google Calendar has many different features. One of the most useful features is color coding. Color coding is useful when you need to organize your events. Another helpful feature is the sharing feature. The sharing feature helps you spread the word of events that are coming up. Another is location - you can chose the location of the event. 

In conclusion, Google Calendars is a good way to keep track of all your activities.




Friday, September 18, 2015

Screencasting

By James L. and Jackson H.
This year we learned about QuickTime Player. It is a great and easy way to make a tutorial or screencasts. You can access QuickTime Player with your Mac, iPad, or iPhone. If you want to use it with your iPad or iPhone you have to use an iPhone  charger and connect it to your Mac. We did our screencastings with our iPads so we needed an iPhone or iPad charger.

Once we opened the Mac, we entered the QuickTime Player software. After we entered it we connected our iPads to the QuickTime Player software. That's why we needed our chargers.

 From there we started our screencasting by clicking the button to start and we could project from our iPads and it would show up on the Mac. From there you can do whatever you want on your iPad and it will show up on your Mac and then you're screencasting! A lot of people did theirs on how to a use an app. Here is one example of a screencasting that Mason and James did on how to set an alarm clock.



Timelines

By: Mary Helen M. and Joshua L.

Have you ever had a group of dates that you need to study and whatever you do to try just doesn't work? Or maybe you need to introduce yourself to a group of people and can't find a practical way to do it! Finally all your problem are solved with Timeline JS!
   
In Mrs. Conway's 7th grade computer class, we have been learning how to use timelines, both at school and in our daily lives. We used both Google Sheets and the website Timeline JS for this project, and it has broadened our horizons of what we can do on our iPads. We added our dates and information in Sheets, then Timeline JS turned this data into a multimedia presentation. The timeline is very useful because this can help students sort out information to see cause and effect in history. It can also easily lay out dates for visual learners, or be an effective tool in introducing yourself to a group of people.


This image shows a student laying out their information in Google Sheets. Each row represents a different event, and each column has a different space for you to add more information to make your timeline even more detailed. 

If we were studying the Age of Exploration in the New World, than a timeline would be useful to see what countries got there first, and how different events affected each other. Also, if we were making a list of what we have done in a school year, it would be much simpler to make a timeline of what we have done This way, you could visually see what happened, and maybe add some pictures for effect.
This timeline is an example of what you could do using these programs. This subject of this presentation was the events leading up to the American Revolution, but different facts can replace the ones here. You can choose different fonts, whether or not you want it to play in chronological order or reverse chronological order. You can also choose what slide it starts on. This helpful program can help you study for many different classes, which could make the difference between and 'A' and a 'B'!

You can find the websites we used here:

Friday, September 11, 2015

Comic Maker

By Abbie and Ellie

One of our favorite apps that we have used to present has to be Comic Maker. Comic Maker is a free app, and it is helpful when presenting. This app is a fun way to present and can help teachers keep their students' attention when teaching. It can help teach a very complicated subject and make it fun, or entertaining, at the same time. It is also easy to use. 

We used this app to teach a concept we had learned previously in the school year. This could be used in other classes as well. We taught concepts from other classes besides computer. Here are some examples...



Here is Austin teaching us about the Northern Cardinal. He was able to use this app to teach us about something he had learned in Mrs. Lowery's science enrichment class. He did a great job, and everyone loved the pictures and comic strips that he was able to use because of this app.

Catherine and Joshua also did an amazing job using this app. Hopefully they will use this again and encourage others to use it too. This is Catherine's presentation...

Joshua's presentation is a good example of how to use the cartoons embedded in the app. His presentation is serious, yet still interesting. Here is Joshua's presentation...


Everyone did a great job and had a great time! We really hope others might use this app too.





Thursday, September 10, 2015

Copyright & Fair Use

By: Davis & Cam

Copyright and fair use are two different things. Copyright is a legal right created by the law of a country that grants the creator of an original work exclusive rights to its use and distribution, usually for a limited time. 

Fair use is a limitation and exception to the exclusive right granted by copyright law to the author of a creative work. If you don't use it properly you can be in big trouble. We can use this information in other classes because if we need to do a presentation and get pictures or information we can think about copyright and fair use. 

To make make sure you don't violate the copyright law you would ask yourself these three questions:

1. Did I repurpose or transform the original? Did I add value?

2. Could my work replace the original?

3. Did I just use just the amount I needed to accomplish my purpose?

Google Slides

By: Lauren and Margaret

In many cases this app is very useful. Google Slides is a great app that we have already used in science, technology, and history class, and will most likely use  in even more classes throughout the year! 

In technology, everyone in the class made an acrostic with their name. Everyone created their own slide all at once and presented it to the class. This way our classmates got to learn more about each other! 

One way you can benefit from this app is fairly simple. Google Slides is powered by Google. Therefore,  you will need to log in to your LSA or other preferred Google account. After you have successfully logged in your teacher, or the leader of the group can add all of the members that need to be included in the presentation. Another way to use Google Slides, is if you are assigned a project with a partner, you can share it with one another. This way you can both work on it on separate devices. We believe Google Slides may be a better option from Keynote. 









Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Welcome!

This is the blog home for the 2021 Tech Savages. This group of current seventh graders at Lee-Scott Academy will be blogging about the things they are learning and doing in technology class this year.











Our blog is still under development. The header image is being developed by Catherine, and three groups of students are currently working on blog posts.











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