TILT: Technology Integrated into Learning and Teaching

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Kimberley Ketterer, Ph.D.
Instructional Technology Administrator

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Our goal is to provide a quick-reference repository for teachers to facilitate the integration of technology into learning and teaching. The TILT web site is full of curriculum tools and examples of how these tools are used in the classroom. The TILT web site also contains technology tools and web tools to help guide teachers to efficiently use their hardware and software.  For any Instructional Technology questions feel free to email Kim Ketterer, Misty Forsman or Mandi Hanson

 4J Resources and Helpful Links

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Did You Know?

  1. Information regarding Zimbra, Mobile Devices and student use
  2. Apple recently announced a new App for the Mac - iBooks Author
  3. Have a damaged MagSafe Adapter...you can get a new one for free!
  4. A Smart Way to Organize Folders
  5. Where did the Library go in Lion?
  6. If your computer crashes, you could lose everything....Back Up!
  7. Atomic Learning has over 150 training videos for the iPad/iPad2
  8. iOS 5 Basics and Apps We Like:
    1. APPitic
    2. GoodReader for iPad
    3. iTunes U app
    4. What is "Other" that is using space on my iPad?


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Zimbra config file and mobile devices:

 Downloading the Staff Zimbra config file on to an iPad, iPod Touch or iPhone allows that device to automatically connect to the wireless system.  It also brings the Zimbra calendar into the Calendar app as well as pulling Zimbra email into the Mail app.  One aspect of this config file that staff often do not think about is the fact that the device has a wireless connection to the Internet, under their name, without a filter   and that their email is readily readable by anyone using the device.

If you intend for a teacher's device to be used with students, DO NOT install the Staff Zimbra config file.  Students will connect to the Internet through 4J wireless, using their student user name and password.  This ensures that the proper filtering is happening at the student level. Teachers will still be able to get to their email and calendar but will need to go through the Safari browser to do so instead of clicking on the mail icon.

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  iBooks Author for the Lion 10.7:

 Available free on the Mac App store, iBooks Author is an amazing new app that allows anyone to create beautiful Multi-Touch textbooks — and just about any other kind of book — for iPad. With galleries, video, interactive diagrams, 3D objects, and more, these books bring content to life in ways the printed page never could.

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MagSafe Adapter Replaced for Free:

Apple has a new Adapter Replacement Program in the United States, which will give users a replacement adapter, free of charge, if their current adapter display signs of strain - that is, fraying near the MagSafe connector, or intermittent charging.  The program applies to both out-of-warranty and in-warranty adapters.  You can take your damaged adapter to an Apple Authorized Service Provider or an Apple Store for an evaluation and replacement.  Apple does note that not all adapters are covered under its program: If, say, your adapter shows signs of accidental damage, you won't be eligible.


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A Smarter Way with Folders:

Smart folders allow you to build up customized folders containing files of a certain type, name, or whatever criteria you choose.  The files are left in their original location - the smart folder is basically a set of aliases to those files, so you can have the same file contained in more than one smart folder without taking up space on your hard drive.

Smart folders are created by saving the results of a search you've performed, and they can be created in a number of ways: choose File > New Smart Folder.  Type your search term - a name, for example - then click the + button to start adding filters to restrict what files are displayed.  For instance, to search only for Pages documents, choose Kind followed by Pages.  Add more filters if you like.  Once you have your results, click Save, name your Smart Foler, and leave Add to Sidebar selected if you want to be able to access it from the Finder sidebar.

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Reveal the Library in Lion:

The Library folder has been hidden in Lion by default, but there is an easy way to access it.  Open the Finder's Go menu and hold down the Option key.  You will see the Library appear between Home and Computer in the list.  Select it to open your personal Library folder.

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Back Up Your Computer:

We hear the horror stories all the time, "I spilled coffee on my computer and now it won't turn on", "My hard drive crashed and I've lost everything".  Don't let this be you.....back up the data on your computer.  You have spent hours creating lessons and activities for students, files full of spreadsheets and data you have been collecting for the year, student projects but you haven't taken the time to back up these important documents.  Here is a link to a handy quick sheet, walking you through the process of saving to your Files1 server space.  Don't let this be you: "I left my computer on the roof of my car and accidently ran over it - I haven't backed up in over a year"!

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Atomic Learning iPad/iPad2 training videos :

iPad is a mobile device that you can use to watch movies, create documents, surf the Web, check e-mail, use as an eReader and much more!  And now, with the introduction of iOS 5, you don’t even need to have a computer to set-up or manage your iPad!  This online training series will introduce you to the basic features and functions of iPads and iPad 2s running iOS 5.

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APPitic is a directory of 1300+ apps for education by Apple Distinguished Educators (ADEs) to help you transform teaching and learning.  These apps have been tested in a variety of different grade levels, instructional strategies and classroom settings.  Apps are organized in several ways: SPED and Autism, Preschool, Themes, Multiple Intelligences, Bloom's Taxonomy, ISTE NETS, and Teachers.  Fantastic resource!

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GoodReader for the iPad:

GoodReader allows you to read PDFs, Microsoft Office documents, text files, and more.  It reflows PDFs so the text fits the iPad or iPhone screen without breaking words, and PDFs are hyperlinked so they can be navigated easily.  You can transfer files from your computer over Wi-Fi or USB, or extract email attachments.  You can even annotate PDFs.  Very useful app!  $4.99

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iTunes U App:

Everything you need to create and share complete courses - all in one place.  If you're an educator at a university, college, or K-12 school, now you have an easy way to design and distribute complete courses featuring audio, video, books, and other content.  And students and lifelong learners can experience your courses for free through a powerful new app for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. The free iTunes U app gives students access to all the materials for your course in a single place. Right in the app, they can play video or audio lectures. Read books and view presentations. See a list of all the assignments for the course and check them off as they’re completed. And when you send a message or create a new assignment, students receive a push notification with the new information.  To find out more information visit Apple Education.  

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"Other" Taking Up Space:

With an iOS device, the "Other" space in iTunes is used to store things like documents, settings, caches, and a few other important items.  If you sync lots of documents to apps like GoodReader, DropCopy, or anything else that reads external files, your storage use can skyrocket.  With iOS 5, you can see exactly which applications are taking up the most space.  Just go to Settings > General > Usage, and tap the button labeled Show All Apps.  The storage section will show the app and how much storage it is using.  Tap on the app name to get a description of the additional storage space being used by the app's documents and data.

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