How has technology changed your way of learning?
There are many ways you can think of how technology has changed learning, but there also may be a few that you might not know. For instance, technology has changed our way of learning by using an iPad, instead of using pencil and paper. It has changed the way teachers taught way back when vs. how they teach now. Back in the day they were the main source of information, now they kind of “guide on the side”, which means us students have bigger responsibilities since we are using technology.
I mean do you remember doing projects on poster boards? I only remember doing a couple of them throughout my years of school. Technology has played a big role in what the older generations did versus our generation. A good example is Notability. We really don’t have to carry around folders anymore, because in Notability we can create folders. I’m sure you have heard stories of kids passing paper notes back in the day, but now we can use some form of technology to do that. I’m sure you’ve noticed the TVs in the classrooms here at school. There are many, many more ways that technology has changed learning. It is constantly changing, daily. As a student there are some advantages, and disadvantages to some of the ways Knox County uses new technology. Advantages would be I think students have more fun learning with an iPad rather than pencil and paper. Students can be more interactive with technology and other students because we can collaborate easier, also there are many, many apps we can download to help us learn. Some disadvantages would be that people come to school without a charged iPad. Also we sometimes have trouble with the internet connection or trouble with the software updates which really mess things up.
My conclusion would be there are unlimited ways that technology is changing learning. Even outside of school, people are learning without even knowing it. I think it would be awesome if we could learn all of the new ways today, and new ways to come on how technology is changing learning. Stay tuned to learn more about SWAT class.
My Sources: https://online.purdue.edu/ldt/learning-design-technology/resources/how-has-technology-changed-education
Gif or Jif? The age old question that every person eventually asks their friends, and depending on their answer, they may not be friends afterwards. I’m here to try to settle this silly argument with some cold hard facts.
So is it (G)if with a hard G as in “Gift” well let’s find this out. Gif stands for Graphics Interchange Format, so it would make sense to pronounce it Gif and not Jif because of the G in “Graphics” but some people disagree because the creator of the Gif, Steve Wilhite announced to the world, it was pronounced “Jif” but he is wrong. Steve Wilhite may of invented the famous file format, but he didn’t create Acronyms… or the English language for that matter. Even more support to the Hard G team is that is the closest cousin to Gif is simply Gift, so let me ask you, are you going to get a “Jift” for your best friend for Christmas? Didn’t think so, even more points for Hard G team is that computers with text to speech will pronounce it Gif with a hard G and not a soft G like Jif.
So is it Gif with a hard G? Technically and Probably yes it’s Gif and not Jif, but that doesn’t stop people from saying Jif because most of the Soft G supporters follow the logic of “The Creator Said so” and argue it’s Jif which is usually their only argument they know to use, besides the “Giraffe” argument but then again Gift is more closely related to Gif rather than Giraffe with a soft G. But what do you think? I’ll let you decide for yourself if it’s Gif or Jif.
Link to Sources:
Source 1: https://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/05/23/battle-over-gif-pronunciation-erupts/
Source 2: http://howtoreallypronouncegif.com
One of the most important parts of using a 3D printer is cleaning it up afterwards. Without this, the printer is at a higher chance of running into problems and breaking down. You should think of it as an old clock, where if one small part is out of place or not running properly, the entire machine is thrown off. So, I’m dedicating this blog post as a how-to for cleaning the 3-D printer between uses.
Cleaning the bed
The printer bed is the metal plate that the printer extrudes plastic onto while running. Proper cleaning after a print is essential for proper adhesion and to prevent warping. There are several different ways to clean the bed. The first is specifically if you used a bonding adhesive like a glue stick to keep the print on the bed. For this you will need some rubbing alcohol (nail polish remover) and cotton swabs or other disposable cloth. All you need to do is dampen the swab or cloth and rub the bed where the glue is until it has all been removed. If your cotton swab or cloth gets too dirty to continue removing the glue, throw it away and get a new swab and keep going. You are done when there is no residue left, if you see streaks of rubbing alcohol on the bed, don’t worry. It should evaporate and disappear after a few seconds.
If you don’t need to remove old glue, then just giving the bed a quick wipe down should remove any accumulated gunk. Just remember not to push too hard onto the bed or you may throw off the calibration and have to re-level it.
A quick cleaning of the extruder after the print is a good way to keep the nozzle from clogging and/or extruding too thin of lines. All you need to clean the exterior is a cleaning pick of some sort. After your print, while the extruder is still hot, take your pick and scrape off any plastic that got stuck to it. While it may seem simple and inconsequential, this is important to remove as it will build up over time and lead to the filament potentially becoming a heaping glob on the nozzle instead of printing onto the bed as it should. Makerbot has also made a video on how to clean the inside of the nozzle that you can watch below, however I don't recommend doing this unless you have some experience with the printer, and even then you only need to do it every once in a while.
To conclude, it is important to clean your 3D printer to keep things running smoothly. Just remember to clean the bed and the outside of the extruder of the printer after every print to keep it running up to par, as well as keep your 3D prints nice and clean and orderly.
By: Madeline Winter
A great feature of keynote is the ability to change the background of your slide. The video below explains how to change your background using gradient.
Keynote's Animated Drawings
This feature turns your drawing into a short video. Playing the video will show how you created the drawing.
This is feature allows you to invite people in a different area to view your presentation at the same time. They can view it on a Mac, iPad, iPhone, or online.
Export your keynote
Export your presentation as a movie allows you to keep all Animated Drawings, Transitions, Builds, and other similar features.
By: Jazzlynn Holman
Stop motion Studio is an app where you take pictures and the pictures are put together to make a movie. It can be used to show the process of something happening or can be used to make a cool animated movie. Continue reading to learn how to make your stop motion video.
1. First open the app and tap on the plus sign to make a new movie. When you begin your movie, you can start taking your pictures that will later make a movie.
2. The timer can be used to change the scene and have pictures taken at a set time. Also a grid can be used to take perfect pictures. There is an option called camera settings where you can choose a camera that you’re comfortable with using.
3. There’s a little plus sign that you can click to add images, titles, credits, clips, and audio. Next to the plus sign is a microphone. The microphone can be used to add voice overs to your video. There’s arrows that can be used to flip from frame to frame and next to these arrows is an undo button for mistakes. There is also a gear button that will make extra features pop up. These features include backgrounds, movie speed options, different fading out translations, filters, video quality options, play video as loop, play last frames only, and options on how to make your video fit the screen. Last options on the screen is a play button to play your video as you’re making it and a question mark for help.
4. When you’re done making your video, click the arrow on the bottom left side of the screen. After you click the arrow, the screen will show you when the video was modified, the duration, the number of frames, and the size of the video meaning how much space it takes. Also, there is five options at the bottom of the screen. You have the option to watch the video, send it out, edit, delete, and there is an option that looks like three little dots. Once you click on the three little dots, it gives you two options. The two options are to duplicate the project or lock it. This app can be used to make a lot of cool projects, have fun and be creative. If you need any help at all, the help buttons in this app are very useful.
Im going to teach you about Pic Collage because it's my favorite app. There's so many things you can do with the app, and here's why I love using Pic Collage.
*You can use templates for your photos if you wanted to make a collage of just photos.
*You can create posters easier by making text different colors and all sorts of text sizes.
*You can cut out pictures, and make it to what you want to just be in the picture.
I've learned from the edshelf.com site that in Pic Collage there are easy touch gestures that help rotate and resize your photo, but also all you have to do is flick the photo to delete it. Did you know that over 50 million people use Pic Collage for so many different things?
How often do use your Notes app on your Apple device? Maybe you’ll use it more if you knew about the new amazing features. Continue reading to learn about the new features that could make your life a whole lot easier!
1. Create a checklist
To create a checklist, click the circled check mark at the bottom right. After the circled check mark is selected, a blank circle will pop up and a spot to label the task. You can make your checklist as long as you want and can check off tasks when you're done with them.
Sketch in Notes just like in Notability. To do so, tap the circled marker. Then, choose between the pencil, marker, or pen to make the sketch. Once your sketch is finished select done. To erase mistakes, click the eraser and erase away. There is also an undo option if too much is erased.
3. Scan a Document
Scanning a document can be used when you are given paperwork, but you don’t want to keep a paper copy. Once you scan the document it’ll save directly in our Notes app. So to scan a document, tap the circled plus sign and then click on scan documents. Next, it’ll have you scan the document with your camera. You can manually scan it or your device can automatically scan it. After that, you will drag the corners so you can adjust the scan. This will help you make it fit the page. Then, click Keep Scan. You can add more scans to your document or if you are only scanning a single page document tap save. You can also sign your document or you can manually add your signature. To do so, tap the box with the arrow then tap Markup. If you choose to manually sign your document you can choose the tool you would like to use and sign it. If you would like to add your signature so it looks neater and more professional than drawing on your device, tap the plus sign and then tap your signature. If these steps sound confusing, check out the video that’s linked here.
Studying with a friend? Make it easier by collaborating in a notes document! Or maybe you want to work on something together, make it easier by working on it together in one document. Simply click on the human silhouette in the circle at the top left of the screen. Then, choose how you would like to send the document. Easy!
5. Turn a Website into a PDF
Say you won’t have wifi somewhere, but you want to do homework or research just turn the webpage into a PDF using notes. First, go to the website or webpage that you would like to save. Then click the box with the arrow at the top left corner of the screen and after that, you’ll want to click create PDF. Once you clicked create PDF, it’ll bring you to a new page and you’ll click the box with the arrow again. It’ll show you multiple places to send the PDF and you’ll want to send it to notes. If notes do not show as an option, click the more option and turn on notes.
I've lost count of how many times I've clicked the box that says “I have read and agree to the terms and conditions” without actually reading the terms and conditions. It is really easy to scroll past the time consuming and tedious fine print but it is extremely essential to know what you are agreeing to.
You could unwittingly consent to something you are unaware of.
The terms and conditions are a legally binding contract and you need to be aware of what you are agreeing to. You do not want to waive your rights just to access a website or use a product. You could be giving permission for the distribution of your information that you share while using the website or product. Make sure that the terms and conditions express that your information is secure.
You could unintentionally violate the agreement and face consequences.
If you don’t read the terms and conditions you won’t understand your limitations while using the website or product. In some instances people were banned from the use of a product or site and denied a warranty. In extreme cases people were faced with felony charges.
Terms and conditions could be written better.
While it is true that you should thoroughly read any contract before signing, the terms and conditions set you up for failure. The average set of terms and conditions takes around twenty to thirty minutes to read through and most of the time it isn’t plainly stated in a way that people understand. The following link can help you write you're own terms and conditions in a user friendly way. https://www.upcounsel.com/how-to-write-terms-of-service
5 Useful Notability Tips and Tricks
Notability, a 10 dollar very useful writing and typing app that can import almost any type of file besides videos or gifs for working, drawing, designing and much more! Notability like most apps has nice hidden features and tricks that are actually very helpful and make your life easier on notability! So let’s get started!
1. Scissor Magic
If you select the scissors and draw a circle around your shape or object you drew, you can adjust its size, simply pinch the screen to make it smaller or drag out your fingers to make it bigger, and feel free to drag it around to place it somewhere else?
Also if you circle an object or drawing with the scissors you can tap inside the circle and a helpful menu pops up such as copy cut convert to text delete and style, if you tap style you can change the color of the selected object and the size of the font too!
3. Two Notes in 1 Page
If you swipe to the left on the left side of the screen, your recent opened notes will show up or you can search a note, but if you tap the 3 dots you can view and edit a different note while your original note is still open, so you can look at notes and do homework at the same time!
4. Paper Fun
If you tap the wrench in the right upper corner you can open a menu where you can change the paper style and even set a grid and grid size to help with any kind of drawing and math!
5. Page Finding
If you have a long presentation and need to find a specific slide you can tap the three papers in the upper right corner and you can find bookmarked pages and search for a specific slide!
I hope these 5 tips help and have a fun experience on notability with these 5 life easing tips and tricks!
Have you ever had the problem of going onto Facebook and being hacked? Well there are plenty of ways we can fix that. First, try making your password as complicated as you can, but make it to where only you can remember. You can add periods or even numbers to your password, which will help a lot. When you create your password it helps to not use that password for any of apps. Next, you can go into your security settings and hit login alerts. When you do that it will send alerts to your phone number to show that someone has logged into Facebook. You have to make sure you hit save changes or none of those things will work. After, you can see where you're logged in at. You can do that by clicking on, “See where you’re logged in.” That helps you see where you are logged it at, and what dates you accessed your Facebook. Finally, just don’t accept friend requests to people you do not know. Hackers can create fake accounts, and try to add you. If they add you they can tag you in posts, or try to send you weird messages. Make sure you check your privacy options, and make sure it is set to “Friends.” Be careful about information you post to the public. If you follow these steps it should stop problems of hackers to your Facebook.