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December 3, 2009

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Macbook Basics

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  2. 2. MacBook Basics<br />Doesn’t Get PC Viruses<br />Designed with security in mind, Mac OS X isn’t plagued by constant attacks from PC viruses and malware. Likewise, it won’t slow you down with constant security alerts and sweeps. Every Mac is secure right out of the box, so you can safely go about your work — or play — without interruption<br />Born ready<br />Unlike other computers that require you to spend hours configuring devices, a Mac connects to your digital camera, wireless device, or external drive and just works. Really.<br />Power & Speed<br />With the latest Intel processors and other engineering leaps, a new Mac does all the things that only a Mac can do — at an astonishing speed.<br />
  3. 3. MacBook Basics<br />Anatomy<br />Dock: The Dock is the bar of icons that sits at the bottom or side of your screen. It provides easy access to some of the Apple applications on your Mac (such as Mail, Safari, iTunes, Address Book, and QuickTime Player), displays which applications are currently running, and holds windows in their minimized state. It&apos;s also the place to find the Trash (its icon looks like a waste basket). For your convenience, you can add your own applications, files, and folders to the Dock too.<br />MacBook Computers Are Deisgned For Easy Access To Files And Applications By All Users<br />The MAC Dock Can Be Easily Repositioned & Resized To Fit Your Needs & Preferences<br />
  4. 4. MacBook Basics<br />Finder: The Finder, which allows you to visually access practically everything on your Mac, including applications, hard disks, files, folders, and CDs. You can use the Finder to organize all your files and folders as neatly or as messy as you want, search for stuff anywhere on your Mac, delete things you don&apos;t want, and more.<br />Anatomy<br />Identifying The Components Of Your MacBook Computer Makes It Easier To Maximize Its Potential<br />The MAC Finder Holds The Key To Universal Access Of Everything In Your Computer<br />
  5. 5. MacBook Basics<br />Anatomy<br />Applications: An application is basically a computer program (that is, software) that gives users the tools to accomplish specific tasks. For example, you&apos;re probably using Safari right now to read this webpage (Safari is a web-browsing application). <br />MacBook Computers Integrate Different Applications For Professional Results<br />Applications Vary In Complexity And Functionality, Varying From Simple Word Processors To Powerful Video Editing Software<br />
  6. 6. MacBook Basics<br />Anatomy<br />System Preferences: The System Preferences pane controls system-wide settings (&quot;global&quot; settings), and is available from the Apple menu at the upper-left corner of the screen.  System Preferences lets you to adjust things like your screen resolution, keyboard and mouse control, sound, and more. Read on for more information about using System Preferences.<br />MacBook Computers Allow The User To Personalize The Computing Experience<br />The System Preferences Panel Is The Control Hub Of Your MacBook Computer<br />
  7. 7. MacBook Basics<br />Connectivity<br />On the sides of your Mac are a few small, geometric shaped holes on your computer that may differ from one another. These are your computer&apos;s ports, which are used to connect other devices (aka peripherals) to your Mac. <br />All MacBooks come ready for connections to: peripherals, networks, wireless connections & much more using the built in ports and or corresponding software<br />Apple Products Can Be Found In Different Retailers<br />Always Verify Compatibility And Specifications Of Peripheral Products Before Making A Decision<br />
  8. 8. MacBook Basics<br />Connectivity<br />The external ports and connectors of a MacBook can be found on the left side of the computer.<br />Identify The Ports In Your MacBook & Have The Necessary Connectors, Adapters & Cables To Facilitate Connectivity <br />This Document is Available Online!<br />You Can Access It Anytime By Clicking Here<br />If You Plan To Connect More Than Two USB Peripherals Consider Getting A USB Hub To Increase The Amount Of Available Ports<br />
  9. 9. MacBook Basics<br />Connectivity<br />Connecting To An External Monitor<br /><ul><li>Your laptop is equipped with a High-Quality video output called “Mini DVI”</li></ul>It is located next to the Power and Network ports on the side of your unit<br /><ul><li>A ‘dongle’ that converts Mini DVI to VGA is necessary for regular connection to an External Monitor without a Mini DVI port
  10. 10. Once connected user can decide to project similar content or to use external monitor as an extended desktop by visiting System Preferences and selecting Displays
  11. 11. If image quality is not optimal check resolution settings</li></ul>External Monitors Can Be Regular Computer Monitors, Television Sets, LCD Projectors Or Any Other Visual Display Device That Has Compatible Ports<br />An External Monitor Can Make The Learning Experience More Enjoyable And Productive For All Participants Thus Increasing Engagement And Achievement<br />
  12. 12. MacBook Basics<br />Connectivity<br />Mac OS X includes built-in software for many printers that allows it to recognize the printer when you connect it to your Mac, so you may not need to install printer software even if it was included with the printer. Connect the printer to your computer&apos;s USB port or FireWire port, if supported using the appropriate cable. Be sure to check the documentation that came with the printer and turn it on. If it doesn&apos;t seem to be recognized by the computer, for example, you can&apos;t print. You may need to download the latest drivers from the manufacturer&apos;s website and install.<br />Check Printer Compatibility Before Attempting To Install A New Printer To Avoid Complications<br />For more information about Printer Connections Click Here<br />If You Have A Multi Function Machine (Printer, Scanner, Fax…) Remember To Check The Installation Of The Drivers For Every Component And Verify Mac Compatibility<br />
  13. 13. MacBook Basics<br />Connectivity<br />If you want to use email or surf the Internet, you need a way to get your Mac online. You&apos;ve got quite a few ways to do this. You can connect a high-speed cable or DSL modem to your Mac or connect your Mac to a network that&apos;s already Internet-connected, either through Ethernet or wireless AirPort.<br />In your school there are two ways to get online: Wired & Wireless<br />Wired: a wired connection to your school’s network. This connection offers better speeds, increased reliability, zero mobility<br />Below are some steps to connect using a wired connection:<br />The New York City Department Of Education Has Policy Guidelines For Acceptable Use Of Computers & Internet Resources<br />Read More…<br /> 1. Connect your computer to the network by plugging one end of an Ethernet (RJ-45) cable into your computer&apos;s Ethernet port, and the other end into an Ethernet port that&apos;s connected to the network.<br /> 2. That&apos;s it! If you have access to the network, you should be online. With some networks, you may be prompted to enter a password first.<br />Wired Connections Are Normally More Secure, Stable And Offer Higher Transfer Speeds Than Wireless Alternatives<br />More Information Here<br />
  14. 14. MacBook Basics<br />Connectivity<br />If you want to use email or surf the Internet, you need a way to get your Mac online. You&apos;ve got quite a few ways to do this. You can connect a high-speed cable or DSL modem to your Mac or connect your Mac to a network that&apos;s already Internet-connected, either through Ethernet or wireless AirPort.<br />In your school there are two ways to get online: Wired & Wireless<br />Wireless: A wireless connection to your school’s network. This connection offers limited speed, reduced reliability, increased mobility<br />Below are some steps to connect to a wireless connection:<br />The New York City Department Of Education Has Policy Guidelines For Acceptable Use Of Computers & Internet Resources<br />Read More…<br />1. From the Applications folder, open Internet Connect.<br />2. In the resulting window, click the AirPort button.<br />3. Make sure that AirPort is on. 4. Then from the Network pop-up menu, choose the network that you want to join to get online access. You may be asked to enter a password if the network is password-protected.<br />Wireless Connections Offer Great Mobility & Simplify Using Many Computers Simultaneously Online<br />Remember: Many Computers Sharing One Access Point Will Decrease Transfer Speeds<br />More Information Here<br />
  15. 15. MacBook Basics<br />Connectivity<br />Here are some steps to remember when connecting a SMART Board to your MacBook.<br />Install the SMART Board software on your laptop.<br />Use the latest version and update accordingly.<br />Connect your laptop to the projector. Special adapters are used for different models of Mac laptops. Make sure that the adapter that you use is attached to the video cable.<br />Connect your laptop to the SMART Board through a USB port. Each SMART Board has a long, black USB cable that fits into a USB port on your laptop. It is that cable that enables interactivity between your MacBook and the SMART Board.<br />Connecting To A SMART Board Extends The Potential Of Your MacBook By Putting Its Access To Wonderful Resources Within The Reach Of Learners<br />Once you have the software installed and the video and USB cables attached, run the SMART Board software on your laptop. You will use this software to orient your laptop screen to the SMART Board.<br />Explore The SMART Board Student Version Software If You Feel That Your Students Are Ready To Start Developing Interactive Content<br />Click on the Control Panel icon (yellow-handled wrench) and choose Orient/Align the SMART Board. Touch the SMART Board with your index finger at each indicated location to align the board.<br />
  16. 16. MacBook Basics<br />Mac World<br />Congratulations!<br />Your MacBook Should Now Be Ready To Be An Enriching Tool That Will Impact The Way Your Students Gain Understanding & Guide Them As They Become Life Long Learners<br />Now That You Have Access To A MacBook It Is Time To Get Into The Mac World By Finding Out What Other Resources Will Benefit You & Your Students<br />What’s Next?<br /><ul><li>Keep This Presentation & All Of Its Resources At Hand For Future Reference
  17. 17. Find Additional Resources That Fit Your Learning Style – There Are Podcasts, Video Tutorials, Online Communities, Blogs & Other Tools That Will Benefit You</li></ul>Share Your Resources & Understanding With Others In Your School So That They Can Benefit & Enrich The Experience Of Integrating This Great Tool Into Your Instructional Activities<br />
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