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Podcast project links Tuesday, 23 February 2010

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What are podcasts?

Tutorials on how to make podcasts with Apple Garageband

Tips on creating podcasts

Free Audio recording software (for Windows)

Non-Free Audio recording software (for Windows)

Example of a podcast, notice how the beginning (first 30 seconds) include information such as:

  • The podcast title
  • Episode number
  • Date
  • Place
  • Author
  • Web address (URL)
  • Jingle (music/musical theme)

http://photography.ca/blog/wp-content/uploads/photo-podcast-59.mp3

More examples of podcasts here:

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GarageBand-like applications for Windows Wednesday, 15 July 2009

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Quite a common question, especially after using GarageBand (included with iLife, from Apple) — Windows users would like something similar that they could use at home.

Fortunately, there are alternatives such as:

My advice: Magix Music Maker. Yes, it’s not free, but I find it worth the money. Cheaper than getting a Mac.

MYP Computer Studies G1 Revision Links Thursday, 14 May 2009

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Here you will find some links to help you with your revision (most are already known to you, but a few are newer):

Programming (BASIC):

Databases & Logic Gates:

(http://www.tutorialsforopenoffice.org/tutorial/)

(http://documentation.openoffice.org/)

Please note that some OpenOffice.org tutorials may refer to version 2 instead of the current version 3 of the software suite.

Word 2007 Tutorials Wednesday, 4 March 2009

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Do you know how to automate the creation and updating of a table of contents, reference and citation tools, change tracking, and so on?

Read the following tutorial teaching everything you need to know (and then some more) about Microsoft Word 2007.

http://www.fgcu.edu/support/office2007/Word/index.asp

Windows Movie Maker Wednesday, 11 February 2009

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Please visit the following web pages if you need tutorials on Windows Movie Maker:

or

Free Video Editor Wednesday, 11 February 2009

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If you need video editing software alternatives to replace Windows Movie Maker, try

or

iWeb links Sunday, 1 February 2009

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The following link(s) will help you to revise and learn how to use iWeb ’08 to create a web site.

http://www.apple.com/findouthow/web/iweb08.html

Go through all the tutorials shown on this web page. Start with all the text tutorials and then move on to the video tutorials, or follow the recommended order below.

*Note: Please ignore references to MobileMe and Google AdSense, and remember that when you want to publish your work, you have to publish it to your Web Documents folder.

Recommended order to go through the tutorials:

  1. Designing web sites
    http://www.apple.com/findouthow/web/iweb08.html#tutorial=designtip
  2. Using the inspector Toolbar
    http://www.apple.com/findouthow/web/iweb08.html#tutorial=inspector
  3. Changing font sizes
    http://www.apple.com/findouthow/web/iweb08.html#tutorial=fontsize
  4. Duplicating page templates
    http://www.apple.com/findouthow/web/iweb08.html#tutorial=dupetemp
  5. Creating a web site
    http://www.apple.com/findouthow/web/iweb08.html#tutorial=createwebsite
  6. Customising your pages
    http://www.apple.com/findouthow/web/iweb08.html#tutorial=customize
  7. Adding Hyperlinks and Navigation
    http://www.apple.com/findouthow/web/iweb08.html#tutorial=nav
  8. Adding a Google Map
    http://www.apple.com/findouthow/web/iweb08.html#tutorial=googlemap
  9. Adding live web content (“Web widgets”)
    http://www.apple.com/findouthow/web/iweb08.html#tutorial=livecontent
  10. Creating a blog
    http://www.apple.com/findouthow/web/iweb08.html#tutorial=blog
  11. Adding more entries to your blog
    http://www.apple.com/findouthow/web/iweb08.html#tutorial=moreentries
  12. Publishing your site*
    http://www.apple.com/findouthow/web/iweb08.html#tutorial=publish
  13. Managing your web site
    http://www.apple.com/findouthow/web/iweb08.html#tutorial=manage

History of the Internet Video Wednesday, 28 January 2009

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Watch this video — it’s really useful. If you are a Computer Studies student, it is strongly recommended.

Standard Definition Video


High Definition Video


Original source: http://www.lonja.de/motion/mo_history_internet.html

MLA formatting of sources Tuesday, 27 January 2009

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If you’re new to the MLA format to refer to sources of information, try the free online services

They’ll help you ensure that your bibliography/works cited list is in the correct format. Just fill in the information you know about the source, they help you with the rest.

For more detailed information check these resources from

I have also found a very interesting blog about information literacy called BiblioTech Web.

Spam & Click Sunday, 23 November 2008

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There’s an interesting article on spam here. It’s called “Spam War” by David Reid. It may be useful to some of you who are dealing with this topic.

Besides, http://bbcworldnews.com/click is a good resource for technology news. You can catch it on tv or online.

How stuff works Thursday, 20 November 2008

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If you haven’t visited this site, do so. It may be useful to your projects, or to satisfy your curiosity.

This link will take you to the computer channel, but there are others. Explore!

http://computer.howstuffworks.com/

Checklist for MYP Projects Wednesday, 29 October 2008

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Hopefully this checklist will help you organize yourselves in order to complete each stage of your MYP Computer Technology projects.

Checklist (PDF download)

MYP Technology Project Checklist


Criterion A: INVESTIGATE

  • Identify the problem (say what the problem is)

  • Explain the problem and say why it is relevant (important)

  • Find information about the problem from many different, good sources

  • Summarise each source

  • Evaluate those sources (say why they are good/better/best) and state how you used them
  • Develop a design brief = Say how you will solve the problem you identified, in general terms.

  • Prepare a design specification = a detailed description of how your solution must be so you can solve the problem, everything you need for your solution (or to make the product) and what your solution can and cannot do. What you write here has to be important for you (the designer) and the user (the person/people who will use or be helped by your solution or product). All your suggested and appropriate solutions will need to meet the terms of the design specification.

  • Describe (say in detail) how you are going to test your product against the design specification (how you will check whether you product sticks to the specification)

Criterion B: DESIGN

  • Compare each possible mode (media) against your design specifications

  • Choose one mode and justify your choice in terms of how it meets your design specifications

  • Make several (at least three, four optimal) different designs for the mode you chose

  • Explain how all your designs meet the design specification (you can show how you are going to put each design spec. in each layout/design)

  • Choose one (or more, if appropriate) design and explain in detail:

  • Why you chose that design and not the others

  • How and why it meets the requirements of your design specification better than the others you dropped.

Criterion C: PLAN

  • Make a detailed plan of logical steps (sequenced, in proper order) describing how you will use:

    • The resources (everything you’ll use to create your product and/or what you need to implement your solution)

    • The steps you need to take (what you will do) to create the product

    • The time (timeline, Gantt chart, when you’ll do it)

  • Explain and evaluate your plan (pros and cons / strengths and weaknesses, what if… alternatives for the weak points)

  • Justify any modifications you made to your design (the one you chose in the previous step)

Criterion D: CREATE

  • Follow your plan, justifying any modifications you make (if you deviate from your plan and/or your design)

  • Document the creation of your product using a journal (Format: Date, Comments, Screenshots/screencast, explanation of screenshots/screencasts, problems, how you solved problems, modifications)

  • Your product must

    be as good as possible (of “Appropriate quality” 1) using the resources available to you and/or those resources you have chosen to use (in the  planning section)

Criterion E: EVALUATE

  • Objectively evaluate your product/solution based on:

    • Does the product do what you said in the design brief? (does it meet your goal and solve the problem?)

    • The results from the ways of testing2 the design specs.

    • How would you improve on these ways of testing the design specifications?

  • Explain how your product/solution can be improved based on the feedback and evaluation you have done

  • Evaluate your own performance at each stage of the design cycle (compare initial and final Gantt charts, talk about strengths and weaknesses, etc.)

  • Suggest improvements to your performance at each stage of the design cycle

  • Explain how your product/solution will impact/change/improve (people’s) life, society, and/or the environment

1 Appropriate quality:This is the best product/solution that you can produce, taking into account the resources available (hardware, software), the skills and techniques you have used, your educational development (what you know and have learned), how the product/solution addresses the identified need, and aspects of safety and ergonomics.

2 Product testing: Here is where you show people your product and give them the tests that you created at the end of your investigation section. You can also check if the product solves the problem / fulfill the need, applied to the context and presented to the end-users or target audience.

OpenOffice.org resources Sunday, 26 October 2008

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This is just a starting point. There are many resources on OOo (OpenOffice.org), which we will regularly add and update, time allowing.

OpenOffice.org video tutorials from Netosis.com

News article on OOo v3.0 (Linux Format web site)

Resources for Gantt charts Tuesday, 21 October 2008

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Here are some resources we have been working on:

Note that you have to change the timings in the template. They’re up to you, but the more detailed, the better.

There’s also a great tutorial on how to create Gantt charts using OpenOffice.org’s Calc.

And you may also want to check wikipedia’s article on Gantt charts.