Faculty MacBook Airs

macbook_air_yosemite-800x450Here is a quick overview of some of the different apps installed (or that can be installed) on the Faculty MacBook Airs:

Audacity – a quick way to record and edit audio
Comic Life – create comic book layouts with panels, speech bubbles and actions
Garageband – music creation software, also excellent for audio recording and editing
Google Drive – syncs files between the Mac and the cloud (all students were setup with this during orientation and it is recommended they store all their school files in the Google Drive folder)
Google Earth – lets you fly anywhere on Earth to view satellite imagery, maps, terrain and 3D buildings
iMovie – fully featured movie editing software with titles, transitions and effects
iWeb – drag and drop website design (this software is no longer supported by Apple but is still an excellent design tool)
Keynote – presentation software and an excellent alternative to PowerPoint
Microsoft Office – full desktop version which includes Word, PowerPoint and Excel
Mindnode – simple and fast mind-mapping and diagramming software
Numbers – spreadsheet and graphing app with better design options than Excel
Pages – excellent app for creating different document layouts, like posters and brochures
Photo Booth – quick app for taking pictures and video with the inbuilt webcam and microphone
Quicktime – inbuilt video player but can also be used for audio, movie and screen recordings (accessed from the file menu) as well as simple editing using the trim tool
Scratch – building block programming from MIT
Sketchup – excellent 3D building tool allowing the the creation of simple shapes to full building models

If you would like any more information or training on these apps, or have an idea for a specific project for your classes, please contact the tech office.

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