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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

How to Properly Transfer and Import iPhoto Pictures

Have you spent a lot of time editing, naming, and organizing your photos in iPhoto, and now you are wondering how to transfer all this on to a new Mac? In this post I will explain how to properly transfer and import pictures from one Mac iPhoto application to another. These steps should work even if you are using different versions of Mac OSX.

Recently, I purchased a new iMac. One of my priorities was to transfer all the images in iPhoto from my MacBook Pro that was running on Mavericks in to my new iMac that was running on Yosemite.

These were the methods that DID NOT WORK:

  • I backed up my MacBook Pro on an external hard drive and applied it to a separate account on my new iMac. iPhoto worked, but I was using Mavericks and I did not want my old settings with my old applications. I deleted all this and started over.
  • Next I started from scratch on my iMac with Yosemite. I imported the pictures from the earlier backup that I had on my external drive into my new iPhoto. It did not work. It took hours, and all sorts of thumbnails from iPhoto were imported as pictures that I didn't need. This did not work because I was using a backup which was modified for backing up.

I contacted Apple Support, and these are the steps I want to share with you so that you could successfully import your pictures and save your time.

On your computer with the pictures:

Before you begin, you need an external drive with enough memory to contain your pictures.

1. Connect your external drive to the computer with the pictures that you want.

2. Go to your Macintosh Hard Disk (HD) and find the User whose pictures you want. In the User folder, find the folder titled Pictures. Find the icon(s) of the library you want. See below:

3. Copy the icon and paste it into your external drive. The icon must come directly from the User Pictures folder.

4. Safely disconnect your external drive. On a Mac, you can drag the drive icon from the desktop in to the Trash.

On the computer that you want the pictures to be on:

5. Then, connect the external drive to the computer that you want the pictures to be on.

6. Open your external drive and find the iPhoto library icon.

7. Copy or drag and drop the icon in to your desktop.

IMPORTANT: Why can't you just import the photos directly from the external drive to iPhoto? I asked the support specialist this and she explained that issues can occur when files go from an external drive to an application. It's best to safely place it on your desktop first where the computer can "adapt" the files to your computer. 

8. Once the files have been copied on to your desktop, you can now open the iPhoto app (not the icon you just transferred) on your computer.

9. In iPhoto, go to File, then select Import to Library, and find the library icon that you just transferred on to your desktop. Select this icon, and wait for iPhoto to import everything. Any labeled events and albums from your old iPhoto should be named and ordered as you like on your previous computer!

10. iPhoto may prompt you to update the files or download extra files if your pictures came from an older version of iPhoto or Mac OSX. Agree to this so that your photos could properly transfer.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

I am having a Winter Special at my TeachersPayTeachers store-- any one item is FREE until December 25, 2014! Just drop by my store to choose one item. Then return to my blog and click on my "About Me" tab at the top of my blog, look to the right column, and complete the short form with your information and what you would like. I will email you your desired item-- no questions asked. Your email address will be respected and only used to deliver your present.

In return, please consider donating to your preferred charities or volunteering your time this holiday season. There are lots of ideas to give at the bottom of my flyer or read about some more ideas below:

Have a safe and warm winter!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

How-To Guide: Sharing OPEN Resources on TeachersPayTeachers - Set Up Your Store & Upload Your First Free Product

Here is a FREE step-by-step multimedia guide to setting up your own TeachersPayTeachers.com store and uploading your first free product. This guide follows TPT's Copyright Faq recommendation to apply Creative Commons licenses to your work. CC licenses protect your copyright, gives you credit, AND lets other use your work beyond Fair Use limitations. Learn how to share your work with more people online and make it open for others to re-use, re-mix, and pass it on to others! This item is made by a teacher for teachers, but anyone could use it =).

You will learn how to create and open a Seller account on TeachersPayTeachers. This includes registering for accounts, making thumbnails/previews, uploading. 

Just click on the icons in each step to watch the videos OR read the PDF files.

IMPORTANT: Before you begin any steps, please watch the Introduction video at the top near the title to understand the process. Or, watch the introduction video HERE:

These materials will also tell you about how to make your product an open educational resource by applying a Creative Commons license. This is an important step that many people miss when they share a resource online. Anything original that you create automatically has your copyright, therefore it puts a restriction on how others may use and adapt your work. Applying this license is a way for you to tell people how they could use a large part of your ideas (instead of a small part of it) and give you credit for it.

After following these instructions, you will walk away with some technology skills, an online store, and a free product to share (TeachersPayTeachers requires your first product to be FREE). In the future, you may also earn extra income through your online store.

I will walk you through registering for a TeachersPayTeachers and OneDrive account, designing a thumbnail for your product page, taking screenshots, making and applying a Creative Commons license, zipping a file, and uploading a resource online.

In these instructions, you have 2 choices. Follow ALL steps if you want to make these little preview images called thumbnails for your product page.

If you don’t care what image shows up on your product page, and you just want to register for an account and upload a resource, then follow the BLUE steps only.

Prerequisite skills:
1. Internet connection
2. Basic web browsing and word processing skills
3. Email account
4. Resource to openly share on online
5. Slide presentation experience

If you plan on following every step and making a thumbnail, it is recommended that you have experience making a slide presentation.

Recommended Operating Systems:
- Windows 7 or older
- Mac OSX

All the tools that we’ll use are free and online.

Sharing OPEN Resources on TeachersPayTeachers by Thanh Tran is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International LicenseBased on a work at http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/The-Lost-Teacher.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Web 2.0 Tool Review: FluidSurveys

This week I am reviewing an online survey-builder called FluidSurveys (www.fluidsurveys.com). FluidSurveys enables you to build a survey from scratch by dragging and dropping question styles and customizing the questions and answers. The data from the surveys are collected and stored for your analysis. You can also import surveys from other online apps such as SurveyMonkey or Zoomerang. I was always aware of all the survey tools available online, but I had no idea that you could actually use the tools for more than just surveys. 

Ways to Use Online Survey Tools:
  • Polls
  • Surveys, Data Collection
  • Applications
  • Information Sheets
  • Quizzes, Tests

Ideas for the Education Context:
  • Feedback from staff (about trainings or leadership)
  • Feedback from parents
  • Parent information forms
  • Volunteer forms
  • Field trip forms
  • After-school or club applications and registration
  • Student quiz assignments (home or in technology lab)

Advantages and Disadvantages of Fluidsurveys
  • Free
  • Many question styles are available (true/false, text box, multiple choice, check box, multiple grid questions)
  • Customizable style
  • Displays and charts all responses
  • Filtering options allow you to search for specific entries
  • Half of the "cooler" tools are available only to paid users
  • Data analysis for the free account needs improvement (designed for widescreens, no chart data)
  • Can not download data on the free account

Before Using
You only need an internet connection and web browser. Unlike the other tools that I have reviewed, I can't say that this is "relatively easy." It would be helpful if you have previous experience using another survey program or have tried to design something using a Web 2.0 tool. FluidSurveys has a lot of options to try, but if you are not technology saavy, it would help if you do a lot of exploring on the site before you make your product.

This is the first survey tool that I have ever tried. I will take a look at at least another different online survey tool and let you know how it compares!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Summer Reflection on Web 2.0 Tools

This summer I learned the terms "Web 2.0 Tool" when I took Dr. Sara McNeil and Dr. Bernard Robin's summer linked classes at The University of Houston. I had a chance to explore several tools which have been reviewed on this blog.

Since I had already used this tool, my review was a refresher because the interface had changed a little since the last time I used it. I still love this website builder, and if I return to a classroom without virtual space, I will be building a website using Weebly or Wix.

This was probably my favorite tool to review. I can see myself making an interactive online poster with this if I wanted to explain a concept. In addition, this is a great tool for students to use as a digital research presentation tool.

This tool took some getting used to, but once I got the hang of it, I really liked it. I used it in one of my outside presentations already. I love the variety of icons that come with this free application!

I can see this tool being used by a teacher with excellent classroom management and who doesn't mind students whipping out their smartphones to participate. This reminded me of the remote controls we used in my undergraduate college classes for the interactive quizzes, but way better.

I'm always looking for free music for my presentations, and this is my new favorite online music archive.

The biggest thing that I walked away with from these assignments is the realization that making interactive, attractive, and fun learning content is not that hard. 15 years ago I was tediously entering in html into one of the few browsers, Internet Explorer, to customize my blog and webpages. How times have changed! Now, online tools have become so user-friendly, I could save a lot of time and devote it to making useful digital learning objects, instead. 

I'm a little sad that my courses with the UH professors will end, but I will note and explore a few online applications that were reviewed by my peers. I hope to keep this blog going, and hopefully, I will get a few more review in by the end of this year. 

I will be assisting in the revision of some online learning modules next semester, so I am looking forward to using a few of these web tools!

Web 2.0 Tools in Education

Watch my Prezi presentation and listen to some of my thoughts and ideas about Web 2.0 tools in classroom and distance education. =D

Monday, July 14, 2014

Web 2.0 Tool Review: Jamendo

Alternatively, you may download the voice-over and audio credits here.

How to use Jamendo:

1. Once you have registered, you will be taken to the main screen. Click on the "Search" link.

2. It will lead you to a simpler page to focus on your search results. 

3. When you click on the search bar, a drop down will appear for you to select a genre. Select a genre or type in your key words.

4. The search results will display the artist, tracks, and albums. A play and download button will automatically appear when your mouse scrolls over a track.

5. If you click on the track, it will give you detailed information about the artist. Scroll down to read the licensing and re-use information.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Web 2.0 Tool Review: Socrative

Recently, I took a look at a Web 2.0 Feedback tool called Socrative. You can watch the video review or skip to my typed voice-over below:

Introduction: Socrative (www.socrative.com) is a free online Feedback tool that can be used to create real-time electronic assessments for your students. Instead of printing out questions or waiting for individual students to answer aloud, teachers can ask questions for all students in class and get everyone’s results within a few seconds.

Students could access socrative quizzes through computer or mobile devices online. Teachers can ask a quick-question, create multiple-choice or short-answer questions, play a quiz game, or start an exit ticket. While students answer the questions, the results will be displayed on the teacher screen right away. All you need is internet access to get started.

So let’s take a look at how to make a quiz, and what happens when a student takes it.

(Socrative exploration begins at 00:45)

Ending (05:33): (Pros and Cons slide) Once again, Socrative is a Feedback tool designed for teachers to get feedback from students fast. It’s also meant for teachers who want to engage and get all students to respond using technology. Take a look at the pros and cons and decide if this tool is right for you.

Screenshots on how to use Socrative:

Since registration is pretty straightforward, I will skip directly to the user's dashboard and making a basic quiz.

1. Get comfortable with the user's dashboard.
This is the main page. Notice your room number on the top right corner. In order for students to access your open quizzes, they must know this number. You have several different choices in how to assess students. To keep this short, let's go directly to making a very basic quiz.

2. Click on "Manage Quizzes."

3. Choose between "Create a Quiz" or "Import." 
If you know of any pre-made quizzes, you could import them! This is a great way to share socrative quizzes with other teachers. In this example, we will create our own.

4. Select the type of question.
Choose between multiple-choice or short answer.

5. Try a multiple-choice question.
Type in the multiple possible answers and check the one that is right.

6. Next, try a short-answer question.
Type in the question and possible answers. You may purposely want to misspell a word in the case students misspell it, they can still get credit for the answer.

7. Return to the main screen and start the quiz when you're ready for students to participate.

8. Decide how you want students to receive the quiz.
If you click on teacher-paced, you get to control the questions one at a time. It's a good way to check everyone's answers and address anything outstanding one question at a time.

Overall, Socrative is a very convenient tool to use. I would recommend it to teachers who have access to a computer and projector in their classroom. Most importantly, I would recommend it to teachers who are comfortable allowing students to participate by using individual mobile or tablet devices in class.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Web 2.0 Tool Project: VoiceThread

 Check out this VoiceThread!
Check out this VoiceThread on the Challenges and Rewards of Distance Education

Recently, I collaborated with three other graduate students at the University of Houston to create a VoiceThread conversation on the topic of distance education.

We divided up the topic by "challenges" versus "advantages," and within that, we each picked an area or participant in online education to focus on (students, teachers, institutions, etc.) 

I had looked forward to trying out VoiceThread because I was interested in the aspect of people being able to respond with not only comments, but voice-recording, and video-recording as well. I made two pictographic slides on the sub-topic of Rewards and Advantages for teachers and institutions. Then, I added both my voice-recording and written voice-over in case visitors wanted to review what I said or check out my references. 

All the group members were fabulous with communication, and we were able to complete the project in a week's time mainly through email. We sent each other our drafts, waited for feedback, and finalized it with the group leader. Tuhin Dey was assigned the leader of the project, so he coordinated with everyone and organized the materials into one VoiceThread discussion. 

I thought VoiceThread was pretty easy to use. One of its best features is that you could use a variety of multimedia to create a presentation or discussion as well as to respond to one. I liked how clearly it recorded my voice, but that may be because I have a decent microphone. I especially thought it was easy to record and delete-- which I did multiple times! When I added my typed-comments I was unsure if it was going to show up with two of my icons. I then realized that it bundled into my single icon, so that was organized. I think it would be nice if VoiceThread could add simple bold or italics options to the font so that responders could emphasize certain things in their typed comments. During this week, I plan on dropping by my peers' VoiceThreads to leave comments and maybe even try out the video-recording response option!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Web 2.0 Tool Review: Piktochart

Infographics are charts, diagrams, or visual images that communicate a message using little words. The purpose of an infographic is to for a person to walk away from it having learned something without having to do a lot of reading. The above infographic was made using an online application called Pikotochart (http://piktochart.com/).

Pikotochart is primarily a communication tool. It has a variety of pre-made designs that are ready to go. You can enter in new information, change up the design and graphics, insert your own images, and shorten or lengthen the infographic. The canvas is extremely flexible and quite easy to use. You can also create your own graphic from scratch.

Piktochart in the context of Education
Similar to my review on thinglink, Piktochart can be used for many educational purposes that call for the display of main ideas:
  • Timelines (Similar to my above example)
  • Book Reports (Explaining main ideas)
  • Information Page (That's what I made!)
  • Map (There are a lot of map options to show statistics make comparisons)
  • Processes and Cycles

Advantages and Disadvantages
  • User-friendly interface
  • Regular computer short-cuts apply (Ex. Ctrl+Z)
  • Lots of design options
  • Free account available
  • Free account comes with VERY limited pre-made design options (maybe only about 20 free)
  • Charts do not come with concept maps

Before Using
There are very little requirements. The user must have basic computer navigation skills, an internet connection, and updated web browser.

How to Use
1. Register for an account and log in.

2. Select a design.

3. Name it.

This is what your screen should look like (with the exception of the infographic design). Notice that the canvas is organized into certain blocks. To edit a block, just click on it and the particular item that you want to change.

4. On your left side, you'll notice different tools. Let's look at the Graphics and Icons tools. You can use the search bar to search for a specific item or click on the drop-down menu to select a category of icons.

5. Let's skip down to the Tools icon. Here you can find and insert more multimedia to present more detailed information.

If we click on the CHARTS option a spreadsheet similar to Microsoft Office's Chart's spreadsheet will appear. You can edit your chart design and contents by changing the input values here.

6. Edit pre-made text by clicking directly into the block and text. Add text by clicking on the Text icon from your toolbar on the left.

7. Save or publish your work. The options are located on your top right-hand corner.

Other Thoughts
I was very impressed that Piktochart had so many chart options, including the spreadsheet to manipulate data. I was a little dissapointed that there were no concept mapping tools, though. I was also frustrated that there were so little free pre-designed infographics, but it's FREE, so it's hard to complain. I recommend Piktochart for those who want to present information using detailed data. However, I would not recommend it for people who want to create a minimalistic infographic.

If you haven't checked out Canva (www.canva.com) yet, I highly recommend it and prefer it over Piktochart for creating infographics, posters, covers, and a variety of other things that aren't available on Piktochart. Canva is also free and comes with a large amount of free graphics to enhance your design.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Web 2.0 Tool Review: thinglink

thinglink (http://www.thinglink.com/is a communication tool used to create interactive graphics. In other words, you can create a graphic with links and videos that appear from just scrolling your mouse over the screen. 

In the above example, I used this Web 2.0 tool to create an interactive graphic on a city called Ha Tien. I wanted to say a lot, but pictures are worth a thousand words, so I linked several pictures to my graphic, instead. In addition, videos and a more detailed webpage on Ha Tien are also linked. Icons bulge from the image indicating that a link is active. Any readers looking at my graphic can navigate and choose what they want to learn about Ha Tien in one glance. thinglinks are most often used as a sort of map-like graphic in which links lead to related or more detailed information.

Before Using
thinglink is an online tool that only requires an account registration. Usage is free for personal or commercial use, but fees apply to use it on a larger scale. One of the best things about this tool is its simple interface. You can easily add icons by clicking on the image, and a box automatically asks you to insert a url link and text. One only needs to have basic computer and internet navigation skills to use it. Having some digital graphics skills will come in handy if you want to make your graphic look more purposeful by adding arrows, trails, smaller graphics, etc.

How to Use thinglink

thinglink in Educational Contexts
thinglink is a tool to express concepts in creative ways. I think its biggest appeal is how it works as a sort of infographic. You begin with a picture or graphic and then add extra information to expand on the big idea without overwhelming it with words. There are so many ways to use it-- here are a few:

Now that you know a few great things about thinglink, how about the disadvantages? 

  • Video links - Sometimes the video links show the video as a small window on the image, but sometimes it opens in a new tab/window
  • Embedding - Depending on what webpage you want to post the graphic on, you may have to go through a process of adding thinglink onto your site and insert it into your page's HTML 

Other Thoughts
After exploring this tool, it's definitely in my digital toolbox for future use! I highly recommend it for both educators and students to use as a communication tool when they want to explain ideas and concepts in creative ways.

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