Tech

Rifle = Mobile Device

 iPODs, iPHONEs AND iTOUCHes DO NOT QUALIFY AS PRIMARY ACADEMIC MOBILE DEVICES. THEY MAY BE USED TO SUPPLEMENT YOUR OTHER DEVICES BUT THEY DO NOT FULFILL THE PRIMARY ACADEMIC MOBILE DEVICE REQUIREMENT. 

Further software and hardware requirements are listed below. Some of the requirements listed may seem redundant or obvious; they are there are reminders. We also recognize the fickle nature of Google access in China, but still require their presence and use in order to provide some training in these popular platforms before sending students off to colleges that will make extensive use of them.

I. Required Hardware

All of the following are required on a daily basis

  1. MacBook
  2. Charger
  3. Headphones or Earbuds

 

II. Required Software

 1. Storage (All required)

  • Google Drive
  • Dropbox
  • Evernote
2. Note-taking (Choose one or more)
  • Evernote (required–free)
  • Penultimate–for those who prefer to take notes by hand on an iPad. US$0.99
  • Noteshelf (highly recommended for those who prefer to take notes by hand–US$9.99)
  • Students may also opt to take all notes withinGoogle Docs as long as they can be clearly shared
  • A photo/scanning app for archiving notes taken by hand

3. Annotating (Choose one or more)

  • Mac PDF Annotator (Embedded)

4. Research and News ((bookmark/shortcut)

  • Google Scholar
  • Huffington Post
  • New York Times
  • Al-Jazeera
  • The Guardian

5. Books

  • iBooks
  • Kindle for iPad and/or PC/Mac

6. Word Processing

  • Microsoft Suite
  • Pages and Keynote (recommended, not required)

6. Required Academic Shortcuts


3. Required Practices

 

In The Shared Learning Environment (Class)

  1. Share outlets wisely. Let everyone charge their devices as needed.
  2. Keep control of wires, extensions and other equipment. No one should be suffering from MacBook induced head wounds.
  3. Although we have gone mobile, you still live in the physical world. Keep your station neat and clean. Teams and classes that cannot keep their work stations in order will be held after class until they develop the habit.

In The Personal Learning Environment (At home or…?)

In this class, most work will be distributed and submitted electronically. So:
  1. Always make sure you create your own copy of the distributed file unless otherwise directed.
  2. Share every file with Mr. T.
  3. Share every collaborative document with the necessary partners.
  4. Save every file in the appropriate folder of your overarching History folder.
  5. Unless you are directed otherwise, assume that by sharing and storing your files appropriately, your work is turned in.

Syncing

  1. Save as much of your work as possible, especially your shared files, in Dropbox. You will never have to reload if you use a syncing storage service.
  2. Always sync your work in Evernote–be careful if you use multiple devices to not sync over work or delete new files by mistake.