Yes, in most cases you should be able to open a file created on a PC on your Mac. If you used a cross-platform program (such as Microsoft Office) it will likely save files in a format that can be read by both your PC and your Mac. You can transfer the files to your […]

If you have an iSight camera, you can use the FireWire cable that comes with your iSight camera to connect your computer to another Mac to transfer files. To do this, you will need to boot one of the computers in Target mode by rebooting that system and holding down the T key while it […]

It is possible to transfer(“burn”) files to a CD using your Mac’s built-in CD-R/CD-RW drive. This is a good way to back up your files. Before you can backup your files by burning them to a CD, you will first need to purchase some blank media. You can use either CD-Rs or CD-RWs. CD-Rs can […]

If you only have one printer in your classroom that you want to share with several student computers, you can connect that printer to your computer and then share it so that it is accessible from any computer in the room. To share a printer, you must first add it to your system the same […]

If you know you are always going to be using the same printer (and you have more than one printer installed on your computer, such as a local printer and one or more network printers), you can make that printer the default printer that will be used each time you print from your Mac programs. […]

Along with USB, Firewire (also called IEEE 1394) is another popular connector for adding peripherals to your computer. Firewire is most often used to connect digital camcorders, external hard drives, and other devices that can benefit from the high transfer rates (up to 480 Mbps) supported by the Firewire connection. The iSight camera used for […]

Sharing bookmarks is a great way to structure your students’ work on a particular topic. Your browser has the ability to export your bookmarks as a web page with links to the sites you want to share with your students. To export your bookmarks in Safari, select File, Export Bookmarks. When you click on Save, […]

Flickr is an online photo hosting program that can also be used to host presentations online if you export your Powerpoint slides as images. To save your slides as images in Powerpoint: Select File > Save As. Select JPEG or GIF from the Format pulldown menu. Click on Save to save your slides to a […]

To email pictures in your Picasa library, first make sure they are in the Picture Tray, then click on the Email button. Depending on how you have Picasa configured, this will open up your default email program, or a window that allows you to connect to the free GMail web email service from Google. You […]

Picasa allows you to create a web page with your photos in two different ways: as a web gallery, which has to be uploaded to a web server before it can be accessed by other people, or as a web album which is hosted on the Picasa servers and is immediately available online when it […]

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