Saturday, September 29, 2007

Using "Grab"


You can use Grab to taking “picture” of any screen or part of a screen. You can then change it to a jpeg file and upload it as an image to your post . Here is how.

Finder….MacIntosh HD……Applications….Utilities…..Grab

(Drag Grab to your toolbar for easy access later)

Once you are in “Grab”, choose “Capture” on the toolbar and then “Selection”. You can drag the rectangle over the part that you want to “grab” and when you let the cursor go it will “take a picture”. It is now saved as a .tiff file

Save in a place that you will remember. I suggest a "blog" file.

In order to post this image you need to change it to .jpeg


Open the file which you just saved. Under the file menu click “save as’ then choose jpeg.

You will now be able to upload it as a this. (My file is called Equation #2)

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Smart Board Notebook

You have a very useful program installed on your computers which can be used to draw diagrams etc. It is supposed to be used with an electronic chalk board (called a Smartboard) but you can use it to draw diagrams and pictures to help explain things. There is one in the school somewhere so I'll try and hunt it down.

So...the program is called Smartboard Notebook...and this is where you will find it.

Below is an example of the fun you can have with the smartboard tool. To post it follow these steps.
1. Open the Smartboard notebook file and create your diagram.
2. On the toolbar choose "File" then "Export" then "Image Files"
3. Chose "desktop" (or choose another file to save it and choose "JPEG" as the format.
4. Upload the JPEG file.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Pledge of the Math Student in Trouble

For when you are frustrated remember this.........

The Pledge of the Math Student in Trouble
by Donald Edge

Although I think I'm not good at math,
the only thing I can't do is nothing
I am allowed to cry
be impatient
be frustrated
be bad tempered
think of quitting
but only if .....

I try my hardest.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Number Theory

Hello everyone,

While waiting the arrival of your computers I have decided to create a summary what you have learned so far and give you an example of what a scribe post might look like.

We have looked at all of the Real numbers with lots of complaints about symbols. Remember the picture books when you were kids? They are the same kind of idea. Plus...a symbol takes less time to write than a whole word.

Key words are:

Real Numbers
Irrational Numbers
Rational Numbers
Natural numbers

Using the Appleworks program you can draw a diagram to illustrate what we did in class. I created the diagram using the "draw" selection from Appleworks. You may also use "paint". My only complaint is that you can only "undo" the last thing you did. I'm sure that if we put our brains together we can find the easiest way to create.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Drawing on photos

I had a brainwave tonight on how to do this with the least amount of problems while still having the ability to "undo" mistakes.

The picture on the left was drawn on in Word, dragged to Appleworks and then saved as a JPEG file. I suggest this method as you can "undo" a number of steps. You just need to be careful that everything gets dragged. Hmm...doesn't always work so depending on the situation you might want to use this method or the one below.

The one on the right was drawn on in Appleworks then saved as a JPEG file. Appleworks can only undo the last I suggest the first method.


Welcome to the 306-04 math blog. You first assignment will be coming soon as you get your computers.

As most of us are new at blogging I expect that we will all learn a great deal. usual...ask lots of questions and don't be afraid to try something new.