App Reviews

OS X El Capitan: What’s New in Mac’s Latest Update

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OS X El Capitan

OS X El Capitan

New features, refined performance, more power.

Yesterday, September 30, 2015, Apple released the much awaited update to its previous Mac operating system, OS X Yosemite. Appropriately named after one of the most famous rock formations in Yosemite National Park, El Capitan brings popular new iOS updates into the hands of Mac users. As El Capitan is only a refinement of Yosemite, not much has changed aesthetically. Users can, however, enjoy a newly introduced San Francisco font. Additionally, the infamous “Color Wheel of Death” or “Beachball” has been updated to a smoother version of its old self; perhaps in an effort to soothe users experiencing slow performance.

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Hello iOS 9

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Whenever a new iOS update rolls around, especially a major one such as iOS 9, 1:1 districts get very excited. With a plethora of students, educators, and Apple users posting about the academic benefits of the new update, I decided to take a more personal approach as to how iOS 9 will influence my day-to-day.

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face time with FaceTime: Apps for Collaboration

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combinedAs students continue to grow and expand their learning horizons, education becomes exciting. There is genuine victory in conquering a challenge, mastering a language, or understanding a concept. But above the enriching feeling of learning is teaching. Students have discovered the pleasure in sharing knowledge to help a friend comprehend a subject. Peer tutoring is an effective method that proves valuable for both who partake in it. Both the student teacher and the student receive higher academic achievement, improved personal and social development, leadership and task management skills, and motivation to excel in a field.

Being in a 1:1 community makes peer collaboration increasingly effective, ultimately enriching students. Read the rest of this entry »