Wow!  We are off to a great start.  I am so excited to have each of you in class.   It might take a while for some of us to get comfortable with the new “Mac” environment but I know we’ll all being going full speed soon!

I have enjoyed reading your letters.  I am learning so much about you!

Please be sure to read the post from yesterday if you haven’t.

So what now?? I would like for you to complete the following if you have not yet done so:

  1. Email me 10 of your favorite quotes.
  2. Complete the online forms (listed under Adult Students and High School Students above).  Adults have two forms and high school students have three forms although you may wait until next week to complete the high school schedule.
  3. Print a letter for me based off the sample letter I emailed you and the criteria I provided you.  Be sure to sign the letter in the closing area (between Sincerely, and your name).

If you have completed all of that, it is time to start a little training on the Mac environment.  I will show you how to log in to the Lynda.com online training.  Unless you have extensive experience with the Mac and can demonstrate all the skills required, I want you to complete the video training from a couple of courses.  If you think you can demonstrate all those skills, let me know and we’ll discuss it.  In the near future I will have a test for you to take over those  lessons.  One important note about the Lynda.com training… you have to add a ? to the end of your password before you can log in!  And… there is an “extension cable” for the headphone jack so you don’t have to turn the monitor around each day to plug in your headphones.

I want you to complete the following online training from the Mac OS Lion Essential Training: 

  1. Ch 2 Getting Familiar with the Interface
    Touring the Finder
    Launching and working with apps
    Sorting and starting apps with Launchpad
    Organizing workspaces with Mission Control
    Using trackpad gestures
    Using mouse gestures
    Understanding file saving in Lion
  2. Ch 9 Safari
    Navigating the web
    Working with bookmarks
    Using Reading List

After completing those lessons, type a short summary using MS Word of what you learned.  You will later be posting this summary on your blog (once it is created).

I want you to complete the following online training from the Switching from Windows to Mac: 

  1. Introduction
    Welcome
    Demystifying the Mac
    Adjusting to the new Mac terminology
  2. Ch 1 – Navigating the Mac
    Basics of the Mac keyboard
    Using the Mac mouse
    The basics of gestures
  3. Ch 2 – The Mac Interface
    Exploring the desktop
    Accessing the OS tasks from the Apple menu
    Using the Dock to create shortcuts to tasks
    Managing widgets on the Dashboard
    Controlling Mac windows
    Working with various disks on the Mac
  4. Ch 3 – Working with Files and Folders on the Mac
    Previewing files with Quick Look
    Accessing and moving files with Finder
    Working with icons on the Mac
    Deleting and rescuing files in the Trash

After completing those lessons, type a short summary using MS Word of what you learned.  You will later be posting this summary on your blog (once it is created).

If you have extensive Mac knowledge already, visit with me.

After learning about the Mac environment you will be ready to start your WordPress blog. I want you to complete the following online training WordPress.com Essential Training: 

  1. Ch 1 – Getting to Know WordPress
    What is WordPress?
  2. Ch 2 – Getting Started with WordPress.com
    Setting up an account
    Setting up a new blog or web site
    Navigating the WordPress.com back end
  3. Ch 3 – Building a Profile
    Editing your Profile
    Modifying personal settings
  4. Ch 4 – Creating Posts
    Understanding the difference between posts and pages
    Creating a new post
    Creating and managing links
    Adding images and other media content
    Adding categories, tags, post formats, excerpts, and other elements
    Publishing a post
  5. Ch 5 – Creating Pages
    Creating a basic page
    Organizing page hierarchy
    Creating a contact page with a contact form
  6. Ch 6 – The Appearance Tab
    Selecting a theme
    Using page templates
    Using widgets
    Creating custom menus

Wow…. is that enough work for now?  If you have completed all that, let me know and I’ll get you started on something else!

Quote:

Being happy doesn’t  mean everything is perfect, it means you’ve decided to look beyond your imperfections.  ~ Unknown

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