Firefox settings on Mac

*This is a repost from Mr. MacLean’s blog post*

If you encounter problems trying to view websites on the Mac using Firefox, you may need to change your settings as shown:

1. Select Preferences from the Firefox menu:

2. Click on the ‘Advanced’ tab at the top and then select the ‘Network’ Tab below it. Click on the ‘Settings’ button.

3. Ensure that your settings match the ones shown below (including the checked box)

Mac Questions? Email Brandon!

Have you?

  • Purchased a Mac recently?
  • Booked labs and laptop carts with Macs?
  • Been a Mac user for quite some time but have some questions?

If you find Mac to be a bit of a struggle, or run across specific problems, feel free to email me (Brandon). There are ongoing tech sessions held each week (which are an option as well), but for quick questions an email is also an easy and quick way to get some assistance as an alternative.

My email is:

The Mac Manual

Screen shot 2009-10-04 at 3.40.27 PMWith so many teachers being new to the Mac OS, and many buying their own MacBooks, a resource to familiarize yourselves  to Macs is in order. Be sure to download this ebook entitled  The Mac Manual from This e-book contains over 60 pages covering the basics, applications, 3rd-party apps, plugins, and a great set of tips. This is something that will help everyone with a Mac. Enjoy!

Comic Life

Comic Life is software that is available for both PC and MAC.  It allows you to use pictures/images to  easily create a comic strip that includes a comic layout, speech bubbles, and text boxes.  This program is so simple to use.  If you are able to ‘drag comic_life-769919and drop’ then you will be able to create a comic using Comic Life.  Check out some examples.

First, you will need to add a template to the blank page.  Choose from the template library.  Next, you will need to add pictures to the template.  Use the finder to locate your saved photos/images.  Then you just have to drag and drop them into the picture boxes.  You can change the style of the picture as well!  You will want to lock your picture boxes in place.  To do this, right click on the image and choose lock . Then you are ready to add speech bubbles and text boxes.  Use the lettering to add fun titles.  Remember that you can change the style of the speech bubbles, textboxes, and lettering by selecting ‘style’ on the toolbar.  When you have finished your comic be sure to save it in a format other than just a comic document.  To do this, go to File>Print>PDF  You will see several different formats to choose from.  Comics can then be added to your blog, Prezis or other documents.

Teachers at ISM are able to get a copy of Comic Life on their home computer for planning purposes.  Please contact me, for further information on getting your own copy of Comic Life or if you have any questions about using Comic Life.

iLife PD Session: iMovie, GarageBand, iPhoto

As was mentioned in the tech session for iLife yesterday, the goal was to push the WOW factor of what iLife can do, while introducing what is possible with our new Macs on campus. There wasn’t much time for playing, so there will be follow-up training sessions in the upcoming weeks pertaining to using these applications. If you were unable to attend the iLife sessions, this would be a great time to become familiar with these powerfully creative tools!

iMovie 09

In the meantime, if you wish to play around with iPhoto, iMovie, or GarageBand, simply boot up to the Mac side (as soon as you turn on the computer, hold down the “alt” button for 10 seconds), and you’ll see the these three applications in the ‘dock’ at the bottom of the screen.

iLife Icons

And for those of you who feel daunted by the thought of using a Mac, or who would appreciate a refresh on navigating your way around a Mac, Brandon will be offering sessions and assistance for this as well.

As was also mentioned in the iLife session, approximately 35 video tutorials pertaining to iPhoto, iMovie, and GarageBand have been recorded and will be available on the server (the location has not yet been determined), OR you can drop by room 1086 anytime after school to copy them to your USB. These tutorials cover the basics of all three applications and are excellent resources for getting the feel for iLife.

If you have any Mac-related questions don’t hesitate to ask me (Brandon) or drop me an email: