Mac Links

(with thanks to Paul Reid who provided many of the art and graphics links)

Teaching with an ipad

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How-To guides

Microsoft Office for Mac 2008 how to tips and tricks from Mactopia
Keyboard shortcuts for mac from Macrumors wiki
How to take a screenshot of your mac desktop

Freeware to paint graphics

Seashore, Paintbrush or the other 20 odd freeware Mac Apps for Art/Graphics here
By far the best free "screendump" software for the Mac is Skitch by Plasq, the makers of ComicLife. It takes about five uses to get the hang of but it is
great desktop application. Paul Reid wrote about it here.

2D & 3D Animation

Pencil - Pencil is an animation/drawing software. It lets you create traditional hand-drawn animation (cartoon) using both bitmap and vector graphics. It's
as if the drawing tools of Photoshop were combined with the powers of Flash. The application itself has been pared down to its most essential elements,
meaning it's an excellent introductory animation software package. Pencil is free and open source.
Morphx - Norrkross MorphX can be used for calculating images or movies where one image transforms into another. Simply drag 2 images to the document window, drag a few lines to indicate similar areas and Norrkross MorphX calculates images so that it looks like the first image magically is transformed into the other.
Array - Array is an easy to use animation program. If you know the children's toy Lite Brite, where you poke colored pegs through a back lit screen, Array is the same idea using multiple screens to create animation. eg. http://www.mediumk.com/
FramebyFrame - FrameByFrame lets you create stop-motion animation videos using any webcam/video camera connected to your Mac.
Some other ideas that came to mind thru Google & http://del.icio.us/PaulReid/animation -
Photobooth - Create animation use the quick shot function and export to a gif or Quick Time movie
iStopMotion - iStopMotion animation is excellent for learning story-telling skills. Plus a handy tutorial on a DIY
FlipBook
Worth reconsideration is Kahootz 3 the new version due out now from Australian Children's Television includes an export as movie or vodcast function.
Some Year 5 students of Paul Reid's made these animations with the old version and Snapz ProX:
PulpMotion - Create fun animations using your own pictures, videos and music! (not free)
Blender - Blender is more appropriate for high-school students. It's a free open source 3D content creation suite that can export movies.
Cheetah 3D - Isn't free but has a time-limited demo - Looks like a powerful 3D modelling, rendering and animation solution.
Teen Second Life Use Screenflow to screen capture a drama acted out in Teen Second Life (or any other avatar based 3D
environment) and then record the voice-overs with audio-effects in GarageBand. The same could possibly be done in Gaia or Club Penguin.
FastCut - A full-featured video editor. It brings 3D motion & effects keyframe animation, masking and keying, video transition and filter+special effects. +
And so that students don't forget that animation is all about the ancient art of story-telling - CeltX Combines full-feature scriptwriting with pre-production support and also enables online collaboration.
Motion Smarts - A free resource for Apple's Motion graphics tool.

Professional Presenation/ Vodcast/ Screencast software

Profcast
Screenflow ScreenFlow enables capture of screen and camera simultaneously.