Thursday, May 28, 2015

Backup for Mac and PC


1 Backup for Mac and PC
1.1 Backup: Which Files to backup? - Mac
1.2 Backup: Which Files to backup? -Windows 8
2 Backing Up Web Bookmarks (important if you are leaving or are getting a new computer)
3 Backing Up Options: #1: Use the 'cloud' (important if you are getting a new computer)
4 Backing Up Options: #2 (for teachers): Use your SFS network drive (important if you are getting a new computer)
5 Backing Up Options: #3: Use an external drive (important if you are leaving or are getting a new computer)
6 Backing Up Options: #4: Use Mac Time Machine or Windows Backup and Restore.
7 Mac Time Machine (important if you are getting a new computer)
8 Windows Backup and Restore (important if you are getting a new computer)
9 Taking away your school Google Account  documents ( (important if you are leaving)
9.1 Method 1: Share the documents with another Google account outside the seoulforeign domain
9.2 Method 2: Use Google Takeout
10 Other Tips

Backup: Which Files to backup? - Mac 

(These instructions are for MacBook Pro running Mountain Lion or older. They should be similar of Mavericks)
You probably want to backup these files.

files saved on your desktop

On Mac you can find folders for all of those files in your 'Home' folder - in Finder choose Go > Home.

NOTE: iMovie, iTunes and iPhoto also keep their files in these folders.

Backup: Which Files to backup? -Windows 8

Now simply called Documents, this folder is a convenient location for storing all of your documents, such as text files, spreadsheets, and presentations. Like My Documents, Documents is available on the Start menu, and you can also create a shortcut to it on the desktop for faster access. In addition, new searching and organizing tools, such as the Navigation pane and the Search box, are available to help you rapidly locate files.

Unlike the old My Documents folder, Documents does not contain folders for pictures and music. Those folders are now stored outside of Documents and are also available on the Start menu.

Backing Up Web Bookmarks (important if you are leaving or are getting a new computer)

Most browsers allow you to synchronize bookmarks across many devices (including phones and tablets) - this is an easy way to backup your bookmarks. These videos show how to set this up.

  • Google Chrome
  • Firefox
  • Safari
  • Internet Explorer (only in Windows 8)

NOTE: If you use Internet Explorer in Windows 7 or below you can use a simple trick to synchronize bookmarks across many computers.

You can also copy your bookmarks to a different browser.

Google Chrome: menu > Bookmarks > Import Bookmarks and Settings
Firefox: Bookmarks > Show All Bookmarks > Import and Backup > Import Data from Another Browser
Safari: automatically copies bookmarks when you first run Safari - see these instructions
Here are some options for backing up your files.

All of these methods can be used to transfer your files to a new computer.

Backing Up Options: #1: Use the 'cloud' 

(important if you are getting a new computer)

You can save your files in a 'cloud' service such as Google Drive.

With Google Drive you can:

install the Google Drive program which automatically synchronizes a folder on your computer to the 'cloud'
store and edit any type of file - not just Google Docs (30 GB free)

  • access your files from a phone or tablet
  • access your files offline
  • share files with other people
  • organize photos with Picasa

If your computer stops working your files are saved in the 'cloud'.

Similar services are:

  • DropBox (starts with 2GB free)
  • Box (5GB free)
  • SkyDrive (7GB free)
  • SugarSync (5GB free)
  • iCloud (5GB free)

Backing Up Options: #2 (for teachers): Use your SFS network drive (important if you are getting a new computer)

You can save your files on your SFS network drive (also known as your 'U' drive).

Your files are automatically backed up, but you can only access them at school.

Instructions for connecting to your network drive are on our tech tips page under MACBOOK PRO > Connect to Network Drives.

If your computer stops working your files are saved on your SFS network drive.

Backing Up Options: #3: Use an external drive 

(important if you are leaving or are getting a new computer)

Buy a USB flash drive or a portable hard drive - the SFS Spirit Shop sells USB flash drives and the stationery shop at the bottom of the SFS hill sells portable hard drives.

If you want to use the drive on both Mac and Windows make sure it's 'FAT32' format - watch this 1 minute video to find out how.

You can regularly (e.g. weekly) copy your files to the external drive.

Each time you make a new backup you can delete the old one.

If your computer stops working your files are saved on the external hard drive.

Backing Up Options: #4: Use Mac Time Machine or Windows Backup and Restore.

Mac Time Machine (important if you are getting a new computer)

Time Machine is a Mac program which automatically keeps backups of your entire computer on an external drive. It keeps hourly backups for the past 24 hours, daily backups for the past month, and weekly backups until your external drive is full.

If your computer stops working your files are saved on the external hard drive.

Watch this 3 minute video to find out how to use Time Machine.

Windows Backup and Restore (important if you are getting a new computer)

You can use File History to back up the files on your PC in the Documents, Music, Pictures, Videos, and Desktop folders and theOneDrive files available offline on your PC. Over time, File History builds a history of your files. You'll first need to set up a File History drive and turn File History on. For more info, see Set up a drive for File History. If your original files are lost, damaged, or deleted, you can restore them. You can also browse and restore different versions of your files. For more info, see Restore files or folders using File History.

Taking away your school Google Account  documents

 ( (important if you are leaving)

If you have been using the Drive app downloaded to your computer you will have a copy of all your Google files locally. The non Google documents will be in their original formats (if you did not convert them) but the Google

documents will be in a format that you won’t be able to take away easily. You will need to follow the Google Takeout process explained below.

Method 1: Share the documents with another Google account outside the seoulforeign domain

You can share any of your Google documents with another Google account such as a personal account. Just go to the share options and add the gmail address (make sure that it has edit permissions).

To be on the safe side, go into your other Gmail account and make a copy of the document. This means that when your school account is deleted you will not lose the file.

Any mail you want to keep can be forwarded to the other address.

Method 2: Use Google Takeout

Google provides a service that allows you to download all your Google content using Google Takeout. This link will take you to Google Takeout. The site explains what this service will do and which Google apps it can deal with.
It is important to note that it isn’t perfect. Documents are converted to another format (MicroSoft, Open document and pdf formats) and lose all sharing permissions.

You can download email but it involves third party mail clients to load the emails into other mail accounts. You maybe interested in this PC World article on Google Takeout

Other Tips

If you have lost files which you did not back up you could try some of these suggestions.

If you recently deleted files you can probably recover them with software like Disk Drill (Mac) or Recuva (Windows).
If your computer won't start at all you might be able to get files from it with Target Mode (Mac) or by starting it with an Ubuntu LiveCD (Windows).
If all else fails a computer repair shop may be able to recover your files.
There is a computer repair shop in Yonhi Dong at the Wooribank intersection where you can get help. The technician speaks good English.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Ultimate Drawing App - Paper by 53

A drawing program that allows you to sketch, edit, mix, move and to share. You can download the free version that gives you enough tools  to get started and create. But it won't be long before you buy the add ons to give you more options especially the color mixing palette (This was the experience of one of the Digital Learning Coaches).

Gallery of images people have created using Paper 

Control your child's access to your home network

Frustrated by the amount of time your children are spending on their digital devices? There are ways you can setup controls to restrict the hours they have access.

If you have an Apple Base Station, Express, Extreme or Time Capsule watch the screencast below.

You can also control the usage on the Mac itself using Parental Controls

The screencast below shows you how to setup Family Safety controls on Window 8 (PC). Family Safety also features time limit capabilities.

The Middle School's New "Teamvees"

If you have walked through the Middle School atrium in the last few weeks, you might have noticed several new tables like the one in the above picture.  These our the new MS Teamvees.  The table and TV combinations act as digital focus point for students to gather around and work on projects together.  One student in the group can connect to the TV and the other students can clearly see the what is being worked on without having to be on their computers as well.  

Teachers have been using the Teamvees for a variety of class projects.  Grade six and seven students have been using them while working in literature circles. All students can participate in the discussion while one student, connected to the Teamvee, records notes on a shared Google doc.  While the google doc would allow students to view it on their own computer, sometimes having the computer open can be a distraction and work against quality discussion.  With the Teamvees, everyone can still see the doc, but the focus is back on the discussion.

Grade six students working on literature circles 
The Teamvees are also great for group projects where there is no way to share the work across multiple computers.  iMovie projects are a great example.  Several Middle School drama students used them for this purpose a few weeks ago.  Instead of being crowded around a small screen to create their project, they were able to work collaboratively on a nice big screen; all providing ideas and suggestions for improving the movie.  

The Middle School sees these new tables as a flexible collaborative space where students can utilize technology, but still have face-to-face communication.  They are a popular addition to the MS so feel free to stop by the atrium to see them in action.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

How will new teacher communication with SFS be affected by the change in email?

The question has been asked, what happens to our communication with people at SFS with the change in email addresses? You don't need to worry. Send emails to the same addresses that you have been. If you are not sure if the person was a "" or a "" again, don't worry. Either way the email will get to them.

As of July 4, 2015 all SFS email addresses will be but even then if you send by mistake to .com, the email will still arrive at the right person (as long as you got the first part of the address right!).

Feel free to contact a DLC, if you have any questions.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

SAMR Model: Questions to help work out where an activity is at

Stick Around app: Great for review K-12

Alan came across this while exploring, looking for an iPad app that would allow students to match objects and be self evaluating.

Stick Around seems to do this well and be applicable to a range of grade levels, whether it is labelling a diagram of the human body or matching words and definitions.
There are a number of pre made puzzles (one on our solar system) as well as templates to create your own. It takes a little while to work out what all the features are but the tutorials help with that.

A screencast on how to play Stick Around is embedded below/ You will also find a review of the app as well.




Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The Future: Arm gesture control?

Why is PowerPoint being ditched?

An interesting article looking at how PowerPoint (could really relate to digital presentations in general) stifled the discussion participants were looks for.

Here are three statements from the article;

  •   "The use of the PowerPoint slides was acting as a straitjacket to   discussion," 
  • "we removed the PowerPoint slide, and like a big glass barrier was removed between the speaker and the audience.
  • "The communication became a lot more two-way instead of just the speaker speaking at length for 15, 20 minutes. The audience really started to come alive, to look up from their laptop computers and actually start participating in the discussion, which is what we were really trying to foster."

Class trip or event: smile for the photo

On a recent school trip I became the unofficial photographer, no easy task as you try and capture the highlights and make sure you get photos of everyone.
Here are some tips that you might find useful.

1. Have a designated photographer

In the chaos of making sure everyone is organized and that the students have the learning experience you hope they will get, take some of the pressure off yourself and have some one designated to take the photos. I have heard teachers in the past say, "I was so caught up I forgot" or "I just didn't have time").

Of course having students record their experiences is a valuable task, but by having an adult (or students in higher grades) be responsible for getting the overview photos and taking the shots that are important that the students may miss is worthwhile.

2. Have a plan

Work out what you want recorded on the school trip. If it is to capture the event so people can have some memory photos then that is a different requirement to photographing a process that the students observe to be used as a reflection or sequencing activity later.
By planning ahead, you can be more focussed on what you want captured and be able to articulate that to your photographer.

3. Have a shared space

A shared space allows for students and teachers to share the photos they have taken.  SFS would recommend using Google Drive for this for a number of reasons.

  • Stored within the school domain and can be restricted to domain accounts
  • Google Drive mobile app available for iOS and Android devices making it easy to upload pictures from the Photo app or Camera
  • Setting up view and edit permissions for individuals and groups becomes an easy process
  • Images easily dropped into Google Apps
  • Interaction with Haiku allows for images to be viewed in Haiku or as a link to a particular folder being available
4. Get to know your camera and shooting techniques

Most cameras these days make it easy to take quick shots without any effort. Although this may be fine for most events, taking some time to learn about your camera can make a difference to the quality of the shot. Even taking some time finding about the camera on your mobile device can yield rewards.
In today's digital world, much of the photo editing takes place on your computer or mobile device. Find out about the filters available, cropping images and adjusting light, balance and color.
Here are some some tips and links.


  • Try and make sure the sun is shine from over your shoulder (in other words don't shoot into the sun or towards a window).
  • Give your photo some context and interest by remembering the Rule of Thirds as shown below.

linked from


Worksheets just in case...

I know, I know, but sometimes teachers still need a worksheet now and then.  Here is a wonderful resource to refresh your resources if needed. This site also includes word puzzle generators and Smart Notebook files as well.

Super Teacher Worksheets

Monday, May 11, 2015

Mac Computer Rotation Policy

The computers rotated out this year (2014-2015 school year)  are the last of the MacBook Pro models.  The move to acquire MacBook Airs was made due to the many issues experienced with the MacBook Pros.  The MacBook Airs have had very good service records which will allow us to move the rotation schedule from 3 years to 4 years.  
The basically means if you have a MacBook Air as your computer right now, that computer will be assigned to you for 4 years. 

May 12, 2015

21st Century Teens vs. 20th Century Teens

Technology has had such a huge transformative impact on teen’s behaviour and subsequently their lifestyles. One example in favour of this transformation is social networking. Before the massive uptake of Internet and web 2.0 technologies, kids at the time used to socialize with friends from school or neighbourhood and they got to spend time together in  “real world”. Now, virtuality takes over and platforms such as Facebook, Snapchat, online gaming sites…etc have redefined the notion of social networking unleashing it from the spatio-temporal boundaries that used to stand in the face of people getting to know and talk to each other.

In this beautiful infographic, the folks in TeenSafe mapped out teens' changing behaviour over the last 20 years. They have particularly focused on the social aspect of teen’s lives and have revealed some really astounding stats about the increasing dependence of teenagers on social media  as the primary means of socialization. Read on to learn more

Teens social media impact
Courtesy of Makeuseof

Monday, May 4, 2015

Google Forms: How to eliminate choices as they're used on Google Forms

Google Add-on available from the Google Chrome store. 

Choice Eliminator will eliminate an option from a multiple choice, list, or checkbox question after a user has submitted it.

This will eliminate options from a multiple-choice, list, or checkbox type of question. Great for signing up for time slots or having students choose topics without doubling up.

from Google Chrome Store

Article about how it works from  Free Technology for Teachers.

15 Physics Games That Are Safe for Kids To Play

There are many good physics games on mobile devices, but some games have content that are not appropriate for kids, since most of these games are not designed for kids. However, many are safe for kids to play, and kids will learn a lot through these games. It takes time to find good physics games safe for kids to play. I went through many of these games, and put together a list of physics game apps that are fun and safe for kids to play. Some are game apps, some are learning apps utilizing physics mechanisms. Since most of these are not originally for kids, they are fun for you to play too.

("15 Physics Games That Are Safe for Kids To Play | iGameMom")

Physics Games Apps That Are Safe for Kids to Play

Physics games safe for kids to play
Thinkrolls and Thinkrolls 2 are two apps designed for preschool to school age kids. Kids play puzzle games and learn science concepts like gravity, buoyancy, levitation, elasticity, density, temperature, acceleration.
Where’s My Water is a physics app focused on liquid physics. Kids build pipes to deliver water to Swampy the Alligator. It is an app designed by Disney that a preschool, as well as an adult, can play.
Where’s My Mickey is similar to Where’s My Water, but featuring Mickey as the game character instead.
Crayon Physics uniquely combines drawing and physics in one app. Kids see the dynamics in the setting, draw an object that they think will help them achieve the game objective, and watch what happen when their drawings come to life.
Angry Birds is a series of apps utilizing physics in the game play. We have an article abouthow to teach physics with Angry Birds. Those tips also works for other apps mentioned in this article.
Monster Physics let kids design their own machines and moving devices, build them, and test them out. It is an “hands-on” physics lab without the mess, and kids can see how their designs work in “real” world.
Cut the Rope address physics from a different angle – kids have to find the right time to cut the rope so the candy at the end of rope can land in the cute green monster’s mouth.
Sprinkle is a combination of Angry Birds and Where’s My Water. Kids have to find the right angle to shoot the water to put out the fire.
Stack the States and Stack the Countries are two geography game apps that utilize physics in the game play. When kids stack the non-regular shaped states or countries on top of each other, they have to figure out how to keep them balanced and stay still.
Simple Physics challenges kids build a structure, like a tree house, or a bridge, using available materials, and then test out the design to see if it will work. Kids not only need build a strong structure, but also limit their budget within the range.
Amazing Alex lets kids create their own puzzles using items like balls, pipes, and scissors, to accomplish goals like popping balloons into a basket. They can create anything they want to achieve the goal, like a bridge, a domino effect, a swing. I like the fact that their is no single correct way to solve the puzzle, kids can be very creative in this app.
If you prefer playing games on computer, you can find many good physics games
Another website is Coaster Crafter, where kids will design their own roller coasters.

15 Physics Games That Are Safe for Kids To Play | iGameMom. (2015, March 28). Retrieved May 4, 2015, from