Great iPad apps for students

Students are always searching for an easier or better way to get homework completed, or making the note taking process easier. Here is a list of apps that could help students out:

Evernote – This app syncs information, including text, drawings (with other apps), audio recordings, pictures, and video. Record the lecture and take notes inside the app.

Notability – While in class students can take handwritten notes or type, record the lecture, and annotate PDF documents. It even has common word-processing tools like spell checker, text box, and styling features.

Keynote – Students can create full presentations just by touching and tapping the screen. They can work on them from a computer, save to iCloud and then use on the iPad.

iStudiez – This planner will keep students organized so the can keep up with their class schedules, deadlines, homework and meetings.

Dropbox – Drop your files into the box and you can access them from any of your devices.

 

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Understanding DSLR Cameras

The abbreviation “DSLR” stands for Digital Single Lens Reflex. That means you are looking at the subject directly through the lens, and seeing exactly what the camera’s imaging sensor sees. (In truth, “exactly” isn’t exactly correct—you see between 95 and 99 percent of what the camera sees.) DSLR cameras allow you to create large, high quality images.

Features:

  •     Access to wide range of interchangeable lenses
  •     Prism viewfinder means you see directly through the lens
  •     Ultimate control: full manual exposure, full auto, or anywhere in between
  •     Very customizable
  •     Fast autofocus; can switch to manual focus
  •     Add-on flash is brighter than built-in camera flashes
  •     Can be used with multiple flashes or studio lights
  •     Capable of shooting HD Video

These cameras also offer various exposure modes:

  • Fully automatic Programmed exposure mode choses the right settings for you.
  •  Shutter Priority–you choose the shutter speed (useful when trying to freeze moving subjects)
  •  Aperture Priority–you select the aperture (f/stop) to control the depth of field while the camera sets everything else
  •  Full manual operation (make all of the settings on your own).

File Types Explained

JPG (Joint Photographic)
Typically used for photographs
Can be scaled to about 130% before it starts to become blurry
Doesn’t support transparency

PNG (Portable Network Graphic)
Supports transparency
Works well with text, screen shots and illustrations

GIF (Graphics Interchange Format)
Supports transparency
Reduces the number of colors in an image
Used on websites

PSD (Adobe Photoshop)
Layered working file that is editable in Adobe Photoshop

EPS (Encapsulated Postscript File)
Used for logos and illustrationsScaled to any size without losing quality

AI (Adobe Illustrator)Layered working file that is editable in Adobe Illustrator

PDF (Portable Document Format)Digital version of a hard copy print out
Generally used for emailing documents

 

 

Keyboard Shortcuts

Here a few useful keyboard shortcuts to help with your work productivity.

Ctrl + A  Select All
Ctrl + B   Bold
Ctrl + C  Cut
Ctrl + I  Italics
Ctrl + S  Save
Ctrl + U  Underline
Ctrl + V  Paste
Ctrl + X  Cut
Ctrl + Z  Undo

You can find an extended list for Windows here or for Mac click here.