Sailers video blog: Episode 2


My wife and I started a video blog series on Apple technologies, education, and special needs. Episode 2 includes BrainPOP, an iPad stand, and an app demo. Watch the video to learn about the information covered and to see us demonstrate one of our new favorite apps.

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Note that it’s best to view the video in 720p HD and full screen mode. You can do this by changing the controls found in the bottom toolbar of the YouTube video.

Resigning from the school district

This is my last school year working for La Mesa-Spring Valley School District. Since I have been doing side work with Apple’s iOS devices and apps for more than two years, I have realized a new career path. I truly enjoy being on the cutting edge and I want to work full-time with the individuals and companies around the world whom I’ve established professional relationships. So, beginning in summer 2011, I will be dedicating my professional life to developing apps in addition to presenting, consulting, and doing private therapy.

Restore from Backup

When a child deletes an app on your iPad or iPod touch, you might be very afraid that you lost all your data. You worked so hard customizing the app that you can’t believe all the work has possibly disappeared just because a kid accidentally tapped the x on one of your apps pulsing. Thankfully, all hope is not lost. You can restore from backup in the app if it (e.g., Proloquo2Go) has the feature, or in iTunes. Many apps don’t have the feature, so I’d like to share how to do it in iTunes.

First, you need to prepare for your apps being deleted. To do this, back them up regularly by syncing to your computer. I recommend syncing manually by following this step-by-step procedure: iTunes –> Preferences –> Devices –> Prevent iPods…from syncing automatically. Then, go to the apps tab in iTunes and click apply to sync your checked apps.

When you’re ready to restore from backup, connect your device to iTunes. Next, control click (aka right click) on your device in iTunes, and select Restore from Backup. Choose a backup to restore – you will likely choose the device checked for you. Then, the process will begin.
Click here to view Apple’s tutorial for restoring from backup.

FYI, this method will restore the data for your entire device.

iPhone 4

Yesterday at WWDC, Apple announced iPhone 4 will be available June 24, with pre-ordering on June 15. iPhone 4 will have new hardware constructed from stainless steel and glass. From the video on the iPhone features page, the device looks beautiful! iPhone 4 will also have iOS 4 which includes features such as multitasking and folders. The features will make managing apps much easier.

On Apple’s main page, there is currently a video that demonstrates a new iPhone 4 feature called FaceTime. FaceTime involves the front and rear cameras during WiFi video calling. Apple’s video shows how FaceTime makes phone calling more personal. It nicely depicts how a Dad away from home watches his children play, and how a couple communicates in sign language. Being in the communication field, I’m particularly proud of Apple’s video example of sign language. Because Apple is dedicated to creating accessible devices for all all, I’m very happy to use their products.

AT&T is offering some users an early iPhone upgrade. Since I’ve had my iPhone 3G for over 13 months, I received the offer. So, I’m planning to pre-order the 16 GB iPhone 4 at an early upgrade price of $199. My calendar is marked for June 15 – I can’t wait!

Using Keynote to edit photos for Boardmaker

For some time, I used Keynote to edit graphics for slideshows and personal projects. I just started using Keynote to remove background colors for importing photos to Boardmaker. In my opinion, removing the background facilitates understanding of the object pictured. I would like to share how to do it:

  1. Using a camera (e.g., iPhone), take a picture of an object such as a toy.
  2. Sync the image to your Mac.
  3. Drag and drop the image into a Keynote slide with white background. If necessary, resize with Inspector.
  4. Use alpha to select and remove background colors.
  5. Use command shift 4 to capture an image.
  6. Drag the image into Boardmaker to add the image to your library.
  7. Add the image to a template such as a GoTalk. Since the template has a white background, the image’s white background will be unnoticeable.
  8. Utilize the template in interactive or printable form.