For the past several months I have had several questions about the devices I use as a teacher, blogger, and TpT seller. This seemed like the perfect time to provide answers to all of your questions about my gadgets, devices, and favorite computer programs.
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I Heart My MacBook Pro
Since I spend more time on my computer than anywhere else, let's begin with my laptop. I have a 15″ MacBook Pro, which I absolutely love. I it is portable as a laptop; but powerful enough to handle my photo editing, product creation, and everything else I do on my computer. The 15″ is heavier to carry around than the 13″, but this is my primary computer and I love having a larger screen while I work. My laptop is 2 years old. Since then, Apple had decided to only carry 15″ MacBooks with a retina display. This new line of MacBooks looks AMAZING.
If you have already upgraded to Mavericks (or if you intend to purchase a new Mac computer) this is the image for Pages you will see: It's the same program. Just with a fancy new icon. And a few different features.
My Other Laptop
Printing Like a Pro with a Laserjet
When I need to print classroom resources, I ALWAYS prefer to print on a laser printer. The colors are so much more vivid on a laser printer than an inkjet printer, and the price per page is SO MUCH CHEAPER. I have an inkjet printer in my classroom, but I made countless trips across the hall to my school's laser printer each time I had something ink-heavy to print. In fact, I made SO many trips across the hall that I finally decided to bite the bullet and purchase a laser printer for my home office (which also doubles as my bedroom).
I personally own the Hewlett Packard M451DN Laserjet Enterprise 400 Color Printer It's not a network (wireless) printer, but I solved that issue by adding a signal boosting router to it, which gave me wireless printing ability. This wonderful machine has a second paper tray that makes printing on cardstock. labels, and specialty papers a breeze. It also prints duplex (2-sided pages). And I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the printer arrived with all four toner colors installed to get me started.
A wireless version with all of these features is also available.
Let's Talk Lamination
Shooting Photos Like a Pro
I have already answered all of your camera-related questions in a previous blog post, but I can't dish about my devices without mentioning my camera. People ALWAYS want to know what kind of camera I use to capture such memorable photos on the blog.
I shoot with a Canon Rebel T3i. I have owned my current camera for over a year and I absolutely love it. I occasionally use an 18-55mm lens (which comes standard with many Canon DSLR cameras) but most of my photos are taken with a 50mm lens. It has a 1.8f setting and I LOVE how opening the aperture gives my photos a nice blurry artistic quality.You can read more about my camera and my lens in this blog post.
What I'm Wishing For
I have so many wonderful tools to help me work, but even I have a wish list. At the top of my list is a MacBook Air. I don't want it to be my primary computer, just the computer that I use when I travel. Right now I am living on a tight budget, so a Macbook Air is not in my immediate future.
Maybe next year…