Mac OS Upgrade Mountain Lion – A Classroom Must!

Mac OS X Mountain Lion Provides Great Improvements

iTunes, App Store, iBookstore, and Mac App StoreWhile the brand new Apple Mac OS upgrade to Lion called Mountain Lion provides more than 200 features, I purchased the new Mac OS upgrade the day it was released to allow my MacBook Pro to catch up to all of the great features I already enjoy on my iPhone 4. Notifications, Reminders, Built-in Sharing, and Screen Mirroring with Apple TV were the huge selling features for me. Maybe you’ll be sold when you see some of these great features which will make teaching so much easier and organized!

Mac OS X Mountain Lion Notification Features

Apple Mac OS X Mountain Lion Upgrade Notification Centre

One of the best Mac OS Upgrades featured in Mountain Lion is the notifications and notification centre. Mac OS Upgrade Mountain Lion - Reminders App & NotificationsIn the top right corner of your Mountain Lion Mac OS X Upgrade, you’ll notice an icon with three dots and three lines. Clicking on this will open your Notification Centre which shows you your Tweets, new emails, reminders, calendar events, and even allows you to post Tweets to all of your Twitter accounts!

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Mac OS X Mountain Lion Now Has Reminders App

One of the simple features which I am geeked about is the addition of the Reminders App. I use Reminders on my iPhone 4 constantly to keep my daily tasks and lists organized from home, work, and play. My iPhone Reminders are now synced on my laptop through iCloud and I no longer need to worry about which device I’m using when I want to input a new entry!

Notes Are Pushed to All Your Devices With Mac OS X Mountain Lion

iTunes, App Store, iBookstore, and Mac App StorePrior to the Mountain Lion update, I always felt that the Notes app on my iPhone was pretty useless. Now with iCloud syncing notes from your MacBook Pro to your iPhone makes the app much more beneficial. I am now constantly jotting down notes from presentations, interviews with parents, and much more with access to them from anywhere! Easy to manage and file away if you feel the information is deemed a long-term keeper. Double-click to pin a note to your desktop for easy-access!

Mountain Lion Built-In Sharing

From almost any app, you can now share on Facebook, Twitter, Email, Messages, and more! With a single sign-in, staying social was never easier on any device than with Mac OS X Mountain Lion! Once you’ve finished downloading your upgrade, come back to my page and tweet it to the world!

Apple TV Screen Mirroring to Your TV or Projector

Using Apple TV (ATV), you can now easily mirror your screen to a TV or LCD Projector in the classroom. Eliminate cords from your computer to the projector in your presentation and instantly become able to present from anywhere in your class! Why not bring your MacBook Pro to the front of the room and instruct from there? Bring it to a group of students to allow them to use the computer and display their work to the rest of the class. Just as Apple TV allows iPads to be mirrored to the screen for all to see, your class set of MacBooks or iMacs can now do the same. Think of how great it would be if students in a computer lab or iPad lab could share their work instantly with the rest of the group? Collaboration at its’ finest!

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About Kyle Pearce

I’m Kyle Pearce and I am a former high school math teacher. I’m now the K-12 Mathematics Consultant with the Greater Essex County District School Board, where I uncover creative ways to spark curiosity and fuel sense making in mathematics. Read more.

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