Accessibility in Education for Mac #17 - Spotlight Search

Welcome to another post in this series supporting educators to use the features built into Mac Operating System to support the personalised experience their students have on their Mac.

There are so many features built into your device, that I estimate that most people use around 10% of what is available to them. Plus, with the rate of change and the volume of incredibly useful tools, it's hard to keep up! In my work as an Apple Professional Learning Specialist, I've discovered that these selected tools have proven to be the most valuable in my interactions with the individuals I've collaborated with in the classroom.

This resource has been created to give you access to short videos that assist you to set up the Mac for success in the classroom. There are 30 top tips coming, little video snippets and some ideas about who might find each tool valuable.

The top tips are grouped into topics. In my mind, the first group are about the settings on the Mac. These are the more global type features. The second and third sets are the ones that assist students to get content into and out of Mac, and off the page or environment, and the fourth set is additional tools that facilitate organisation, and understanding. The last tool gives you customised suggestions of which features would be worth setting up based on the student’s personal needs. In these, the Mac version of my Accessibility features, I chose mainly a comparable Mac version of the tool. Yes. This tool does not fit in the category it is sitting among. I had the option of shuffling all the tools to be different numbers, or else to put this one in the wrong place. I chose the latter to give continuity between the two sets of tools to make it easier for educators. I hope you will forgive me.

At the end of the 30 posts there will be a combined resource and downloadable content for you with all the videos and resources in one location, so keep your eye out for that.

In this video, we find out how to use Spotlight Search. It’s easy to forget where you put a document you were working on, or a file you were storing. Spotlight can find these for you, and so much more. 

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