Lab Setup and Management – Software Setup

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					Lab Setup and
Management –
Software Setup
Operating Systems
 There are variety of operating systems
  available for the computer systems used in
  high schools.
 Of course use of these operating systems
  all depend on the hardware at the school.
 There are two main types of computers,
  Macintosh and IBM PC.
Macintosh Computers
   All Macintosh computers use a proprietary
    operating system exclusive to Macintosh.
   This OS has gone through a variety of
    revisions and is now on version 10.3
IBM Compatible PCs
   There are two mainstream options for
    operating systems:
        Windows

        Linux

   Both OS’ have been through various
    versions and have a current version that is
    the most supported.
Windows OS
   Windows is developed by Microsoft and is
    currently the most supported OS. It’s newest
    version is called XP. It’s history goes back to
    the mid-eighties.
Linux OS
   Linux is an “open-source” OS that is widely
    supported and growing in popularity. It has
    been around since the early nineties. It is
    based on UNIX.
OS Summary
 Obviously if you have a Mac you have to
  use the Mac OS, though you can but a
  Virtual PC emulator and run Windows.
 On a IBM PC it’s your choice, Linux or
  Windows. Linux is free, but Windows is
  well supported. It’s you choice, but check
  with your tech department first.
Computer Applications
 There are specific applications for each
  subject in the school system which can be
  setup and used in the classroom.
 Check with your tech department to
  ensure that there are no specific contracts
  to use software exclusively.
Business Software (Suites)
 Microsoft Office is the choice of
  most businesses and schools.
 Open Office is a open-source
  office program made by Sun
  Microsystems.
 WordPerfect is the second most
  used office suite. Developed by
  Corel.
Imaging Software
 Adobe Photoshop is the industry
  standard in image editing and
  manipulation.
 JASC Paintshop Pro is another
  widely supported imaging
  application.
 The GIMP is an open-source
  image manipulation tool that is
  free for distribution.
Internet Development Software

 Macromedia Dreamweaver is a
  popular, easy to use html editor.
 Macromedia Fireworks is a internet
  image manipulator that is easy to
  use and relatively inexpensive.
 Mozilla / Netscape Composer
  comes with their respective
  internet browser programs. They
  are open-source.
Internet Development (cont.)
 Macromedia Flash is a
  program for advanced users
  to create interactive images
  and movies.
 Notepad and other text
  editors are excellent
  programs for editing HTML
  source code.
CAD / CAM Software
 The most common and
  supported Computer Aided
  Drafting program is AutoCAD
  by AutoDesk.
 Another nice, cheap, compact
  CAD program is AutoSketch by
  Autodesk.
CAD / CAM (cont.)
 MasterCAM is the industry
  leader in Computer Aided
  Manufacturing software for
  CNC programming. It also is
  a good CAD program.
 VectorWorks is a relatively
  inexpensive CAD program that
  is supported on PC and
  Macintosh.
Multimedia Software
 The industry leader in
  multimedia is Adobe Premiere.
  It is very expensive, but
  produces professional quality
  multimedia.
 For Windows PCs there is a
  native multimedia program
  called Windows Movie Maker
  which is very easy to use and
  comes free with Windows XP.
Multimedia (cont.)
 For Macintosh the best
  professional editing program is
  Final Cut Pro. It is also quite
  expensive, but versatile and
  professional.
 Macs also have a native
  editing program called iMovie,
  which also comes free with the
  Mac OS and very easy to use.
Research Software
   There are a lot of
    encyclopaedias available.
    Among the best are World
    Book, Grolier and
    Microsoft Encarta. They
    all include elements of
    multimedia with videos,
    pictures and sounds.
Tutorial Software
   There are tutorials available
    for any program, whether it is
    an application or and
    operating system. You can
    find free or cheap tutorials for
    Windows, Mac OS,
    Photoshop, AutoCAD,
    MasterCAM, Windows Movie
    Maker and pretty much any
    other program available.
Internet Security Programs
 There are a multitude of
  programs that monitor and
  regulate what can be viewed on
  the internet.
 These so called “net nannies"
  can prevent students from
  accessing offensive material,
  viruses, programs and other
  harmful material.
Software Licensing
 Many programs require individual product
  keys for licensing on each computer.
 Often money can be saved by obtaining
  site licenses for the number of computers
  that use the specific application or
  operating system. These allow you to
  copy and use the software on more than
  one computer at the same time.
Software Licensing (cont.)
 Ensure that your school or
  district doesn’t have a specific
  agreement with a particular
  software company before
  installing and using new
  software.
 Always confer with your tech
  support department before
  installing or updating software.
Software Updating
   Once a license is obtained for a
    program it entitles you to free
    updating of the program within the
    discretion of the software company.
    Often a program can be upgraded
    through multiple versions and there
    are always updates for support of
    new technologies and operating
    systems.
Lab Backup and Restore
 Your lab will be equipped with at least one
  program for backing up and restoring files
  on the systems.
 You will often have to do these operations
  yourself or the back up will be located on a
  network drive and will backup or restore
  automatically at certain time intervals.
Lab Backup (cont.)
 Always back up your data
  and never disable the
  backup program.
 The backup program was
  likely setup by your tech
  department, don’t modify
  any settings if you don’t
  have permission from tech
  support.
Technical Support
 Your school should have a
  information technology “expert”
  available for staff support. Use
  these people if you have
  questions or problems.
 If the problems are beyond
  school support, your district
  should have a technical support
  department to assist you. Expect
  a response in 2 - 3 weeks.
Technical Support (cont.)
 If all else fails contact
  Casey Mynott at
  orionoffroad@telus.net.
 Do not email Kevin
  McIntyre, he will not
  reply unless money is
  sent to him prior to
  email delivery.
Technical Support (cont.)

				
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