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					Management and Use
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                                                                          Management and use of Mobile Wireless Laptop Labs



Table of Contents
Table of Contents ................................................................................................................ 2
Roles and Responsibilities .................................................................................................. 4
  Mobile Lab Lead Teacher ............................................................................................... 4
  Teacher ............................................................................................................................ 4
  Rules for iBook Use ........................................................................................................ 4
    Student rules................................................................................................................ 4
    Rules for teachers:....................................................................................................... 5
Components and Initial Setup of the Mobile Lab ............................................................... 5
  Laptops ............................................................................................................................ 6
    General Care and Handling ......................................................................................... 6
    Labeling your iBooks .................................................................................................. 6
    Track Pad Use ............................................................................................................. 7
    Sleeping and Snoring .................................................................................................. 7
    IBook Batteries ........................................................................................................... 7
    Power Adapter ............................................................................................................ 9
    Keyboard ..................................................................................................................... 9
  Accounts ....................................................................................................................... 10
    Tech Account ............................................................................................................ 10
    Admin Account ......................................................................................................... 10
    Teacher Account ....................................................................................................... 11
    Student Account ........................................................................................................ 11
    To change the user passwords,.................................................................................. 11
  Mobile Cart ................................................................................................................... 12
    Using your Mobile Cart ............................................................................................ 12
  Using the Airport Extreme Base Stations ..................................................................... 13
  Ethernet Cables ............................................................................................................. 13
  Printers .......................................................................................................................... 14
  Installed Software ......................................................................................................... 15
Deployment, Use and Operation ....................................................................................... 16
  Scheduling..................................................................................................................... 16
  Day to Day Set up ......................................................................................................... 16
  Daily Care and Handling .............................................................................................. 16
  Shut Down and Storage ................................................................................................ 16
  Shut Down and Storage for Spring / Summer / Winter Breaks .................................... 17
  Security ......................................................................................................................... 17
Regular Maintenance ........................................................................................................ 17
Submitting Work Orders ................................................................................................... 18
Teaching with Laptops ...................................................................................................... 18
  Technology Integration ................................................................................................. 18
  Using OS X ................................................................................................................... 20
  Working from Home ..................................................................................................... 20
    Settings for home use ................................................................................................ 21
  Teaching Strategies ....................................................................................................... 22
    Sharing Laptops ........................................................................................................ 22
  Classroom Management................................................................................................ 22


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  Lesson Ideas to Integrate (rough) ................................................................................. 23
  Transferring Files between Home and School .............................................................. 24
Frequently Asked Questions ............................................................................................. 24
You may find the following optional purchases useful with your lab. ............................. 24
Appendix A ....................................................................................................................... 25
  Tips and Tricks ............................................................................................................. 25
Appendix B – Board Policies ............................................................................................ 26
Appendix C – OS X Shortcuts .......................................................................................... 26
Appendix D – Documents to Write .................................................................................. 28




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Roles and Responsibilities


Mobile Lab Lead Teacher
   Oversees schedule
   Ensures that cart is stored and secured
   Inventories cart on a regular basis and ensures that timer on the cart is working
      effectively
   Logs work order requests to the Helpdesk
   Offers basic instruction on use of lab
   Offer introduction lessons for teachers on how to use the IBooks in the class
   Try to arrange to team teach when the IBook cart goes into a new class
   Offer refresher sessions for teachers each year as new teachers often join your
      staff and some teachers who have not used the cart in a while feel more confident
      when they have had a quick refresher


Teacher
    Book iBook Lab when required
    Sign out iBook lab during scheduled times
    Orients students on care and handling
    Plans educational activities with a view towards increasing transformative
      integration.
    Brings cart to the classroom and set up lab
    Return lab to cart for charging during recess, lunch and afterschool
    Ensures that all computers are returned and secured at end of day or booked time.
    Returns cart to storage area


Rules for iBook Use

Adapted from rules passed on by Rod Needham and James Hogan. You may wish to
develop or adapt for use at your school.


Student rules

        Hands have to be washed and dried fully before teacher will hand you an iBook
        Only teachers can hook/unhook iBook power cords
        The only thing allowed on your desktop with your IBook is a piece of paper and a
         pencil or pen.
        Always close your laptop before standing up or moving it to a classmate
        Always carry with two hands
        Only teachers can roll the IBook cart around the school


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        Never eat or drink around the IBook
        The iBook touchpad is one hand operated (fore finger and thumb) not two hands
        The lighter you touch the Pad the better it works
        Never rest anything on the keyboard because if you forget and close laptop it will
         damage the screen

Determine if you will allow students and teachers to change the background.
Do not use the laptops for reward and punishment. If students misuse the technology,
then might must use it under tighter supervision. We do not consider taking away pens
and pencil use from students either.

Rules for teachers:

        Never allow children to move cart around
        Be careful to not smash the lock on a door frame as the hasp is very flexible and it
         does stick out from the cart
        If the hasp does get bent use pliers to fix BEFORE they try and pry the door open
         (or the door will be damaged)
        Never allow children to plug or unplug the cart
        Set up Airport before handing out iBooks (this ensures the iBooks will see the
         airport and connect properly)
        Ensure only the teacher plugs and unplugs the IBooks
        Watch children when using the IBooks as they constantly forget the rules when
         they are excited
        Don't be afraid to remove a laptop from children that can't follow the rules as
         when a laptop goes down it affects multiple classes
        When unlocking the iBook cart from the wall don't leave the combination lock on
         top of the cart without turning the numbers (kids love to learn secret codes)
        Ensure the iBooks are turned off vs. sleeping when you put them away. (They
         charge faster when turned off)
        When you have two rows of IBooks the top row must go in at an angle or it will
         knock out the power for the bottom row


Components and Initial Setup of the Mobile Lab

        Laptops
             General Care and Handling
             Labeling
             Track Pad
             Sleeping
             Batteries
             Power supplies
             Keyboard


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        Accounts
        Mobile cart
        Airport wireless base station
        Ethernet cable
        Printers
        Mice
        Wireless lab manual
        Projector / VGA Adapter
        Installed Software
        Optional Purchases


Laptops

The Mobile lab consists of iBook G4 computers, each with 1.33GHz PowerPC G4
processor, 512MB of memory, 40GB hard drive, 12.1-inch (diagonal) TFT XGA display,
Combo (DVD-ROM/CD-RW) drive, and Airport Extreme cards
More Information : http://www.apple.com/education/cart/


General Care and Handling

        Protect the computer from the weather: never leave your iBook in your car in
         extreme temperatures. (heat or cold). If your iBook has been in a cold place, let it
         warm up to room temperature before turning it on.
        Do not place anything heavy on the laptop, like a textbook. The screen is made of
         liquid crystal (LCD). It doesn’t take much to crack the screen.
        Never pick your iBook up by its display.
        Always close the iBook before picking it up and moving it. This ensures the CD
         drive and hard-drive are not spinning
        Always use two hands to carry it.
        Do not touch the screen with your fingers, or with a sharp or pointed object (like
         your pencil). There is oil on your fingers that can ruin the screen, and a pencil can
         leave marks on or poke a hole in the screen.
        Never move your computer when you can hear the hard disk spinning.
        Close the computer carefully from the center of the screen or with two hands on
         either side of the screen -- do not slam it shut!
        For your health, when using the computer, it should be kept at east 30 cm from
         your eyes and the screen should be at a lower level than your eyes.


Labeling your iBooks

        When you first receive your iBooks at your school, they will have an asset tag
         including serial number. You will want to have an additional label that is easy to


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         read for students. If you are using a mailing label, you may want to put a layer of
         packing tape over it to ensure it does not come off. Please keep a record of the
         serial number, MAC number and iBook number for each of your machines; this
         will help you submit work orders later.
        You may want to also label the cart for the location that each laptop is to be
         charged. To assist with this you may put a small label on the charging side of the
         laptop.


Track Pad Use

        The track pad is the equivalent of a mouse for a
         desktop station. The rectangular area near the keys
         moves the mouse. The narrower rectangle is the
         mouse button.
        Always use your finger to move the mouse.
        Use one finger only. Touching more than one point
         on the pad at a time can cause your cursor to do
         funny things.
        Be careful that your hands are clean and dry when using the Track Pad to prevent
         oil and dirt buildup, which can impair the Track Pad operation.
        Finger movement on the Track Pad should be soft and light. The Track Pad is not
         pressure-sensitive and requires very little force.
        MOUSE CLICKER: Below the touch pad is the clicker pad. Use the index or
         middle finger for the touch pad and use the thumb for the clicker. Can be done
         with one hand but some kids use two hands.


Sleeping and Snoring

        When the laptop is open, it is using battery power.
        If the laptop has been left open and untouched, it will go into a lower power mode
         called sleeping.
        When the laptop is sleeping, it will disconnect from the internet, printers and First
         Class.
        If you immediately want the computer to go to sleep, you can use both hands to
         close the lid.
        You can tell the computer is sleeping when the lid is closed by the white light on
         the front beside the latch is snoring on and off.


IBook Batteries


        Each iBook comes with a battery power supply. The iBook will work with


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         battery power for around 2.5 hours of active use.
        While the iBook is using battery power, it slows down its processor to save on
         power use.
        You can also reduce power consumption by decreasing the brightness of the
         screen (F1) and increase when needed with F2
        For processor intensive work (iMovie, and digital Microscope) they may have to
         be plugged in. (Or temporarily change the power setting in the system
         preferences)
        The button on the bottom of the laptop is a battery indicator button.
              o If you press it and
                       no lights go on, the battery is dead.
                       4 lights go on, it is fully charged.
                       1 light, it needs immediate charging.
        If the battery life does not seem to be as long as it should be (2.5 to 5 hours
         depending on the activities and the number of applications running), a resetting of
         the Power Management Unit (PMU) may be required. When you press the power
         button, hold down the P + R + Apple + option until you hear it ding 3 times
         (about 1 minute). If this doesn't make a difference, make a note of the unit and
         make sure it is being properly charged. Batteries less than 1 year old can be
         replaced under warranty. (IMS can do this process for us – call the helpdesk at
         604 – 592 – 3300 or email helpdesk@sd36.bc.ca)
        The current replacement cost is $156 for most iBooks. The following
         recommendations should help you receive maximum battery life.

             o Whenever possible plug in the iBook's power adapter rather than using
               the battery.
             o the iBook runs faster and responds to mouse clicks faster, and the battery
               is kept fully charged. lithium-ion batteries function better and last longer
               when charged as often as possible.
             o Do not continually fully discharge the battery.
             o Calibrating the Battery.
                     Before FIRST use with students and teachers iBooks must have
                        their batteries calibrated. Run the iBooks on battery power until a
                        warning message appears informing you that the iBook will now
                        shutdown (this may take up to 6 hours!). Once the screen goes
                        black close the iBook and fully charge for at least 12 hours before
                        using again. This procedure should be done every September after
                        the iBooks have been stored unused for two months.
             o It is recommended to fully discharge and then immediately fully charge
               the lithium-ion batteries on first use; continual full or nearly full
               discharges will have a massively negative affect on the life and the
               performance of the battery. a full discharge/recharge cycle can be safely
               done once a month. If in doubt: keep it simple - never fully discharge!
             o Avoid removing the battery - there are issues with moisture and dust
               getting into the empty battery bay.
             o During extended period of 6 MONTHS non-use, we ask that you

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               remove the battery from your iBook. Please follow these steps to prevent
               the battery from completely draining.
             o http://www.apple.com/batteries/notebooks.html


Power Adapter

   The Power Adapter that comes with each iBook is
    designed for use with this model of iBooks only. In
    general, you will have the power adapters plugged into
    the cart and not removed. You can use them without the
    extension cord so that there is less wires being tangled
    inside the cart.
   If teachers are taking home a laptop, they may want to also bring the cord extension
    provided with the laptops.
   You may want to purchase an additional adapter so that you can charge the occasional
    laptop outside to the charging / storage cart without having to remove and replace the
    adapter in the cart.


Keyboard

The iBook Keyboard has a standard keyboard layout without the additional Numeric
KeyPad and other keys. With the reduced number of keys there are some special
functions assigned to some keys.


To Adjust the brightness of the screen, use the F1 and
F2 keys. When either F1 or F2 is depressed, the
screen brightness menu appears.
F1 will decrease the brightness and even turn the screen off.
F2 will increase the brightness




to Adjust the sound, use the
F3,F4,F5 keys. When either
of the keys are depressed, the

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sound menu appears. F3 will mute the sound, F4 will decrease and F5 will increase
the sound.


F12 is also used as the Eject button for
the CD Rom. When pressed it will
display




                                        If you need to access the F1 – 12 and these other
                                        function’s are interfering, you can depress the fn
                                        or function key.

                                        Additional keyboard information is available at
                                        http://developer.apple.com/documentation/Hardw
                                        are/Developer_Notes/Macintosh_CPUs-
                                        G3/ibook/3_Input-
                                        Output/chapter_4_section_12.html

Accounts

When your laptops arrive at the school, they will
have a Tech, Admin, Teacher, English Student,
and French Student. By default the Tech password
is known only to District IMS staff.
The Admin password is admin, the Teacher
password is teacher and a password is not required
for the student accounts.




Tech Account

        Schools are not given this password; however, it is not needed to do anything
                                                 onsite. The district use this account for
                                                 remote administration and running 'self-
                                                 healing' for the computer


                                          Admin Account


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        This is the most powerful school account. You can make most changes required
         using this account. Please note that changing the dock in the admin account does
         not affect other accounts.
        The default password is admin - please ensure you change this on each machine to
         a school standard.
        Make sure you log out when you are done with this account.
        To make updates to FC you need to complete a work order as this account cannot
         install new versions of HCK.
        To make changes to the Dock in student accounts, you will need to login as
         Admin, give the student account permission to change the dock, login as student,
         make changes, then log back in as admin and lockout that permission again.
        To access the admin login screen, you need to hold down the Option key and G
         key, then press enter.


                                       Teacher Account

                                              This account can do most things but limits
                                               teachers from making changes that could
                                               make the computer unusable for other
                                               teachers or students.
                                              The default password is teacher
                                              Make sure you log out when you are done
                                               with this account.



Student Account

This account does not require a password. As soon as you click on the icon it will log in
you in.


To change the user passwords,
    Login as Admin with password
      admin.
    Select System Preferences from
      the Apple Menu




                           Select the Accounts Icon



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        Change the Admin and Teacher passwords to the school standard passwords
        When you login next you will require the newly set passwords.


Mobile Cart

When you purchase the 10 pac iBook lab, it comes with the Bretford cart, printer and
                                          base station as shown here. As you can see it
                                          comfortably houses 16 laptops, but has
                                          additional power plugs to double up each bay.

                                              The carts weigh approximately 200 lbs and
                                              should not be moved by students.
                                              Ensure that the carts remain locked when not
                                              in use.

                                                         Consider where you store the laptop at
                                                          night. A good solution is to lock the
                                                          cart in an inside room without
                                                          windows.
                                                         If you don’t have spare adapters, you
                                                          may want to mark position1 and 2 ad
                                                          the only ones that get removed from
         the cart for external charging.
        Whenever possible use the laptop cart to do all charging.
        Try not to plug your laptop directly into a outlet. If there is a power surge and you
         are not protected you might damage the laptop.
        When removing the charging cable, grasp the cable by the white plastic end, not
         the wire. Pull gently to disconnect. Do not jerk the cable out.
        If the battery is not charging, do not wiggle the power cord. Try removing it and
         fully reinserting it.
              o No Light – No power or connection faulty
              o Green Light – Fully Charged
              o Orange Light – Charging
                       IBooks charge faster when they are completely shut down.
        If you plan to use the iBooks all day, make sure you put them on charge at recess
         and lunch. They will then have enough power for the day.


Using your Mobile Cart

        It is recommended that teachers load carts
        Once the cart is loaded and the iBooks plugged into their chargers, then plug the
         cart into the wall.
        Unplug the iBooks first and then unplug the cart before moving locations.


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        Following these steps should help keep battery problems to a minimum. (With
         new carts use the cart’s power switch to turn off the cart’s power before
         unplugging anything.)
        Leave the iBooks and cart plugged in over weekends and holidays.


Using the Airport Extreme Base Stations

                         The Initial set up of the Airport Base Station should be done by
                         IMS. (Call the Helpdesk to place a work order (phone 604-592-
                         3300 or email helpdesk@sd36.bc.ca).

                               The airports should be able to reach 25m in all directions.
                                This distance decreases with material interference such as
         metal objects and concrete.
        The signal strength received by the laptops is shown in the top right information

         bar. This example shows full strength
        If you are logged into First Class and the airport status shows only 1 or 2 bars,
         you may be logged out automatically.
        The airports in Surrey are all configured to use "___________" as the network.
         Under the airport status in the top right, you will not see this name though as it is
         a hidden to increase security within the District.
        Portables are currently not easily accessible for wireless Internet access; however,
         it is in the plans to ensure portables are connected to the network.

                                                            When using the Mobile Lab
                                                             the Teacher must connect the
                                                             Ethernet cable from the active
                                                             wall port to the WAN symbol
                                                             (dotted circle) on the back of
                                                             the airport.
        A second Ethernet cable connects the printer to the airport base station for the
         LAN (  )icon.
        Once all connections are made, the Teacher can plug in the airport.
        The Airport Base Station must be plugged in first before turning on the iBooks.


Ethernet Cables

Your mobile lab also comes with Ethernet cables. If you are using a single laptop that is
out of range of the Airports in the school, you can connect using an Ethernet cable
directly to the Internet.




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Printers

When you receive your iBook cart, it likely comes
with an HP 2420 printer. The printer will have a
label with its MAC address and an IP address. You
will need the IP address to configure a new printer.
If your computers are already configured to print to
the printer that comes with the laptop cart, you may
want to add other printers in the school to the
printing menu. You can put in a work order to have
your printers set up.

First you must login as Admin. When the computer is logged in,

        Click on System Preferences
        Click on Print and Fax.
        Click on Printers
        Click on Set Up Printer.




        Click on
         ADD.




        Select IPP Printing
        Enter the IP
         address from the
         label on the printer
         and the Queue
         name as well.
         Select the printer


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         model from the drop down list. If your model is not in the list select Generic.




                                   Select the printer that shows up in the list you would
                                    like the iBooks to print to on a regular basis and click
                                    the Make Default icon.
                                   Close printer list window.



Installed Software




The software installed on the image is the following: (If you do not have licensing for all
the programs, they have been removed)
       Finder
       Appleworks 6.2.9 - includes word processing, spreadsheet, draw, paint, and slide
       show
       FirstClass v8.047
       Internet Explorer - (Microsoft will no longer be supporting this software)
       Safari
       Sherlock
       iPhoto - to manage photos, create simple slide shows and printable books
       iTunes - to manage sound files (including those created in Garageband
       Preview - simliar to Adobe Acrobat Reader and will view photos
       Garageband - create your own copyright free sound for projects
       iMovie - create movie presentations
       iDVD - NOT usable unless you have a DVD burner
       Quick time - opens a variety of media types
       WorldBook Encyclopedia
       Printers
       All the Right Type - a typing tutorial software
       KidPix Studio Deluxe – only usable if you have the licenses and CD’s
       HyperStudio 3.3
       TLE - The Learning Equation - Grade 7
       Inspiration 7.5- Mind Mapping or webbing or outlining
       SD 36 Report Cards V4.5

All new iBook purchases are being deployed with District licensing for iLife, Inspiration,
Kidspiration, and Kid Pix Deluxe. If you wish to use MS Office, you can make
arrangements through purchasing for approximately $80 per computer.

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Insert Image of Folders Icon near trash – Explain how to find a storage location for work.

Explain using ProScope – you have to manually change the saving directory each time
the software is run.

Deployment, Use and Operation

Scheduling

        Sign out from central booking or calendar in FirstClass
        Schools may decided to sign out the complete lab or a few at a time


Day to Day Set up

        Wheel mobile lab cart to location and unlock
        Inventory the cart to ensure that all laptops, printer and Airport base Station and
         components are in the cart
        Check log to confirm if items are being repaired
        Ensure both the printer and base station power cords are plugged into the cart
        Plug in Cart power cord
        Ensure Printer Data cable is plugged into the Base Station
        Plug in Base Station Data cables
        Distribute laptops
        Note problems with the computers so that ICT contact can log repair calls or
         address problems.


Daily Care and Handling

        Ensure that hands and area where laptop is set up are clean
        Keep laptop closed until set safely on a desk or table.
        When teacher is instructing without students interacting with the iBook, the iBook
         can be closed to conserve power.
        When finished, shut down computer, close, latch and return to cart.
        Teachers plug in the cart at the end of the day.


Shut Down and Storage

        Ensure that all laptops are put to sleep when not in use during the day but all
         laptops should be shut down at the end of the day.
        Mice if available should be returned to cart.


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        If batteries are depleted, the computers should be returned to the cart for charging.
         Avoid removing individual power supplies from the cart.
        Teachers should ensure that all laptops are returned and plugged into power
         supplies if they require recharging or if use occurs at the end of the day.
        If computers have been removed for repair or use in another location, note
         removal of computer in the log.


Shut Down and Storage for Spring / Summer / Winter Breaks

    Store your iBook in a cool, dry, and secure place. Store your iBook in the Mobile
    iBook Lab Cart if your school has one.
   Fully charge your iBook battery before storing it.
   Never store your iBook in damp, or dusty areas.
        o Shutdown the iBooks.
        o Fully charge the iBooks over night.
        o Unplug the cart and all the iBooks.
        o Do not leave plugged in.
        o In September calibrate the batteries again (see note in battery section above).


Security

   Ensure that carts are locked when picked up and returned.
   If a lock is in place at the storage location, ensure that it is attached to the cart when it
    is stored.
   Plug in the cart to ensure that laptops recharge.
   Ensure that doors to area are locked.


Regular Maintenance

        Ensure that all computers can log onto the network
        Check to ensure that laptops can connect to printer.
        Periodically check printer is not giving a low toner warning
        Ensure that desktop and document folders are emptied regularly. Encourage all
         students and teachers to archive files to a flash drive, to FirstClass or to the file
         server if available.
        The outside case and keys can be wiped with a damp cloth to keep clean.
        Clean screens with a lint-free cloth (eyeglass cleaning cloth is ideal) using only
         water (or iKlear if necessary). Ensure laptops are turned off during cleaning and
         any sprays are sprayed on the cleaning cloth not the laptop.
             o DO NOT USE GLASS CLEANING LIQUIDS. WINDEX CAUSES
                 STREAKS THAT ARE VERY HARD TO REMOVE



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Submitting Work Orders

        Before IMS Technicians can work on the machines, they must have a completed a
         Work Order by contacting the Helpdesk by phone or Email. This is usually done
         by you School Tech Facilitator or ICT Contact.
        If your IMS Technician is on site, and you have filed Work Order, Notify your
         IMS Technician
        If your IMS Technician is not on site, notify your school tech Facilitator/ ICT
         Contact and indicate the problem.
             o School tech Facilitator/ ICT Contact will log a work order with the IMS
                 HelpDesk by phone 604-592-3300 or email at support@sd36.bc.ca.
        If no tech Facilitator/Contact contact is available, contact the IMS HelpDesk
         directly by phone 604-592-3300 email at support@sd36.bc.ca..
             o When you report a problem, you will require the following information:
                      Serial number of hardware device (i.e. computer, printer,
                         BaseStation)
                             - Model number and type of hardware device (i.e. computer,
                                 printer, BaseStation)
                             - Description of nature of the problem
                             - Person to contact for information about the repair
                             - Explanation of location of computer for pick up
                       On inventory of cart, indicate that one computer has been
                           removed for repair and inform both tech contact and
                           administrator. This information should also be written on the
                           sign out book or calendar.


Teaching with Laptops

        Pedagogy of Technology Integration
        Using OS X
        Working from Home
        Sample Teaching Strategies


Technology Integration

Recent work with the Ministry of Education has worked with Bernajean Porter materials
that suggest 3 kinds of integration.

Literacy Integration - Learning to use the technology
Adapting Integration - Using the technology for things you could do in classroom
already
Transformative Integration - Using the technology to do something you couldn't do


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without technology.

The Ministry of Education has licensed Bernajean Porter's materials for use in BC. There
are many resources to help evaluate staff, student and school readiness for integration.

For years schools and districts have been focused on hardware goals instead of learning
goals. We are now trying to move along the continuum from literacy to transformative.
The more I work with teachers and integration, the more I realize the difference between
adapting and transformation has very little to do with the technology. It is actually
about teaching and questioning.

Technology has given us tools we didn't have before, but if we use them for the same
activities, we can only reach adaptive integration. The most impactful activities for
students are transformative. If we are creative with the design of a task, we can take an
ordinary lesson and make it extra ordinary.

We have been able to do drama skits for centuries. We have had video camera's for over
25 years. If students just film a drama, there is nothing new. If they film a drama, put it
in the computer, and add titles, there still is very little new. If they take the same movie
and put it onto a DVD, it is still basically the same -they can just play it on a different
computer or TV.

If we take the same skit or drama and ask the students to focus on catching the emotion,
we have stepped up the task, but not far enough. If we ask students, "how do you capture
emotion," we can then work with the students on what shows emotion, such as how to
capture it (close ups) or mood setting (long shots).

They learn to use the tool to communicate what may not have been possible in a live
performance. A Drama has an audience that is always the same distance awat. The video
/ computer / dvd gives us the ability to change perspective, change time, change angle,
change distance - when students learn to use the abilities offered by the tool to improve
communication, the impact is transformative. We have then finally achieved something
we could not do without technology.

I was sharing this realization with my wonderful wife. She added that a plain video can
become transformative if you use correctly. Asking students to evaluate how their
actions depict emotions and investigate how their actions impact emotions or mood, then
by showing the class with - stop - pause - freeze frame, they can see immediate feedback
to improve their portrayal of emotions. For a teacher using the tools in this way, the tool
allows the actor to step out of character and see what they are doing or not doing. The
ability for students to have instant visual, and auditory feedback was not possible without
technology.

Another example of transformative integration could start with students writing. If we
have students word process something they have already written, we are stuck at the
Literacy stage of integration. If we have students prewrite, compose, revise and publish,


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we are at the adaptive level of integration. Each of these activities was possible without
the use of technology. To move to transformative integration we need to create learning
opportunities that were not even possible before technology. Taking a students written
words, recording the audio files, creating a soundtrack to fit the words and change the
images (still or acting) to increase the impact of the words would not have been possible
without technology. This type of activity meets learning styles of visual, auditory, and
kinesthetic learners

If we want to improve student learning with technology, we need to strive to provide
transformative integration experiences. If we want transformative integration, we need
to ask effective questions and let the tool be a tool.



Using OS X

        OS X is a multiuser Operating system. When you are logged in as a teacher, you
         cannot access files saved as Student or Admin, unless they are stored in the shared
         folder.
        The dock is like the launcher or start menu.
        When you mouse over items of the dock, a title will appear for that item.
        Usually 3 ways to accomplish a task:         Mouse, Menu, Shortcut
         Q = Quit Program or Log off
         W = Close Window
         I = Get Info – allows you to rename files
         For a complete list of short cuts see Appendix D


Working from Home

District Policy specifies that
equipment is not to be taken
home for personal use.
There is an additional policy
that does approve the use of
computer technology for
school related use.

If you are just using your
laptop at home without
connecting to the internet or                                                           First Class,
the iBook will work fine at
home and when it returns to
the school. If you are needing                                                             to


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connect to the internet or First Class, you will need to make some additional setting
changes.


Settings for home use
Under the Apple Menu > Location >Network Preferences




Click on Location > new
Location

        Most home high-speed
         Internet does not
         require any settings
         other than to not use
         the district settings.
         Call this new location
         HOME so all staff can
         use it. You want the
         Built-In Ethernet to be
         set for home as well.

        PLEASE make sure
         teachers switch the location back to the School location when done or First Class
         and Internet and Printing will not work.

        Personal use of Board-owned computers on or off school premises is clearly not
         permitted (Policy 501). It is recognized that a teacher may need to take a

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         computer home for work that is directly related to her/his school district work

        The School District's deductible is $3000. If a computer is lost, stolen, or
         damaged in school use activities, the computer is covered by district insurance.
         The teacher may be the responsible if proper procedures were not followed. For
         more information please see Memorandum A 5320


Sample Teaching Strategies
      Sharing Laptops
      Clasroom Management
      Lesson Ideas to Integrate (rough brainstorm)


Sharing Laptops

As you will not likely have 1 ibook per student during regular teaching time, you will
need to set them up to work in groups.

         Strategies for working with groups.
          If you number them from 1 to 4, then during your lesson - #1's do the
             following, ok, # 2s .....
          You can also have the numbers random for what they are doing by using a
             spinner
          You may also want to specify an individual to be the dictator, and one the
             word processor.

            Some groups you may want to set up with the same skill, some different skill,
             you may want to work with interest teams

            As you may be needed in several places while students are getting used to the
             iBooks, you may want to have a system like:
                o Green Cup on desk means we are doing fine
                o Yellow Cup means we need some help
                o Red Cup means we need teacher help

            You can do jigsaw like activities where students work on a project, then all
             but one leave to join another group. The one remaining presents to the new
             members of their group. When they return to their home groups, they share
             their learning and add to their project.


Classroom Management
    As the ibooks are quite exciting and students are fired up to work, they may not
       want to stop when you want to talk to the class.


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             o “Class, close your lids please! Use two hands! Your computer will go to
               sleep. The light on the front edge will go on and off as if the computer is
               snoring!”

        This is an excellent strategy for when you want to demonstrate or give
         instructions! This also saves on battery! The iBooks wake up as soon as the lids
         are opened.


Lesson Ideas to Integrate (rough brainstorm)
    Provide students with a 4 part story spine. Students get 1 or 2 minutes to work on
      a laptop, then they have to move to another laptop and spend another 1 or 2
      minutes on the next part of the story. Then have students rotate to read their
      stories.
    You could set students up with different files and they compare the files without
      seeing each others files. Could do this with two photos of cell types.
    Create a self marking document with a template of questions or activities that
      have a link to a website with the answers on it.
    Peer Editing – this can be done by moving laptops, or by using First Class to post
      and respond to each others writing
    Connecting to images – Using a digital camera or digital microscope, students can
      take a picture, import into a word processor, then comment, explain or describe.
      In science this might be images from a science experiment to summarize their
      conclusion.
    Create a virtual field trip with student narration
    Using iMovie to create a contest submission – the steps include brainstorming,
      storyboarding, story development, image development, audio development,
      acting, revising, and titling.
    Collecting Data, displaying data, describing interpretations for graphs
    Create a database of animals in a local ecosystem
    Poetry Slide shows
    Using First Class provides a treasure of additional writing and community
      building opportunities
          o Discussion Postings – By posting on directed discussion topics, students
               need to be articulate with their writing to express / defend their views. (ie
               What is bullying?)
          o Within First Class we are now opening up a gateway for a Canada Wide
               discussion forum.
          o Students can reflect on their writing by first archiving their writing in their
               portfolio and choosing items to reflect upon.
          o Peer Editing
          o Create a voice recording of your writing and listen to the sound for editing
               considerations.
          o Literature Circles
   


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        Check out more ideas in the ibook Conference - SD36 Staff Conferences > Info
         Tech K – 12 > ibooks
        Lots of great ideas at the Apple Learning Interchange
            o http://ali.apple.com/

Transferring Files between Home and School

        The District Policy is to create all documents in one or more of PDF, MS Word,
         or PDF or First Class document.

        Every School has administration and library systems that have MS Office
         (including Word installed)

        Sometimes when transferring between home and school, the application used to
         create a document is not available. When using MS Office at Home and
         Appleworks 6 at School, the files should just open without any difficulty. Please
         make sure you save MS Word files with the .doc extension.
        If you have problems going school to home
             o save in Appleworks as MS word 97 file.
        If you have problems going from home to school
             o Save in MS Office normally
             o When you open, you need to change the file type to be MS Word
                 Document.

        Also note that certain programs retain the printer information in the file. If
         you have problems with printing after a transfer, make sure you have
         selected a printer you are able to print to. This problem is most noticeable
         when changing between inket and laserjet printers. For SD36 Report cards,
         if this occurs, under printing options, select post script and unlimited
         downloadable fonts.



Frequently Asked Questions

1. What other Expenses might be needed for the Mobile Lab?

You may find the following optional purchases useful with your lab.
   Firewire to Firewire Cable – for transferring files between iBooks ( < 20)
   Replacement power adapters (Simply ~ $80)
   Firewire and USB cables to connect to school equipment (<20)
   Scalar USB Microscope (~300 MacStation.com)
   Flash Drives for Staff (~40 iSolutions.com)
   Screen Cleaner (Kleer – available at MacStation.com or Simply.ca)


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        Replacement Batteries – see catalogue (~156)
        Class set of earphones - $1.00 each at dollar Giant or students bring their own
        A set of speakers for the teacher station
        A video projector ($1359 NEC VT670)
        25’ Video cable for projector – can cannot student computers to share their work
    

2. What if something gets spilled in / on the laptop?
    Take care not to spill any liquid on the keyboard. If you do, follow these steps:
           o Turn off your computer immediately.
           o If you spill liquid that is thin and clear, turn the iBook upside down to let
              the liquid drain out, and let it dry for 24 hours at room temperature.
              Report the incident to IMS.
           o If you spill liquid that is greasy, sweet, or sticky, turn off the iBook and
              call IMS for help (604-592-3300).keep the screen clean, do not touch it
              with your fingers. You may use a mild glass cleaner that contains no
              alcohol or ammonia to clean the display. Most office supply stores sell
              cleaning kits specifically designed for this purpose. While there are many
              commercial products available that will work without causing
              PERMANENT damage, Apple has tested a product called Klear Screen

3. Where can I get safe cleaning supplies for Laptops?
    You can purchase screen cleaning wipes designed for LCD screens from
      computer stores (London Drugs, MacStation, Simply computing – simply.ca)
    IKleer is made by Meridrew Enterprises (http://www.klearscreen.com) and
      found it does not cause any harm to the plastics. Schools can purchase this
      product at MacStation (MacStation.com) in Burnaby or Simply Computing in
      Langley (604-514-3050).


Appendix A - Tips and Tricks
   Get a flash drive it will make your life much easier
   Get a Projector as it makes teaching all usage skills a breeze. Preferably store with
     IBook cart
   F11 - shows desktop
   F12 - Tiles all windows to find
         + Tab will allow you to switch between applications
        Turn on Universal Access
        Click System Preferences
               Click Universal Access
        Click Turn on Zoom




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        Then
         Option = will
         zoom in
        and  Option
         - will zoom
         out




Appendix B – Board Policies
Be aware of the policies relating to technology including:
5780, 5780.1, 5780.2, 5780.3 and A-5780


Acceptable Use Policies
      Board Policies - http://www.sd36.bc.ca/Board/Policies/Policy Manual in PDF
Format 1000 - 5000/Section Summary 5000.pdf

Appendix C – OS X Shortcuts




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Appendix D – Documents to Write

Documents to Write

                       -   OS X intro – Shelley
                       -   File management – Colin
                       -   Printing – Colin – Included by Kevin
                       -   Trouble shooting - Shelley – partially ready by Kevin
                       -   Airport set up- Colin – Included by Kevin
                       -   Logging on and passwords – Colin - Included by Kevin
                       -   Pedagogy and use - Shelley
                       -   Setting the timer – Colin




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