Being Prepared For the School Year With Your Laptop
- OSX Harddrive Directories
Subject and Grade Level:
7-12 Grades Intergrated Subject Areas Also Covered:
These skills are definitely for all subject areas.
I held a student ‘bootcamp’ on the first day of school. We used the first day because there tends to be a lot of interuptions throughout the day (late start, early out for heat, assembly during first hour, drop and add – all day long, etc.) I invited 9th and 10th grade students for 2 hours, then the 11th and 12th. Later I invited the 7th and 8th to come in and we did basically the same steps.
Just the laptops, or a lab setting
- Use stickies to keep track of notes (make one like pink slip on workstations with server connect numbers)
- Use iCal to record due dates and assignments, meetings, practices, rehearsals, etc.
- Set up directory folders for each class and then inside of those folders, set up folders for individual units or projects.
Working with File Directories
- Explain directories and file servers. How do the folders work?
- Imovie sizes (program runs more efficiently if you run with a power plug and without music playing in the background)
- Photo sizes
- Document sizes
- Permissions on folders
- Synching or Backing Up Your Files
- Explain directory structures
- What does synching mean?
- Disk quotas
- Saving regularly
- You are responsible for backing up your files. If a file disappears, it is your fault if you didn’t synch with the server.
- Set up files and folders in your documents folder instead of on the desktop. Only the documents folder sychs with the server.
- Make a movies folder if the students don’t have one. That way imovie defaults to that folder
- Keep in mind that if you create your whole ipod library on this laptop you will have to recreate it next year. I totally wipe the laptops out over the summer and reimage them with new software and virus updates, etc.
- Be sure to save your files with extension tags because if you don’t the teacher won’t be able to read them in the drop box.
Finding Files on Your Laptop
- Use of spotlight
- Students who have laptops still take notes in notebooks, especially in their hardest classes because they remember more when written by hand.
- Plagiarism: Copy and paste should never be done because it is supposed to be in your own words. The only time it is acceptable is when it is a direct quote.
- F11 Screen Clear
- Hot Corners
- You need to reduce the amount of items you are carrying around everyday. Carry only what you really need. If you drop something now, it could be the laptop.
- Use your bookmarks, they will save a ton of time.
- surfing or checking email, etc. is like talking on the phone when you are supposed to be listening to a lecture. It is rude and you should save it for later.
- Time management for non-internet or print connections at home.
- Putting headers on documents with your name in it.
- Adobe Photoshop Elements for scholarships SENIORS COME SEE ME (Scholarship directory that seniors can add to also)
- If you are caught using any online services or software to make dates, or meet someone, that is considered a violation of the AUP and you will be disciplined accordingly.
- I can run a report with the filter to trace the web sites you have accessed and what you have been doing.
- I can turn off your printing privileges or restrict the amount of pages more
- I can watch your actions at any time (usually randomly) with Remote Desktop. As can all of your teachers.
- Each teacher will have a different set of rules you will have to follow. If you violate their rules they will hand your laptop over to Mrs. Badgley for a specific amount of time deemed by the teacher.
- If you viloate internet safety during the school day, you could lose your laptop for the rest of the year.
- If you are using your laptop to cheat in any way, you laptop will be removed and disciplinary actions will be determined by the teachers and administrators.