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Computer Essentials

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Mark your calendar! You may attend during your planning block or after school. After School earns opt out credit 3 workshops =.5 Planning Blocks Library: Small Conference Room After School: Room 119 Future topics TBA (Email me if you want a particular topic for Wired

Fauquier High School

Wednesday.)

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Basically, these will be working sessions to help you create, upload and manage your ANGEL site. I will be happy to address other technology issues. Email me prior to the workshop date.

Wednesday, Feb 8

ANGEL/Easy Grade Pro

Wednesday, Feb 15

ANGEL/TBA

Wednesday, Feb 22

ANGEL/TBA

Wednesday, Feb 29

ANGEL/TBA


Laptop Carts: Bookmark this “How to” site in your favorites: http://www.fcps1.org/gmatthews/computer_labs There are 4 multipurpose carts available for school wide use. · Multipurpose Cart · Multipurpose Cart 1 · Multipurpose Cart 2 · Multipurpose Cart 3 All classes may use the any of the multipurpose carts. Use the appropriate calendar in FHS Public folders to reserve a cart. Directions for reserving a cart are on the website above. A Multipurpose Cart will be housed on the second floor in the Social Studies office. A key to the Social Studies office is available from the Annex secretary or Ms. Combs room 206. Keep a record: Assign students to a computer station/laptop. Use your grade book for this notation or download the form on the ITRT site. Please be vigilante. Review the Student Usage Guidelines and Rules with your students. (See website) Each user of the cart is responsible for work orders and maintenance of the cart. Submit work orders to Bridgetrak and leave a signed/dated note on the computer that the work order has been submitted to inform the next user. Avoid substitute lesson plans that involve use of labs/carts. Substitutes are not to use the carts/labs. Return the cart in a timely manner to the appropriate room and make sure the cart is plugged in to charge to be available for the next teacher.

The power adapters should be plugged in and visible when the cart doors are open so that you know all the laptops are charging and all the power adapters have been returned to the cart. Be careful that no cords impede the closing of the cart doors. February 2012


ANGEL Please add a link to ANGEL on your current SchoolCenter web page. Students and parents can access ANGEL. The username is the student’s ID number. The password is the student’s birth month and date expressed as a four (4) digit number. For example, April 3 =0403; another example, November 12=1112. If you find that you have students whose name is not in the database, submit information: http://tinyurl.com/73uklrx or see the table of links at http://www.fcps1.org/gmatthews BlackBoard the company that owns ANGEL recently acquired Edline (Easy Grade Pro). In the future, this should provide ANGEL with a more robust and fully functional online grade book capability. Currently, the grade book in ANGEL reflects only those items assessed in ANGEL; therefore, the grade may not be a true indication of the student’s complete grade. Computer Maintenance Remember to change your password at least every three months. When you change your email password, remember to update your password in Easy Grade Pro if you send out email reports. Run the following to protect and help your computer perform effectively: Windows Updates (Video: http://screencast.com/t/AhgPcFBJ ) MalwareBytes: ( http://www.udel.edu/it/help/anti-malware/removing-spyware-and-malwarewindows-computer.html )

CleanUp!: Unnecessary to run in Demo mode Smart Defrag: Click Defrag button. Sites of Interest Create games with free templates: http://people.uncw.edu/ertzbergerj/msgames.htm AppStart: A starter kit with all the essential apps you'll ever need and only 99 cents! http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/appstart-for-ipad-2012-edition/id408984648?mt=8 Richard Byrne: Many e-magazine documents about apps and web tools for education. This wonderful site should keep you busy until the next issue of Essentials! http://issuu.com/richardbyrne

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ITRT Essentials February 2012  

Wired Wednesday Dates Use of labs and mobile carts ANGEL Computer Maintenance Sites of Interest

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