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Title: Wireless Laptop Lab User Procedures

Wireless Laptop Lab User Procedures
  • Created by
  • Pamela Hopkins
  • for SUSD
  • January 2005

Components of the Wireless Laptop Lab
  • Cart
  • locking and wheeled
  • 30 laptops
  • Laser printer
  • set as default printer on all machines
  • Projector
  • for use with laptop

Lab Management
  • Each school may want to set up utilization
  • Keep track of who is using the lab
  • Keep track of when the lab is being used
  • Share your data with the IT department
  • Each school needs to set up a schedule
  • Someone needs to be responsible for monitoring
    the schedule
  • Sample schedule

Student Management
  • You might want to consider training a student
  • To be responsible for taking the laptops out of
    the cart
  • To be responsible for putting the laptops in the
  • This will solve
  • The push and shove crowd around the cart
  • Give the teacher a chance to monitor the return
    of the laptops more carefully

Laptop Connectors and Parts
Something you wont have to use. . .
  • Fortunately, you will not use the modem on campus
    because you will be on a wireless network.

Connecting to the wired network . . .
  • If you are doing Internet work that involves a
    lot of intensive multimedia, you can have greater
    speed and stability by connecting to the wired
  • Talk to your site tech about the process.

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Battery Status
  • The Windows power meter indicates the remaining
    battery charge. To check the power meter,
    double-click the icon on the taskbar.
  • If the computer is connected to an electrical
    outlet, icon appears.

Low Battery Warning
  • A pop-up window warns you when the battery charge
    is approximately 90 percent depleted.
  • To avoid losing or corrupting data, save your
    work immediately after a low-battery warning.
  • Then connect the computer to an electrical
  • If the battery runs completely out of power,
    hibernate mode begins automatically.

Charging the Battery
  • Power down the laptop.
  • Connect a power cord from the front of the cart
    to the laptop.
  • Place the laptop in the cart.
  • Be sure that the cart is connected to a power
  • The AC adapter charges a completely discharged
    battery in approximately 3 hours with the
    computer turned off.
  • Charge time is significantly longer if the
    computer is on.

Basic User Information
  • When setting up the computer for work, place it
    on a level surface.
  • When you disconnect a cable, pull on its
    connector or on its strain-relief loop, not on
    the cable itself.
  • As you pull out the connector, keep it evenly
    aligned to avoid bending any connector pins.
  • Before you connect a cable make sure both
    connectors are correctly oriented and aligned.
  • Protect your computer, battery, and hard drive
    from environmental hazards such as dirt, dust,
    food, liquids, temperature extremes, and
    overexposure to sunlight.
  • Save documents as you normally would
  • Not on the C drive
  • Not in the My Documents folder

Wireless Network Information
  • AirBars icon is the signal strength.
  • Dark green airbars means strong signal.
  • Yellow bars are weak signal.
  • Computer icon with ))) is the wireless network
    indicator. Floating the cursor over it will
    reveal name of network, speed, strength and
  • Red X on icon means wireless is not configured or
    is not working properly
  • When network is connected, there is no dot, no x,
    no yellow triangle moving--just a little computer
  • Regular wired network icon has dual, diagonal
  • Dual, diagonal computer icon with a red X means
    wired network is not connected.

  • If no connection, try restarting or repositioning
    the computer (Is a book bag blocking signal?)
  • After a single restart, if it continues not to
    work, put the computer away and notify your site
    tech or whoever is responsible on your site for
    the wireless lab.
  • To wake up computer, hit power button.
  • Going to sleep could lock computer or completely
    log user out. Files could be lost, so be sure to
    save frequently.
  • Power supplies should be left in the cart, but
    can be removed if necessary.
  • Be sure to plug the power supply back into the
    cart so that the laptop can recharge.
  • Difficult to connect.
  • Be sure that laptops are shut down completely.
  • These machines will slow down if trying to pull
    lots of graphics or multimedia over the network.
  • There might be an authentication message box that
    shows up on login. Ignore it patiently.

Printer Information
  • Printer is shared.
  • Teacher computer
  • must be on and
  • logged in
  • so that other computers in the wireless lab can
  • USB connection
  • must be disconnected before storing the computer.
  • must be connected before using printer.
  • Printer must be plugged in and turned on.
  • Printer can be plugged into cart and the cart
    plugged into the wall
  • or the printer can be plugged straight into the
  • Teacher can delete print jobs from teacher
    computer as long as they are in the queue and as
    long as the jobs can be identified.
  • Your staff needs to decide about how the paper
    will be managed.

Teacher Connection
  • Teacher Laptop
  • Top left corner of cart
  • Must be connected and logged in for printing
  • Will need to be used close to cart
  • Will need to be connected to power
  • Facilitates printing and projecting
  • Can then be used all day long

General User Guidelines
  • Treat the computer with respect.
  • Leave toolbars, background, and icons in standard
  • Check hand hygiene before using the computer.
  • Keep pens, pencils, notebooks, and books off your
  • Handle the screen carefully and gently.
  • Keep food and drinks away from the laptop.
  • When turning it on, do not hit keys, etc. 
  • Let it start up on its own.  Be patient.

  • Be considerate of fellow users.
  • Do not save files on the C drive of the laptop. 
  • Save to your H drive,
  • Save to your flash key,
  • or as directed by your instructor.
  • Remember you are sharing these with other
  • Close down all applications and Internet pages. 
  • Go startgtshutdown when you are ready to put the
    laptop back into the cart.
  • Never download from the Internet on any of the
  • Do not install any software on the laptops.

  • Follow appropriate operating procedures.
  • Once the login is up on your screen, type in your
    district user name and password.
  • When opening applications, let the application
    open up completely before opening the next.
  • When you are finished, go to STARTgtShutdown to
    shutdown your laptop.
  • Close the screen only when you have a black

  • Safely move the computers.
  • When walking with the laptop, always hold it with
    both hands. 
  • When moving the laptop, be sure to close the
  • When putting the laptop back into the cart,
  • Double check that the power plug is connected.
  • Be sure that the laptop is powered off.

State Technology Standards
  • Arizona Department of Education Website for
    technology standards
  • http//www.ade.az.gov/standards/technology/default
  • PDF copies
  • Rationale
  • Standard 1
  • Standard 2
  • Standard 3
  • Standard 4
  • Standard 5
  • Standard 6
  • Glossary

Technology and AIMS
  • The State of Arizona has announced its intention
    to include technology competencies on the AIMS
    tests for 2005

Student Contract for use of Laptops
  • THE EULA for the district covers the use of the
  • You may want to create a specific contract for
    the laptops at your skill.
  • Opportunity to instill in students
  • A sense of personal responsibility
  • Care for machinery
  • Management skills
  • Creates a critical learning process for each
    student and teacher as a set of behaviors,
    movement, expectations, and storage issues become
    part of the classroom experience
  • Sample student contract

Laptops Contributions to the Classroom
  • Promote collaboration among students
  • Less intrusive than desktop computers in the
  • Save space
  • Allow better teacher supervision because desktops
    are not blocking view
  • Reduce the tangle of cables
  • Require less change by the teacher to classroom

Most Common Uses of Laptops
  • Research
  • Writing
  • Note taking

Laptop Activities tend to be
  • Cooperative Groups
  • Students become collaborators
  • Project-based
  • Student directed learning
  • Fewer lectures in the classroom
  • Teacher becomes facilitator

Most Common Software Used
  • Word
  • The Internet
  • PowerPoint
  • Advanced features that are commonly used
  • Tables
  • Outline
  • Bullets
  • Bookmarks
  • All of which help access and organize information
    more effectively.

Working with Laptops The Effect on Students
  • Engaged in the thinking process
  • Able to problem solve
  • Support their peers
  • Work independently
  • Work in groups
  • Develop a high level of self sufficiency
  • Develop a high level of confidence

Research has found
  • Student Access to technology
  • Improves students writing
  • Encourages collaboration among students
  • Engages students in their schoolwork
  • Teachers who use laptops to teach
  • Tend to use a more constructivist approach to
  • Feel more empowered

Critical Learning for Technology
  • Structure activities so that students develop
    good habits in desktop management
  • Folder
  • Files
  • Saving
  • Retrieving
  • Organizing
  • Managing

Problems Teacher may experience
  • Difficult to predict amount of time needed to
    accomplish tasks with laptops (or any computers)
  • Easy to focus so much on the technology that the
    technology becomes the content.

Three simple ways to avoid technology pitfalls
  • Plan on demonstrating what you want the students
    to do.
  • Give the students time to practice using the
  • Children are natural explorers so let them
    explore the software to learn what they need to
  • Explain expectations
  • Rubric development
  • Shared with the students at the beginning of the
  • Designed with student input

A Note about Wireless Networks and Security
  • Wireless networks should NOT be used for work
    that requires a high level of security (like
    credit card information)

  • Calendar Schedule
  • Laptop Assignment Sheet
  • Sample User Contract
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