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Wireless Laptop Carts
 


Wireless Laptop Cart Usage and Procedures Booklet

The Cart | The Laptops | Building and Classroom Management


There are 3 carts in each of the three Schenectady middle schools.  Each cart consists of 32 laptop computers, a printer, LCD projector and wireless access point.  
At the high school there are 2- 32 unit carts and 2 - 12 unit cars.

The Cart

Power Cord and Network Cord

  The cart needs to be plugged into an electrical outlet whenever the laptops are being used or are being charged.


  The cart also needs to be plugged into an active drop whenever the laptops are being used. An active drop can be found by unplugging a networked computer in your classroom and using its drop. If you need to have a drop activated, submit a help desk ticket through the Magic system.

Power Switch                           

Up position: The switch must be up in order for the laptops to receive a wireless signal from the cart.

Down position: The switch must be down in order for the laptops to be charged inside the cart.

Middle position:  The cart is on stand by with no power to either its internal or external outlets.

Additional Equipment and Information

The printer can be reached from any of the laptops in the cart.

The projector can be connected to any laptop on the cart or another desktop in the room.

A class set of headphones and mice are included in a storage bin.

A binder with print copies of the user guides for the software on the laptops is included.

A maintenance log

Tips for Using the LCD Projector

While the laptop is off, connect the video cable to the laptop and the projector.  Plug in the power cord.

Turn on the computer and the projector.

The projector should automatically display the image from the computer. If not, try the following:

Model 6110, hold the function key (fn)  while pressing the F4 key. This will toggle between 3 options. Select the option you wish to use.

Model 9030, hold the function key (fn)  while pressing the F5 key. This will toggle between 3 options. Select the option you wish to use.

Security

The laptops must not be left in an unsecured area at any time. Laptops should be monitored at all times.

At the end of the day, the laptops should be placed back in the cart and secured by locking the doors.

The cart should be returned to its proper storage area. Unless other arrangements have been made.


The Laptops

 

Model 9030

Model  6110

Basic Functions

The oval  or rectangular button on the upper left corner of the laptop turns the laptops on.

A mouse or a touchpad can be used to control the cursor. The buttons below the touchpad are the right and left click that would be on a mouse.

The touch pad only needs  gentle touch and is best used with a single fingertip.

The button on the lower right of the computer (model 9030) or next to the on/off button (model 6110)  is the wireless access button. Before you log on to the computer  turn that button on. Once it is on, it turns blue.

Note - If you are not using the internet  but still using the laptop for other programs, turn off the wireless access button - it will save battery power.

Charging

  Be sure that all the cords that contain the power pack is securely connected to the computer. It this is not done, it could result in a low or no battery charge for the laptop.

  The laptop batteries are designed to carry a two to three hour charge.

  The cart charges half of the laptops at a time, but not at one time. While the cart is charging you will notice that light going on and off each side.  While the laptops are being charged, the cart is switching back and forth.

Maintenance

  A maintenance log is included with the cart and must be with it at all times. Directions for laptops  that are not working are included in the log. It is imperative that the log  be left with the cart so Tech Services can view the problems and mark when the service has been completed.

 

Management In Your Building and In Your Classroom

   

Numbering

The number of the cart can be found on the front and back of the cart. Each laptop has a number that corresponds with the cart number. In the event you have to contact technical services with a problem on a laptop, please take time to reference the laptop number.

Care of Laptops

  Students should be taught how to take the computers from the cart cautiously, paying attention to how the AC power cord is attached. Careful placement on the desks should be encouraged.

  When returning the laptop to the cart, be sure students understand the AC power cord must be firmly attached to the laptops or they will not charge.  Some teachers have indicated that having one or two students actually put the laptops back in the cart and plug them in is a more efficient way than having each student put the laptop back in the cart. Take turns during the month assigning this job to different students.

  Teachers are encouraged to communicate with students parents about the use and care of the laptops in the classroom.

  Some teachers feel that assigning laptops to students works well to manage who uses the computers and to avoid potential problems

Physical Space

Keep in mind where you will place the cart in your classroom and the traffic pattern once the laptops are out of the cart. The wireless aspect does promote flexibility, but in areas limited by space it might be cause for concern.

Plan for Usage

  Begin by focusing on what you want your students to learn, rather than what technology projects you want them to do.

  Plan ahead. Determine what needs to be done before you bring the cart to your room.

  An orientation to using the wireless laptops is a must. Go over proper handling procedures as well as taking them out of and putting them back in the cart.

  Begin using the laptops with small lessons. Gradually introduce lessons that are larger and take more time.

  Free up some time to oversee the entire class by:

A. Using the buddy system.

         Make a student in the class "a resident expert"

         If working on a project in groups and one group is done first, provide directions to the next step to that group. When the next group is done, have the first group show them, the second group show the third, and so on.

B. Three Before Me

1.      try to problem solve three different ways

2.      ask 2 other classmates to help problem solve

3.      ask the teacher

Resources

  EETT Learning Experiences

  NYNET Resources for Teachers

  Schenectady City Schools Online Learning Community/ Blackboard

  unitedstreaming

  NYS Virtual Learning System (NYS Learning Standards, Key Ideas, Performance Indicators)

  ISTE National Educational Technology Standards for Students

 

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