Welcome to Mr. Lewis’ Computer Lab. Let’s review some of the basic procedures and expectations for students taking computer courses.
General Expectations for the Computer Lab. Always be on time to class. I do take attendance every day. If you’re tardy more than once, you will receive a detention. Come to class prepared to work. This is a hands-on class. Everyone is expected to participate. Food and beverages can damage the computers, and for this reason they are not allowed in the Lab. This includes candy and chewing gum, which cause damage to keyboards, mice, and monitor screens. Be courteous, considerate, and respectful of other people. Remember the Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have others do unto you. Do your best to complete every assignment. If you are not sure what to do or how to do it, ask for help. An ancient Chinese proverb says, “He who asks is a fool once. He who does not ask remains a fool forever.”
Take good care of all equipment. The taxpayers have invested a large amount of money in this computer lab, and frankly, the school does not have the money to replace broken or damaged equipment. If you notice any damage or problems with any hardware, please report it to the teacher at once. Sometimes these things can be fixed if they are detected early. Do not turn off any software, especially antivirus and spyware scanners. These programs are in place to protect the computer from harmful malicious programs called Malware. Disabling them will harm your computer and slow down your Internet speed. Do not download anything without specific permission from the teacher. This includes music, videos, and games. The Bedford Area School Board has published an Acceptable Use of the Network policy. All students, teachers, and staff must abide by this policy. We’ll go over the main points in the following slides. When you began 6 th grade, you and your parents signed an Internet Permission Form. This document stated that your parents or guardians granted permission for you to use the Internet in school. It also stated that you agree to abide by all rules set by the Board and the school authorities. Anyone who breaks these rules will not be allowed to use the Internet, and may also be subject to disciplinary actions.
Every student has been assigned a username for the school domain. Always logon to the Hyndman Domain using your own username and password. If you forget your password, tell Mr. Lewis as soon as possible, and he will have it reset for you. This usually takes about one day. Never logon using another students’ name. The school provides computers for educational purposes. They are NOT here for your entertainment. The Internet includes many great websites that can enhance your education and increase your learning. However, you should bear in mind that your use of the Internet in school is NOT private. The computers are monitored by District and building administrators, technicians, and teachers. There is a permanent record of all the websites you visit, and of all email messages you send. Knowing this in advance should help you avoid any problems.
Never use discriminatory remarks, such as comments about a person’s race, background, family, or religion. Don’t say mean things that might hurt someone’s feelings. Don’t make comments about sexual issues or gender. This type of harassment can not only be very hurtful to the recipient, but in some cases may be considered criminal behavior. If someone sends you things like that, do NOT respond - tell an adult immediately. Of course pornography of any kind will not be tolerated in school.
Never use file-sharing programs, since they are a major source of malicious code that damages computer networks. Likewise, you should not download any games, videos, music, or pictures without first getting permission. There are many games installed on the lab computers, and you may use these when your work is finished. The only online games allowed are those listed on Mr. Lewis’ Cool Stuff web page. The school district does not allow any real-time chat, instant messaging, or social networking sites. This includes game sites like Yahoo that allow you to talk to other players. Most websites like this are blocked by the school’s Internet filter, but new sites come online every day. Keep in mind that any live messaging or social networking during school is considered inappropriate. Even if you are able to access it or bypass the filters and firewalls, you will be held responsible. Also remember that cell phones and texting devices are not allowed in classrooms. If you need a phone, you may call from the Office before and after school or during lunch and activity period. If you have a cell phone, keep it in your locker.
Portable electronic devices may be used from time to time for legitimate class work, but generally they are not allowed in class. Banned items include: Cell phones, mobile phones Walkie-talkies Hand held games Music or video players Headphones or ear buds Hand held computers (PDAs) This may seem like a lot of rules that go with using computer technology in school, but really it comes down to using common sense. If there is a sound educational purpose for it, it’s probably OK. But it is best to ask first.
Remember that you and your parent signed a contract agreeing to follow the rules. Penalties for breaking that promise can be severe. They start with the complete loss of Network Privileges, not only in Computer class, but school wide. Of course your parents will be contacted, and inappropriate behavior will be reported to the Administration, which could result in disciplinary action. In cases of criminal misconduct, harassment, or vandalism the police may become involved. This is the only warning you will receive. So be smart and be safe. We want you to have a good educational experience using the computer lab.
Communications Class Aup Info
Welcome to Glenview Communications Class Mr. Dwyer Room 301 Glenview Middle School
Expectations for the Computer Lab <ul><li>Be on time to class </li></ul><ul><li>Come prepared to work-bring pen or pencil EVERY DAY </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t bring food or drink into the lab </li></ul><ul><ul><li>This includes Candy & Gum </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Be courteous and considerate of others </li></ul><ul><li>Do your best </li></ul>
Expectations for the Computer Lab <ul><li>Take good care of the hardware </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t disable any software </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t download without permission </li></ul><ul><li>Follow the Acceptable Use Policy </li></ul><ul><li>The Internet Agreement is a Contract! </li></ul>
Entering The Room <ul><li>Be in your chair and at your assigned computer when you come into the classroom – there may or may not be bells </li></ul><ul><li>Sit at assigned seat – the computer # is on the computer or monitor </li></ul><ul><li>Be sure to write this # in your planner </li></ul><ul><li>You will sit at the same computer # throughout the quarter </li></ul>
Books & Folders <ul><li>Please do NOT put books and folders on computer tables (to easy to knock stuff off). </li></ul><ul><li>Put them on a shelf, ledge or on the floor. </li></ul>
Acceptable Use Policy – AUP <ul><li>Log on with your own Username </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tell Mr. Dwyer if you forget your password or username </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The Internet is not private </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Computers are monitored </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use computers for school work or approved activities </li></ul></ul>
Computer Use <ul><li>Monitor settings should NOT be changed at any time </li></ul><ul><li>Do NOT move the monitors or swivel them beyond the point where you would normally view. </li></ul><ul><li>Leave wires on computer ALONE. </li></ul><ul><li>Leave other people’s computer ALONE. </li></ul>
Acceptable Use Policy <ul><li>Never use </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Discriminatory remarks or bullying </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Profanity or any language that may be offensive to another person </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hate mail </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pornography or obscenity </li></ul></ul>
Acceptable Use Policy <ul><li>Never use: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>File Sharing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Unauthorized games, videos, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Chat rooms, Instant Messaging, Social Networking sites like MySpace/Facebook </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Any site with live chat </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cell phones or texting devices </li></ul></ul>
Portable Devices <ul><li>Portable electronic devices may be used only with specific permission </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cell phones, mobile phones </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Walkie-talkies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hand held games </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Music or video players </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Headphones or ear buds that are not from teacher </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hand held computers (PDAs) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Will be confiscated </li></ul>
Penalties for Misuse <ul><li>Loss of Internet privileges </li></ul><ul><li>Call Parents </li></ul><ul><li>Disciplinary Action by Administration </li></ul><ul><li>Possible Legal Action </li></ul>