OverviewCart Set-upExpectations for UseIn Practice/ProceduresTroubleshootingQuestions
What we want to avoid...Damaged/MissingcomputersChaos (jumbled cords,computers out oforder)Frustration
Before using the cart with students Physical set-up of cart Explicitly teaching and reinforcing expectations to students (!!!!!!!) Rehearse procedures Establish common expectations with all teachers using the cart
Physical Set-Up Clearly label each slot with the number ofthe laptop Both sides, bottom of slotWrap cords Loop around to prevent students from being able to pull them all the way out.
Before you can teach the rules, you have to know them…Student Expectations Before using a laptop students and their parents have to sign an Internet Acceptable Use Policy (IAUP). The expectations outlined in the IAUP should also be explicitly taught to students prior to using the carts. All expectations should be regularly reinforced. Consequences for failing to meet these expectations MUST be enforced.
The Official Rules from September 2010 newsletterBasic Handling/Care: To carry the laptop, close the screen and use two hands, holding it to your chest. Always place the laptop in the middle of your desk. It should be flat and never on top of anything else. Note: Some older laptops are missing the rubber pads on the bottom and slide easily, which equals laptops crashing to the ground. Keep your hands on your own laptop Issue: students reaching over and turning off another student’s laptop Never slam the lid to the laptop. This can disconnect the screen and cannot be fixed. Keep ALL food/candy/gum/drinks away from laptops.
Operational Use Students must always show the bottom dock that shows which windows are open. No sound/music on the computer unless permission is given Bandwidth!! Go only to appropriate sites related to assignment. No right to privacy on school laptops When a teacher (or any adult) asks you to close the laptop, you should comply immediately. Do not download anything without the permission of the teacher.
General Responsibility Laptops must be kept in your possession at all times. They should not be given to other students. Student must check in/check out their computer. NOTE: We have been asked by the administration to not loan out computers from our cart to students in other rooms. Laptops from your cart should remain in the same room as the cart.
ConsequencesDepending on the severity of offense: Jupiter Grades Referral/Parent Contact Laptop Timeout Student is still responsible for the same or similar work using a pencil and paper. Typical Offense: Repeated off task behavior, touching another student’s laptop, taking a laptop not assigned to them, etc. Loss of Laptop Privileges in Classroom Student cannot be trusted to abide by laptop policies and/or has damaged laptop beyond repair due to neglect or misuse.
Classroom Procedures Each student should be assigned a computer that they will use in your room. Post several copies of the assignments in the area where you keep your cart so they can be easily seen by students. Example on next slide Blank version to be shared with all teachers.
Check for damage, report missing keys Students are responsible for their laptops. They should quickly inspect their laptop when they check it out and immediately report any damage. The last person using it (who does not report damage) is held accountable. Tip: Mark any existing damage/missing keys with post it on lid of computer While students are using laptops, circulate!!! Maintaining visibility of student screens cuts down on most issues.- Don’t turn the laptops off, just close the lid. Thissaves valuable class time.
Practice taking computers in/out of the cartwithout damaging computers. Return computers tothe correct slot and plug in. Once these procedures have been taught and rehearsed you can delegate some of the responsibility by training a laptop cart monitor (do-gooder student or one willing to work for candy). Give yourself enough time at the end of the period (approximately 3-5 minutes) to collect laptops. No student should leave the classroom until all laptops have been returned to the cart.
Tech Issues• Teach students how to fix common laptop issues themselves.• Identify the “techy” students and have them available to assist students.
Teach these steps to studentsIf there is a problem with the laptop: Step 1: Do not close the laptop or return it to the cart. Step 2: Identify the specific problem. (i.e. the internet connection is not working – “It’s broken!!” isn’t specific) Step 3: Attempt to problem solve through troubleshooting methods taught in class. Step 4: Raise your hand and wait for the teacher * If you (the teacher) can’t fix it (or don’t have time), put a sticky note with a description of the problem and what has been tried so it will save time later.
How to solve common laptop problems http://queenscollegiatetech.wikispaces.com/-Select troubleshoot-Read through/familiarize yourself with info- Updates will be made to site to reflect new technology/common issues as they arise.- If Internet is down you can’t access page – I am working on making handouts of this info for all teachers. You can also hang posters for students -- see samples of posters in room 218
Most Important!!- Carts get returned to home teacher at the end of the day!- All teachers are responsible for reporting any damage/missing computers immediately. The home teacher should also check at the end of the day.
Keeping Good Relationships with Colleagues Common Frustrations: Laptop cart is a mess (tangled cords, laptops out of order, programs downloaded, crumbs, keys switched, etc.) So many laptops are broken that you don’t have enough for all of your students To Prevent This: Return the cart in the condition you found it. Communicate!! I would be happy to help mediate any issues.