on Wheels) Guidelines
- Teachers may check out the COW
for use in the Media Center or in their classroom. Please reserve the COW
ahead of time.
may not be removed from the COW to be checked out to individual teachers
who have not used the COW before must first schedule a training and classroom
setup session during their prep period before scheduling the COW for their
classes to use.
- The COWs are checked
out according to the signup calendar, regardless of school closures.
Rescheduling must be made
between the teacher who lost the day and the next teacher on the calendar.
- Because training is
required, do not schedule the COW for a substitute when you have a planned
absence. If your classes are scheduled
to use the COW and you have an emergency absence, please have alternate
lesson plans available for the sub.
- 6th Grade teachers: Before using the laptops, please schedule a session in the Library to allow your students time to practice logging in and logging off. and saving to the server. If you choose to use the laptops in your classroom rather than the Library, where help is available, then the COWs must be delivered by 1st or 2nd period, even if you do not plan on using the computers until later in the day.
- Because it is so heavy, two
adults must move the
COW to your classroom. If your classroom is at the
south end of the upper hall, the computers must be removed from the cabinet
and moved to your classroom. The cabinet must then be moved from the Library,
through the lower hall, and up the sidewalk between the south end of the
- After unlocking the cabinet,
put the key in a secure place during the school day.
- Plug in the COW power cord.
Make sure the power to the COW is turned on.
- Turn the teacher laptop on
and log-in using your Novell username and password. Your username should
initial, last name (kangiolet,
sbahr) and your password is the one you use for GroupWise.
(This might be the last six digits of your social security
- At Novell Client for Windows prompt, teachers login to their account.
- At workstation prompt, login as teacher; password = staff.
- Charge the laptops during
your prep period and lunch to assure that the batteries will last all day.
Passing out the laptops
and student log-in
- It is recommended that the
teacher be the only person to move laptops around the classroom. However,
that may be
a time management issue, so you may choose a reliable student to
- Do not startup computers until
ready to use.
- Do not have all the students
try to login at once. (This may cause a connectivity problem.)
power up the computer and log-in using their Novell username and password
grade year, last name, first initial (12smithj).
is their six digit student account number. The Windows username
is student. No password is required.
- At Novell Client for Windows prompt, students login to their account.
(This is necessary, even if not using the Internet.)
- At workstation prompt, login as student, no password.
Saving to the server
- Students must log in on their
Internet account to save to the server. They should not save to the
desktop or hard drive. Files saved to the computer will be deleted.
- Use the drop
down menu to go to the desktop.
- Click on the Student Home
- Click on the student folder
(such as, 12smithj)
- Name the document and save.
- Do not touch the screens.
Finger oils damage them.
- Do not move computers around
- Follow the Acceptable Use
Policy for Internet access. Anyone who violates the Policy, especially interefering with other students' computers will have their account disabled.
- Students are financially responsible if they damage a computer.
- Be safe when using the Internet.
Shutting down and putting
- Shut down computers between
- Have student shut down their
computers by going to the START menu and selecting Shut
- Return laptops to the numbered
spot on the cart and make sure they are plugged into their power source.
- When finished at the end of
the day, unplug
and wind up cords.
- Return COW to the Media Center.
Be sure to plug it into a power source so the laptops
will charge for the
next use. Check to make sure the power switch is on. Give the
key to the Librarian. (Do not leave it in the COW cabinet.)
Basic Trouble Shooting:
- If the screen on the teacher computer is black, then press the fn (function)
key and F8.
- Computers won’t connect
to the Novell network:
a. Make sure the power is on to the cart and the little green lights
on the wireless antenna are flashing.
b. Make sure the Ethernet cables are securely plugged in.
c. Restart the computers.
Advice for teaching
- Remember that technology
is fickle and the best laid plans….Always
have a plan B prepared and ready to go.
- Allow lots of
time – more than you think for projects and individual
- Let sudents know in advance
they will need school Internet accounts and to know their passwords.
- Practice what you want students
to do so you can anticipate problems.
- Don’t assume all the
students will know how to log on or save or print. Walk them through the
steps. Be specific.
- If students are not finished
typing by the end of the period and need to save a word processing document,
it is better to use AppleWorks (since access to Word in the PC Lab is not
If Word is used, save as a text file. Better yet, use Zoho,
which will allows word processing documents to be accessible anywhere
at any time.
- See also: Internet