CowCOW (Computers on Wheels) GuidelinesApe

Classroom Setup:

  1. 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 building and the cafeteria.
  2. After unlocking the cabinet, put the key in a secure place during the school day.
  3. Plug in the COW power cord. Make sure the power to the COW is turned on.
  4. Turn the teacher laptop on and log-in using your Novell username and password. Your username should be first 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 number.)
  5. At Novell Client for Windows prompt, teachers login to their account.
  6. At workstation prompt, login as teacher; password = staff.
  7. 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

  1. 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 assist you.
  2. Do not startup computers until ready to use.
  3. Do not have all the students try to login at once. (This may cause a connectivity problem.)
  4. Students power up the computer and log-in using their Novell username and password of their grade year, last name, first initial (12smithj). Password is their six digit student account number. The Windows username is student. No password is required.
  5. At Novell Client for Windows prompt, students login to their account. (This is necessary, even if not using the Internet.)
  6. At workstation prompt, login as student, no password.

Saving to the server

  1. 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.
  2. File/Save
  3. Use the drop down menu to go to the desktop.
  4. Click on the Student Home Directory shortcut.
  5. Click on the student folder (such as, 12smithj)
  6. Name the document and save.

Student behavior:

  1. Do not touch the screens. Finger oils damage them.
  2. Do not move computers around the classroom.
  3. Follow the Acceptable Use Policy for Internet access. Anyone who violates the Policy, especially interefering with other students' computers will have their account disabled.
  4. Students are financially responsible if they damage a computer.
  5. Be safe when using the Internet.

Shutting down and putting away:

  1. Shut down computers between classes.
  2. Have student shut down their computers by going to the START menu and selecting Shut down. Close and latch lid.
  3. Return laptops to the numbered spot on the cart and make sure they are plugged into their power source.
  4. When finished at the end of the day, unplug and wind up cords.
  5. 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:

  1. If the screen on the teacher computer is black, then press the fn (function) key and F8.
  2. 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 with technology:

  1. Remember that technology is fickle and the best laid plans….Always have a plan B prepared and ready to go.
  2. Allow lots of time – more than you think for projects and individual trouble shooting.
  3. Let sudents know in advance they will need school Internet accounts and to know their passwords.
  4. Practice what you want students to do so you can anticipate problems.
  5. Don’t assume all the students will know how to log on or save or print. Walk them through the steps. Be specific.
  6. 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 possible every period). 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.
  7. See also: Internet Project Checklist.