Category Archives: iPads
- Please make sure to promptly return them to the Library (i just had to go searching around the school for one that was never returned… so it could charge overnight).
- Make sure you are filling out the log book properly. you MUST include your name, and what period you are recording an issue. I can’t mind read when something happens… There is an exemplar done at the front of each book if you need to see how it should be filled out.
- Please do not record if a laptop is missing a Key. I’m well aware of this. However, October 2017, we spent $800 fixing all the missing … and a year later, and we are already missing EVEN MORE!. It is on the students to maintain these devices, but it is also on the teachers to make sure students aren’t goofing around. The number of “someone moved the keys around to spell inappropriate words” is staggering this year.
Please help each other out, so these devices have a longer life. With classes being in labs, these are the only computers available to classes, so when they aren’t in decent working condition… it makes executing a lesson challenging!
With back to school not far away, a few updates from your tech liaison.
- The google document for booking technology will be available right as school starts. Double checking room availabilities will occur at the end of August.
- You’ll notice the google document looks a bit different. There are now two days side by side on the sheet (to shorten the document) and not have to scroll as much.
- The Library Classroom has been added as a “bookable” space since no classes are being taught in there.
- If there are any Apps or other tech requests you have, don’t hesitate to send them my way.
I’m available in Period 2 for any help or consulting you may have about implementing technology into your classroom practices!
Here’s to a great start up and awesome 2018/2019 school year.
Sorry, it’s be a minute (or several thousand) since I last posted.
The carts are working alright now with their new charging cords. Remember to be on the students about putting items back in the appropriate spot, plugging them in and checking to make sure this is done in the final 10 minutes of class.
Transport time to and from the library unfortunately is still a bit slow… make sure we get things back quickly so everyone can use them for their signed out times!
We are almost there! As always, any tech issues, I’ve got a ear for!
It is here and Ready(ish) to go! It will have a printer just like the other two carts, however it’s been ordered but not arrived yet. So please keep this in mind when you book this cart for the time being. The model of Laptop is newer than the other two carts; the power cords are a bit different, but same rules still apply. Please make sure the laptops are COMPLETELY SHUT DOWN (Black screen, not Blue!) before they get put in their proper slot and plugged into using the cord on their left. These models have 2 batteries (Yippie!): a built-in internal battery, and the usual external one- so hopefully they last a bit longer than the other ones!
I’ve start an “Add On” section on the Technology Sign Out sheet as well. We are hoping to be able to provide more and more tech to help you in your classroom endeavours. Things like cords to present from iPads and such we have currently… and possibly more in the future. I’ll try to check the Add-Ons each morning to see if anything comes up and help you with the best I can with the inventory I have.
I’ve also started getting departments to do an Inventory of all their technology, so we have a record of it in the school. These are devices that were given to teachers from their department to help facilitate their practices in the classroom; OR, devices you’ve raised funds for to have purchased for you, solely for school. (Ie: Laptops, Tablets, iPads, Apple TVs, docking stations, etc etc). The latter, we obviously just want a record of it in the building, so if something ever happened to it (lost, stolen, fire, etc etc) we would have record of it. The former, to see if there are devices “dormant” in departments that are never used that could be put to better use somewhere else… so we don’t purchase unnecessary devices and can better utilize the little funds we do have for future purchases!
As you may or may not have noticed over the last couple of days, there has been an appearance of our third laptop cart in the Library.
It however, is not ready to be booked just yet. I’m told there is a software issue (that will be VERY annoying and essentially pointless to book the cart) until it is fixed. As well, the devices need to be numbered and serial numbers recorded.
Having said this, you might have also noticed that the carts themselves look a bit different. I’ve tried to “tidy” them up and keep them a bit more organized (the communication book, the laminated instructions, and the colour coding signs/keys). All of this is- in my hopes- to make everyones lives easier in a multitude of ways. The first and most important being charging/storing of the carts. The Laptop carts need to be plugged into specific outlets that can handle the amount of charge these carts need. Please take the extra 15 seconds to a) make sure your cart is plugged in (and in the proper outlet) and b) to make sure you’re tucking the carts as close to the wall/counter and in an orderly fashion…. after all we are sharing the workspace with others!
Thanks, and keep the requests coming for any tech integration or new collaborative ideas you might have coming! So far, it’s been great getting around to help some staff.