The ARChives

2013

The NEW ARChives Newsletter

This month I will begin sharing information with you using the Smore newletter website. I hope you find it exciting and appealing.

With so many new faculty members this year, I wanted to focus on the operations of the ARC library media center. For the veteran ARC teachers, some of this information may be old news (a refresher) however some things have changed. Read at your leisure and enjoy.

(The ARC Media Center Handbook can be found on the ARC Media Center Webpage.)

Your feedback is always welcome.

All passcodes and passwords can be found in Dropbox - 2012-13 ARC Lesson Plans - ARC Codes and Passwords.

Library Operations

The library media center is open from 6:45 - 3:15 each day. Mrs. Harris is the first point of contact when entering the media center. There are many things she can take care of for you.

Students must follow the LMC procedures put in place:

1. Students must have a pass to come to the media center. Passes must include all students’ names, date, time, and teacher's signature.
2. No more than 5 students should be sent to the media center on a pass.
3. Students enter the media center, give their pass to media staff, and sign in at the front desk.
4. Students must bring an assignment (have a reason) with them when coming to the media center.
5. If students cannot follow rules they may be sent back to class or written up depending on the offense.
Mrs. Harris does laminating on Tuesdays and Fridays. Make sure your items are clipped together and your name is visible and attached.

Technology

Equipment and Technology Maintenance

Equipment is available for check out through the media center.

- (Large) equipment is checked out through the media center annually. These items include your Promethean board, projector, computer(s), Activslate, and Activotes.

- Other equipment can be checked out on an as needed basis:
digital camera, video camera, flip camera, voice recorder, dvd player, vcr, netbook, laptop

Every teacher should have at least 2 computers in their classroom. One designated for the teacher and one for the student. If you have trouble with any equipment in your classroom complete the ARC Technical Assistance form. This form can be found on the ARC Media Center Website and also on the ARC Webpage under Teacher Resources. Please do not email your issue to Ms. West. Emails get lost, this form compiles everything I need to know to help you.

Printers are provided by Ricoh. If you have trouble with your printer complete a Printer Support form providing the information on the silver label on the printer.

Deep Freeze and Impero

Deep Freeze is software that is used to protect the computers. When the Deep Freeze is ON you see a small white polar bear head in the bottom right corner of the computer. When it is ON if you make changes to the computer; (i.e. save files, download software, change a setting), when you turn the computer off and back on your change or file will not be there. You CAN save files to the T drive (Thawspace). Many may not like Deep Freeze, however it is a great tool to avoid getting computers infected.

If you need a change made to your computer that is permanent, let me know and I can THAW the computer, either from my office using the Deep Freeze console or Impero.

Impero is software that allows the administrator (in this case administrator is anyone who has administrative rights) to view all computers. This software is used mostly for repairing computers and monitoring computer labs.

Computer Labs

1. Monitor students closely. All should be working on educational sites.

2. No food or drinks in the labs.

3. If you teach the last class of the day, please power off all computers.

4. Make sure the lab is locked when you leave the room.


A clipboard has been provided for the teacher of each class to initial when they have verified everything is in place prior to leaving the lab.

Online Databases and Online Software Available at ARC

Destiny

Destiny is ARC's online library catalog. You can search this database to locate materials we have available for check out in the media center. As a teacher you can also see what textbooks your students have checked out to them. To login to see textbook information use your email username as your username and the password can be found in Dropbox - 2012-13 ARC Lesson Plans - ARC Codes and Passwords.. (Note: you cannot see their library check outs.)

MediaCast

MediaCAST is an open and interoperable product suite that allows you to view live streamed teleconferencing, managed copyrighted content/videos through downloaded DVD/VCR media and from purchased Learn360 content, and watch live local and national television cable channels. It will also be a warehouse for file sharing such as Promethean Flipcharts and Microsoft Office files. MediaCAST shares its resources and will makes learning more exciting and engaging for students.

If you would like a video uploaded to Mediacast please see Ms. West. Allow 5 days for the upload process.

To access MediaCast go to http://mediacast.richmond.k12.ga.us/
Your login is the same as your email username and password. MediaCast is only available to teachers.

Edmodo

If you are familiar with Facebook, Edmodo will come easily to you. Edmodo is an online sharing group. You can use this among the faculty and with students.
"Edmodo helps connect all learners with the people and resources needed to reach their full potential."

To join, visit the Edmodo site, Join as a Teacher. The school code can be found in Dropbox - 2012-13 ARC Lesson Plans - ARC Codes and Passwords.. This code is NOT for students. You can join other groups who provide you with their code and you can create groups and share your code.

eChalk

eChalk is a learning platform that connects teachers, students, parents and school leaders to the people and information they need to make learning successful. RCBOE uses eChalk to communicate and share information. Each teacher is provided with an eChalk account create class webpages to share information. To set up a teacher eChalk account, go the the ARC website, at the login option type your Outlook email username and see Dropbox - 2012-13 ARC Lesson Plans - ARC Codes and Passwords.

Each student has an echalk account. This account allows students to save files, send email, and view class pages. For students to set up an account they can go to the ARC website under Student Resouces - eChalk Student Registration. Complete the form. If a student forgets his/her password they can see Ms. West in the media center to have it reset. Their username is their firstname.lastname.

Britanica Online: What it is all about amd Instructions for Creating Individual Accounts

About Britannica
Explore the updated online encyclopedia from Encyclopaedia Britannica with hundreds of thousands of articles, biographies, videos, images, and web sites.


Instructions for Creating Individual Accounts

Teachers can create their own accounts, using the code listed below which is for your account only.

The code can be found in Dropbox - 2012-13 ARC Lesson Plans - ARC Codes and Passwords. (do not share with students)

1) To setup an account, go to http://school-preview.eb.com. If needed, enter your
schools Britannica password to access the site.

2) Choose any level.

3) Click on the Log In prompt towards the top right of the screen.

4) Click “Sign up” and enter the requested information.

5) Copy/paste or enter the code into the “School Code” box, and click OK.

Textbooks

Check Out

More information to come later.