Teachers New to ARC

Technology Orientation

Welcome

Media Center Hours of Operation - 7:00am - 3:15pm (teachers)
7:00am - 3:00pm (students)

This newsletter contains information about the technology operations at ARC. 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.

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, the ARC Technical Request form compiles everything I need to know to help you.

BYOT - Bring Your Own Technology

ARC has opted to implement BYOT - at the discretion of each teacher.


Students should connect to the BYOT network - there is no password.


Teachers may connect to RCSSAir - the username and password is the same as your email username and password. This allows teachers to access the county's Intranet thereby accessing their Outlook email.


**Students are responsible for his/her own technology. Teachers should not try to repair student equipment.


A BYOT station is available to students in the media center in order to use/charge their device (No Cell Phones).


Click here to view the BYOT student use video.

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.


207 and 307 are Math labs. The media center computer lab is available. You can sign up for lab space up to 2 weeks in advance.


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.

Netbook Carts - Laptop Carts

There are 3 laptop carts available for check out. (One on each hall) They are housed in the media center.


1. The cart must be checked out through the room the cart is housed in (the lock code is 0910. This is NOT TO BE SHARED WITH STUDENTS)

2. Check out is by class period and the cart must be returned to its location.

Online Databases and Online Software Available at ARC

My Big Campus

Ever wanted to show a YouTube video but can't access it at school? Email the URL to Ms. West and she can upload the video to MyBigCampus. (Check there first, it may already be available on the site.) Every Richmond County teacher has access to everything everyone has uploaded around the world using the email username and password. See Ms. West if you have trouble.

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 or D drive (Thawspace). Many may not like Deep Freeze, however it is a great tool to avoid computer viruses.

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. All administrators can see ALL computers in the building. Math teachers can see Math labs, if they are logged into a computer with their email username and password. All lab teachers have access to see their lab only.

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." School Code - vhfxiv

To join, visit the Edmodo site, Join as a Teacher. The school code can be found in Dropbox - 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.

Discovery Education

Discovery Education offers teachers access to instructional content, resources, tools, professional development, and assessment services designed to help you accelerate student achievement.


Your email username and password are your access to this online software. MIT will be uploading student data which will allow you to create classes and share videos. The PASSCODE you will need to use is: 6B29-6B19

Communication

Email - Office 365/ Outlook

The county will create an account for you. [[Livebinder info - Your county email username is the first five letters of your last name and the first two letters of your first name.] Outlook is installed on your teacher computer to access your email. To access your email from any other computer go to http://outlook.com/owa/rcboe.org this link can also be found on the ARC website under Teacher Resources and also on the homepage. If you have trouble with your email, let Ms. West know.


Students will have email through Office 365 this year. More info to come.

Google

THESE ACCOUNTS ARE NO LONGER CREATED FOR NEW TEACHERS -IF YOU ALREADY HAVE AN ACCOUNT IT IS STILL AVAILABLE. Google Chrome accounts are provided to ONLY faculty members. The county pays a small price for everyone to have 30gb of free space. Members of the faculty will SHARE documents with you. Encourage your students to use this FREE account. This account includes - Email, Drive (storage), Documents (similar to Word), Presentations (similar to PowerPoint), Spreadsheets (similar to Excel). Apps are also available through Google and some departments may require the use of these.


Your username and password are the same as your MS Outlook username and password. If you have trouble please let Ms. West know.

Schoolwires

Schoolwires 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/Schoolwires to communicate and share information. Each teacher is provided with an account to create class webpages to share information. To set up a teacher web page account, go to the ARC website, at the login option type your email username and the password is the same as your eMail password.

Shout Point

Shout Point is our global calling system for the school. Teachers can submit requests by email to have a call set up to go out to students. If you need this message to only go to certain students, you will need to send a list with first and last name and their grade level and you will need to send this at least 3 days in advance. Please be specific with your message.


This is to be replaced with Infinite Campus this year...

LED Sign

Events can be placed on the LED sign. Please email information to me.


Other Tech Info

1. Tech on site - media specialist is still "go to" with issues.

2. All teachers receiving a laptop this year.

3. All orders go through book keeper.