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EQUIPMENT AVAILABLE IN YOUR SCHOOL

 

SCANNERS

DIGITAL CAMERAS

COLOR PRINTERS

LASER PRINTERS

VCR'S

LARGE-SCREEN MONITORS

CD-MUSIC PLAYERS

SOFTWARE

ZIP DRIVES

CD WRITERS

CABLE TV

RADIO STATIONS

 

 

 

 

 SCANNERS

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 Each computer lab has a Hewlett-Packard scanner capable of copying photographs, documents and other printed material. In addition, there is software available that can scan printed text and translate it into editable word processing documents.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 DIGITAL CAMERAS

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 Each computer lab has a Sony Mavica FD-71 digital camera, which records photographs directly onto a floppy disk. Unlike most digital cameras, which require special software to read the photos, our cameras place their photo images directly onto the floppy. From there, you remove the floppy disk from the camera, place it into any computer, and either print the resulting photos or insert them into your drawings and word processing documents. You can stop by your computer lab and sign out for the camera. Please respect the fact that the demand for the cameras is great by returning the camera to the lab immediately upon the conclusion of your project. 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 COLOR PRINTERS

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 Each computer lab has a total of three color printers available. With the right combination of special high-gloss printer paper and printer settings, you can do a nice job printing out near-photo quality prints of your digital photographs. You have to supply the specialized paper on your own, since we have no designated budget specificaly for the printing of digital photographs. Printing your color charts and photos, even onto regular paper, requires an enormous amount of ink, and we ask that you be conservative in your printing requests on the color printers. The color printers are also capable of printing onto 11x14 paper (the printer tray is 11x14-capable). In addition, you can purchase special transparency film and print your documents onto transparencies that can be used on your overhead projectors in the classroom. Just make sure that the transparencies you buy are specifically ink-jet printer-capable. Another idea is to buy labels that come on 11x8 sheets of paper, and using a program like Microsoft Word, Print Artist or AppleWorks to create labels for use in your classroom. Again, make sure that the labels you purchase are specifically ink-jet printer-capable.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LASER PRINTERS

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 Each computer lab has a brand new Hewlett-Packard 2100TN laser printer. These laser printers can handle a good volume of black & white printing at a relatively cheaper price-per-page compared to the color printers. We suggest you use the laser for draft copies of documents, for documents you plan to xerox, and for quick printing jobs. The laser printers are also capable of printing onto 11x14 paper (the two printer trays are each 11x14-capable). In addition, you can purchase special transparency film and print your documents onto transparencies that can be used on your overhead projectors in the classroom. Just make sure that the transparencies you buy are specifically laser-printer capable. Another idea is to buy labels that come on 11x8 sheets of paper, and using a program like Microsoft Word, Print Artist or AppleWorks to create labels for use in your classroom. Again, make sure that the labels you purchase are specifically laser printer-capable.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VCR'S

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 Although VCR's are not part of the Educational Technology Committee's budget, each school principal has arranged to purchase VCR's separately and to make them available to the classroom teachers. These VCR's can be hooked up directly to your classroom "Destination" computer so that you can show various videos directly on your classroom computer. If you have questions or need help in using the software required to do this, please contact your appropriate computer teacher. At this time, there is no designated Herricks technician to hook up your VCR's. Please check with your librarian or computer lab assistant for the latest information concerning the installation of your VCR.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LARGE-SCREEN MONITORS

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 Each regular classroom, Art room and Music room has a large-screen monitor capable of showing computer software, CD's, VCR tapes and cable TV on the screen. The monitor is connected to a switch box located somewhere on your computer table. This switch box allows you to switch between the large monitor and a smaller monitor more appropriate for a single computer task.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CD-MUSIC PLAYERS

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 Every computer in your school is capable of playing music CD's directly through the CD drive located in every computer in your classroom. In addition, the black "Destination" computer in your classroom has a special speaker system which includes a sub-woofer, capable of near-stereo music reproduction. Whenever you insert a CD into your CD drive on a computer, it should be automatically recognized as a music CD and should start to play in a few moments. The appropriate software for controlling the music CD should also appear on your screen, and resembles the control buttons for your home CD or cassette player. If you insert a music CD and nothing happens after a minute or two, please contact your computer lab assistant for troubleshooting.

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SOFTWARE

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 We are in the process of compiling a list of software available in the three elementary schools and publishing it on these web site pages. At this time, you can contact your respective computer teacher to discuss the availability of software that would be appropriate for your students. You should know that most software no longer comes on floppy disks, but CD's. In addition, we have created a "software server" in each of the three computer labs, so that the most popular software applications can be installed into your classroom computer through our building network, without the need for carrying disks around. It is the collective responsibility of the computer lab teachers and assistants to install software you have requested. If you wish to have instruction or tutoring on how to use any computer programs, CD's, software or applications, please contact your computer lab teacher to set up an appointment to visit with you. Although our computer lab assistants have always provided you with this assistance and support, it is not their direct responsilibity to do so, and impacts on their ability to provide support in other ways to your school. Please be patient and try to set up an appointment with the appropriate computer teacher for this instruction, if at all possible.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ZIP DRIVES

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 Each computer lab has a single ZIP drive (a kind of "mega-floppy" removable disk drive), which can be used to copy documents located in your "TeacherStuff" folder and taken elsewhere. If you have a ZIP drive at home, you can store documents, photos and other files onto your ZIP disk and bring it to school. Stop by the lab, and you can transfer these documents into your shared network folder to be available for your use in your classroom computers. Please arrange for a brief lesson with your appropriate computer teacher to discuss the procedures required to do this. By the way, if you need to send something from home to school or vice versa, and if this document is too large to fit on a floppy disk, or if you don't have a ZIP disk available, click here for solutions.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CD-WRITERS

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 Each computer lab has a CD-Writer installed in your lab. This CD-Writer is capable of making backup copies of CD's as well as creating backups of all your documents stored in school computers. Please remember that the copying of copyrighted material is unlawful, and against Herricks Board of Education policy. One use of the CD-Writer would be to store and transport a large Powerpoint presentation for use in other locations.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CABLE TV

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 Each classroom black "Destination" computer is connected to cable TV and is capable of showing all of the basic cable TV channels. A few years ago, CableVision agreed with federal regulators to provide free cable TV access to all schools, as a means of reducing the pressure on them to submit to other regulation. This means that all classrooms should have access. If you need instruction on how to use the software required to view cable TV programs, please set up an appointment with the appropriate computer teacher. If there are problems with the "reception" you are receiving in your classroom, please contact your computer lab assistant, who will make the appropriate referrals to district personnel.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RADIO STATIONS

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 Each classroom black "Destination" computer has a special sound system installed on it, which includes a sub-woofer, and is capable of near-stereo quality sound. If you wish to listen to a particular radio broadcast, you can access the station through the Internet and play the program on your classroom computer. We have compiled a list of Internet Radio Stations where you may look for your radio station of choice (FYI - not all stations are yet available on the Internet).