Thursday, October 28, 2010

The Goal

The Goal of this website is to feature a cultural group, historical or current, or a individual that can be tied into regular instruction. Too often, we rely on months, or weeks to highlight the achievements of racial, cultural and ethnic groups in the United States. This website will instead focus on how to include these groups, and outstanding individuals from these groups in regular instruction. It was also attempt to avoid simply tying it to social studies, but rather all subjects. Ultimately, the goal will be to have one highlighted everyday, with each day focusing on a different subject. For now, twice a week will suffice.

Sound isn't working with Projector System

So, your sound isn't working.

Here are the steps that you should try to get the sound to work.

1. Are the audio cords plugged in? Try unplugging and plugging them back in. (Check the wall and your computer. Use Wall Unit Quick Start Guide to make sure you have the cords plugged into the right place.)

2. Is the sound on your computer turned on/up? (check in the upper right corner, on the icon that looks like a speaker) Sometimes, the sound will mute because of a bug with a sensor in the headphone jack. You need to unplug the audio cord, wait 10 seconds, then plug it back in. This should unmute the sound and it should work.)

3. Is the sound in the program turned on/up? (some programs, like iTunes or youtube have separate volume controls. Make sure these are turned on/up.)

4. Is the volume turned up on the wall unit? (See the Wall Unit Quick Start Guide for where the volume controls are located)

5. Is the mute on the wall unit on? (See the Wall Unit Quick Start Guide for where the mute button is located)

6. Is the sound amplifier in the ceiling set to video input? This can happen if the power goes out in the building. Press the PC1 button on the Wall Unit to switch to the correct input. (See the Wall Unit Quick Start Guide for where the PC1 button is located)

Hopefully this will fix your sound issues!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Monday, October 25, 2010

Making the CPS Clickers work when they stop sending

Sometimes, and it seems to happen predominantly with the new gray receivers for the CPS Clicker system, a class will try to enter an answer into their clicker, and it won't get sent.

The problem? The receiver's cache is full. You have to go to the eInstruction device manager, select the receiver and then go to help --> clear device properties, then click ok in the next window that pops up. You can do this while a test is going on.

You might also need to turn off and then back on the clickers that are affected.

There is an update to the software that should get rid of the problem, but it breaks other things about CPS so we are avoiding the update for now.

Why does my SmartBoard have a green blinking light when I connect it?

So, your SmartBoard isn't working? And you are getting a green blinking light?

The most likely culprit is that when your hard drive goes to sleep it breaks the connection with your smartboard. The only way to make it work in this case is to restart the computer.

This information is from SmartTech. Apparently there is a problem with Mac OS 10.6.3 which causes this problem.

You can also avoid it by unplugging your SmartBoard from your computer when you are not using it, rather than leaving it plugged in all day. Also always leaving the power to your computer plugged in at all times when you are using the SmartBoard.