Getting to Know your HP Mini 2140 Laptop

! ! ! You are not to connect to the internet at school using the CMSUSER account ! ! !

To Login to Your Computer and the Network At School

1. Turn on your computer. Wait for the Windows Login screen to appear and press Ctrl-Alt-Delete. Be sure you are plugged into the network with a patch cable.

2. Click the Options bubble, if not already pressed, so you can see the "Log on to:" selection box.

3. Enter this information a. User name: your normal school login user name

b. Password: your normal school login password

c. Log on to: change to CMSSITES

4. Click OK.

5. Once Simple Sign-on is complete, you are ready to go! You will be able to access all of your school network resources (shared drives, Internet/Intranet, and printer) while logged in as yourself.

To Login to Your Computer ONLY (Local User) When Away from Your School

! ! ! You are not to connect to the internet at school using the CMSUSER account ! ! !

1. Turn on your computer. Wait for the Windows Login screen to appear, and press Ctrl-Alt-Delete.
2. Click the Options bubble, if not already pressed, so you can see the "Log on to:" selection box.
3. Enter this information a. User name: provided for you at training

b. Password: provided for you at training

c. Log on to: change to " (this computer)"
4. Click

What is a Local User?
Logging-in to your laptop as a Local User and logging-in to the district network are different. When you are away from school, you’ll choose to login via the Local User option. You may be at home, at a conference, or perhaps at a local coffee shop or Internet café. What you want is access to resources on
your hard drive. Local Users can get access to the Internet if they connect to an access point that provides Internet connectivity or plug in a patch cable.

Why Login to the Network?

When you are at a school within the district (any school) you’ll only login to Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools’ network. Users login to a network for access to important resources that are not "housed" on their computer. For example, the CMS network provides access to shared storage, applications like Instructional Web, and even provides updates for your anti-virus!

Establishing connectivity to the Internet
Remember, working via Local User gives you access to the applications and hard drive of your computer. What it does not give you is access to other networks or even the Internet. To connect to either, you have to first establish a physical connection to another network. This network could be your own home network, the network at Starbucks, or a network at a hotel. Remember, each network is unique, and the resources available in each may differ.

1. Connect a patch cable (CAT6) between your laptop’s network jack (RJ-45) and an active drop on the wall.
2. Connect to a wireless access point.
We are going to focus on connecting to wireless access points, as they have become more prevalent over the last few years. Back at your school, however, a wireless network may not be available. In those cases you’ll have to plug in using a patch cable.

Establishing a Wireless Connection

WLAN or Wireless Local Area Networks provide users with network connectivity utilizing 2.4 GHz technology. Similar in nature to your standard cordless telephone, data is relayed between a wireless Access Point and the computer wireless network card over a pre-selected channel. Learn more about wireless networking technology at .

Managing Wireless Connectivity -Viewing available wireless networks (only available when logged in as Local User)
Windows can automatically detect available wireless "hotspots". To view available wireless zones in your area:
1. Right-click on the wireless networking icon in your system tray.
2. Choose
View Available Wireless networks. How many access points are in your area? What are their names? Are they password protected?
3. Select a wireless access point with suitable signal strength. Double-click the access point name to connect.
4. If your computer indicates that the wireless network may not be secure, choose
Connect Anyway if you are sure that the network you are connecting to is safe.
5. Many teachers who have cable modem/DSL access to their homes choose to purchase a wireless router (Linksys, NetGear, etc.) to provide wireless connectivity in their homes. Many internet cafes, libraries, and hotels provide such services as well.

Connecting a PC to the Promethean Board

1. Find the VGA cable coming from the connection box. The connection box should be under the Promethean Activboard. Connect the cable to your laptop.
2. Connect the sound cable coming from the connection box to your laptop microphone jack.
3. Connect the USB cable coming from the connection box to your laptop.
4. Power on your laptop.
5. Power on the projector.

Troubleshooting Connectivity with your projector

Problems arise when users forget to plug in the VGA cable to the laptop before powering on the projector (see the sequencing above). The simplest solution is to tell your laptop to send a signal to all available ports. This signal says, in short "I’m here…Please connect to me!" To send this signal from your PC to the projector, first double check your physical connections. If everything looks correct, use the combination Fn and F2 key (Press both at the same time). You should hear the computer respond as the signal is sent to any connected devices. Watch the projector screen to see if connectivity is established. Note that you can press
Fn and F2 multiple times, and each subsequent keystroke(s) will produce one of three different effects (laptop and projector displayed, laptop screen blank with projector image displayed, and laptop image only displayed. The sequence begins again on the fourth combination of pressed keys.

Other things to check:

Your Sanyo projector has 2 computer inputs, but you are only using Computer 1. Try pressing the Computer button on your remote control and watch your board for the display of Computer 1 or Computer 2. It should say Computer 1 to connect with your laptop.
The connection box allows for multiple computer inputs. Be sure to press the button for Computer 1.

Create an account at Promethean Learning and Promethean Planet
1. Create an account at Promethean Learning
2. Create an account at Promethean Planet
3. Find the online Forum and Resources

Promethean Learning is an online training site for the Activstudio software. We will be using the Level 1 Foundation Skills course as part of our training and you will need to create a username and password for free access. 1. Open Internet Explorer and go to . Once there, on the left side of the screen, find the Login box and click on Create New Account. Fill in the information on the next page and click Create my new account.

Promethean Planet
is an amazing resources used by teachers around the world to share their knowledge and information about teaching with the Activboard. We will be using Promethean Planet extensively throughout the school year.
1. Open Internet Explorer and go to

2. In the Login box at the left, click on Sign Up **and fill in the information. You can use your school mailing address as well as your school email.
3. After signing up and logging in, click on Forum on the left side to see the forum options. Also, click on Resources link and search the flipcharts by State Standards or Topics.