Digital Literacy Update: Backup your Byte Speed!

In our weekly call with Apple last Thursday, we confirmed the arrival data of the staff Macbook Airs.  They are scheduled to arrive here on May 18th.  That date is really running up on us!  This will be a first, deploying staff laptops in the spring.  So, there’s a lot to get ready before they arrive.  Here are a few things each staff member can be thinking about to prepare for this change over.

Mac Book Air

Prepare your personal files for the change.  The technology office will not be collecting the Byte Speed laptops.  It will be up to the discretion of each building principal on if, when, and how to collect these computers.  However, because I do know that at least a few of the principals will want these Byte Speed computers before you leave, you should start backing up your personal files now.  The best way to do this would be to gather you files and move them to a flash or jump drive. The new MacBook Airs will come loaded with MS Office (Word, Excel, Power Point, and Outlook).   They will also have the standard Apple iLife Suite, iPhoto, iMovie, iTunes, and Garage Band.  I would recommend gathering your MS Office documents (Word, Office, Power Point, etc…) together along with your music, photos, and any movies you have so they can be easily moved when the time comes.  By default Windows saves these types of files to the appropriate folder in your Documents folder.  You need not worry about backing up standard programs i.e. please don’t copy MS Office of the Adobe suite to your flash drive.  If you have questions about locating your personal files or you need help getting a flash drive, please contact Angela Sleeper in the technology office.

One of the main reasons the Digital Literacy Advisory choose Apple as our hardware vendor, was the elegance and friendliness of their computers and software.  However, for those staff members who would like to learn more about how to operate their new Mac and the programs that come with it, I would strongly recommend checking out Atomic Learning.  This is an awesome tutorial site that we can use.  There are three to five minute videos on how to do just about everything on a Mac – including great bits about the programs in the iLife Suite (iPhoto, iMovie, iTunes, and Garage Band).    To access this site you’ll need to use the username and password issued to your building by Grant Wood.  Please see you building’s librarian if you have trouble or questions about accessing this site.

There will be much more to come on this front as the date draws closer.  However, the more prepared you are before the computers arrive, the more smoothly the transition to your new MacBook Air will go.  As always, don’t hesitate to drop me a note or give me a call with any questions you have.

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