The Technology Department recommends students keep their iPads updated to ensure apps and other New Trier services work optimally. However, it is New Trier’s policy to have students wait until major iOS releases have been vetted by the Technology department before they update. Students will be notified through their student email address that their iPads should be updated. Before any update we recommend you take the following steps:

  1. Backup your iPad – Make sure you have a recent copy of your data backed up to either iCloud or your computer through iTunes.
  2. Download and Install the iOS update -The update can take some time to download and complete.  We recommend you do this at home, not at school.
  3. Update your apps – There may be apps that require an update before they work correctly on a new iOS update. Update them from the App Store as soon as updates are made available to ensure they work correctly.

You can create more engaging multimedia projects by including music, images and video. With the internet, access to all sorts of multimedia content is just a few clicks away, but there is a lot of confusion over what our current copyright laws allow. The resources listed below allow you to use their multimedia content, provided you comply with any restrictions and/or attribution requirements, which is often different depending on the media and the copyright holder.

Music

Music

Freeplay Music:

This is a great resource for students who are planning a multimedia-rich project.

  • How does it work? When you have made your selection, add the track to your “cart”. Be sure to select that you are using this track for “educational purposes”, which zeroes out cost-wise ($0.00).  The files will be downloaded to your computer and then added to iCloud, Google Drive or your iTunes program. Keep in mind that when the tracks are downloaded, they come in various time lengths, so the file will appear as “zipped”. You will have to “unzip” or “Extract all”, depending on which device you’re using.
  • Account Info: Requires users to create a free account. We recommend that students and staff always use their New Trier email address.
  • File Format: .MP3

Free Music Archive:

Inspired by Creative Commons and the open source software movement, the FMA provides a legal and technological framework for curators, artists, and listeners to harness the potential of music sharing.”

  • How does it work? Search for music by genre. If you are looking for instrumental music only, pay attention to the column labeled “Genre” and look for the word “instrumental”.
  • Account Info: Requires users to create a free account. We recommend that students and staff always use their New Trier email address.
  • File Format: .MP3

YouTube:

YouTube offers a library of high-quality 320kbps audio tracks and sound effects royalty-free.

  • How does it work? Go to Creator Studio > Create > Audio Library. Use the tabs at the top of the page to choose “Free music” or “Sound effects.” The bars next to the songs show how popular a track is. When you’ve found a track you like, click the arrow to download it. Make sure to follow any additional use requirements, like attribution.
  • Account Info: You will need to log in to a Google/YouTube account.
  • File Format: .MP3

Moby Gratis:

Artist Moby has a collection of 150+ tracks that can be used as a resource for independent and non-profit filmmakers, film students, and anyone in need of free music for their independent, non-profit film, video, or short.

  • How does it work? Browse the catalog and fill in your application for the tracks you would like to use. You should receive a response to your application within 24 hours.
  • Account Info: Requires users to create a free account. We recommend that students and staff always use their New Trier email address.
  • File Format: .MP3

Musopen:

An archive of royalty-free classical music.

  • How does it work? Search the catalog or browse by category, then click on the download arrow to download the file. Depending on the license on the piece, you may have certain restrictions (i.e., non-commercial or no derivatives) or obligations (i.e. attribution).
  • Account Info: Requires users to create a free account. We recommend that students and staff always use their New Trier email address.
  • File Format: .MP3

New Trier MP3 Library:

New Trier provides a licensed library of MP3 audio tracks spanning all genres of music. These audio files are accessed through the NTHS network drive named “READ DROP (N:)”. In this drive location, there is a folder named “MP3s” – music tracks are organized in a series of hierarchal, nested folder. You need to be on the NTHS network to access this content. On an iPad, you will need the WebDAV Nav+ or the “MyWeb” app, depending on your year in school. One of these apps can be found in Self-Service or re-downloaded from the App Store if you already downloaded the app at an earlier time.

Sound Effects

Sounds & Sound Effects

SoundBible:  

A library of royalty-free sounds and sound effects ideal for creating multimedia content.

  • How does it work? Search for sounds, and simply choose your file format and download to your computer.
  • Account Info: None required.
  • File Format: .WAV or .MP3

YouTube:

YouTube offers a library of high-quality 320kbps audio tracks and sound effects royalty-free.

  • How does it work? Go to Creator Studio > Create > Audio Library. Use the tabs at the top of the page to choose “Sound effects.” The bars next to the songs show how popular a track is. When you’ve found a track you like, click the arrow to download it. Make sure to follow any additional use requirements, like attribution.
  • Account Info: You will need to log in to a Google/YouTube account.
  • File Format: .MP3

New Trier MP3 Library:

New Trier provides a licensed library of MP3 sound effect audio tracks. These audio files are accessed through the NTHS network drive named “READ DROP (N:)”. In this drive location, there is a folder named “MP3s” – along with music tracks, there is a “Sound Effects” folder with several volumes of material. You need to be on the NTHS network to access this content. On an iPad, you will need the WebDAV Nav+ or the “MyWeb” app, depending on your year in school. One of these apps can be found in Self-Service or re-downloaded from the App Store if you already downloaded the app at an earlier time.

Images

Images

Google:

You can simply go to Google search and type “copyright free images”. A library of photos will appear and across the top you will be able to search by category!

CC Search:

Search for Creative Commons licensed material from several online resources from one central hub. CC licenses vary; some allow for alteration, some allow for commercial use, others do not. It is up to the content creator. Almost all require attribution if used.  

  • How does it work? Enter your query in the search bar and select the site you would like to search.
  • Account Info: None required.
  • File Format: various

Pixabay:

On Pixabay you may find and share images free of copyrights. All pictures are released under Creative Commons CC0 into the public domain.

  • How does it work? You can copy, modify, distribute, and use the images, even for commercial purposes, all without asking for permission or giving credits to the artist. However, depicted content may still be protected by trademarks, publicity or privacy rights. Pixabay images may be used on social media platforms.
  • Account info: Not required, but you can create an account for additional features.
  • File format: You can sort by images, vector graphics, and illustrations (video content is available as well)

Pexels:

All photos on Pexels are licensed under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license. This means the pictures are completely free to be used for any legal purpose.

  • How does it work? You can copy, modify, distribute, and use the images, even for commercial purposes, all without asking for permission or giving credits to the artist. The only restriction is that identifiable people may not appear in a bad light or in a way that they may find offensive, unless they give their consent..
  • Account info: Not required.
  • File format: .JPEG

Library of Congress Digital Collections:  

Searching for historical image resources for the United States and for other places in the world (if it has become part of the Library of Congress collections).  For example,

  • How does it work? Search the catalog or browse by category, select your preferred download file format and click Go. Each item has Rights and Access information, as well as Citation information, though they make no claim that all of the material on their site is open for public use. It is up to the user to follow up on acquiring any necessary rights.
  • Account Info: None required.
  • File Format: Various

Wikimedia Commons:  

This is a great resource for images, as well as sound and videos.  It is searchable.  

  • How does it work? Click on your selected image, and then choose “More Details.” This will allow you to choose download sizes (usually a variety) as well as see permissions and attribution information.  Searching by category can yield additional images.  All images are Creative Commons, but some authors ask for attribution.
  • Account Info: None required.
  • File Format: Various
Video

Video

Internet Archive:

An Internet library offering access for researchers, historians, scholars, people with disabilities, and the general public to historical collections that exist in digital format.

  • How does it work? Search the catalog or browse by category, then select the file format you would like to download (Right-click, Save Link As…). Double check for copyright information/usage rights on any video you find. Not all fall under the Creative Commons license or public domain.
  • Account Info: None required.
  • File Format: Various

Pexels Videos:

A library of HD stock footage videos, free to download and use in any production.

  • How does it work? Search the catalog or browse by category, then click on the green download button to download the file. Fully free to use, no attribution required. One restriction: Identifiable people may not appear in a bad light or in a way that they may find offensive, unless they give their consent.
  • Account Info: None required.
  • File Format: .MP4

Videvo:  

An online collection of HD stock footage and motion graphics videos, free to download and use in any production.

  • How does it work? Search the catalog or browse by category, then click on the green download button to download the file. Fully free to use, no attribution required. They do appreciate social media mentions, though.
  • Account Info: Requires users to create a free account. We recommend that students and staff always use their New Trier email address.
  • File Format: .MP4

Do you have a backup of your data in case you break or lose your iPad? Follow these steps to find out how to make one!

In the case that something happens to your iPad, you are switching to a new iPad, or you lose data on your iPad, you may want to backup your data. There are two ways to backup your data:

You can discover the differences between each backup, here. We recommend creating an iCloud backup because it is easy to turn it on, it backs up automatically, and it’s easy to restore your data when problems arise.

“How do I know if I have iCloud backup enabled?”

Step 1: Tap Settings

Step 2: Tap on your Name on the top-left corner.

Step 3: Select iCloud.

Step 3: If Backup is not listed as “On”, tap on it. Turn on iCloud Backup and then tap OK on the warning that pops up.

IMPORTANT: If you turn on iCloud Backup, your iPad will no longer automatically back up to your computer.  Please be sure to choose your backup plan wisely!

Step 5: Tap Back Up Now to start backing up.

“It says I don’t have enough space!”

If you want to know how much space your apps are taking and what to remove, follow these steps.

“I want to keep my photos backed up, but I don’t have enough space on iCloud!”

If you don’t have enough on your iCloud storage to backup your photos, but you still want to keep them safe, you can use Google Photos to save your photos automatically. Simply go to the App Store, download Google Photos, and follow the directions here to keep an automatic backup of your photos on your Google account.

Incoming freshman may face some challenges with their iPads this first year at New Trier, especially misplacing them…hopefully temporarily. Here are some tips to be aware of for keeping devices safe:

MISSING IPADS?

  • iPads can be easily left behind during the busy school day. Should your student call you in a panic that their iPad was lost or stolen, remind them to go to the User Support area in Room A414 ASAP.  The sooner they report their iPad missing, the quicker we can help recover their device.
  • If FIND MY IPAD was enabled, it can be somewhat effective in pinpointing the iPad’s general location. Students can either use their smartphone or computer and log into http://icloud.com with their Apple ID and password. Click on the FIND MY IPHONE icon found on main web page to begin locating your missing iPad. Keep in mind that it does say “IPHONE”, but you use this function to locate your iPad.

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GENERAL TIPS

  • Since all iPads purchased from the district essentially look exactly the same, it’s a good idea if your student can personalize their iPad case (both pieces – the keyboard and iPad cover) for easy identification. Using stickers is the easiest way to do this, but perhaps students will bring their own creativity.  We also suggest that students consider changing their iPad’s locked screen wallpaper to include identifying information, such as name and Adviser.
  • Students should not update to major versions of iOS without a notification from the Technology department.. Some iOS updates could disrupt access to some of their resources, so it’s best to wait until everything has been tested and given the green light from NTHS technology. Technology staff will email students using their STUDENT email accounts notifying them that they can upgrade their devices.
  • Students should consider backing up images and videos to their NTHS Google drive (unlimited storage!) to free up space on your iPad, if needed. eBooks can take up quite a bit of storage on your device, so be mindful of managing your content. You can always visit the User Support area in Room A414 for guidance.

mapFinding Help

We’re here to help you get your technology working, that’s why we offer a number of ways to get answers to your questions:

  • Technology help On-Campus (trevIT):
    • Northfield Campus: Go to the trevIT help desk in Room A414
    • Winnetka Campus: Go to trevIT help desk in W240, just outside the library
    • By Email: You can reach us by email by sending a message to helpdesk@nths.net.

eBooks

You may or may not have a class that will use eBooks. Each eBook is a little different, so it is important to know a few things before you download your eBook eReader app and/or redeem your eBook code(s).

Wait for your teacher to provide instructions during the first few days of school before you redeem a code or download an eBook/iBook. If you lose the instructions, please contact your teacher.

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Some eBook publishers will want you to create a username and password in order to download their eBook. Make sure you record this information somewhere for easy reference.

Lost/Broken Equipment broken equip

Things happen – sometimes your iPad flies from your hands and poof! Broken. Or sometimes you forget that you left it in your 3rd period class, and you don’t realize it until the end of the day. Below are a few scenarios you may encounter: 

I lost my iPad at school. Is there a way to track it?
My iPad was stolen, how do I get a new one?
I think my family purchased AppleCare+ for my iPad. How do I check?
My iPad is broken and I have AppleCare+. What do I do to get it fixed?
My iPad is broken, and my family did not purchase AppleCare+. What do I do to get it fixed?
My keyboard is broken, how do I get it fixed?

Digital Citizenship Digital_citizenship
“The use of technology is a privilege, not a right”. Be aware of the rules that you are supposed to follow.  You can refer back to the engaging videos from the orientation outlining the school’s policies:

Printing
The school has implemented a wireless printing solution for iPads. Please refer to the following instructions on the new procedure for printing from your iPad:

Notability App (Freshmen Only!)

We introduced a new core app this year for freshmen students only. Please go to Self-Service to download this app.

Notability is a note-taking app that allows you to create notes that integrate handwriting, typing, drawings, audio, and pictures. This is a great app that helps you stay organized in each of your classes by setting up separate folders. Teachers can assign worksheets, handouts, reading material, etc. as PDFs, which then gives you the ability to annotate. You can also import or export notes through email, Google Drive, Dropbox, and other apps such as Canvas. Notability is integrated with iCloud, so you can access your notes anytime, anywhere. For a complete tutorial guide on using Notability, click here.

Reminders & Tips remember copy

To make sure that you are completely ready, here are a few tips we would like to offer so that you’re ready for the coming school year:

  • Make sure your iPad has enough power to last for the full school day. There are limited electrical outlets at school, so before you go to sleep, make sure that you leave your iPad charging.
  • Remember your passwords! Your New Trier password allows you to check your NTHS email, use school Google Docs, login to Canvas, or try to use a computer on campus. If you know you’ll have trouble remembering your passwords, try recording them somewhere secure, where you can quickly find them in case you forget.
  • Do you know how to download apps from Self Service? Depending on the class, you may be asked to download an app from Self Service. If you do not remember how to download an app from Self Service, you can click here and follow the guide.
  • If you can’t find Self Service, you can follow the steps to re-enroll here on your iPad.
  • Sharing Google docs with your peers and teachers is easy– just share it with their New Trier email address.

 

 

I lost my iPad at school. Is there a way to track it?
My iPad was stolen, how do I get a new one?
I think my family purchased AppleCare+ for my iPad. How do I check?
My iPad is broken and I have AppleCare+. What do I do to get it fixed?
My iPad is broken, and my family did not purchase AppleCare+. What do I do to get it fixed?