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

Teacher have access to premium accounts for using instructional technologies with their students. These technologies may provide valuable support of your learning and teaching objectives. If you are interested in exploring, below you will find an overview of three digital tools as well as a breakdown of features. Your dedicated Instructional Technology Specialist can work with you individually or in a group to provide a detailed demo of these tools, as well as, share some ideas and possible applications for your classrooms.

Nearpod

Nearpod is an all-encompassing presentation and polling application where teachers can create and deliver engaging lessons.  The app provides the ability to upload existing presentations as well as create new ones from scratch.  Adding interactive features such as question/answer polling, surveys, and drawings are easy and the entire pacing of the presentation is controlled from the teacher’s iPad.

nearpod

Allows teachers to:
  • Create and share interactive content with students: instantly collect and share answers submitted by students thanks to automatic grading.
  • Track students’ comprehension in real time: control pace and maintain student engagement through the “Live” Lesson feature.
Engage students with:
Multimedia Assessment Activities
Slides & Slideshows Open Ended Question
Video Poll
Audio Quiz
Web Share Draw it
Virtual Field Trips Fill in the blanks
PDF Viewer Memory Test
Live Twitter Stream
Resources
PearDeck

PearDeck lets you hear from every person in the room through interactive presentations with formative assessments. Create a Pear Deck from Google Drive, invite participants to join on their own devices, watch real-time results come in, share anonymous answers with the whole room, launch discussions, and adapt your instruction to their needs.

Allows teachers to:
  • Create and share interactive content with students:  collect on-the-spot student data to assess comprehension.
  • Harness the seamless integration of Google Drive & automatically grade Decks through Flubaroo (Google extension):  make immediate adjustments to the lesson based on student understanding.
Engage students with:
Deck Features Assessment Activities
Text, images, YouTube video, or list Drag a dot or a line
Ability to “show” students a website Write text or number
Choose an answer
Draw something or draw on a picture

Once you launch your presentation, learners answer on their screens, the answers show up anonymously on the Projector View, and you get detailed results on your Session Dashboard.

With the Session Dashboard open on your computer or a separate tablet, you can see what each learner answered, and control what shows up on the projector.

Resources
Vocabulary.com

Vocabulary.com is a web-based tool that fosters vocabulary skill-building for students – this is an adaptive technology and, therefore, individualizes the vocabulary acquisition and proficiency experience. Vocabulary.com offers a teacher dashboard allowing careful monitoring of progress.

Allows teachers to:
  • Create customized lists or choose from pre-made lists: create classes and encourage competition and engagement with leaderboards.
  • Assign vocabulary exercises:  monitor student progress via the Teacher Dashboard.
Allows students to:
  • Earn points and and achievements, and level-up as they master words: master words based on their Personalized Learning Program.
  • Gain exposure to different question types about the multiple meanings of each word: receive targeted assistance in areas where Vocabularly.com identifies that the student is struggling.

vocab-com

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.

pairing your keyboard
pair the keyboardIf you haven’t already done so, you should make sure that your keyboard is paired up to your iPad. Your keyboard and iPad pair through bluetooth, so it’s important you pair the two at home instead of at school. You can follow the directions found here to pair the two. If your keyboard is not pairing correctly, make sure that it is charged. You can use the black charging cable that came along with your keyboard and your iPad charging brick to charge the device.

 

finding help

mapAsking for help can be hard– that’s why we offer a number of ways to get answers to your questions.

On Campus: At the Northfield campus you can go to A414 and at Winnetka you can go to room 224.

By Email: You can reach us by email by sending a message to ipadhelp@nths.net.

On the Web: For basic troubleshooting issues, or to understand how to use an app you can use search through our list of digital tools by clicking here.

 

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

  • bookWait for your teacher before you redeem a code or download a book.
  • Some eBook publishers will want you to create a username and password in order to download their eBook. Make sure you write down this information somewhere where you can easily recall it.
  •  Follow the instructions that your teachers provide for the eBook. If you do not have instructions, you can click here and use our eBook search tool to learn how to download your eBook.

 

Lost Broken Equipment

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 couple of scenarios you may encounter if you lose or break your equipment:broken equip

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?

 

Caring for your equipment

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The best way to prevent breaks is to be mindful and care for your iPad. Below are a couple of best policies for making sure that your equipment stays in great condition:

How do I best care for my iPad?
How do I best care for my Zagg Rugged Book Folio keyboard case?

 

 

Remember

Digital_citizenship

“The use of technology is a privilege, not a right”. Be aware of the rules that you are supposed to follow– click here to see the “Acceptable Use Policies”.

 

 

 

 

 

Digital Citizenship

remember copyTo 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 for the 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, you have more now. By the end of your orientation you will have at least 3 passwords:

  • Your 4-6 digit ‘lock screen’ code that your iPad will ask you for when you turn the screen on.
  • Your Apple ID password that you will use when purchasing or downloading free apps from the app store.
  • Your New Trier password used when you want to check your email, use Google Docs, login to Canvas, or try to use a computer on campus.

If you know you’ll have trouble remembering these passwords, try writing 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.

Sharing Google docs to your peers and teachers is easy if you know how. Sharing a Google Doc is simple, but in order to share between teachers or other students at New Trier, you have to be aware of what format their username is in. Click here to refresh your memory.

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?