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Laptops on Carts

The Department of Education has two carts of HP laptops running Windows 2007.

  • There are two carts with 16 laptops each. Inside each cart is a sheet that shows how many laptops are on the cart at a given time, as laptops are occasionally out for repair.
  • Individual laptops should not be removed from the carts during the fall or spring semester, so instructors will have enough laptops for their classes.
  • The HPs run at a speed of 2.6 GHz.


Carts are reserved and signed out on the calendars at the front desk in EduE 150. There is one for each cart. Reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis. Faculty are asked to continue to cooperate to resolve potential scheduling conflicts.

Network Connection and Authentication

  • All laptops on carts connect to the Internet wirelessly.
  • Users must authenticate (log in) to connect to the UMD network in order to get online.
    • To authenticate, use either Virtual Private Network or a web browser (see next bullet).
    • Web browsers are automatically directed to UMD's login page.

Tech Support

  • There is a clipboard on each cart for noting problems or needed repairs
  • For tech support during class, call or send a student the Audio Visual office, 165 Kirby Plaza (726-6222). Schedule:
    • Fall and Spring semesters:
      • 7:30 a.m. until 10 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and
      • 7:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. on Friday.
    • Summer sessions: 7:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Instructor Responsibilities

  • Sign the cart out.
  • Ensure that all laptops are returned to the cart, and that the cart is neat and organized.
  • Return the cart to the Tech room in EduE 104.
  • Plug the laptops into the cart outlets, and the carts into the wall outlets:
    • One cart has one plug.
    • The other cart has two plugs; users are advised to turn the power switch on each side of the PC cart off, temporarily, while plugging the cart in, to minimize sparking.

Batteries and Power Supplies

  • Even when plugged in overnight, laptops are sometimes used all day long, and the batteries become depleted.
  • Students can sit around the edges of Montague 121/151 to get power.


1. Carts

Word Processing

  • Microsoft Office 2010


  • Geometers Sketchpad
  • Microworlds Pro
  • TI Software: Class Analysis, Connect, Learning Check, Navigator and Network Manager
  • Tinkerplots


  • Inspiration 9
  • Kidspiration 3
  • Quicktime
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