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Quick Start Directions
Technology Committee, 2/97. Updated
Portable word processors such as the AlphaSmart units are a great way
to get your students to do more writing. Students can write up outlines,
essays, scripts, articles and even then text for web pages and PowerPoint
presentations. By using commas and spaces, they can type up data for spreadsheets
and databases too. And since they don't waste time with formatting and
"font fiddle", they spend more time concentrating on writing, not layout.
Once the first one or two drafts are completed, then you give them permission
to copy the text into a Clarisworks, MS Word, Netscape Composer, or PowerPoint
file on the computer. It is like having a cluster of computers in your
classroom. However, you only need one computer in the classroom and about
10 to 15 word processors since only completed assignments are downloaded
into the computer.
It is important to follow these steps completely in the order they are
given. You should save student files to a 3.5 inch floppy disk as a backup.
Make sure all disks are scanned for viruses. If not, please report this
to the computer coordinator.
Step One--Using the AlphaSmart Pro.
Step Two--Transferring Text to a Computer.
Turn on the AlphaSmart and start typing. Your text will appear
in the window. AlphaSmart supports 8 different files. To go to file 1,
press F1. Press F2 to go to file 2, etc.
Use the arrow keys when needed to move your cursor in the
Use the DELETE key to erase.
Step Three--Finishing the Process.
Turn on the Macintosh (or PC).
Start up ClarisWorks on the Macintosh and open a new word
processing file. You must have a file in this application open in order
to transfer files from the AlphaSmart.
MAC: Unplug the cable from the Macintosh keyboard and plug
it into the AlphaSmart "Y" cable. Plug the other end of the "Y" cable into
the Mac keyboard. You should see the following message: Attached to Macintosh,
emulating keyboard. Press Send Key to transfer file. If not, check the
PC: Unplug your keyboard from the PC. Using the PC-to-AlphaSmart
cable, plug one end into the PC keyboard port and the other end into the
Press the SEND key on the AlphaSmart. Make sure you are in
the word processing application (ClarisWorks) before you press the SEND
key. If you press SEND while in the Finder, you will rename your files
to the text that is in your AlphaSmart.
Your text will appear on the Macintosh or PC screen.
Disconnect the cable from the AlphaSmart and reconnect the
regular keyboard to the computer.
[ AlphaSmart Homepage
At the Macintosh or PC, SAVE the new file. On the Mac, press
At the AlphaSmart, press the CLEAR FILE key to erase the
Now you can use your word processor (ClarisWorks on the Mac)
to spell check the text and format your file. ClarisWorks can add features
such as bold face, italics, outline forms, and some graphics. Save student
files to a floppy disk.
Always use SHUT DOWN to turn off the Mac. Do not move
the computer while it is turned on.
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