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Law School Computer Lab – what do I need to know?

Monday, October 8th, 2012

The Law Library has a student computer lab consisting of six PC’s running Windows 7, and four Mac computers running Snow Leopard.  Both the Macs and PC’s have the full Microsoft Office suite as well as Adobe Professional.  The PC computers also have Paint Shop Pro and Dreamweaver.  The Mac computers have iMovie and iDVD loaded.

There are also two networked printers where students can print and use their print credits.  Each student is allotted 400 print credits per semester.  If you do not use all of your print credits, they do roll over to the next semester.  A credit is a piece of paper, so duplex printing will save you money and also save a tree.

Also in the computer lab you will find a scanner attached to one of the PC’s.  This scanner creates PDF documents, and also scans in duplex mode.

The computers also have an image preserving software installed on them called Deep Freeze.  When a computer is restarted, it is restored back to the original image.  This helps with managing updates; it also keeps all the software available to be used by each student.  It prevents viruses from installing onto the computers.  Students should never save a file onto the hard drive of the lab computers.  Students can save files into their Netfiles folder (which is preferred, since you can get to this location no matter what lab or personal computer you may be using), google docs, a thumb drive, or they can email themselves a file.  Files saved onto the hard drives of the lab computers will be lost once the computer is restarted.

It’s also very important to RESTART the lab computers once you are done using them.  If you do not, the next student has the opportunity to use your print credits.  Restarting also ensures that the software is available for the next student to use.

Do you have any questions about the computer lab?  Please stop by the Law School Help Desk and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Social Networking – What is it? How can I effectively use these tools?

Friday, October 16th, 2009

Social media tools have become very mainstream in today's society.  Just a year and a half ago, I was about the only person my age that had a Facebook account.  I opened it in the days when you had to have an ".edu" email account to even create a profile.  I noticed a year ago that people starting coming out of the woodwork!  Folks I haven't heard from or seen in €¦ 20-something years.  It was great fun to catch up with folks.  It was an online high school reunion on a daily basis.

Monitoring Twitter, I came across an event being held at VCU by the Richmond Chapter of the Social Media Club EDU (geared towards those in education in one way or the other).  The event was called Tweet That!, and was moderated by Professor Messner of the Mass Communications department at VCU.  The panelist included a current student at VCU, a recent grad from UofR, a local recruiter, and a professional blogger.

I created a Twitter account and frankly, had no idea what to do with it.  I know some folks who use twitter in a way too personally (it's really OK not to let everyone know that you had to leave a meeting because you had to throw up.  Really.).  But I started "following" people on twitter who posted on subjects that I found interesting:  good wine and instructional technology and the like.  I have sinced dropped the wine following (except for a few of my favorite tweeters!), and have focused on finding information that is useful to the Law School and the University of Richmond.

Highlights included:

Why use Web 2.0 tools?

In this context, Web 2.0 tools included using tools like Google Docs for collaborating on projects and for content sharing.  Having used Google Docs, I can vouch for its usefulness and for its ease of use as well.

Interestingly enough, some of the panelists and some of the audience felt like Professors should be teaching students how to use some social media tools in the classroom.  As a law school environment, I'm not sure how we could incorporate the teaching of these tools in a particular class, but it may be the subject of a Technology Tidbit lunchtime series class in the near future.

So what about other tools?  LinkedIn?  Twitter?  Facebook?  Flickr?  Can these tools be used professionally?  The answer is yes.

The recruiter panelist talked about these tools:


o   Build your site like an online resume.

o   Because this service is free, a lot of recruiters are using this tool to find employees.  Services such as charge hiring agencies for the use of their database.


o   Tweet about the content that you are interested in (some Professors tweet about their subject interests, i.e., environmental law, etc.).

o   Recruiters search for key words in Twitter.  If you've been active, your twitter account will come up more often.  Think of it as micro-blogging.


o   Need to draw a line between personal and professional content.

o   May keep two accounts, but you should keep them all clean.

o   Learn how to use Facebook privacy settings – THIS IS KEY, FOLKS.  Learn how to lock down your settings so only those who you WANT to see you content can.


o   Use Google Alert to keep abreast of content that is posted about you online

Even though none of the panelists touched on this site, is a very interesting site.  It's amazing what might be out there on you that you may not even know.

The final piece of advice the panelists gave was that it's not necessarily to be come an expert on every social media tool.  Decide what you want to use and get good at using them.