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Using the Center Computer: Some Do’s and Don’ts

Please Do . . . .

1. Use the Center computer to access the Institute’s curricular resources online.

2. Use the Center computer to e-mail school and University colleagues on Institute and related professional matters.

3. Use the computer instruction and education programs available through the Institute and Yale.

4. Contact the Institute’s student Computer Assistant if you need help using the computer and Institute electronic resources. You can leave a voice mail message at 432-1097 or send e-mail to ynhti-help@yale.edu.

5. Reserve the Center computer in advance by scheduling the time you expect to use it.

6. Take a minute to document your work on the computer and in the Center in the Center log.

Please Don’t . . . .

1. Reconfigure the existing software or add additional software.

2. Create your own personal folders on the hard drive. Instead, please save all documents to a disk.

3. Use the computer for non-professional, non-curriculum related reasons. The Center computer is NOT available for personal use.

4. Allow students to use the computer unattended. Students may use the Center computer only when (a) they are under the close and constant supervision of a teacher and (b) student time has been scheduled in advance and does not displace or interfere with a teacher’s use.

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NT on the YNHTI Center Computers

Since the 1999/2000 academic year, the Center computers have been running on a Windows NT operating system.

Windows NT makes many notable improvements over the Windows for Workgroups 3.1 platform that was used previously on the Center computers.

How NT works:

Each NT user must have his or her own password to log on to and use the Center computer. The Center Coordinating Team determines which teachers will be authorized to obtain a username and password. The username and password allow the computer to recognize the user and adjust all the system settings to that user’s preferences. That means the desktop becomes personalized to the current user.

For purposes of the Institute Center, NT has various advantages over other operating systems. Because each person must identify himself or herself to the computer with a login name, the computer can set the system up for that particular user. NT will also record other user information that will allow you to save your own Internet and program settings without worrying about someone else changing them. In order to take advantage of the security features of Windows NT,it is essential that you remember to log out when you have finished using the computer. Failure to log out could allow unauthorized individuals to access Center resources under your login. To log out, go to the Start Menu on the desktop and choose “shutdown”. When the shutdown window comes up, choose the option to log on as a different user. You can also choose to shut the computer down if you don’t think anyone will be using it.

Another benefit of NT is that it offers system security. The system protects itself and other vital information by restricting access to many potentially sensitive files. This would keep an inexperienced user from accidentally damaging important system files and affecting the functioning of the system. Such security ensures fewer problems with the system configuration.

Getting a Username and Password:

To obtain a username and password for the Center computer, you should contact the members of the Center Coordinating Team. They will inform you about the policies governing use of the Center computer, and they will give you the form that must be completed in order to be authorized for use. This form, once completed, will be sent to the Institute and a login name and password will be issued.

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Getting Help on the Center Computer

The Institute employs Yale student Computer Assistants to help teachers more effectively use the Center computer by answering questions and giving instruction. As a first resource for your questions, you should consult the Institute Center Manual. The Manual contains various instructional documents which may provide the answers to your questions. If you cannot find the answer you need in the Center Manual, please contact the Computer Assistant for any of the following reasons:

You can reach the Computer Assistant by e-mail at ynhti-help@yale.edu or by phone at 432-1097. If you do not reach the Computer Assistant, please leave a voice message and she will get back to you as soon as possible.

In addition to individual consultations with the Computer Assistant, which will be held on Campus in computer clusters, scheduled workshops will also be arranged for group training on the use of the Institute Web site, Yale’s library resources, including research databases and e-mail setup and use. Times and location for workshops will be made available after the degree of need is determined.

Please note:
The contents of this Center manual relating to electronic resources were updated in the Spring of 2004. As is the case with most documentation on technological material, the information contained here may quickly become outdated. If you suspect that some of the information may be incorrect, please contact the Computer Assistant by e-mail at ynhti-help@yale.edu.

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Using the Internet on the Center Computer

Connecting to the Internet:

The Center Computer is equipped with a dial-up connection that provides a direct link to the Internet. All Center computers use Netscape Navigator as their default Internet browser. Netscape can be easily accessed either by an icon on the computer’s desktop or by going to the Netscape application program. The application program can be found by going to the Start bar menu, then the Program folder file, then to the Netscape Communicator file. For more detailed information about how to use Netscape Navigator to browse the Internet, see the Netscape Navigator help document in the following pages or go to the online Internet tutorial on the Yale library Web page at www.library.yale.edu/instruction.

Conducting Research on the Internet:

The Center Computer provides full access to the abundant resources available on the Internet. The Center computer can be used to browse the Internet for curricular resources and other professional needs. One of the most useful tools available for teachers is the collection of Curricular Resources on the YNHTI Web site. The Web site provides online versions of the curriculum units that Institute Fellows have produced since 1978. The units can be searched using an index, summaries of the units, or an online search engine. These resources provide excellent opportunities for conducting research and learning from the advice and work of colleagues in the New Haven school system. Please see the following page about the YNHTI Web site to find out more about how to use these curricular resources at http://teachersinstitute.yale.edu.

Another feature of the Center computer is that it allows access to many of Yale’s own computer and networking resources. This gives teachers the chance to browse immense research databases and library resources that are available to members of the Yale community. These resources include the online library catalog, Orbis, as well as many other databases such as Nexis-Lexis and Wilson Web which provide bibliographies and full-text electronic versions of articles from leading journals and magazines. For more information on these resources see the “Yale Resources on the Center Computer” document in this section of the Center Manual.

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YNHTI Web site

Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute

When you log onto the YNHTI Web site at teachersinstitute.yale.edu, you will be greeted by the YNHTI logo as it appears on this page. The YNHTI Web site is designed to provide easy access to Institute publications, information about the Institute, and curricular resources in the form of on-line curriculum units. The Web site is designed in such a way that these resources and materials can be easily located and observed by Fellows and anyone else interested in the Institute or its work.

The features of the Web site are outlined on the site’s front page as seen below:

About this online service

This online service features:

This excerpt from the site’s homepage displays the features of the YNHTI Web site. From the homepage, you can use these links to find more information about the Institute. To view any of the listed materials simply click on the colored, underlined links.

A powerful tool available on the Web site is the online publication of curriculum units written by Fellows at the Teachers Institute. To use this tool click on the Curricular Resources link. You will then be given the option to search units and guides according to the seminar for which they were written or by using the Curriculum Unit Index. To search the curricular resources by seminar, click on the link that says “Curriculum Units & Guides to the Units.” You will then see a list of the Institute seminars offered since 1978; an excerpt from this list is shown below. To view a list of units and unit synopses prepared for each seminar, click on the seminar name.

Curriculum Units by Fellows of the Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute

Volume I Geography through Film and Literature
Volume II Everyday Life in Early America
Volume III Teaching Poetry in the Primary and Secondary Schools
Volume IV Physics in Everyday Life
Volume V Water in the 21st Century

When viewing the list of curriculum units for a particular seminar, click on the name of a curriculum unit to see the actual unit, or to see a synopsis of the unit, click on the arrow at the right hand side of the page to link to the unit guide. The lists of seminars and units provide a means too simply browse the work that has been done by New Haven Fellows over the years at the Teachers Institute.

The Curriculum Unit Index is designed so that it can be searched alphabetically by topic in order to find a curriculum unit that covers the material you are interested in.

Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute Home

Index of all Curriculum Units, 1978-2003

Select a letter to jump to the subjects beginning with that letter:
A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z
Directory of Volumes | Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute

In the Index above copied from the Web site, you are able to search an alphabetical list of topics. Simply click on the letter that is the first letter of the desired topic. This will give you a list of topics that begin with the selected letter. Scroll down through this list to find the topic you are seeking.

The search engine incorporated into the Institute Web page provides another method to search for specific curricular resources. The search engine can be used to search the entire text of all curriculum units or guides for any word or series of words mentioned in the text. The search engine functions in the same way that a standard Internet search engine does except that it only searches the pages of the Institute Web site. If you are having trouble finding information on the site, you can simply enter a keyword for that information and the search engine will scour the Web site for any mention of the keywords. Your search can also be tailored to search the entire site, the units only, the guides only, or the units and guides together. To tailor your search, click the circle next to the appropriate field (as seen in the search window below).

Search the YNHTI Web site
Entire Site
Units and Guides
Units Only
Guides Only
visit the Navigation Page for complete search and site map

The results of your search should give you the appropriate links to help you find what you are looking for.

We encourage you to spend some time getting acquainted with the Institute Web site and learning to use the extensive curricular resources that it offers. Also, please sign our guestbook on your way out and make any comments you may have on the site.

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Yale Resources on the Center Computer

By using a Yale University Internet account, the Center computer allows access to many of the University’s research tools which otherwise may not be accessible. Such tools can speed up the research process significantly.


Orbis is Yale University Library’s online research and bibliographical information system. Fellows obtain library borrowing privileges with participation in the Institute and can borrow library materials with their Yale ID. You can access Orbis from the library Web page at www.library.yale.edu. From the Web page, go to the Research Tools link and then click on the link to Orbis. Once on Orbis, you can search over two million titles of books, journals, and maps including nearly complete records after 1977 (about half of Yale's total collection). Orbis will then provide you with the location and availability of the resource. For help searching Orbis, see a Reference Librarian or sign-up for one of the Library's computer workshops. For additional assistance go to the library’s online Orbis help demonstration which can be found on the Web page www.library.yale.edu/instruction.

Online Research Databases:

The online research databases are powerful tools that provide quick access to digital forms of information. Many databases provide full bibliographies and some contain full text articles from thousands of different magazines and journals. The online databases make it possible to read and even print these articles from your computer. Yale’s online databases can be found on the Yale University Library main page. To access the library databases, go to the library web page at www.library.yale.edu. After accessing the library page click on the Research Tools heading. From this page you will be able to access all of Yale’s Research databases and Electronic Journals. While all of these databases can be immensely useful, Nexis-Lexis, ClariNews, and Wilson Web may be some of the most appropriate for finding basic research on current topics. To access these databases, click on the appropriate label. If you would like more specific instruction about how to use the particular databases, go to the library’s instruction Web page at www.library.yale.edu/instruction.

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E-mail on the Center Computer

To promote the use of electronic forms of communication, the Institute provides all Centers with their own Institute group e-mail account. All Fellows and teachers who are authorized users of the Center computer have access to this account, which can serve as a means to share information with other Center members. In an effort to facilitate communication among Institute Fellows and seminar leaders, the Institute encourages all Fellows to make use of their public school e-mail accounts also.

There are two ways to check and use e-mail on the Center computers, Eudora and Netscape. Eudora should be used exclusively to access Center group mail. A copy of Eudora is installed on all of the Center computers and can be found either on the desktop as an icon or by going to the programs folder in the start bar. Eudora is a simple and user-friendly way to check your Center mail. It includes a Windows interface that is fairly self-explanatory and automates most of the functions you will be using. Folders will be set-up in Eudora so that you can save and file all Center mail in an organized manner. Because Eudora will be used to check and distribute Center and Institute related group e-mails, logging correspondence will serve as Center documentation for future reference. Personal e-mail may not be saved on Center computers. Once you have gained access to the Center computer, you automatically have use of the group e-mail account and can start using it by running Eudora.

Because of the way that Eudora is configured your personal and public school e-mails cannot be accessed in this application. However you may use Netscape to access all Web-based e-mail accounts by going to the provider’s Web site.

As always the Institute Computer Assistants will be available to provide support if you have questions regarding the use of e-mail, please call 432-1097 or e-mail us at ynhti-help@yale.edu.

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