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Purchase Selected NPS Computers and Peripherals
The District Computer Center's
New Equipment web page should assist you in ordering computers
and the related peripheral devices selected for Norman Public Schools.
Educational Resources for Teachers
"The Ultimate Teacher's Resource!"
"Online learning for School and Home"
"Original, web-based curriculum products and professional
development programs for K-12 educators"
"Weave together video and online resources into an exciting
"The Awesome Library organizes the Web with 14,000 carefully reviewed
resources, including the top 5 percent in education."
"The most powerful Web portal ever designed specifically for education."
A search engine gateway to "high quality lesson plans, curriculum
units and other education resources on the Internet!"
Yahoo / Education / K-12:
Lots of links to K-12 education-related sites (organized by category)
"We see the World Wide Web as a catalyst that will integrate
the Internet into K12 school curricula. The Web66 project is
designed to facilitate the introduction of this technology
into K12 schools."
"ArtsEdge supports the place of arts education at the center
of the curriculum through the creative and appropriate use
of technology. ArtsEdge helps educators to teach in, through,
and about the arts."
"An intelligent, detailed, informed and practical guide, both to
education related issues concerning the Internet, and to educational
resources on the World Wide Web."
Computer Virus Information
UDT AntiVirus Scanner:
NPS online documentation for the antivirus scanner (Norton AntiVirus)
included in the original installation of Unified DeskTop (UDT)
Version 2.3 software package
F-Prot AntiVirus Scanner:
NPS online documentation for the F-Prot antivirus scanner more recently
implemented in our district.
Symantec's Online Virus and Hoax Encyclopedia:
Search for information about a computer virus (or virus hoax)
- Other sites offering information on computer viruses:
Web Page Development Resources
WebPad (aka Microsoft FrontPage Express, aka FrontPad)
is a WYSIWYG (What You See Is What
You Get; pronounced wiz-e-wig) web page editor included
with our NPS Unified DeskTop (UDT) computer systems.
The WebPad link above will send you to the NPS online
document that briefly exlpains how to start WebPad on a UDT computer
and then save your web documents to your personal NPS web page.
More detailed information on how to use the WebPad (FrontPage Express)
software is available on the internet. The links below offer a few
- ISC Web Design Help
More helpful information on web page design provided by Norman Public Schools'
Instructional Services Center. They occasionally offer short courses to NPS
faculty on Webpad, Frontpage, and web design.
Webmonkey is a great place to find tutorials, reference information, and
samples of code on almost any topic you can think of in relation to web
development-whether you are a beginner or seasoned pro wanting to refer
to the latest information.
- World Wide Web Consortium
The World Wide Web Consortium (aka W3C)has an abundance of
information which includes: a repository of information about the
World Wide Web for developers and users; reference code implementations
to embody and promote standards; and various prototype and sample
applications to demonstrate use of new technology. Any new or old
specs on web technology can be found here.
Run across a computer term that you're not familiar with?
Visit the #1 online encyclopedia and search engine dedicated to
computer technology. Enter a search term or browse through the
categories, and sail the Web!
Computer Tips & Troubleshooting Techniques
School Troubleshooting Tips: from another school district
(Why reinvent the wheel?):
This web site is maintained by Bob O'Donnell and contains some excellent
troubleshooting tips and resources for PCs and Macs. This site offers
quite a bit of text explaining "why" as opposed to just "how". If you're
looking for a more succint list of tips then look further down this list.
Basic Troubleshooting Tips: Provided by Austin Free-Net
"The Universal Troubleshooting Process":
While this site offers more philosophy (the zen of troubleshooting?) than
specific techniques, it does a nice job of presenting the thought processes
involved in the troubleshooting process.
Tom's Hardware Guide:
This is another excellent techie resource. I may not always find what
I'm looking for at this site but I always find a few interesting
articles that make my visit worthwhile.
Microsoft Windows Support Links
Our UDT-XP systems run the Windows XP operating system
systems run the Windows NT 4.0 operating system
Apple Macintosh Support Links
Device Driver Resource Sites
"Your guide to finding device drivers"
(Login: drivers, Password: all)
"WinFiles.com 32-bit Hardware Driver Updates"
"The place to find device drivers"
LhD: Linux Hardware Database:
"This site is a repository of ratings of compatibility
and performance of computer hardware components under
Linux. It also includes some information about device
drivers and some hints for getting quirky devices working
Community, State, & National Links|
of possible interest to the Norman educational community
The web site for the Daily/Sunday Oklahoman and Channel 9 now requires
registration of personal information
(name, address, phone, email, salary, education, birth date)
and "secure" login for access to much of their informational content.
Some people (such as myself) consider this an unnecessary invasion of
their privacy and risk to their online security. Their web site requires you
enable cookies on your computer where they can store information about you.
If a web site doesn't have your personal information then this is not a big deal.
But you should keep in mind that other, less altruistic, web sites may attempt
to glean more knowledge about you from personal information stored in cookies
on your computer.
You may want to visit other online resources for local news and information.