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Transitioning to BA-Files Fileserver

Here are the steps you should take to disconnect from the Archive Fileserver and connect to the new BA-Files Fileserver.

Remove link to Archive
If you have the Archive Server in your Server Connection List, delete it with the following steps.

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Adding BA Master Calendar

Keep updated on BA Events by adding the Brewster Academy Calendar to your BA Google Calendar.

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Electronics Recycling – Don’t Add to the Landfill!

In the fall of 2014, Brewster formed a partnership with Metal Wave, a company who responsibly recycles electronic waste. There is a large bin outside the IT offices where anyone can dispose of electronics waste.  During the coming weeks when students and staff are clearing out of their living spaces, take the extra time to bring your electronics waste to the AC building and dispose of your junk in a responsible way. Continue reading “Electronics Recycling – Don’t Add to the Landfill!”

Cooper Center AV Tutorial

Mac 101: Adding a New “Desktop” aka “Spaces”

Add one or more “Desktops”

Why would I want extra “Spaces”?  It’s an easy way to expand and organize the work that you are doing on your single screen.
Say I want have my “Stickies” open at all times- I don’t necessary want my stickies cluttering up all my view while I’m checking email, or working on a word doc.So on one “Space” I will have all my stickies open and in my second “Space” is my active applications.


  1. To see your Desktops, either press the Mission Control key on your keyboard or swipe up on your trackpad using three or four fingers.
  2. Move the pointer toward the upper-right corner of your screen. (If you keep your Dock on the right side of the screen, move the pointer toward the upper-left corner.)
    Screen Shot 2015-04-07 at 1.31.49 PM
  3. To add a space, click the Add button (+). You can add up to 16 spaces/”desktops”
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  4. To leave Mission Control, swipe your trackpad again, or press the Mission Control key on keyboard. (F3)

    Moving from one space to another

    Do one of the following:

    • Press the Mission Control key on your keyboard, then click the space you want to use.
    • Press the Control key and an arrow key to scroll through the spaces.
    • Swipe left or right with three fingers on your trackpad to scroll through your spaces.

Adding Hardware Devices to the BA Network

Adding “Devices” such as:

 AppleTV Roku Android Device Wii
PS3 Kindle Smart TV  ChromeCast
XBox E-Readers Wireless Printer

Send an email to with the following information:

  1. The STA###, FAC###, STU### or FAM### of the person registering the device.
  2. The type of device: AppleTV, Kindle, Wireless Printer, etc.
  3. The device‘s hardware address.
    The hardware (or MAC) address of a network device looks like a series of 12 letters and numbers, usually with colons or dashs between them.

    For example:    01:23:45:67:9A     or        AB-CD-E1-23-45

    Some devices will have its hardware address printed on the outside of the device. Others will need to be plugged in and turned on so you can look it up in the device’s menu. Your device‘s manual should have instructions for finding the hardware address.
  4. The name of your building – dorm or residence.
  5. If you’re a student registering a gaming device we need your CLP and advisor to send an email with permission to

Mac 101: Taking Screen Shots

Taking a screenshot of a specific area of your desktop in Mac OS X

  1. Open the application, window, or other item that you’d like to take a screenshot of.
  2. On your keyboard, press Command + Shift + 4 and then release all keys.
  3. You will see that your mouse cursor has turned into crosshairs that you can move around.
  4. Drag the cursor to where you’d like to start one of the corners of the screenshot and press down and drag the mouse over the area you’d like to capture.
  5. When you’re done selecting the area simply release your mouse button. Check your desktop and you should see a new .png file that contains the screenshot you just created.


How to take a screenshot of your entire screen in Mac OS X

  1. Open the program or applications you’d like to include in the screenshot. Basically, set up your desktop as you’d like it for when you take the screenshot..
  2. On your keyboard, press Command + Shift + 3 and then release all the keys.
  3. Check your desktop and you should see a new .png file that contains the screenshot you just created.


Anderson Hall Basic Presentation Tutorial

Check out this 9 minute video that will take you through the steps of turning on the lights in Anderson Hall, connecting your computer to the system and turning on and off the podium microphone and AV system.  If you still want a hands-on, face-to-face tutorial, don’t hesitate to contact the IT office to schedule an appointment.


Is Brewster still “that technology school”?

In 1993, Brewster began a school change process that affected every aspect of the school.  What was then called the School Design Model (SDM) is now referred to as simply the Brewster Model.  The technology part of this change process manifested itself by Brewster becoming a 1:1 laptop school, which was quite a pioneering endeavor at that time. The conception of technology integration at that time was described in the 1997 Brewster Program Handbook as follows:

“The Brewster Program is based upon the belief that technology is an important tool for learning. Technology is employed in the Brewster Program to enhance teaching, learning, evaluation, communication and administration. Technology used should be planned, linked to the Brewster Curriculum and its learner outcomes, and evaluated.

Brewster Academy recognizes that computer and multi media technology is a powerful interactive vehicle for teaching and learning. Brewster also recognizes the explosion of technological development, which is redefining schools and education. Brewster Academy is committed to graduating students who are among the technologically enfranchised. Brewster’s graduates can compete in a high tech world among those who are the haves, those who will succeed in the information age. The Brewster approach requires a fully integrated system of technology, which supports, guides and responds to the teaching and learning activities that are essential components of the daily lives of teachers and students in the Brewster community. Network technology is used for the management and implementation of instruction as well as research and communication. The Macintosh Powerbook is as common as a book bag at Brewster. The new Brewster classroom is a technology rich study center linked to a world of information beyond the walls of the academic building to the vast potential of the Internet.” 

It is remarkable how, two decades later, this conception of educational technology integration fits with our current goals for this area. This vision highlights how technology is not a separate entity, but has always been an integrated part of the program that serves curriculum, evaluation, data gathering, communication, etc.

Being one of the first 1:1 laptop programs in the country, and providing universal access to both intranet and internet networks, Brewster quickly developed a reputation for being “that technology school”. Literally hundreds of visitors flocked to our doors to learn about how to implement a 1:1 laptop program.  Today, many schools now have 1:1 technology programs in many different forms, so this begs the question:  Is Brewster still “that technology school”?

In an attempt to answer this question, the offices of the Dean, Admissions, Advancement, Communications and IT are coordinating a fact gathering exercise that will take place over the next few months.  To gather information about Brewster’s technology strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (SWOT), focus groups will be formed to represent the entire BA community – students, faculty, staff, parents, alumni, trustees, and prospective students and their parents.

The goal of this project is to use the information, along with a survey of peer institutions, to determine:

  • what makes Brewster special when it comes to technology use and integration
  • what areas of technology need to be improved
  • what technologies must we implement now to stay ahead of the curve
  • what technologies must we consider for future innovation

Stay tuned for future messages which may be asking for your involvement in this Technology SWOT process.

Note:  Parts of the text above were extracted from Brewster’s Dean of Studies, Peter Hess’ white paper from October 2014 titled “Technology at Brewster Academy”

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