Setting up your Computer – Cords Galore Edition


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Walking into your classroom the first week of school and seeing a million cords everywhere can be pretty intimidating. I hope that this guide will help alleviate SOME of that stress. Don’t forget – email Cherie or myself if you need anything at all. Do not let this stress you out!!!


ethernet cable

Ethernet Cable

Ethernet cables are used to hook up to the local area networks. You may have more than one of these cables in your classroom at the start of the year. One side of this cord will plug into the back of your computer, and the other side will plug into either a switch or the wall. Each computer requires an Ethernet cable.

Below is an example of a switch:

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Above is an image of a VGA cord and a VGA port. VGA stands for Video Graphics Array. This transports video signals. We use VGA cords in the following ways:

  • You will most likely have a VGA splitter that is black or a VGA switch that you will connect to the back of your computer
  • You will then plug in VGA cord the VGA port on the wall (projector)
  • You will then plug a VGA cord from your splitter to the ELMO

Below is a VGA Splitter:

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Below is a VGA Switch:

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Above is a USB cable. This is what the cord on the end of your mouse and keyboard look like. You will connect these cords into the back of your computer into the USB ports. This is also what one side of your iPad charging cord looks like. You can plug your iPad/iPhone into the USB port on your computer to sink data and save to “THE CLOUD”.



Above is a SMARTboard Cable


The above diagram shows you how to plug in your SMARTboard

This is what your SMARTboard cable looks like. It is a USB cord. The end that is square shaped plugs into the SMARTboard. The above diagram shows you where to look to attach the cord. The rectangular shaped ends plugs into a USB port on your computer.

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