- We will be using Google Drive for our file server
- Google Drive puts your Google Docs (through nths219) on your computer's harddrive
- When coaches make changes to the file server, changes will be made automatically to your computer
- Debaters will not lose files if you are not connected to the internet
- Debaters will not be able to directly change files on the file server
- If your computer is set up for Google Drive and you have not been shared the file server, ask a coach
- Backfiles from 2010-2012 will be copied directly to debater computers through Google Drive
- Camp backfiles from 2003-2009 will be copied by flash drive only
- We will be using Verbatim as our template for paperless debate this year
- Make sure to uninstall Synergy before installing Verbatim
- NewSpeech macro broken? Have Mr. F edit your Verbatim macro to use SaveAs instead of SaveAs2 (only Office 10 compatible)
Niles West Template
- Make sure Word / Microsoft Office is not running and Verbatim is already installed
- Download the Normal.dotm file
- Place it in Word's templates folder: C:\Users\student\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Templates
What if I break my loaner laptop?
- Take it to the help desk IMMEDIATELY
- Debaters are responsible for any damage done to loaner laptops that are not covered under warranty
- A program like ClamWin paired with Clam Sentinel can help protect your laptop from viruses. You can also pay for programs like Malwarebytes. Mr. F can help install either of these program on your laptop.
- Do not do non-debate related work on debate laptops - this will help keep viruses and other forms of malware from degrading the performance of your laptop.
- Do not post Niles West file, argument, or strategy information online in any other forum besides email. This means no tweets or Facebook posts (even messages).
- Do not share passwords to any account you have online with ANYONE. This is a good rule in general.
- Do not leave your laptop alone at debate tournaments.
Etiquette and Suggestions
- Always have three laptops - one for both partners and one viewing computer in case the other team is not paperless
- Bring multiple jump drives - you will lose them, so bring backups
- FLOW. Flow on paper. Do not respond to arguments that are jumped to you in a speech document but were not actually made in the round - this is embarrassing.
- Discuss issues of viewing computers, jumping speeches, etc, with the other team and the judge before the round begins.
- Both teams need equal access to all cards read. If you read evidence that is not jumped to your opponent, you need to jump that evidence to your opponent after your speech but before continuing with the debate. Some judges may deduct YOUR prep time for doing so.
- Do not speak directly into your computer screen. Rotate your computer 45 degrees so that the judge can see you and so that you can turn and talk directly to the judge at times.
- Save ALL your speeches. This will make finding cards easier in the future in addition to facilitating rebuttal redos. Organize them in a way that they are easy to find (date, tournament name, round number, opponent, etc).