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169 Tech Tip #15–Save Early Save Often

Posted by on January 12, 2017

tech tipsIn these 169 tech-centric situations, you get an overview of pedagogy—the tech topics most important to your teaching—as well as practical strategies to address most classroom tech situations, how to scaffold these to learning, and where they provide the subtext to today’s tech-infused education.

Today’s tip #15–Save Early Save Often


Sub-category: Keyboarding, Problem-solving

Q:  My computer crashes often. How do I keep from losing my work unexpectedly?

A:  Saving is easier than you think. I know–you think it is easy, so what’s the deal? Have you ever lost your work because… it just disappeared–maybe a power surge, maybe you pressed the wrong button. Who knows, but hours of work evaporated. Encourage students to make it a habit to save every ten minutes.

Here’s what you do:

  • Save the file where you normally save.
  • Every ten minutes, push Ctrl+S. Then, keep working.

Of course, if you use a program that auto-saves—like Google Apps, WordPress, and other online webtools—you don’t have to worry about this.

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Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-8 technology for 15 years. She is the editor/author of over a hundred tech ed resources including a K-8 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum. She is an adjunct professor in tech ed, CSG Master Teacher, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, CAEP reviewer, CSTA presentation reviewer, freelance journalist on tech ed topics, and a weekly contributor to TeachHUB. You can find her resources at Structured Learning.

3 Responses to 169 Tech Tip #15–Save Early Save Often

  1. Ravi kumar

    Generally people do not save their files and computer crashes. First of all, we have to save files and start working. Good one.

  2. Andrea G

    I have a large sign next to my SmartBoard that says “Save Early Save Often” and the kids often remind me to remind the class!

    • Jacqui

      I beg mine to remind me! Ten minutes goes so fast. I’m torn on the wisdom of using self-saving sites, but I think that train has left the station.

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