In 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
Category: CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT
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.
Sign up for a new tip each week or buy the entire 169 Real-world Ways to Put Tech into Your Classroom.
Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-18 technology for 30 years. She is the editor/author of over a hundred tech ed resources including a K-12 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum. She is an adjunct professor in tech ed, Master Teacher, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice, CSTA presentation reviewer, freelance journalist on tech ed topics, contributor to NEA Today, and author of the tech thrillers, To Hunt a Sub and Twenty-four Days. You can find her resources at Structured Learning.