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 daily tech-infused education.
Today’s tip: 16 Spring Cleaning Steps for Computers
Category: Maintenance, Problem-solving
It’s easy to ignore basic computer maintenance. Heck—it’s as likely you’ll mess up your computer in a misguided effort to ‘clean things up’. Here are sixteen painless tips to try whenever your computer just doesn’t seem to work right:
- Make sure your firewall is working.
- Run an antispyware program.
- Run a malware program.
- Keep your antivirus software
- Delete My Documents files you no longer need.
- Backup files to an external drive or cloud.
- Empty the trash folder.
- Delete programs you no longer use.
- Update any software that needs it.
- Clean the junk off of your desktop.
- Clean up your Start Button.
- Clean out your subscriptions.
- Make notifications weekly instead of daily.
- Change your browser to Chrome.
- Delete that program you never managed to learn.
- Slim down your start-up process.
For more detail, visit Ask a Tech Teacher and the article, “15 Ways to Speed up Computer Use”.
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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.