In today’s world computer navigation and learning one’s way around technological resources for education can save hours each day and put students on the path to achieving success in their respective classes.
While technology, at times, can feel overwhelming, follow some of our tricks below to help your student organize their workflow and enhance learning development both in and out of the classroom:
- Master Keyboard Shortcuts: Not only will this save you time on frequently used computer tasks, it will also help students become adept to important typing and keyboard skills.
- To begin, download and print this list of 10 PC and Mac shortcuts for your students to repeat and master
- Use Browser Bookmarks: No matter the browser, the bookmark tool can help students quickly navigate to frequently used web pages and online material with less searching and fewer clicks
- All web browsers have their own built-in bookmarking features in the form of some type of star icon near the address bar, though locations may vary
- Clicking on that specialized star will save a webpage to a bookmark list in the browser
- File Organization: Similar to how bookmarks streamline online learning time, students should also create a filing system for computer documents to keep their work secure and easily accessible
- A consistent filing system may include: name, date, subject and assignment type.
- Google Drive is a popular information storage system your student may wish to utilize
- Backup your data to prevent losing important data using the Google Drive, saving files to a flash drive, to an external hard drive, or in cloud storage
- Computer Checkups: Just like it’s important for us to get check-ups, our devices need them too! A slow computer can be frustrating and cut-down on learning time.
- Check your device for important updates
- Remove clutter and unused shortcuts from your desktop
- You should have a free antivirus program such as Avast, AVG Free, or Microsoft Security Essentials downloaded on your computer.
- Shutting down and re-booting as well as removing duplicate or unneeded files can help speed things up!
- Free up space by uninstalling unneeded programs with the Control Panel
- Make sure at least 15% of your hard drive space is free at minimum
- Run a disk defragment, allowing your hard drive to place all saved data together in order to make it easier to access
What tips or tricks do your students use to ease their online learning experience? Share below!