Integrating Technology Into Classrooms for Children and Adult Learners
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Integrating Technology Into Classrooms for Children and Adult Learners

My name is Katie, and I love technology. For years, I worked in a child care centre, and now, I volunteer in an adult literacy classroom. In both of thee situations, I have been impressed by the use of technology. I have seen it integrated in a lot of useful and surprising ways. If you want to use technology in any classroom, my blog will help you generate ideas and learn how to use them effectively. I have three kids, but they are all grown, leaving me with ample time to write. Please, get comfortable and explore these posts. Thanks for finding my blog!


Integrating Technology Into Classrooms for Children and Adult Learners

Fixing Common Problems With a Home Computer

Marcia Wagner

Having a slow computer or one that constantly crashes and shuts down is very irritating, and in some cases it may be that you need to simply take it to a repairperson from a company like Phoenix IT to have some parts replaced. However, there are times when you may be able perform computer repairs on your own with a few simple tricks and tips. Note a few things you may want to try before heading to that repair shop.

1. Remove programs for old hardware

A computer will often work to communicate with hardware you plug in, such as a printer, mouse, camera, and the like. If you've removed this equipment then the computer may slow down as it tries to read the settings for them and finds that they're missing. When you remove equipment from your computer, it's good to remove the software that controls them. For example, if you toss out an old printer because it doesn't work any longer, find the program that controls the printer on your computer's hard drive and remove that as well. This will keep your computer from trying to read that printer's settings every time you open a program.

2. Increase your bandwidth

You may not associate your bandwidth, which affects your internet speed, with the speed of your computer. Note however that internet programs are constantly working even if you're not actually browsing the internet or downloading programs. If you have an internet window open, there may be ads that are running, programs that are reading your computer's location, and so on. Your social media page may be reading new posts in your newsfeed, and the like. All of this activity can slow down your computer itself. To keep it running smoothly, if you keep your internet window open while the computer is in use, increase your bandwidth.

3. Shut it down and let it cool off

Many homeowners don't shut off their computer when it's not in use as they may be afraid that it will have problems when turned back on, or they may use it constantly. This can mean not having updates installed in the computer and having it get too warm. Those updates can allow the computer to communicate with its programs more easily, and allowing the computer to cool can mean that the components inside don't fail to work because they're too warm. They may shut themselves down as a type of failsafe program. Turn off your computer every night so it can install updates and have a chance to cool down, which means less risk of slowing down when in use.