Pedagogy Podcast Ep. 3
Luke: Trouble Shoot Guide to Tablets in the Classroom
Today we’re joined by Luke. Luke is an ICT guru and a Doctor Who enthusiast working as an ICT officer at a one to one tablet school.
What is the most common solution students overlook before visiting the tech department?
- Prevention is better than a cure
- Keep your tablet updated each day. Update and turn off every day. While slapping the lid closed and running off is a handy feature of the tablet this often leads to software update problems
- Security and privacy software have regular updates and students need these
- Develop a routine in the classroom to help establish good habits
- By following a daily update routine if you are asked to update as a one off this should take seconds, not minutes
What is the most common problem that students come to you with within the first week of receiving their tablet?
- Forgotten passwords are biggest problem
- Select passwords that are easy to remember
- Use phrases with standard sentence construction
- A phrase is easier to remember and more logical to type
- Check out this clip with Edward Snowden on the importance of passwords
- The most common passwords list should be avoided when selecting a password
How can students/teachers prevent hardware malfunctions?
- Use your tablet bag and keep it in good condition e.g. repair cracks and rips
- Turn your tablet off before placing it into the bag. If it is only ‘sleeping’ the mouse may wake it up and make the device overheat
- Promote respectful productive use of the tablet as a learning tool, not an accessory
- The top left of the track pad (figure 1) will disable the track pad and a double tap will enable it
- Restarting or disconnecting the monitor from the keyboard will usually fix this
How can teachers promote effective routines around backing up work?
- Keep your work backed up automatically
- A copy of your files on an external hard drive is not backing up
- OneDrive, Google Drive and Dropbox are all useful for this
- Some devices are more suitable to certain software e.g. android is more compatible with Google Drive
- Watch this video to learn how to back up your personal work using google drive
- Always check for errors in your hidden icons pop-up ribbon
Where can people go online for more help with their devices?
- Start with a guided key word search in google
- Paste the text from the error message into google and usually there will be a suitable resolution
- YouTube videos also provide great visuals to support step by step solutions
- Look up, Linus tech tips or I fix it for more details
- Aim to understand the information behind the problems and this may give you confidence to explore the possibilities of technology
Thanks for listening and I hope you found this information helpful.