On this page you can find a collection of suggestions about how to best use your laptop to improve learning. Please add your suggestions by clicking on the link at the bottom of the page.
Tip 1 "Keep your most important files synced with backup copies on the school network and a backup drive at home."
Tip 2 "Rather than manage your school email using the web try Outlook instead. Setup instructions can be found here."
Tip 3 "To improve battery life set the brightness of your laptop to the lowest setting that is comfortable. In addition check that bluetooth adapter is off if you are not using it. When not using the computer for a short time put it into standby or sleep mode."
Tip 4 "Improve your mastery of the subjects you learn in school by taking time to do related activities online. You can find many links teachers have recommended by going to Link+Learn."
Tip 5 "Categorise documents into separate folders so your hard drive doesn't get cluttered with unorganised files"
Alexander Yousef, 9S
Tip 6 "Always have a thumb drive with you so you can transfer work easily."
Florian Keulers, 7F
Tip 7 "Use a range of programs (e.g. Windows, Mac, Adobe, Macromedia, etc.) for a diverse learning experience, with less limits."
Lily Ekasastr., 8G
Tip 8 "Communicate with your friends/mates to share ideas and to learn other things other people know."
Abhi Agarwl, 10H
Tip 9 "Built in programs like 'Mail' and 'iCal' can greatly improve our organization. Moreover, online programs like 'mobileme' can help us sync between our computers and possibly even iphones/ipod touches. This means we don't have to carry bulky laptops in every lesson."
Prawat Trairatvorakul, 8G
Tip 10 "Do not run unnecessary applications especially when you are not using them as this will slow your computer down. You can close down useless applications using task manager."
Anant Kothari, 10F
Tip 11 "Whilst doing homework or other academic activities, ensure that distractive programs such as an instant messaging program or a video are not running in the background."
Abhinav Sah, 10S
Tip 12 "Many computers have useless and unnecessary startup processes that greatly affect computer boot times as well as performance. Using msconfig or a third party software to disable these can improve performance, free up RAM as well as increase battery usage time."
Man Fung, 12F
Tip 13 "Keep things simple, To help preserve battery live, dim the screen to a brightness which is comforatble for viewing, don't use too many applications at once!"
Roy Hotrabhvanon, 11P
Tip 14 "To access your homework files from home use the VPN (Virtual private network) because when the school starts to use the laptops the teachers will blame you for not doing the homework if you have not used the VPN."
Abhi Agarwal, 11H
Tip 15 "Databases give you access to information that isn't available on the free Internet, and may be better quality and more suitable for your needs. (The library pays a subscription to the database providers, so you can access the databases.) Visit the library pages to find out more (then look in the database box) or ask the library staff for help."
School Library team,
Tip 16 "I came across this add on for the office suite which I found useful (certainly in OneNote). It allows you to save as a pdf within the application, rather than the clumsy print to cutePDF' writer.
Useful for students saving work as pdfs for their e-portfolios."
Tip 17 "There are many free flash card applications available on the Internet. You can use them to enhance your learning experience without the hassle of cutting anything."
Tip 18 "Manage your time efficiently with online service like Evernote and Remember The Milk (Search using Google). Using both of them can really improve your management skills."
Eri Gunawan Suriana, 9R
Tip 19 "Sometimes it is a good idea for one student to put their laptop away and for two students to work collaboratively on one laptop. You can see this hapenning in a recent Year 7 Mathematics lesson."
John Tranter, Patana
Tip 20 "When conducting an experiment in which a large amount of data needs to be collected don't just limit your findings to the data you have collected share with other students! The more data you can get the better. See this idea in action with probability activities."
Mark Willis, Patana
Tip 21 "Use the power at your fingertips to research around the topic you are studying. here are students finding out about the context of poems."
Tip 22 "Ever wish you could easily receive big files from anyone? Now you can!
Together with Dropbox you can setup an unique upload address with password protection.
DROPitTOme is your one stop solution when an email is just not enough. http://www.dropitto.me/"
Tip 23 "Never download programs from untrusted sources unless you're sure they aren't viruses. Simply have many anti-viruses on your computer and never trust websites that open pop-up windows saying you have a virus."
Arjun Issar, 6P
Tip 24 "Instead of shutting down your computer, consider hibernating it as this will shut down your laptop yet save all stored data and will not take as long to load."
Arjun Issar, 7G
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