The school year has begun and today we had the year 7 and year 12 students back with us. The rest will join us for classes tomorrow. All the student computers have been re-imaged and they will get them back over the next few days. The Year 7 and year 10 students will be receiving new laptops. All will also have Windows Vista as the operating system. There has been a lot of concern about using Vista and 1/3rd of the staff have on their computers. I have not had a lot of time to work on my computer this week but, in some of the time I have had, I have been looking at to see what others have said about using Vista.
One of the things I have found is a site called Tekzilla.It had a tip on how to speed up Vista (episode 266). In fact Tekzilla provides daily tips on using all sort of digital technology and could be a great resource for tips on learning or teaching ICT use. The videos produced at Tekzilla produces videos that are short, very clear as well as being interesting to watch.
At the moment, Tekzilla has almost 300 archived episodes available for viewing and can be added to your RSS reader. You also have a number of downloading and sharing options.
Vista’s file indexing can even make super fast PC’s feel slow. So turn it off and speed up Vista’s look and feel.
Whilst I am about it, I also saw in the Age Green guide a small piece about Encyclopedia Britannica. After its long history (almost 250 years) of providing information, it is changing its stance on user-generated content. Wikipedia and the like have obviously put pressure on the institution to change its age-old procedures. However, it is not going to be a free-for-all as those intending to be editors must register real names and addresses before they can do anything. After that their entries will be vetted before any changes will appear on the site.