Technology tips on video – Tekzilla

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.

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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.

 Episode 266 – Speed Up Windows Vista

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.

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4 Responses

  1. Very interesting blog. Cheers

  2. Welcome back to school, Rhondda! Thanks for the link to Tekzilla…I’ll check it out. Looking forward to seeing how your year changes for you…

  3. Hi Rhondda. Any tips that can make a shaky OS like Vista run better are worth hearing! My tip – stay on XP and wait for Windows 7!

    Tekzilla is on my iPod every week. Patrick Norton knows his stuff and Veronica Belmont is more than just an extremely pretty face. It’s a shame there aren’t more women like her in tech. Although the show’s not aimed at teachers, the Tech Tips are easy to follow and usually geared towards being more efficient. I also recommend for geeks: Command N, Cranky Geeks, Geek Brief, TEDTalks, Virtual Staffroom… The list goes on.

    BTW: Terrific blog you have here.

    • Thanks for the advice. I like TEDtalks as well and will look for the others.
      I have not had my machine re-imaged this year, for the first time. I am staying on XP for as long as I can!

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