Is technology important for
student-learning? Watch this video called "Pay
Attention" and you can make up your own mind.
- - - - - FREE
software - - - - -
Internet Explorer: Download the free update
Explorer 7 at this website. It has a new option of "Tabs" that make
working online much easier.
Java: To get a free copy of the Java
software to run a lot of my activities, click on this free
download link. You need this software to run a lot of games and
activities on my website.
Shockwave: To get a free
copy of Shockwave software, click on this free download link. A lot of
games require this software.
Mozilla Firefox: Internet Explorer is the
most often used browser by Internet users. However, I've been using Mozilla
Firefox and keep hearing wonderful things about it. It can be downloaded for
free and only takes a few minutes. Try it out. Click here to go to their free
pdf: You can copy a website page and save
it as a pdf file by using the free software
from cutepdf.com Click on this link and download the free software.
Anti-virus software: Protect your computer.
Install an anti-virus software and set it to run every day. Download this free
version of AVG (that I use). It is just over 31 megabytes and will take a
few minutes (depending on the speed of your modem & internet connection). You
may be asked to uninstall any other anti-virus programs first (probably
McAfree or Norton) before you install the AVG software.
Spyware or Adware: If you have warnings
popping up on your computer claiming that you have spyware or porn, then your
computer is sick and needs treatment. It has Adware or Spyware on it. How it
got there isn't important. What is important is that it is removed. Dowload
software and run it. It will find the nasty stuff and you can start the
What is malware? Visit this Microsoft
website to read more about trojan horses, viruses, worms, adware, spyware,
rootkits, and more. Read about how it gets there and what you should do about
it. Or, visit wikipedia's
entry on malware. Or, visit Tech-FAQ
(Frequently Asked Questions) to learn all about malware and the assorted
attacks on your computer that you might face if going online.
How to protect your computer: Read what Microsoft
have to say about keeping your computer safe. Here are some suggestions that
I've gleaned from online sources and my own experiences:
Use antivirus software and set it to run
Run Windows updates and set it to update
Only install licensed software that you
Do not open email if you don’t recognize
Avoid disreputable websites
Never click on a pop-up ad or banner ad
Be careful which sites you give your credit
card number to
Never tell anyone your passwords
For help in these and other areas, visit a .gov
website with lots of links to online privacy help: Online
Dowload free templates
from Microsoft: Certificates,
Play Music has lots of free (uncopyrighted) music to download onto your
- - - - - What does that mean?
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unknown words: If there's a word or acronym
that you don't recognize, then here's the place to go. Click on one of these
glossaries to find the answer. Glossary
#1, or Glossary #2, or Glossary
#3, or Glossary #4, or
Runtime Error - An error that occurs during
the execution of a program.
ActiveX Error - An error
caused by certain browser settings and misconfigured system files.
DLL Error - Missing or
corrupt .dll files often occur when removing or installing a program.
.exe Error - Often occur
during system or program start up due to unneeded files in the Windows
General Protection Fault -
Occurs when a program that is running violates the hardware rules in some way.
Blue Screen of Death -
Occurs when Windows cannot recover from a system error. Usually requires a
Windows Explorer Error - A
dirty registry may cause Windows Explorer to get stuck in a loop.
iExplore or iExplorer Error -
An error related to your Internet Explorer browser often causing it to shut
Access Violation - An
error that occurs when an application tries to access storage not designated
System32 Error - An error
often caused by missing or corrupt system files.
Windows Installer Error -
Caused by 3rd party "shell extensions" resulting in a white screen and/or
For advice and help regarding these errors, go to
this link by Registry
- - - - - Tips - - - - -
Copy: Hold down CTRL and press C
Cut: Hold down CTRL and press X
Paste: Hold down CTRL and press V
Pop-up advertisements: You can block these.
Click on Internet Explorer. Click on Tools. Click on Internet Options. Click
on the Privacy tab. Click in the little box that says "Turn on Pop-up
Enlarge the text: You can make the text on
your computer appear larger by holding downt he CTRL key and scrolling the
wheel on your mouse.
Find: You can find a word on any page. Hold
down the CTRL and press the F key. Type in the word you're looking for and
Http:// You don't need to type this part of
a URL (Universal Resource Locater) into the website box.
Browser plug-ins: If you try to look at
something online and it tells you that you need a specific software, then go
to the main website for it. Here are some typical programs that you need and
can get for free online: Real Player, Flash Player, Shockwave Player, Adobe
Reader, Active X Control,
More is better: If you'd like to have
Google list 30 sites (instead of 10) on each page, then go to Google. click on
Preferences. Change the Number of Results section from 10 to 30. Click on Save
Tabs: To save time, you can open multiple
tabs from one Google search. Hold down the CTRL key and click on any links
you'd like opened in other tabs. It'll open each, and you can look at them at
- - - - - Google - - - - -
Play this game to see how well you
know Google: 10 Questions.
You can be very specific in the kinds of websites
that are listed in your search. Type what you see below and add your word or
inurl:spiders This will find any sites that
have "spiders" in the URL
intitle:spiders This will find any sites
that have "spiders" in the title of the page
intitle:spider intitle:webs This will find
any sites that have "spider" and "webs" in the title of a page
spiders inurl:edu This will find any .edu
sites that have "spiders" in the URL
spiders inurl:org This will find any .org
sites that have "spiders in the URL
spiders inurl:gov This will find any .gov
sites that have "spiders" in the URL
define:spider This will find any
definitions of your word.
will find all sites that link to a specific site.
1. Do you want to practice your keyboarding.
Then visit this site that has lots of links.
2. How to type tutorial
3. Type Masta
5. Typing of the Ghosts
the Bubbles Typing
8. Spacebar Invaders
10. Type the hidden
11. Type as a news
Free Tutoring on the Internet
1. Lessons on navigating
the Internet (by AARP)
the net: mini-courses, games, and quizzes to help you learn about the
to the Web (by teachingideas.com)
5. BBC's guide to learning to use
6. Take this quiz
on computer terms.
Spanish language Internet
en espanol, Google in English
Safety (en espanol)
6. 2008 Presidential election: John
McCain en espanol & Barack
Obama en espanol
7. Links to lots of websites en espanol (by Internet4classrooms.com).
Here are some of this website's links:
The Internet -
A Parent's Guide (El Internet Una Guía Para Padres
de Familia) pdf
Reading and Writing Fun (Cómo Divertirse Leyendo y
Childhood Digest: Helping Parents Communicate Better with Schools (Ayudando
a los padres a comunicarse mejor con las escuelas)
Language Growth Chart (Cuadro de desarrollo y
crecimiento para la primera infancia y niñez)
A guide of
practical advice on reading for parents (Una guía de
consejos prácticos sobre la lectura para los padres)
Resources for Spanish Speakers from the U S Department of Education (Recursos
White House pages
the different stages of cognitive development from birth to five years of age
- (Preschool Esta sección ofrece orientación e
información sobre las diferentes etapas del desarrollo cognitivo de su niño
desde la primera infancia hasta los cinco años de edad.)
Primary Grades -
The key to educative success in the first years is in learning to read. (La
clave del éxito educativo en los primeros años está en aprender a leer.)
questions and answers on education from the U S Department of Education (Preguntas
y respuestas frecuentes sobre educación)
to help your child to be a good reader - Here you will be able to find an
ample variety of services, as much for parents as for educators.(Cómo
ayudar a su hijo ser un buen lector)
Helping your child
learn science (Cómo ayudar a sus hijos a aprender
to help your child have success in school (Cómo
ayudar a su hijo a tener éxito en la escuela) - pdf
document - MS
to help your child with homework (Cómo ayudar a su
hijo con la tarea escolar) - pdf
your preschool child prepare for school (Cómo ayudar
a su hijo durante la edad preescolar) - pdf
your child through early adolescence (Cómo ayudar a
su hijo con la temprana adolescencia)
Safety - Seguridad en la Internet - (En español)
for teachers helping them to offer advice to parents on homework (Guía
del Maestro: Consejos para los padres sobre la tarea escolar)
for Students (Sugerencias Para Estudiantes)
from the Bernardsville Public Library
Tips for Reading Tutors
(Consejos para los Tutores en Lectura) pdf
advice for parents on homework (Consejos prácticos
para los padres sobre la tarea escolar)
Educative Services: Fast reference for Parents (Servicios
Educativos Suplementarios: Referencia Rápida para Padres) pdf
and materials of the Publication Center (U S Department of Education) (Publicaciones
y materiales del Centro de Publicaciones)
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