Certain precautions can be taken to reduce the risk of a virus infecting your computer. Precaution #1: Use the default security settings in Microsoft Office. Precaution #2: Turn on the security features in the Microsoft Windows Security Center, and keep your computer updated.  You can visit the Protect Your PC site, which guides you on how to use the Windows Security Center to enable the internet firewall, antispyware software, and antivirus software. You should also always allow the Microsoft automatic updates. Precaution #3: Try a subscription to Windows Live OneCare. Precaution #4: Find out whether you really have a virus. Precaution #5: Check the Microsoft Security Bulletins regularly. Precaution#6: Download files only from trusted sites. Precaution #7: Install only from authentic CDs. Precaution #8: Back up your data regularly. Precaution #9: Don’t open suspicious e-mail messages or files. Precaution #10: Be sure do a full back up of your system on a regular basis. Precaution #11: Always use an anti-virus software program, one with both an on-demand and an on-access scanner. Precaution #12: Don’t allow your web browser to automatically run programs. Precaution #13: Configure your web browsers to disable ActiveX, Java, and Javascript. Precaution #14: Using an updated anti-virus program, scan all new software for viruses before installing them on your hard drive. Precaution #15: Know that the only way a virus spreads is either by launching an infected file or by booting an infected disk.

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Are teachers being replaced by computers and technology? Prior to the 21st century, teachers played the primary role as a “dispenser of information.” Now teachers are being referred to as “orchestrators of learning and helping students turn information into knowledge, and knowledge into wisdom.” That doesn’t sound like too much of a change, right? Wrong. Currently, in the United States, teachers are becoming at risk of losing their jobs to computers. In Idaho, school superintendent Tom Luna’s education reform plan is headed for final passage. His bill allows for new spending on laptop computers for students across the state, and will use these computers to cut teachers’ jobs, salaries, and increase class size. Sherri Wood, the president of the Idaho Education Association, said it “trades teachers for technology,” adding that laptops cannot replace “caring, competent” adults in the classroom.” Getting rid of teachers and submitting computers in their place would have a very negative effect on the comprehension and learning abilities of students because “online classes and digital tools could undercut the need to take students’ individual learning styles into account.” There will be a rally taking place to protest Luna’s outrageous bill, and even students are speaking out against it. Students have said that they do not want computers replacing the teachers because if you need someone to talk to or to make you laugh, computers can’t do that. Although technology is an essential addition to the present day teaching curriculum, computers simply cannot replace teachers in the classroom.

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Laptops Are Not Teachers




Online Lecture 3

Blogging is becoming very common within the walls of classrooms around the U.S. Teachers are using blogging to attempt getting their students excited about researching and writing. It is an interactive process between students, their classmates, teachers, and the world. Blogging is being put up on a pedestal. Sure, it does have its advantages, but most people fail to acknowledge its disadvantages/problems. I will be recognizing some of the negatives aspects of blogging in the classroom:

1. The first, and most important, problem to address with blogging is the availability of technology within the school. Not every school is going to have enough computers available for each child in your classroom, and depending on the socioeconomic status of students within the class not every child may have access to a computer at home.

2. It may be difficult to keep the students blogging about subjects relevant to the class and/or discussion topic. Unless a child is extremely passionate about the topic they are asked to blog about, they may get off-topic or distracted from the purpose of their writing. Especially when working on a blog outside of the classroom, on their own.

3. Writing for a blog may be more casual than assignments turned in by traditional methods. The freedom given by blogging may encourage sloppy writing habits similar to email and instant messaging.

4. Blogs do not give the feeling of a conversation because there is time delay.

5. Blogs do not offer confidentiality.    





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