Entries Tagged as 'Tech Tips'

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

More Troubleshooting Labs from Breakaway

Earlier this month I wrote about some great hardware troubleshooting labs that Kelly Campbell of Ozarks Technical Community College demonstrated at CompTIA’s Breakaway conference.  He was a wealth of information and good advice.  Here are some of the operating system lab ideas he shared the same day.
Campbell says students first need to understand that operating [...]

Monday, August 3rd, 2009

CompTIA Breakaway:Troubleshooting Labs

CompTIA’s Breakaway Conference A+ training sessions are off to a great start. Kelly Campbell, lead A+ instructor at Ozarks Technical Community College in Springfield, MO is sharing some eye-opening thoughts on troubleshooting and talking about his approach to labs.
Those thoughts are worth paying attention to. As fellow presenter Jean Andrews (the textbook author) tells it, [...]

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

Summer Conference Highlights, Part 2

After some very informative Wednesday sessions, Day Two of our NC Summer Conference sessions begins with a sharing session of  great free tools and utilities for IT teachers.  We’re collecting those and  providing links and notes.
Barry Cochran kicked things off with a look at some of his favorites, including some easy-to-install freeware that helps with [...]

Friday, June 26th, 2009

CompTIA Enhances A+ Prep Resources

CompTIA has updated its website and I found a great section of resources for  students and teachers. There is a test prep page that includes the exam objectives, practice tests, training materials and information.  And there’s a page for teachers that has information about program benefits and how to help students get certified.
By joining CompTIA’s [...]

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

Digital Media Students Discover New Possibilities

The ever evolving world of technology will present ongoing challenges for those of us who are already in the workforce, and new opportunities for those who are just starting their careers.  A Digital Media program that’s been in place at Middle Creek High School in Apex, NC the past few years produces a vivid picture [...]

Friday, March 27th, 2009

Student Achievement on Display at Watauga Workshop

Robin Fred
The Centers for Quality Teaching and Learning
(March 27, 2009) - The final QTL IT Spring Workshop is going on right now at Watauga High School in Boone. We have about a dozen people on hand and had a busy morning with discussions, a virtualization lab and a tour of the Appalachian State IT [...]

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

Don’t Get Phished or Pharmed!

By Scott Gupton
Computer Engineering Teacher, New Bern High School
Just last month a good friend was the victim of ID theft.  They are still cutting up cards and on the phone for hours trying to fix the problem.
Take a look at this PDF file - a very good example of a “Phishing” site.  It is very [...]

Thursday, December 18th, 2008

How Technology WILL Impact the Future Classroom

Robin Fred
The Centers for Quality Teaching and Learning
(Dec. 12, 2008) - This morning’s meeting of the North Carolina Joint Legislative Technology Commissions in Raleigh was indeed what state school board chairman Howard Lee called a “fantastically informative experience.”  The snapshots of progress in increasing the effective use of educational technology were dizzying to someone who [...]

Thursday, December 18th, 2008

Disrupting Class: An Intriguing Take on the Future of Learning

Robin Fred
The Centers for Quality Teaching and Learning
(Dec. 12, 2008) Author Michael Horn (Disrupting Class: Student-Centric Education is the Future) delivered the keynote to today’s session of the Joint Legislative Technology Commissions in Raleigh with a presentation that took a cutting-edge business theory and applied it to education.
Horn and his co-author, Clayton Christensen, studied how [...]

Monday, September 8th, 2008

Wakefield Teacher Outlines Use of QTL’s IT Resources

Robin Fred
The Centers for Quality Teaching and Learning
We’ve worked hard to create and continually improve a program that is truly designed by teachers to benefit students.  It’s always gratifying to me to hear a new teacher say the resources we provide help them get a strong start.  It may be even more satisfying to hear [...]