Here’s a great tip for helping your students in the computer lab.
Go to the surplus store and pick up some cheap USB thumb drives. The above drives only cost me $4.00 a piece. You can’t really beat that.
Label the thumb drives and keep them in your classroom.
I can’t tell you how many times my students have saved something on a school computer only to have it not be there on the next visit to the lab.
I know I’m paranoid when I am working on something and always save my work in two places. I save it to the hard drive and to a thumb drive. This is just good practice. That is why I like that I am teaching this practice to my students.
- teach the importance of backing up work
- make the work portable so students can finish up work later from a different computer
- give the students a digital portfolio of their work over the year
I think this is a brilliant idea and I wish I could take credit for it, but I can’t. I borrowed this trick from a fellow teacher at my school.