09 Jun 2018

GETTING KIDS ON A SMART START

Apart from school supplies pens, pencils, erasers, and notebooks — computers are a big consideration for many students, teachers, and parents. Particularly for students at the middle-school age or older, a computer can be a huge asset — even a necessity.

Just a few years ago, preschools and kindergartens were largely no-go zones for technology holdouts against the rising digital tide in our lives. But the absolutist resistance has been crumbling with surprising speed. Increasingly, parents and educators debate how, not if, we should mix technology and our youngest learners. The question is especially pressing in rural communities and inner-city neighborhoods like the one the Haynes serves, in which kids are less likely to have access to computers and broadband Internet at home.

Young children are growing up at ease with digital devices that are rapidly becoming the tools of the culture at home, at school, at work, and in the community,” the 12-page statement acknowledged in an introduction. “With guidance, these various technology tools can be harnessed for learning and development; without guidance, usage can be inappropriate and/or interfere with learning and development.”

Access to a wealth of information

Children can only learn what is available to them, traditionally parents, friends, school, and the wider community would have been the only gateways to learning. Now the World Wide Web gives them a vast library of material to allow them to discover new things.

Language Skills

Knowing they can ask the computer anything they want to know drives a child’s desire to do research, many children will use voice to enter their search queries into search engines, and then need to read and evaluate the results that are presented. Over time their language will improve and they will become faster and more adept at finding the information they want.

Ever noticed how your child seems preoccupied when playing a game? The reason behind that is he’s concentrating on his next move. Let’s use Role Playing Games (RPGs) for example. In RPGs, the child uses a character. In order to play, he has to move the character around while planning his next move. These simultaneous activities train children to pay attention to every detail on the screen in order to achieve the goals of the game.

Caring for Home Computers

Use a Windows-certified utility to keep your registry in shape. The registry is the heart of your PC — a central database of the Windows operating system. All settings and installed programs are filed here — information relied on for just about every operation a computer performs. That means any registry discrepancies can impair the speed of the computer and cause programs to stop functioning correctly. In basic terms, registry complications come from leftover or unnecessary junk from programs. Often, programs create extra — unnecessary — registry entries during installation and uninstalling those programs doesn’t clean the bits of code from the registry. Many programs even manipulate the registry so they automatically run when Windows starts up — without ever asking users if they want to use the program. Additionally, many other programs also have dozens of hidden settings that sap speed from the computer and can only be tweaked by directly accessing the registry.

Remove unused files and programs. Even though a new computer’s intended purpose might be work and not play, digital media (music, movies, pictures, and so on) and program files not documents — take up a majority of a hard drive’s free space. Computers also come with programs that never get used, but still take up lots of space, and installing new programs will take up even more space.

A disk cleaner program is the best way to remove unnecessary files, as it will identify and remove those files automatically, relieving you of manual searching and guesswork. Windows includes a Disk Cleanup tool.

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