10-Rep Learning ~ Teague's Tech Treks

Learning Technology & Tech Observations by Dr. Helen Teague


Spring Forward Tech Clean-up

Waking up in the darkness is an unwelcome consequence of Daylight Savings Time. I still am not fond of stubbing my toe in the new pre-dawn hours, although, I remembered to set my clocks forward, (except the pesky car clock which may hafta wait until the October switch-back).

While I nurse my toe with a bag of frozen peas, I decided to apply some Spring Forward Tech-Clean-up to my machines.

Here is my 10-step “Tech-To-Do” list:

1.) Clean out cookies and temp files (Tools Menu/Internet Options for IE and Tools/Clear Recent History on Firefox, plus clear cache)

2.) Delete the Deleted emails from Email programs (they’re not gone until they’re deleted)

3.) Peruse a file or two or twelve of Favorites or Bookmarks and clear out old, outadate websites (do you really need the Y2K preparedness checklist link?)

4.) Ditto #3 for Pinterest boards

5.) Ditto #3 for your pictures folders (question: do you really need 10 shots of grandma eating banana pudding? If so, transfer to zip/cloud/disk/CD)

6.) Run an Adware/Malware scan–I’m still crazy after all these years for MalwareBytes available at Download.com

7.) Run a comprehensive virus scan (use one virus scan product only, 2+ just gums up the works)

These next two suggestions are “borrowed” reposted from Jacqui Murray’s blog post “How to Add Zip to Your Slow Computer

8.) Uninstall unnecessary programs. Go to Start button, Control Panel, Programs and Features. Uninstall those pesky toolbars and other programs that get on your computer when your virtual back is turned.

9.) Run defrag, which is under start button (lower left corner), type ‘defrag’ into the search bar. It’ll come up with a ‘defrag’ program. Run it. This helps put your ducks back in a row.

10.) Others? What else would you add?

computer station


Weekend Ed. Quote~Kofi Annan~March 9

“Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope. It is a tool for daily life in modern society. …. Literacy is, finally, the road to human progress and the means through which every man, woman and child can realize his or her full potential.” ~Kofi Annan,
quoted in this post

children are made readers


More Ed. Quotes


OOPS Portfolio Page Updated

Friday, I received an email from an online facilitator with PBS TeacherLine alerting me to a dead link on my Portfolio Links page on the OOPS website (http://4oops.com). I also added a QR code for easier retrieval.

portfolio page QR code by teague

As I began to research and add new links and delete dead 404’s, I thought back to the changes that portfolios have experienced in the two decades since their inception.

One of the earliest and still current pioneers is Ted Nellen and his Cyber English class. I hope you will take a look at the impressive catalog of work that Mr. Nellen has inspired in his students.

Gone are the days of the hyperstudio stack portfolios. EssDack used to have awesome samples from students who would now be students in college, but they have discontinued those links.

There seems to be a casual adherence to the portfolio concept. Just as we can’t name it “rigor” just because we test it, we can’t call it a “portfolio” just because we upload student work to the internet. The best definition for portfolios remains the one I learned from Dr. Bertie Kingore:

A portfolio is a collection of a student’s work that shows progress and concept mastery over time.

portfolio pg pic Teague

If you would like a like considered for inclusion on this webpage, please email me.





Read Across America Day~March 2

Many people in the United States, particularly students, parents and teachers, join forces on Read Across America Day, annually held on March 2. This nationwide observance coincides with the birthday of Dr Seuss.

Great ideas for Read Across America Day at this blog: http://askatechteacher.wordpress.com/2013/02/28/read-across-america-day/

Read Across America Day

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