Technical Troubleshooting Tutorials for Teachers! (A little alliteration!)
I’m going to be 100% transparent. There are very few things that make me more INSANE than technology issues… It is pretty ugly when it happens. I also confess that I am not innately gifted when it comes to technology. EXHIBIT A: I do not really know how to use my T.V. remote. In general, I push all the buttons until something happens, which usually results in me screaming, “TECH SUPPORT!!! TECH SUPPORT!!! [Vanilla Sky reference: not my favorite movie, but…].
So, suffice to say, I understand how frustrating it can be. So I collected some of my frequently asked questions and made a few videos to help you out.
Technical Troubleshooting Tutorials: Printing Problems
Let’s say you are getting ready to print an PDF. It looks great on your screen, but when you print it, it has a black background (or the letters get jumbled up).
First, you say a few bad words… The problem could be:
- You did not open the file in Adobe Acrobat Reader. This seems to happen more to Mac users (or whenever schools “update” their systems.)
- Your printer software may need to be updated. You can usually do this by Googling the make and model number of your printer. Then downloading it.
- Sometimes your printer needs to be cleared. I do this in a SUPER high tech way. I cancel all of my pending print jobs. Then unplug my printer from the wall for about 30-45 seconds.
Here video that may help you.
Technical Troubleshooting Tutorials: Editable Fields
I have been using editable fields in many of my sight word center games and intervention units. This is great because you can add your own words in just a few seconds. However, from time to time, I do get a few questions. Again, this usually pops up when there has been a software “update” on the user’s system. I get most of my questions when teachers are headed back to school (schools tend to update software over the summer.)
Here are the steps to take:
- Open the file in ADOBE (it will not allow you to edit in any other document reader)
- Once you download the file, close all of your internet browsers, then open the file. The ADOBE app will not let you edit the file with the correct fonts.
- Be sure your ADOBE is up to date (see the link above if you need to update it.)
Here video that may help you.
You can find all of the editable files by clicking HERE.
Technical Troubleshooting Tutorials: Zip Files
I could recreate the wheel or I could just send you over to TpT so you can follow their steps (they are spot on!) What is a zip file?
Here is a video for you!
Technical Troubleshooting Tutorials: How to Navigate My Blog
I have been blogging for a long time. I used to joke that sometimes my blog feels like a big sock drawer. BUT I have been organizing it and I continue to make it easier to navigate.
Here is a little video to show you how to find the LOOT!
Technical Troubleshooting Tutorials: How to Make Visual Lesson Plans
I have been posting my lesson plan template for many years. Starting in the 2018-2019 school year, I also uploaded the PowerPoint version, so you could edit them and make them your own. The template is free, so you just need to download it. You may want to make a few changes to it, so I have included a little tutorial to show you how.
You can see a catalog of these blog posts by clicking:
If you need a little support on how to install fonts, Kimberly Geswein (a fabulous font creator) has a tutorial on how to do that:
I hope you feel my technical tutorials are helpful. Do you have any other technical issues that I can help you with? Just leave a comment and I will be happy to add to this post.