Showing posts with label Windows. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Windows. Show all posts

Sunday, June 13, 2021

A Neat Way for Students to See What Their Computers Are Connecting To

Knowing just a few commands to use in the command terminal can be quite helpful in diagnosing problems with your computer and or the network that your computer is using. (Bonus, it's an easy way to make yourself look "super techy" in front of non-techy friends). One of those helpful commands is the Netstat command. 

The Netstat command will show you all of the connections that your computer is making to the Internet and to other devices on your local network. To run the Netstat command simply open your command terminal (on a Windows computer just type CMD into the search bar) then type "netstat" (without quotation marks) and hit enter. Give it time to run and you'll see all of the IP addresses to which your computer is connecting. 

This new video from PowerCert explains the Netstat command and variants that you can add to the command to learn even more about what your computer is connecting to. 

Applications for Education
The netstat command along with many other commands is one that my PC repair students and my Intro to Networking students learn early in the year as it is helpful in diagnosing problems. 

Using the netstat command can be helpful in showing all students how many connections their computers are making even when they don't realize it. Knowing what your computer is connecting to is an important part of building good cyber safety habits. So even if you don't make your students learn the command, knowing the command and showing it to students can be an eye-opener for them.

This post originally appeared on If you see it elsewhere, it has been used without permission. Sites that steal my (Richard Byrne's) work include CloudComputin and WayBetterSite. Featured graphic created by Richard Byrne using Canva. 

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Google Puts a Search App in the Windows Phone Marketplace

While Android and Apple devices dominate the smartphone market, there are other smartphones that our students are carrying. The last time I stopped into my local US Cellular store I noticed a few Windows phones available at very reasonable prices. I'm sure that students in my district are carrying those phones. (US Cellular is by far the most popular carrier in my area). So that's why I was happy to learn today from a CNET article that Google now has a search app in the Windows Phone Marketplace.

I don't own a Windows phone myself but, it seems that the Google search app in the Windows Phone Marketplace could be a good alternative to the Bing search and or trying to search through the browser on a Windows phone. If you have a Windows phone and you're tried the Google search app, please leave a comment.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Explore the Windows Phone Apps Marketplace

I don't own a Windows phone so it was news to me when I learned a few days ago that there is a Windows Phone Apps Marketplace. I spent some time browsing the Windows Apps Marketplace and found a few apps that could be good for students to use if they have Windows phones.

Khan Academy is all over the web these days and the Windows Apps Marketplace is no exception to that. Khan Academy has an app for Windows phone users. The app links directly to Khan Academy videos.

The Weopardy app implements the Jeopardy format for studying vocabulary words. Weopardy presents a definition and you have to enter the word that matches. You can use the app as a timed game or as an untimed activity.

Math Skillz is a simple mathematics review app. You have your choice of practicing your addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division skills. Select a difficulty level and go through the flashcards. If you get stuck, use the "peek" button to see the answer.

Applications for Education
I'm not familiar with any schools that are rolling-out school-wide programs using Windows phones, but I'm sure there are students in our schools using them. If you have a parent or student asking for ideas about using their Windows cell phones for learning, have them take a look at the education section of the Windows Phone Apps Marketplace.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Snaplr - Capture and Annotate Your Desktop

Vessenger, producers of a group messaging system, offers a free program for capturing and annotating images on your computer screen. The free program, called Snaplr, is available for Windows and Mac.

Snaplr reminds me a bit of Jing without the video option. With Snaplr installed you can capture all or part of your screen. Snaplr's annotation tools include text boxes, highlighting, and free-hand drawing tools. When you've finished creating your annotated screen capture you can save it as a PNG file or attach it to an email message in Outlook.

Applications for Education
Snaplr, like all screen capture tools, could be very helpful when you're introducing a new program to your students or colleagues. Offering annotated screen captures allows your students to progress at the pace that meets their needs and have your handy references along the way.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Stuck With IE6 and Old Computers - Advice Wanted

I received an email last week from a reader named Allison who teaches in a school that doesn't allow her to upgrade the browser on the computers in her computer lab. And the computers themselves are running Windows 2000. This teacher was hoping that I could provide a list of engaging elementary school websites that will run well on Windows 2000 machines that are using IE6.

Since I don't have access to a computer that uses Windows 2000, I'm hoping that those of you who are or have recently been in the same position as my emailer can offer some advice in the comments. What resources would recommend to an elementary school teacher who has to use Windows 2000 and IE6 with her students? Please leave a comment and help out a fellow elementary school teacher. 

If you're wondering why you should update your web browser when new versions come out, read this.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Wikipedia as a Screensaver

If you're looking for an informative new screensaver, consider making Wikipedia your screensaver. This tip only works in Windows. You can learn all about in this episode of Tekzilla. The video is embedded below.

Applications for Education
If you're in charge of default settings for your school's student computers, using Wikipedia as the screensaver may a nice, educational alternative to the boring standard options on Windows.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
Simple English Wikipedia
Visual Wikipedia
EyePlorer - Visualize Wikipedia and Collect Notes

Friday, January 23, 2009

Safe Computing Tools for Kids - Windows Based

Today's episode of Tekzilla has a couple of short tips that every parent should know about monitoring the computing habits of their children. These tips apply to Windows Vista.

Applications for Education
In my school district a new semester is starting and soon we will be holding our parent-teacher conferences again. Invariably, every time I hold parent-teacher conferences at least one parent expresses concern about not knowing how to monitor what their child is doing online. This video gives some quick tips that I will share with those concerned parents, provided they have Windows based computers.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Windows XP to be used on OLPC's XO Laptop

The BBC and TechCrunch have both released news in the last few hours announcing that Windows XP will soon be available for the OLPC XO laptop. Michael Arrington at TechCrunch is speculating that Microsoft may have made a hefty donation to OLPC in order for this to happen. Meanwhile, Jonathan Fildes at the BBC is taking a more market-driven approach to the story. Fildes reports that some developing countries (the target market for OLPC) have insisted for a while now that OLPC make Windows an option. As always the true story probably lies somewhere in the middle.

Putting my personal bias against Windows aside, I think this is a good move for OLPC and for education in general. I've been able to put aside my ani-Window bias because the cost typically associated with Windows licensing seems to be removed for OLPC. The BBC reports that the cost of adding Windows XP will be approximately $10 bringing the total cost to roughly $198. While I would prefer to see more kids learning and adopting Linux, if making Windows an option for the OLPC XO laptop gets more computers in more kids' hands around the world then I'm all for it. Yes, it does create a potentially large group of students predisposed and trained to use Windows, but if that is what it takes to improve education in developing countries then I'm willing to put down my anti-Windows flag.