Tips for Students in the Computer Classroom:
Being surrounded by glittering computer monitors can be a
seductive distraction in the classroom. Do not give in to
your urge to surf the web, check your e-mail, or play Halo
during class. When we aren't using the computers, turn
off the monitor and swivel your chair around so that you can
(2) There are multiple computer
labs here on campus. Make a list of them, including their
hours each term and what programs or computer systems (MacIntosh
or IBM) they have available. It is better to know in advance
rather than discover too late that they don't carry a compatible
program you need to finish that wordprocessing file.
(3) If you seek to transfer
materials to a computer at home, or vice-versa, experiment
beforehand with what formats are compatible. In the past,
students have had the most success by saving their papers
as "RTF" (Rich Text Format) or "Text Only" files, which can
be easily translated from IBMs to Macs. We have had particular
difficulty with Clarisworks.
(4) Put your name, e-mail address,
phone number, or mailing address on your computer disks. Literally
hundreds of unclaimed computer disks are left in computer
labs on campus each month that cannot be easily returned because
the student didn't bother to put a label on the disk with
(5) Be wary of on-line research.
Review survival tip #2 for writing research papers.
(6) In my eleven years
of teaching in computerized classrooms, I have not had a single
student destroy a computer by spilling food or beverages on
the machines. If you are the first student to destroy one
of the school's computers in this manner, it will be a source
of great shame. Do not bring food or drink within striking
range of our computers.