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In episode 338 of Geekiest Show Ever, we discuss surviving the first full week of distance learning with some observations and tips. These days, we find ourselves doing a lot more cleaning and disinfecting. Now that more kids are learning from home, all those keyboards are bound to get icky! Melissa shares her hack for how to clean a mechanical keyboard.
Distance Learning Tips & Observations
- Setting up a workstation is crucial whether youâ€™re a teacher, parent, or guardian helping to prepare a child for distance learning.
- Minimize distractions with over-the-ear headphones, preferably with noise cancellation for smaller kiddos who have ears too small for earbuds.
- Over the weekend, take some time to test out your childâ€™s audio input and output settings. Make sure their mic isnâ€™t turned all the way up or all the way down. Teach them how to use the keyboard shortcut for muting themselves.
- Use a decorative sheet or green screen as a backdrop to create a private space.
- Make sure the work area has plenty of light.
- Keep an eye on the thermostat and make accommodations. Children may get sleepy or irritable if itâ€™s too hot or too cold in their workspace. Try adding a fan or a cuddly blanket.
- Take breaks up and away from the workstation and computer to do physical activities.
- Try to replicate your childâ€™s bell schedule with an egg timer, watch, or smartphone app that makes a sound or vibration.
- Remember that you wonâ€™t be able to replicate all things that pertain to on-site learning, but you can get creative when teaching skills like staying on a schedule. A routine is good for mental health during these uncertain times.
- Check out your local communities or estate sales and ask around for tech supplies.
- Look for wired keyboards, headphones, printers, and other â€œlast yearâ€ models that people may want to discard. Many consumers want wireless these days, but going back to wired for kids can be a bit more tried and true. It also negates the need for replacing batteries or negotiating Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections in what could be an already strained network.
Learn Something New
If your child is using a mechanical keyboard and has trouble typing despite being skillful, it may be time to deep-clean that keyboard. Perhaps you just need to inspect under the keys for a foreign object like a loose staple, piece of paper, or potato chip. You can take apart a mechanical keyboard by making your own key cap puller out of florist wire. Here is what a key cap puller looks like. This is a video that shows how to twist the wire into shape. Using florist wire you can skip the step of stripping the coating.
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