Saturday, March 16, 2013

First Time Building A Computer

My Experience Building a Computer
How to Build Your Own Computer
by Gary Feltman

My wife and I talked about doing this for years. Our Dell finally we did it.

I outlined our experience below. It was fun, thrilling, scary, a little nerve-racking, new, exciting, and well worth it! The finished product is awesome! The computer is super fast! Good bang for our buck! We hear it will last 10+ years. Best computer we ever had! I recommend doing this.
  1. First we went to Microcenter. The staff assisted us in picking out all the necessary components. The parts include:
    1. Case
    2. Motherboard
    3. Memory
    4. Power
    5. Processor
    6. CD/DVD/Blue Ray Drive
    7. USB/SD drives
    8. Video Card
    9. Hard Drive
    10. Motherboard
    11. Operating system disc.
    12. Monitor.
  2. When we got home, we found a several Youtube videos that explained step by set how to put the computer together. We mostly watched one, but researched others if necessary. We were careful to stay grounded and not zap any of the parts, because the staff and customers at the store warned us about it.
  3. Below are pictures, videos, and some brief notes of the process.
The finished product is awesome!

Here are all the parts before we did anything. 
This is the case.

Here is the motherboard.

Here is the memory.

The power.

The processor. 

The CD/DVD Player/Burner.

USB, USB 2.0, SD, and other inputs.

Start with the case.

Insert the motherboard.

Insert the motherboard.

 Insert the processor. (This was the most nerve-racking part).

Hook up the main fan. 

Insert the memory.

Insert the video card.

Insert the hard drive. 

Insert the DVD/CD drive.

Then the power. This is where we make sure all the cables are hooked up.

Finally, put the fans in. Then put the covers on, plug it in, install the software, and you're ready to roll.

We ran into two issues.
One issue  is we didn't tuck the wires in enough, and they were blocking the fans from turning. The CPU gave us a fan error message. 

The other issue was that we should've initially just used the new hard drive to boot...we tried to put both the old and new one in to save the data right away....we'll hook up the old drive later.

Here's the final product. (Oh yeah, don't forget your mouse, keyboard, speakers, wifi, and printer).

The computer is super cool.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Teacher's Step by Step Guide to Creating a New Twitter Account by Gary Feltman

Benefits for Educators: connections, collaboration, resources and professional development opportunities

Twitter Basic Vocab:
  • Tweet: Message which may include link or hashtag, 140 characters or less
  • Hashtag: Word or phrase following "#" created/used as trend, search, discussion, or chat 
  • Retweet: To take someone's message and tweet it
  • Followers: Who is following you
  • Following: Who you follow
  • Mention: Put someone's handle in a tweet
  • Handle: Twitter name following "@"
  • Favorites: Tweets marked as "favorites" for later retrieval
  • Lists: A feature to organize handles without following

Twitter Account: Personal, Public, and/or Both?
  • Public if you're okay with everyone seeing your profile, tweets, followers, and following
  • Public if who you follow is professional and appropriate
  • Public if your actions/tweets/posts are professional and appropriate
  • Personal (private) if you don't want public seeing profile, tweets, followers, and following
  • Personal if who you follow and/or their posts may offend someone
  • Personal if you have strong opinions and your actions/tweets/posts are not school appropriate
  • If you're not sure: Make account private for now
  • If you're unsure: Make two accounts, one professional (public) and one personal (private)
Basic Twitter Netiquette (Common sense suggestions if your account is professional & public)
  • If you wouldn't say it in a classroom, don't post it on Twitter
  • If you wouldn't post it in your classroom, don't post it on Twitter
  • Conversations with students should be public
  • Avoid following controversial people/organizations
  • Resource: Twitter Etiquette: 24 Guidelines

Creating a Twitter Account (Adjusting Settings)
  1. Go to
  2. Under "New to Twitter" type Name, Email, and Password & Click Sign up
  3. For the next 6 settings updates, make sure you click "Save Changes" at the bottom.
  4. Optional: For private account (Settings, Account) Check Box "Tweet Privacy/Protect Tweets"
  5. Add two images: Photo (small pic) and Header (background)
  6. Complete profile: Location (optional), Website (optional)
  7. Complete profile: Bio (teacher, parent, movie-whiz, food expert, enjoy reading, biking...etc)
  8. Update Email preferences: For now I suggest check "All activity related to you and tweets"
  9. Update Email preferences: For now I suggest uncheck all in bottom two sections.
Twitter Basics & Information

Getting Started with Your Twitter Account
  1. Start by following 5-10 handles of interest (See Categories below)
  2. See who they follow, and follow some more handles
  3. Type in a hashtag of interest, click on the hashtag within a tweet, and browse the feed...
  4. If within the hashtag search, the tweets appear of interest, click on Tweeter and follow
  5. If you find the Tweet useful, RT (retweet) it, you'll have it on your "Tweets" for later
  6. If you don't have time to read, but it appears interesting, "favorite" it, then find it later in "favs"
  7. Browse, search, read, learn, apply, chat, share, and have fun!

Starter Suggestions of Who to Follow (Content/Subject)
Educational Technology


Special Education

Popular Starter Education Hashtags

Administration #admin #businessed #assessment #curriculum #edadmin #edpolicy #edreform

Arts #arted #artsed #artsedchat #esl #musictech #musiced 

Education #edchat #globaled #pd #pln #plc #ptchat #youmatter #satchat #secondary #edleadership

Educational Technology #edtech #mlearning #classroom20 #elearning #ipaded

English #edchat #engchat #engedu #english #grammar #literacy #reading #readers #writers #writing 

Languages #ellchat #languages #spanishchat

LRC #library #libraries #librarians 

Mathematics #mathchat #mathematics #math #stem

Physical Education #health #physed #pechat #pegeeks

Science #scichat #physicsed #chemchat #science #stem

Social Studies #history #socialstudies #sschat #wrldchat

Special Education #spedchat #spedtech#sped #autism #assistivetech #dyslexia 

Other Useful Education Twitter Resources

Cybraryman's Twitter/Education page: 

Educational Hashtags:

An Educator's Guide to Twitter:

50 Educator Twitter Accounts Worth Following

Twitter Accounts by Subject: