You are warmly welcome to this part of our continuous tutorial on basic Computer principles. In this lesson, we shall be delving into an aspect or learning, where we shall realize the need to take good care of our computer. To begin with, we ask the question…
What is Computer Laboratory?
This is a room, building or a place where computers are kept or stored for teaching and learning activities or purposes. Better still, we can define Computer Laboratory or Lab. as a building or place where computers are kept for research work or purposes. At school, the computer lab. is usually, meant for both students and teaching staff for learning activities.
Computers and the computer room or lab. must be kept clean, all the time. If dirty, they might not work properly again or domestic animals like mouse and cockroaches may enter the room or lab. and chew or destroy wires and cables or damage the computer motherboard.
Taking care of your Computer Lab.
To avoid such damages to your computer, do the following:-
1. Sweep the computer lab; always
2. Use clean and dry duster to wipe the computer desk or table all the time
3. Always, clean the mouse pad to avoid dirt or dust
4. Wipe the monitor / System Unit, always
5. Cover the monitor, if not in use
6. Use a fine and neat brush to remove dirt, retained in the keyboard
7. Remove the small ball under the mouse and clean inside with a tooth pick. You may wash the ball inside the mouse, with detergent or any milk soap with clean water and a clean dry cloth or towel.
8. Use Blowers to remove dust from the monitor / System Unit.
Some bad habits you must avoid in a Computer Lab.
1). No eating, drinking, littering, playing games, while your teacher is busy teaching you in the lab.
2). No copying of information from the computer, without telling your teacher or his / her consent
3). Unplugging computer cables without first, shutting down your computer must be avoided.
Steps to take good care of your electrical cables or wires
1. Switch-off all power connections from the main source of power supply, when not in use
2. Disconnect or remove plugs, when not in use
3. Clean all dirty cables, only when not connected to the computer
4. Call the computer technician, when cables or naked wires are exposed.
Safeguarding School Computers
To safe-guard your school computers, practice the following habits:-
1). Using UPS (Uninterrupted Power Supply) to retain power supply on the computer for some time, even when power goes-off or out from the main source of supply
2). Locking up doors and windows, with keys / padlocks
3). Using password or code to lock up your computer
4). Providing good ventilation for the room or building
5). Making data backup of your vital information from your computer to an external storage device
6). Updating or upgrading your computer installed Anti-Virus programs from time to time
7). Scanning the computer H.D.D. files and folders for safety purposes, always.Why do we attach so much importance to ICT tools
You may be wondering why we attach so much importance to ICT tools and have been stressing the need to take good care of them. Well, the reasons are not too far fetched.
1. They are used by companies to sell their products / services by advertisement on the radio, television and on the internet.
2. ICT tools help in teaching and learning activities for schools
3. They help more students to become computer literates; i.e. to learn how to use computer
Well, all too soon, we have come to the end of yet another exciting and interesting lesson. I do hope you have enjoyed every bit of our discussion. I have! Till we meet again, bye for now!