distance learning

How Can I Keep My Kid From Watching Youtube During Distance Learning?

Episode 1774

Kevin from Porter Ranch, CA

Kevin wants to block YouTube so his first grader won't be distracted during distance learning at home. Leo says that there's a Supervised YouTube account, and he can determine what she can and cannot see. Check out YouTube.com/myfamilyThen he may create her own account and log her into that. It also has screen timers to limit the time.

When will the M1 iMac come out? Leo says no one knows, but he expects it to be the first half of 2021. Look for a presentation closer to summer.

Why Can't My Macbook Pro Run Zoom?

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Episode 1768

Penny from Apple Valley, CA

Penny and her boyfriend are both teachers, and they teach people gardening and welding. Both now require distance learning, but they aren't very computer savvy. Will her 2012 Macbook Pro do the job? Leo says that Apple limits what version of the operating system she can update to using that Mac. It's possible that the age would prevent updating to the latest macOS, which Zoom may require. But the 2012 model should be OK. Check out AnyMac.com to see what version of macOS is compatible. 

How Can I Better Control Audio in Google Meet for My Kid's Distance Learning Class?

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Episode 1768

Jessica from Gorham, ME

Jessica is trying to teach some students at home and some in the classroom at the same time. What she's been doing is treating all students as being at home, so they are all logged into Google Meetings. But the problem is, that kids keep forgetting to mute their mics and the feedback is driving her crazy. She would also like to project all the home kids onto the screen so the kids in the classroom can see them.

How Can I Stop Zoom From Dropping?

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Episode 1727

Amy Rose from Tulare, CA

Amy is a second-grade teacher and they are getting ready to head back into the classroom for doing zoom calls to her student. The problem is, her wifi hubs keep dropping the internet signals. She's told her cordless phones are causing the problem. Leo says it could be, depending on what frequency the phone is operating at. 2.4 GHz is a very congested spectrum and cordless phones operate on that, so it could be interfering. 

But Leo suspects there could be other problems as well. 

Why isn't my WiFi extender helping with internet lag?

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Episode 1726

Carl from Orange County, CA

Carl is a teacher and is struggling with internet lag while doing distance learning, even though he has a UVerse provided wifi extender to help with the problem. Should he buy his own? Leo says that just because you have an extender, that doesn't mean there isn't another issue. It could be your bandwidth is too slow. And WiFi is often not the best way to handle video conferencing. Wiring your connection will always be faster and better. More consistent. You also want to pay attention to your upload speed. If your upload video speed is too slow, it's going to cause lag.

What Computer Should I Get For Distance Learning?

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Episode 1723

John from Sherman Oaks, CA

John is a teacher and his Dell XPS computer is just too old to handle the strain of distance learning through Zoom video conferencing. Leo says that computers age exponentially faster than most devices, and at 11 years old, it's high time John upgraded. The Dell XPS 13 is a great machine. But John wants a desktop this time around. Leo recommends getting one with a solid-state SSD drive. Don't get a hybrid model. SSD drive prices have reached the point where it's not only affordable to buy your desktop with one, but customers can get one that huge. 1TB of storage would be plenty.

How fast an internet connection I need for distance learning?

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Episode 1722

Patrick from Highland Park, CA

Patrick is a teacher, and he wants to know how fast internet speed he needs to teach his kids. Leo says that most broadband connections are asymmetric, meaning that they are faster downloading than uploading. By a large portion. Minimum, you want 5MB up, 200 MB down. There's also consistency. How well the online video upload is. There can be video dropouts that could cause an issue, especially during attendance. That can be either latency or jitter. The issue can also be due to wifi. WiFi is designed to be "polite," pausing when competing for traffic comes around.