Wednesday, August 31, 2016

How to Clear Up Your Computer

Is your computer almost reaching your storage limit? Here are some tips to clear up your computer.

1. Empty Your Trash
Even when you put something in the trash, it will still take up space on your computer until you empty the trash. This may get rid of a gigabyte or two.

2. Delete Unnecessary Files
If you have any applications that you haven't touched in months, it's probably high time to get rid of them. Applications take up quite a lot of space, and that space could be used for other things. Videos are also a large culprit in taking up space, as one video can be gigabytes large. If you're using a Mac, go through your Photo Booth, iMovie, iTunes, or iPhoto. If you're using a PC, go through your Windows Movie Maker and iTunes. They can be the largest culprits of taking up storage, as they handle multimedia.

3. Transfer Files to External Drives
If you have some holiday photos that you don't want to delete or want to keep some old footage, instead of keeping them on your computer, it's best that you put them on a USB stick or a hard drive. This way, you'll still be able to access the files, but your computer will have more space. Just make sure not to lose the external drive.

4. Scan Your System
If you've followed all these steps, your computer should have a bit more space. However, you might not know what is taking up all the space on your system. For this, you can use Disk Inventory X for Mac OSX. If you're using Windows, the equivalent to this is WinDirStat. When you open up these applications, it will look through your system and then show you something that looks like this.

Disk Inventory X.

The larger a block is, the more space it's taking up. With these applications, you can easily highlight something that's taking up a lot of space, and delete it. This is probably your best bet for identifying what's taking up so much space on your computer, as it shows you a visual representation of your hard drive. The best part is, both of these applications are free of charge, so you can clear all your junk away without paying anything.

Sites Every Student Should know of

Sites Every Student should Know of: 

Hi, my name is Souvik, I'm a tech ambassador here at AIS genius bar. As we all; technology and the internet are getting more and more popular by the day. This is the 2nd year since the 'B.Y.O.T' was introduced. So for students to connect and interact with their technology more effectively and productively. I've devised a list of top sites for the "everyday Student". 


This site is meant for students who frequent with all-nighters, this site is a sleep calculator web service, which provides calculations into when you should go to sleep for a good night sleep. You just input when you have to wake up, and it automatically produces a set of timetable that indicates when you should go to sleep for a refreshing sleep. 


WolframAlpha, is a web source encyclopedia. It provides computer automated relevant answers to all questions. I think of Wolfram as a smart AI bot there to answer all questions. Perfect for all students wanting quick answers and statistics.


This is a simple and elegant Clock, a web service linked to an atomic clock, I like this site because the display is ambient and simple. Good for studies. 


This site is a must for everyone in AIS, A quick search of any word will help you on your essay or even in class. A helpful tool to keep updated with new words.


, is a task manager and a reminder application and web service, for anyone that dislikes IOS's vanilla "reminders" app. Or for the sticky notes service on android, provides an elegant and beautiful user interface to input tasks quickly and to keep you on track with your assignments. Easy to input. 


; introduces vivid nature-related backgrounds with high-quality ambient noises relative to the backgrounds location. The purpose of this site is to help produce sounds to "calm" users. Useful for tense essays and exam study situations. 


, is a photo/file uploading database where the community shares pictures. This is best if for computer courses where you need to upload a photo online without having to worry about the share settings. 


My most used website application so far.; is an excellent web service I endorse, it introduces a whole schedule, assignment, the moodle-like environment where students can set up their timetable. Manage their tasks and keep track of their schedule and study time. I highly suggest this site to every student studying at AIS. 

Monday, August 29, 2016

Snapchat is Ideal for Advertising!

Snapchat, though it may seem to be an application commonly used by teenagers for fun, not only serves as a casual base of social media, but can also serve as a fun place for advertising and information! Snapchat has a large mainstream presence amongst teenagers and young adults, so it's perfect for communicating and informing them on a more regular basis and real-time basis. Here are some tips for how you can utilise snapchat for advertisement:

1. Create a Snapchat account to advertise something that already has an existing social media page or if you have some way to get the snap code out there. Your regular social media is useful in promoting your snapchat when it is first starting out.

2. Post interesting content, teasers, and updates on your snapchat all related to what you are advertising and post behind the scenes media on what is currently being worked on. This will help encourage more people to participate and might even inspire them, which will lead them to further enjoy watching your snapchat story.

3. Continue to occasionally post the media you post on Snapchat on your other social media accounts, also advertising your snapchat, to tease them into following you on snapchat if they're not already.

Fixing a bluescreen?

Ever encounter a bluescreen while you're working on a project, or playing a video game? Bluescreens usually occur when a file or a software is having errors functioning either directly or in the background. It is both annoying and damaging, preventing your access to your computer's files that may potentially be lost. Here are a few things you could do to try and recover your files in case of a sudden bluescreen.

1. Identify the cause of the problem, look for help.

In prevention of damage to the computer, Windows will preemptively enter the computer in a bluescreen protection state where it troubleshoots the possible cause of the problem and restarts. However, restarting isn't usually the cure for this problem. In the duration of a bluescreen before the computer shuts off, there would be an error code shown at the bottom of the screen. Record this code and when your computer restarts, activate it in safety mode, then search online for help using the code it shown.

2. Software causing it? Remove or re-install it.

Sometimes as fore-mentioned, bluescreens can be caused by software running on your computer. If that software errors regularly when performing a specific action, such as a bluescreen that happens every time you try to open the .exe file, try re-installing it with the installer you installed it with in the first place. If it still doesn't work, then remove the .exe file as it probably has internal conflict between the application and your computer itself.

3. Are your drivers and hardware up to date?

In my own experiences, I had bluescreens happen on my PC for a long time. My PC was running Win 8. However when I updated my system to Win 10, the problem was automatically solved. Also, if bluescreens occur due to drivers being out of date, then try to update it. Drivers includes the intel graphics processor and the NVDIA GTX Force commonly used in gaming computers. 

Sources for additional information:

"Common Cures for Crashes on Windows 10." PC Advisor. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Aug. 2016.

Friday, August 26, 2016

How to Stop Procrastinating

Everybody goes off topic at some point, however, this can sometimes hinder your completion of homework. To prevent this, here are a few tips to stop you from looking at social media and YouTube and finish your homework.

1. Set Goals

Set a certain target to complete by this time, for example "Complete 20 questions by 5:00 PM." If you complete these targets, you can reward yourself by taking a 15-minute break or a quick snack.

2. Create a Schedule

If you don't want to make goals, you can go with a schedule instead. For example, 40 mins of work, 15 min of rest. This motivates you to get your work done so that you can start having fun.

3. Create a Checklist

Checklists are also useful for keeping track of all of your tasks. It reminds you of what's due tomorrow and what has to be done. It gives you a nice tidy list of what you have to do, which is extremely useful. For this, you can use apps like My Study Life or simply just Notes. You also get a feeling of satisfaction from ticking all the boxes and finishing all the homework.

4. Finish the Hard Tasks First

If you finish the hard tasks first at the beginning, you'll thank yourself in the end. In the afternoon, you have more time to finish tasks and are more relaxed. In the night, you have to go to sleep soon, so you're more stressed out. If you leave the easy tasks until the end, you'll thank yourself later.

5. Create a Better Working Environment

If you have tabs like Facebook, YouTube, and Tumblr open, you're going to be tempted to stop working. Close all tabs that aren't relevant to schoolwork, and this way, you'll be more focused.
Also, if your phone is constantly buzzing with new notifications from your social media, you'll want to check it. Put your phone in another room, remove clutter on your desk, and you'll become more focused on the task at hand.

6. Don't Multitask

Multitasking creates a situation where you are spreading out your energy to do multiple projects instead of focusing it on one. Doing multiple projects at once can result in an unorganized works. Focusing all your energy on one task at a time can significantly improve the quality of your work.

Top Apps for school

Top Apps to help you for school!

Just started high school? Wants to be neat for your studies, and understand your learnings at school? Here are some useful apps that might help you get through the year.

1. Khan Academy 

Khan Academy is one of the most popular apps that is used my teachers and students. The app has varies of different subjects. Teaches you by steps, it makes it clear for you to understand your learnings.

2. Evernote

Evernote is a very easy to use, it is one of the best note-taking app.
It is sync across your phone and your laptop.  Evernote helps you create, organize, and search for your notes.

3. Wikipedia

This is a great app to have to find sources you need. This app literally has everything you are trying to research for. 

4. has over 200,000,000 definitions, this app works offline and has synonyms, antonyms, word origin and examples. 

5. myHomework Student Planner

This planner app will help you organize your class schedules, homework, assignments, and test. It is also sync between your phone and your laptop.

6. Audible

Audible helps you through the books you are assigned to read, it reads the book to you so you can just listen to it while you are on the mtr to school, or when you are exercising. This app is very convenient.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Get Organized with My Study Life

    Have you ever forgot to do a homework? Forgot that you had a test tomorrow? Forgot you're house shirt because you didn't know there was a competition today? I have all your problems in one solution. Use the My Study Life  app to get organized. All you need to sign up is your e-mail, which can be personal or the school's.

    There is a calendar, in which you can add your schedule, after-school activities and public holidays. It's really easy to do as it comes with the 6-day template, the schedule our school uses. You can even add exams to your calendar and have it notify you 1-month before or so. There is also a tasks feature which you can use to remember your homework, assignments, or any other thing you want to remember. You can set it so the app will notify you either when you are on your computer or sent you a notification on your phone. Instead of keeping a few notebooks, one app can organize it all!

Bullet Journals

Hello everyone! My name is Kira and I enjoy organisation! One of the best things that I use to stay organised is the bullet journal system. It is useful because the system allows to you contain all aspects of your daily life in one place. Shopping lists, personal diary, sketches, and to-do lists are just a few of the things that you can place into your bullet journal. It is a very lenient organisation system. Below is a link that will take you to a presentation that I have made to help get you started on bullet journalling! Check it out if you would like to learn of a new way to organise all aspects of your life in an easy-to-use system that's fun to do and often an adopted hobby. How great would it be to enjoy staying organised?!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Tips on how to save phone battery.

Hi! Tony Kovari from CTI4C.01 here. Here are some great tips on how to save battery

1. Turn off Wifi, GPS, NFC, Mobile data, Bluetooth when you don't need it.

2. Don't use auto brightness
Image result for android auto brightness

3. Make your screen timeout less. If you put down your phone, 1 minute later you should make the
screen turn off. Any later and battery life is affected.

Image result for screen timeout iphone 6Image result for screen timeout android marshmallow

If you're too lazy and/or don't want to read a list of 4, the power saving feature on your phone accomplishes most of this already. The worst case scenario is you have a faulty phone battery. Take you phone to a local repair center to further delve into the issue.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Using Dashboard to organise

A: Students
P: To provide a virtual organising space that can be quickly accessed through a simple swipe on the trackpad

Quick Introduction
Hello my name is Soo-Jong Park, and I'm the tech ambassador in the AIS community. As a part of AIS Genius, it is my utter most responsibility to treat you as a valuable customer and find optimal solutions to make the community a better place. If you have any tech-related problems I'm always happy to help out, so do our Genius Bar as a whole. I hope you enjoy this Genius blog and I hope you visit us again later!

The features of Dashboard

The dashboard is a workspace where you can quickly visit daily resources and download various tools called "widgets" to design, decorate, and organise your information and the workspace. Daily sources include the weather broadcast, a calculator, the dictionary, and your contacts while widgets include more of additional apps that may be better constituted to your interests such as short films, sports updates, daily tips on how-to-do's, and short lists of interesting facts that can help minor things in your lives. However in this blog post, I'll be more focused on the academic aspects of the dashboard to teach you how you can stay better organised in school!
A classic dashboard

Sticky pads are excellent resources to help you list what-to-do's or reminders. The Sticky Pads can also be differently colored to highlight the urgency of the assignment. For such, highlighting the sticky pad as red may indicate that the assignment is due within a few days. Stickypads can also be aligned along the dashboard space in accordance with personal preferences. Although the space in the dashboard seems very empty and useless at a casual glance, the alignments of the pads can have unique practicabilities. For such, using one sticky pads to list a subject's assignments, then it can be arranged with other subjects to create the order of a student's schedule or the subjects that may come priority.

My Dashboard - Purple: Urgent       Yellow: Fine

How to make a tutorial video.

If the video is based on a tutorial about technological problems on computers or phones,

1)It would be awesome to start with a screen-recording of you doing it yourself: The screen recording could be easily done in android devices, while in IOS devices it would be a little complicating for screen-recording to work. For iMacs, by opening QuickTime, you can start screen recoding easily.

2)Then summarize the important bits and list them into bullet points: Know what you are planning to teach, know your audience, what would they want to know. Find a easy and simple way (Bullet points in the video) to deliver the message clearly without making them bored reading texts.

3)Then edit the video of the screen-recording: Cut the unnecessary bits of the video which is time consuming (Loading parts)
4)Then put the summarized important bits into the video matching it: Include the bullet points mentioned above, match them to the video, by listing the bullet point when a part needs to be explained, allows the audience to follow your video with the information.

5)Upload the video to the internet for everyone to access it: When the editing of the video is complete, uploading it to internet where everyone (your audience) can access it. Therefore, when they are in need, they could go online search up the tutorial you made with ease.

The link down below is an example of a tutorial for mobile devices for the Middle-school's OELP passport and visa uploading. Enjoy :)

Gabriel Kang - Hi

Hi guys! My name is Gabriel and I am a Korean born in Hong Kong. I'm in my senior year and I pretty much know everybody in high school, but I am not familiar with the new recruits, the freshmen, and the whole middle school. I describe myself as a really positive and cheerful guy so don't be shy to ask me anything. I may not be able to provide help for everything, but I will try my best on helping you guys. If you for some reason find me attractive ;) come find me anywhere and asks me, but it is optimal if you guys could come on day A (10:45-11:40) & day C (8:00-9:00). If you can't find me there shoot me an email. I guarntee you that I will respond in a blink of an eye, well depending on the time. *I sleep at around 10-10:30.

For New Students: How to connect to the Wi-Fi?

New to AIS? 

Having trouble connecting to the Wi-Fi?

To connect to the Wi-Fi: 

Step 1: Make sure you know your student gmail and the password!

Your gmail should be:  student, and if you haven't changed your password yet, it is ais then your student ID.  (Ex: ais216888)

Step 2 Search for Wi-Fi, the name of the WI-Fi is "AIS Google"

Step 3: Select AIS Google, wait for a page to pop up! 

 Step 4: Select "Sign in with Google"

Step 5:  Sign in with your student gmail account.

Step 6:  Insert your passcode, which should be ais then student ID # (Example: ais216888)

Step 7: When you are signed in, select "Allow" to connect to the Wi-Fi.

Step 8: Once you finished all these steps, you are connected to the Wi-Fi!

If you're not, you can always come to the tech support group at 125 Hall.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Eaglenet Login Problems

Having trouble logging into Eaglenet? Here is a video to help you through:

If you prefer text instructions over a video tutorial, here is what you need to do:

If the Eaglenet login does not work, login to your AIS email (
  • If you can login to your AIS email, go to your email settings, and under Forwarding and POP/IMAP, make sure POP is enabled. 
  • In addition, you may need to allow access to "less-secure apps" in your Google Account. To do this: click on your profile picture at the top right corner in AIS mail, then click on "My Account". Under "Sign-in & Security" -> "Connected Apps & Sites" -> change the "Allow less secure apps" option to ON.
  • If you cannot login to your AIS email, you need to go to the school office to reset your email password.

If the problem persists, feel free to visit the AIS Genius Bar in the 125 hall. 

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Introducing the hub

Welcome to GENIUS: the educational technology community hub of American International School, Hong Kong.

This is a space for the gathering and promotion of technology for teaching and learning. It is to be maintained by our Genius Tech Ambassadors - high school students in our CTI4C Technology Integration and Innovation course.

I'm excited to be starting this virtual space up for our community, and I hope it will become a resource that will help connect and grow our learning community at and beyond AIS.