1.Keep liquids away from your laptop. As tempting as it might be to drink coffee, soda, water or any other liquid near your laptop, accidents can happen all too easily. Alternatively, use a cup with a cover on it, so even if it does spill, the liquid doesn't go anywhere. Spilled liquids may damage the internal microelectronic components or cause electrical damage. Short circuits can corrupt data or even permanently destroy some parts of the laptop. The solution is very simple: Keep your drinks away from your computer. Even if you are careful, someone else might spill your drink.
2.Keep food away from your laptop. Don't eat over your laptop, the crumbs can fall between the keys and provide an invitation to small bugs or damage the circuitry. Worse yet, the laptop will look dirty if there are crumbs on it.
- Always have clean hands when using your laptop. Clean hands make it easier to use your laptop touchpad and there will be less risk of leaving dirt and other stains on the computer. In addition, if you clean your hands before you use the laptop, you will reduce wear and tear on the coating caused by contact with sweat and small particles that can act upon the laptop's exterior.
- Have the unit cleaned annually to remove internal dust. Get this done by your IT coordinator. If dust accumulates, the system will not be able to cool itself correctly. Heat can destroy the motherboard.
Here is a quick video on how to take care of your laptop and what not to do. https://youtu.be/4wIO8WBjktc?t=11s
These tips also apply to the classroom technology as well. Please be mindful of what you are putting around the computers in the classrooms and labs so that others are not impacted and teaching is not delayed because equipment needs to be replaced.